Monday, December 02, 2013
Hobbycraft has an offer at the moment on 3 for 2 on yarn, so hurray, since taking these photos I have been back and bought more of the rowan in green and wild berry.
I have been crocheting slowly, my hand still isn't functioning .The RSI is a bugger to live with, its affecting my driving ,working on the computer, crocheting it is in fact affecting everything I do. I'm still taking painkillers and using my hand braces and resting. It's getting better, but I'm going to have change my old mentality of just one more row because it is this that has caused the problem in the first place.
The black mittens uses a very old pattern I made up years ago ,in fact every member of my family has owed a pair of these at some point of their lives. However, is it just my family but they all seem to lose one side, so over the years the odd mitts have become sock puppets. The pattern is made lengthways , crocheting in the back loop with short rows .It is very simple as ever it is on my list of patterns I must write up but time just seems to fly by, I mean can you believe it is the 2nd of Dec already.
I'm off to use my new kitchenaid and my new food processor.
Enjoy your day!
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
With that in mind I put this " 20 Free Patterns for One Skein Projects You Can Complete Before Christmas" into computer and what do you know Crochet Concupisence website popped up .
This blog is has so much information on it. She covers all things happening in the crochet sphere In her words ""Put simply, this is a crochet blog designed to share my passion for the craft and all of the news that surrounds it. I hope to serve as a hub of information for all things crochet especially in the areas of crochet art, fashion and design. I also aim to strengthen the connections in the crochet community by stimulating conversations between crocheter."
One of my favourite parts under the heading of Crochet Art ,she profiles crochet artist it is here I have found some of my favourite artist
This piece is created by the wonderful Crochet Artist Kyle Ethan Fischer. This image is taken from Crochet concupiscence
This wonderful piece is created by Anu Tuominen. This image is taken from Crochet concupiscence . Its is stunning. Her work is breath taking .
this piece is created by Crochet Artist Magda Van Der Vloed i a South African artist, designer and product developer who loves working with recycled materials. She frequently crochets with recycled plastic bags as well as with thick PVC wire/ recycled phone cords. She also adds crochet work to recycled plastic bottles for a twist on the idea of plastic crochet. In addition to sculptural art, this artist also makes wearable art in the form of jewellery
this last person has to be my favourite . Shauna Richardson is a UK-based crochet artist with a background in conceptual art. She specializes in a type of crochet art she calls crochetdermy. As the name suggests, this is crochet designed to look like taxidermy. Hers isn’t the only work I’ve seen that looks like taxidermy crochet but she’s the only crochet artist I know of to date who actively specializes in this.
The Lionheart Project featured three giant lions, crocheted by hand by her,They travelled the UK in a custom-built, mobile, glass case. These powerful sculptures reflect the region in both symbol and materials. Richard the Lionheart’s three lions crest is created using locally sourced Peak District wool, celebrating there rich textile heritage.
In the spring of 2012, prior to the opening of the London Olympic Games, the Lionheart Project toured the East Midlands in a custom-built glass exhibition vehicle. An impressive 16 metres long and 4 metres high, the truck containing the three crocheted lion sculptures visited major towns and stayed at regional locations before it travelled to The Natural History Museum in London . I went to see it ,it was stunning on the day I had forgotten my camera and the battery on my phone had died , how's that for bad luck.
Excuse the slight digression but I really was enjoying myself there are so many talented people who use crochet as an art form .Anyway back to "C" word and a one skein/ball ,if you click here. Scroll down to pattern number 11 you will come to my free pattern.
Thank you Crochet Concupiscence for compiling this list and having such a great website that spreads the crochet love.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
186 yards (170 meters)
Pattern uses 3 balls
A very simple and gratifying project using a conservative amount of your yarn and your time In no time at all you’ll have a stylish accessory that will quickly become one of your most treasured possessions.I made his cowl in gorgeous aran weight wool .I have used this pattern for years .It's my go to pattern for quick and easy gift I thought I'd share it with you in the hope it will become your go to quick gift pattern. It is always received with pleasure .It is so warm and cosy you substitute any weight yarn the pattern looks lovely whatever yarn you use .I have made this with kid silk haze and some swarkowski crystal threaded on to yarn and it is so beautiful. This is a very quick pattern and makes a perfect useful Christmas gift. I thoroughly believe gifts should be useful except for diamonds, (hint hint for the Mr)
It is just a one row repeat .Chain whatever length you like, I believe we all like different sized cowls my youngest likes them snug, I prefer a loose one and my brother likes a cowl that can be wrapped three times round his neck.
The pattern is this simple repeat 2trtog, 2ch ,2trtog , skip 2ch , 2trtog, 2ch, 2trtog, skip 2ch to end , join with a slip st. You are working in the round. If you prefer you can make this a scarf and then join afterwards, if you twist this 180* and then join you will have a Mobius
3ch and now work 2trtog, 2ch ,2trtog in the 2ch space of previous 2trtog, 2ch ,2trtog ,make sure you don't do the stitch in the skip 2ch but the 2ch between the 2trtog .Hope this makes sense.
Work for 15 or so rows.
I made a crochet rose .I am writing the pattern for the rose as I post this and it will be available soon .
This is a FREE pattern and I’m flattered that you want to make it and perhaps share it with your friends. This pattern is for personal use only. It may not be copied, reproduced, distributed or altered in way without express permission. Do not reproduce this pattern to sell and/or sell any garment that you make using this pattern
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
RSI occurs when the muscles and tendons in your wrists and fingers become strained by repeated movement. This in turn causes the damaged muscles to contract, reducing their range of movement. At the same time the sheaths housing your tendons can run out of lubrication, causing chafing
Key signs that you are suffering from RSI include:
• Aches and pain
If you experience any of these symptoms before, during computing, crocheting , knitting, don’t ignore them! It’s vital to rest, as continuing to do that activity could make the problem worse as the muscles and tendons become more swollen and suffer further chafing
nothing seems to help except strict rest, no crocheting at all, no lifting, and no typing except with my left hand and Im so slow that at times it is easier to do nothing at all, usually for at least a week or more
Have you ever suffered from this? How long did it take to recover?
On a happier note I ordered the above yarn the week before alexander palace show, I will post pictures from this years show, shortly. I bought mine from here. At the fabulous price of £1.79 cheaper them a pot of tea. 206m of mercerised cotton and it comes in all these fabulous shades. I love crochet cotton I bought 10 shades not sure what I'm making but at present they are sat in a very deep white dish. They remind me of Christmas baubles
Monday, October 14, 2013
One of my most popular free pattern over in ravelry is my Crochet Baktus, scarf. It is my version of an extremely popular and ingenious knitted scarf that was all over Norwegian blogs a couple of years ago.The theory of the project is brilliant and simple. Beginning with only a few stitches, you increase evenly at only one side of the knitting in our case, crocheting until you have used half your allotted yarn.From there, you decrease evenly at the same side until your yarn is gone. Voila! You have a very wide, short triangle that forms a wonderful scarf or shawlette and looks endlessly chic and fashionable, especially in stripes or different stitch patterns.
I decided to do the same in crochet. I wrote this pattern years ago and it is on ravelry but strangely , I have read through all my posts and it seems I neglected to post the details of this pattern on my blog. As with all my patterns it is very easy .I think this pattern really lets the yarn shine through .
This pattern was brought to my attention recently when the fabulous Karin posted this wonderful pattern for her shawl edging using my crochet baktus pattern as the base
This has made me realise I have just found the perfect go to quick and easy pattern for those last minute Xmas gifts all I have to do is made the base, and ring the changes with different borders. So thank you Karin for the great idea.
Ohh, if you fancy making it , the free pattern is at the side of my blog.
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
It started with these
48 balls of Schachenmayr SMC Catania . I bought them way back in May from here.
I decided I wanted a colourful rectangular shawl. It has been a labour of love and hate. Love because the yarn made me so very happy and hate because I had to weave in all the ends .I decided to weave and tidy each square as I made them, practical but blooming boring. I have made many other things in between, in a bid to stop me throwing this into the back of the WIP cupboard.
She is big my pictures don't seem to convey that, I will take some more shots but I was so excited to show it to you,
So what do you think? Me, I think she is perfect, as I write this post Im sitting with it wrapped around my shoulders. Yum.
Monday, October 07, 2013
It is made very quickly and would make a great Christmas gift .I am going to make a few in different colours as two of my friends are having babies and I thought it would make a perfect baby utility bag. I will fill it with a couple of nappies, a few organic unbleached cotton handmade flannels, a jar or two of baby cream, etc .I think I will thread a nice piece of gingham ribbon around it for no other reason then I like it but I also think it will add to the 'cuteness'.
On a different note I'm still dehydrating. To date I have made mango leather, peaches, pears plums, pineapples, lychees, beetroot , sweet potato, parsnips, apricots, frozen berries, grapes ,raspberries , banana, kiwis. All have been successful except the frozen berries , I didn't like them at all. I'm going to try and plaintain crisps, courgettes.
Have a lovely day.