Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Is this Free-form Crochet?

A lady e-mailed Vicky the other day and said how much she liked our free-form crochet. I have shared a lot of the traditional type free form that we have done but when I think about it much of what we do could be considered free-form

This is a perfect example: when I made the mice I didn't
have a
this is my favourite
pattern but I really thought I was making the same creature but in different colours but there are fat ones, thin ones, happy ones and bewildered ones and yes one of them even turned into a rabbit. I wonder if this is actually the true meaning of free-form.

Want to make mice?
Mum's pattern is available here and a full kit here.
 Portuguese yarn made into a cowl again no pattern. I made this in Portugal but didn't buy quite enough yarn so I just had to go back to the yarn shop!!!!The free from bit was making a thing to fit the yarn rather than the other way round.
 Close up of the yarn

 Two more little eye pads again making it up as I went along. I like the one above because I have worked out how to attach the crochet to a pad with a flap the keeps the book closed.

 Using up scraps of yarn to make little brooches or pins.
Vicky is doing a little hexagons  crochet along blanket, the crochet group I belong to is also doing a CAL blanket so I though I would join in. Trouble is my free-form head took over so I am only crocheting along with me. The inspiration for this was the 400 balls of yarn that Graham bought and the CAL that the Barkham Hookers are doing. The free form bit is me thinking I wonder what would happen if you did..... Anyway even though it is not a conventional free-form I like the results so far. Though perhaps not as much as the usual free-form.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Crochet in, on and around Portugal

Graham sitting in a yarn bombed tree

Portugal: I love the climate, the beaches. the wine, the oranges and the fish ( especially the sardines ) and the cheap meat and wonderful fresh fruit and vegetables but if  I am honest I love most the total dedication to craft, in particular crochet. In every town there are at least two shops dedicated to yarn and hooks, beads, ribbons and findings. Next time I go I am taking an empty suitcase to fill with cheap and beautiful yarn.

These are more of the trees that had been beautifully dressed in crochet or knitting.

I saw patios hung with flowers made from plastic water bottles and women crocheting or embroidering in the cafes and bars.
Not to be out done when I found that the wine was making red rings on the table I made some coasters:

I made dish cloths to help with the washing up. They were well used as you can see.

When I was finding beach combing difficult because of the wind I made a hair band to keep my hair out of my eyes. I also made bracelets for the daughter of  lady who cleaned our apartment So as you can see I did not forget how to crochet. I  thoroughly recommend the country and the people of Portugal.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Free mini heart crochet pattern for Valentine's ... with love


A quicky, one-row pattern as my Valentine's for you.

These are my favs.  They are teeny and so quick which makes them brilliant as table confetti for a romantic meal, card-toppers, embellishments for a love-themed scrap-book page, applique ... you name it.

I know there are many versions of these cute, little hearts.  Like Granny squares, everyone has their own way of making them. This is mine:

I have used small scraps of yarn from my thread and cotton stash in various pinks and reds.

The larger heart (pictured) is in Debbie Bliss DK Cotton which is quite thick.  There is also a vintage Jaeger in DK but a slightly thinner gauge.  I've used 3 colours of my fav cotton - 4ply from Yeoman's yarns (if you use lots of cotton thread for crochet and you haven't discovered Yeoman's can I recommend it?  I have no affiliation and came across it when a client sent me some cones for a commission.  Loads of bright colours in 4ply and DK and on massive cones.)  Then there is some mercerised cotton thread - very old stuff - from Anchor for the really tiny hearts.

I used a 3.5mm hook for the DK, a 3mm hook for the 4ply and a 1.5mm hook for the thread.

Ha!  That introduction is longer than the pattern.

Pattern (in UK terms):

Start with a magic circle/loop/ring.

3ch, into the ring make [5tr, 1dtr, 5tr], 3ch, slst into the ring, cut yarn and pull ring tight, hide harn ends in back of heart.  Done!  Simple.

Pattern (in US terms):

Start with a magic circle/loop/ring.

3ch, into the ring make [5dc, 1tr, 5dc], 3ch, ss into the ring, cut yarn and pull ring tight, hide yarn ends in back of heat.  Done!  Simple.

If you find your point isn't pointy enough just give it a gentle pull.


Victoria x

Monday, 2 February 2015

End of January CAL

Time for a quick update on my baby hexagons CAL.

I am on almost target still. (I know!  It's some kind of miracle)  I think it helps that they are so quick to make and I can fit one it while I break for a cuppa or as I start/finish work for the day.

I've finished my first coloured row of 16 reds and added a row of 15 neutrals.  As  you can see, I'm not worrying about the gauge of the yarn.  I'm using a 3.5mm hook for every motif but the yarns vary greatly and so does the size of some of the motifs.  I quite like the randomness and I'm embracing the chaos (within my design of course - he he!)

Next row of motifs will be orange.  My stash is all sorted by colour to make freeforming easy - this is my orange drawer.  Apologies for the mess :-)  I will dive in and pick my favs tomorrow.

Are you joining in?  It's not too late and it's a really great stash-buster if you have too much yarn or a way to use up odd ends that you can't bear to throw out.  Head over to Crochet Ali's blog for the pattern.

Victoria x