Sunday, 4 April 2021

Happy Easter!

 Just popping in quickly to say Happy Easter!

Colourful crochet and felt eggs on a pretty white Easter tree

Emily and I decorated this tree with eggs I'd made in previous years.

The very old felt eggs can be found on my blog here - in a post from nearly exactly 10 years ago!

Patterns for the crochet eggs can be found here and here.

Have a lovely time and eat lots of chocolatey goodies!



Friday, 2 April 2021

Crochet Easter Bunnies

 I decided to make some little crochet bunnies for Emily to find during her Easter hunt this weekend.

Crochet these cute and easy Easter bunnies

The pattern I used was this one from The Knotted Nest.  I used DK scraps of King Cole Cottonsoft I had in stash, and a 4mm crochet hook.  (You can buy this yarn at Love Crafts *.)

Crochet these cute and easy Easter bunnies

You make a front and back, add a little tail, then crochet together with a bit of light stuffing inside.

Crochet these cute and easy Easter bunnies

The pattern calls for a pompom tail, but I couldn't make one that didn't look too big, despite all the trimming I did.  (I used a thinner yarn than the pattern suggested, and I am a tight crocheter too, so my bunnies came out smaller).

So instead I made the tail from this pattern by Love the Bluebird.  I used 2 strands of DK King Cole Cottonsoft in White, and a 5mm crochet hook.

I was going to make a lilac bunny too, but I lost interest after two!  I'm sure two are enough, though, and I hope Emily likes them!


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Sunday, 28 March 2021

Cute Easter Buckets with the Cricut Joy

I have been getting a fair bit of use out of my Cricut Joy - considering I have limited time to concentrate and learn what to do!

I'm quite excited by my latest project - some mini Easter Buckets for Emily to use for a little Easter egg hunt next weekend.

Make these cute and easy Easter buckets with the Cricut Joy!

Everything I've been doing so far has been with the things you can get free in Cricut Design Space (or fonts I've uploaded) but I decided to go for the free month trial of Cricut Access, and it has been good to not have to limit myself to the free things.  (To be honest, maybe some of what I've used here is free - I'm not sure now that I have access to it all.)

The bunny design I used without any changes, as I knew I wanted a simple white silhouette, and I love how it looks!  That was my original idea - a white bunny silhouette - but then I thought carrots would be cute too.  I found a simple carrot image, but it was also designed to be cut in one colour.  However, I fiddled about with the image to separate the leaves from the carrot so that I could cut them in two colours.  I'm so pleased with how they came out!

Carrot Image: #M7866023 (that one might be free) - tangerine and mint permanent vinyl (from the Beachside pack)
Bunny Image:
#M248BFFB9 - whie permanent vinyl

The back of the buckets have Emily's name on:

Make these cute and easy Easter buckets with the Cricut Joy!

(My camera really didn't like focussing on that orange!)  The font I used was Showcard Gothic.

The pastel buckets are from Baker Ross.  They are tiny 7.5cm high buckets, in a pack of 5.  Quite overpriced, once you pay for delivery, but they were just what I wanted.  And I hope that we'll use them for years to come.  (The dent on the back of the pink one annoys me greatly, though.  I may have to stick some trim on to cover it.)

Make these cute and easy Easter buckets with the Cricut Joy!

These are hollow chocolate eggs - creme egg sized - so you can see how small the buckets are!  My husband bought the eggs when he did the food shop.  I wanted smaller eggs, but the colourful foil wrappers are just what I had in mind!

I also made a couple that will be for the little baby on his way... if all goes to plan.

Make these cute and easy Easter buckets with the Cricut Joy!

Once he's safely in this world and we're sure of a name, I will put his name on the back of these buckets.

With the extra yellowy bucket, I did a simple 'Happy Easter' design.  Here they all are together!

Make these cute and easy Easter buckets with the Cricut Joy!

What do you think?  I'm so pleased - they came out just as I had imagined!




Saturday, 20 March 2021

Craft Organising with the Cricut Joy

The tidying and organising of my craftroom is a very slow ongoing project.  I never seem to get enough time to work on it.  When I try with Emily, she ends up tipping ribbons and buttons all over the floor!  They are some of her favourite things to play with, so I don't mind... I just don't get much tidying done!

I have started organising a few thing into Ikea Variera tubs, though.  I've got a couple of tubs completed and I used my Cricut Joy to give them some fancy labels!

Organise your craft stash using the Cricut Joy to make pretty labels for storage tubs

I can't tell you how much pleasure this brings me!

Organise your craft stash using the Cricut Joy to make pretty labels for storage tubs

The fonts I used were the Cricut font, A Frightful Affair, for the first word, and a font I downloaded called Beyond the Mountains for the second word.  For the second word, I detached the letters and brought them a bit closer to each other.

I used Permanent Smart Vinyl from a pack called Beachside.  One is in the coral colourway, and one in tangerine.  I plan other colours for further boxes I will be labelling.  Hopefully at some point I can bring you some pictures of a fully tidy and organised craftroom!  But, for now, it's a start...!



Sunday, 14 March 2021

Baby Boy Blanket Beginnings

 I am yet to share my exciting news here on my blog... so here it is!

See the start of a zingy crochet V-Stitch Baby Blanket

We're expecting our second child - a little boy due end of June / beginning of July!

I have naturally started work on a crochet blanket for the little one!  You can see the colours above - although the blue and aqua look quite similar in that image.  The next picture shows their colours better...

See the start of a zingy crochet V-Stitch Baby Blanket

The yarn I've used is King Cole Cottonsoft DK in the below colours:

Azure (3366)
Opal (3460)
French Navy (741)
Orange (3030)
White (710) - not shown

You can buy this yarn from Love Crafts*.

I decided to go for a v-stitch pattern... although I was a bit uncertain whether I'd made the right choice or not after I first started.

See the start of a zingy crochet V-Stitch Baby Blanket

I carried on to see all the colours in play, though, and decided I did like it!

See the start of a zingy crochet V-Stitch Baby Blanket

I really love the orange and opal (aqua/turqouise).

So far, so good!  I will be back at some point to share the finished blanket I hope!



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Saturday, 6 March 2021

Crochet Pineapple Pattern

Back in 2017 I made this cute little pineapple.  I've had a few requests for the pattern... so will be bringing it to you today!

Make this cute and easy crochet pineapple with this FREE pattern!

I made up my own pattern, inspired by a lot of the crochet pineapple images on Pinterest.

Terms are in US (even though I'm from the UK!).  To convert this to UK, replace all dc stitches with tr.

Use a yellow yarn and a green yarn, and a hook size appropriate for your yarn and to keep the crochet nice and tight for stuffing.  I used Rico Creative Cotton Aran yarn that I had in stash.  You can buy this yarn from Love Crafts*.

YELLOW PINEAPPLE:

  • Magic ring
  • ch2 (counts as first dc), 11dc, join with sl st to ch2 (12 dc)
  • ch2 (counts as half of first dc2tog), dc into same st (to complete first dc2tog), dc2tog into each st, join with sl st to first dc (after the ch2) (12 dc2tog clusters)
  • ch2 (counts as first part of first dc3tog) dc2tog into same st (to complete first dc3tog), dc3tog into each st, join with sl st to dc2tog (12 dc3tog clusters)
  • ch2 (counts as first part of first dc3tog) dc2tog into same st (to complete first dc3tog), dc3tog into each st, join with sl st to dc2tog (12 dc3tog clusters)
  • ch2 (counts as first part of first dc3tog) dc2tog into same st (to complete first dc3tog), dc3tog into each st, join with sl st to dc2tog (12 dc3tog clusters)
  • Stuff the pineapple.
  • ch2 (counts as half of first dc2tog), dc into next st (to complete first dc2tog across 2 sts), dc2tog across 2sts around, join witih sl st to first dc (6 st)
  • Cut yarn

 

GREEN LEAVES:

(When I slip stitched into the yellow stitches to create the leaves, I did this by working my hook from the inside of the pineapple to the outside.  Rather than working as if I was continuing the rounds of the pineapple, by working my hook from the outside of the pineapple to the inside.  I’m sure the leaves would look fine either way – it just meant that the top of the leaves were the right side, although they stick up on the air anyway.)

  • Join green yarn with a sl st to any of the 6 sts in the last round of the yellow, ch7, sl st into 2nd ch from hook and into all stitches down
  • sl st into next st, ch7, sl st into 2nd ch from hook and into all stitches down
  • sl st into next st, ch7, sl st into 2nd ch from hook and into all stitches down
  • sl st into next st, ch7, sl st into 2nd ch from hook and into all stitches down
  • sl st into next st, ch7, sl st into 2nd ch from hook and into all stitches down
  • sl st into next st, ch7, sl st into 2nd ch from hook and into all stitches down
  • sl st into first st again (you will be going around the 6 stitches again to create another layer of leaves), ch7, sl st into 2nd ch from hook and into all stitches down
  • sl st into next st, ch7, sl st into 2nd ch from hook and into all stitches down
  • sl st into next st, ch7, sl st into 2nd ch from hook and into all stitches down
  • sl st into next st, ch7, sl st into 2nd ch from hook and into all stitches down
  • sl st into next st, ch7, sl st into 2nd ch from hook and into all stitches down
  • sl st into next st, ch7, sl st into 2nd ch from hook and into all stitches down
  • sl st somewhere to finish and cut yarn

This should give you 12 leaves, two layers of 6, but they should all wriggle about into a nice cluster of leafiness!


Sew ends in the best way to neaten the top and create a loop if you'd like one.  Your pineapple is made!



Make this cute and easy crochet pineapple with this FREE pattern!

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Make this cute and easy crochet pineapple with this FREE pattern!

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Sunday, 28 February 2021

Making Memory Tags with the Cricut Joy

My main birthday present in December was an excitedly anticipated Cricut Joy.  I have been enjoying using it, in the spare moments I get.  It's difficult to find the time to really get stuck in, with an energetic toddler around, but I'm learning bits here and there!

You know when you have so many things that need to be done around the house... but you get some time to yourself and a (pretty unnecessary) task such as making memory labels somehow whizzes to the top of the priority list?!  That's what happened here...

Make beautiful memory tags with your Cricut Joy

I started with a free tag shape in Cricut Design Space.  I added text to that to have my daughter's name at the top, then the item I was tagging below that.  The font I used for her name was P.S.  The font I used for the description was Quinn Type.  These are both free writing fonts within Design Space.  When you make the tags, the Cricut Joy uses the pen to write the text, then you swap to a blade to cut the tag out.

I also added a small heart shape and used the slice tool to remove it from the tag, so that it would leave a heart shape hole when cut out.  I cut this out from ordinary white cardstock, using a Cricut Standard Grip mat.

Make beautiful memory tags with your Cricut Joy

This is how the first layer of the tag came out.  I then used the same free tag shape and made it slightly bigger so that it could sit behind this and would be seen around the edges and through the heart cut-out in the top layer.  The second layer had no writing or heart cut-out, just the hole at the top, which needs to be in the same place as for the first layer.  I cut that out of some coloured cardstock I had, using a Cricut Standard Grip mat.

Make beautiful memory tags with your Cricut Joy

I joined the two layers via the hole at the top, using a mini eyelet setter and an eyelet that matched the colour of the card I used for the second layer.  I then threaded some bakers twine through the hole to attach the tags to items.

Make beautiful memory tags with your Cricut Joy

These could now be popped, nicely organised, into a memory box for my daughter!

I found this an immensely satisfying little project!  I have the tags saved to be amended to use for other items in the future.  This should help in keeping organised!

I hope you enjoyed this design, and I aim to bring more Cricut Joy creations to you in the future - it's great for organisational projects!


Friday, 19 February 2021

Knitted Rosewater Shawl

 I finished knitting this shawl in August 2018... it has taken me this long to block it!

Rosewater Shawl knitted in beautiful hand-dyed yarn

I used Lazadas Blocking Wires and some T-Pins to block it.  A bit fiddley but with a good result.  I think this is the set I ordered, but the packaging seems to have changed in the subsequent years!

Rosewater Shawl knitted in beautiful hand-dyed yarn

It's quite difficult to photograph in the dingy light at this time of year... but hopefully these pictures give some idea...

Rosewater Shawl knitted in beautiful hand-dyed yarn

The pattern is the Rosewater Shawl by Janina Kallio.  I used the recommended needle size, but should have gone up needle sizes, as I am a tight knitter.  I'm not sure how I ommitted to do this!

Rosewater Shawl knitted in beautiful hand-dyed yarn

The shawl is therefore smaller than it should be, but I'm happy about that as it fits around my neck quite neatly.  I sometimes find lots of excess shawl a bit annoying, flapping about!

Rosewater Shawl knitted in beautiful hand-dyed yarn

The light is best in this last photograph, and you can see the lovely colour of the yarn.  It was a hand-dyed skein of yarn from Dandelion and Dogwood - back when they were The Little Tailoress - called Jam Tart.  It actually sparkles, but I haven't been able to capture that on camera.

I'm glad to get another WIP finally finished!



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Friday, 12 February 2021

Watercolour Valentine's Hearts - Kids' Crafts

I don't go in for Valentine's decorating usually, but I thought it would be nice to do some Valentine's crafting with my daughter, who is coming up for 21 months old.  Anything to provide some entertainment during these lockdown days!

Make easy watercolour hearts with your children as Valentine's crafting.  You can use them as hanging decorations on a Valentine's tree.

First I gave her some pink, purple and red watercolour paints to use on an A4 piece of plain white card.  I had to fill in the gaps, as she was more interested in painting with just the water than the paints!  We covered both sides of the card and left it to dry.

Make easy watercolour hearts with your children as Valentine's crafting.  You can use them as hanging decorations on a Valentine's tree.

I then cut the A4 sheet into 3 sections that would fit into my Cricut Joy and used it to cut out hearts.  You could easily do this by hand, though.

Make easy watercolour hearts with your children as Valentine's crafting.  You can use them as hanging decorations on a Valentine's tree.

To make them more durable when being manhandled by a toddler, I then laminated them...

Make easy watercolour hearts with your children as Valentine's crafting.  You can use them as hanging decorations on a Valentine's tree.

I punched small holes in each one and prepared some sparkly gold and pink yarn into hanging loops...

Make easy watercolour hearts with your children as Valentine's crafting.  You can use them as hanging decorations on a Valentine's tree.

The sparkly yarn I used was Anchor Artise Metallic* - I have this in quite a few colours!  It's especially good for Christmas crafting!

Then my daughter got involved again... she would hand me a heart and a loop, which I would string together.  She'd then hang them on a decorative white tree I have, or show me where to hang them.  She retained interest for about two thirds of the hearts!  (Some re-distribution did occur afterwards!)

Make easy watercolour hearts with your children as Valentine's crafting.  You can use them as hanging decorations on a Valentine's tree.

A pretty Valentine's tree was the result!

If your child is older they could be involved in more elements of the process.  Emily was happy with this, though, and proudly showed her Daddy the heart tree she made!

Do let me know if you give this a go - I'd love to see!


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Friday, 5 February 2021

Knitted Bracelet

I knitted this bracelet last year, but then didn't get round to sewing the clasp on and finsihing it off.  I'm trying to get a few things finished that have been languishing, so have finally completed it!

Beautiful hand-knitted bracelet

It was made with a kit by The Knitting Gift Shop that I bought at Unravel in February - who knew that would be my last proper outing before Covid struck?!

Beautiful hand-knitted bracelet

I'm pleased with it and it's easy to wear as it's soft and doesn't clunk against things!

Beautiful hand-knitted bracelet

Featured here with a lovely bracelet my friend Anna made me!




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Friday, 29 January 2021

Daisy Crochet Easter Egg - Pattern

As I said in my last post, back in 2017 I worked on a collaboration with Hobbycraft.  They provided me with polystyrene eggs and yarn, and I designed these colourful crochet Easter eggs.


Free pattern for cute colourful crochet easter eggs

The patterns were on their website, but it seems they have been taken down now.  I have had a couple of requests for the patterns, so I'm publishing them here on my blog.

Use this free pattern to create cute and colourful crochet easter eggs. Multi-coloured or daisy patterned, these will look great as part of your easter decorations!

There are two designs.  This pattern is for the Daisy eggs, as shown below.  The Multi-Coloured eggs pattern can be found here.

Use this free pattern to create cute and colourful crochet easter eggs. Multi-coloured or daisy patterned, these will look great as part of your easter decorations!

Please note that the polystyrene eggs that Hobbycraft supplied me with were quite big.  If you use smaller eggs, then you might have to end a few rounds sooner, or perhaps use a thinner yarn and smaller hook.

You Will Need

Rico Creative Cotton Aran Yarn – yellow, white, and your choice of main colour (I used candy pink, sky blue and light green).  You can buy this yarn from Love Crafts*.

1 crochet hook – the yarn calls for 4 to 5mm so choose according to your tension

10cm polystyrene eggs

 

Abbreviations

ch = chain

dc = double crochet (US single crochet)

tr = treble crochet (US double crochet)

htr = half treble crochet (US half double crochet)

sl st = slip stitch

st sp = stitch space (the space between stitches)

sk = skip

st/s = stitch/es

sp = space

FO = fasten off (fasten and cut yarn, weave in ends)

yo = yarn over

tr3tog = treble crochet 3 together (US double crochet 3 together): yo, insert hook into st, yo, pull through st, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook (leaving 2 loops on hook), [yo, insert hook into st, yo, pull through st, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook] 2 times (4 loops on hook), yo, pull through all 4 loops on hook.


Special Stitches

Surface Stitch: hold yarn at back of work, insert hook between any 2 tr sts, yo and pull a loop up to the front, [insert hook into next st sp between tr sts, yo, pull through st and loop (like a sl st)] around.  Stop with one stitch to go, cut yarn and pull through last st made.  With a needle thread the end through the loops of the 1st st and back through the last st made, to the back of your work.  This creates a final st which blends seamlessly. 


Notes

To make the pattern simpler to follow, I have not specified the chains that count as initial stitches for the first 3 rounds.  The first stitch of each round is to be made with chains:

   tr = 3ch

   htr = 2ch

Or a standing stitch:

   Wrap your yarn around your hook to create an initial loop (you can use a slip knot to secure it), then work the stitch as normal.


Make Two:
Daisy:
R1: (Yellow) Create a magic ring, 12htr into ring, sl st into 1st st, FO.  (12 htr)

R2: (White) [tr3tog, ch1] into each st sp, sl st into 1st st, FO.  (12 tr3tog between 12 ch1)


Main Colour:

R3: (New colour) 3tr in each ch1 sp, sl st into st sp between 1st 2 tr sts.  (36 tr)


R4: (Same colour) ch3 (counts as 1st tr), tr into next st sp, [ch2, sk st sp, tr into next 2 st sp] around, [ch1, dc] into top of ch 3 to join the round (counts as final ch2 and start of next round).  (12 sets of 2tr between 12 sets of ch2)


R5: (Same colour) ch2 (along with dc ending last round, counts as 1st tr), 2tr into same ch2 sp, [ch1, 3tr] into each ch2 space around, dc into top of ch2 to join the round (counts as final ch1 and start of next round).  (12 sets of 3tr between 12 ch1)


R6: (Same colour) ch2 (along with dc ending last round, counts as 1st tr), 2tr into same ch1 sp, [ch1, 3tr] into each ch1 space around, dc into top of ch2 to join the round (counts as final ch1 and start of next round).  (12 sets of 3tr between 12 ch1)


R7: (Same colour) ch1 (along with dc ending last round, counts as 1st htr), htr into same ch1 space, htr in next 2 st sp, [2 htr in ch1 sp, htr in next 2 st sp] 4 times, [htr, tr] into ch1 sp, tr into next 2 st sp, [tr, htr] into ch1 sp, htr into next 2 st sp, [2 htr in ch1 sp, htr in next 2 st sp] around, sl st into 1st ch1, FO.  (44 htr, 4 tr)


Surface Stitches:

Over R3: (Yellow) Work surface stitches between the tr sts of R3.


Assemble

Position both halves around the polystyrene egg, ensuring the 4tr on each half are at the pointed top of the egg.

 

Cut a length of yarn and sew together through the outside loop of each stitch of the final row of both halves, leaving an end long enough to create a hanging loop at the start and finish of your sewing.

 

Knot your ends together close to the egg to secure your stitching, then knot them at the top to create a hanging loop.

 

Your pretty daisy egg is complete!


If you have a go at making these, please let me know, as I'd love to see them!


Use this free pattern to create cute and colourful crochet easter eggs. Multi-coloured or daisy patterned, these will look great as part of your easter decorations!

Use this free pattern to create cute and colourful crochet easter eggs. Multi-coloured or daisy patterned, these will look great as part of your easter decorations!

Use this free pattern to create cute and colourful crochet easter eggs. Multi-coloured or daisy patterned, these will look great as part of your easter decorations!

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