Wednesday, 22 June 2016

A pocket full of rainbows!

Recently my well loved cotton drawstring coin purse developed a hole - I'd been on the look out for a replacement for a while, and not being deft with a needle and thread, I decided to crochet one!
 It was a chance to indulge in two of my new passions!
The first: Tunisian crochet, I am well and truly hooked!
 It seems a bit out of kilter for someone who enjoys freedom from counting and form.
 However I love the way the stitches build up on the hook, then slip away, 
the rhythm and relaxation of on 
and off, 
as I'm a beginner I go slow and steady - calming and tranquil.

I was inspired and guided by the fabulous photos and instructions in Tracey's new book...
and spurred on by Valentina's love of Tunisian crochet.
I used my second passion.....
The stripes were sublime!

   I tried a woolly template (in another WYS wool)  with a drawstring, 

 but the top was a bit bulky and did not close fully.
Exploration on the internet located a flexible snap frame 
(excellent speed and service, thank you Julie!)
and with a bit of experimenting on the logistical front...

 and a dc border all around (I love inside-out seams) 
I am really happy with the result!

I have made notes of what to change to make things easier

and hope to make some more soon!

Its a joy to see the zingy rainbow, in my bag!

I just love the feel, colours and texture of the Aire Valley....and it really smells woolly!

Friday, 27 May 2016

Wood you believe it....?

....I've posted another parcel!

Another fun project found on the wonderful web!

This wiggly woody wonder is making its way to Sheffield University

All the details can be found here.

This started as a short foundation chain...

...I hooked 1htr in the first stitch, 2 htrs in the second, round....

...and round....

...and round until the variegated wool ran out!

I think there's about 25g wiggling around!

Looking forward to seeing other forest features and the whole hyperbolic happening!

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Daisy Daisy

I love the way one thing on the internet blossoms into another....
I recently spotted a request for daisies to help two world record attempts to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research.....all the details including the pattern are here.
Ali at crazydazy was quickly hooking too and you can see her daisies and more information here.
I have just bundled these blooms into an envelope to add to the total.

The pattern is blooming quick and I love the rhythm of the pretty petals...

If any of you are around Bath on 4th of June you could join in with the fun....

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!