Friday, 29 March 2013

Headbands & hats




Plus flowers
It is so easy.....

 to crochet a headband and I've tried a lot of different strategies. The easiest one that I do is
to start with a magic ring with  sc in the ring, ^

Then I chain about 40 and start increasing stitches , sometime by sc and sometime dc
to desired lengh and then start decreasing by crochet 2 together until I have one stitch left. chain 40 and end by making a ring in the previous chain and fasten off

 Flowers are just as easy, there are so many patterns on the internet , you can pick and choose
Here is mine that I posted previously

I used Elle premier double knit natural cotton for the flowers and stringing, and a 3.5 mm crochet hook. 

Pattern for the flower

Make a magic ring with 7 sc , sl st in last sc, ch 1

row 1: 2 sc in each  sc in the circle , sl st in last ch,  ch 1

row 2: In the next sc make 2 dc ch 1, sl st in next sc, ch 1 - 7 times and then sl st in the first ch. fasten off
 This is my flower! 


 And by making a loop at the back of the flower, you can attach it separately to the headband - OR you can use it as a ring, which I think is FABULOUS!




 I also made a few mesh type beanies that seemed a favorite of the young crowd 


the pattern that I used is available HERE



Other news is that I just finished writing my book,  I will keep updates here on the blog too.


Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Crazy cat Patsy and Faithful dog Bruno

This is my crazy cat Patsy , 

that makes me laugh every morning when I take a walk.

 She was found by my son about 3 years ago, starved in the bush.
 He started feeding her birds that he shot and eventually she moved into our house. 
She also had babies here once and then I had her spayed. 
I am really a dog person but this cat is just too much!
 She has been an inspiration to me on many of my craft projects but today I just  want to show how funny things like an animal can make you laugh at the start of the day



I got Bruno when he was five or six years old already. We think he is now 11 or 12 years old. He suffers from separation anxiety, If I have to go somewhere , he waits for me on this road, till I come home



I am close to all my animals but he is the one closest to me. He got me through some rough


 times - Loving an animal and getting that love back unconditionally, This is my little bit of 

inspiration for the weeks that lies ahead. I have to keep on walking and see nature to get 

inspired like never before






Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Bright granny Throw cushions

I didn't only work on the baby blanket. In the past few weeks I had to make three throw cushions.  square, round and rectangle
Here is the pictures of how some of it came together. My delivery was on Tuesday at 9 am and I worked the last stich at 5 to 9. And it is not anybody else's deadline - it was my deadline - I also worked into the night - till half past one - Was I tired - but I am very happy with the results

Square front
Here I crocheted the flowers and then made a square from the flower


 Square back


 Round front


Round back


 Finished - first two

12  Granny Squares for the rectangle cushion - I've made the flowers separate and sewed them onto the squares
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12 squares ready to be crocheted together



Finished products - Voila!!



 The back of the rectangle is srtiped double crochet rows







And here is al 3 - I did good!


Now it is time for a bit of rest. I am also close to finishing my book and then I will start on blankies for our grandbaby!

Sunday, 10 March 2013

The Pink Hearts


ITS DONE
I have finished the baby blanket - in time - it is such a wonderful feeling to finish this
I loved making it
Not a very good pic but it is dark already !



Friday, 8 March 2013

BABY heart blanket, nearly there

I must admit , It has been a crazy two weeks - I have to finish these projects by Monday
And in-between I'm writing my book
I hope to be a little less rushed in the future as things are starting to fall into place for me 





This is the process for each block! ( I did not work from a pattern but from a picture we found)




My daily Recipe for  Happiness

Tons  and tons of Gratitude every morning (being alive and being exactly where I am)
A pinch of Physical exercise
A large helping of Positive attitude
Plenty of faith
A heart full of love, generosity and goodwill
A barrel full of hard work  ( I love my work – writing)
A few cups of smiles and humour and laughter
A dash of meditation
A few hands of doing what you love, reading, talking, eating
A bag full of sleep

Mix it all together and  sprinkle with joy! And ENJOY HAPPINESS










 Hope to show the finished balnkie in a few hours time