Four seasons quilt

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Dr. Who quilt

Nothing like starting a new quilt. I was really pleased when my daughter brought me a whole heap of her old T Shirts and asked me if I could turn them into quilts when I had time. There were enough to make two quilts and then two T shirts left over which I am going to make into a bag. The first quilt is this one. A Dr. Who quilt. What a nice challenge and it’s great to know she’s picked up the recycling and upcycling habit. I went through my stash and I had plenty of fabric to blend into this quilt. I haven’t quite decided how it will look. I knew my first job was to stabilise all the T Shirts onto cotton fabric. I have done that now. There were 6 in all. I am pretty sure I’ll be highlighting some of those designs with hand stitched silver highlights. I now need to decide how the rest of the blocks and pieces will go. Such fun!  

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Baby quilt pillow

I had quite a few scraps left over from my baby gamer quilt. I decided to make a baby quilt pillow to match and am well pleased with the results. I backed it onto flannelette and fancy stitched over it. It’s stuffed with fibre filler. I made a little loop in the corner so it can hang up or so little fingers can grab hold of the pillow when they grow bigger. It is all cotton fabric.  

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Lemon baby booties

These booties are very soft. They are made from nylon yarn which I have doubled so they are thick enough. They are from my favourite pattern of easy baby booties and the more I make them, the more I can see how useful but stylish they are. They are warm and homely. With different yarns and wools you can make all sorts of booties with this pattern and they are just perfect for a simple project which will fill in the time easily if you are stuck waiting or on a trip. They would match the baby beanie perfectly! These are 8cm from toe to heel so a bit bigger than newborn. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Baby gamer quilt

I have loved making this quilt. Baby quilts are fun because they can be so colourful and present a good challenge. I loved the Super Mario fabric I got for it and so it then became a matter of sorting through my stash to see what I had to match in. I found some big and small covered buttons and bits of tape of different sorts and it all seemed to work together once I got going. It is all cotton fabric and so will machine wash. It has polar fleece on the inside to make it warm and cosy and I backed it with some camouflage children's fabric which I had. I used the white to tone down the other colours a bit. Children like bright and garish bu tit was a bit too loud. It is also why I have used the batik print. It mixed nicely with the teddy fabric and just pulled all the noise into line. The new owners are really excited to be getting this tomorrow. They love it and that's the main thing. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Care for your handmades

My type of lady. Her needles and yarn go everywhere with her. She has some good tips for caring for hand made items. It is important. A lot of time and effort goes into making something. It's original and irreplaceable. These things need to be cared for. You can bring back the vibrancy into yarn and wool by using a two in one shampoo and a warm wash. It is also traditional to treat wool with a eucalyptus wash to keep away the moths and creepie crawlies. I prefer to store my yarn pieces with nice soaps. They smell lovely and they are protected from midnight feasters. If cared for properly , wool and yarn items will last for years. It is a matter of keeping the fibre in condition which is why I use the two in one shampoo and hand wash the items. Some people are making wool and yarn dolls and animals . There are some good tips here for specifically caring for those. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Entrelac scarf

This scarf came up on my Facebook feed and it looks really cool. It would be great in some of the hand dyed medley yarns. It's the sort of pattern where you can open up your ideas and play with some of the  yarns and wools on the market. It's not hard. It will require some patience to get started but the video by Very Pink is easy to follow and she explains it all very well. You can find the blog post about it on Craftsy and find some other projects to practise your newly acquired entrelac skills. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Blocking a jumper

I put up a post about blocking crochet squares. It is worth it for the finish and perfect shape. It makes the things you make look so much better . It doesn't take too long and it's not too hard. The puzzle mats are the best way to go because they are not expensive , can be pinned and are easy to make into bigger sizes if you need to do that. This video on blocking a jumper/sweater shows you how to block the  bigger pieces. you have created. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Strawberry mug cosy

I liked the mug cosy I made the other day so much I made one for myself! This one is brick red classic wool from the Bendigo woollen mills with green merino wool for the edging. I had two ceramic strawberry buttons . They match the mug cosy perfectly to set it off. They are pretty stylish, really and easy to make. Might try some fancier ones now! I used a 3.50 hook with 8 ply wool. The other instructions are on the mug cosy blog post. 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Blue booties

I made these booties from the same pattern as the Ocean baby booties so you can get the pattern from there. They are made form a yarn which is 80% cotton and 20% acrylic and so they are machine washable and easy care. I really like the look and feel of this yarn because it has texture and some speckles. I made the booties to match the blue baby beanie. They are made on number 10 needles. I mixed some dark blue wool with the yarn when I was making the pompoms. 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Ocean baby booties

I made these booties using the Easy baby booties pattern.   I used stocking stitch instead of garter stitich for a wamooth look. I knitted 12 rows at the top of the booties so the tops would roll over. I like that look. Loved using my pompom maker again to make the pompoms and added som aqua coloured yarn to that so these booties really are ocean colours and I really like that. The pattern is so easy to rememebr because there are so many sixes. 

Cast on 36 stitches
Increase one stitich at the beginning of 6 rows
42 stitches
Knit 6 rows

Decrease one stitch at the beginning of next 6 rows. 
Cast off 6 stitches at the beginning of next two rows.
Knit 12 rows.
Cast off.

I back stitched the bootie seams so they would be neat and solid. When I decrease one stitch I knit one and then knit two together. You get a neater edge that way. 

These are synthetic yarn and so machine washable and easy care and measure 9cm toe to heel. 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Crochet Mug Cosy

I made this mug cosy yesterday and the family member who needs it will get it on Easter Sunday. Now he doesn't have to use a hankie and can be more stylish! I sent him a picture of his new mug cosy and he's really happy with it. It didn't take long to make. I have used pale coffee cotton and aqua synthetic yarn trim. I chained 42 stitches then started trebles on the 3rd chain from the hook. I completed 7 rows of trebles. I slipped stitched around in aqua doing 3 stitches into the corner stitches and then 11 chain for the button hooks. It was sheer luck I happened to have to matching aqua buttons which I sewed on firmly. The mug cosy looks neat and tidy and like it belongs there. Now I have done one I can play around with these and make some decorative ones!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Crochet mug cosy

Mug cosies are not just silly pieces of frippery. I am about to make one for a friend who is having trouble holding his mug because he has some nerve damage from an operation and his fingertips are not as sensitive as they should be. It means he will drop his mug if he things he is holding it but isn't. That's not nice! He has been using a hankie to help him feel where the mug is. I suggested a mug cosy and he is willing to try. They are practical, washable, easy to make and will make a difference for someone who has diminished peripheral feeling in their fingers. There is the texture of the yarn and pattern. This mug cosy patter is easy and well explained for those of you who have never made one. I am going to make once from cotton yarn since the person concerned is allergic to wool fibres. It is good to know something so simple can make such a difference in someone's daily living. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Baby quilt bag

I am always using scraps. I don't like to see anything go to waste! I have just started a baby quilt and have it all pinned ready to quilt. Normally I pack a baby quilt in its own bag and make the bag at the end of the  process. This bag more or less made itself as I was creating the quilt top. The quilt itself features the lovely Super Mario fabric and it will be a very cheerful, baby gamer quilt. When I was making the bag I decided to attach a silver button and a loop . I had a lovely little Furby which suits the bag really well so I have attached that. I figure with babies you always need a bag for their bits and pieces or their toys. This is a nice roomy bag! It will fit the quilt and then hopefully fall into place in the new baby's life. 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Knitted baby blanket

I am using brick stitch for this smaller baby blanket. I made a big one and the two hundred stitches makes a decent sized blanket. This one is 100 stitches and very much a baby blanket. The soft colours are lovely. I use a medley yarn for the stocking stitch rows and then a plain yarn for the garter stitch rows in between. The garter stitch gives it a nice texture. It's machine washable, knits up easily and so is a good on the go project for when you don't want to concentrate too much. I always get good feedback on these blankets. They look nice and are easy care. 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Blue baby beanie

This beanie is the usual baby beanie pattern I like to use. I can take it anywhere and do a few rows and that way it knits up quickly and without a fuss. It's an on the go project. This blue beanie looks so nice in the acrylic and cotton mix yarn I used. I shall make booties to match. It will be warm and comfortable . It's also machine washable. The pompom has some dark blue wool mixed in just for contrast. The pompom maker really does make it a breeze to get pompoms organised. I used number 4 needles. 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Lemon baby beanie

This baby beanie was made from the pattern in this blogpost. They are easy to knit and come out looking very neat. It is double rib and I have used synthetic baby yarn . I used two balls at once or the beanie would have been too thin. The pom pom was made on my pom pom maker. That is so quick! I used a little bit of pale green yarn to create a bit of interest. I have used no 10 needles (3.25) and it's been a project I have been able to easily carry around in my bag because it takes so little room. 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Crochet an Easter Bunny

There are plenty of patterns for Easter Bunnies if you want to make them or if you prefer the white or pastel coloured ones. People are skilled and inventive so there are plenty to choose from which you can use as decorations , little  gifts or for table decorations. I  have chosen these bunnies because, as usual, I like things which will use up my yarn scraps. These bunnies , though, have character and style and are so colourful. You use a small hook with double ply yarn so the crochet fabric is dense and will not show the filling. The bunnies are quite big. If you used thinner yarn and an even smaller hook they would be smaller. You could make a whole family of them! Ruby Stedman explains it all well.