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Graphic Backpack

Hi peeps, yes – I am still here; it has been crazy in our household since my last post.

So apologies for not posting lately but I will endavour to come back more frequently now.

Thanks for sticking around.

So, to start off my “comeback” I will show you one of my crochet projects I completed not so long ago. It is one that can drive you “bananas” as there is a colour change every 4th stitch or so. I found the free pattern on the Paintbox Yarn website and fell in love.

Most of the time I buy my yarn on LoveCrochet and at the time there were a few specials on the Paintbox yarn. So I sat down and figured out what I needed. Once the stash

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arrived I could begin:

Material used:

Skill Level as per pattern is said to be Intermediate but I think if you are comfortable with the colour changes it should be easier.

It is a great project because it is so different from other bags or blankets.

I can offer a photo while I was in the middle of the work and of course a finished result:

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I loved making it.

 

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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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Leftovers….

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Now that I have actually finished my Cosy Stripe Blanket and some fingerless gloves in between I am ready for some smaller and quicker projects.

After cruising the interwebs and looking through my leftover yarn stash I decided that these coasters by Marinke (Wink) are the perfect way to use my leftovers from the foxy gloves I made a view months ago for my daughters upcoming trip to Europe.

Only difference really is that I made a set of 6 🙂

Best thing about them: they are easy, quick and a perfect Christmas present (yep, don’t get me started but I hate to break it to you it isn’t that long to go). I know exactly whom to give it to.

With that I have started officially thinking about this years presents – have you?

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As always – stay safe. Love J. xx

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Cosy Stripe Blanket (Attic24)

I am so proud of myself. Yep, this is how I am starting this post 🙂

My biggest project yet – let me re-phrase this: my biggest completed project yet is finished!

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Attic24Cosy striped blanket is here albeit not for long. It will make the trip to Europe in less than 3 weeks to help my nearly 98-year old Purzel-Oma to stay warm while thinking of us here in Oz.

I found this project while I was looking to crochet something that would take me a little longer, would be a bit bigger and completely different from all my other things I have ever done.

Yes, this is also my very first blanket and how much I enjoyed doing it.

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Lucy is the name behind Attic24 and is full of creative handcrafts and projects. I highly recommend you to check it out.

So here it goes:

I have Lucy’s website Attic24 bookmarked as I find a lot of fun projects on it. Most of her patterns are in UK terms and it is great that she actually specifies that very fact. I find that extremely helpful.

Anyway – back to the Cosy Stripe Blanket, let’s get started:

Best thing, it uses only one stitch: the Treble Crochet (or DC in US terms):

tr [treble] – yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull through the stitch (3 loops on the hook), yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through remaining 2 loops

The pattern is also step-by-step accompanied by pictures if you need some visual help.

Next we are required to have 15  x 100g balls of Stylecraft Special DK but as always I needed to find an alternative and used 4 Seasons Marvel 8 Ply Yarn from Spotlight .

The colours I chose were: mint, cerise, laguna, aqua, green, pink, orange, lemsor, flesh, royal blue, sungold, lime, purple, saxe and claret.

Before I started I needed to get my colour sequence in order. To do that I cut from each ball about 10cm and arranged the strings until I was happy with the order. I sticky-taped the sequence to the back of the printed pattern and with the recommended Size 4 hook I was ready to get started.

For you guys that started following me you will know that I learned the Foundation Single Crochet stitch which replaces the chain and subsequent first row of stitches with the Fox Fingerless Gloves.     I did use them here again and am pleased to say it looks a lot tidier for me as my chains are very crooked.

I wasn’t too worried about the measurements of the end result which actually is 145cm x 147cm; nearly square without intention. However when it came to the edging I did get quite worried about having enough yarn left, so I decided to finish the blanket with 2 colours short off completing the full sequence in the hope that it will leave me with enough yarn for the  first two rounds of edging. I knew the 3rd round was easy enough and not very yarn hungry but the last and 4th did get me worried. But as can be seen – all is well and there is still plenty left.

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There you have it; I can just imagine my beautiful Purzel-Oma (grandma, in case you are wondering is named after her most treasured late cat) sitting on her balcony with this blanket on her knees for comfort and warmth, a cuppa in her hands and thinking of us. Bliss ♥♥♥

Until then – stay safe peeps. J xx

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Crochet – Chunky Fingerless Gloves

Pattern 2 Review

Amazing how time flies when you are having fun. And as requested by my daughter I have now finished the second pair of finger-less gloves for her to take on her trip.

And as I did enjoy doing it the first time around I decided to keep going. That is not to say I am an expert – far from it. But sometimes being the beginner trying to follow that pattern makes us smarter for next time and/or forces us to learn new things.

So with no further ado, here it goes:

Chunky Fingerless Gloves by Jessica at Domestic Bliss Squared

Before I start, here is what the designer Jessica’s gloves look like – pretty cool right?:

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Now to the supplies required:

1.Yarn:

Jessica used Lion Brand Yarn 830-132I Cotton-Ease Yarn in Taupe

This does not seem to be available in Australia or even on the manufacturer’s website. So, again I went to my trusted local wool store Mooroolbark Wool and we chose to purchase two 50g donuts of Cleckheaton Lawson Tweed 12 ply in Ether. You will need two even if most of the second donut will not be used.

  1. Hook H (5.0mm)
  2. Yarn Needle to weave it all in neatly.

Now to the making of it.

The pattern is written clearly and easy to follow until I got to the thumbholes. They have got me twice and funnily enough on the second glove. It seemed to be flowing on the first as instructed but on the second I started thinking about the workings and that forced me to undo it twice right back to where the clusters start.

Jessica did edit the pattern sometime after she initially wrote it as there were a few confusions by other crocheters as well. It didn’t make it clearer for me but I am not here to complain rather just wanting to tell how I went with it.

Even as a novice I think it is possible to find ways around it although they likely do not look as neat as Jessica’s gloves.

I will not go with the failure part on this pattern as I think that this is a challenging one (perhaps just for me) but I cannot see where I failed to read it correctly. The one thing I will say though: I really need to start using stitch markers; especially when working rounds.

But here is what I did do differently; I did use the Foundation Single Crochet stitch I learned on the Fox Fingerless Gloves. I have come to love that one as it is easier, faster and neater. So for me I will replace chains & single crochet starts with this FSC.

I also made chain stitches where the pattern didn’t call for it and tidied up bits and pieces that didn’t make sense to me.

A massive bonus goes to Jessica because she did include links to tutorials for the different stitches the pattern uses.

Overall though, I never intend these reviews to be critical of the designer or pattern. Especially not if they are provided free of charge for personal use.

As with the Fox Fingerless Gloves I did enjoy “hooking” these regardless of the difficulties I had with the pattern. I am sure I did make some mistakes along the way as Jessica’s pair looks much neater and tidier than mine.

But – being the good child that she is my daughter will not mind and probably pretend to love them anyway…THAT is what it makes it all worthwhile. And here are mine:

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So, again – Thank you Jessica for providing/writing a cute version of a great winter favourite. I can only imagine how difficult is is to write a pattern.

Make sure to head over to her blog/page if you are looking for some stunning craft ideas or patterns to do. There are even some great food ideas.

Until then, enjoy your leisure times with some crocheting, knitting, sewing or whichever hobby takes your fancy. xx