Sorry for the absence but life with a new baby is seldom conducive to being able to write!
So bunting. I do love a bit of bunting and my all time favourite magazine Simply Crochet spoils me with gorgeous bunting in each issue. One of these beautiful patterns caught Bella’s eye and she asked me to make it for her bedroom. Who am I to refuse my little Squig (short for Squiglet, her nickname since birth).
The pattern is worked in rounds starting with a magic circle/ring. Now I class myself as an advanced beginner in crochet terms and the magic circle/ring has always been difficult for me, I have watched countless tutorials on Y0utube, read how to do it in magazines but it never quite works out right so I sort of bodge it so it does the job! The one thing I found about this pattern (found in Issue 13) is that it works up very quickly due to the weight of the yarn and the hook size. The yarn is DROPS Paris and so soft, I had a few issues to start with as it’s the first time I’ve crocheted with a cotton blend and the tiny strands did get caught but I soon got used to it!
The design is simply gorgeous and would work for Christmas decorations with white, red or sparkly yarn. It works just as well with DK yarn and a 4mm hook; I’m thinking of getting some Wendy Supreme Sparkle DK in time for Christmas.
The main thing I adore about this bunting is the ombré effect of the colours, so pleasing and striking. Bella loves red and pink so this bunting was perfect for her room which is decorated in cream and red.
For finishing I made two slight adjustments. One was to block and starch the bunting, for it to hang right around Bella’s mirror this was a must. The second was to join each star to the chain with a dc, this holds the stars in the right place so they don’t slip when hung.
I am hoping that as Rosie gets older I can finish projects quicker.
It’s true to say that I am all about Scandi patterns and design at the moment. Two Christmases ago I decided to completely rehaul our Christmas theme. I had always gone with a very traditional theme of red and gold for years before but something in me needed a change so I collected together a load of gorgeous Scandi inspired fabric, dusted off the sewing machine and created some beautiful decorations. I supplemented these with shop bought delights in red & white, and bedecked the tree along with some traditional peppermint candy canes.
Since taking up crochet the Scandi theme has stuck with me and so I was delighted to come across this gorgeous Mamachee boots pattern by Tara Murray on Ravelry. I really do recommend her designs, they are very well written, totally gorgeous and easy to follow.
I took the design and adapted the colours using Stylecraft Special DK in Lipstick and Robin Chunky in Moorland. I love the depth of the Moorland as it has beautiful flecks of natural colours running through the wool and I am a complete Special DK addict and own the majority of colours. In fact the Special DK is used in nearly all of my projects because it is a lovely yarn to work with and an inexpensive option for those on a budget.
I was very tempted to put pom poms on these booties but on reflection think my heart button is a better choice for a baby as pom poms do pose a bit of a risk if they start to undo and shed little pieces of yarn!
These bootees took one day to complete, that’s with a demanding 15 week old baby in the house so you can see they are a quick little project to undertake. The design includes different sizes for children and looks to be very adaptable. No doubt Bella will be wanting her own pair very soon.
I am busy lining up Tara’s designs on my Ravelry account and hope to share my finished results with you soon!
A few friends have been hooking for a while and I jealously looked on from the sidelines for far too long. I started really to try and find some focus during my antenatal depression and found I loved it, it took a while to get to grip with the basics but I’m glad I stuck with it as it’s now something that brings me a lot of happiness.
I am currently working on a few projects, the biggest of which is a giant granny square blanket, but for the most part I tend towards the smaller decorative items. For me I like the quick turn around of these items, the fact I don’t lose interest with a massive undertaking. My Pinterest boards are currently filling up with flower patterns, soon I should have a full garden of crochet flowers!
I hope to share my WIP as and when I start & finish them, I welcome any comments about them!