Monday, March 31, 2008
Fancy making a PURPLE PEOPLE EATER???
I'm looking for people to test crochet this little guy. I would estimate there is 3 - 4 hours work in him, and he can be made from your stash. It is a fairly simple pattern and includes single crochet, double crochet, increasing and decreasing. You would need to craft him over the next fortnight, and then offer me feedback on the pattern.
Interested? Leave your email details here, or contact me on Ravelry. My username there is laughingpurple. Thanks.
edited to add:
HAVE HAD A FABULOUS RESPONSE TO THIS... THANKYOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO HAS OFFERED TO TEST THIS CREATURE... LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING THE WONDERFUL RESULTS
Friday, March 28, 2008
I just want to have a think about the method of closure (perhaps something magnetic) before I start on the lining
cut a heart shape from a felted jumper for the embellishment, with single crochet to edge it
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
I know, I haven't even finished the last one as yet... but let's face it - I haven't let that stop me before!
this one will be worked from a queen size doona cover... I'm interested to see if I can get an entire bag out of the one cover... it's a reversible cover, with pink on one side and orange on the other
the base is completed, and I am a few rounds up on the sides
Monday, March 24, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
my son created this fabulous plasticine creature this morning... and named him lux-roy
he will be the model for our april crochet challenge over at silly string group on ravelry
each participant will re-create him, using crochet as the medium
lux-roy is there for inspiration rather than cloning, and we all have such individual styles over there... so it will be fascinating to see what creations appear
come and join us if you fancy... all are welcome
Saturday, March 22, 2008
a green and yellow basket
I wrote a letter to my love
and on the way I dropped it
finally started work on my rag basket... I'm thinking it will make a fabulous project bag for my craft, but we'll wait and see when it's done
working it up in a variety of colours, changed at random... including but not limited to green and yellow!
using mostly old sheets and doona covers donated by my sister... thanks... you are a star
Thursday, March 20, 2008
in this instance... it was the egg!
this little guy was created for the march 'oddball of the month' competition over at ravelry
the theme was EASTER... although I hadn't originally planned to go quite this cutesy with it!
my original idea was a bit more off-beat... I won't share all of the details with you, because I might keep it up my sleeve for another occasion, but I will give you two words... RABBIT STEW
as you can see, I ended up way off track!
this little guy was crafted from some of the assorted embroidery threads I was talking about a couple of days ago... along with some scraps from felted jumpers
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
my zettified art stuff swap doll is finished!
you will remember that I had to make it personally significant to my swap partner... not entirely easy when you don't actually know the person... but it certainly added to the challenge
so here's how I went about it
the body is green, which is messy's favourite colour
the doll has blue hair, to match the blue highlights that messy has in her own hair
she wears a fire hat, since messy loves driving her fire truck in local parades!
messy adores cats, so the doll has many feline features... paws, tail, whiskers
there is a 'days of our lives' quotation on the hat, since messy is a huge fan of the soapie
and the tartan ribbon was included because messy's real name is bonnie... which makes me think of a 'bonnie wee lass, with a thick scottish accent'
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
and those kits always contain way more thread than you could ever use
of course... I have never been able to part with any of it... and my collection has accumulated beyond that which I could use in a lifetime of embroidery
so, instead of throwing it away... it's time for me to find an alternate use for it!
I'm working on an easter theme challenge at the moment... and planning to try crocheting with these threads
the only problem is that they are all very short... each thread would only be around 12 - 18 inches long, which of course will mean lots of joins are required
on the plus side, there are so many different shades of every colour!
I'm thinking I might use some for my 'eye of horus' challenge too... stay tuned
mind you... there will certainly be threads left over, and I'm open to suggestions for other uses... what would you do with them?
Monday, March 17, 2008
so I thought I'd use some up in a one hour scarf
I worked with four strands throughout, just replacing each yarn as it ran out
and so we go... from this....
Sunday, March 16, 2008
so quick and so easy... well under an hour to complete (including the wrapping)
scarf measures 145cm in length and is 12cm wide
worked in four different reclaimed yarns
using 10mm hook and all four strands at once, chain 80
row 1 - dc into 3rd ch from hk... dc in every ch to end... ch2, turn
row 2 - dc into every stitch to end, ch2 turn
row 3 - dc into every stitch to end, ch2 turn
final row - dc into every stitch to end, fasten off
Friday, March 14, 2008
the designed item had to be related to the crochet liberation front and have the logo somehow included in the design
and this is what I came up with...
introducing… the CLF caddy!
this functional fuzz ball has a multitude of uses, and you’ve gotta love those loops
the body is worked in two strands of red yarn and is representative of the ball of wool in the background of the CLF logo
the hook insignia is first crocheted in wool, and then felted for a fabulous effect
the caddy stands firmly on its own, or you can place a jar or tin inside… to increase the number of possible uses!
Thursday, March 13, 2008
I think that's probably why my last few items created were "fairly standard, run-of-the-mill, follow someone else's pattern" type of projects
but I'm starting to feel it again, and am super motivated to complete my zettified art challenge... fingers crossed and it will only be a couple of days now
here is a sneak peek of where we are at
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
but the truth of the matter is... I am a headband girl at heart
those of you who know me in real life know that I am rarely seen without one
so I finally launched into it... and was amazed at how quickly it worked up... less than two hours from cast on to full completion!
made a few modifications, as I had heard a lot of feedback about the original pattern resulting in too large a fit
used 4mm needles, cast on 100 sts... reclaimed yarn approx aran weight
actually came up a tiny bit too small, so I added a chain stitch loop for the buttonhole... and it's now perfect
what is it about knitting pairs that is so damn difficult?
I always manage to breeze through the first item... but really have to force myself through the second one
I think it has something to do with the lack of surprise... you already know how it is going to look and feel, so the excitement is gone
finally forced myself to finish the second fetching to complete this pair of fingerless mitts
made a few amendments to the original pattern...
worked five cable repeats at the wrist (instead of three)
worked two cable repeats at the fingers (instead of one)
used regular cast off (instead of picot edging)
finished all edges off with a round of single crochet