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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Cross stitch dilemma and a loom hat!!

I'm having a clear out of all my stash and hiding at the back is all my cross stitch stash.
I rarely even look at it now.
So I'm wondering, would it be better to just put the lot up for sale?? At least someone would get the use of it. It's just all stuck at the back of my cupboard doing nothing.
I'm trying to decide ...

Cross stitch stash. (The scary part being, I think there's more!!).

One good thing though, I got out my loom and had a play with it and come up with my first project from it. A lovely warm hat!!

It was good fun to do. I think I'll try more with the loom soon.

I've also started another knitting project which I'll show soon and my crochet hooks aren't being ignored either, so more to show from them soon too.

Hope you are all well. Take care.


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Monday, 17 February 2014

Braces and wrist cuffs.

So my youngest son needed braces on his teeth due to overcrowding.
The past three weeks have been taken up with having 4 extractions in readiness and then the fitting of the braces themselves.
Anyone who has had braces knows it's pretty painful at first so add into the equation his older brother gifting him with a rotten heavy cold and you will understand he's not had the best of times.
So I haven't had the time to do much for myself recently. However, I did manage to get in a pair of crocheted wrist cuffs!!
These are for wearing under a coat and are in aran yarn, so lovely and warm.
I've shown them here under my cardigan, lol and the pictures aren't too good either as I had to take them one handed but you can get the idea at least!

So here they are, my wrist cuffs!!

And here they are showing how they would look under a coat.

Hope you like them.


Thursday, 13 February 2014

Sunglasses alert!!

My mum is always losing things.
It's almost compulsory!! So just for fun I crocheted her a book cover in the brightest yarn I have. It's totally in your face. Don't think she'll be losing this in a hurry. LOL!!

It's made with a chunky yarn and has two crocheted hearts on the cover.

Hopefully it'll make her laugh as well.


Speaking of my mum, she has given me a lovely gift that I'm totally over the moon with.
A complete set of Chiaogoo interchangeable needles!!!

And here they are inside. One set is missing as it's out being used.
You have a zipped side pocket which has the cables, connectors, stoppers, keys, stitch markers etc inside there.

It's a wonderful set and really nice to knit with.

I love it!!

Oh and on the subject of knitting, I sat and unravelled the tee I was working on. I don't want to waste all that yarn. I just need to find a more suitable project for it instead.

So now I'm crocheting another little book cover, but in a less gaudy colour!! LOL

Hope all is well with each of you.
Take care


Saturday, 8 February 2014

On my needles now

So at the moment I'm knitting, although I have to say my crochet hook is calling me as I have an urge to make a crochet book cover right now as well, so I may well give in and have two projects on the go at once. :-)

I decided to try some yarn in my knitted piece which I haven't used before. It's called 'Wonder knit' (100% acrylic) and is a self patterning DK yarn.
The yarn itself is lovely to work with and it was quite cheap as well, so I'm happy with it.

I have come across one problem, which I'll mention in a moment.

The yarn:

I've been working on a tee style jumper for myself, but it has patterns on it, which kind of take away from the patterning of the yarn I think. So, my thoughts so far are that this yarn is best suited to being used on plain knit.
The other 'problem' which I mentioned earlier, is that I am working flat, rather than in the round and it's occurred to me that this is going to cause me some problems because first, I have to make sure the striping matches to the back, or it's going to look odd and second, the top of the tee is divided and you add another ball so as to work the shoulders from two seperate balls.
So again, the striping element is going to cause me difficulties, to get it matched correctly.
I can do it, but it might make me waste a lot of the yarn.


So now I'm wondering whether to just unravel it all and chalk it up to experience. Then find some plain yarn to do this tee in and a plain pattern in the round for the self striping yarn above.
I'll think it through first and see if I can work out a way round it but I don't want to be wasting lots of yarn if I can help it.

Anyhow, this is the back, which is now completed.

So what to do?!!
I need to give it some thought.

Take care everyone.


Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Some pictures to share.

Nine months since I last posted on here. Will anyone still read this??

So much has happened but I won't go into that. One thing I'm happy to be able to say though is that my mum is doing well at the moment. :)
She had stents and has been building up her strength and although she has to take things easier, she's back on her feet again.

I've been a bit on and off with doing anything much and some things I made, such as hats and a few small thread doilies, I never took pictures of, but I do have some things to share with you to catch us up to now.

These aren't in order as I can't even remember what I made when, but in picture order ...
First up is a 'scoodie' I crocheted. A lovely thick yarn which I think I used doubled if I remember rightly, but at anyrate, a very warm hood and scarf is the result.

The second picture is a glittery crochet padded purse type cosy for a phone.
I didn't work to any pattern, I just made it up out of my head, lol.
The inside is double crochet which I think I did a FP and BP pattern to make it thick and give the padded effect.
The outside is all HDC. I single crocheted the two together leaving enough to make the flap over for the purse and did a loop to fasten over the button.
On the inside as you open it, I put a little cross stitch picture on black evenweave, just to give a bit of unexpected interest.
Then I crocheted a heart and added a button. I sized it by my own phone, but I gave it to a friend as a present.

Picture three is a knitted ice blue fluffy scarf made by using three balls of eyelash yarn.
It came out really cosy and was another present for a friend.

The fourth picture is of two phone cosies I just made up. Again I just sized them to my own phone and made them up as I went along.

Picture five is my attempt at entrelac. It's tunisian crochet in the round using two balls of yarn and it was only a practice piece. I unravelled it once I got the hang of things.
I just wanted to try tunisian crochet and then I decided to try entrelac as well.
I just used a normal crochet hook.

Picture six is of a small piece of hardanger that I had done and then I crocheted a back and the sides and added a small hanging loop, to make a nice decorative tile.

The seventh picture is a full sized crochet ripple blanket I made. Very cosy when you feel unwell and just want something to snuggle into.

Picture eight is two small crochet bags. I was pleased with them but wish I was clever enough to line them. I think they would be more sturdy if they were lined.
I had fun making them though.

The last picture is a purple and black bag. The handles look a bit strange because of the angle of the picture but they are the same size.
Again, I wish I knew enough to line it and make it more sturdy.

So this sort of catches me up with as much as I can show you. At the moment I am knitting, so rather than add it to this post, I'll give my latest project a post of it's own.

Hope you are all keeping well. I'm too far behind to catch up with you all but hopefully I can go on from here.

Take care!!