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

 

 

 

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Off Piste…

I said I would pop in and write about some recent makes…so here I am, I hope you are well.  My makes of late have been a little off piste, in that they are not yarny at all!  

Over Easter I had a little time away from work which was just delightful.  The weather was sunny and spring was most definitely flourishing.  The boys were off school too, so our days were lazy and quite carefree.  Amongst the laid back ways, I still had chores and it was whilst ironing of all things that I was overwhelmed with an urge to embroider. 

The urge just fell so heavy upon me whilst ironing an old but beloved blouse of mine.   The material had become thinned in areas and I sadly decided the blouse could no longer be worn.  I loved that blouse and some of the material was still good and this is what sparked my embroidery urge. 

Having never done any embroidery before I happily abandoned the ironing pile and exchanged it for a pinterest exploration and I was gone for several hours.  I gathered supplies and with a fabric sewing pen I sketched out my design.  Between consulting youtube clips and pinterest I ventured on my maiden embroidery voyage.  I loved it, it scratched that creative itch so well, I felt so deeply satisfied. 

I can only show you a little of this make as it is a gift and is still to be gifted. 

I embroidered at every opportunity, I just couldn’t put it down.

I made a second hoop which I can show you, as this has already been gifted.

Oh, how I adore French knots and satin stitching. What do you think?

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

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?

Something new…

 


Hi lovelies…I have some really exciting news; which may explain my absence here at the nest over the last couple of months. 

 It is quite late here now and I have been trying to write this post since Friday, so I will keep this post short. 

I have come to the point in my crochet journey, where I can no longer just crochet for crochet sake…I have more blankets than I can shake a stick at and I think my long suffering family and dear friends are done with my handmade makes! 

So, after 12 months of deliberation and self doubt I have found my big girl pants and will be opening a little Etsy shop, very soon!!!

I have been busy making behind the scenes

newborn hats Cute little baby hats

baby burp clothsBaby burp cloths

baby blanketand of course, baby blankets

crochet cupcakes
Cupcake Trio

and cakes too! 

You can spot the theme…beautiful handmade baby essentials and toddler toys. 

I will of course still blog…and don’t worry it won’t all be Etsy related, I promise. 

You may see some housekeeping changes over the coming weeks, as I embark on freshening up the look of this site…I do hope you will bear with me and I hope you will continue to journey with me,

because I really enjoy having you along for the ride!

Valentine hearts…

Valentines Day is just around the corner, so I’m just popping in and out very quickly to share three of my favourite quick and easy ♥ patterns. 

Firstly there is my free pattern for my yarny little heart

crochet heart free pattern
a yarny little heart

Secondly, there is this lovely heart stuffie…I love this pattern by MojiMoji Designs

crochet heartsOr do you fancy a C2C heart inspired square then look no further than this great pattern by MA Santos

C2C crochet baby blanket, crochet heart squares in paintbox cotton yarn

So, there you have my favourite three heart patterns…what’s not to love.

♥♥♥♥♥

My Make Do Blanket…

I have been reviewing my yarn stash…I have lots of little balls and some big balls of mainly acrylic yarn…mostly Stylecraft special dk and some balls of ‘I just don’t know what’. They are leftovers from projects long gone by like my Happy Ripple

crocet ripple blanket
from 2014

and my Very V Blanket

crochet v stitch blanket, rainbow blanket
Very V blanket from 2016

and the Cosy Cottage Blankets I hooked way back in 2014

the ‘his’ colour way
Cosycattage blanket, ayarnyrobin, crochet blankets
Cosy Cottage Blanket by Attic 24

Of course, I did well last year de-stashing a lot of what I had with the lovely coastal crochet CAL

I was going to gather the rest up and take it to the charity shop…as I have felt for quite a long while that the numerous odd balls of this colour and that colour have been blocking my creative mojo.  But, as I gathered what was quite a tangled mess a pang of guilt coursed through me…it seemed so wasteful. 

I peered into the bag of what I had managed to detangle, not even sure if I liked the colours anymore, but I couldn’t shake that wasteful feeling.  I also felt tired, but I needed to hook; and so before long a simple granny stripe (there are several versions of the pattern out there) began to fall from my hook.  Even more surprisingly, the random colours were so very satisfying to my soul…as was the feeling that this odd surplus of yarn was not only becoming useful, but it was becoming something rather splendid indeed!

crochet blanketI am calling it my ‘Make Do’ blanket.  I’m not sure what size it will be when it is finished…I’m not even sure how many chains I began with, I’m just making do! 

What’s on your hook?

 

 

Cupcake Trio Crochet pattern

I am so ridiculously excited to tell you about my brand new crochet pattern for these deliciously scrumptious cupcakes...

crochet cupcakes
Crochet Cupcake Trio

I wanted to crochet some cupcakes a while ago, but I couldn’t find a pattern that was just what I was looking for, so I set about hooking my own and writing my own pattern. 

crochet cupcakes
Crochet Cupcake Trio

I have had so much fun playing around and getting the pattern just how I wanted it. 

I wanted my cupcakes to be plump and have an amazing icing swirl and I wanted them to be embellished with cute and delicious toppings.

crochet cupcakes
Crochet Cupcake Trio

These cupcakes would look just divine as a table display for a special occasion and would also make a very special play set for a children’s kitchen.  The pattern is for all 3 cupcakes:

Mint oreo swirl 

crochet cupcake
Crochet Cupcake Trio

Strawberry swirl

crochet cupcake
Crochet Cupcake Trio

Cookie swirl

crochet cupcake
Crochet Cupcake Trio

The finished cupcake is approx. 9cms tall and is made in dk cotton. 

You may also be interested to know that this pattern has been fully pattern tested by a great team of crocheters.  Click below for the pattern…  

Crochet Cupcake Trio

crochet cupcakes
Crochet Cupcake Trio

I have had so much fun making these…I hope you do also.

XXXXX

 

Little Hearts…Lots of Joy!

These are some of my first makes of 2019…

crochet hearts

Colourful 3d crochet hearts. The pattern is called ‘Hearts and Bees’ by MojiMojiDesigns.

I spent a lazy New Years afternoon looking at lots of different heart patterns over on pinterest, but this pattern was written well and was my favourite by far. 

crochet hearts

I really like the neat little invisible decrease stitch which is recommended in the pattern too.  I had read ‘invisible decrease’ in a few patterns, and had no idea how to make my decrease invisible, but this pattern clearly explains how to execute said stitch…and it is super nifty and is indeed invisible. 

crochet Hearts

These hearts are made from Stylecraft Special Chunky and measure approx. 10cms x 9cms.    

I ended up hooking several and found it a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon thawing out after an extremely cold and particular lengthy walk with the dogs. 

crochet hearts

I think these hearts would be adorable as little newborn photo props or for gender reveals or perhaps even for Valentine’s which is just around the corner! 

What do you think?

xxxxx

Sheraby Baby Blanket…

Oh my days! 

Life seems to be on fast forward at the moment…It is nearly December already…how can that be? 

I  have been hooking, but a lot of what I am doing is

Secret Santa type of top secret and the like.  I can show you this, however

crochet baby blanketA pretty linen stitch baby blanket, using up my leftovers from my Sunday Shawl…this yarn has to be my absolute favourite at the moment.  It is Scheepjes Merino dk and it is so, so soft…I mean really soft and plump and squishy.  I started this blanket on a whim and then couldn’t put it down, so it actually hooked up quite quickly.  I hooked it in the car,

crochet baby blanketIn the café whilst the boys were mountain biking,

crochet baby blanketbut, mostly I hooked it in Sherwood Forest, whilst away for a few precious days…hence the name ‘Sheraby’. 

in my happy place

You might be thinking what about all those pesky ends?  Well, I just crocheted over them as I went, so there were no pesky ends at all.

crochet baby blanketIt is only a small little blanket…car seat size, but I am so pleased with it.  This years hooking seems to be about busting my stash and I am really enjoying the challenge of that.  I really do like the ‘knitted’ look  that linen stitch produces to.  It’s a lovely closed fabric effect and is very simple to do.

crochet baby blanket

crochet baby blanketWhat do you think?

xxxxx