Monthly Archives: March 2015

Progress for Baby S

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The blanket I am making for Baby S is coming along nicely (I’ve had a week off work so I’ve had plenty of time to hook).  The Neat Ripple Pattern has developed into an interlocking ripple which I think I prefer for it’s mesmerising waves.

The Stylecraft Special DK acrylic yarn is by far the best acrylic I have ever used.  It’s soft, not sticky and doesn’t leave my hands feeling funny.  I think it will become my go to acrylic when projects require it.

I’m loving the blue and green combinations but the clematis/raspberry/shrimp combination isn’t really to my liking. Although I’m going to keep going with this, if I were to repeat the blanket, I would spend a bit of time getting the colour combination on this side of the colour wheel a little less jarring. Any suggestions on which colour to add or change to would be gratefully recieved.

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Blanket inspiration for Baby S

So I’ve been dreaming of crocheted blankets for the beds in our house.  I thought it best to make a baby blanket first so I would know what I’m letting myself in for.  There are so many options out there with over 13000 patterns in Ravelry for ‘baby blanket’ it’s almost an impossible task to choose so I have gone with the option with most projects … Attic24’s Neat Ripple Pattern.

Colour wise the options are endless.  There are endless colour combinations; just look at some of the combinations I’ve pinned.  The recommended Stylecraft Special yarn makes anything possible thanks to it’s 60 something colour options.

When I bought the yarn, I didn’t know Baby S was a boy so I opted for a rainbow combination and literally chose the best colour combination my local yarn store had in stock and this is what I came up with. 

Elijah has legs!

P1020106 (600x800)Elijah looks a little odd at this stage of his development.  This Elijah is for Baby Button who is due to make his/her appearance into the world in May.  He has grown his legs over the last week but the jungle is really still taking priority at the moment, with me waging a war on Spanish bluebells and crocuses that have escaped the crocus field into the borders.  Now that they pretty little crocus flowers have faded, I don’t feel so bad about doing it but how could I do it when they look like this?

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The Sewing Café

Off the knitting theme but still on crafts, will you forgive me?

Last Saturday, two of my friends and I embarked on an adventure, an adventure in sewing.  I’m not completely new to sewing; I learned very basic machine skills at school and even managed to throw together some costumes very roughly for a ‘freakers’ party at university (the less said about that the better I think).  Now comes the time that I learn this skill properly.  I’m all about doing things properly at the moment.  I wonder if this is something that comes with age?

Back at Christmas time, we booked a class at The Sewing Café for very beginners.  The Sewing Café façade hides a treasure trove of beautiful fabrics and hidden at the back is a small workshop with a number of sewing machines available for hire.  This is the café part of The Sewing Café – think of it a little like an internet café (do they still exist?) and not the type of café where you can order a latté.

The reception was warm and after being ushered to the workshop we were asked to choose two fabrics from the shop.  This really was the hard part; how do you choose just two from all that they stock with their bright, pastel and monochrome colours and the massive array of patterns.  Aiming for something that matched one of our rooms at home I chose a printed brown and pink and a darker plain brown fabric.  Boring in comparison to the multi-coloured deckchair stripes one friend chose.  Tea and biscuits were supplied

Armed with our fat quarters we were talked through the process of cutting the pattern and the fabric.  We were then very patiently taught to thread the machine and how it works.  After some time practicing on scrap fabric, and the a tiny bit of ironing we put the real fabric into the machine with some trepidation.  Working much slower than on the scrap material a hush fell across the room as we all concentrated.  A few corrections needed but ta-dah … we made something that resembled a cushion that doesn’t look like a five year old made it.  Much of this success is down to The Sewing Café for their patient instruction.  A big thanks from me to you.

As a result I now have a sewing bug and I’m dreaming of making my own clothes being slightly smaller than the average person, wouldn’t it be brilliant to whip up custom fit clothes when I couldn’t find anything to buy in the shops that fits.  Note to self – learn to walk before you can run!

A week of alternative crafts

I have been neglecting my knitting of late.  Spring is in the air, my tiny crocus field is in full bloom, opening their little petals when the sun shines.  The jungle has taken priority and the first seeds are now sown, the potatoes are chitting and the compost heaps have had their first turn of the season.  I’m feeling quite productive on the jungle front but less so on the knitting front this week… in fact, I haven’t actually touched a knitting needle.

In a few spare minutes, I have been trying my hand at crochet again.  Have I told you how bad I am at crochet?  I have been thinking about matching blankets for our bedrooms following a particularly chilly night where the blanket from the liveing room migrated to the bed.  I have settled on an Attic24 pattern for the first so I gave the pattern a try.  Getting the foundation chain sorted has not been easy.  It always seems too tight or too loose.  Some of the problem could be the horrible acrylic yarn that has been donated over the years.  Next stop the local yarn shop for some Stylecraft Special DK as recommended by Lucy at Attic24.

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In other news, I have also tried my hand at sewing, and look what I made!  Proud as punch.  More on this later – our local sewing shop deserves it’s own shout out.

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