Friday, 21 April 2017

Quick WIP Around

I thought I'd go on a quick whip around today to show off my WIPs.

My Frida's Rose Garden blanket is looking very colourful and on the whole I'm very pleased with how it's turning out. There is very little work left to do so I'll have to see if I can cross this one off the list soon. I've really enjoyed working on these flowers and I'm keeping an eye out for a new Janie Crow design to replace this with.

Here's a first for me, I'm having a go at knitting an Alan Dart pattern. I still have a few more pieces of it left to make as well as putting it all together. I must admit that the sewing is already putting me off making any further progress with this one.

I absolutely love this shawl, it hangs beautifully and just needs blocking to open it all up. The problem is I don't have a blocking mat big enough to take it and it will have to be steamed which I'm very nervous about doing in case I ruin it. So there's some ingenuity and courage required to get this one complete. Given that it's Spring and we will be moving towards Summer soon there's not really much incentive to get this done at the moment but you never know.

Phew, now I've caught up to things that I started to make this year. Firstly I found a pattern which uses beads that caught my eye and I'm absolutely loving working with them. I thought bead work would be difficult because I didn't realise that you simply add them all first and then pick them up as you are going along. I'll certainly be choosing to work with beads again.

Then there's the cushion that I referred to in my last post. It's still not finished but I've managed to hand sew two sides of the backing on to it. Then I stopped because I think that it really does need some sort of fastening. I have poppers but I didn't realise that you need a special tool to add them so I've bought buttons instead.

My Moon Blossom blanket is really coming along and I have somebody in mind to gift it to so I'd better get a move on.

I started making these little flowers in March, inspired by the first daisies of the year. I know that they don't really look anything like daisies, do they, they look more like sweeties.

On the cross stitch front, I haven't started anything new this year and I have made lots of progress since I last posted about Pooh's Group Hug. This picture shows some of it.

Finally, having said earlier this month that I wouldn't start on anything new until some of my older WIPs are complete, I've started to make a couple more things. I haven't got a picture of one of them but here's the latest which I started to make yesterday.

I'm not sure what it's going to be yet but I quite like the limited colour palette and the texture created by the bulky, variegated yarn. It's quite a different approach for me.

So although the plan was to finish the cushion, I suspect that I'll be picking up my hook and working more on this blue/chocolately thing in the near future.

I will finish something eventually...

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Crafty Slow Down

I've lost my crafty way a bit recently so I've decided that I ought to finish what I've already got on the go before I start anything new. I think I've made this decision before but not stuck to it so hopefully I can do better this time.

I've chosen to finish a cushion which has a front but no back. Since I want to finish it quickly I decided to use a piece of material and popper it shut. However, I realised after I'd cut the material out that I hadn't added sufficient for an overlap so I'll have to insert a zip instead. Sewing really isn't my thing so it might languish for a few more days whilst I have a good think about it. That's my problem, too much thinking and not enough action. I still can't decide whether to add some embroidery to the front either so I'm a bit of a lost cause at the moment.

Outside Spring has turned into Summer this week-end and people have reached for their flip flops, shorts and t-shirts. Barbeques have been fired up and the heating has even been turned off (although it looks like we'll need it back on again tomorrow).

Everything has burst open at once, leaves, tree blossom and flowers. Blink and you'll miss the most wonderful time of the year. Earlier I took full advantage of the lovely weather and took a few pictures of some of the wonders to be seen. If only Spring lasted longer...

Monday, 13 March 2017

Hooking a Rug

I was really pleased with myself this morning as I finished binding a latch hook rug which has taken me about three and a half years to make, yes that long.

The Forever Friends rug came in the form of a kit which was donated to me by somebody who hadn't even opened it. It contained everything that was required to make it, including a big colour chart showing the 11, 250 stitches in the pattern.

Part of the reason why it took me so long to make was that it kept getting tidied up and put in a cupboard to keep it out of the way and of course, out of sight, out of mind, and then I got distracted with making other things instead.

I pulled it back out of the cupboard just over half made in the Autumn of last year and with renewed enthusiasm I decided that this time it was going to get done.

Once hooked I hadn't got a clue about how to finish off the edges so I searched online and found this demonstration on You Tube by UtterlyHookedDesigns.

I could only get 1 1/2 inch binding tape but it's done the job well enough to cover the edges which I've securely sewn in by hand.

So now I can put the rug back in the cupboard until I next visit little miss G who has already claimed it. It's nice to know that it's going to an appreciative home.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Moon Blossom: 12 Inch Version (UK and US Terms) - Another free pattern

Whilst the original Moon Blossom pattern was being tested I adapted it to create an additional 12 inch square. I was amazed at how quickly it grew in comparison with the original one simply by switching from a double knitting yarn and a 4 mm hook to an Aran yarn and a 5.5 mm hook.

So now there is an alternative version of Moon Blossom for those who like to crochet that little bit bigger. The pattern is available as a pdf file which will open in another window. To access the UK version click here and to access the US version click here.

If you're on Ravelry please link any projects that you make with this square to the original Moon Blossom pattern. I'd love to see what you create.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Moon Blossom (UK and US Terms) - A Free Pattern

Here it is, all written up at last, the Moon Blossom square in both UK and US crochet terms.

The pattern is available as a pdf file which will open in another window. To access the UK version click here and for the US version click here.

I must thank Ravelry members Berniece and Psyschick who gave up their time and tested these patterns for me.

I've  already used it to make squares for a blanket that I recently posted about here and the squares pictured above will be part of a new one.

I would love to see what people make with this square, if you're on Ravelry please link your project to the Moon Blossom pattern which I will be adding shortly to the database.

Happy hooking - I hope that there are no technical hitches with accessing the files, my fingers are crossed :-)

(EDITED 5 March 2017 to add this link to another post which includes links to the free pattern for an alternative 12 inch version of this square.)

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Moon Blossom

Following my previous post I persevered and finished writing the pattern for the square that I designed for this blanket. I've also given it a name too.

At the centre of each blossom is a full moon and the colours that I picked for the sample square remind me of the muted colourway of the world when bathed in moonlight. So Moon Blossom it is.

Although I didn't intend to make anything in particular with the new colour scheme it kept drawing me in and before I knew it I'd placed an order for some yarn.

Now Moon Blossom is bursting forth and I foresee another blanket on the distant horizon.

The pattern has nearly finished being tested and it will be freely available very soon.