Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Crochet practice. Little Lion and Rainbow Granny Square Crochet




As a Beginner what did I learn from making my Crocheted Little Lion Head ?

If it doesn't look right unravel the stitch and start again !  I had to do this about 20 times !

Patience.  Don't rush.  When I started rushing it all went wrong. Slow down or stop for a break

I found that working with an even tension wasn't easy

The back of the Lion looked very different from the front

Finding the end of each circle was difficult. I will use Stitch markers next time

I need to practice making Crochet Circles


As a Beginner what did I learn making my second Granny Square ?

The tail of the wool gets in the way.  I must remember to weave it into the chain circle to hide it before I make my first stitch

Oh dear ...which Hook was I using ?  I will remember which Hook works best for the yarn by putting some tape around the end of the best Hook next time

Those pesky ends are a pain.  Start a new colour where the ends will be covered with stitches

With Valentine's Day coming up soon I wonder what  will learn next from making Crochet Hearts !

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Tissue Box Scarf Question answered for Jane

Jane from Lost in Ideas asked me about the strength of the Tissue Box Loom in my previous post
I also didn't think a tissue Box would be strong enough so this is how I made my Tissue Box thicker




Draw some lines on the bottom of the Tissue Box and cut them




 Fold down the edges towards the inside of the box


Snip the top edge at regular intervals

Fold down top edge to make the top edge like a Castle. Secure folds to keep them down with Sellotape.  Now ready to use
An extra tip.  Draw an arrow on the box showing the direction you are working
 You can then start again easily if you have to stop 

Saturday, 14 January 2017

New challenge for 2017 Learning to Crochet

I have always wanted to be able to Crochet
 I have spent hours watching Youtube videos and reading Crochet Books. Everyone said Crochet was easier than knitting but I just could not do it




I went to a Crochet Workshop this week and took two hours to make my first ever Granny Square





Two attempts at making circles. They are not right but I can now see where I have gone wrong 


Trying to make a Magic Foundation Loop was driving me crazy. I have now worked out how to make one

Reminder for myself. I make a slip knot by hand holding the end of the wool in my RIGHT HAND not my left as I usually do
So far I am enjoying my new challenge. I think it is good for my brain to learn something new

Friday, 6 January 2017

Santa Puppy kissing his Mum goodbye


Santa Pup is going to his forever home today. He has kissed his Mum goodbye 


His Mum is expecting four more puppies soon. I know this as I only have four more facecloths !
 I must order some more to make the next litter of puppies

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Kevin the Carrot's girlfriend Katy


HAPPY NEW YEAR
I have just made a girlfriend for Kevin the Carrot. She is called Katy Carrot
For my visitors from overseas this is the story of Kevin the Carrot in the UK
There are lots of videos about him on Youtube

Monday, 5 December 2016

Warm easy to knit Slippers


There are lots of patterns for knitted Slippers online
These were easy to knit while watching TV
I found the pattern on Bevs Country Cottage Blog
Thank you Bev

I also tried knitting them without the ribbing
 Now I have warm and comfortable Slippers which don't match  !

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Easy Peasy Tissue box Loom Scarf


I have just made a Scarf using just my fingers and a Loom made out of a tissue Box !
The instructions are on Youtube
I recommend this method as it was so quick and easy

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Furry Toys I made for my little Sister


I made these furry toys for my little Sister many years ago
 I wish I still had the patterns to make them again

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Trexxie the Turtle my first attempt at English Paper Piecing Patchwork


Named Trexxie because he is made from Triangles and Hexagons
This is my first attempt at English Paper Piecing Patchwork
He is too big to be a Pincushion and too small to be a Cushion
 I found the pattern for him on the Hobbycraft Blog


My first attempt at making Soda Bread. Quick and easy to make
This recipe contains oats. I found it on the BBC Website
I must turn my Computer off now as Hubby said T hinting that he wants a cup of tea !

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

English Paper Piecing Patchwork wearing L Plates

I am itching to get stitching some Hexagons for an English Paper Piecing Patchwork Project


First attempt at making a Hexagon with a Protractor. Useless !
Second attempt using a Compass. Oh dear ....no good


Third attempt. Yippee I now know how to make a Hexagon thanks to Youtube. Plastic templates are quite expensive so I will be making my own.
Now I need to find the right fabric...