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Apologies…..

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First things first…. I must apologise for not blogging for ages! And it really has been ages 😦

The reason for this is not because I haven’t been crafting, its because life has got in the way a lot. We are currently in the process of packing all our belongings up ready for the move to our very first house next friday. Very excited about owning our own home but equally stressed out about it – just wish I could click my fingers and it would all be moved over – somehow do not think that will happen 😦

Still yet to pack away the craft supplies – I’m determined to leave it to the last minute (because you never know when you might get a few spare minutes to do a bit more crocheting etc!) 🙂

As well as putting our lives into boxes, we have also been busy with wedding plans. Which are coming along nicely now (was not particularly organised to start with!) Invites have now been sent out – just waiting on RSVP’s so that we can organise the seating plan – which I already know will not be an easy task.

The above picture shows a cross stitch card that I did for my Nan’s birthday – stitched it up at pretty much the last minute (good job I have kept a lot of the free kits that I got with magazines!!). It is a Kate Knight design which I am pretty sure it came free with a Cross Stitch Crazy magazine.

I have also been crocheting (still massively addicted to it :)). However, I forgot to take photos of a couple of things I hooked up before I gave them away – one being a three eyed alien toy and the other being a bunny rabbit complete with a pompom tail (first time I have ever made a pompom – took a while but turned out much better than I expected).

I did, however, remember to take a photo of one of the things I crocheted up which is for a new baby that is due to arrive soon……

I used a pattern that ‘HodgePodge Crochet’ posted a while back – it is called Baby’s First Bunny and you can find the post here. I bookmarked it ages ago because I thought it was so cute but did not have a reason to crochet it…..until now! It was so very easy and quick to crochet – the instructions are very easy to follow, will definitely be making more when the time comes 🙂

I am hoping to blog again before the big move happens (and also before the internet gets turned off – will be a few weeks without it 😦 how will I survive not being able to look at my favourite crochet blogs – oh yeah, I know, I have the wordpress app on my iPhone, no excuse to be moody then 🙂 🙂

Ta Ta For Now…..

Miss C xx

Peppa Pig – My Own Version

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I searched for quite a while for a crochet pattern of peppa pig, but could only really find a knitting pattern. Since my knitting skills are not quite as good (or as quick) as my crochet skills, and I did not have the time to try and convert the knitting pattern to crochet….. I decided to make it on my own 🙂

And here she is! I am really pleased with how it turned out. Think I will have to make her brother George too!

My little nephew absolutely adores watching Peppa…. ‘more peppa’ he keeps saying 🙂 So this is for him. I hope he likes it as much as I do!

When searching online for crochet patterns, I get a little miffed when I see lots of toys for kids which are absolutely amazing and ones that I know my nephew and PR’s nephews would love, yet they are knitting ones only. Must try and convert them to crochet I think. Fireman Sam and Postman Pat are the top two next to try and crochet. Wish me luck 🙂

Miss C xx

Squiddly Dudley

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This is Dudley. Dudley is a sailor; he also cooks in the Royal Navy. He is extra special because he can work faster than anyone else due to his eight hands!

His speciality is curry and all the other sailors love him because he tells them really funny jokes – ‘Oh Dudley, you are so funny’ they often shout!

…..a little present for my nephew 🙂

Miss C xx

A Friend For Oscar

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Oscar has a new friend!

Meet Alan the Lion. He plays saxophone in a jazz band. He likes to listen to indie and rock music on his iPod – he also taps his foot to ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’.

It only took me an afternoon to hook up Alan’s body, however, his mane took all evening (just finished it around midnight last night!), but I do love his mane! If you look closely at his tail you can see a small tuft of hair there too 🙂

Now that I have made two of these cute little amigurumi animals, I decided to browse (!) eBay for some safety eyes. Managed to order quite a few pairs for only £2…. bargain! So, watch this space for more of these little cuties!

Now a quick update on my Morocco inspired blanket – have roughly planned out how many granny squares I need of each of the three different designs I am doing and all the times are nicely weaved in on the ones I have done already – think I have around 30 or so done. Still a way to go though! Must get my hook on 🙂

Hope you are all enjoying the weather

Miss C xx

Other Half’s Little Present

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Meet Oscar the baby Panda! Oscar doesn’t like to eat bamboo – instead he loves popcorn! His other hobbies include chatting on Facebook and playing online poker 🙂

I made little Oscar for my other half as he likes pandas! Unfortunately I don’t have any safety eyes so instead I did a group of French knots with 2 strands of embroidery thread. The black and white parts of his eyes and nose are made from felt and since Oscar is a boy, I had to have a blue ribbon for him. I also decided to make a little name tag for him from blue card – can’t have people forgetting his name can we?

I wonder who else will accompany Oscar – he’s a bit lonely at the moment I think – plus he can’t spend all his time and money on Poker! Naughty little Oscar 🙂

Hope you like him as much as I do!

Miss C xx

Crochet Headband

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I had a small amount of purple yarn left so decided to make something small and quick…. and this is what I came up with! A crochet headband/ear warmer. 🙂 However, it’s not really appropriate at the moment what with the lovely weather we are having! Oh well……

As you can see from one of the above photo’s, I have added two buttonholes to one end of the headband and then attached a button to the other – so that the headband can be pulled tighter if wanted. I crocheted the flower very similar to that of the blooming flower I did for my gadget cozy previously, except the centre of the flower is slightly different. When I attached the flower and put the headband on, I realised I had sewn the flower a bit too close to the centre of it – so I think I will remove the flower and attach closer to the side of the band.

This headband took approximately 3 hours to crochet including the flower (whilst watching TV so was probably less really), and about 10 minutes to sew flower/button and weave in the ends.

I’ve managed to use up one of my purple yarns, however I do have another – well, purple is my favourite colour after all 🙂

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend and hopefully the weather stays nice for us in England. Off to a wedding fayre on Sunday – slightly excited already!!! Hehe

Miss C xx

p.s First post with a glimpse of me in it! Bleurgh 🙂

My Little Kokeshi Doll

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Here is the Kokeshi Amigurumi Doll I have been crocheting the last few days. Isn’t she adorable?! I just love Japanese/Oriental stuff – one day I shall travel to that part of the world! 🙂

The pattern is very simple to follow – the doll part is just double crochet with increasing/decreasing and the flower is a sequence of dc, htr, tr, dtr and picot stitch (UK terms). The doll’s hair should be jet black but unfortunately I have ran out of my black yarn and so had to do it in charcoal but I don’t think it has really mattered.

I would like to try and get some fine crochet cotton so I can make these dolls smaller and in different colours – maybe make them into keyrings or just little kokeshi charms :).

This is a side view so you can see the little flower in her hair, although I do think it has turned out a little bigger than it needs to be really. This flower uses the adjustable ring method, then crochet 5 dc’s into the ring. In each stitch around you have to do the following stitches: dc, htr, tr, dtr, picot, dtr, tr, htr, dc. It gets quite tight and difficult to do the further you get round (you end up having to push the petal you have just done down in order to get to the next stitch to work). In total, you should end up with 5 petals. In the middle of the flower I have just done three french knots in the fuchsia colour.

I think the most difficult part of this amigurumi doll is stitching the kimono sleeves to the body – I always seem to have trouble making them look identical to each other when stitched on. Think they have turned out OK though.

If fellow bloggers would be interested – I can post the pattern when I get the chance.

On another note – one of our cats has been poorly. Lillie has swollen lymph glands and has been feeling quite sorry for herself, bless her! Lots of treats and tuna for her to keep her strength up. Just look at her here:

Definitely feeling sorry for herself here!

Anyway, I will be back soon

Miss C xx

Monkeying Around

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This is what I have made today – my little sock monkey 🙂 I think he should be called Maurice – other half thinks Trevor. What do you think he should be called – or her for that matter!

By making this, I managed to perfect the use of the magic ring to start. I have never used the magic ring technique before, but its actually not as hard as I first thought. There are lots of You Tube videos, and written tutorials on how to do it – see Crochet Me for written/pictorial step by step or see the video post below! Hope these help 🙂

 

 

 

Magic Ring Tutorial from Crochet Geek.

 

When making this monkey, it was vital to use a stitch marker (if you do not have a stitch marker a different coloured bit of wool will work just as well). I’ve not used a stitch marker before when making something and it turned into a disaster! So my one bit of advice to you is always use a stitch marker when advised!

Think I might make another page on my blog for some of my favourite crochet patterns – will obviously test them first as I know all too well about working on a pattern for ages and then you realise the pattern is totally not up to scratch. Check back in a few days and hopefully I will have managed to post a couple of little patterns for you to hook up.

On another note, I have really wanted to produce another tutorial for a sewing project that is brilliant for the environment (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is what the project is all about) – just have not got round to it yet but I will, I promise 🙂 In fact, I haven’t got my sewing machine out for quite a while now – too busy with my crochet hook at the moment.

Well I’m off to try and do a few more rounds of my hippy crochet.

Ta Ta For Now

Miss C x

Cushion Progress – Second Side

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Here is the progress of the second side of my crochet hippy cushion. Have not managed to do as much as I had wanted to but I do try and do a bit each day. Each round is just treble crochet stitches with some increasing in certain areas. Have managed to find a decent round cushion pad for it – think I may put it on our bed when finished.

Have just received some beautiful roses from my wonderful fiancé! They are in a lovely oval pot with butterflies sketched on the side – will upload a photo later.

After finishing my hippy cushion, I shall be making a start on a Mothers Day design for a card for my Mum; have also found a cool Formula One design from The World Of Cross Stitching magazine for my Dad. Is nice to see some designs for men as it is very hard to find decent ones that my Dad would like and he always takes an interest in my stitched designs. Have also had another order for the red Poppy cushion I made for my Nan – she wants another one to go on her other chair in her lounge – think they will look lovely as a pair.

This is the Poppy Cushion that I need to duplicate for my Nan.

Oh and my little 2 year old nephew loved his Thomas the Tank Engine cross stitch card – and the Fireman Sam top we brought him! He gets so excited at the sight of Thomas and Sam 🙂

Miss C xx

 

Crochet Bunting

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Finished off my crochet bunting yesterday. Just had lots of tails to weave in and also make the chain to attach each flag to. It’s currently hanging in our open fireplace in the lounge – brightens up quite a dark area I have to say 🙂

The pattern is again from Nicki Trench’s Cute and Easy Crochet. However, I have changed the colours as they were pale pastel colours like pink and lilac – it is called ‘Knickerbocker Glory Bunting’ after all! The original colours didn’t really go with my living room so decided to do them mainly in red with white and petrol blue.

They are rated at beginner level because they really are quite simple to make. All it uses is chains, slip stitch, double and treble crochet, and decreasing two double crochets together to get the triangle shape. Only took about two evenings work in total. I can see me making these in the original colours for my sister in law who would love these – especially in pink!

So what do you think of my not-so knickerbocker glory bunting??!! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From my previous post called ‘What To Do Next’, I have been debating what to start – in all honestly I know I will end up doing them all as I love everything about each project. But…….I have chosen. Last night I started making the cushion – partly because that was the project PR said he liked the most (he never gets THAT interested in what I make! 🙂 ), but also because I loved the different colours in the circle effect (oh and because you can never have too many cushions)! Managed to do 6 rounds last night whilst watching a bit of TV and have no real plans today so I am hoping to get a lot more rounds done – maybe even finish one side of the cushion; hmmm fingers crossed.

Still have another Thomas the Tank Engine Cross Stitch to do for PR’s nephew, and I also have to finish my secret project in the next week – eek! Lots to do, so little time.

Now that I have realised how much I have to do, I had better dash

See you very soon

Miss C xx

 

Cute And Easy Fingerless Gloves

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My latest crochet project! Managed to finish weaving all the tails in today. They were so easy to make – much easier than I first thought. They are made with wool that make them feel so cosy and warm! Might have to make another pair in a fuchsia colour for someone I know that loves anything pink! Obviously had to do mine in purple 🙂 Love the colour purple.

I have adapted the pattern slightly – the original pattern makes the finger end very frilly (not really to my taste to be honest). So instead I did 6 long dc’s into each chain space around the top and then finished the edging with a row of dc’s. This makes the top edge a bit like shell edging.

The original pattern is in Nicki Trench’s Cute and Easy Crochet. Had this book as a Christmas present and there are so many lovely patterns – took me ages to decide which one to do first. I’m definitely going to make the little purse and the blankets are to die for – seriously need to invest in more wool for the blankets though! There is also a lovely pattern for a pink and a blue teddy bear – perfect for little ones – so very cute!

On a completely different note – away from anything crafty – but something I am so excited about – we’ve booked our honeymoon! Yay! Only three days after our wedding we shall be jetting off to Morocco in a lush hotel. Excited much?!

Ciao for now (not Moroccan I know, but I dont know Arabic at the moment  😉 )

Miss C xx

Crochet Mouse Cat Toy Pattern

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Here is the pattern for this cute little crochet mouse that I have made for my two cats Dottie and Lillie to play with.

This is a UK pattern. Hook size and tension are not important. (I used hook size 5.0mm).

Stitches used:

Sl st – Slip Stitch

Ch – Chain

Dc – Double Crochet

Stitch explanation.

Decreasing a double crochet stitch (dc dec) – insert hook, yarn over, pull through (2 loops on hook), insert hook into next stitch, yarn   over and pull through (3 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all 3 loops.

DO NOT join rounds unless stated – use stitch markers to determine beginning of round.

Main Body

Chain 2

Rnd 1: 6dc in 2nd chain from hook

Rnd 2: (2dc in first dc, dc in next dc) repeat all around [9dc]

Rnd 3: (2dc in first dc, dc in next 2 dc’s) repeat all around [12dc]

Rnd 4: dc in each dc all around

Rnd 5: (2dc in first dc, dc in next 3 dc’s) repeat all around [16dc]

Rnd 6: dc in each dc all around

Rnd 7: (2dc in first dc, dc in next 4dc’s) repeat all around [18dc]

Rnd 8: (2dc in first dc, dc in next 5 dc’s) repeat all around [21dc]

Rnd 9: dc in each dc all around

Rnd 10: (2dc in first dc, dc in nect 6dc’s) repeat all around [24dc]

Rnd 11: dc in each dc all around

Rnd 12: (dc dec, dc in next 4dc’s) repeat all around [20dc]

Rnd 13: (dc dec, dc in nect 3dc’s) repeat all around [16dc]

Rnd 14: (dc dec, dc in next 2dc’s) repeat all around [12dc]

Start stuffing your mouse’s body now.

Rnd 15: (dc dec, dc in next dc) repeat all around [8dc]

Rnd 16: dc dec all around [4dc]

DO NOT fasten off

Chain 12 (for tail)

Slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and in every chain going to body. Fasten off leaving long tail. Use long tail to close the hole if necessary and weave in the end.

Outer Ears (make 2)

Chain 2

Rnd 1: 6dc in 2nd chain from hook

Rnd 2: 2dc in each dc around [12dc]

DO NOT join this last round but do fasten off leaving a long tail.

Middle Ears (make 2)

With contrast colour, chain 2

5dc in 2nd chain from hook, join to first dc and finish off leaving a long tail.

Assembly:

  • Sew both middle ears to the centre of the outer ears.
  • Sew the ears onto the mouses body ( I attached them at row 5)
  • Cross stitch an ‘X’ at the very tip of mouse for its nose ( I used the same pink as the middle ear colour).
  • French knots for the eyes.

And that’s it! Your mouse is all finished. Hope you liked the pattern and that you enjoy this cute little toy – Lillie certainly does as you can see in the photo below 🙂

Miss C xx

Treat Yourself To A Handmade Quilted Craft Bag.

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I have now posted the tutorial I promised a few days ago, on how to make a quilted craft bag. Has taken me a while to get it typed up – I blame my brain not wanting to function in a technical way!

Head over to the tutorial section and check it out. Why not treat yourself to a new bag for Christmas to hold all your fabric, wool or whatever crafty bits you want!

This tutorial has been the first time I have properly attempted quilting. Hope you all like my first attempts (and definitely not my last :)) Please feel free to post any comments or questions. Happy quilting! Miss C xx

Make Your Very Own Needle Roll Up.

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Head over to the tutorial section to find out how to make this easy and very practical needle roll up. Perfect for organising all your needles, hooks etc, but you could adapt it to hold any other stitchy items! Get making now and give it to someone new to knitting/crochet at Christmas ( could even include a few needles and hooks to get them started). As usual, comments and questions happily accepted. Enjoy and have fun making!

Miss C xx