Thursday, 16 February 2017

Crochet Hair Clips

I came across two spring hair clips in my cupboard. I don't even remember buying them, maybe someone gave them to me, who knows? Anyway, I am trying to use things up so making them into useful clips was my little craft project today.




I glued the clips on with the glue gun.


Ta dah! They work really well. Little M's hair is too fine for them but Big Sis bagged this make where they looked lovely in her thicker hair.


Quick one today! 

Jo x

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Stranded Knitting

I am continuing to hone my fair isle knitting skills. I am building up to a garment, maybe next year.My shoulder is getting better each month. This is the setesdal nordic pattern which I used on my hat but it is just a mash up of left over stash for practise really. It reminds me of a jumper my brother had in the 1970's!



I don't know about you, but I like my practise pieces to actually be something. I remember using my first ever crochet square with wobbly edges as a windscreen cloth in my car just so that it had a purpose. That was 10 years ago.


And so this story begins when my mum asked me to help her set up ravelry and her WI link on her new ipad. Apprehensively, she came round with her new bit of technology. I smiled because she still had it protected with the foam/polystrene envelope that it came in so I decided to make the ipad case from my Nordic knit book for her.


It is lined with a piece of self made felt from a shrunk jumper. I have quite a collection of these behind the sofa! I probably have enough to make a fleecy patch blanket - oooh now there's an idea...

anyway a fully-lined 70's inspired bit of intarsia knitting in exchange for this beauty:




An Aftur jumper which my mum has made for me. 
I LOVE, love, love this jumper :)



It is made from this FREE pattern here. Using Drops Nepal in these colours:



Thanks mum and happy knitting and learning on your new ipad. 
Jo x

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Crochet Heart

Using up a few leftovers and gifting to a friend. Nothing purchased all found in the house: keyring, stuffing, string, yarn and a hook


A nice little project to fiddle with in the evening, maybe just in time for Valentines day. 
The pattern can be found here.


Still not bought any craft items in 2017. Whoop!
Thanks for popping by. Jo x

Monday, 6 February 2017

Crochet On The Go

I love a portable crochet project. This little bag gets emptied and filled with all sorts of crochet projects which get taken with me to a variety of places. Monday is laundry day so it always comes with me for half an hour while I dry a weeks worth of washing. 


I sometimes throw it in my work bag for a little quiet crochet at lunchtime which doubles up as always being in the car if I get to school a bit early to pick up the children.



This yarn is Stylecraft Stars which is left over from a jumper my mum made for Heidi this Christmas. Ironically, it is perfect for making crocheted stars as Christmas decorations. The pattern is from Attic 24. I starched and blocked each one to stop the points curling at the edges.

Ta dah! These are going in my present box for friends and family.


Thanks for stopping by. I never did see the levi guy!

Friday, 3 February 2017

Beaded Sedge Stitch Crochet Cowl

Here we are again busting through some more of my stash this week. It has taken me about two weeks to make a crochet cowl. It is made in sedge stitch and finished with a random selection of buttons and broken necklace collections. 


It is made in one continuous piece and twisted twice on wearing. The yarn is Katia Tupa which is 50& Merino and 50% silk, perfect for neckwear. I had 2 skeins left over from my crochet tunic I made last year. 


Sedge stitch is worked over three stitches. You do one double crochet, one half treble and one treble all in the same stitch then repeat after skipping two stitches. You can see a picture tutorial here.


The last teeny bit made a little brooch to go with it.


Now, if you are wondering where to find the pattern I am afraid I made it up as I went along. I chained 198 (a multiple of three) and just did the sedge stitch until the wool nearly ran out. Then made a chain border to add the buttons and beads. The flower is the first two petal rounds of my flower tutorial on the right hand sidebar.



Used 2 skeins of wool
66 odd white buttons
66 odd beads
1 brooch pin
1 flower centre button

Bought nothing, gained a gift. I'm entering my second month without buying craft stuff. This one is going in my present box.

Thanks for dropping by. Jo xx

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Quick Make Oven Gloves

My girl is a keen cook. Her victoria sponge is to die for. She follows instructions meticulously. She hates it when I cook and add or change things. If it said, "wear your hair in plaits before opening the oven door," she would do it! I have made her some oven mitts to stay safe and feel confident.


She is allowed to put things in and out of the oven when I am there and she likes that. She is nine.


I used up the rest of the fat quarters which I won in a competition. I used the dark green for the palm side and the white for the top. I could see no other use for mallard duck printed fabric. 
It has all gone now. Phew!

The pattern is from Gingercake here. They are lined and padded. 
That is what I made today. Jo x

PS: After school baking - peanut cookies with Christmas sweets pushed in the centre while they were still warm.  Yes, we still have chocolate leftover on the 1st February!