Wednesday, 29 January 2014

plans for the future



I made a few amigurumi animals and on my list is to make a cuddly blankie with a tortoise 












A little bit of everything

I have been really ill and busy the past six months - This is just a few of the stuff I made during that time - some old , some new
THE PURPLE OWL BLANKET













COLORFUL OWL BLANKIE FOR DENUSHKE





SMALL BABY BLANKIE FOR A GIRL




FLOWER BLANKET - WITH EVERY COLOR IMAGINABLE



HEART BLANKIE FOR SPECIAL GIRL




african flower blanket I made for my daughter





OWL CUDDLE LOVEY FOR DENUSHKE








RAINBOW RIPPLE KNEE OR BABY BLANKET


OCEAN INSPIRED RIPPLE BLANKET



COLOURFUL HAWAIN FLOWER KNEE BLANKET


AND NOW - ELLY CUDDLE LOVEY







the next post will be a few of my project - plans for the next few months



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 !