Friday, 30 January 2009
I thought I'd ask on here to see if anybody has any tips, or if there is some particular technique to it. With the jumpers I've been trying to cut along a seam and find the end of the yarn, and unravel it like that, but it just doesn't work at all. I end up more kind of "laddering" the jumper, like a pair of tights, rather than unravelling it!
I'd really love to get the hang of it, because I have loads of old jumpers etc that don't fit anymore, and it would be great to make new stuff with them.
Any advice? :)
Thursday, 29 January 2009
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
- There are (including Claire) now 10 crafters in our granny square thingy.
- each crafter makes as many granny squares as there are people on the list- at the moment ten (or double the number of people if you want to give people 2 squares each)
- Join A Crafty Blog Chat to add your address (only we can see them, it's private) or to add your name to Eleanor's address.
- There are two ways to send your squares out (1) some people would like their squares popping in their own mail and their addresses are on a crafty blog chat . (2) some people would like their squares all at one go their squares will be sent to Eleanor's address whereEleanor will collect them and send them out once she has all of them at one go. (We'll sort postage costs in a bit when it's all 'getting there.'
I got a couple of other new balls of yarn yesterday too, so could get on with some crocheting - got 4 granny squares done in all, bring my total so far to 8. Here are the other ones I made yesterday:
Monday, 26 January 2009
I finished the poncho! Yes I did. It's a lot thinner than I imagined it would be, so if any of you are thinking of making it and want it a bit thick then I suggest double knitting it.
It is well easy and very effective. All I have to do now is lose my bum and my tum and this will make me look really slim. Hmmm....
Go on give it a go...
Here is my cosy new scarf, modelled by my gorgeous daughter :)
It was quite boring to knit - just moss stitch, with Big_softie wool, using fairly big needles.
It was worth the effort though - so warm, and big enough to wrap round my head so my ears are covered too. A very stylish and attractive look, as you can imagine ;-)
Saturday, 24 January 2009
and while i'm at it this link takes you to some really good crochet photos :)
My blog post is a tutorial (LOL at me!), showing how to do it, so please pop over and have a look. I'd love to see what you come up with :-)
Next step, lino cutters and some erasers :-D
Edited to add: Oops! Sorry, my blog is here
Friday, 23 January 2009
Thursday, 22 January 2009
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
1 Yarn round hook
2 Pull yarn through stitch on hook
1 Insert hook into next stitch
2 Yarn round hook
3 Pull yarn through both loops on hook
Double crochet stitch:
1 Yarn round hook
2 Insert hook into next stitch (or into the space below the stitch for Granny Squares)
3 Pull yarn through stitch (3 loops on hook)
4 Yarn round hook
5 Pull yarn through 2 hoops on hook
6 Repeat steps 4 and 5.
GRANNY SQUARE PATTERN
MC = Main colour
CC = Contrasting colour
dc = double crochet
ch = chain
With MC, ch 4, join with a slip stitch to form ring.
Round One: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in ring, *ch 1, 3 dc in ring; repeat from *two more times, ch 1, join to top of ch-3 with a slip stitch. Cut off MC and end off.
Round Two: Attach CC in any chain space. (Ch 3, 2 dc, ch1, 3 dc, ch1) in chain space, *(3 dc, ch1, 3dc, ch1) in next chain space; repeat from *two more times, join to top of ch-3. Cut CC and end off.
Round Three: Attach MC to any space between groups. (Ch 3, 2 dc, ch1) in chain space, *(3 dc, ch1, 3 dc) in next chain space, ch 1; 3 dc in next space, ch 1, repeat from *two more times, (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next space, ch 1, join with slip stitch. Break MC.
See how you are increasing 3 stitches in each of the four corners, with groups of 3 dc in each chain space? With each additional round, you continue to work increased in the corners separated by groups of 3 dc in between. You can continue doing this ad infinitum.
That's how it's laid out in the book. I find, as long as you remember you have to do a chain stitch after every 3 dc, and that you need two groups of 3 dc in each corner, you can't go wrong.
I hope that's a help. If anyone still has any problems I'll try and help, but I'm only a beginner myself so might not be able to! lol. :)
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
Monday, 19 January 2009
Sunday, 18 January 2009
A Crafty Blog Collective
Once people are signed up I think I can then add you all as moderators.
See you there!
Friday, 16 January 2009
This is a first time post, rehashed from my post today over on Sew Q.Hope you don't mind a rehash? I'm too tired to thinking two posts in 24 hours ;-)
Following on from this post? The work is complete. What started off as a simple midget craft has turned into something bigger ::an act of love and generosity; a team effort; an idea taking shape, growing wings and being set free. But most of all I hope it was a lesson in action, that even the smallest amongst us should be listened to, supported, aided and guided and that even the smallest amongst us can produce great results.
The idea was from the boys,the centre panel is their work. I helped with the patchwork and cushion making somewhat, but the love? It's all theirs.
And they are somewhat proud of themselves even if I do say so myself. It's the type of pride you get when you see some beauty in your finished work and you think, "I made that". They keep looking at the cushions and smiling. And now they are almost ready to be shipped out to the
Other work around these parts:
This is something the midget likes to do whilst I am sewing - he cuts scraps of fabric, arranges them into something, draws a face (or wheels, or whatever) and asks me to sew it together. This is a crocodile.
Taking it a step further he is also immersed in applique right now too.
Also what you lovely people think of starting a group or forum over on Ravelry? Would be good to chart your granny square thing? (I can't crochet competently or else I'd love your join your crochet bee).
Wednesday, 14 January 2009
I bought this on Tuesday, I love new wool. I've got some for a scarf for a friend, some to knit two jumpers for my nephew and my Mum bought some and gave it to me because she wants me to knit her new fiance a jumper for his birthday in March.
I've also finished this. Modelled by my lovely two year old.
Tuesday, 13 January 2009
A bee, as used in quilting bee or spelling bee, is an old word to describe a gathering of friends and neighbors to accomplish a task or to hold a competition. The tasks were often major jobs, such as clearing a field of timber or raising a barn, that would be difficult to carry out alone. It was often both a social and utilitarian event. Jobs like corn husking or sewing, could be done as a group to allow socialization during an otherwise tedious chore. Such bees often included refreshments and entertainment provided by the group.Read more here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee_(gathering)
so we're doing a Bee only cyberly and with help of the postman, isn't the internet marvellous :-)
I have made a few bits and pieces over the last year or so and intend to make many more decorative things in the future. I love making hearts and found a nice heart pattern in a book I borrowed from the library (which is now on my ever growing Amazon Wish List!), "Sew Pretty Homestyle: ..." by Tone Finnanger.
All the materials and buttons I use are from a recycle store or out-grown family clothes.
The heart is very simple to sew and it matches our newly decorated bedroom really well.
Monday, 12 January 2009
DK size 4 4.5 or 5 mm hook , whichever you can get - tesco are actually selling a lovely set of different crochet hooks atm in their arts and crafts aisle ( I can't find a link for it in their online store.
have fun xx
Sunday, 11 January 2009
This is where I saw it.
And this is the one I want. Isn't it gorgeous? I know there are different sorts of granny squares, but I'm not fussy. I think it's the colours as much as anything that sing to me.
So I'm in. I'M IN I say.
I can't be beaten by a bit of wool and a hooky metal thing now can I?
I need that bag, and that is what I will make with my squares.
It's here as well.
So. What now? Apart from I go and buy some wool?
Oh and am I supposed to go and tell someone I've pinched their lovely pictures? Eek.
Saturday, 10 January 2009
edit here's the photo and post :0)
Not a good photo :0(
Very small bag that i made for DD as a thankyou for being ever so helpful :0)
it holds her phone, Mascara and lipgloss - you know the essentials for a 12 y.o girl!!
Knitted in grafetti wool on chunky wooden needles the handle is crochet chain stitch on a chunky needle. the rossette is just a crochet chain made into a circle and acts like a button ( the flap has a loop)
wow , does that get your fingers itching to crochet? I found it
here they're doing a granny square theme - how i'm not sure but could we do something the same? only thinking aloud , what do you think? we could each make a granny square for each team blog member , post them , we'd end up with seventeen squares each - stitch them together and we'd each have a piece of work made by the group . . . . like I say only thinking out loud . . . . it's an idea.
Edit on saturday 10th
we're thinking if we decided on a size then we could knit or crochet as long as it is the same size then they will all fasten together ok anyway.
For Eleanor and Patricia and any other none crocheting people here are two videos that show how to do a basic granny square :-)
Friday, 9 January 2009
Thursday, 8 January 2009
Tuesday, 6 January 2009
Any top tips would be great too.
Cheers my dears.
Monday, 5 January 2009
Sunday, 4 January 2009
I thought I'd better show you something I've been up to. Too busy reading and not enough posting! Anyway, I recently finished a string bag, which I crocheted out of plastic yarn - Plarn. I cut some plastic bread bags into long strips and knotted them together to make a small ball of plarn, then I crocheted the string bag.
It's very light, and quite soft, especially compared to the one I'm crocheting out of weird, orange twine. I'll finish it too, because I'm not sure how strong the plarn one will be.
The pattern for the bag and the details for making Plarn are both found on Laughing Purple Goldfish Design blog: Oranges bag here and plarn here.
There are more pictures on my blog. Have a go. :-)
I used 40 stitches, and worked the whole thing in a rib stitch, knit 2, purl 2. If you have an even number of stitches and start each row on a knit, you will end up with a nice rib stitch. I tidied up the ends and changed colours and everything much better than with the first pair - learning all the time! There are 65 rows in all. Because of the rib stitch they are a better fit than the first pair - rib stitch looks narrower but is stretchier so they do fit 'like a glove'. The first pair, done in stocking stitch, are a little bit baggy.
So it's straight onto the next project - my 2 year old son has requested a green scarf with pink stripes, but I have no pink wool (shame!), so he may have to make do with the purple I've used here. :)
Saturday, 3 January 2009
I'm already half-way through my second pair, which are shaping up to be a bit neater already, and I'm doing them all in rib stitch. I have also found a much tidier way of changing colours than I used on the first pair. If you're not sure about this, there is a really helpful video demonstration half way down this page, which explains it really well, so that even I can understand! lol.
And if you want to buy some the cheapest one is 1.99 and then the prices go up.
So i decided to make some, they are my first two, one for me and one for Sarah, who wanted a pokemon picture on her one. Mine is a faiery picture.
They are made with two pieces of card to make them strong, they are 7 inches high and about 2 inches wide. I had to make sarah's one slightly larger to accommodate her picture.
I am going back now to make some more :)
Moss and rib stitch use the same knitting pattern, that is, knit 1, purl 1. The difference is in how the rows of knitting relate to each other. So, the Golden Rule is:
To do rib stitch, you must make sure that knit stitches always lie on top of knit stitches, and purl stitches lie on top of purl stitches. So, you have to look at the row you have just knitted (with knit 1, purl 1) to see whether the first stitch you are going to knit on the next line will fall on a knit or a purl on the line below. If it will fall on a knit, start with a knit; if it is a purl, start with a purl.
A purl stitch looks like a knot, and a knit stitch looks like a V.
To do moss stitch, you must do the opposite, that is, ensure that a knit stitch always falls on a purl stitch, and a purl stitch falls on a knit stitch. For moss stitch to work you also need an even number of stitches. I have no idea why!
I may add to this post if any other tips surface regarding rib and moss stitch! :)