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Christmas Bouquet -Yarn Review

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I recently had the pleasure to review some Mercerised Cotton for Minerva Crafts, and  looking at the colour selections, fell in love with the reds, so I decided to do something a little different and combine one of my other loves, Embroidery, into a Christmas project.

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I have used many Crochet threads over the years, and can honestly say this one was perfect for me.  Not too thin but firm and it enabled me to make shapes that held their form beautifully.  I was also able to use this thread to place some embroidery into my design as well as crochet.  DMC Cebelia, is 100% cotton, mercerised (does anyone else have problems saying that word!) this one was a No. 10 gauge, so plenty of strength and nice stiff finish.

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I used my fave yarn spool whilst making this project , made by a local woodturner. A lovely oak piece which enabled me to stack two spools on top of each other.    I love supporting local small Artisans, if you get chance to check out his work, he has a new Instagram account @woodturnerme and an Etsy Shop, (and no , I am not getting any commission, just passing on my likes if you’d like to check him out).

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I had enough yarn to make two different designs, this one with Christmas Roses as the theme, and another with more of a spring feel.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this project and using this yarn, if you would like to see more about how I made these, go to the blog post  Christmas Bouquet featured on the Minerva Crafts website. Thanks for your visit to my page and to my ‘Happy Place’.

I would love to hear your thoughts, in the mean time enjoy your Happy Place!

Liz

Diploma Catch up

 

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Oh you’ve got to love those colours together.. reminds me of spring and summer and fresh air and sunshine.   These were the colours I used for a set of Pot Holders as one of my final projects for the homewares section of the International Diploma in Crochet Part 1.  Made in 100% cotton and same two colours for the set but in different textured patterns throughout.2

The inspiration for these hotpads/potholders came from a few different sources, I am sure you can tell this one was the start of the Elements CAL blanket available on  Raverly  I just loved the texture of this one, and one day I will progress to a whole blanket!  The other potholders include a Tunisian checked pattern, a mitred two colour square and another of my favourites is the one that looks like hearts, (well I think they do)  crocheted with two yarns at the same time.  A great video tutorial by simply daisy is available on YouTube and was the inspiration for this one. I really like them all but they are way too nice to use in the kitchen so at the moment , just for show !

These all passed the assessment with flying colours  I am glad to say.  I made a poncho for another of the projects and included a few rows of broomstick lace . I love how the graduation of colour enhances the whole design too.   The pattern was by Drops yarns available free on their website, pattern 168-13.  The yarn I purchased was a budget yarn, but again so lovely to work with and so soft and chunky. The pattern is also charted which I much prefer.  So  here is my lovely daughter modelling it for me (after several bribes aka Proseccos’ of course) .poncho

Finally I submitted a design of my own using a fashion yarn called Superwool by Universal Yarn Inc.  Its is super stretchy and very thick, so I designed this chunky triangle cushion with lots of yarn twiddly bits to add a quirky element .  I used three colours and an 8mm hook, with a crab stitch to join the segments.

 

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So that’s all my final projects done, I just have to knuckle down and do the written work now, which includes some multichoice questions and a report to write.   Time to really focus and nail this part 1 of the diploma.  I have learned so much already doing the diploma and so much has happened in my life since I started it but I really will be glad to get it finished and hopefully pass the final hurdle.   Thank you for reading about my diploma makes and thanks too for your encouragement along the way!

Till next time – Happy Crafting!

 

Christmas Crochet and Free Pattern

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Well, my hook has been super busy with Christmas crochet projects this year, the first one being the adorable Christmas Santa Gonk.  A lovely amigurumi pattern designed by Ling Ryan for Hooked on Patterns, I can’t remember where I bought this one, may have been Ravelry.  So cute!

I used acrylic DK yarn for my trial run and then 100% cotton yarn by Drops, for the finished version.  If you visit  www.hookedonpatterns.com, there is a host of extras available as long as you have purchased the original pattern.

Tapestry Crochet

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This is my first attempt at designing and swatching a small tapestry crochet piece.  I have always loved how this looks in knitted work and really wanted to see if I could achieve a decent crisp look.   Still working on that! haha, but the interesting thing about this technique is that you never turn your work, and the second colour is carried along the back of the swatch as you crochet.  The stitches used are all dc (UK terms) and through the back loops only. Note to self ‘ I must spend more time on this technique in the future’.

Christmas Baubles – Free Pattern

There are many lovely free patterns out there for colourful Christmas Baubles but I wanted to try something different, something more open and lacy but quick to makeup and a great stash buster too.

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These baubles are made using 100% cotton from my stash and used less than 10gms to make.  I designed them to be made in two halves and joined around the centre to finish, you will need a balloon and some fabric stiffener to finish but all the instructions and details on how to make are included in my Free Pattern available to download Here.

They really brightened up my tree, especially in the daylight when the lights are not twinkling, they just added that splash of colour I needed.  I hope you try them, please let me know if you find any problems with my pattern, I would love to see your makes if you want to send me a link.

More Christmas Tree Ornaments

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Are you a hoarder like me?  I keep everything that I think will come in useful for ‘something crafty’.  Well, this hoard was a blessing and was used as the centre circle for these little crochet wreath tree ornaments.  Can you guess what they were originally? – Curtain pole rings!  complete with their own little hook ready to add the tiesto hang on  the tree.

I made these to give as little thank you gifts to the ladies who come to my crochet classes and support a worthy charity.  We have raised over £1000 for Velindre Cancer Fundraising to date and have had some great fun with our makes.  These are made using DK acrylic yarn and again great stash busters.

Watercolour Doodle

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Of course, Christmas wouldn’t be the same without some home made cards, so my watercolours came out for a little play and I doodled a bit to get some ideas for cards for the special people in my life.  Let’s hope I get time to finish them.  Even if I don’t, it’s so relaxing and such a stress buster when I paint, definitely right up there with crochet!

Wishing you a Happy Healthy and Creative Christmas and New Year!

Crochet Catch Up and Free Pattern

Well, I am sorry to say I have neglected my blog for a little while, on the positive side I have completed so many projects, Yay! also started new ones and added lots of inspirational makes to my To-Do list – I just can’t keep up!
I have also managed to write up a pattern for a cute Christmas make.
So firstly, a quick round-up of the finished projects. ( Is’nt it a great feeling when you get a project finished, nothing like it!) in my last post I mentioned a poncho I was making for my sons Birthday in December, this was a lovely make, a free pattern from Two of Wands,  Ravelry shop twoofwands.  I adapted slightly so that the neckline was not quite so low and used my sons’ favourite colours. So many ends to sew in!  But it’s so him, I don’t think he will take it off once he gets it!

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Have you ever tried making crochet baskets?, I am totally smitten with them after finding a lovely pattern by Mijocrochet called doubledouble baskets.  I made up a few to show the ladies at the crochet class I teach and then made a square one just for the fun of it.  The way this pattern is designed, means you don’t have to stiffen them as the double outer wall helps them retain their shape beautifully.

A few Stashbuster projects

Looking at the amount of yarn I have accumulated I have been focusing on projects to stash bust, that was the theory behind the poncho I made, although it didn’t actually use as much as I thought it would. The next stash buster project I tackled was this bright cushion, which hubby has already claimed as his own.  Make lots of triangles and join together, with a few rounds of Linked Treble (UK Terms) stitches to complete, easy peasy and so satisfying as really quick to make up.

What do you do with all those little leftover last dregs of yarn? not quite enough for a full project but if you’re like me, you just cannot bear to throw away.   Another great find from Pinterest this time, for a bright wall hanging, more for a little bit of fun than a serious make. I am still trying to find the ideal place to hang this one so that I can look at it and let it brighten my day when I do.

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Tea Light Candle Holder Pattern

I finally put pen to paper and wrote up this simple candle holder pattern available here as a free PDF download if you would like to give it a go.   The candle holders are ideal for the festive season, shown here with glass inserts.

 

They also look lovely without the glass,  using the imitation battery operated candles (much safer and advisable if not using glass inserts).  I made mine using 100% cotton yarn and stiffened them with PVA glue and water by covering the glass first with cling film and using a foam brush to apply the stiffener.  Leave in a warm place to dry completely.

Let me know how you get on with the pattern, I have tested it a few times so hopefully no errors! Until next Time Happy Crafting!

 

Finishing Up WIP’s and Hello Autumn

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So where did September go!  Someone is definitely speeding up the monthly calendar, the nights are getting darker (more crochet), Christmas will soon be upon us (more crochet) do I sound happy about the changing seasons? You bet, more crochet time snuggled up with some cosy slippers on, fire roaring and crochet in hand, sounds great 😀

Finished WIP’s  

So I was very disciplined and made sure I finished the WIP’s I had on the go before letting myself start the Autumnal Projects I am inspired to make.  Firstly I finished my cotton sweater in pretty dusky pink 100% cotton by Drops Yarn.  It only took 6 x 50gram balls and to my surprise fitted me perfectly.

Look at me grinning!  Sorry about that cheesy grin! I don’t normally do selfies, now I know why haha.  This was a free pattern from a great website I found called http://www.knitsi.com.  They have both knitting and crochet patterns available, worth taking a look if like me you want something a little different.

Granny Square Summer Cotton Top

During one of my crochet classes, I encouraged my ladies to think outside the box and re-visit the good old granny square with some projects that would stretch them.  This is one project I was helping them with, so of course had to make one myself as their teacher!

This is the Sailmaker Top featured in Crochet Now magazine, issue 15, designed by the very talented designer, Lena Fedotova.  I made this again in Drops 100% cotton ( I do have a large stash as bought a lot in a recent sale). So this is another one that was sitting in my WIP’s for far too long.

Now I have finished it, the weather has changed, so guess it will be next season before I can get any wear out of it.  Another reminder to myself to get a move on and finish more WIP’s  before starting another!

Round up of September Makes

As some of you know, I recently became a grandmother to an adorable baby girl, so obviously, baby crochet is high on my priority list.

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Lots of pinks, with cute little buttons… I love crocheting baby clothes, no WIP’s there as they work up soooo quickly. 😀

Hello Autumn

I’ve started my first autumnal project, worked up a colour swatch in those lovely rich autumnal colours…. oh so rich, I am loving this colour combo!

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A simple stitch pattern using (UK Terms) Treble crochet, its the type of project that I can pick up and put down whilst watching TV, we all need one of those projects, don’t we!  This is going to be a poncho/Blanket for my son.   I’ve already got a few other things on the go which will hopefully inspire the ladies at the crochet class I teach,  I am sure they like them as much as I do… show and tell next time.

Hope you all have a very creative Autumn, looking forward to seeing your makes. 😀