Sunday, 29 July 2012
Regular readers will remember that way back in March I started on a baby blanket for a friend. I didn't know what flavour it was going to be, so I had to make both a girls and boys option. A link to my original post is here. I was convinced it was going to be a boy, and along with the excitement of the boy's pattern being a new design - Northern Star - and my all seeing eye sure it was going to be a boy, I have been steadily working on the star design, secure in the knowledge that the daisy blanket would get there eventually... So with the star blanket almost finished I was caught on the hop when Jill appeared instead of Jack! (names have been changed to protect the innocent obviously!)
Particularly when I realised I didn't have enough white yarn to continue with the colour arrangement I had chosen, so a rethink was needed. Instead of the background hexagons being different colours I used up some stashed cream sirdar snuggly bamboo yarn, which actually contrasts beautifully with the white daisies. (I can't really capture it on my pics, but it's quite subtle and looks fab). There is also a gorgeous sheen on the whole blanket, from the bamboo I guess, and it feels amazing and is surprisingly heavy.
So, it's 60 daisies, with a border of hdcs and scs.
Not huge, but big enough to use as a cot bedspread or a pram blanket.
I'll be back soon with the star blanket tadah!! Although I'm not sure what I will do with it now...
Thank you, thank you, thank you to those of you who leave such wonderful comments on my blog. I really can't express how much I love to hear from you; you make it so worthwhile continuing to share my blog and patterns. I love the lot of you! You make me feel like a star!
Saturday, 21 July 2012
A new pattern to share with you today, but before that can I just reassure everyone that I have not abandoned this blog in favour of my new blog a muse to lose. I'll still be sharing here, as haphazardly as I always have!! You just never know when I'll pop up next! But, while I'm on the subject if you haven't already checked out my new slimming blog and you are interested in following - or joining- a group of us try to lose the pounds then come on over... It's our 1st weeks weigh in tomorrow - come and see if we have succeeded in our initial week...
So, Porthole Square... intrigued??? This is something I came up with a few months ago, and I thought it was about time to share it with you all. I love 'em, and can think of lots and lots of uses in many different ways. I'm planning on making a mobile case and possibly a laptop and kindle case; I also have a couple of ideas to make these into bags. Anyway... you don't particularly care about that do you... you just want to know what they are and how to make them right?
Don't you love them? I adore the way the outer circle is pulled into a perfect circle when you join the top layer to the bottom... Not difficult to make, I'll walk you through it below.
I've made these with Sirdar Calico, a lovely dk weight cotton/acrylic mix and a 4.5 mm hook. I use as always US crochet terms.
Abbreviations: ch/s - chain/s; sl st - slip stitch; sc - single crochet; hdc - half double crochet; dc - double crochet.
FOR A PRINTABLE PDF OF THIS PATTERN CLICK HERE.
Start by making the inner circle -
Make a magic circle, and chain 3, then work 11 dc into the ring, before tightening it up. 12 dcs.
2nd row: Work 2 dcs in each stitch. (24 sts.) Fasten off & weave in ends.
Straightforward so far...
Now with the outer ring colour, make another magic circle. Make the circle by wrapping the yarn twice around your middle fingers - you will need to be able to adjust this magic ring for size later.
Chain 2 (does not count as a stitch.)
Then work 24 hdcs into the ring.
Roughly adjust the size of the middle circle by comparing with the inner circle...
Join with a sl st to top of 1st hdc (not the ch 2). (24 sts)
Next row - we will join the inner and outer circles on this row by working into both at the same time.
Start by ch 3 on outer circle.
Then place outer circle over inner circle and work 1 dc in next stitch - ALSO CATCH IN THE CORRESPONDING STITCH ON THE INNER CIRCLE.
ENSURE THAT YOU CATCH IN THE INNER CIRCLE IN EVERY STITCH ON THIS ROUND.
*2dc in next stitch, 1 dc; rep from * around.
When you are about half way around the circle, make your final adjustments to the outer circle magic ring... I needed to make mine a little bit bigger - but don't make it too loose!
Fasten off the magic loop end at this point securely by stitching back and forth behind the hdc stitches.
Carry on around the circle until you have 36 dcs. Join with a sl st to the top of the 1st chain 3.
Make into a square by working - [1dc, 2 hdc, 2 sc, 2 hdc, 1 dc (1dc, ch 2, 1 dc in next stitch)] - repeat 3 more times. Join with a sl st to 1st ch 3 and fasten off.
One Porthole Square... but you don't have to put the inner circle in if you don't want to... Just leave it out, and start with the outer circle... you can put fabric behind instead if you prefer...
Let your imagination run away with you... ok, I'm off now to fight my sweet cravings!
Happy crocheting everyone!!
Thursday, 12 July 2012
Just a quick post today to let you know that I've started a new blog,
Not crafting this time, but an interactive slimming-club in a blog.
Like many others I have tried various diets over the years, as well as reading about numerous experts giving us the next best thing in weight management. I have my own theories about what works and what doesn't, and I'm not about to force my beliefs on you. But what I have come to realise as fact is that a short-term 'diet' will never work, and with regret I have come to terms with the need to change my eating habits for ever if I ever hope to stay slim. Another statistic that has stuck with me recently though is the diet that produces the best results in keeping the weight, once lost, off. And it seems that Weightwatchers has the accolade of having the best results long-term. So I resigned myself to joining weightwatchers, until I thought of all you lovely people in blogland, and it struck me that there could be an even better solution right there in my laptop! We could have our own community weight-loss blog, where we could share all of the advantages of a weightwatchers type meeting with a weekly weigh-in and the
I'd love you to join me and my daughters in this, either as a contibutor, or simply a follower. If you would like to be able to post your own weight-loss progress email me your name and email address (you can do this by clicking on my blogger profile above) and I will add you as a contributor. We can have up to 100 contributors altogether, which should add up to quite a big slimming club! And that's a lot of encouragement and inspiration. But it will only work if you are honest!!
So I plan to start this Sunday 15th July; I do hope to see you there!!!