February Cliff 2016

DSC_0255I had grand plans for a Cliff based decoupage project for February but plans changed. I went to a friend’s baby shower a few weeks ago where we spent a lovely afternoon drinking tea, eating cake and crafting decoupage building blocks for her new baby. I loved the idea and brought home a set of 4 wooden blocks but unfortunately Cliff’s choice of pose for February doesn’t fit with what I have in mind so decoupage will be postponed until March.

I have developed quite an obsession with embroidered photographs recently. There are so many amazing ones online and I’ve been itching to have a go – so step forward February Cliff, the time is now! DSC_0297I cut out Cliff’s face and put it over a piece of cotton fabric within an embroidery hoop. I decided that using cloth behind the paper would strengthen the whole thing and protect the paper from tearing. Picking up on colours from Cliff’s shirt and tie, I chose three shades of purple embroidery cotton and used single strands to embroider a series of geometric star and jewel shapes. I pierced the holes for each small design as I went along so I had an idea of what I was doing but it was (as most of my projects are) made up as I went along!DSC_0300

I’m particularly pleased with the starburst design round the eye! To finish off I did a running stitch around the edge of the cotton and pulled it in so the cotton was tidied round the back. I used double sided tape to secure the paper and attached another piece of cotton on the reverse to hide the back of the work. All in all a enjoyable and satisfying addition to the Cliff Craft Challenge – roll on March 2016!



Easter Bits and Bobs – April 2014

Spent a productive if strange evening with my husband crafting Easter things for a Easter egg hunt for the following day (we had a last minute change of plans and had to stay at home rather than travelling over to see the in-laws). I made two flowers and two eggs. He made 7 chick coloured pompoms using the genius pompom maker. Very proud of our efforts!

Yarn – Sirdar Baby Crofter shade Cara 165 plus various oddments for the chicks
Pattern – Mollie Makes Issue 39 for the flowers, Making Issue 46 for the eggs

Basket and Playmat – April 2014

As a little side project to the hightops DSC_1036and a distraction provided by the giant craft delivery, I made a little basket using the Boodles and a pattern from Hook, Yarn and Crochet by Ros Badger.

So the play-mat… I’m thinking circle to square squares for ease of joining. I do love the idea of circles of various sizes but don’t think I can fathom out the joining, particularly with my addled pregnancy brain. So let’s go! Last episode of last season’s Game of Thrones before the new season starts tomorrow, Boodles and giant hook at the ready!

ch 4 and join into ring with sl st.
ch 3 (first tr) then 11 trebles into ring (12 sts) sl st to join
Change colour
ch 3 (first tr) + 1 tr in same st. 2 trebles into each st (24 sts) sl st to join
Change colour
ch 3 (first tr) + 1 tr in same st. Alternate between doing 2 tr and 1 tr into each st (36 sts) sl st to join
Change colour
ch 3 (first tr) + 1 tr in same st. 1tr, 1tr, 2tr, 1tr, 1tr – continue like this all the way round (48 sts) sl st to join
Change colour
ch 3 (first tr) ch 4 more (counts as corner) 2 tr in next st, 1tr, 1htr, 1htr, 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, 1htr, 1htr, 1 tr, 2tr ch 4 – continue all the way round to get four sides.

First square complete. Will definitely be tough and hardwearing but perhaps not too comfortable to lie on. Will be quick to make though. Maybe 3 x 3 squares will be big enough? If not 4 x 4 should be.

DSC_1020More squares completed. First two unpicked and redone as the green yarn is twice the width of all the others. Have now cut all the green yarn in half to make it more manageable and hopefully go further.

So near to the end and timed perfectly to coioncide with the start of my maternity leave. I have 3 more rounds to do to finish all the squares, then joining and edging. I’m thinking of using a whip stitch join to help everything lie flat and also am hoping that just doing a really basic dc edge all the way round should even out any sizing issues.

All squares completed which is great. I’ve done almost all of the dc edge around everything but have run out of dark green yarn. This unfortunately means I’m going to have to borrow some of the little basket I made. I’m hoping not too much and I’m also hoping that there will be at least a little bit spare of another colour to be able to mend it afterwards.
Basket borrowed from and replaced with a half treble row of turquoise before the dc grey edging row. All back in place and refilled with the bedside table necessities (read junk) it is so useful for storing. Playmat also finished. The whipstitch join worked really well and means there isn’t a ridged join between the squares. I’m really pleased with how the whole thing has worked out. Not sure who to stop it curling up though – I don’t know how to go about blocking it. I’m sort of hoping the general wear and tear of usage will flatten in out.

Crochet High Tops – March-April 2014

So the next project I’m attempting is tiny crocheted high tops for Crawford baby number 2. I have the wonderfully soft baby merino silk yarn, I have the hook, I’m definitely willing but am I able?

One sole completed – it looks like the picture and everything! I’ve had to start it maybe 5 times but 5th time lucky it seems OK. Massive box of craft supplies arrived today thanks to my husband’s Christmas gift. So many things to try – soap making kit for a free afternoon, Boodles yarn for a play mat, glass markers for messing around with, more felting supplies – all very exciting!

ODSC_1030a (2)ne tiny crocheted high top complete, one to go. I have concerns about the fabric trim since there is minimal instruction in the pattern but I’ll have a go. Feeling quite positive again after a sizeable dip. Also my friend’s baby will be getting their very own high tops too whether they like it or not!

High tops all but finished – one more bit of surface crochet to do on each one then the fabric trim. My Mum suggested bias binding since it’s already folded so a selection should be with me tomorrow along with 2 more balls of the Georgie yarn (Sirdar Baby Crofter shade 148) so I can knit the little bolero for G after tackling the play mat. Hoping the play mat will be quick – not sure yet how best to do it. Probably a try and see approach with various size circles, we’ll see!

A turquoise Paisley trim finished the booties off nicely – all done!20140405_212339

Yarn: Rowan Baby Merino Silk in Grass (shade 683) and Snowdrop (670), Bias Binding in green paisley – similar from http://www.gardengateknitsewcraft.co.uk or http://www.craftytrimmings.co.uk

Pattern: Mollie Makes Issue 31

Crochet Amigurumi Puppy – February 2014

I started making an amigurumi puppy buoyed by the crochet success of my blanket. Head and body went fine although I had to switch from 4 ply to DK quite early on. I have, however, been defeated by the legs – too small and fiddly and I just can’t seem to get my head round the best way to do it. I think I’ll have to leave it for now and do some more practising.

Pattern: Mollie Makes Issue 36

UPDATE – As I write this now in February 2016, the puppy is still unfinished. Its little earless head with its bead eyes and nose often looks at me from the bottom on my knitting bag – one day little guy, one day!