Four seasons quilt

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Crochet an AT-AT

My daughter sent me through a picture of the crochet AT-AT by Kamila Krawczyk and asked me if I could make her one for her new baby coming in August. I loved how she had enough faith in me to send it to me and think I could do it. I didn't use the pattern. I used the pictures. I had them on my phone and iPad so I could look at them and work it out. I looked at what yarns I had and settled on the white, the pale blue multicolour cotton with some iridescent thread and the baby blue cotton. I decided to sew the eyes completely and not to add on bits to sew. I was crocheting for a long time. I had all these different pieces and elements.
In the end I had to mark some of them and keep them in piles so I knew which bit went with which and which way round it went. It does have lots of pieces and you do have to work out a system to keep them organised. I also found you have to be careful when you sew it together so you don't get things back to front or upside down. I found the number 3.00 crochet hook to be the best to do the ending for the body and head. Worked really well. When I stuffed it I was in love. It was so big, soft and squishy. It went to its new home yesterday and I am more than pleased with how it turned out. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Assembly app

If you have an iPad or iPhone then Assembly comes free and you can subscribe if you want. I have been playing around with it again and think it will be a good app to customise some cross stitch designs. You can download all the shape packs free now. I have software for my computer which converts images to cross stitch. I also have an app on my iPad which does the same so I am thinking Assembly will help me to design more and create images which are more original. I have reviewed it on another blog of mine: 

Assembly app

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Crochet Dalek

The good thing about amigurumi crochet is you can more or less make what you want. For those of you who have Whovians in the family, Lucy Collin has put in a lot of work to create a really nice Dalek pattern which would also be suitable as a child's toy. Choose your colours and know it will stand about 7" or just under 18cm tall. If  you are an experiences crocheter you would be able to adapt the pattern to a smaller version of this. If you are interested in the pattern  you can find it on the -love- crochet site. If you are interested in how the pattern came about Lucy explains it on her LucyRavenscar blog. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Joining yarn

The Russian join is a very neat, effective way of joining yarn ends together to avoid lumpy knots in the fabric of your knitting or crochet. ChemKnits explains it clearly and patiently and then it's a case of practise, practise, practise. I try to avoid changing balls of yarn in the middle of a row and keep an eye on what is left so I don't do that. There are times when you are caught short and times where you just need to add a small amount of colour so knowing the Russian join and any other way of smoothly joining yarn is helpful. Everything you learn increases your flexibility and ideas. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Doughnut Cushion

This doughnut cushion is made from spaghetti yarn which I bought in Lincraft when I saw it. I just had to have it. I got the hot pink and the pale pink. I have used spaghetti yarn and T shirt strips for the sprinkles, plenty of pompons and some beads.  It's a big cushion - 80 centimetres diameter. It took a kilo and a half of fibre filler. I was stuffing the cushion all afternoon and my whole arm was going into it. As such it is more of an on the floor cushion because it is solid and resilient. It required a lot of hand sewing for the top and that took me all day but it was fun to develop it and this project was a very good challenge for me because I was working with yarn I had never used and the spaghetti yarn is different  and solid. I've called it a crinkle doughnut. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Spaghetti Yarn

When I saw the Spaghetti Yarn I just had to get some. At the time  I had no idea what I was going to make but by the end of the day it all came together and in a few days you'll see my finished project. It's T shirt yarn and as such it offer all sorts of possibilities in terms of very durable knitted or crocheted fabric. It means you can consider home things more and things like baskets. As people use it the ideas will come. I love using my big pink crochet hook but have to say that crocheting with the yarn is quite hard on my hands so I don't do it for too long. It's great though. What I am making is coming together very quickly and will be tough and strong!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Knitting with circular needles

Some people like to knit with double pointed knitted when they knit in the round , Others like to knit

with circular needles. We are lucky. We can choose what suits us best. I am knitting the baby blanket in the image on circular needles because it keeps the weight of the blanket off my hands and joints and so I can knit a big blanket very comfortably. That would be hard to achieve with straight needles. The video shows you how to knit in the round and make a hat. Like anything , you need to know the tricks and how to make it work for you. 

Friday, February 3, 2017

How to use quilting rulers properly

Using equipment properly is often a factor of time and then , often, having someone who knows about these things explain them to you clearly and effectively. Heather Thomas is good because she understands what she is talking about, can explain the whys and then can show you well how to get the best out of quilting rulers. All that in 6 minutes. I have made the mistake of cutting the wrong size strips because I haven't paid attention. I have also found that using the rulers properly saves time and energy. If you have invested in good tools, spend a few minutes finding out how to get the best out of them. In the end it makes your life easier. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Crochet knit stitch

This is a crochet stitch which looks like stocking stitch which you knit. It is also called waistcoat stitch. It is a great stitch to use when you want to emulate the knitted look and you don't want to or can't knit. In recent times it is used to make hats and beanies as well as jackets. With thicker yarn it would make bags or cushions.  This is a good video because you find out straight away how to use two colours and that automatically makes the stitch more flexible and will give you ideas of what you can do with it.