Sunday, 29 June 2014

Crochet surfing

I have to admit to spending a bit to much time surfing the net and ooing and ahing over all the fabulous crochet pictures I come across, in fact I've actually filled up the memory on my iPad saving so many photo's! I thought maybe it was about time I shared some of these photos from these clever people. 

(Just so I don't fall foul of any copyright or plagiarism laws I would like to clearly state now that unless specifically stated, none of the photos I share are mine, my work or intended to be displayed in a way that makes anyone think they are my pieces of work, and I'll try to give you a link to the page where I found it, however...............if it's mine I'll shout about it loud and clear!)

I found these really cute guys while scrolling through Facebook, on a page called "The Crochet Case"' and I think I might have to buy a pattern or two to try out! They're just adorable. I really love the giraffe

And the elephant's pretty cute too,

But this little guy has to be my absolute favourite

He's simply adorable, I love his little goaty face, but without the horns I recon he'd make a beautiful rabbit. I just love the use of felt to accentuate his eyes and nose, it works so well.

If you want to find the patterns, copy one of these links into your browser and you"ll find them 

I also found this on the same page, how fab is it?!

Facebook is an amazing place to find inspiration, there's a group called "The Creative Crochet Crew" it's a fab group to join as lots of people add photo's of their work on their, it's so great to see what everyone's been up to. 

I love love love these stegosaurus's 

And this cute guy

They're from the Heidi Bears range, made using and African flower motif, I recently started making Lolo the bear and will post a picture of mine once I've finished her.

I also love these guys from Ruperts House on Etsy, the patterns not for sale, only the finished article, but they're fab none the less

So many clever people out there!

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Crocheters block........... Unblocked

The crocheters block turned out to be rather useful in the end because although I couldn't think of anything I wanted to make, I actually made some rather fab without meaning to!  I love nothing more than listening to an audiobook and crocheting away. It's a release from everything stressful in life and although I was completely bogged down feeling exhausted and hurting all over (My GP thinks I may have Fibromyalgia) I still needed the rhythm and hum of crochet to keep everything going, so I decided that as all of my creative energy had vanished I was just going to crochet granny squares, plain and simple, each one in a different colour from my ever expanding stash.

This photo above is my happy birthday stash! My mum gave me vouchers for the garden centre and hey what would you know? They sell Stylecraft yarn and lots of it, so the plants got left behind while I skipped home with yet another few balls to add to the stash (which now seems to be taking over my house) And this is where the granny squares started, until a while later when I had an ever expanding pile of colourfulness.

I'm really into Phillipa Gregory at the moment on Audible and have whiled away many hours listening and crocheting, I'm working my way through the White Queen Series: The Lady Of The Rivers, The White Queen, The Red Queen, The White Princess, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Constant Princess, The Boleyn Inheiritance, and now I'm onto The Queens Fool. The best bit is when it's warm and sunny outside and I can sit comfortably in my egg chair, crochet and listen away = pure bliss!

The pile grew and grew, it kind of reminded me of The Magic Porridge Pot story, until there were 70 in total:

And then the pants bit began! S E W I N G  UP, eugh I hate that bit sooooo much! I tried everything to get out of sewing 70 squares together, I tried slip stitching them, I tried single crocheting them but nothing worked because each square was a different colour it didn't seem to matter what colour yarn I used, it just stuck out like a sore thumb and looked messy so there was nothing for it but to pull out the old needle and thread and mattress stitch them together, but Katherine Howard, Henry the 8th and The Boleyn Inheiritance helped speed things along and before I knew it, all 70 were joined and looking amazing.

I added a border, I just think a border finishes everything off nicely and hey presto, a blanket to be proud of was born...................................

Although it looks tiny in my enormous egg chair, It's actually just slightly bigger than single bed size and perfect for warming the soul on chilly afternoons and evenings. 

And now this one's finished? I'm making a commission for a lady I met at a craft fayre who was so complimentary about my worked and asked if I could make her something. It's almost finished, but I can't give any sneak peaks until it's safely been delivered to her! Watch this space!