New Dawn: Lacy crochet top in Deckster Blue

Here’s a project I finished weeks ago (but was waiting to be blocked): the New Dawn jumper from Inside Crochet issue 51. For once I used the yarn the pattern called for, Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo DK, although I used Deckster Blue instead of the Tangy orange colour in the magazine.

Crochet jumper 1

Crochet jumper 2

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Shopping and drooling at Fibre East

How is already a week since I went to Fibre East with my mum and lil sis Katie?

This annual two day event celebrates every aspect of British fibre and craft, literally from the sheep to the finished jumper! it’s not just about spinning and hand knitting wool, although both those crafts are strongly represented. It also covers crochet (yay!), felting, weaving, rug making, machine knitting, button making, and… I can’t actually think of any more, but I’m pretty sure I’ve missed quite a few! Continue reading

Granny Panel Tissue Box Cover – new pattern!

I always like to make presents instead of buying them, but Fathers Day managed to sneak up on me this year. I needed to make something for my Dad that would be quick to make, and something he might actually use! My mum had suggested a tissue box cover to hide the tatty looking box that he kept by his armchair, and I was pretty sure I had a pattern for one in a magazine somewhere, but I couldn’t find the damn thing anywhere! So I improvised one, and it turned out pretty well. Dad was pleased I’d made him something, and Mum was happy that the offending box of tissues was now hidden.

I decided to give the design another go, taking notes this time, using the same cheep and cheerful (and very fluffy!) aran weight acrylic I used for my dad’s present. Again, it was pretty good but the yarn wasn’t quite right for the project, and I was running out of what few colours I had. So I turned to my stash of gorgeous Lily Sugar n Cream worsted weight cotton and with a bit of fiddling about I came up with this!

Granny panel tissue box cover

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My cool cotton crochet waistcoat

I love love LOVE Lily Sugar n Cream cotton. I’ve been squirrelling away the odd ball or two of this lovely worsted weight yarn in various colour-ways for months, only dipping into the stash every now and then for small projects like the wash cloths I made for my mum. But then Woolwarehouse started stocking 400g cones AND had a 20% sale on all Lily Sugar n Cream yarn, and I knew I had to think bigger!

So I went back to this pattern for a draped front waistcoat that I made back in March in cheap acrylic DK. It was supposed to be in worsted weight yarn anyway, and I was pretty sure I could make it out of just one 400g cone, so out came the 5.5 mm hook and….

Crochet mesh waistcoat

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Cute little hand sewn pouch purses, quick dash to Germany, and (very) minor brush with fame!

I’ve well and truly fallen in love with sewing again. It’s not that I ever really fell out of love with it, but lack of practice had undermined my confidence leaving me too nervous to even try. Fortunately learning how to follow a pattern to make pyjama bottoms, together with the kits I made last week, gave me the confidence to get cracking on some of the projects that have been a very long time in the planning stage! But it was a pattern for a little pouch purse sewn almost all by hand that really captured my attention and pushed its way to the head on the queue.

Kyaza Pochi

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More crochet cosiness and a little birdie.

Last week I finally got around to finishing a pair of leg warmers I’d promised to the mother of one of my bestest friends in the world. I was a bit worried that summer would have arrived before I was done but as the intended reciprient lives up in the always chilly north I think she’ll be using them for a while yet!

Lacy purple crochet leg warmers (please excuse the weird feet and saggy knees!)

Lacy purple crochet leg warmers (please excuse the weird feet and saggy knees!)

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Three magic words: crocheted tea cosies.

The winner of the Hillarys Blinds Country Craft Competition was announced yesterday and I had planned to blog about it today, but I need to give it some more thought. I urge anyone who is interested to check out the Pintrest board with all the entries and to make up your own minds. Personally I think the two entries who received honourable mentions were much better than the overall winner, but more of that another day. I promised you tea cosies!

First up a pink flowery tea cosy that was commissioned by a friend of my mum. (Yay! A commission!)

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Frames, magnets, crocheted Easteriness and fifty, yes FIFTY flowers. Plus cat.

Last week was a bit of a blur. First the deadline for the Hillarys Blinds Country Craft Competition (which I only just met!), then a flurry of activity to get ready for the Easter Briar Patch Craft Fair, then the fair itself on Saturday, and through it all I was still struggling to fight off a nasty gum infection. But despite how grotty I’ve been feeling physically, it’s still been a good week, and I did get round to finishing a lot of half-finished and (barely started!) projects.

Firstly there were the plate full of fabric flowers that I made with my kanzashi flower maker, remember those?

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