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Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Cushions and interchangeables

Honestly, life is so busy right now, I just hardly get any time to myself! lol

Today I took my youngest son for his orthadontic appointment and so what with the usual discomfort of having his braces tightened and the fact he has a bad cold right now, he isn't feeling up to doing much, so I'm taking the chance to hop on here and update things a bit.


I remembered to take some pics of the cushions, which sadly are taking forever seeing as I can't get sat to them much.
I haven't got all the buttons sewn on yet but they're done apart from that.

So with the first one, I did a rectangle of granny stripe and then sewed it together with a flap over fastening. I put a small ruffle round in cream.

I can't decide whether to add the ruffle down the sides as well. What do you think??

For this next one, I made two panels, then crocheted them together, which I felt was a nicer finish than the sewn together one above. I then made a shell border in cream. The opening side for this has the shell border on both parts, so that it doesn't matter which way it faces and there will be maybe 3 small buttons to fasten closed.

I keep wanting to put some flowers on as a decoration but I just know that with my family laying all over them they'll just end up looking a crushed mess!! lol

Last year I was given the gift of some money to get something I really wanted. Well I hadn't used it but for awhile now I've been thinking about getting some tunisian crochet hooks as I had a brief try of it, just the simple stitch and really liked it.

Well then I thought about the interchangeable knitting needles I have, which I love to use and wondered if it would be more useful to get something similar in crochet hooks, rather than buy a set of tunisian and then need something bigger if I decided to do a throw or something in that style.

So after looking at many reviews and after debating with myself for awhile, I decided to go for it and ordered these!!

Amazingly they arrived just as I was about to start the next cushion so I thought I would make it a panel cushion again in stripes but this time, I could use my new hooks and make the cushion with them while also practising some tunisian stitches at the same time, lol

So the first stripe (pink) is tunisian simple stitch, then then second one is a twisted purl stitch and the green stripe I'm working on at the moment is a honeycomb stitch, which I think is really pretty.

I'll let you see it as it progresses more of course but that's it so far.

Oh, and here's a look at the hooks and as you can see you also get a little pack with the cables and connectors in.

The missing one is the one I'm using on the cushion at the moment.

So far I love them!!
I've never used a wooden hook before, only ever the metal/aluminium ones, so it was all very new to me and apart from worrying it would snap too easily, which so far it hasn't, I'm really comfy with them already.
It was kind of strange at first though, trying to manoeuvre this suddenly long hook with a cable and stopper attached, but I'm feeling ok with them I think.
It was strange picking up a normal sized hook after though, haha.

Anyhow, that's my quick update, hope you are all well and enjoying this rare lovely weather!!

Take care!!


Sunday, 8 June 2014

Could it be more pink???

Yes, the more pink than you can imagine, pink tee is finished!!

I crocheted it together instead of sewing it like it says to do and I think I really like how that turned out.
The pattern just gives you the basic idea and then you can tweek to suit what you want. So I didn't put the gap at the back and I made my collar have a small ruffle round it and sewed up the cleavage part. I also added buttons on the collar to give the look of it being buttoned down.

I think I'd make it a little shorter another time, use a different stitch pattern and also I wonder if I should have crocheted up further on the sides as that may have made the arms come down a little more instead of seeming to stick out straight across.
Also this yarn is acrylic, so maybe if I do something in cotton it may drape better.

Anyhow, here it is, modeled, by my fat bod! haha

At least It's finished at last!!


Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Mini cafetiere and more.

I showed you the larger version in my last post and now here is the baby one.
I think it's more or less the same, I can't say 100% as I had to do it from memory but as near as possible anyhow.

The only big difference being that the mini one has a french knot on the middle flower rather than a button, although I had been quite sure I had two the same, I couldn't find the other one to put on here, so a french knot it had to be!
Apart from that I think it more or less matches, I got the two side buttons exactly the same at least, what do you think??

I hope to get a picture of the two together soon, so we can see how matching they actually are, or aren't as the case may be!!

The extremely pink, pink tee has just 28 rows left to do then it will just be a case of doing something with the collar/neck and then sewing it together. It was really only to see how it looks, so if I like it, I'll try and use the same sizing to make one with a nice pattern etc in yarn I really like.

So onto socks. Thanks Linda for the reminder, lol :)

I have been making some tube socks, my first ever try at socks and so my first try with sock yarn.
The yarn itself is nice to work with and being tube socks not difficult to learn.
Here they are when I first started

Then this is where I'm at now.

I'm not sure about it though, because it seems as if the stitches are so pulled, will they wear out within 5 minutes of wearing them!!

Any thoughts???
I just wondered if anyone else had done socks before and could advise.

I don't think I want to continue if they're going to just wear out on me. I'll take them back to where I change hooks and maybe do increases or something to make for ease across that part of my foot.
That's what comes of having small feet with peasants ankles I guess!! lol

Oh and I still forgot to take a picture of the cushion!!
I need to try and remember that for my next post now.

Take care everyone.


Thursday, 22 May 2014

Busy, busy, busy!!

Yes,it's been all go here recently. Some really sad things and some really nice things.

However, I'm going to bring you up to date with my crochet projects right now.

So the rather pink, pink top is still on the go but I have been sidetracked somewhat, so that's only about half way I think on the back now.
The cushion is finished, but I forgot to take a picture, so if I don't get chance to show it this time, I'll try and remember on my next post.

My lovely friend and fellow dieter gave me a challenge. To make a cosy for her large cafetiere.
Now I've never done this before and I couldn't find a pattern easily, not one I liked, so I decided to design my own.

So she told me the measurements and she wanted browns to match her kitchen with cream flowers and red to match the cafetiere itself. Also her cups are a lovely green ... so armed with all the info I set to and here's the finished result.


I made a flap fastening to keep it cosy and warm.

The top is a drawstring so she can have it looser for plunging or just do it right up as she chooses.

And the front comes nicely under the spout.

I'm pleased to say she was thrilled with it!!
She said she's never had hotter coffee, lol
Anyhow she must of liked it as she has asked for a matching cosy for her small cafetiere.
Well the only problem was that I hadn't written down any of the pattern, I just did it in my head as I went along.

So at the moment I am working on that and using the pictures to remind myself.
I'll show you a picture once it's finished.
The challenge with this one is getting it all scaled down but using the same yarn so the colours are exact.

More on that next time!!

So then her Dad asked me if I could make him a cosy for his 2 cup teapot.
He had tried to get one to fit and couldn't, so he wanted grey or cream with poppies on.

Again, I never used a pattern, just made it up as I went along and here's the finished result!!
As you can see, I also made a little matching mat for it.

Not sure if you can see in the picture but the poppy has a green stalk coming from under it.

The cosy has a button fasten flap and a little button at the top as well, to keep it all snug.

I made it so the lid lifts off so he can stir the tea but it also sits on snugly to keep everything covered and warm

I must admit, I'm quite proud of both of them. First things really that I've designed myself, apart from a couple of phone cosies, which weren't really designs as such.

Hopefully I'll get the cushion and the mini cafetiere on to show you in a couple of days, oh and say 'socks' to me as well. I want to remember to show you something else next time.

Take care everyone!!


Wednesday, 30 April 2014

More hours and more hands please.

I've been quite busy this week again so not as much progress as I would like by now but I'm going to show you anyhow.

The pink crochet tee I had made a start on has now got the front side done.

I still have the back to do and I'll also be adding a nice edging to the neck/collar and arms.
I made it long enough to fit over my hips and I made it slightly bigger too, incase my hips are now even larger than I think!!!!

I'm also making new cushion covers for our living room.

When I first learnt to crochet a couple of years ago, I made crochet fronts from odd bits of yarn I had and sewed them to the covers. Now I think it's time for a change and to use colours that match in the room!!

This first one I started is going to be made in the granny stripe.

My room is a mix of creams, pinks and greens, so I will make each cushion using these three colours but will probably make each a different design.

I must get back to the other two tee's I'm knitting as well but at the moment I've become distracted by these, lol

Oh if only we had more hours and more hands!! I am itching to get back to those poor neglected things and plus I have more I want to start on as well.
I guess we're all the same though... hopefully it's not just me?!!


Monday, 28 April 2014

One post or two?

I feel like I have too many pictures to show you at the moment and I can't decide which to show first, lol
So I will see how this post goes and it might end up that if it's going to be overloaded I'll do another post tomorrow or Wednesday as well.

First up I'll show you my bag, as I already said in my last one that I would.

It comes with an attached pouch in which you can carry tape measures, scissors, hooks, stitch markers, whatever you want really.

The top has holes where you can have your project nicely incased inside with just the yarn coming through to work with, but you can reach in through the slits when needed as well.

It has a large storage capacity. This shows it with 9 x 100g balls inside. I could still put things on top if needed, although not more yarn if you didn't want it squashed, just accessories.

This is showing it with two 400g balls in it or two 500g balls would also fit fine.

It has an attached shoulder strap which you can wear to suit yourself and carry it around however you prefer. This is a picture off the pack as it shows it better than I could model it, haha.

You can also see the little mesh pocket at the side to keep the pattern in or whatever you wish.

All in all, this is such a handy bag, I love it. :)

So as I said, I was sorting out my storage for my yarn and it ended up I was going to get some new see through plastic drawers to keep it in. While I was in the shop they were selling off some of the jewellery making items really cheap.
I picked up a couple of the little bits as I thought it might be fun to make some little crochet jewellery to wear.
Will let you know how I get on with that.

So you want to see my storage now??

These are the new drawers I bought with the big bin on top. That has a clear plastic lid, so I can see it in still.
The drawers are actually two seperate units but we just stood them on top of each other. Each unit consists of a small drawer at the top then three larger drawers underneath.

If you look at the bottom left on the picture, you can see my yarn in the boxes I previously stored it in. There was no problem and I could see through them but I had to keep lifting all the boxes off each other to get to what I wanted.

So now you can see that I have the pink box for storage and the one box under it I kept is for my cross stitch frames etc.

With the pink drawer units we ended up keeping them as one unit and Steve altered them so I have the two smaller drawers at the top.
I put a pink cover over it to protect it from the bird feathers or dust or whatever as it's situated right by my budgie.

I'm finding it much easier to get to the yarns now. No more lifting and half emptying the cupboard just to get to one ball, lol.

I still have a few things left to show you but I think I'll keep that for another post as I don't want to completely bore you!!

Take care everyone!!


Saturday, 26 April 2014

So I did some research

and I'm happy to report the bag is fine to use!!

From what I've found out, this started out as a law for the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act in California, which became known as "Proposition 65." It was originally, intended to protect drinking water sources from chemical contamination.
However, it's snowballed from that to include many, many chemicals and even everyday products, such as wood dust, brass, PVC and many, many other things.

I found it on shoes, note books, bags, tools, make up, luggage, furniture, lawnmowers, glassware, ceramic dishes and more.

One furniture company says that "A flame retardant upholstery chemical currently required by the state of California to be added to upholstered furniture foams is now included among chemicals that require a warning under Proposition 65".

So by law, they have to add it, then by law, they have to warn against it!!
How crazy is that??

The same company also said, "Because there is always a chance that wood dust or some other of the hundreds of ingredients listed in Proposition 65 could potentially be on our furniture or packing materials, we must include Proposition 65 warnings on our products or risk large fines under this law in California. In addition, we are required to use the exact wording for this warning specified by California: "This product contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm."

It seems that the risks determined by this research for these chemicals also come from the amount of exposure, for example to wood dust. Obviously this risk is going to be more so at the actual workplace.

Some companies say they would only place these warnings on their products for California, because to not have them there would result in big fines, but because they make their products and send them out in bulk for stock, they have no idea where these products will end up and so to comply with the law, they have to put them in regardless.

I have a friend who lives in California and she says it's everywhere, Shops, parking lots, hospitals and even on her car!!
I've also seen pictures of it on hand soaps and other every day products.

Anyhow, my bag has a pvc bottom, so it appears this is why it carries this warning.
I'm now at ease to use it, after reading up on everything and will be showing it off to you in my next post.

Just wanted to let you all know what I discovered and thank you all for your comments on my post.
Very much appreciated