Friday 31 August 2012

More Bling

I looked through the broken bling to find some 'gold' for Gaspar 2.

He has a golden crown and gold around his cloak.

I think he still needs a little bit more bling to bring him up to king standard.

He wanted to join his friends - looks like the journey has begun.

Soon be Christmas!

Wednesday 29 August 2012

Crocheting knitted squares together

These rectangles I joined together this way.

It took a while but I was happy doing it and pleased with the result. I suppose I could have edged each rectangle then joined 'on the go' but this way was quite relaxing.

I did Bunny Mummy's edging (Welcome Bunny Mummy). What a coincidence!

It sat frilly because the treble shells were close together but it looks OK and I like doing the edges this way.

Teddy was kept warm until I delivered the blanket to the organiser.

So I make that now India Blanket Number 5.

I've updated the Bloggy Friends' Blanket. I think you'll like the first finished blanket.  Thanks Foster Mummy. (There's rather a lot of Mums around here today!)

Tuesday 28 August 2012

Short back and sides?

The green house was looking like a jungle so I trimmed back the 2 cucumber plants - only one cucumber so far and all the others seem non-starters.

It still looks like a jungle.

I think the vine needs another trim.

I've made a start on eating the grapes - only another 50 bunches to go!

Now should I share the first red tomato?

Edited - There's a Bloggy Blanket Chain Update on the BBC page. Is there any 'volunteer' out there who would like to receive the blanket, add a crocheted square (or squares) and then pass it on? If so, please get in touch with MummyHen or leave a comment here.

Monday 27 August 2012

Another One

I've just completed India Blanket Number 4 ...

... using this wool to crochet the knitted rectangles together. It's beautifully soft, a lovely colour and contains 25% wool.

The rectangles this time were a mix of creams and white and look as though they were knitted by 3 different people but they were tamed and made one by my crochet hook.

Click on the India Cot Blankets label if you wish to see the others.

PS I'm not too sure whether anyone wanted the cosy or not but Vix, if you email me your address (if you wish), I've got just the play outfit for you which just screamed VIX when I saw it.

Sunday 26 August 2012

One Man's Trash

It was a really huge bag of unloved pre-loved garments that had been stored in a friend's garage. DD and I had such fun sorting through this ginormous pile.

Take out, put into piles, this for Charity Shop, this for me, this for you, this for a friend, this for Ebay.

Hopefully we can spread more happiness and keep these clothes going a little longer. This small purse reminded me of Vix's bags.

I don't know what these huge socks are for unless they are for underneath waders or for a giant!

This tea cosy is made from felt and it has 6 egg cosies to match. It's a little grubby (I daren't wash it) but if you want it please leave a comment saying so and I'll put names in a hat.

Look at this large pile of hats - we had a good play with these.

This one's a puzzler. I think it's 'hook work' with wool. One side is tufted ...

... and the other looks like this.

I don't know what it's supposed to be. It can't be a tray cloth because nothing would balance on it. It's up for grabs as well. Please leave a comment again indicating you would like it and I'll put names in a hat.

I daren't wash this either!

Here are some Charity Shop and Junk Shop finds.

I must have my 'homes mags' fix and getting them this way is far cheaper than buying new.

I pick them up from various places and they are no more than 20p each.

These cotton napkins/serviettes are cotton and from the CS.

and so is this cheese dome which was only £1.

My favourite JS find was this flan tin, (there is a base), which has improved my quiche making enormously!

These stamps were £3 from the CS. I don't know what I'll use them for but I couldn't let them stay there and be unloved.

self inking stamps

I love the heart cutter and I can use the Homemade stamp on my cards.

This date stamp was also in the pile but it's out of date as it only goes up to 2007!

Welcome to my new followers. I hope you enjoy your visits here.

Saturday 25 August 2012

Thursday 23 August 2012

Decisions once more

A friend wanted to know how to join granny squares and we explored different ways of sewing or crocheting them together.  One that I experimented with was this from Carina's Craft blog. What an ingenious way of connecting squares.

I thought I'd have a go this way for DS's blanket. It's a reasonably quick and easy method even though it uses up more yarn. It looks as though the whole blanket has been done in treble shells, (which it has) but ...

... my blanket looked rather crooked. I know that this can be blocked to make everything 'square' but it didn't look right with my squares so ...

... I think I'll join them in a similar way to DD's blanket to make it even more colourful.

This way takes time and is a bit fiddly but it's a long way off Christmas so I think I'll make it!

Tuesday 21 August 2012

Wo ho!

Finito! This is Summer Blanket Plan B Number Two for DD (for Christmas).

The edging is one round of treble shells then 2 trebles, 1 chain, 2 trebles in each space ...

... with 2 tr, 1 ch, 2 tr, 1ch, 2 tr in the corners. I think that this is a Bunny Mummy edging. (Her blog should be in the side bar.)

Number 3 blanket will be for DS, partner and pussies for Christmas.

Number 1 blanket is for me and that one will have to wait.

Monday 20 August 2012

Learn as you go along

I've got the hang of weaving my joining wool in and out now. Instead of weaving the ball of wool under and over as I go along ...

... I just thread the wool through first and leave the ball of wool at the end of the line. It's much easier and less faff.

Talking of blankets, do you think that this would be OK for a Bloggy Blanket button/logo? I was asked for a button by Amanda, from Crafty in the Med, to put on participating blogs.

I'm not very good at designing. 

Sunday 19 August 2012

Ironing - a philosophical viewpoint

A rather large pile of ironing

It is customary in many households to iron a few creases into garments ...

It always happens!

Very difficult to iron out

... in the hopes that the owner of the garment subconsciously receives the following life enhancing message.

30 minutes later - all done

'Nobody is perfect but they are damn well near!'