For Sale

So I’ve been busy crocheting away, working on some new blankets. I’ve got a lot of affection for these blankets. My great aunt made me one as a child which I still have today and they are the first thing I made myself. My first attempts were pretty laughable, but now I make them while watching TV, little attention required. Made in bright, attractive colours, these blankets are also warm and practical as they are all machine washable.

Since they are so simple and enjoyable to make, I’ve amassed quite the collection, even after giving many away. Some I didn’t photograph before they were given, which I regret a little in hindsight. In particular there was a lovely graded blues/white blanket which worked out particularly well, but off it went without a picture. Silly me.

In order to crochet any more I really ought to make some room. So the first stock of blankets are now ‘For Sale’. Here they are: *UPDATE* All Sold!

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Take II.

So! It’s been a while. I thought a fresh start and a new look may be the answer to my lack of inspiration/motivation in regards to the site. It’s been a tough year, but we’re getting there. Updates: I’ve been busy making many things, including a few experiments, some successful, some less so, all fun … Read more

Fingerless Fun.

Who says that you can’t have fun without fingers? Probably no one, but indeed I have had plenty of enjoyment from this project. I’m not sure quite what to call them: fingerless gloves, arm warmers, wrist warmers or even… wristers? That’s the suggestion from the pattern, but you know me, I can’t help messing with the pattern just for giggles. Here’s what they were meant to turn out like –

You can’t see very well from the picture but they originally just had a slit for the thumb, which wasn’t very warm or comfortable. So I decided that since I’d been spending so much time on my knitting lately that I’d try a new crochet design. I checked out the hook needed and basic measurements and got to work.

It’s a surprisingly simple pattern to follow once you’ve started and even after making 3 gloves (the tension was strange in the first attempt!) I had enough wool left over to make a matching hat… which unfortunately I couldn’t find to photograph this morning, hope it turns up.

Also forgot to take a picture of the progress as I worked, was over too quickly, I do apologise and shall be more thorough with my camera in the future!

So here’s the finished product –

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The Purse Possibility

So when I finally was brave enough to try my hand at something other than crochet blankets I thought that I would start small. I picked a simple pattern, still only involving straight lines, to make a coin purse.

The first time I try a new pattern there are usually mistakes, or bits I don’t think look good, or the tension is wrong or any number of things that just don’t work. My usual solution is to get the gist of the idea in my head and make it up as I go along to create my own version. This is a much easier process when it’s a small item.

Using my standard Double Knit wool and a 4mm hook, I quickly worked up the basic version of the purse. For once it actually turned out quite well for a first attempt.

It looked a bit basic so I decided to jazz it up a bit and add a crocheted flower, which also acts as a fastener. A loop of grey fits over the rose and holds the flap down so your money won’t escape.

Of course having made one and found it pleasantly simple I decided to get right on making some more.

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