Saturday, 18 May 2013

Crochet Baby Bunting & Pattern

Hi all, how are we??

I felt the need to crow-bar even more crochet into my baby daughters box room and so I made some more bunting. Can a child have enough bunting??  Noooo, no indeed no :-)

Crochet Baby Bunting

Thankfully her room does not resemble a used-car sales forecourt. Instead it's pretty and girlie and babyish and I think I just about got away with the extra crochet addition, lol.


I used the same yarn as I'd made this doily with, the bunting is what I'd originally bought the yarn for though.

Crochet Baby Bunting

My original source of inspiration was from ByHaafner blog (thank you Haafner) but although the design is similar, the pattern is different. (by the way I didn't win her giveaway, boo hoo)


So I thought I would write up my pattern for anyone who would like it, hopefully you will enjoy making the bunting and that the pattern is easy to follow and makes sense!!


Crochet Baby Bunting Pattern

Chain 4 and join with slip-stitch to form ring.
Rnd 1: ch 3, 3 treble, 3 ch,* 4 treble 3ch, repeat from * once more and then join round with a slip stitch into top of starting chain 3.


Rnd 2: ch 3, 1 treble in each of next 3 stitches, *2 treble 3 chain 2 treble in next 3 chain space.  1 treble in each of next  4 stitches. Repeat from * once more, 2 treble 3 chain 2 treble in next 3 chain space and then join round with a slip stitch into top of starting chain 3.


Rnd 3: ch 3, 1 treble in each of next 5 stitches, *2 treble 3 chain 2 treble in next 3 chain space.  1 treble in each of next  8 stitches. Repeat from * once more, 2 treble 3 chain 2 treble in next 3 chain space, 1 treble in each of next 2 stitches and then join round with a slip stitch into top of starting chain 3.


Rnd 4: ch 3, 1 treble in each of next 7 stitches, *2 treble 3 chain 2 treble in next 3 chain space.  1 treble in each of next  12 stitches. Repeat from * once more, 2 treble 3 chain 2 treble in next 3 chain space, 1 treble in each of next 4 stitches  and then join round with a slip stitch into top of starting chain 3.


Rnd 5: ch 3, 1 treble in each of next 9  stitches, *2 treble 3 chain 2 treble in next 3 chain space.  1 treble in each of next  16 stitches. Repeat from * once more, 2 treble 3 chain 2 treble in next 3 chain space, 1 treble in each of next 6 stitches  and then join round with a slip stitch into top of starting chain 3. Fasten off. You should have 20 trebles on each of the 3 sides and a 3 chain space as the (3) corners.


Rnd 6: (with new colour) starting in a corner 3 chain space : chain 3, 1 treble 2 chain 2 trebles, *skip 2 stitches, 2 treble 2 chain 2 treble in next stitch, repeat from * 5 times, 2 treble 2 chain 2 treble in next 3 chain space **. Repeat from * to ** once more. ***skip 2 stitches, 2 treble 2 chain 2 treble in next stitch, repeat from *** 5 times and join round with a slip stitch into top of starting 3 chain.
OR IN OTHER WORDS: go around the edge with the cluster of 2 trebles 2 chains 2 trebles in a stitch  (or chain space) with a gap of 2 stitches in between  – oh here’s the photo: ( you should have 21 clusters altogether)


 I made 10 triangles altogether using 5 different colours: Sirdar Snuggly babycotton dk in shades: cotton bud white 157, bo peep pink 156, impish 150, lemon cups 154, soft lilac 153 and little hugs 152.

I found the edging idea here. (thanks to Jacquie)



                                                                           'till next time...

                                                                  

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

May Rose Cushion


It's nearly that time again when I hold a monthly crochet workshop at Fancy - my friends coffee shop. My friend Saffron has made an absolute success with her business baking delicious cakes and other yummies, fitting her cafe out in a stylish, vintage way, with mis-matched tea-cups and thrifted tables and chairs.

She has other events going on at the shop all the time including sewing and litho printing workshops. She also has a counter where she sells hand-made goods on behalf of people and it has become a popular hub for the Bedford set - it really is the place to go! On my last visit I enjoyed a gorgeous lemon cake and my daughter had the famous chocolate brownie (if nothing else go there just for the brownies - they are to die for!!!). She was unable to finish all of it but took the rest into school with her and shared it with her friends which went down very well :-)


Now I have known Saffron for many years and during our friendship we have had times when we see each other a lot and other times not so much - so a true and real friendship. It is with her encouragement that I hold the crochet workshops and she suggested recently that I should have something on her counter to kinda advertise the workshops as people often ask. 

So I made a cushion.


Well I wanted to make a cushion like this anyway, so what a fab reason! I had seen some like this on Instagram made by users @_florarose and @cupcakejojo and with the help of the may roses pattern you can find on Attic24 blog, it was easy to crochet up 2 big granny squares, sew on the roses and leaves and then join them together and add a little crochet frill.


I've attached a label with my Catch Up & Crochet logo on and some slips with blog and email address for people to take away with them.

So the next workshop is Tuesday 21st May, but that is pretty much full. The next one after that is 18th June and there are still places available. It is an intermediate class learning to make the rosie posy granny square as featured on Cherry Heart blog - thank you Sandra for your generosity in letting me use your pattern :-)

                                                                   'till next time....
                                                                

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Big Circles Throw


The day has finally come....yay, all done!!!

My big circles throw - finished, YES!!

It all started back in mid January. The weather was dreadful with snow causing havoc and disruption. Schools weren't opening so the children were home. As well as that we had an unwelcome house guest lurking - a flu virus type thing that laid everyone up for a few days.

I hadn't been out of the house in days and I was getting cabin-fever. Normally I'm happy to potter around at home but I just needed to escape for a while. Saturday came and with it some respite. The older girls were at gym and dance and my son was playing at a friends house, things felt a bit back to normal. I decided to take a trip out to Wilstead to visit Helen at All Stitches as I remember she was having a sale in January. There was still plenty of snow around but luckily for me the shop was open, whew.

Being a dreadful Mother I left baby in the car as she was sleeping (ok so I was parked right near the shop door and kept popping out to check). This meant I was able to have an enjoyable mooch and lovely chat with Helen who was as usual very helpful. I spied a basket of Louisa Harding Aimee yarn at reduced price and I pounced! Gorgeous, gorgeous colours and such soft yarn made of 90% cotton and 10% cashmere at £2.50 per 50 grams!

I couldn't resist.


and I knew what I wanted to make with it too. Only a few days earlier I had come across this brilliant tutorial that Kate had on her blog and I really wanted to try it out.


The pattern is simple and effective so it was easy to speed ahead. The yarn is lovely to work with and the beauty of it comes out when it's worked up. I used a size 3.5mm hook and I joined the squares as I went along - a method that works well when the outer colour of all the squares is the same.



As usual, once the initial excitement of starting something new wears off, I do deviate to other projects and don't concentrate on one thing at a time, it's just the way I am, so it's taken a while to get it finished but it has been a pleasure to pick it up here and there and make another square or two until I had made 48 (6 x 8).  I had established the finished size early on by seeing how many squares I could make from one 50g ball of the cream (8) and working out how many I could get out of the amount I had bought. I also weigh at intervals to see how much I've used over so many squares which gives me an idea of how far the yarn will stretch.


Last weekend when the weather was glorious I worked on the border whilst sitting in the garden enjoying the sunshine.


The border was determined by the amount of yarn I had left but I truly love my colourful edging and am very happy that it suits the rest of the throw.


The soft, gentle yarn gives my throw stunning drape-ability with a fluid feel to it.


It really was a pleasure to make and I enjoyed every minute of it. I didn't heed my own advice of dealing with the ends as you go and left them all to the end. At first I was quite stoical about the task, it is all part of the process after all but I must admit that after a while the satisfaction of 'tidying up' the back of the throw and weaving in over 680 ends grew very tedious indeed and I had to force myself not to give up. But really it wasn't that bad, it helps that I absolutely adore it and was keen to finish.


Major sense of satisfaction and pure delight at having this done.



The above picture is of the back to prove I have done all the ends, lol!!




I think I have gone over the top with me photies, he he :-)

It measures 106 x 136cm aboutish. I don't know colour names but the codes are: Cream 01, Green 05, Gold 06,  Turquoise 15, Purple 16 and Raspberry 17.

I hope you are having a fun creative time, thanks for the visit,

'till next time....
    

PS I have installed Disqus comment box and it deleted all past comments:-( Thanks to all who left comments for me, I love that you take the time to do that. The reason for using Disqus is so hopefully it's easier for you to leave comments and also so I can respond to them easier as it asks for email addresses that I can use to get back to you. Fingers crossed anyway, take care Sam xx

Monday, 6 May 2013

Bank Holiday Happiness...

Well hello, how's yous???
My return to work has gone smoothly, thanks for asking. I have slotted back into the routine quite easily. After hearing me explain to a customer how to go about getting married (the legal side of things that is, not the meeting Mr Right, falling in love with him, pretending to be surprised when he proposes and living happily ever after bit - no can't give advice there I'm afraid, lol) No, when my boss heard me explain the legal process of getting married to a lady on the phone she said 'Ah Sam, it's like you've never been away' and so I took that as a compliment and realised how nothing really changes and took comfort from that :-)
No work for me today though as it's a bank holiday here and weirdly the weather has been gorgeous. Dear hubby has been working though as usual so it's been just me and the children but we have had such a wonderful day. We didn't jump in the car and head for the coast, neither did we take a picnic to a local beauty spot, we just hung out at home and enjoyed each others company. Yes I know, even more weird than sunshine on a bank holiday is the fact that there has been no squabbles or fights and everyone has contentedly filled their day with simple pleasures that has amounted to one happy bank holiday.

My eldest daughter baked some biscuits as presents for her friends.....


As she'd made a few extra we all had one and middle daughter decorated hers with raspberries and icing sugar for that sophisticated vibe!


I made a white chocolate and raspberry tray bake. Such a simple and delicious recipe given to me by a friend. This cake won't last long!

My boy spent hours making paper planes and flying them from his bedroom window and we all loved being in the garden, listening to music and enjoying the sunshine. My efforts of having a tidy out there have paid off and it's been lovely to sit out.


I sat on the bench working on the border of my big circles throw.


Taking close-up photos using an up-turned washing basket as the background. It's finished now all but the ends so I will be able to show you how's it's turned out soon.


I also won this milk jug on Ebay for £5 and as the seller lives not far from me I was able to collect it in person rather than pay the horrendous Royal Mail postage costs.



Fits in well on my kitchen windowsill with Daisy and the other bits :-)

I don't know if it sounds silly but I've really enjoyed today, with the simple pleasures and the children's company. My baby saying 'ma, ma, mummy' and the others playing with her and making her laugh.

My life isn't perfect, there is plenty of room for improvement in quite a few areas, but today it has felt perfect. I feel very, very lucky and very, very happy!!

                                    'till next time ( and sorry if it's been a bit cheesy)......

                                                                  

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Pastel Mandala

What does one do when, while watching The Voice on Saturday, one has an urge to crochet a mandala, or doily as I prefer to call it?


Well, I guess one opens up issue 5 of Simply Crochet magazine on page 57, grabs a size 3.5mm hook and some Sirdar Snuggly babycotton dk in shades: cotton bud white 157, bo peep pink 156, impish 150, lemon cups 154, soft lilac 153 and goes with the urge.


No point fighting it.


It makes the spotty blue jug filled with blossom complete, don't you think?


No, no point fighting the urge, better just to go with it and have fun!

Thanks to Wink for the pattern - some different techniques in there I hadn't used before.
And the yarn is wonderful, I love it. I hope Sirdar bring out some new colours soon, mid-tones would be great :-)

'till next time.....