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Merry Christmas 2018

Merry Christmas to all of my followers, and best wishes for the new year ahead of us. Again I am in awe of how this blog has grown, and hope you have enjoyed the sharing of craft over the last year. To those who have participated in the give-aways this year, I have enjoyed reading your comments and stories, and love being part of this community. I hope to bring some more crafty fun through 2019 too.

I haven’t found much time to blog in recent months, as I have been busy working on a number of craft projects for others to gift to their relatives. I can share them with you all today, as I hope they are being opened by recipients today. As always, I have no business motive on this blog and recieve no payment for the links I share here- they are products I have sought out, paid for and used myself, and share them with you in case they can help you reach your crafting goals too.

First I will share the yarn bombing, co-ordinated by the Melbourne group Yarn Corner https://www.facebook.com/groups/157893757611209/ . I have been a member of this group for a year or so, and I was determined to be a part of their Christmas project this year. I made time to contribute a few squares and two strips to add to a tree. I didn’t get much time at the install day to take photos of me with my tree, but here is another lovely volunteer sewing our piece onto a tree. The pattern for the snowflake squares was adapted from Linda’s snowflake pot holders: http://web.archive.org/web/20090607063420/http://www.lindaslists.net/snowflakeph.htm 

If you are based in Melbourne (or Australia for that matter) you might want to be part of this group- they are an amazingly supportive craft community.

Second I will share the first graphghan I have ever made. I was asked by a family friend to make this for her sister’s new baby, and I really enjoyed leveling up my skills to make this. I worked on this since August and was able to finish it by mid-November. The pattern was a paid pattern from: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Crochet-Patterns-ELEPHANT-and-GIRAFFE-Color-Graph-BABY-GIRL-Afghan-Pattern/262086460308?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l9372 and I changed the colours in the background to off white, as the baby this was made for is a boy. It took a lot of concentation, counting, retro-crocheting (AKA frogging) and pateince to sew in ends, but it came out really well and is very cute. In time I might attempt another similar pattern.

Elephant and Giraffe baby blanket. Made from Oz yarn milk cotton, and this paid pattern from Karen on Ebay: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Crochet-Patterns-ELEPHANT-and-GIRAFFE-Color-Graph-BABY-GIRL-Afghan-Pattern/262086460308?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l9372 . I used single crochet to complete this graphghan, and changed the colours as it was for a boy.

Elephant and Giraffe baby blanket. Made from Oz yarn milk cotton, and this paid pattern from Karen on Ebay: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Crochet-Patterns-ELEPHANT-and-GIRAFFE-Color-Graph-BABY-GIRL-Afghan-Pattern/262086460308?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l9372 . I used single crochet to complete this graphghan, and changed the colours as it was for a boy.

The third thing I was working on was a pair of ‘gym boot’ booties for a work friend’s first nephew. These worked up quickly and each time I make them I think they look great. The pattern is from a book of booties I have had since I was a teenager, and I used the Milk Cotton from Oz Yarn.

The last thing I was working on intermittently during that time was some crochet market bags- again in milk cotton (I do enjoy working with this yarn). The pattern is free at Justbcrafty: https://justbcrafty.com/2014/03/crochet-mesh-grocery-tote-pattern.html   They work up pretty quickly and I use the yellow one to hold my fruit and veg, and the blue one is great for bread- it doesn’t get squashed!

Crochet market bags. Made in Milk Cotton from Oz Yarn, using this pattern from justbcrafty: https://justbcrafty.com/2014/03/crochet-mesh-grocery-tote-pattern.html

Crochet market bags. Made in Milk Cotton from Oz Yarn, using this pattern from justbcrafty: https://justbcrafty.com/2014/03/crochet-mesh-grocery-tote-pattern.html

Phew, it feels great to be able to share all of these projects with you. I have also gotten back to tatting, but I think I have shared enough craft for one day. My next post will be devoted to the tatted items I have recently finished.

Until then, have a lovely holiday season!

Happy crafting

Fiona T

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Some small items to welcome babies.

I usually have a few projects going at any one time. Over the last few months a few of our friends are preparing to welcome new babies into their family for the first time. These have recently been gifted, so I can now reveal them on my blog.

First up is a picture of items I have finally conquered. I have had so many versions of this ‘gym boots’ pattern, and this is the first time I am happy with the result. I used Bendigo Wool Mills 5ply cotton, and a 3.25mm hook to make these. The pattern is from an Annie’s Attic Collection book.

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The second picture below is of some of my favourite items to knit. There is an in-threes cardigan, made in Bendigo Wool Mills 8 ply Bold Bamboo, with a co-ordinating Milo vest/dress. The second Milo Dress is made in 8ply Bendigo Wool Mills Savanna, which is an Alpaca wool blend, and it has a matching head band from a modified Muki Crafts paid pattern. Of course, I had to make a pair of the little Mary-jane style shoes and socks, in 5ply acrylic, as I knew this recipient is having a baby girl. wp-1513852358529..jpg

I am really enjoying knitting and crocheting these small items. I especially like the top down, seam free items, as the patterns are so clever with very few ends to weave in.

I wonder what kinds of items you like to knit or crochet for babies?

Until next time, happy crafting,

Fiona T

 

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Diamond Sword Crochet Blanket

A couple of weeks ago I finished this blanket I was making for my son. I began the blanket last year, it took approximately 18 months to complete. I didn’t work on it everyday, but would make some squares here and there while zoning out in front of the TV.

Completing a project like this looked pretty simple, but needed a fair amount of planning before I started, and as I progressed, to bring it together.

I started by looking online for a 15x 15 pixelated image. I was using an 8ply pure wool yarn. I ended up settling on this image, and reduced the colour pallet to six shades, instead of nine: 

Then I had to locate a crochet square pattern. I wanted more of a solid block pattern rather than granny square style. I looked online for free patterns and found one that I felt would give a pixelated effect. I used rounds 1-3 of the April square: https://www.allfreecrochetafghanpatterns.com/Granny-Square-Patterns/April-Square   and made each square for my blanket in a single colour. I ended up adding a boarder to the blanket with additional grey squares, making this blanket 17 x17, 7 cm squares.

I attached the main coloured squares into rows, and periodically checked that the placement would work. Here are some images of the blanket ‘in progress’. I tracked rows against the pixelated diagram using post-it notes which were numbers with columns, and attached using bull dog clips.

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289 squares later, I was done 🙂

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It took a long time to hide all of the ends from the individual squares and from the row seaming too. While I am pleased with how it looks, I wont be making another one any time soon 🙂

Now I don’t have any big projects on my shuttle, hook or needles…I wonder what will take my eye next?

Until next time, happy crafting.

Fiona T

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Merry Christmas 2016

Things have been a bit quiet on the blog for a few weeks as I have been busy finishing Christmas presents and studying too. The two gifts have now been given to their new owners so I can show you them now.

The first one was quite quick to make. I used Bendigo Wool Mills Cotton 10ply to make this in threes cardigan for my niece. 

The second one took a little longer as I hadn’t made a collar like this before. The vintage pattern is from a Coats learn tatting book no 660, and made is in Milford Mercerised cotton size 40, purple. I experimented with using crochet to attach the tatted collar as I went, and this required a little bit of retro-crocheting to make it sit properly and not pucker. The recipient loved it, and I hope she enjoys wearing it. I hope to blog soon about the process I used to make this collar.

Wishing all of you a wonderful holiday season. 

Until next time happy tatting, 

Fiona T  

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Knitting with the magic loop method

A few weeks ago I took a craft lesson on how to knit cable stitches and in the round using the magic loop method. I have never ventured into using cable patterns and thought this was a good way to learn the technique. The magic loop method was one I had never heard of before- so I was surprised at how cleverly it uses the cable to allow you to work on small peices in the round. The lesson took place at one of my favourite places- Unwind Craft Cafe in Keilor East. I used the lovely cable needles I got for my birthday and some Bendigo Wool Mills milky way  (blend of wool and milk fibres). 


I was pretty pleased with how quickly this knitted up, and how nice the wool was to work with. The pattern is from ravelry- main street by tin can knits. 

Until next time, happy crafting 

Fiona T 

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Scaling up a knitting pattern

It seems my neice has outgrown many of the shoes I made for her.

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My sister loved the little Mary Janes the best, so I wanted to make a larger size. Unfortunately the pattern books I have only go up to 6 month size. So this week I sat with the original pattern and attempted to scale it up. I used the ratio of stitch increases from the smaller sized patterns and wrote out my own version. Today I finished knitting the first prototype, and I will hopefully visit my neice soon to try it on for size.

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The proportion of shoe to sock looks to balance, so if this fits ok I will make a few pairs for her winter wardrobe…is getting very chilly in Melbourne!
Until next time happy crafting
Fiona T

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Crocheted Owl Hat

I have recently been buying and downloading a few different patterns from ravelry, etsy and craftsy. This is the first one I have actually made. The hat is for me, so it is in purple (not cream like in the pattern), and I am pleased the owls still stand out. I frogged this pattern a few times, the 3D effect was a bit confusing, with layers of stitches in some sections a bit hard for me to count.  I’m happy to say that perseverance had paid off,  and I finished the last section today.  The pattern is by Carlinda Lewis at TheHookHound on Etsy.

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With winter on the way I am looking forward to wearing this hat very soon.
I wonder if you have made anything for yourself lately?
Until next time,
happy tatting
Fiona T

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A pattern won and made.

The winner of the 1,000 likers on facebook prize, Janis, received her craft pack recently. Here is a quick picture of what ended up in the pack. I included a purple birch ‘joke’ shuttle and a few other little surprises too. It is lovely to share the crafting fun with everyone. Next giveaway will be at 1,500 likers. Again- thanks to everyone for following – it is so much fun to have you with me on my crafting journey 🙂

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Around the time of my own 1,000 likes giveaway recently, I entered a giveaway on Dearest Debi’s facebook page.  I was one of the winners,  and was given a code to select three of Debi’s crochet patterns from ravelry for free!  I was really excited- she has some lovely patterns.  Here is one I selected- flower bud granny octagon. I have just sat down and made this now,  and the pattern was pretty easy to follow (I made the usual substitutions from US pattern terms to the ones I am familiar with), and I am really pleased with the results.

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Thanks for the patterns Debi, I look forward to trying the others I downloaded very soon.
Until next time,  happy crafting
Fiona T

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Waiting for a precious arrival

I have only recently gotten back to tatting after the last few months of knitting and crocheting for the arrival of our newest family member, our Neice. I wanted to keep the work I was doing a secret until it was finished, and presented to my sister. Now I have given these to my sister I can share then with you all too!

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Here they are, my niece’s first hatbox and shoe box.

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In the hatbox there were 6 hats. The lady bird and “kitty” hats were bought from a small hand craft shop when we visited Tambourine Mountain in Queensland earlier this year. The others I made- pixie hood in mauve and black (vintage pattern from my own collection), cabbage patch hat (ravellry pattern), princess leia (etsy pattern), and a “bee hive” (my own design).

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In the shoe box I had made a variety of “Mary Jane” style shoes and socks, from a vintage pattern in my own collection. I made a variety of sizes, from 0-3 months, 3-6 months and 6-9 months, so hopefully there are lots of opportunities for her to wear these over the coming year.
Now I’m back to tatting, using a beautiful hand dyed thread and an Iris Niebach pattern… I will share that in my next post.
Until next time, happy crafting.
Fiona T

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Crochet Frenzy

As well as knitting, I have been crocheting kid’s hats. In the past I have made some for my son, including the R2D2 hat http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/star-wars-droid-beanies and some slouchy beanies. 2013-08-10 R2D2The most recent one I can share is the frog hat I made for my youngest nephew. The pattern is from http://amray1976.blogspot.com.au/2011/12/crochet-frog-child-hat.html and was quite quick to make. Australian and UK crocheters should note that this is an American pattern, and uses the US terms for stitches.2015-08-19 frog At her blog Amy has many other easy to follow crochet patterns too- so do pop over and have a look. I wonder if there is a novelty item that you have enjoyed crafting?

Until next time, happy crafting 🙂

Fiona T.

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