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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Granny Stripe Blanket on: April 30, 2014 03:28:36 PM
I've been working on this blanket for a few months, it's a house warming present for my best friend and her husband.

I used the free granny stripe blanket pattern from the blog Attic 24.  It was lovely to make.

I started with a 180 chain (instead of the recommended 240 chain) because I wanted it to be a good size for my friend and her hubbie to be able to snuggle under on the sofa, but not too big to take in my luggage when I visit them (next week!) (They live in Brazil and I live in the UK!) but it turned out quite huge and as you can see is nearly double bed sized!  I used DK yarn and a 4mm hook.  I'm working on making my yarn stash smaller and this blanket helped to eat up 7 balls of yarn.  Yey!

2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Crochet Easter Chick. on: April 18, 2014 05:55:44 AM
I made this for my niece for Easter.  Cheep Cheep!

I used the lovely free pattern from here (although google translate failed me for the legs and cockscomb, I had to make them up myself!)


It only took one night to make, while watching TV, so it was a nice quick project too!

Happy Easter
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Soot Sprite Pom Pom Valentine... on: February 08, 2014 06:42:07 AM
I'm not sure where this should go...maybe here is the best place?!  Huh

I made this pom pom Studio Ghibli soot sprite for valentines day for my boy.  It's a homemade pompom (I have one of those clover pompom makers, it's excellent and worryingly addictive!), with a pipe cleaner as arms and some felt bits stuck on.

There's a tutorial on my blog if you'd like to see step by step photos.

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Granny Triangle Bunting, Attic 24 Pattern. on: February 02, 2014 03:04:08 AM
I used this lovely easy pattern from attic 24 and bits and bobs of yarn from my stash (I am working on making my stash a little smaller this year!) to make some crochet bunting to brighten up my front door, it makes me smile every time I come in now Smiley


5  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Vegan oat, flax seed and coconut flapjacks on: January 29, 2014 05:16:01 PM

I eat these for breakfast when I get to work, they're really filling and have seeds in for extra nutrients.

2 desertspoons vegan margarine
2 desertspoons golden syrup
2 desertspoons white sugar
2 desertspoons desiccated coconut
3 desertspoons golden flax seeds
1 desertspoon poppy seeds

Melt margarine, syrup and sugar together in the microwave.

Add enough oats to soak up the mixture but still remain wet enough to stick together.

Mix in the coconut and seeds.

Line a baking tray and fill with the mixture.  Press down.

Sprinkle sugar on top if you want a crispy finish (I used soft brown sugar).

Bake in the oven until firm, about 15-20 minutes, cool, cut into as many pieces as desired, then store in an airtight container.

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Baby Elf Hat... on: December 29, 2013 05:26:11 AM
I made this for my 5 month old niece for Christmas, she looked super cute in it!

I did follow a pattern, it's a free one I found online here.

But I made it using DK and a 4mm hook, crocheted in a spiral rather than in rows, and used htr (uk) instead of dc (usa) - so it's a loose interpretation!  I wound the end of the hat into a spiral and sewed it together instead of using a pompom.  I think it turned out pretty cute.  I went with self striping yarn in blues, red and white, which is a bit winter-y, I didn't want it to be soo Christmassy that she would only be able to wear it for one day, if that makes sense.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / LOTs of baby crochet - hats, cardi and bunny! on: August 04, 2013 03:56:02 AM
My niece was born yesterday! I made these for her...

The panda hat is from the Beanie Hat pattern from Nikki Trenches book 'Cute and Easy Crocheted Baby Clothes', with added panda features.  For the booties I used this pattern for inspiration http://sensitivesnapdragon.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/boy-clog-slippers-pattern.html but kind of did my own thing!

I made the viking hat from the same pattern, but put an extra round in at the top, to make the top of the hat more pointy instead of flat (so it looked more like a helmet!) then added horns to the side.  I can confirm the baby looked hilarious in this!

The cardigan is also a pattern from the same book, I think called Pocket Trim Cardigan, but I missed off the pocket, and altered the arms, and added flowers!  I've never made any clothing before, so I'm quite pleased with this, even though the button band is a bit funny!

I also made a bunny!

Phew!  I wish I hadn't procrastinated for 9 months, I made all of these in a week!
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Herbert the Rabbit... on: April 27, 2013 09:31:31 AM
I made Herbert for my friends nephew.  I didn't want to give him to my friend.  My friend doesn't want to give him to her nephew.  I am going to have to make more Herberts!

I made him up as I went along, then added a rainbow tank top, as you do!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Postable, light housewarming gift ideas please? on: January 22, 2013 03:02:11 PM
Do any of you, please, have any good ideas for light, postable house-y things I can send to my friend?

My best friend in the world moved to Brazil and married a handsome Brazilian boy a couple of years ago. About 6 months ago we both bought our own flats, hers in Brazil mine in Shropshire (UK), we were talking the other night and she said she felt like my flat was a lot more cosy and 'finished' than hers.  I think this is probably cos mine is full of stuff I've been hoarding since childhood, and she moved to Brazil with a suitcase of stuff.  So, I want to send her a little parcel of stuff to make her new home pretty.  She has a hippy/travelly kind of style.

I can crochet and sew and stick stuff together...I've already thought of crocheting some cushion covers (I can send them without the cushions in to make them easy to post!) and some bunting or something...but that's about all I've got....

Can you think of something genius for me to send her??

Thank you! Smiley

10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Granny Stripey Shawl... on: January 01, 2013 06:39:34 AM
I made this for a Christmas swap, my partner likes capes, so I thought she'd probably appreciate a shawl too and I felt she was an auntmn-ish colour person from her photos, so I came up with this...

It's a basic granny shawl pattern in all sorts of colours from my stash, I used a 6mm hook and DK yarn, so it's not too heavy and it worked up quicker...she liked it..phew!

p.s NOT a good idea to take part in a swap while you're moving house! This made me soo stressed!  I posted it 4 days before Christmas, I'm lucky it got there in time!
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