August…October!

It feels like it jumped from August right in to October without September ever being!  Sorry I have been absent…my excuses are below; however if you don’t fancy reading about them you can skip to the crochet I have to show you, below!

It feels like we have entered a whole new life season here at the nest…all of my boys are now in high school and we are all trying to figure out a new normal.  My evenings consist of co-ordinating logistics with Mr R, ferrying each to various sporting activities, or taking girlfriends home or picking up from girlfriends houses or trying to figure out whether it is ok for them to get the train to and from football on a Friday evening…I feel like I am constantly asking myself the question, is it safe?   Turns out very little seems safe these days, but I guess that is how they grow up…I’ve just got to let them…some how!

Whilst we’ve been adjusting autumn has tiptoed in quietly but surely, but I am yet to appreciate its glory and splendour.  Mr R has done some serious damage to his knee and it has put pay to our usual long walks.  So all in all life has been up in the air a bit, but we are beginning to settle now, I think.

I do have some crochet to show you though.  The arrival of Autumn compelled me to start a new blanket.

mosaic crochet

The blanket pattern is called ‘The dark wave Throw’ by Redsparrowcrochet

mosic crochet

you should really pop over and take a look, Esme, has some stunning patterns available…I am in awe!

It is a brand new skill set for me as it is mosaic crochet, which I have never done before.  The pattern is very well written, but it is definitely not a project for in front of the tv as I do have to concentrate very hard  and focus on what I am doing.  As a consequence I am making slow progress, but the thrill of watching the pattern emerge is hugely satisfying.

I have also been making some more bear hats

baby bear hat

pattern by Rachel Glassco 

(some alterations to pattern made by myself)

 and I have been making orders for this very cute Santa hat.

santa hat for baby

The pattern for this hat is the  ‘Mint elf hat’

santa baby hat

 

by East Coast Stitches

The faux fur trim is a polyester yarn by James C Brett called ‘Chinchilla’.  I have never used a faux fur yarn before as I thought they would be tricky to work with.  However, I found this easier than I thought I would.  I felt for the stitches rather than seeing them and I just love the look of this hat.  The faux fur is just so super soft and the oversized pompom finishes this hat off just perfectly; needless to say I have a few orders for these so will be hooking some more in the coming days.

I have also been working on a pattern for a sensory teething ring, but I am still in the very early stages of this, so I will update as I make progress.  So, I think that is about it, if you have got this far…thanks for stopping by.  I’m off to do a little more mosaic crochet, with a cup of coffee…now there’s a nice safe thing to do!

xxxxx

 

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Panda beanies…

One of my lovely crafty friends is having twins…very, very  soon.

I knew I wanted to make her something handmade for the little ones and I knew I wanted to make something panda…ery!

panda hats

I searched lots of sites for panda hats but, I just couldn’t find what I was looking for…surprise, surprise!  There was nothing else I could do but come up with my own version of a panda hat…

and now I am so pleased I did because this is what I came up with

panda baby hats

Just look at those panda eyes…

panda baby hats

I’m not sure if I should write the pattern up or not.  I would need to make a small charge as it would take me some time to work out all the sizes…What do you think?

Should I write up the pattern or not?

Let me know by casting your vote below.

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pompom saga…

After counting the votes over on Instagram and reaching a tie breaker…can you believe it!  I decided to pom my hat in neither black nor white.  Instead I found this gorgeous faux fur yarn by James C Brett called Chinchilla.  It is beautifully soft and has the necessary fluffiness you would want and expect.

crochet hat

What do you think? I am really thrilled.

crochet baby hat

It sits on top of this little cotton baby hat with grandeur and the whole hat feels divine.

I have been making a whole host of hats and have swapped cotton (just for a little while) for a beautiful alpaca blend yarn called ‘Leader of the Pac’ it is an aran weight yarn and a dream to hook with.

crochet baby hat

I have hooked quite a pile…

pile of baby hats

I have also discovered another amazing yarn…’Wendy Botanics chunky’.  It is an acrylic yarn and the colourway is simply beautiful.  I have made some more baby hats in this and I couldn’t resist making a ‘Papa and baby’ matching set…just look…

Papa and baby matching hat set

So, you can see I have been busy making and adding to the shelves of my little Etsy shop in preparation for the winter time…although it is Summer here in the UK, I haven’t felt out of place hooking these hats as it has been really very cold and wet here!

What have you been up to?

xxxxx

 

A little crafty…

Hello lovelies, I thought you may like to see what I have been up to lately.  I have been busy crafting and hooking and I have also been busy ignoring my PHD projects in the hope I can convince myself it is ok to start more projects!

I have had this beautiful mustard coloured yarn for a little while and I knew I wanted to make a sweet little beanie for a little head.  I still need to pop on a pom pom to finish it off, I just cant decide whether it should be black or white!

Any thoughts?

crochet beanie

I even had enough left over to make a sweet little headband too…

baby crochet headband

I also made a large beanie for Papa’s birthday,  Mr R made him some domino’s; so his birthday present was a real homemade affair this year.

crochet beanie

The pattern for both the mustard beanie and Papa’s is my own, I just haven’t written it up yet.  I have also done some more embroidery hoop art…this is my favourite one so far…

embroidery hoop art

I also have some very exciting crochet news…but I can’t share that with you just yet, I promise I will do as soon as I am allowed.  So you see I have been quite crafty.  This afternoon though I am just deciding whether I really need this gorgeous shawl in my life and if so what colour yarns I should choose!

sunday relaxing

It’s a long weekend here in the UK, so I can spend some time crafting later and tomorrow too…Have a great week whatever you have planned.

xxxxx

 

 

 

Amigurumi and CE testing…

Amigurumi and CE testing…that is what I am trying to figure out right now and it’s a sizeable pain in the butt!

  Since hooking up my zebra last summer, I have had people ask me to make their children one…but, I have been hesitant; as in the UK and within Europe toys must by law carry the CE mark.

crochet zebraSo, for a long while I was completely put off the idea of making anymore amigurumi…but, my little zebra is just so delightful that every time I look at him I want to hook another, in a different colour of course.  I also want to hook a giraffe and a bear and all manner of other cute stuffies. 

amigurumi unicorn

So, I have done some research and my brain hurts…it really does.  But, I have found that I can  do my own CE testing…yes, that’s a whole lot cheaper than sending toys of to the lab to be CE tested! 

CE testing also involves science experiments! 

So, I am enlisting the help of my Dad as he is a retired primary school teacher, and hence very thorough and I know he will help make sure my testing is rigorous, which is just what I need.  

crochet zebra

The testing requires two prototypes of each toy, one to test prewash, one to test post washing.  I am finding the thought of making two a bit galling to be honest, as it will use my precious stash…but, I am just going to have to get over that!

The testing is even more vexing to me as I have to set fire to it…let me rephrase that…I have to set fire to my zebra!  If that still doesn’t register with you

I HAVE TO SET FIRE TO MY YARN!!!! TWICE!!!

Yes, I thought that might get your attention…I feel anxious about just typing that, let alone striking the match.  If my prototype survives that, I then have to suspend various weights from it amongst some other things, like checking the materials used are all EN71 compliant.  Of course all this has to be documented properly too.

If anyone knows any better than this or has experience of CE testing or can point me in the right direction, especially on what is required by law to sell toys outside of Europe, I would  really love to chat with you; as I have decided to bite the bullet and will commence testing soon.

But, first I am going to have to make some more amigurumi for the slaughter, as I just can’t bring myself to burn my zebra!

xxxxx

Spring Sale…

baby accessories

Just popping by to let you know that this sale ends tomorrow, so be quick if you fancy a truly special baby blanket.  You can visit my shop by clicking on the photo!

I will pop by again soon to let you know about the other craftiness I have been getting up to that is non shop related…promise.

xxxxx

Last minute Easter pattern…

I thought I’d drop by to let you know all about a really cute pattern I have found.  It’s a quick make and the pattern is free (always a bonus!) and it would make a super cute Easter gift or spring gift.

newborn hat

It’s a very sweet little lambs hat, what could be more spring like…apart from a little fluffy yellow chick perhaps!

The pattern is available in all sizes from 0 -3 months right through to big peoples sizes and it is brilliantly written.  If your thinking I’m not sure about making those bobbles there is a useful youtube link to help you with that.   All in all this pattern would take you a couple of hours to make…that’s plenty of time to hook yourself a little flock.

newborn hat

I just adore how those lamb ears are low set and droop down.

baby hat

Of course I made a pink one too…

baby hat

So here are the pattern details…

Pattern by: Sarah Zimmerman

Pattern Name: Lamb’s Hat

Have you found any good patterns worth a shout out recently?

xxxxx

 

Heart baby blanket…

Here it is, my beautiful grey and white heart baby blanket…

grey and white baby blanket
pattern by @emmacartercrochet

I love this pattern, thanks to the very talented @emmacartercrochet for sharing this fabulous pattern which is called ‘The Ombre Heart C2C Blanket’ and which is also free!!!  How generous to share such a brilliant pattern.

It is a corner to corner construction and therefore works up quite quickly.  The version in Emma’s pattern has 5 colours which fade into each other, but I opted for a solid grey heart this time.  I say this time, because this pattern is addictive and I already want to make more.

grey and white baby blanket

I opted to add a simple double crochet (single crochet) border in grey, and added one of my natural sustainably sourced cork labels as the finishing touch.

grey and white baby blanket

I just love the soft texture of this baby blanket…

grey and white baby blanket

I think the heart would look amazing in a  swirl or gradient yarn, but I have chosen to make a rainbow blanket next, so the swirl may have to wait!  After working on these calming grey and whites this is what I’m going to be using next…

rainbow baby blanket

My favourite colour…..Rainbow!

 

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Grey and white…

I said I’d pop by to show you what is on my hook this week, so here I am. 

But first of all, thanks for letting me know what you were making…I really enjoyed finding out what you were up to! 

This week has been all about grey and white makes for me…and I can’t get enough of this calming colourway. 

I have a corner to corner on the go right now

baby blanket greyand white

The pattern is The Ombre Heart C2C Blanket by Emma Carter Crochet.

I am really enjoying hooking this blanket.  The pattern does not give a finished size and I was a bit worried it would either be too big or too small for what I wanted, but it is turning out to be just right for what I had in mind.  It will make a decent sized baby blanket.

crochet corner tocorner baby blanket

I have also made some grey and white burp cloths…well I just couldn’t resist!

grey and white burp cloths

grey and white burp cloths

grey and white burp cloths

Having said all that…my creative heart is now yearning for rainbow colours…so as soon as this is off my hook,  I’m getting my rainbow on!

What colours are you working with right now?

All done…Vintage Vibe baby blanket.

Thank you so much for all the messages of support for my new Etsy Shop, whether it was over on Insta or in the comments thread here, I have been so encouraged by your wishes. 

I have stopped by today though to show you a finished project…yes I know it’s been a while!  Do you remember this…

crochet blanketThe post is just here, if you want to read in more detail…but in a nut shell, I named this project my ‘Make do’ blanket, because I used the yarn from my stash and just made do with what I had.  I honestly thought it would look rubbish…but, I actually really LOVE it.

grannystripe baby blanket on etsyThe random colours coupled with the granny stitch give it a real vintage vibe.

granny stripe baby blanket on etsy

I finished it off with this beautiful sustainably sourced cork label which I have recently had custom made.  Check this shop out if you’d like labels like this (no affiliate link…I just love this shop!).

baby blanket on etsy

I bordered it in red, as this yarn was what I had the most of, I only just had enough to add one round of granny stitches…I really would have liked to have added several more rows to make a wider band around the blanket, but this is my ‘make do’ blanket, so one round it was.

baby blanket on Etsy

All in all, I am thrilled with this make, it’s busted some stash, become something beautiful and was quite quick to make.  I now have a corner to corner on my hook, if you follow me on insta then you may have seen some sneak peeks, but if not, I will put a post up all about that really soon…It’s an awesome pattern. 

What have you got on the go at the moment?  I would love to know.