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Crochet project / blanket

This is my newest finished project which actually didnt take too long to make.

It is either a  quick pattern or I am getting much better at it 🙂

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I found this project in the Crochet! Magazine April 2017 issue.

The throw is a design by Margaret Willson

Here are the materials I used:

which I purchased at Love Crochet

  • and a 5.0mm hook

I am very happy with the result.

 

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Crochet – Memo

“Marvellous Memo Board” designed by Louise Smith

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I found this quick, useful and gorgeous project in issue 56 of the british “Simply Crochet”  magazine which I bought while on a short getaway just before Easter.

Although it is a UK produced print, in this digital age obtaining the materials to follow patterns are really no issue.

In this case I placed my second yarn order with “Love Crochet” – also located in the UK. My order took just a week or so to arrive in Oz. And there isn’t much that you can’t get there.

Now to the project: It uses the y-stitch, an attractive and easy stitch I only discovered because it was introduced to my by this magazine.

Here we go:

I pretty much followed instructions, I used:

  1. Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK   (100% cotton, 50g/125m), 1 ball each:                             Tea Rose (443), Duck Egg Blue (436), Candy Floss Pink (450), Bubblegum Pink (451), Dusty Rose (442), Pale Lilac (446)
  2. 3.0mm hook (US C/2 or D/3)
  3. 3 meter each hot pink & rose satin ribbon
  4. 30cm x 30cm cork board (a 3-piece set I bought at Officeworks)
  5. Fat quarter of matching fabric
  6. fabric / craft glue

Naturally, you can mix and match any colour you like.

Once the crocheted work was finished, I wrapped a colour-matching piece of fabric around the cork board to avoid the “see-through”. I glued this with my my glue-tape roller (very easy to use by the way on all sort of projects). Next I fitted the crochet piece over it, making sure the border and corners fit the cork board nicely. I did have to cut a strip of the board to adjust its size to accommodate my work.

Once the basic memo board was complete I placed the ribbon diagonally over the board and repeated the process in the opposite direction weaving the ribbons over and under each other.

Since I didnt like the look of the back of the board with all its bits and pieces glued behind it I just cut another panel of the fabric and glued it on top to tidy it up.

I decided to use my small leftover ribbon to pin it to the back and create a hanger. That’s it.

Here is the first / “wrong” (but-preferred-by-my-daughter option) which I made with a 4.0mm hook as the 3 was the only size I didn’t have but couldn’t wait to get started:

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As a side note, I am always worried that I may run out so I bought 2 balls each – trust me: that is too much if you are only making one or two. I am still using it now by making a small bag….more soon when it is ready for “Show-and-Tell”.

Until next time, as always please share your thoughts and stay safe. xxx J.

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Crochet

And finally, here is another crochet post – I have been pretty busy lately.

While I was waiting at the Doctors late in February I started a project where I just wanted to test a pattern. An easy one – but I didn’t quite know what it might look like.

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At the time the Doctor decided to book me in for a day procedure just as precaution. That happened early this month and again I knew that there was some waiting involved so I took it again. And here is the result which is a small blanket and I have no idea yet what to do with as we do not have any babies in the immediate family. I was thinking of donating it but who knows. I did lose track of the edges a little at the end so it has increased slightly 🙂 but here is the end result:

I had fun making it as there was no difficulty involved. And by using my left-over yarn I do not feel so bad when the stash gets slightly bigger 🙂

 

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Journal haul

I might be just a little crazy :-). I now have accumulated a few Journal Notebooks and even went so far as to get two big pencil cases. I needed to house my gel pens, pencils, tapes and such and unfortunately I couldn’t get the one I really wanted as they are not shipped to Australia.

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This black case I purchased off Amazon and I love it.

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The following purple case I had found in a local shop, I did put the stickers on to give it a personal touch 🙂

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And here are my notebooks but I am yet to make up my mind which one to use next.

 

The cute little traveler’s retro        The notebook on the left             The blue book is a gift       notebook to the left I bought           came all the way from                  from my son. The green  on eBay. Even has a matching         Germany.It is a “SoftTouch”     book is a Claire Fontaine, ruler.                                                         192 blank white pages, 32           192 white blank pages.

The pink one has Mandala                                                                                       pages amongst blank white                                                                       pages.


I need to note that the red “SoftTouch” and the blue “Make It Happen”book are hard cover notebooks, whilst the other three are soft covers.

All in all, I have been “journalling” now since 9 September, so just over two month and I am still enjoying it. This however I only achieved while realising that I should not be my journals slave but rather the journal should be my assistant. If I have nothing to write into it – that’s fine. However, I do enjoy preparing for the cming week on Sunday afternoon or night.

And of course – I like it best when big family events happen such as my daughters engagement while she was overseas on holidays leaving with her boyfriend and returning with a fiance ♥. The pages then take a rapid artistic turn with stickers, washi tape and sometimes my own drawing.

That’s it for now. Take care and stay safe xx J.