Monday, 2 May 2016

Teddy Bear Puppet Appeal

Both Linda and Ali have been making teddies for OCC Barton upon Humber.
How could I resist such a cute and worthwhile stashbusting challenge?

I used variegated acrylic and did some hooking in back loops to create some texture in the body.

I also crocheted round the body rather than sewing the two parts together!
I quite like the patchwork effect - and the way that each one of the potential 15534 teddies will be completely unique, just like their recipients!

All the information can be found on Ali and Linda's posts or below!

Friday, 8 April 2016

Going round in circles!

For quite a while I have been fascinated by Dorset Buttons  - my mum made me a tiny intricate decoration several years ago,
Jacqui makes some beautiful ones to co-ordinate with her knits,
I have bought a colourful kit for a friend from Beaker Buttons,
and there's a fab tutorial by Lynn for a crochet button on String Theory Crochet.
This tutorial got me thinking.....and not one for counting,
 I decided to go round in circles then freestyle the centres!

Some of the beads and colours remind me of sweets!

I have been scouring shops for different sized circular items!
The largest is usually a bangle, from the local charity shops (sometimes some of the sparkle shines through!
Smaller ones might be child's bangles, curtain rings or assorted washers (I am a regular at the DIY shop!)
Just in time for Easter makes I popped into Stitch Solihull where I found these perfect woolly goodies!

The yellow, named Shirley Sock  is a fabulous hand dyed shade of up to its name of Sunshine Smile, just right for primroses and spring flowers!

I love the WYS rainbow, I'd seen their selection on-line, but the colours up close are so much more vibrant, especially the bird themed shades.

So the circles continued....

I picked up an odd ball of reduced Rowan Panama, chosen for its leafy colour
it has such a beautiful texture from the linen content,
perfect.....combined with a spring shaded cotton thread...

The rainbow has a quick colour change - just what is needed for small items!

Its been a little quiet as I have been doing some creative writing.....
.....but more of that story another time!

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Cheep Cheep!

The Easter holidays are flying by!
In February I found the most amazing chunky yellow acrylic in a charity shop and knew it was destined to be transformed into something tweet!

Hooked in a spiral on a 10cm hook with added accessories!

Many years ago RW Junior drew the most amazing chick that has cheeped in our bedroom ever since!
This is my interpretation, for his Grandad!

Both cheeky chicks were well received and are happy in their new free range homes!
Hope spring is springing where you are!

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Brilliant Book!

My great friend Tracey has published a fabulous book!

Its packed full of hits and tips, colourful patterns by Tracey and guest designers, and very easy to follow instructions. 
The photos are clear and there are charts to accompany some of the techniques.
At the end of each chapter there are examples to inspire you further.
It is suitable for beginners and those who already have some knowledge of crochet too.

What I love most about the book is that the techniques explained act like stepping stones to enable you to create your own designs and projects.
I'm so proud of Tracey and all her creativity and hard work!
I've already used some of the ideas and I know this will be my one-stop reference for a long time to come!

One of the ideas I tried was a raised rib to begin a cuff for some mitts I promised Mr RW a couple of years ago! 

The wool (New Lanark Aran in Dark Graphite)  is warm and toasty, it hooked really well and the flecks of colour gave the mitts a bit of zing!

For extra texture I hooked in the back loops!
They have come in useful on some of our more chilly days!

 I'd like to have a go at Tunisian crochet which also features in the book - and there's a great tutorial video featuring Tracey here.

In the meantime I have been going round in circles.....but that's another story!

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Breaking Bag!

There's a string bag in our house that gets a lot of use....

it has hung on several nails, in many places, and contained a myriad of things...

its current position is in the bathroom where it is in regular demand.
As it is so well employed it has become a bit more aerated than originally intended

  and has more holes than is functionally effective!

It was suggested we get a new one, but having seen some
  beautifully visibly mended projects I thought it lent itself to some colourful alterations!

A pouchy pocket with skills learned from Linda's string bag tutorial.

 The longer laceration required some freestyle suturing 

It adds a bit of colour and charm to the well loved item and given it a bit of a zingy lift!
It has also met with approval of the rest of the household!

A very relaxing way to spend an evening just randomeandering!