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Sunday, 18 January 2015

Crochet in January so far....


As you know, I like to make "something Crochet a Day" in the hope that it will resemble a blanket by the end of the year. 

 In 2012 I had so much going on in my life, with a house move & a new business to start up that I made a commemorate blanket.  It had things like the Flag of Dorset, the day I gave blood (a blood drop) A dart board, because I dreamt of a dart board! My wedding anniversary.  A tennis ball for the start of Wimbledon (not the year that Murray won) & of course it was the year of the Jublilee Celebrations, so I made 4 squares in Red White & Blue.

(this is at the October Stage)

2013 saw my little flowers.  All the centres were sunshine Yellow (Stylecraft Special DK) Row 2's were all different colours, some were red, some purple, some grey - you get the idea.  The great thing was that my Facebook & Twitter friends sent me in some of their Yarn Scraps by post, so I was able to make it more colourful that originally thought.

(still about 80 squares to go!)

2014 saw a slight change.  It wasn't that I was bored with squares, I will never be bored of squares, especially Granny Squares, but I wanted to do something a little different, so I went for Triangles!



As you already know, I decided on Baby Hexagons for 2015 - boy are they addictive!!






So much so that I have one in DK & one in Chunky on the go as I can't make just the one!!

If you want the pattern it's here - go on,  join in my CAL ! 

 The famous Crochet & Knitwear designer Lynne Rowe has http://thewoolnest.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/cals-and-kals.html



In other news....




This amazing blanket was made by one of my pupils who couldn't conquer "Chevrons"


And this baby blanket is for my Great Nephew to be


In class (the 2nd of 4) we made mobile phone covers


And here's some of my little crochet cables samplers


that I made to show class before their lesson.


One of my Sherborne ladies brought in this project which I love


& we also learnt to JAYGO



In another class this week we progressed to working in the flat round


I have a total of 32 workshops to teach this month, plus I have been asked to make several commissions for the UK's top Crochet magazines too,  so do bear with me if I don't blog again for a while.

Finally, I would like to thank another Famous Knitwear & Crochet Designer, Tracey Todhunter, for her kindness in giving me some good advice this week.




Friday, 2 January 2015

Baby Hexagon a Day 2015


Happy New Year

2015


I do hope that you all had a lovely "Festive Season" and that you are now enjoying the beginning of 2015.

Incase you missed it, my 2014 blanket was a "Triangle a Day" and here's what it looks like now that it's finished

(It does have edging on it, but it was hard to get it all into one photograph!!)


2015 is baby hexagons! It's a great way to use up your wool / yarn stash and they take minutes to make!! Perfect for beginners. Just one a day for this lovely year of crochet.


Photo: 2015 is baby hexagons! It's a great way to use up your wool / yarn stash and they take minutes to make!!  Perfect for beginners. Just one a day fir this lovely year of crochet. 

Here's the pattern.   

You can use any weight wool / yarn with the right sized hook. 

Ch4 and join with a sl St to make a ring. 

Rnd 1. Ch3 (counts as a tr)  17tr into ring. Join with a sl St to 3rd ch of 3ch. (18tr)

Rnd 2. Sl St between the posts of the tr directly next to the sl St you've just made and the next tr in rnd 1.  2ch (counts as a htr). 1tr,1ch, 1tr, 1htr all into same place.
* miss 3 tr from rnd 1.  1ch, 1htr,1tr,1ch,1tr, 1htr in same place. Rep from * around. Join with sl St to 2nd ch of 2 ch.  (6clusters)
Fasten off. Sew in ends. 

For the rest of the baby hexagons make rnd 1. In rnd 2 use the 1ch between the 2 tr  as a 1ch join to jaygo or join as you go!!

Alternatively join together this time next year!! (Not the method I'm going to use!!!). 

Please note that I have typed thus from my iPad due to festive laptop silence so I apologise if there are any errors. Please feel free to let me know and errata will be added or if you have any questions please ask away. ��
 

Here's the pattern. 

You can use any weight wool / yarn with the right sized hook. 

Ch4 and join with a sl St to make a ring. 

Rnd 1. Ch3 (counts as a tr) 17tr into ring. Join with a sl St to 3rd ch of 3ch. (18tr)

Rnd 2. Sl St between the posts of the tr directly next to the sl St you've just made and the next tr in rnd 1. 2ch (counts as a htr). 1tr,1ch, 1tr, 1htr all into same place.
* miss 3 tr from rnd 1. 1ch, 1htr,1tr,1ch,1tr, 1htr in same place. Rep from * around. Join with sl St to 2nd ch of 2 ch. (6clusters)
Fasten off. Sew in ends. 

For the rest of the baby hexagons make rnd 1. In rnd 2 use the 1ch between the 2 tr as a 1ch join to jaygo or join as you go!!

Alternatively join together this time next year!! (Not the method I'm going to use!!!). 

 I apologise if there are any errors. Please feel free to let me know and errata will be added or if you have any questions please ask away. 

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Weeks 48 to 51 - Christmas Special!

Hi Blog Followers & Readers

This my be my last blog before Christmas, so I will take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Christmas & a GREAT New Year

Here's what's been happening in my crochet world over the last few weeks....

I had a stall at the Shillingstone Christmas Fayre on the 6th December
It was a gret day & there were even Alpaca's there with Reindeer ears & tinsel!


Here's some Rowan Tweed that I had to colour swatch for a client



And here's my yarn stash all neat - well as neat as it will ever be!


In Sherborne now for my last class of the year

They all bought a copy of my book!



I am lucky enough to walk my 2 dogs with views like this in the morning


This is me in my Pom Pom Hat which I love wearing



And this is my Christmas tree that is entirely decorated with Crochet Decorations



I volunteer for Age Concern & so I took the tree that I used for my stall at the fayre to the old lady I visit, to brighten up her living room as she doesn't bother with decorations


And here is my Triangle a Day Blanket which has 364 triangles on it.  I am now working on the border.



Some of my tree decorations......





These are my mitts - they are in the latest issue of Lets Get Crafting Knitting & Crochet which is on sale tomorrow (Friday) so do get out to your newsagents & buy a copy.  I have another pattern in there too!

Dainty wristlets


Sunday, 23 November 2014

Weeks 45 to 47 - Christmas & more


I have been mega busy these last few weeks:
In no particular order, here is some of my Crochet World to share with you....


I had to make swatches for a book publishers - this is now all done and dusted pre deadline!
Thankfully I am now up to date with all my commissions for customers, books & magazines!
PHEW


My desk earlier this week - lots of Christmas Decorations being made for the Shillingstone Fayre on the 6th December.

When I went to teach at Sparrow UK this week


I was shown the joined blankets made from the squares that were crocheted on the trip to the London Knit & Stitch in October


One is going to Julia's House & the other to Weldmar - both charities based in Dorset.

In class I started to make a hat with a pupil & got hooked - I have now finished this one & started another (more later)


This is the lovely MK, my old lady friend that I visit weekly via Age Concern


I made her this hat from Merino Aran - she loves it.

Below is Jan who learns Crochet at Sparrow UK


She's thrilled that she can now crochet with straight edges

And here's HS joining her granny squares


She has loads to join & I can't wait to see her finished blanket.

I found this old Crochet stitch & pattern book at a "Curiosity" place


Some very interesting patterns in there - one for "ladies knickers"

I started to teach a new beginners class at The Slipped Stitch in Sherborne last Monday


Here they all are with straight edges, thanks to my tuition & stitch markers!!




Sunday, 2 November 2014

Lots to show you - Weeks 42 to 44


I have been teaching lots of classes / workshops over the last few weeks, plus I have lots of commissions to work on for books & magazines too!

 Here are  some of the photo's that I took along the way, either of my pupils work or even some of my own crochet!

I have been a busy bee with a hook!

Here's DM crocheting my blanket from the fantastic DK Crochet book


And this is a cute lion that BP made, in fact that's a very cute lion!


From my Shaftesbury Class, L made this lovely tissue box cover


And this is a neckerchief that I made from my cotton tape bought at the London Knit & Stitch Show.  I liked it so much that I made....


...a second one with the other skein that I bought!


Back to class now & KPK wanted to learn a new stitch called star stitch


So we both added star stitch to our multi stripe blankets!


SC has made a cat basket using Boobles T-Shirt Yarn - again this is a pattern from the DK crochet book.


And at the end of my 4 week beginners class ET made her first Granny Square


I got this lovely DMC Natura & Petra in the post this week.


It's for a commission so I can't tell you what I am making with it - sorry

Now take a look at this amazing blanket - do you remember the Coach Trip to the London Knit & Stitch?  Well, these are just SOME of the squares joined together by the marvelous AR who volunteered.  This blanket will be going to Julia's House a local charity, so that they can raffle it or auction it off to raise funds.


This is just one of two blankets.  I simply love the colourway chosen.  Well done AR.

And here she is again - now a blanket junkie!


Considering she nearly threw her hook out of the window when she first started to try this pattern - didn't she do well????? YAY amazing.

Here is the lovely B with her scarf made in shell stitch with wool bought from the London Knit & Stitch.


Oh! Another postal treat - my new book.


Yesterday (Saturday 1st November) I took a Christmas Crochet Decorations Workshop


We had fairy lights, tinsel yarn, the music of the season & mince pies!

Here is one of my students showing off her Halloween costume - a Ninja Turtle, which she made in one night! 


And here are some of the baubles


We all made


I love them all


Beautifully worked!


We also made Stars, Christmas Trees, Christmas Wreaths & more!