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.

Monday, 9 March 2015

Purple scarves and free-form crochet.

I have had a scarves week this week. I heard that one of the major race courses (Ascot I think ) wanted to have 1000 purple scarves which they will use for decoration and then auction for charity. So I decided to contribute. This was not entirely charitable because I have been dying to make another free-form.
So first gather together your purple yarn:
 I didn't think of taking this picture until I had finished all of the scarves, so believe it or not this is what is left.

A newish discovery are these shiny, variegated embroidery threads - lovely and sparkly!

The galaxy scarf is what happened.

The trouble is I liked it so much I didn't want to give it away so I made another one. This is just a one treble, one chain mesh with long chains threaded through it. I love the plaid effect - I wonder if I could crochet a kilt?

Having got all the purple yarn out I was on a roll and this is the next one - not quite done yet.

The wavy stem is surface crochet onto a very plain treble background. Then add leaves and flower - still a few more flowers to come.

The other amazing thing that has happened this week is that I have a new craft lamp and I can see to thread needles again and I can work with black yarn, even at night. Isn't technology wonderful?