Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A bucket of.....

Hi everybody!
 
I hope you're all having a lovely week :)
 
I saw this beautiful rose a couple of days ago in a public garden:
 
 
There were quite a few of them. I went back a couple of days later to see if they had opened up and somebody had stolen every single one of them :( People can be so selfish. If they'd have left the roses where they were supposed to be everyone in the town could have enjoyed them. Still, I suppose someone's house is looking and smelling very nice right now!
 
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Here is a shawl I made quite a while back before I had this blog. I never took any real photos of it so today I got out my mannequin and took a couple of pics:


 
Really, I got the shawl out to wear it because it's just the right weather for a shawl here at the moment and before I put it on I decided to take some photos :)
 
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My final pictures today are of a bucket.
 
 
 
 
Not too exciting....huh?!
 
 
 
 
But wait until you see what I'm using it for.....
 
 

 
 
It's a YARN BUCKET!!!
 
That's got to be the best kind of bucket there is, right? It was a free gift at the supermarket last week and when I saw it I knew exactly what I'd be using it for!
It's a bit plain at the moment though so I'm planning on making some flowers to stick to the side and maybe a crochet handle. I'll keep you posted :)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Crochet in every room

So, recently I have been trying to put a little bit of crochet in every room in our home....living rooms and bedrooms are easy to fill with crochet....afghans, cushions, decorations :) I love to see little crochet details in these rooms!

The bathroom posed a slight problem but I fixed that with my granny bath mat which is still going strong 3 months on :) And now I had the kitchen left until I made this:

 
It's a pot holder!

 
I'm still trying to use up this pink dk cotton.

 
It looks cute as a candle holder too, don't you think? :)

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Elise shawl and something new

I finished the first of my CALs yesterday and today I've taken it off the blocking board. Here it is:
 
 
 
 
It's my 4th Elise Shawl. I love this pattern!
 
 
 
I made some tassels for it using the Juliana Wrap pattern. The tassels in that shawl are great for holding it in place when worn to the front which is how I normally wear my shawls.
 
 
 
 
 
 
This is what it was like before blocking:
 
 
Blocking really does work wonders sometimes!
 
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Now for the 'something new' part of the post.
I've tried knitting quite a few times but I've never really got very far with it. The cast on was always a big slow down for me, the times I'd tried it I found it very tedious.
 
But my mom got me a huge book on knitting last year and one of the ways to cast on is called the thumb cast on which looked easy enough so I gave it a go:
 
 
Yay! I cast on some stitches and it only took a minute!
 
 
They even look like the photo!
 
 
There are so many beautiful knitting patterns out there, especially for shawls, and I've love to learn but I find two needles so awkward compared to one hook.
 
Does anyone have any great tips  or websites you could recommend?
 
Have a lovely weekend!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Red crochet earrings and a question

Here is one of my latest creations:
 
 
Red lace earrings with a little pearl bead.
 
I used lace weight merino yarn and a 0.75mm hook to make these.
 
 
 
They were a fast project and I love having some bigger earrings that are really light.
 
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Now for the question:
 
How do you stiffen your crochet projects?
 
I've tried sugar starching which has worked really well but I don't want to that with earrings - I have visions of me being outside wearing my crochet earrings and having bees chasing me :)
 
These particular earrings I stiffened using clear nail polish after reading about it on Pinterest but I don't like it too much - the smell of the nail polish took a whole week to disappear.
 
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Pink and purple

I haven't blogged or visited any blogs for a week but it feels like so much longer. I've been busy and I had a migraine attack which means I haven't been online much but today I'm going to spend as long as possible catching up with all my favourite blogs :)
 
But first here are some of my newest creations:
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
I'd got some cotton yarn left over from another project that I wanted to use up. It's a really pretty pink, purple and blue mix which matches with a lovely gift I got given for my birthday. Can you see the purple and pink hearts? They are chocolates attached to a cute photo frame which was a gift from a friend of mine (thank you Brunella!)
 
So with the left over yarn I made a flower
 
 
Which I'm using as a mug coaster:
 
 
And two flower brooches which, after I'd finished crocheting, I embellished with some rose quartz chips:
 

 
Apart from that I've been working on two CALs at the moment...
 
 
....because one just wouldn't be enough! They are both shawls, one is with a 4 ply sock yarn and  the other is a lace weight merino/silk blend.
 

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