Monthly Archives: March 2014

Oooh La La Lapin!

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Hello dear reader, or should I say ‘bonjour’ seeing as I am introducing my latest crochet creation: Monsieur Lapin (or Mr Rabbit for those who require a translation) isn’t he fab? He’s from a pattern in the latest Mollie Makes magazine ( http://www.molliemakes.com ) and was very quick and easy to make. I also attempted to make the stripes on his little top ‘jogless’ by following a tutorial by June Gilbank on You Tube called: Perfect Stripes for Amigurumi (right-handed version). She demonstrates two types of jogless stripes: the no-cut join and the invisible join which involves cutting the yarn. As it was only a teeny tiny project, I plumped for the no-cut join and the stripes turned out pretty near enough ‘jogless’ but I would probably use the invisible join for a larger project. You can always pop over to June Gilbank’s website for more tutorials, along with other amigurumi awesomeness, at http://www.PlanetJune.com .

On the subject of crochet, this month’s Simply Crochet magazine ( http://simplycrochetmag.co.uk ) has some lovely ‘must-add-to-my-crochet-to-do-list’ projects, such as a rather fetching rucksack, a lovely lacey cowl and a delightful rainbow-striped Daschund.

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Oooh, and guess what else I’ve been up to dear reader? I’ve only been ‘upcycling’ haven’t I! You see, one of my delightful daughters had sadly outgrown her favourite sundress but loved the fabric so much that she did not want to part with it, so good old Mummy here magiced it into a skirt! Ta-da!

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My upcycling of said dress involved opening up the back seam, chopping off the top of the dress, removing the zip and then sewing the back seam up again. It has to be said however, that removing the long zip at the back took longer than re-sewing the whole skirt, but there you go. Delightful daughter was well-happy with her new skirt and I was well-chuffed with my first attempt at upcycling, so what can I chop up next…

I also picked up a copy of Cross Stitcher magazine this month, as it had a rather fab notebook freebie which caught my eye because it had a super vintage typewriter on the front cover…

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So I am presently stitching the cute heart on the front cover of said notebook. There are also some lovely projects inside too, such as the terrific town house candle holder and the cute cloud cushion. Of course I need to finish the vintage camera cross stitch I am still stitching, but more of that another time dear reader…

How about a little artful gallery time now, for I have been playing around with pencil-sketched people, what do you think?

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I rather enjoyed drawing her so think I will probably draw some more pencil-people and may even add some colour, possibly watercolour paints, so bear with dear reader. I also had a little play with my coloured pencils and came up with this young lady who is rather pleased with her new hair-do…

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And on that note I shall leave you dear reader, for I must craft on…

Thanking Fab Followers!

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Yes thank you dear reader! For unbelievably I reached the giddy heights of having 20 followers of my humble little arty-crafty bloggy thing this week! It is truly heart-warming to know that there are 20 lovely dear reader chums out there. I do hope I can keep you all entertained with my makeryness and crafty adventures, as well as inspiring you to get stuck-in with some creating!

I also have more exciting news dear reader, for I have finally purchased an electric sewing machine! Yes, following my recent exploits with a brand new sewing machine, which rather alarmingly kept sewing all by itself even when my foot was NOT pressing the foot pedal, I now have a much more friendly machine that only sews when I intend it to do so. I am very grateful to the muchly helpful lady at The Exeter Sewing Machine Company http://exetersewing.co.uk who was very patient with me with regards to my foot pedal fears and other ‘issues’!

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I have never owned an electric sewing machine before, having only ever used a hand-operated vintage Singer, so am still in the ‘tentative getting to grips with it’ mode at the moment. So bear with on the sewing front, dear reader! The lovely and talented Jane Foster http://janefoster.co.uk also visited the Exeter Sewing Machine Company this week which is a bit of a coincidence, as the first item I sewed together on my super new sewing machine was the Jane Foster dog sewing kit that came with an issue of the fab Mollie Makes magazine! How spooky is that?!? And here is that rather dashing Daschund..

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Not bad for my first machine sewing me thinks. Talking of Mollie Makes http://www.molliemakes.com the latest issue is just as fab as always and am rather smitten with Monsieur Lapin so have my hook poised ready to crochet the chap forth with…

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Talking of crocheted bunnies (I do so hope you are noticing all these lovely links dear reader) I also hooked up a cutie-pie of a bunny brooch this week from a Simply Crochet magazine pattern http://www.simplycrochetmag.com in prepartion for my Eastery ensemble. So I shall leave you with a Springful pic of my happy-hoppy bunny, as I have some makings to be getting on with and I need to hop to it (sorry)…

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Knitted Boat Casts Off…

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Ship ahoy! Yes indeed dear reader, I have completed and cast off (pardon the pun) the front of my sail boat cushion. All the stripey-colour-changing-intarsia-bobbin-thingies were a bit of a hassle, but I am quite pleased with the final product so it was worth all the ‘stress of the strands’ in the end. I now have to knit the back of the cushion of course and I’m thinking a vertical split with equal halves of pale blue and royal blue, what do you reckon?

At the same time I have been cracking on with the crochet, as I have made a good start on my monochrome blanket. It is an easy pattern of just half treble stitches, changing colour on every row. Yes, I know that means a lot of ends to sew in I hear you complain reader, but you have to suffer for your craft sometimes. I am trying to sew the ends in in batches as I go along to make life easier for myself though. I also found that if you crochet into the top ‘v’ of the white row when working with the black yarn, but crochet into the gaps between the black row when working with the white yarn, you end up with a rather pleasing dog toothish effect. What do you think?

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Looking rather lovely, isn’t it? I am also muchly excited about my chevron blanket and have to confess that I am well ‘hooked’ on chevrons now (pardon the pun) especially as it is satisfying my triangle ‘thing’ at the moment.

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Am loving grey with pastels right now. Which is probably why I have been doodling lots of pastel patterns with grey, like this one…

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I also doodled a pastel bear but he is not sleeping dear reader, oh no, he is thinking with his eyes closed, for he is a deep thinking bear…

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Whilst I am on the subject of doodling, you know I have a thing for blobs dear reader? Well, I decided to mix my ‘thing’ for blobs with my ‘thing’ for triangles and here’s what happened…

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I also doodled more mountainous triangles and this doodle is called: ‘In Your Dreams You Can Move Mountains’…

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Have you been watching ‘The Great British Sewing Bee’ on television? Just love that show – so inspiring! I managed to get hold of a copy of the book that accompanies the new series and it is not only a fab read, it also comes with 5 full-size pattern sheets, so is well worth a purchase. All I need now is a sewing machine…

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Yes, my quest for a sewing machine continues, but hopefully that will be sorted on Saturday, so bear with dear reader!

Have you seen the latest issue of Simply Crochet magazine? I just love the ‘Edits’ supplement as it is full of fellow craft bloggers’ patterns and of course their blog details. I particularly like the cowl made of tiny granny squares by Jacquie Welbourn who has a lovely craft blog at http://www.bunnymummy-jacquie.blogspot.co.uk as well as the simple lace-edged scarf by Rachelle of http://www.talesoftedandagnes.blogspot.co.uk blogging fame.

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I also discovered a fab new sewing/embroidery magazine called ‘Hoop-La!’ which has some wonderful stitching projects in it, with lots of lovely free templates too. If you like to make things from fabric but also love to add a few extra embroidered touches to them, then this mag is right up your street…

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Well I’m going to have to leave you now dear reader, for I have lots of crafty loveliness to be getting on with. I will leave you with a pic of the rather lovely sentiment which adorns the back page of Simply Crochet’s ‘Edits’ supplement, as I thought it would serve as a fitting farewell to you, from me, for this week’s bloggings…

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Fair Isle Fingerless Fiasco Finally Finished

Yes indeed dear reader, I have finally finished knitting my gloves and here they are in all their glory…

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Aren’t they fab? If you fancy having a go at knitting your own, head over to my sjk1p1 profile page at http://www.ravelry.com where you will find the DROPS design pattern stored in my pattern library.

Now that I have completed those, I have moved onto knitting my own sailing boat pillow; a mummy-sized version for the little baby sailing boat pillow I made last year. This project is a bit on the slow side as, because it is my own design, I am writing out the pattern as I knit it. Such fun, as I do love designing new patterns! Here is a ‘work in progress’ pic for you dear reader, ship ahoy!

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Coming along nicely, isn’t it? As I said, this project is a bit of a tricky one, so I am also planning to start crocheting a chevron striped blanket in either grey and pink, or grey and pastel blue.

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What do you reckon? I was also toying with the idea of a black and white chevron striped crochet blanket, with a pop of yellow…

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…what with yellow loveliness springing up in the garden at the moment…

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My Sharpies also had a little doodle across my sketchbook this week and produced a little piece I’ve called ‘Mountainous Triangles.’

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Mmm, beginning to spot a ‘triangular’ theme going on here, what with the chevron stripes as well. Bear with on the ‘triangular’ theme dear reader!

Well it’s Friday (hurrah!) so I’m off to start a weekend full of crafting loveliness! Craft on and craft well dear reader!

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