Sunday, 21 February 2010

Sunshine Award

gave me a lovely award today... the Sunshine Award!! She passed it on to 12 people and I was one of them.

It's so nice to receive something like this, it's reassuring to know that people are reading the blog and I'm not just ranting to myself.

The Sunshine Blog Award is awarded to bloggers whose positivity and creativity inspire others in the blog world. The rules for accepting the award are:

1. Put the logo on your blog or within your post.

2. Pass the award to 12 bloggers.

3. Link the nominees within your post.

4. Let them know they received this award by commenting on their blog.

5. Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.

I am passing the award on to:

1. Ana Paula's Amigurumi Patterns & Random Cuteness

2.LucyRavenscar - Crochet Creatures

3.Roman Sock

4. PlanetJune

5.Geek Central Station

6. Monster Crochet

7. The Crohet Dude

8. Yarn Junkie's Fix

9. A Crochet Toy Chest

10.Unraveled Creativity

11. Shh, I'm Counting!

12. WolfDreamer off the Hook

Many of these blogs are a wonderful inspiration to me and I hope you enjoy looking at them aswell.

Much Love

Monday, 15 February 2010

Felted Fun

Hello there,

While I was in London, milling around the stalls of Camden market I picked up a very cute little felted ring and I wondered how it was made, so on the long dull journey back to Plymouth my good friend Sam googled it for me and when I got home that evening I tried it out while the men folk were watching the super bowl. I never knew it was so easy, so here are the instructions for you to enjoy:

Take a small amount of raw/roving wool and fluff it up by pulling apart the fibers.

Roll in into a loose ball and dunk it into some hot water with a small amount of liquid soap in it.

Keep rolling it about in your hands untill it becomes small and tightly packed.

Let the bead dry on a towel.

I strung them together on a ribbon to wear as a bracelet, you may need some pliers to pull the needle through the bead.

I think I will be doing this a lot now that I know how easy it is. I got a lot of inspiration from Camden Market and I can wait to share some awesome patterns with you all. I'm moving house next week so my posts may not be so frequent while I am packing/unpacking and waiting for the internet to be installed at the new place but rest assured I shall keep you updated on my antics come hell or high water.


Monday, 8 February 2010

Tropical Vine Free Pattern

Hello there, as promised here is the new free pattern, I've wanted to make something like this for a while to wrap around my bed and I think it looks very pretty there. It's a bit different to the other things I make but cute and fun none the less, so here is the pattern for you to enjoy:

Vine: (4.5 mm hook)

Make a chain to your desired length, I made it about 200ch because I wanted it nice and long.

Sc in next 2 st

Large leaf:
Ch 12, sl st in second chain form hook, sc in next 2 st , dc in next 3 st, trc in next 3 st, dc, sc and sl st in same space, ch 1

work along other side of 12 ch

sl st and sc in same space, dc, trc in next 3 st, dc in next 3 st, sc in next 2, sl st, ch 1, 12 sl st down the back of the leaf to join to main foundation chain.

Sc into chain and in the next 3 st

Small leaf:

Ch 6, sl st in 2nd chain form hook, sc in next 2 st, dc in next, sc and sl st in same st, ch 1 and work along other side of 6 ch

sl st and sc in same space, dc in next, scin next 2, sl st, chain 1, sl st 6 down back of lesf to meet foundation chain, sc to join to ch and sc in next 3

Repeat, alternating between the large and small leaf and repeat process up the other side of the foundation chain to make it nice and thick.

Flower: (3mm hook)

Colour A

R1 6sc in ring
R2 (front loops only) Ch5 sc in 2nd chain from hook, hdc in next, sc in next 2, sc to join, repeat untill you have 6 small petals
R3 (Change to Colour B) 6sc in back loops of round 2
R4 Sc, ch 3, repeat untill you have 6 loops of ch 3
R5, (in each ch 3 space) 2dc, 2 trc, 1dt, chain 3, sl st in 1st chin from hook, 1dt, 2trc, 2dc, sl st (repeat untill you have 6 petals) FO

Arrange in any way you like, the pattern is a little bit fiddlly but worth it for the end result

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Hello Friends

So I finally got a picture of the dress in all its glory, I’m really pleased with the way it has turned out.

I’m currently working on a new free pattern at the moment and that will be in my next post. Need to get some real work done on that tonight so I can show it off to you all, but I’m not going to give anything away, it’s a surprise for you all, and no it’s not cookie monster before you all ask you cheeky monkeys. I get so many people asking about the cookie monster pattern I’m gonna have to get some more blue fuzzy wool to make another and share the pattern with you all. Then I shall get an award for heroic services in the world of crochet. Seriously, someone make me a button that says that, hehe, it would be awesome.

I’m off to London this weekend to watch some roller derby so I have to take some crochet graffiti with me and tag a random lamp post while I’m up there. Sadly I don’t think I’ll have enough time to visit any cool yarn shops while I’m there, not that I need any more yarn, need to work my way through my stash first, Maybe I should write some stash busting patterns, or do you guys have any to share with me? I think blankets seem to be the way forward in stash busting but my collection of blankets is making me look like I have some serious nest building issues.

Anyway my lovers, got to go get some dinner, keep your eyes peeled for the next post with free pattern....