It’s St David’s day on 1st March, hooray! Last year, I made a felt daffodil and some Welsh cakes. This year, I’ve made a crochet daffodil. I’ve also made some bara brith, which will be the subject of another post coming soon.
I followed (mostly) this pattern from Attic 24. I’m not great at following instructions, so there is definitely some degree of improvisation going on. I did my middle differently as well – two rows of UK trebles, using slip stitches at the end of each row to make a full circle.The pattern from Attic 24 is really easy to follow, and uses hardly any yarn at all, so it is great scrap buster.
I’ve been off work ill for a couple of days with a horrible chesty cough, but today I finally felt able to do something productive. I’ve started crocheting again. Way back when last year, I was building up a stock of crochet squares to make a blanket. I kind of got side tracked though with other shiny crafts and projects, but I will see it through this time!My block today was number 72 – Ribbed square – from 200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws and Afghans: Crochet Squares to Mix-and-Match. It is UK double crochet, but working only into the back loop of each stitch, to make it look ribbed. Next up is a lacy style block, I’ll keep you updated.
For my secret Santa at work, the criteria seems to be hovering around something around the recipients initials (RJ), charity shop purchased or home made. I have gone for the home made, and whipped up a tiny little crocheted jumper (to go with a box of Roses chocolates)! This is the pattern, if you fancy making one yourself. As some of you may know, I am rubbish at curves, circles and anything which isn’t a straight line when it comes to crochet, so I had to come up with a pattern to avoid all of these. These jumpers use minimal amounts of wool, so they are great scrap buster.
- Chain 11
- Row 1 – 1 dc into the 2nd ch from hook, then dc into each ch until the end (10 dc in total). Ch 2 and turn.
- Row 2 – 7 – repeat 10 dc until the end of the row, ch 2 and turn.
- Row 8 – dc 3, miss the next 4 stitches, and chain 4, then do 3 dc to the end of the row. Ch 2. This makes up the neckline of your jumper.
- Row 9 – 14 – repeat 10 dc until the end of the row, ch 2 and turn.
- Row 15 – 10 dc until the end of the row. Secure final stitch and sew in all the ends.
For the arms
- Chain 7
- Row 1 – 1 dc into the 2nd chain from hook, then dc into each ch until the end (6 dc in total). Ch 2 and turn.
- Row 2 – 4 – repeat 6 dc until the end of each row, ch 2 and turn.
- Row 5 – 6 dc until the end of the row. Secure final stitch and sew in all the ends.
- Sew the arms into place using matching yarn and a darning needle (sorry for the terrible photo – rainy and winter light is terrible!)
- If you want to decorate the front with any embroidery, do it before the whole thing is sewn up. Otherwise, once arms in place, sew up each side of the jumper.
- Use a small piece of yarn to make a hanger by threading it into the back of the jumper and looping through using a girth hitch knot (who knew that’s what they are called!) I’m making a couple of others for some baby presents, with the baby initials sewn on the front and brown luggage label attached.
Well I have been on holiday AGAIN (I know, I’m so lucky!) When I got back from holiday, I not only had a nice pile of birthday cards, I also had my ATC, all the way from Australia. It is quite possibly the cutest thing I have ever seen. It is from Larisa at Stitching Notes, and she explains a bit more about it in this blog post. The theme was “getting away from it all” and this is what Larisa said her inspiration was.
Knitting used to be a huge part of my life, it was my relaxing time, my by myself time, my getting away from it all time and my stay warm in winter tactic as well. I loved it! Scarfs, hats, gloves, mittens, jumpers, dresses, cardigans, with buttons and ties, with any ornaments and stitches, with buckles and pom-poms… you name it. There was nothing too complicated for me to make when it came to knitting. There was always someone to share all the tricks and tips on knitting with and to compare our achievements.
The Very Berry Handmade Flickr page has some lovely pictures of some of the other ATCs which have been winging their way around the world – why not take a look? I have a collection of knitting needles which belonged to my great grandmother, and this little card has inspired me to at least pick them up and attempt knitting in the near future. Wish me luck!
My sister had a clear out at work, so I have inherited some new yarns and buttons! Here’s a sneak at some of the yarn. They are all one balls, mostly nice chunky yarns and fancy yarns, although the light grey one is very light weight and fine. The dark grey one is apparently Aran wool.Any idea of small one ball crochet projects I can use them for? Or knitting for that matter? I still need to re-learn how to knit this year!
I’ve just heard about this charity challenge which is running until the end of July. Knit a tank top is raising money for Blind Veterans UK, by encouraging crafty people to create enough 8″ x 8″ knit and crochet squares together to make a jumper for a tank which will be at the Shoreham Airshow this summer.
Once you register, you are committing to make a minimum of one square or a maximum of 20. While you don’t have to fundraise, if you do raise over £30 you will get a nice tote bag with the knitted tank logo on it.
This is a proper local event to Sussex (although it seems to be worldwide if you want to take part), and it is for a great charity. Blind Veterans UK works with veterans of all ages with sight loss – providing practical support, training and help, respite care and holidays. One of their big residential centres is near Brighton, but they have two other ones as well. Shoreham Air Show is also a huge local event which takes place every August (although I must confess, we normally end up at the Airbourne air show in Eastbourne).