Sunday, 16 June 2013

IT'S A GIRL!



A baby blanket work in progress

I was very busy in the past two months, writing my book and  other things, but in-between doing a little bit of crochet
I started on this pink & purple for a girl -  and another wool-eater pattern in blues for a boy
We were in suspense for a few weeks to find out the gender of our new grand-baby.
So that was the reason for the two  UFO's
Ill post the wool-eater later.
However, this is still a work in progress because I started on an owl blanket - and this will have to wait.








Monday, 8 April 2013

Crochet cotton string washcloths and flowers


These are the easiest gift you can make in a jiffy.
And it is very useful and durable

My pattern:
Start by chain 22 ( you can make it as big or small as you want)
turn, dc in 3rd chain from hook
sc across 
Go on for about 20 rows 
Then I did a sc all around the washcloth with string or with satin ribbon if you want to make it look special - although the satin ribbon will not keep its look for very long










 I made this cotton string flower ornament using the african flower pattern
 




I just use a plain flower pattern and slst around with ribbon






Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Tawashi scrubbie -


made from cotton string


A tawashi is a Japanese type of scrubby. You can use it for dishes but I made a few from cotton string that you use for office purposes. We use it in the shower and it just keeps on working. It is very strong made like this. 
I found a pattern here
 but I've made some changes. I do leave long tails of string at the beginning and end and then crochet a handle to hold it by. I've also tried making in a little bigger with more stitches - Use you imagination.


Row 1:
(leaving a length of yarn long enough to weavethrough & gather one edge and tie off.)chain 21: 2 single crochet in second chain from hook,crochet one single crochet in each chain acrossto last 2 chains; crochet the last 2 chains togetherchain 1 and turn (20 stitches)Row 2:single crochet first 2 stitches together,crochet one single crochet in each stitch across to last stitch, 2 single crochet in last stitchchain 1 and turn (20 stitches)Row 3:2 single crochet in first stitch,crochet one single crochet in each stitch across to last 2 stitches, single crochet last 2 stitches together chain 1 and turn (20 stitches).Repeat rows 2 &3 for a total of 21 rows.Cut yarn leaving this second end long enough to weave through & gather one edge then tie off.









Slip stitch beginning row and ending row together.
Using the end of yarn weave each end in and out of the ends of the rows of the edge it is attached to. Pull them tight.
Now pull one yarn end through the scrubbie and tie in a tight knot.
Pull both ends back through to the other side and knot again.
Then with chainstich make a chain as long as you wish, Fasten with a knot again and weave in ends



I used satin ribbon for a nice touch but after a few washes this does not work and starts fraying and getting ugly


another pattern here

Happy Ta-washing !


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


video

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