Finished Projects

I have three finished projects that I have not blogged about yet!

Firstly…. Meet Fredrick!! He is soo super cute and my first attempt at making a cuddly! Although he is a pretty small cuddly. I made him as a present for my other half and Fredrick is to keep him company whilst he lives in Spain. I sent him through the post and completely forgot to take a picture of him! How cute is he though??

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He was very easy to make although it did get quite tight when I was decreasing and unfortunately I did not have a smaller hook!

I used a pattern from a magazine I purchased a while ago which was Christmas orientated  I think it was called Simply Crochet? I can’t remember now. It had snowflake patterns and a whole section on cuddly nativity pieces!

Here is something else I have finished!

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It’s a kindle cover, again for my other half. Boy he gets spoiled!  It is made out of that Rowan Colourspun and you can see its soo fluffy and soft. I love the HUGE button! It was 95p from John Lewis. Such a profit in button making I reckon… Must look into that. I also have a little of the Rowan left but no idea what to make with it… Suggestions?

 

And finally… My Pyshcedelic Flyers.

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I made only two in the end! Both of which went to good homes. I sold them to my lecturer who wanted them for his sons. I do intend to make more but I have made so many birds recently that I definitely need a bird break.

 

Dominique

Ohhhh!

I have been a little naughty today! I went yarn shopping. I justified it to myself with a few reasons 🙂

1) I am heading to Spain on Sunday for nearly three weeks! Today is my last day to pick up some yarn. (I think it is more expensive where I will be going and I might not be able to acquire the yarn I would ideally like.)

2) It is definitely a good experience for me by using new yarns. Ill learn a little more about types of yarn and what hooks to use/tensions. This is actually – when you think about it – educational 😉

3) Why not? It is one of my hobbies after all, I love doing it and so why not treat myself?

Would you like to look at my new goodies?

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Im not sure if you can see the colours that well! My camera is a bit rubbish. I bought 5 altogether for my granny circle/square quilt. Its Baby bamboo and soo sooo soo soft! I just want to squish it and squash it and its so yummy!

Here is each colour individually! I might – once I have used all these up – get some other colours or maybe use the same colours or maybe be crazy and use a variety of brands but similar colours! We will see…

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Although I can tell the colours do not exactly match the real colours… Look how yummy they are!! The first one is a very bright yellow and the fourth one is white to tone it all out!

Look at my other naughty purchase! Sock yarn for my Apiary Puffs! Oh I cannot wait to get hooking. Its deliciously soft.

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And wait… Look at the colour! Its a kind of grey-ish, light blue- ish, with hints of yellow and pink and purple and orange! Delish!

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I am going to be a very busy bunny this Christmas break!

Dominique

Working over Winter…

I definitely need a few projects over Christmas to keep me busy. I have a good month off uni and although I have a lot of uni work to be keeping busy I wont be able to do that 24/7.

Quilts are one of things I intend to tackle.

I have been musing over making a quilt for a while now. I am not sure whether it has been which pattern to choose or the colours or the fact that making a quilt would be quite a big task to work on or even maybe I am not quite confidence in my own skills and as there are so many amazing quilt ideas out there I think it has slowed me down a little by fawning over all of them. Well whatever it is I just haven’t been able to settle on an idea. BUT WAIT!!! After much searching and perusing of the internet I have found it (I have actually found two)  Whooop!

The first quilt is the Bee Keepers Quilt!

I have also been engulfed in the Hexipuff Craze. I considered picking ups some DPNs and learning but I have thankfully found a crochet pattern on ravelry! I have only done half, well less than half of a puff as I am finding the pattern – though not many instruction and only a few different stitches – a little confusing.

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I will show pictures when I have finally finished a puff!

The yarn is from a lady at a craft stall during the Edinburgh Fringe. It’s pure hand dyed wool and very thin. I think I will make a few out of this yarn but I reckon the yarn itself is too thin and the Puff will  have holes in… You know what that means though. Yarn shopping!

So… for the second quilt! It is a much simpler pattern and will be one to keep me busy in between projects.

This is the pattern I shall be using..

Granny Circle Square

(Like a Granny Square, you are crocheting in to chain spaces, not stitches)
Chain 5, s/s to form a ring
Round 1
3 chains, *1 tr, 1ch*. Repeat ** 11 times (12 trebles). Fasten off.
Round 2
Join new colour in chain space. 3 ch, *2 tr , 1ch*. Repeat ** 11 times. Fasten off.
Round 3
Join new colour in chain space. 3 ch,  *3 tr, 1ch*. Repeat ** 11 times. Fasten off.
Round 4
Join new colour in chain space. 3ch, *4tr, 1 ch*. Repeat ** 11 times. Fasten off
Round 5
Join new colour in chain space. 3ch, *4tr, 1 ch, 4 tr, 1 ch, (4 dtr, 3 ch, 4 dtr) in next ch space, 1 ch*. Repeat ** 3 times. Fasten off.
Round 6
Join new colour in a chain space. 3 ch, 1 tr into each tr of previous round, 2 tr in each chain space. Continue until corner. 2 tr, 3 ch, 2 tr in corner chain space. Continue around remaining sides of square until back to first 3ch of this round, s/s into 3rd chain, fasten off.

This is not my pattern, I am not competent enough at the moment! Give me another few months and ill be making my own patterns up. The above pattern is from My Bear Paw a very lovely blog I frequently haunt!

Dominique

Christmas Birds!

Oh my! Look at my desk! This is right before I did a few hours of crochet and finished my birds!

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And so…. many hours later….

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I finally finished my flock of Christmas birds. They were a lot more fiddly than I realised! The beaks were a little difficult but became easier once I got used to it. The wings – for some reason – I found most difficult.I couldn’t find a pattern I really got on with, I really wanted the wings to have that tear drop shape! Placing them on the birds so that the wings were in symmetrical position on the body took a few goes! However i am happy with my end result!

Aren’t they so cute! I bought the star beads at a local bead shop. I thought they added a little bit of funkiness. The eyes give them a little bit of personalty to and they make me giggle!

Will look lovely on a Christmas tree, or just hanging off a little hook. I think i will definitely be keeping one to hang in my crafty corner!

Dominique

Musings on Crochet

— Musings on Crochet in between Projects —

I love to crochet. I find it very relaxing. The majority of my concentration, whilst in the middle of crocheting, is dedicated to which stitch is to be hooked next and occasionally I have to stop and ponder how many I have hooked so far – was it 22 stitches or 23? Is it three trebles in the next stitch or two? So although I do have to concentrate partially on what I am making I can allow another, a deeper part of my mind to wander. As the rhythm of the hook takes hold of me, my hooking becomes more fluid and it feels – for me – as though I am meditating.

My mind is calm and distant from all the problems I had yesterday and which may plague me tomorrow. It is not meditation in a religious or spiritual sense. Although for some people it might be. It is just a time for the part of my mind, which normally would run away with itself on a pair of skates fuelled by the fire of my apparent problems, worries and anxieties to stop; to stop and focus on only two or three things – a hook, the yarn and the next step. I can forget a lot when I am hooking and I really, really love that aspect of crochet. It feels when I stop hooking or when I finish a project (not only hugely excited because I finished something!!) very calm and as though I have just gotten out of a hot bath.

I think I can safely admit I have become massively addicted to crochet. I think the main sign of my addiction is that. I am always looking for the next project or new yarn. I am always browsing other people’s blogs about what they have made or what they are thinking. It is not just because of how relaxing and therapeutic I find it. I think I have also become addicted because finally, finally I have found something I am good at (well I like to think I am good). I have finally found a skill which allows me to accomplish something. I mean I have other hobbies, for instance I love to read. My oh my, I can read 10 or 20 books plus a year! Yet I cannot say “yes, yes I am really good at reading”. With crochet I can, I can show somebody a blanket I have made or a pair of slippers I just finished hooking. It makes me feel great. I can share it with others as gifts or presents. I can say to them “I made that” It’s a great self-esteem boost.

So although when I started this blog I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted out of it and I wasn’t quite sure what the aim of my blog was… I think I have decided on three preliminary reasons. (although im still a little unsure)

1) I just knew I wanted to join in with the online crochet community to show what I have made and to learn new skills and share some skills

2)  I wanted to document my progress from –almost- the beginning.  I even wanted to share my mistakes, failures, when I have to unravel and start again. I wanted to share that as well as my success.

3) I also wanted it as a place where I could come and look through everything I have made as I usually give everything away! Sort of a portfolio.

So there is a short musing on my thoughts of crochet. I hope you enjoyed it and perhaps in a few months I will come back, revisit what I wrote and see if anything has changed.

Dominique