29 September 2015

CROCHET: Felted hat

Made from my favourite brand of felting wool....
GRUNDL:  Four Seasons, Filzwoole Pop 

in two shades 75 and 76, Made in a spiral using the colours alternately in SC spiral
Using an 9mm hook
Worked in a Spiral of sc sts.
Magic circle in first colour 
ROUND 1:  first col, 6 sc into magic circle, dont sl st to complete the round but attatch the second colour mark last st with a st marker...6sts
ROUND 2: 2sc in each st, until you have 12 sts, and reach the st marker...12sts
ROUND 3: Pick up first colour and do 1sc in each st, move st marker.....12sts
ROUND 4: Pick up 2nd colour, 2sc in each st, move st marker....24sts
ROUND 5-12: Repeat the alternating colours and the alternating increase of 12 sts on each round until you have 60sts......60
ROUND 13: Increase one sc st, every 10 sts....66 sts
From ROUND 14 to the length you need approximately another 20/22 rounds I made this one with quite a deep turn back but you can make it to suit.
Then pop it in the washing machine with normal washing powder and a pair of jeans for friction, 40deg wash....IT WILL SHRINK ABOUT A THIRD.
While wet mold it to the shape you require, I popped mine on a ixing bowl to dry on the radiator over night.....
the bowl was a tight fit on my head.

it could just as easily be made into a bag by adding a strap

Featured in Vogue Knitting and Crochet a couple of years ago...cant find the magazine at the moment but as soon as i can i will add the feature

28 September 2015

CROCHET: Free form links

playtime for a while last night...

 and a ring...
my skin reacts every now and then to metal so i made myself a ring...you can hardly feel it on your finger

Blog Tour link for today post
giveaway and free pattern after 10

27 September 2015

COLOUR:Some times you just need to work in Neutral and natural colours

Holiday crochet in
neutral and natural colours
Ikea light i transformed with thin card in natural colours

Christmas Stars 
and a natural String stool cover
mixing strands of yarn to create an original yarn
hall rug and chair with just enough colour
then all the buckets of colour call again...
happy hooking

Style craft Limited Edition yarn pack blog Tour link
check out who won the pack and who's blog you need to check out today

25 September 2015

CROCHET: I have a new design rug and cushion in OCTOBER 2015 Homespun Magazine

A couple of days ago the postie brought me a wonderful 
Homespun Magazine Diary 
with the design i did for the magazine last year in it as August...
 If you don't know Homespun it's an Australian Magazine and I have a 
new design in this October Issue 2015 too.

I love it and was so chuffed to receive it, thank you Homespun...

funny i was more pleased with the gift than the fee for doing the design, but don't tell Homespun Magazine will you!


Details of how to buy the diary are on their page..its full of tips for crafts and lots of lovely Homespun projects for every month.


24 September 2015

Last Tease before the Blog Tour starts tomorrow...

My Last tease from the Stylecraft Blog Tour Limited Edition Pack.

Maybe i've used Moss stitch to create an 8th Gem Project?
 I still have a little of the 10 colour pack left, 

so by my day on the 4th October there might even be more to see....
along with the final pick project of course.

All of the 8th Gem projects will be with me on the 
Stylecraft Stand 
at Ally Pally on the 9th/10th October 2015, so I hope you will all pop along and say hello.

I will also be doing a book signing and workshop at 10.15-11.45 on the 
GMC Publications stand on the Saturday Morning so bring your book along to get it signed or just say hello.

Enjoy the blog tour 
11 days from tomorrow at 10.15 every day with a different free pattern some Knitted and some crochet, plus a pack give away every day too
check Stylecraft Yarns for where to go each day.

23 September 2015

CROCHET: Todays teaser for the Stylecraft blog tour

Stylecraft blog tour 
starts this Friday at 10.15 pop along and see 
who, what when and how!

my blog day will be the 4th October 2015 leave a comment on the 4th October to win a pack of your own, and see my free pattern.
There is a free pattern and pack every day for 11 days

But what have I made with the 10x50g 8th Gem colour pack?


may be it's just another teaser?

And what could I have done with these cute crochet buttons?

22 September 2015

Stylecraft Blog Tour....tapestry stitch, was this my final pick?

 Tapestry Stitch was another lovely option.....

 A fabulous pack of Stylecraft Special 10 Gem like colours......
Duck Egg
Grass Green
Kelly Green
Fuchsia Purple

A pack a day to be won by one lucky follower, you will need to leave a comment on the blog post to stand a chance of winning though...

plus a free crochet or knitting pattern every day from the 
25th September at 10.15 each day
My day is October 4th.

 Tapestry Stitch pack colours mixed with Stylecraft Harlequin and Carnival yarn
did i pick this stitch for my final design?

21 September 2015

Stylecraft blog tour Starts 25th September

 A fabulous pack of Stylecraft Special 10 Gem like colours......

Duck Egg
Grass Green
Kelly Green
Fuchsia Purple

A pack a day to be won by one lucky follower

plus a free crochet or knitting pattern every day from the 25th September at 10.15 each day

I have been luck enough to be working with this pack for a while now....

but what to make with it?


or did I decide on something different?

17 September 2015

CROCHET: Freeform circles ready for stitching together.

 all those small balls of left overs made into circles and padded buttons to add....

there is a bag of blues and green too

 might add some chunky freeform flowers...

a 'looooong' term project...all the left overs to be add to one huge work.