The making of an amigurumi

Craft | Monday February 28 2011 | 11:25 pm | No Comments | Tags: , |

More cute stuff!!!  I can’t resist it!

Source: Betibettin via Craftzine

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Taking Granny on holiday

Craft | Saturday February 19 2011 | 11:52 pm | Comments (16) | Tags: , , , |

This past week Caveman and I spent a few days at the little cottage in Yorkshire that we love so much.  It was wonderful to be back there, partly because it’s a gorgeous place to be and partly because it was a much needed change of scenery.

As Caveman took his new laptop (I feel like a laptop widow right now!) I took some crochet and embroidery.  I thought some easy and relaxing crochet was the way to go and my still growing granny stripe blanket was ideal.  During our stay there were some gloriously bright but slightly chilly days, but it was a great opportunity to take some lovely pictures of the blanket:

The blanket is growing nicely and I am still really enjoying working on it, although it does feel like a labour of love.  I also know that at some point I need to stop making rows and start on the border.  Now that WILL be a mammoth task!

I particularly love the picture below of the blanket all neatly folded and sitting in the sunlight:

While we were away I was troubled terribly by an awful breakout of eczema and hardly slept for a few days.  Despite wishing we could stay longer in Yorkshire I was glad to get back home to see my doctor and I am pleased to report that my skin is feeling much better.  My lack of sleep resulted in a snooze on the settee one afternoon and it was the first time I ever actually used the blanket for its final intended purpose.  I am pleased to report it was luscious!

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Amigurumi Ukulele Band

Craft | Friday January 14 2011 | 4:52 pm | Comments (3) | Tags: , , |

For anyone who, like me, needs a smile put on their face today… amigurumi bear and bunny singing The Beatles ‘Twist and Shout’ while playing ukuleles! I dare you to try not to smile!!

Source:  KerokerokingDX (I first saw them on Craftzine)

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Circles Scarf Revisited

Craft | Thursday January 13 2011 | 9:21 am | Comments (4) | Tags: , , |

I can’t hide the fact that I became a little obsessed with the Circles Scarf from Inside Crochet Magazine, issue 11, designed by Linda Permann – I’ve raved on and on about it often enough on here!  In a bid to share the love I have posted before about how that actual pattern can be found, but there are some other versions of the same technique that can be used to give similar or alternative effects too.  So read on if you don’t mind that you too may become hooked!

The design and pattern for the Circles Scarf are by Linda Permann and she has written a post about it on her own blog found here!  Linda has said that in a few months she will be able to offer the pattern for sale as a pdf file, but in the meantime it is available in a digital copy of Inside Crochet magazine on Yudu.  It will cost £4.99 on Yudu, which is the same price as the paper copy of the magazine when it was published, so no loss buying it that way.

Following my last post about the pattern I was contacted by Sunshine to tell me that this technique is called yo-yo crochet!  Not only is it shown on her website, Sunshine’s Creations, she’s written a book about it called Learn to do Yo Yo Crochet

I found that details of how to use this technique aren’t widely available online, but I did find this free pattern, on free-crochet, that uses it in a square form which can be adapted into other shapes or rows fairly easily.  You need to register to download this pattern, but it’s worth it if you want to know how.

And there’s more… a flickr group too!  The group contains many different styles using this technique, some of which aren’t in my taste [sorry], or my types of colours, but they show off the technique very well.

I’ve also found it called a ‘medallion’ too, but both medallion and yo-yo crochet have many different variations so it’s not as easy as googling it to find instructions on how to create it.

I found a basic description of the technique on Patchwork Crochet, if you scroll waaaaaaay down to the bottom of this page.  It also shows you how to add a border around the circles to give a different type of finish.

And finally, the lovely Heather has been trying really hard to track down the issue of Inside Crochet with the circles scarf pattern in it and eventually got a copy on Ebay! 

So, I hope this info gets you up and running with the technique.  If you grow to love it as much as I do leave a comment or send a link to your site.

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I’m in print! Kind of!

Craft | Wednesday January 12 2011 | 6:57 am | Comments (10) | Tags: , |

I was so excited a couple of months ago to get a message from Inside Crochet magazine to see if they could use my picture of the Circles Scarf I have raved on and on about in their Readers Gallery!  ‘Of course’ I said!!!

Well today I bought a copy of Inside Crochet magazine, Issue 14, and turned first to the Readers Gallery.  There it was, my scarf picture taken on a fence post in Yorkshire on our hols last autumn!

The text said:

‘Above: We’re big fans of Louise Bromley’s beautiful circles scarf (Issue 11)’

Louise Bromley?  That’s not me!  But it’s my picture! 

Ah well, these things happen.  I can still say my scarf was in the magazine!

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Measuring Up

Craft | Tuesday January 11 2011 | 11:11 am | Comments (10) | Tags: , , , |

Want to know a secret?  I’m very naughty!  I have never, ever made a tension square before.  When I knitted I didn’t.  Since I have been crocheting I haven’t.  Until now!

Thankfully I’ve never had a problem with stitch tension.  In fact I am rather proud, if I say so myself, at having what could be classed as a very standard and even tension and projects have always come out as intended.

So why start now?  The Crochet Club project I am just about to start isn’t critical on size in terms of fit, but I have been soooooo impatient to get started it was a way to get started.  It also let me try out the yarn (Rowan Cotton Glace) which I really like!  It’s quite a dense cotton that has really crisp stitch definition and isn’t very ‘splitty’ compared to some other cottons.

So how did I measure up?  The advised tension for this project is 21.5 stitches x 24 rows over 10cm square using a 3mm hook in double crochet.  I got 21 stitches x 25 rows.  I think that’s close enough for jazz!

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