Tuesday, August 21

Spending a few days unpicking old half finished and badly made projects...

Gathering the pieces together for a giant bed spread I became overwhelmed with the amount of half finished projects.
So taking a few days to unpick, wind wool and sort out the craft room.

Then I can reassess and start the giant bed spread.

Next week I will do the patterns that have been asked for and finish the month off
all tidy and ready to start again.....lol
Well that's the plan, I have got to do something the craft room looks like a hurricane hit it.
and why keep it all if it isn't working has no real use and is cluttering up the room?
I won't be able to climb into my dent soon if I don't do something lol

So many stars and flowers what was I thinking of?



Always love to wind wool, so I am going to have a very relaxing time?

Have a great day everyone 
hugs to all x

Monday, August 20

If I could have one wish, make my hands work faster than my imagination....
INSPIRATION...
It all started when I lay out the leaves I was making to go with the flowers, 
holes and gaps aren't always round!
A thought occurred...as I mixed and matched...

what greens had I in the stash?....
by 4 this morning I have a piece of Leafy crochet and a poem to go with it too...
and another design is emerging? 
Or is it to be added to the giant bedspread....really must try and lay it all out today.

FLOWERS..
Glad you all liked the flowers, all different, Ruth asked if I had a pattern?
YES but which one would you like? I make them up as I go, half the time. But if you can pick one I can do a pattern for you.

Have a fun filled woolly day everyone 
hugs x

Sunday, August 19

FLOWER FRENZY...

So many flowers to play with, they will cover joins and spaces in the blanket just so many options...

LINK TO THE PATTERN HERE
how things grow and change...
From original basic flower, too....
I have a several bags of flowers to play with from teeny tiny to huge multi layered blooms.
There are plenty to fill those awkward gaps.
The layout of the giant bed spread to come, not got the energy today to clear the craft table.

BBC FILMING YESTERDAY....
Had a lovely day yesterday at the craft centre. It was great to meet Barbara and her friends and to see her fantastic crochet....GOOD LUCK with the competition Barbara. 
Looking forward to the programme, Barbara thought it will be in the Autumn some time. 

Hugs to all x

Saturday, August 18

JINNY RING CRAFT CENTRE BROMSGOVE, BBC filming today

A Flower..
or two...
for the giant bed spread hoping to clear my craft room table and lay out all the pieces I have so far tomorrow, to see what is needed and what I can use.

JINNY RING LINK HERE
Paul Martin is filming CRAFTS FOR TH BBC today, at the Jinny Ring Craft Centre, 
so I am off to take a peek, an hour and a half from me but hoping to have a coffee and a chat with a fellow crocheter who has been invited to take part in the filming, she is carrying her big poppy bag so she said I wouldn't miss her lol

It all kicks off at 10 this morning so if you are in the area why not pop along and say hello

Hugs to all xx

Friday, August 17

CROCHET WAVES AND CIRCLE TO ADD TO THE GIANT BEDSPRED...

Waves are 100% Merino from Colourmart and the circles are a mixture of Colinette yarns,
textured, ribbon, slubs and random dyes. Really love this colour combo.
with a couple of others thrown in

Hugs to all x

Thursday, August 16

ALL THE BUCKETS OF YARN I HAVE AND I.....

....keep running out of one colour.
Managed to get this far with the latest woolly thought 
and find I haven't got any more of the outer bright red.
I have far too much yarn to buy more, so now I will have to change colour....
a design accident or is it being creative?
 I do it all the time, may be the reason for some of my colour choices.
One way of doing it I suppose.
Turned out a few circles and flowers,  many motif's that need joining together
 did say i would join them all together in one giant bed spread?


How are the Mandalas going? Any more pictures for me to see yet?
Have fun x

Wednesday, August 15

MANDALA CUSHION PATTERN PART 1 AND 2

LINKS TO PATTERN PARTS 1 AND 2...at the bottom of this post.


ROUND 6: sl st to the 3rd dc of the 'petal', 6ch sts, sc to the 3rd dc of the next petal repeat until you complete round with a sl st.

ROUND 7: sl st, into the chain loop, 8dc in each loop, sl st to complete the round. (96sts)

ROUND 8: sc in every sts. sl st to complete round. (96sts)

ROUND 9: 3dc, in first st, miss 2 sts 3 dc in next stitch, repeat until round complete, sl st to finish round. (32 granny shells of 3dc)

ROUND 10: sl st, to next space, 3dc granny shell in each space with 1ch sts between each granny shell. sl st to finish round (32granny shells 32ch sts )

ROUND 11:  Repeat round 10 (32 granny shells and 32ch sts)

ROUND 12: Repeat round 10 (32 granny shells and 32ch sts)

ROUND 13: 1dc in space, 1dc in each of next 3 sts, repeat to complete the round, sl st to finish round. ( 128 sts)

ROUND 14: 15: 1dc in each st, sl st to finish round. (128sts)

ROUND 16: Repeat round 13 but with an increase of 16 stitches approximately every 8sts, you need to have 144 sts to match the front. sl st to compete round.


MAKE UP:
Wrong sides together match stitch for stitch with 1sc in every stitch to join the front to the back
Do 36 x 5dc shell stitches to finish the cushion, sl st to complete round.
Add buttons and loops or a zip.

Sorry it took so long to do the complete pattern
                                                                                    
                      



Sunday, August 12

A REQUEST FOR HELP PLEASE.


HELP NEEDED.....

You might or might not know I was asked to write a crochet book for beginners to intermediary in January this year. To be available early next year, really exciting but very daunting too.

 It was all delivered to the publisher as set out in the contract for the end of July.

Late Friday I had a phone call from the lovely Editor dealing with my book, all good so far, but could I EXPAND a chapter.

I had thrown in a bit of me, something not asked for, something to make it 'mine' hoping it would be liked. I was trying to give the reader a little something that I don't think is in any other crochet book.

She thought it a great idea, really liked what I had done and wanted more
so
I am asking for your help please....


HERE IS THE QUESTION
IF YOU WANTED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT COLOUR, DESIGN & INSPIRATION,
WHAT QUESTIONS WOULD YOU WANT ANSWERED?
If you have a minute I would much appreciate your help.

Yesterday I had lots of ideas, too many to put in one chapter as it is such a
big subject, (I could write a whole book about it) so this morning I thought it a good idea to ask what it is you really what to know about C,D & I?
What would help you and if you have any questions that you would like answered?

There will be a couple of give away's for the best questions
so ask away. Thanks

Hugs to all xx

It's pouring here today :-((

Saturday, August 11

Stylecraft DK was the same blue as the free wool....

So I finished the cushion front ready to stitch onto a cushion, there wasn't enough free wool to make a complete cushion 
Just need to find the right cushion or fabric and make one.

MANDALA COLLAGE?....
How are you mandalas coming along?
Would love to do a collage of them all when you have finished them if you let me know with a link to your blogs, and will allow me to have a copy of your pictures please?

Have a fun filled Saturday all
xx

Friday, August 10

Block stitch in the round?



and a ball of string for 25p a ball...
and it is soft enough to wear too.....bit of an earthy smell to it though lol
no idea what to make with it...but 4 balls for a pound, last round of this was the second ball.

been a really hot day here and I'm wilting fast.

Hugs to all x

Thursday, August 9

BLOCK STITCH AND DIAGONAL CUSHION PATTERN

not even a seat done 'cos I was making the chandelier instead...Night time pictures were terrible but the chandelier worked a treat and looked pretty, feel asleep so I had to get up and take the pictures
A couple of you asked about the Diagonal Stripy Cushion....pattern link 
An old pattern but it has been popular and is a real quick cushion to make

made in the round and folder around the cushion pad

Garden chair covers progress...slow, not even the seat area covered yet




Enjoy your day hugs to all x

Wednesday, August 8

I made a chandelier....

waiting for it to go dark now to see if it works....
Catch ya later with the night time version
Hugs x

CROCHET GARDEN SEAT COVERS..

I started them over a year ago and they never got finished but I am making it the next project one made and 5 to go, all will be different, no way could I make 6 the same.

this one just needs it's edging plus the top and bottom bits to hold it on the chair 
and I started one this morning using the Block Stitch, some way to go yet though lol
BrupBrup approves of the woolly seating ...

hugs to all
Can I just say, it's so good to be back blogging everyday and sharing little woolly thoughts with you all again
thanks for being there all.
hugs x

Tuesday, August 7

PERMANENT GAZEBO...all finished

Turned my back and he delivered the chippings right in the middle of the drive so I made a start....
going to be a great place to eat and chat with friends, quite cosy


Hugs to all xx...off to lie down now lol