[WIP Wednesday] Henry the Dinosaur!

Hi all, hope you all had a lovely weekend! This week’s WIP is one that has been in storage for a little while, as I ran out of yarn and couldn’t remember where I originally got it from. I finally got my hands on another skein and have begun Henry again:

Henry the Dinosaur!
Henry the Dinosaur!

He’s just so cute! You can see in the above image that his little arms are only pinned on at this stage, but will soon be sewed on, like the legs. Here’s another angle so you can see his cute tail (and the ends of the arms wrapped around it!):

Henry's Tail (with ends!)
Henry’s Tail (with ends!)

I have used Natura Just Cotton to make Henry – two of the green and one of the blue. I’ve also used a 6mm pair of safety eyes and lots and lots of toy stuffing. He is worked with a 3.5mm hook to ensure nice and tight stitches that don’t show the stuffing!

Natura Just Cotton - in Jade and Star Light
Natura Just Cotton – in Jade and Star Light

I’m so happy to have a dinosaur that can sit up on its bottom, rather than falling over! The pattern came from a magazine (Issue 21 of Simple Crochet, p.53) and offers two variations: a triceratops and a stegosaurus:

Henry having a read...
Henry having a read…

And what I find interesting for this pattern is that the arms, legs and tail are made using multiples of 5s for each round, rather than a multiple of 6. I would have thought that it would make the arms and legs more ‘cone shaped’, but it has worked well, so that’s something to consider in my future designs!

All that’s left to finish Henry is to sew his arms on, and then decide whether he will become a Triceratops or a Stegosaurus. What do you guys think?

See you soon~!

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[FO Friday] Lace Bookmark!

Hi all, after such a large blanket as a WIP this week, this week’s FO is a little one. I combined a technique that I haven’t done in quite a while (crochet thread), with a technique that I have never tried before (blocking!), and produced this lacy bookmark:

Lacy Bookmark
Lacy Bookmark

I used a pattern on Ravelry for a Rectangle Granny Bookmark which is a free PDF pattern. The pattern creates this effect by working on both sides of the starting chain to make an elongated granny square. I used a pale pink crochet thread and a 1.5mm crochet hook to make this bookmark.

It didn’t quite sit right and kept curling, so I decided to try blocking for the first time! I used a foam exercise cube to pin the bookmark to, and then sprayed it with water and left it overnight to dry out. I wish I had taken a ‘before’ picture to show just what a different blocking can make!

Blocking the Bookmark!
Blocking the Bookmark!

I’m so pleased with how this turned out that I may make some more when I have a spare moment to make as small gifts for family and friends. Or… I may revert back to using crochet thread to make doilies! The next step would be figuring out how to block those…!

Until next time~!

[WIP Wednesday] Sophie’s Universe Blanket

WIP Wednesday is here once again, and this week I am showing you something that has been a WIP for a little while… my Sophie’s Universe Blanket!

Sophie's Universe
Sophie’s Universe Blanket!

The CAL (Crochet-A-Long) can be found on Dedri’s “Look at What I Made” blog, all 20 weeks of the lovely pattern are on her blog for free. I originally began this CAL at the same time as the patterns were posted. It was such a thrill to rush to complete each week’s rounds before the next part of the pattern was posted.

Sophie's Universe
Close-Up of Detail: Row of Roses

Unfortunately, when I moved in April we lost internet connection for a few weeks. This meant that I had to go a few weeks without updated patterns, and fell behind. Once I established a connection again, the motivation was lost, after seeing a few weeks worth of posts to catch up on, and seeing everyone’s lovely pictures of their blankets, and mine was behind. My blanket has been sat for quite a while now, incomplete.

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More Surface Details!

But as I recall, I was fairly close to the end of the pattern (on part 15, I believe) but totally lost motivation! …As well as running out of yarn, as this blanket starts to eat yarn like there’s no tomorrow – to give you an idea, at the end of 100 rounds you’re on around 180 stitches per side! Due to the moving home, and the costs involved, I wasn’t able to replenish my stash for a little while, and once I had I moved onto other projects that were a little smaller or didn’t require a pattern.

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Blanket Centre Close-Up

Hopefully, by showing you how far I got with my blanket, it will motivate me to continue and try and finish this beauty off!

If I could start again, I would choose a colour palette to begin with. While making my blanket I just went with what I had available in my stash, and what colours looked good together. As the blanket grew, the tones changed and it became very multi-coloured. Maybe next time I could do a pastel-shade blanket, or a warm-coloured blanket. Who knows?! I need to finish this one first! Taking a look at the images posted onto Ravelry and Instagram really have inspired me to continue. I was fairly close to the end, why not finish her off?!

Until next time~!

[FO Friday] Mim Mim the Bunny!

Hi everyone, hope you’ve had a good week! Today I’m sharing with you something that I was asked if I could make. I was given an image of a crocheted bunny, and the name of a kids show, and asked if I would be able to make one. I hadn’t heard of the character before, or the kids show, but using the powers of google and the image supplied, I put together this pattern and created this lovely fellow – meet Mim Mim!

Mim Mim
Mim Mim!

How cute is he?! It took me about a week to do, as he is about 12 inches tall (a nice cuddly size, I would say!) and I had to figure out the pattern as I went along. I tried to match his features from the kids show to make him really recognisable. I had sewn the back of his goggles to his head so they stay attached, but left enough wiggle room so that the goggles can be pulled down over his eyes:

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Ready for adventure!

You can see from the above picture the pink feet and paws, just like the cartoon. His tummy patch was quite fun to make, as it was a guess-as-you-go shape!

Once done, I shipped him off to his new home, where he is loved so much that another one has been requested for the little girl’s sister. Good job I wrote the pattern down! So I’m currently in the process of making a second one, and it’s coming along quicker than the first. This time I’m taking pictures of the process, to hopefully make a tutorial on how to make him!

Until next time~!

 

Update: please see here for the pattern, available on my ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mim-mim-bunny-2

[WIP Wednesday] Fibi the Fox!

Hi all, hope you’re all well. I’ve been busy crocheting over the last few weeks, and have another WIP to show you! I purchased a pattern just before my birthday in July, and have finally started on my Fibi Fox. If you’re interested in the pattern, you can purchase it through Lalylala’s page on Ravelry, or take a look at Lalylala’s website directly. They have produced a whole range of these lalylala dolls, which are really adorable, but I was really drawn to the fox!

The download provides a pdf with the pattern and many images to help with any difficult parts of the pattern, but so far it’s been straight forward. I rushed out to get some yarn for this, with one teeny mistake: I forgot to check the hook size and yarn weight suggested by the pattern, and bought DK weight yarn. The pattern suggests a finer yarn, so I think my Fibi is going to turn out quite tall!

Fibi Fox
Fibi Fox

As you can see, I’ve done the body and head, and I’m currently working on the arms. I chose a more skin-tone yarn for the face and hands, which makes it look more like the doll is wearing a fox costume, rather than actually being a fox!

I think when finished Fibi will be about 12 inches tall. I have yet to find a purpose for her – be it a gift or what have you, so she may stay with me! The body did get quite monotonous, as there were quite a few rounds, but watching television while crocheting makes for quick results!

I think I’ll probably have her finished within another week or two, as I’ve been working on a few other projects, namely finishing up the Eloise Cardigans and starting on a crochet order. I’m becoming a lot fonder of the sewing up stage of crochet. It was something that I loathed when I began to crochet, but now I feel that it brings the project together, and it’s so exciting to see the finished product so close.

I better go carry on with my crochet!

See you soon~!

[FO Friday] Kitchen Edition!

This Friday is just a quick one while I’m in the middle of a few WIPs. I thought I’d show you all the bits and pieces I have made for my kitchen that I use!

Firstly, we have a pretty potholder. This is using the corner-to-corner (c2c) technique, and combined with colour changes creates this lovely diagonal pattern stripe. It’s very textured which is why it’s great to use as a potholder, to protect your kitchen sides:

C2C Potholder in purple, lilac and pink!

I used the Corner-to-corner throw pattern on Ravelry, and also this Youtube link from The Crochet Corner to explain exactly how to do this stitch, as you have to twist the row in a certain way. It was very fun!

My second FO to show you is this simple penholder that I made to go with my calendar in my kitchen. I have lots of pens but am forever searching for one when I need it most, so by making a little holder, I will always have a pen at the ready:

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Pen holder!

This one is so simple it doesn’t need a pattern: 6 single crochet in a magic ring, and then just crochet in each of the 6 stitches in a spiral, until the desired length. Then create a long chain as long as you like, and slip stitch into about the 6th chain from the end, to create a little loop to hang the penholder up. It maybe took me about 15 minutes to do, and holds the pen snug.

My final FO is possibly my favourite and most useful. We have saucepans with metal handles that can get very hot, meaning you need to hold the tea towel over your hand if you use the handle. I crocheted a simple sleeve to cover the handle, that is 1) a bit of insulation against the metal handle, 2) matches the colour of my kitchen (purple, if you haven’t guessed…) and 3) had a loop so that I can hang it on my cupboard handle when not in use:

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Saucepan handle cover – modeled by my saucepan while heating up water for some pasta!

Again this one was fairly simple. It was about three rounds of increases (18 stitches), and then single crochet all the way up to the correct length, with a white single crochet border to add a trim. I then attached a chain to the end so that it can be hung up on my cabinets.

So that’s this week’s FO Friday. Off to do some more crochet so that I can have something finished to present next week!

See you soon ~!

[WIP Wednesday] Eloise Baby Cardigans!

So previously I had finished an Eloise Sweater for a friend, and in my excitement I showed one of my relatives. She thought it was so lovely, she asked if I would be able to make two more, but in baby pastel colours for a set of twins that have recently been born. Here’s an image of the original that I showed my relative:

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Eloise Baby Sweater Following the 18 months pattern, with DK weight yarn and a 4.5mm hook.

I absolutely love the multicoloured yarn used to make the stripes and to cap the sleeves. I’m hoping the receiver of this cardigan is very happy!

So, on to my current WIP! I have chosen white for the main part of the cardigans, and a baby pink for the embellishments. It takes a little while to get going, as for each panel at the bottom part of the cardigan, you need to repeat the pattern to create 15 pink panels, which can be tedious and does mean that there are an awful lot of ends to weave in afterwards!

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Eloise cardigans number two and three!

The biggest hurdle with projects is “second sock syndrome” – where you complete the first half of a project, but can’t face doing it all over again for the second. I have a little bit of that with it being two matching cardigans! So I’ve started on the second one before finishing the first one, so I at least have them both as WIPs.

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So. Many. Ends!

You can see from the above image that there are ends poking out that are begging to be weaved in. They will have to wait for a while, I’m afraid, I hate weaving in ends! I usually leave them all to the very end, then weave in all the ends on the project, so that I am motivated by the end goal in site, and just sit in front of the TV for half an hour or so, weaving in all the ends in one go. It’s so satisfying when they’re finished.

So this is this week’s WIP (well, one of many…) that I wanted to share with you all. Hopefully these will soon be finished!

See you soon ~!