Thursday, August 21, 2014

Simply Crochet Issue 22

The new issue of Simply Crochet Magazine is out today and I’m really excited to say that not only do I have a pattern published in this issue, but I’ve also got my photo on the contributors page! It was so exciting to see :)
Here’s a little peek:
 
 
 
My design is on page 50:
 
 
 
And that’s me down on the bottom, left hand corner:
 
 
I am so happy! The shawl has photographed really well and on Instagram I’ve been lucky enough to see a finished version of it already - subscribers to the magazine get their copy a little earlier than the shops and it arrived just in time for some weekend hooky time for some! There are another three versions of it currently being made and I’m watching the photos on Instagram very closely, it’s so exciting to actually watch the day to day progress on one of my designs!
 
Here are some of my photos of the shawl:
 
 
 



My favourite way to wear a shawl:




 

 
And one final close up:

 
So, will you be making it? :) I would love it if you did! The pattern is quite fast to make and it’s perfect for a cover up ready for the autumn chill!
 
Have a wonderful day everyone and crochet lots! xx
 
 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Throwback Thursday and lots of grannies

Here are a couple of photos of a pattern I had published two years ago:
 
 
 
The shawl is called Sunset Shawl and I can’t believe two whole years have passed since the magazine came out!
 
 
 
I’ve been spending a lot of time on Instagram recently (you can find me there: elizyart_crochet) and throwback Thursday is something that I’ve really enjoyed so I’ve decided to do it on my blog too!
 
 
 
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This week I haven’t finished any of my WIPs but I did start and complete a little project. I’ve been making granny squares to send to a yarn bomb that is taking place in California in a few weeks’ time.
 

I have had so much fun making granny squares! I’d forgotten how easy they are to make and how soothing the repetitive process is, it’s the perfect project to work on in the evening to relax.
 
 
I made plain granny squares:
 

 
 
Decorative ones:


 
 
 
 
And this final one is my favourite. I love the colours in the yarn.
 
 
Here is my little bundle of crochet ready to be mailed to Santa Barbara:

 
 

 Once the yarn bomb is over the pieces will be used to make blankets for the needy. That's why I chose to make granny squares and flowers, I'm hoping it will be easy to recycle them into a blanket.
 
You can find out more information and participate over at yarnbomber.com

 
 
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Anyway, I had so much fun making these, that I’ve even started a granny project.
 
 
 
 
Yes, that’s right, ANOTHER wip! I had a bit of a disaster on the first granny though:

 
I fixed it with a different skein of yarn and don’t think it shows too much.
 
 
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How is your week going so far? What have you been making? And has anyone ever taken part in a yarn bombing project before?
 
Have a great day!
 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Yarn makes things prettier....

....it really really does! Don't you agree?
 
 
 I like to make lists. I write to do lists for all kinds of things – my crochet, jobs around the house, shopping lists. I forget things otherwise.
I tend to write these lists down on post it notes and stick them to my desk but I saw a little cork pin board in the supermarket and thought it would be neater than my post its.
 
 
 
 
It wasn’t all that pretty looking so I got out my left over cotton yarn stash and starting thinking what I could do to make it more ‘me’.
 
 
 
I wanted to cover up the frame so I started doing foundation double crochet (treble in UK terms). The wonderful thing about doing foundation crochet stitches is that I find  them neater than regular chain stitches then a row of stitches into the chains and another great thing is that you can see straight away how big your piece is going to be.
 
 
 
Have you ever tried foundation crochet stitches? I totally recommend you try if you haven’t!
You can use them in any pattern that starts with a row of continuous single, half double, double, treble etc crochet, just substitute the first row of instructions. For example, if the pattern says Ch 21, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, all you need to do is 20 foundation single crochets.
Anyway, back to my pin board!
When I’d done enough foundation double crochets to cover one edge of the frame, I did 4 double crochets in the same stitch to create a corner. I carried on this way until the strip covered the whole frame.
 
 
 
I changed yarn colour and did some reverse single crochet all the way around. I LOVE this stitch! It’s so easy but so intricate looking.
 
 
 
I got out my eco-friendly glue and stuck the crochet to the board. Cuter, but something was still missing.
 
 
 
 
I made some yarn flowers – yarn flowers are guaranteed to make anything look prettier!
 
 
 
Here is my new pin board:
 
Can you see my first to do list ? :)
What is on your to do list today?
 
 
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Have a creative and happy day!
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