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Hi! And welcome to String Theory Crochet. Our little business is growing and growing! We spend happy and busy days, designing, crafting, making and playing with gorgeous yarns. We have some big and exciting things happening this year but don't worry we will still be here with our patterns and we are still available for special requests, one of a kind gifts and commissions. Please feel free to join in with our crochet obsession with your comments and shares or pop over to our Facebook page and show us what you've been making - we'd love to see your finished makes.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Preparations for Craft Fairs, Pricing and Pigs

I really love that feeling of getting ready for a craft fair. Getting the boxes out an discovering things you had forgotten about (of course this might just be me, I am getting very forgetful). Then sorting and, this time, even throwing some things away. That is until I come to pricing - I really find it hard to decide what to charge, I know there are formulae on line but they always end up making things so expensive that I know no one would buy them, particularly at a craft fair where people often just drop in out of interest and don't have vast amounts of cash with them. On the other hand I don't want to make things so cheap that it devalues the amount of time and care that has gone into making them.
Anyway rant over. Here is what has occupied most of my crocheting week.

I feel a bit sorry for the elephant. Although this looks like a mummy pig and her babies -grown up children perhaps, I am about to make some piglets which are even smaller.

Two apparently similar pictures - just to show that all that setting fire to and generally torturing small cuddly animals has been worth it. These pigs and elephants passed all the tests and are now CE marked!

I did make three sets of kitten ears, some tennis balls (spot the odd one out) and two very long daisy chains.

Mainly I have been arriving at the conclusion that it is better to price things so that they sell (fairly quickly) otherwise there would be absolutely no room in my house because of all the crochet.
Hope to see you at the craft fair in Camberley on the 2nd of May 2:30pm to 4:00pm -High Cross Church in Knoll Road. And/or at the May fair in Wokingham on the 4th of May. This one is all day, they close the streets - we really recommend this as a lovely day out for the family.
Lynn and Vicky

Monday, 13 April 2015

A festival of flowers and blankets?

I seem to have had an almost entirely flowery week.
These I made using patterns from Suzann Thompson's book 'Crochet Bouquet'. They were meant to decorate tiny hats but they are much too big so they are looking for a use.

My favourite
                                                                                                                                                                        The petals on the poppy are not really square.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Then with the festival season approaching there are these for your hair.

arty picture showing off my newly scrubbed table.

Attempt to show how hey would look on a head.

Vicky suggested photographing in a group all hanging like this - I hate it when she is right!
Then the vase of flowers is getting bigger - more flowers not bigger vase,

I have done some other things this week mainly finishing projects like these baby blankets. 

I keep trying to improve my photography, here I have taken advantage of the end wall of the garage which has some lovely ivy,
The trouble is the ivy will probably pull the wall down if we leave it or may be it is what is holding the wall up?.

One more thing this week: have you noticed that things made in cotton yarn look crisper and sharper somehow. These cup cakes are made using a pattern by Twinkie Chan and they are a perfect example.

I was going to suggest that you try to spot the cotton cupcake but since it is smaller and in the middle of the picture it is a bit obvious!
Have a good week.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

A Collection of Easter patterns, free basket patterns, free flower pattern.

Here are a few of our Easter and Spring patterns to keep your hook busy over the long weekend.  Some for a few pennies but most for FREE!  Yay for free stuff :)  Oh, and scroll down.  I've saved the best for last.  Happy Easter :)

This one is very recent.  I call these cute but crazy-eyed ducklings "Egg Huggers".  They don't like to share !
Pattern £3 for download

An old favourite for a jumble of Easter favs.  Humpty, an adaptable egg and instructions how to make it into a variety of designs including little mice.
Pattern £1.70 for download

Little Baskets made from upcycled t-shirt yarn (Jersey).
Free Pattern

Really quick one-row patterns for roses (and daisies on the same page)  Pretty!
Free Pattern

My absolute favourite.  A lovely, tiny bunny basket.
Free Pattern

Monday, 30 March 2015

Easter patterns both knitted and crochet.

Easter is fast approaching and Vicky has been busy designing a pattern for ducklings. They are really sweet in every way because if you buy a packet of little chocolate eggs. they don't all fit in the crochet and so you just have to eat the left overs.. Pattern available here----

  I like this one because it looks as if it is sharing.

But my sympathies are with this one who seems to be saying leave it its mine.

 Vicky has also developed a knitted version of Persephone isn't she cute? (Crochet version here)

This is the winter version of our passion flower.
Addition of flowers and butterflies possibly not an improvement on nature.

 I like the butterflies on their own best. They each have a clip to allow them to be attached to anything in your garden

I have discovered florists tape - it certainly improves my primroses.

 Another addition this week is a bright bavarian cushion.
It is on my new rocking chair. I have a picture in my mind of me sitting on the porch, rocking, crocheting and talking to myself. So we next need a porch.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Not an Eclipse but a Black Hole and a Little Green Man

I seem to have made lots of things this week but I don't seem to have had a particularly busy week - may be I have started to crochet in my sleep.

If, like me, you are suffering from eclipse disappointment syndrome this might help. Latest book cover with some unintended consequences. The monster coming out of another dimension has warped the space time continuum and the black hole has shifted one of the Earths polar ice caps! For those of you who know about such things I want you to notice that the black hole has an event horizon.

I have shared the green bags before but the brown and blue ones have got a pretty sparkle which you can just see. I am using them for  my WIPs- one bag for each project- it is amazing how much they hold. I will take the sparkly ones to sell at our next show on May 4th in Wokingham.

Vicky has said that the pictures of the bracelets don't do them justice . So since I was feeling good about sparkly bags I thought I would try sparkly jewelry.

But all I succeeded in doing was to make it look as if a bling covered, drunk witch had come to a sticky end in our garden. One of these days I will have photography lessons.

Then I saw a picture of a granny square scarf that was selling for £189 and it was sold out. So here are two  granny square purses to go with the scarf and nowhere near as expensive.

I have noticed that the sun is trying to make up for having gone behind the moon today - I hope it stays that way. Have a good week.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Three ways with bits of yarn, some crochet bees and a free birds nesting bag pattern.

I think all crocheters have a different approach to using up or throwing away tiny bits of yarn:

This is just for illustration purposes and is a very small fraction of the tiny bits of yarn I have been too mean to throw away. I know there are hundreds of patterns for using up yarn and people say make granny squares and bracelets etc. but this is my method:

I have just knotted the yarn together and I am making a circle which will make a really eye-catching throw in about 2045 -I am very easily distracted. It would also make an interesting beret . I may even undo it and start another scarf.

Another thing our family has done for a while is to give the really small bits of yarn to the birds for nesting. Vicky has designed a bag to hold the yarn and will share the pattern soon (I have put the pattern below - Victoria x). Think of all those fledglings with a lovely soft bed.

And another way? I gave Graham some flowers crocheted from very thick yarn and asked him to remove the buttons before I threw them away ( another example of a frugal crafter).  He not only salvaged the buttons but he unspun the yarn and is now in the process of preparing it to be mixed with other fibres before respinning it - clever !

On a completely different subject Vicky has decided that she wants and entirely crocheted garden so I have made a start with the most important part of any garden:

The one with the orange eyes looks as if she is flapping really hard and it is making her eyes bulge. So she has two possible fates; I could make her the sacrificial CE testing bee or I could make her a crown and she could be the queen. Our garden crochet was popular last year so I am planning to make a swarm.for her to be queen of/over?
Anyway I think they are beeutiful.

Bird's Nest Bag Pattern:

DK yarn (I use cotton – but anything will do)
3.5 mm hook
MC – magic circle/magic loop/magic ring
Ch – chain
Tr – treble crochet
Ss – slip stitch
[] – repeat set of instructions within square bracket as indicated
Htr- half treble
Chsp- Chain Space.  A hole in your work made by a chain

1                     Make a MC, ch3 (doesn’t count as a treble), 12tr into MC, pull tight, join with a ss to first tr
2                     1ch, dc in the same place, [ch3, dc in next tr]x11 , 1ch, 1htr, in first dc made this round
3                     1ch, dc in the same chsp, [ch4,dc in next chsp]x11,2ch,1htr in first dc of round
4                     1ch, dc in the same chsp, [ch6,dc in next chsp]x11,3ch,1tr in first dc of round

5 -12                Repeat instruction 4 eight more times

13                   1ch, dc in same chsp, 2dc in same chsp, [1dc in dc, 5dc in chsp]x11, dc in next dc, 3dc in final chsp, join with ss to first dc, finish and hide yarn end.

Cord:  Chain a cord – don’t worry too much about counting but I do 100ch.

Weave chain through final round of chsp and knot very ends of the cord together for hanging.

Fill bag with yarn ends and hang into tree/off bird table.  Don't forget to pull a few threads through the holes to make it easy.