Archive | June 2012

Granny Squares

Whilst on holiday I attended a crocheting workshop, resulting in a completed pair of baby slippers. I then decided that I would continuing with crocheting whilst away so that my new knowledge could be kept fresh. I previously brought a crochet kit for kids but struggled to rotate the pictorial instructions for my leftie ways:

Following the workshop on the slippers I felt that I could now adapt the instructions and work towards completing my first ever granny square. I waited until it was a lovely day (we were very lucky with the weather all things considering) and S, Little One and I sat outside. S with his racing post, Little one with her sun and I with the crochet kit:

Here is that start of my first ever granny square:

And here is the second row:

Here is my first ever completed granny square:

Whilst on holiday I managed to finish another seven, I honestly can’t believe how quick crocheting is. I managed to finish another square this morning meaning that I have now done all nine:

Now that I have finished the crocheting I just have to make up the cushion, which I think should be relatively straightforward and quick. Hopefully  I can get it done one evening this week, although from tomorrow I will have to refocus my energies back into studying after I have had a week off.

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A Holiday and New Craft

I have been very quiet over the last week or so because I have been on holiday, it was my 30th on Monday so S took Little One and I away for the week. We have had a lovely holiday in Nailsworth in the Cotswolds.

Once we had settled into the cottage we stayed in we went off exploring the local area and the first shop we stumbled across was Mother Goose, much to my delight (and S’s dismay). We spotted in the window that they do workshops in knitting and crochet, upon venturing in an chatting to the shop owner it was agreed that an individual workshop could be run for me the next day. I was so pleased with this because I have always wanted to learn to crochet and had brought myself a child’s kit with the aim of teaching myself:

I previously used a child’s knitting kit to learn the basics of knitting (with the aid of S’s mum) which worked nicely but I could not understand the instructions in this kit, I think this is mainly due to me being a leftie and not being able to rotate the instructions in my head.

My individual workshop was run by Sophie Buckley and we aimed towards making some baby slippers. In Sophie’s studio are some gorgeous crocheted bags which are simply beautiful. I have never progressed beyond chain stitch before so aiming to produce a finished item that I could give as a gift gave me some focus. I choose to complete the slippers in red so that they would go with the jumper that I have been making.

We started off by cutting out the soles:

Add the punching the holes into the soles. I then proceeded to doing my first crochet stitch:

This is the slipper with more crochet work:

I have found out that I crochet very tight and I need to work on loosening my work so that I can get the hook back into stitches. During the four hour workshop i managed to finished one slipper completely and did the bottom part of the second slipper. I then took the materials back to the holiday cottage and completed the second slipper whilst it was all fresh. Here are the finished slippers:

I loved making these so much that I immediately brought some wool and sheepskin from Mother Goose so that I could make a pair for myself. I had taken the crochet kit away with me on the holiday so I proceeded to make some granny squares over the remained of my holiday (post to follow), I am so pleased that I have finally got the basics of crocheting because I have wanted to have a go for ages.

If you ever find yourself in Nailsworth I definitely recommend a trip into Mother Goose and if you find yourself with the opportunity to participate in one of their workshops (and they have tons) give it a go, Sophie was really clear with her instructions and pointed out bits to help me along  (for example in triple stitch I tended to alter the direction of wrapping my yarn half way through).

A Baby Beret

Yesterday I made a little jacket for a friend’s baby that was born yesterday morning. I decided late last night that I would also like to make a little hat to go with the jacket, so I fell back on the fail safe Little Brits in Spiffing Knits book:

And choose the Beret that is featured on the front. I started this last night and it has taken a surprising amount of knitting. This is the beret on the knitting needle waiting for the thread to be taken through the remaining stitches:

This is the beret all sewn up:

The beret in the pattern has a bobble on top, but because she is a June baby I thought it would be nice to do something else. I found these lovely flowers from Chic Envelopements and thought that using the same fabric as the jacket would bring the two items together. Here is the beret with the flower on top:

I will now packaged the jacket and beret off for posting so that my friends have them before baby is six months old (this is how old another person’s friend was before I got my present to them).

Making the Most of a Double Bank Holiday

I have been somewhat quiet over the last few days on the blogging front, mainly due to work and wanting to get things all sorted before the long bank holiday and a week off in a couple of weeks time. I have still been crafting, just not getting around to blogging about my makes. Today I thought I would share with you all the activities that I got up to over the weekend and then one project that I have finished.

To start the weekend, S, Little One and I made our way to Hastings to visit some friends that moved out of London at the start of the year. They have a dog too so Little One loves going down to visit, because they haven’t seen each other since the move we thought we best let them meet up outside of the house so they could have a good play together, this worked a treat and the playing continued for the weekend. On Sunday we took them both to Camber Sands, I have never been before but it was perfect. Here is Little One and Rudy playing on the sand:

Then on Monday we took them to Hastings Beach, Little One had her first swim in the sea which I found slightly terrifying and tired herself out, ready for the trip back to London.

Yesterday, we joined in some of the Jubilee festivities and went along to Hyde Park to watch the celebrations on the big screen. It was amazing seeing so many people gathered for the same occasion and the rain did not dampen spirits. Little One was a bit unsure of the rain so when I put up the umbrella she clambered onto my lap for protection…she is convinced she is a lap dog and has no appreciation that despite her name she is not exactly suited to this:

They this morning I received the exciting news that my friends’ baby arrived early this morning. They had a little girl so I managed to use up some fabric that I have been waiting ages to use:

I had a look through the sewing books on my shelf for some inspiration and settled on a newborn jacket from the 101 ways with a metre:

I had to alter the pattern slightly because it was for a multidirectional print meaning that the pattern was attached at the shoulder seams, I separated the front from the back and added in enough fabric for a 1/2inch seam allowance.

This is the finished jacket:

And a close up of the neck:

I added a button onto the neck closure (which is done with an internal snap) because I was not too happy with the bias binding on the corners. This was a very quick project meaning it was perfect for finishing off today and posting to my friends.