Sunday, 20 May 2018

A Quick Make

In between other projects I fancied some instant crafty satisfaction without too much thought required on my part. I settled upon Nicki Trench's Rose Headband pattern from the book Cute and Easy Crochet with Flowers. The colours that I chose match perfectly with our Wisteria which is at its peak right now and looking oh so pretty :-)

Now I plan to get back to other projects that I've got on the go at the moment, I've got lots to choose from. I've started quite a bit of crochet recently as well as a new cross stitch which I'm beginning to regret already as I chose evenweave and I can barely see the holes. I've also got a bit of pattern writing for some new afghan blocks which I hope to have ready to release over the Summer.

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Spring Sakura Bunny

With the hope of Spring in the air last month I started to crochet a bunny. I don't particularly need one but kept getting drawn to the idea after spending far too much time looking at projects of bunnies in their beautiful knitted clothes on Ravelry. There must still be a child in me wanting to dress up dolls and teddies and so a bunny was most definitely required.

I started by crocheting the arms and body in this pattern for a bunny, substituting double crochet stitches for stocking stitch, then created my own head and legs as it became evident that my crocheted parts were turning out longer and thinner than if they'd been knitted. So the bunny is quite tall and lean but, once clothed, looks fine, I think.

I wanted an outfit to celebrate the season and chose sakura, Japanese cherry blossom, as my inspiration. The chart for the patterned part of the dress is quite simple but when it came to working three colours at the same time it just didn't work for me so I knitted the center of the flowers in cream as well as the petals. My intention was to work these stitches over the top afterwards but the yarn didn't contrast well enough with the background of the dress so I resorted to using beads instead. It kind of works, maybe?

Once my beaded sakura dress was done I used this pattern to create a teeny-weeny coordinating cardigan. It's so cute that I made a second one for another bunny that I made last year.

I really must stop making bunnies.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Cherry Blossom Heaven

I think that I jinxed the weather with my post at the end of last month because it turned again and became unseasonably colder and more miserable than it should have been for the time of year. Normally the leaves on the trees and hedges start popping out at the end of March/beginning of April but not this year.

Then, all of a sudden, in the middle of the last week Summer arrived instead of Spring and the heat brought everything out at once. We've had some absolutely glorious weather for the past five days. It was so heavenly that I dusted down the garden chairs and sat outside and crocheted for the first time this year, what a treat.

I've also been treated to one of my favourite moments of the year, the arrival of cherry blossom, both here in our garden and elsewhere. Although I've passed the dinky cottage in these pictures for years and years I'm always delighted to see it's beautiful tree smoothered in white flowers. It's always been my intention to stop and take some pictures but somehow it's never happened until now.

So here are some magical cherry blossom moments from both our pink tree and the white tree at the cottage, both of which are flowering in abundance :-)

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Fair Isle and C2C Triangles

I still dream of making some beautiful Fair Isle but I haven't yet found a pattern that I trust myself to complete. Instead I've recently scratched the itch for the time being by copying patterns from sections of a shop bought cardigan.


The little bag that I've made isn't perfect and I'll have to find out how to avoid creating holes when finishing one section and starting another. There's always something new to learn but one way around it that I've since discovered is to knit with one plain yarn and one self changing coloured yarn, hey why didn't I think of that? That method would also get rid of all the ends too.

I've also been trying out something new, C2C. I chose Tatsiana Kupryianchyk's triangles from the C2C Pastel Triangles Pillow pattern. I absolutely love the squishy texture of this little blanket and thoroughly enjoyed making the triangles so I'll definitely try C2C again.

Both of these projects were made with Stylecraft Special double knitting yarn in the following colours - clematis, wisteria, violet, magenta, plum, candyfloss, fondant and raspberry. I've pretty much used up all the leftover recycled yarn from an old blanket so now I can chose some new yarn to work with :-)

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Gloves, Gloves and more Gloves

It's been such a lovely, sunny and surprisingly warm day today, it really feels like Spring. Now that the clocks have gone forward and the first blossom is appearing I think that Winter may be over at last.

This month I've finally finished three pairs of knitted gloves. I didn't use a pattern and simply knitted a bit of twisted rib, then stocking stitch.

The grey gloves are made with James C Brett Marble double knitting in the very descriptive colourway called MT4 and the colourful pair are made with Regia 4-f├Ądig in colourway Papillon.

The gloves look pretty nestled between the pictures of the blossom and are just right for the new season. Hopefully I won't need to wear them much now and then I can tuck them away until later on in the year when the weather turns and I'll need them again.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Pink and Purple

Earlier this year I posted about these pink and purple granny squares which you can read more about here. Since then I've added the cream to take away the heaviness of the solid colour, doesn't it make a difference? I  joined the squares together as I added the cream rounds and completed the blanket with a simple scalloped border. I am super happy with this one because granny squares are one of my favourite crochet makes and I absolutely love, love, love these colours together :-)