I think it’s happened to most of us at some point or another and it always crops up at the least convenient of times.
Writers call it writers block, artists; creative block but us crocheters, well we call it ‘loosing our crojo’ our crochet mojo of you will. Much to my dismay this is exactly what hit me recently. Everything I tried failed, I couldn’t think of anything new and exciting and even the usual works in progress were boring me. I just wasn’t getting any enjoyment for all the projects I attempted.
Therefore I set about finding a good pallet cleansing project that would hopefully kick start my inspiration and passion again. Now I wouldn’t call this a pallet cleanser as it ended up being neither quick or easy which are generally key points however it did make me determined to finish and helped me push through the block.
Enter stage left the latest cardigan for the tiny human.
All I can see are things I would like to change and tweak, which is common when I’ve created my own pattern. Thankfully the little lady was a big fan and put it on straight away.
I’ve used a beautiful yarn by Wendy called Fleur in the colourway Allium. It’s a DK weight yarn that is a mix of cotton, acrylic and Tencel giving it a super soft slightly fluffy brushed texture.
It took a little over 1 ball for the whole cardigan and I’ve used a mixture of stitches including the star stitch to create lots of texture.
I got carried away with lots of little details on this one and it just never quite seemed to be finished, but this does mean we have a lovely ribbed edging, and a crab stitches collar.
I’ve written the pattern up for this sizing along with measurements for adjusting as you need and it will be available for free on the blog next week!
It’s not very often these days that I get to pick up the scalpel and craft a design from paper so it’s always a real pleasure when I’m asked to make one for somebody.
The process starts with an idea, a theme or event that needs to be incorporated and then I get to have fun sketching and drawing a design before transferring it over to my computer to digitalise and add text. This design was to be a wedding gift and so it needed to incorporate the date, location and the bride and groom.
The wedding in question was a rather special one being held in Iceland at a beautiful church in the middle of nowhere.
Surrounded by hills of snow and beautiful landscapes. I knew I wanted to capture that so I opted for a black paper so the background could be white and look like the snowy background around the church.
I’ve also made sure all the important details like their names and the date are featured as well as two important locations.
There are some tiny details on the churches including their super mini crosses and windows.
I’m a big fan of mixing negative and positive cutting so most of the cut has been cut away leaving the design behind as an outline except for at the bottom where I have cut the names away leaving the paper in place.
And of course no wedding cut would be complete without a white sparkly glitter background. It conjures up images of snow and looks exactly like a snowy roof on the church to the right.
It was such a pleasure to cut this piece and even the horror of trying to frame it without any dust sneaking in didn’t stop me enjoying the process. I’m super pleased to see it looking beautiful at home with the new happy couple.
The last of my corner to corner blanket designs is complete (does happy dance).
I’ve had this one sat on my computer for months as I designed it along with the Christmas Robin last year but didnt get around to bringing it to life.
This month however the tiny human has began ballet classes which aside from meaning I have to be up at an almost ungodly hour on a Saturday, she loves, which made it the perfect timing to make a start on this blanket.
I added the slight personalisation originally as I had decided to keep hold of this finished make for my daughter as she often tries to pinch them before they leave for their forever homes but I love the look of the letter in the corner so I’ve made the pattern available with a chart for each letter of the alphabet.
I tried out a few border options before settling on the shell you can see in the photos.
I love the vintage feel it adds to the blanket especially paired with the dusty pink yarn.
As you can see in the photos the pattern makes a blanket that covers a small person nicely. Its not a full single bed size but measures approx 28″x38″ which wraps around my 5 year old perfectly.
The pattern is listed here and comes with the full 26 charts, corner to corner instuctions, photos and directions for adding the border, its a fully packed PDF.
I hope you enjoy making this one as much as me, and I look forward to see the different colourways used.
I’ve also listed the finished blanket here in a very limited amount so you can buy one made to order if you are not a crocheter, it is a very limited amount however as they do take a long time to make.
I’m going a little off topic for this blog post but I know lots of you have been curious and I’ve had so many messages of support and questions that I wanted to share a small part of our journey.
A lot of you already know that the tiny human of the house has epilepsy, she was diagnosed at around age 2 and we’ve spent the last 3 years between hospitals and consultants trying to get to a point where she is seizure free. Sadly we are not there yet which leads us to the latest part of our journey; at the weekend just gone we travelled back up to the hospital and had an EEG machine fitted onto Miss P’s head. All the little sensors were glued on securely and she has had to wear it day and night the whole weekend; with us back up on Monday for a slow and lengthy removal process.
The purpose of this EEG is to see whether Miss P is having seizures in her sleep that are waking her up. We had a special diary to fill in each time she woke up (I’m not sure how much sense it made in our sleep deprived state of the early hours!) and a button to press on the recorder to log the specific time she awoke.
All of this plus the continued brain wave recordings have been passed to the special doctor at the hospital who will decode and evaluate the results. In a few weeks time we should then know what the results show and if the Epilepsy is having any effect at night.
In addition to the above the tiny human will also be starting a diet called the Ketogenic diet. It’s extremely low carb and forces your body to get energy from fat reserves instead of from the energy created by eating carbs (fear not she has a lot of high fat foods to keep those reserves up as we are not trying to get her to loose weight).
Your brain processes energy from ketones differently and it is this change in process that us and the doctors are hoping will help reduce her seizure activity.
I may have said a very sad goodbye to the wonders that are bread and pasta but we are going to have as much fun as a person can spiralising all sorts of vegetables instead 😉
So there we have it, a small update on what’s been going on. I hope I’ve not completely bored you all and I promise the usually yarny goodness will return soon.
A little while ago Hobbycraft asked me to design a spring make for them to feature on their blog. After doing a crazy lady happy dance I put my thinking cap on and thought of everything that reminds me of spring; Easter, baby chicks, lambs, bright flowers, blossom, pastel colours, the list was long.
In the end I hopped onto Hobbycraft and took a look at the yarn, to offer some additonal inspiration. I knew I wanted to use Aran weight yarn and at least one side would be corner to corner to add some texture.
As soon as I spotted the WI Home cotton yarn and all the pretty pastel colours I knew thats what I wanted to use. The colours reminded me of a spring bouquet and so I wanted to make something with flowers.
The design evolved naturally and I got rebellious with the back panel picking colours at random for the stripes rather than keeping them in a uniformed format.
I’m a huge fan of reversable pieces as I love how you can change the look of a room and freshen it up by just flipping the cushion/throw etc over.
This design is really simple and only a few basic stitches are needed. Hope over to Hobbycraft here for the free pattern if you fancy making the cushion yourself.
The WI home cotton yarn iteself is gorgeous, it creates beautifully neat textured stitches and is sturdy enough to make a quality feeling cushion cover without being too bulky and heavy. The colour options are all happy sunny shades that are perfect for any spring make you can put your hook to. I am already thinking up my next creation with it!
If you do make the cushion please remember to tag me as I love to see your creations and variations.
All the best things in one cosy blanket. That’s exactly what I was after when I decided to whip up another c2c blanket. A little dash of magic, a sprinkle of rainbows all topped off with a pinch of unicorn!
The colours really do the talking on this blanket and they work perfectly with the simplicity of the unicorn and the neutral white in the centre square.
I’ve used the absolutely gorgeous Paintbox Yarns to make this. The colours are so bold and it is by far the softest acrylic I’ve come across making it ideal for a baby blanket.
I’ve listed this finished blanket in my shop (just click the link in the menu up there 👆🏻) but as usual there is only one available.
The pattern is also listed if you wanted to give this beauty a go yourself. It would be such a fabulous baby shower gift! I bet no one else will be gifting something similar…
Now to finish the next design I’m working on…
Happy New Year! I realise I’m massively late saying this but as usual I’ve been a bit rubbish at keeping to my own set schedule and this post that was originally planned before Christmas also missed the first week of January waggon as well. But nonetheless I hope your 2018 has started fabulously and I’m excited to get sharing with you…
Now it’s obviously not the first time I’ve made something for Miss P but normally I have kept it simple and stuck to the usual winter hats and scarves. I did venture in to the odd cardi as you might remember from this post in the summer but until recently thats been it.
Something pushed me to try something more ambitious and after making this pastel dress I made recently I finally had the confidence to have a go at creating an item from scratch.
I instantly knew it needed to be a vintage stlye pinafore dress and I had been desperate to make something in a lovely mustard shade for months. Its a colour that just sums up Autumn to me and is bold without being too offensive. I used Drops Paris in Mustard and the weight of the yarn was perfect. Its not too heavy but as its cotton it has great stitch definition and stays cool when layered up.
I’ve created the skirt to have a slightly fuller ruffle and subtle ribbing on the waist band.
The back features cross over straps and are finished off with some small brass buttons I found in my stash.
I am so in love with this little dress and thankfully the little lady of the house seems to be equally as impressed. The only thing I cant decide on is to pocket or not to pocket? I’ve dithered over adding one to the top chest piece or two smaller ones on the skirt or leaving it as it is… I just cant decide. Help!
I have written the pattern up for this size so once I’ve manged to adjust it for other sizings I will pop it up on my shop