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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / glorious retro tea and coffee cosies on: April 13, 2011 08:20:23 AM
Found a fabulous crochet blog: Crochet with Raymond and used her pattern (with some changes cos my yarn was chunkier) to create a fabulous rainbow tea cosy.  However, the cafetiere got jealous and I couldn't stand the tension in the kitchen, what with the snide comments and tea pot gloating...anyway...I made a coffee cosy too.  It's all hunky dory again in the kitchen.  Both beverage creators are now smug (or should that be snug) and happy.  The breadbin is looking a bit left out though...

snug as a tea pot in a cosy by purple-princess, on Flickr

cosy coffee by purple-princess, on Flickr
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / my first knitted thing, Teddy likes it apparently, son unsure... on: January 19, 2009 05:37:13 AM

So I have come over to the pointy side  Grin

Having been a happy hooker for over a year now I thought I'd tackle the stitch'n'bitching thing.  It's harder  Shocked

This is my youngest son's teddy, he's only three but very, very loved, I thought an extra layer might help him stay together longer  (already had surgery on his neck).  Teddy quite likes it but my son feels happier with naked toys  Cheesy
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Blythe jeans, cardi and pixie hat on: December 29, 2008 02:41:25 PM
She is not here yet but she will be soon  Grin

and to prepare for her arrival:

used pucci flared trousers pattern and creative blythe cardigan pattern and pixie hat

really pleased with how they've turned out, fantastic patterns  Cheesy

I'm a little  Shocked at the size difference between clothes and hat though!

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / snuggly, chunky, ribbed fingerless mitts *pic chunky* with pattern on: November 05, 2008 04:21:38 AM
The HH lacy mitts were one of the first thing I crocheted but it would appear the *only* yarn one can get in the UK is double knit.  So I heavily modified the pattern so I could make gloves that fit rather than the huge things I made with the lacy mitts pattern.

They use very little yarn and make up really quickly so I'll be making more in more colours.

I also think I'll be crocheting some flowers to sew to the backs to pretty them up.

It took a fair bit of trial and error to get them right and I'm really happy with how they turned out.

Hope you like them.  I wrote the pattern out if anyone would like it.

Thanks for looking.

before sewing

after sewing

Chunky Ribbed Fingerless Mitts Pattern
Dk yarn
4.5mm hook
Row 1:  single crochet in back loop of second stitch from hook, continue sc in back loop for 29 stitches (30) turn (I didnt put in a turning ch ain to keep the edges less bulky, but you can if you like)
2:  sc in back loop 30 stiches turn
3: sc in back loop 20 stiches turn
4: sc in back loop 20 stitches turn
5: sc in back loop 30 stitches turn
Rep row 5 for next nine rows (row 6 to row 14)
15: sc in back loop 10 stitches
Chain 9
16: sc in back loop of second loop from hook, continue sc in back loop for 27 stitches (28)
17: sc in back loop 28 stitches, turn
18: sc in back loop 28 stitches, turn
19: sc in back loop 28 stitches, turn
20: sc in back loop 15 stitches, turn
21: sc in back loop 15 stitches, turn
22: sc in back loop 28 stitches, turn
23: sc in back loop 28 stitches, turn
24: sc in back loop 15 stitches, turn
25: sc in back loop 15 stitches, turn
26: sc in back loop 28 stitches, turn
27: sc in back loop 28 stitches, turn
28: sc in back loop eight stitches
Back of hand
Chain 11
29:  sc in back loop of second stitch from hook then sc in back loop next 29 stitches, turn
Rows 30-40: sc in back loop 30 stitches, turn
41: sc in back loop 20 stitches, turn
42: sc in back loop 20 stitches, turn
43: sc in back loop 30 stitches, turn
44: sc in back loop 30 stitches, fasten off.
To make up sew up side and seam between thumb and forefinger.
5  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / knot ugly cardi on: November 03, 2008 12:17:04 PM

Hurrah!  Finished it!

I didn't want a shrug, tummies like mine need a bit of coverage...so I added an extra ten rows onto the bottom.  I also made the biggest size because I was using a 6.5mm and double knit.

If I make another (purple) one I think I'll make the arms longer and the length longer too.  I'm happy with this one though.

Ta for looking  Smiley
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jeans bag *more pics* on: October 02, 2008 01:33:48 PM
My second one, this is much bigger though.  I really enjoy making these - denim is very forgiving  Grin

I friend said she'd like one, so she sent me lots of jeans and just wanted one bag in return, so I had fun making this and I've got a fair bit of denim to play with too - yay!

bag lining

inside pocket and press stud

extra stitching on handle
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / groovy curtains baby - yeah! on: July 11, 2008 03:25:16 PM
My favourite colours are purple, bright pink and red, but hubby get's an allergic reaction to the pink  Wink so I've made my new front room curtains in purple with red border and tie backs - groooooooovy!

I also made a red cushion and you can also see the pimped pouffe (another thread) that I also did today - I was a sewing GODDESS today I tell ya!


and a close up of that sexy border:

and now I really must go to bed, it's 11.30pm and my boys will be bouncing on my head in about seven hours  Shocked
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pimp my pouffe on: July 11, 2008 10:07:06 AM
alrighty then

it was a rather nasty beige thing (matching old suite)

 and needed making over to match lovely new suite


it was a rather random project I didn't plan too much just did it!

I now love staple guns very much indeed

and because I have two monsters, erm, I mean boys I wanted the top bit to come off and go in the washing machine, so using really NASTY ribbon I made it tie on! woo hoo!

just got to see how it holds up now...

oh and you might know it as a footstool but here in Northern England it's a pouffe!
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Miss Delilah Violet Poppet - my lovely darling denim girl on: June 01, 2008 02:10:10 PM
She used to be a pair of jeans  Grin

pretty much all weekend spent making her - she'll stay naked a while longer as I've neglected my family, home, etc. creating her  Wink

Ghillie rocks - this pattern is awesome - never sewn a doll before and this pattern makes it very straight forward.

and now with boots (thanks to eliea for fab tut!)
and tutu

still working on a top...
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / BIG purple ruana on: May 27, 2008 02:28:17 PM
Oh my goodness I actually finished!

I know when I started it because I posted asking for info the week I started it:

and I'm pleased with it, it turned out okay I think.  Much bigger than expected cos I cocked up and started doing three sc between doubles a few rows in and then had to make sure I copied the cock up on the other side  Undecided

aaaaaanyway tis done now - hurrah - and I can start new things again  Grin

I think I may need to do a smaller one next, maybe in red...

on me:

on my kitchen floor:
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