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Japanese Lanterns

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Yesterday I finished off making these cute little Japanese Lanterns. They really were so quick to make. I found the pattern on Etsy in a shop called ‘The Itsy Bitsy Spider‘. You can find the listing here.

On the white lantern is a kanji character meaning ‘strength’ but you could add a different kanji or even flowers if you wanted to. I love the little cherry blossoms on the red lantern – perfect symbol of Japan I think.

Whilst making these little lanterns, a news story came on the TV and I suddenly became aware that it had been a year since the Japan Tsunami! So I definitely thought that these were a fitting project to do – plus I thought they looked rather cute 🙂

And don’t they look great next to my little Kokeshi Doll:

Having a very small break from my granny square project as I started a very much needed but very quick project last night – details and photo’s to follow very soon! 🙂

Miss C xx

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A Touch Of Moroccan Crochet

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The pictures above are what I have used as inspiration for my next crochet project. As me and my fiancé are getting married in October this year and that our honeymoon will be spent exploring the sights of Marrakesh, Morocco, I thought it would be nice to make something that perhaps can reflect on this very special year for us.

As you can see from the above photos, typical Moroccan colours mainly include browns, golds, deep reds, and orange. Sometimes a splash of different colours such as bright blue, pink and purple can also be seen in some art pieces.

So, bearing this in mind (and also what colours I have in my yarn stash 🙂 ), I have decided to try and use very similar colours as above but with some brightness as well – well I hope they will appear Moroccan colours when it’s all finished!

From all this inspiration you may be wondering what it is I shall be making – well, since I have started crocheting (which to be honest, has not been very long at all) I have never done a granny square! Well the time has come 🙂

I have decided that whatever my granny squares will be made into at the end, I did not want the design to be symmetrical – equally I wanted splashes of colour in some of the squares but then not others (hopefully this will turn out how I imagine, eek!). So far I have decided to do 6 (maybe five though) different designs which I will then duplicate to make the required amount.

And now for the sneak preview of what I have done so far – please bear in mind that I have not blocked any of the squares yet (also have not weaved the tails in – really must do this as I go along!). Here they are so far:

The above photo does not really do the colours much justice – the peach colour looks pink in this photo! I have actually used deep red, brown, blue, mint blue, yellow, peach and cream. So what do you think so far? The next few I am going to do are going to be more of the browns, cream and yellow. I also need to decide what colour to use to join them together – am currently awaiting delivery on two colours – a rust colour and orange but I don’t think I will use these two for joining. However, time will tell 🙂

They measure 5 inches squared – however some of the patterns I have are for ones much larger than this so I have had to improvise on some of the finishing rounds. I’m not completely happy with a couple of the squares so may not use them in the final product. Hmm, what to make these into? I’m thinking maybe a blanket – perfect for snuggling under when we are back from our honeymoon 😀 that’s hoping I finish in time for then!!

Hope you like my first attempts at granny squares!

Check back for more updates soon,

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

 

Oh What To Do Next?

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I’m coming to the end of a smaller crochet project and so I am thinking about what I want to do next! 🙂

So, first up is this cute crochet flower purse. Been wanting to crochet a little purse to go with the bag I made earlier. Would probably use similar variegated wool to the bag so hopefully it would look OK.

Second up, is this lush stripey round cushion. I love it so much -so bright and funky! Would definitely make sure I have some brightly coloured yarn for this one.

Next up is this crochet hat – I really like it as it looks simple yet looks really cute too. Uses a few different stitches which I haven’t really done a lot of so will be quite exciting to do this one. Think it would make a lovely present to someone too.

Last, but by no means least, is a crochet granny blanket. I love granny blankets so much and really want to make one! Would try and make my own version of this granny blanket with different colours etc. Would not be a quick project but I know it would be a much loved and much used item!

Hmmmm, decisions, decisions! What do you think? Love one in particular? Let me know! 🙂

Still have my huge cross stitch project which I have probably spent 8 hours on and it still looks like I have done hardly any! Must take photos of the progress – think that will help. I’ve also been doing smaller cross stitch projects (one being Thomas the Tank Engine which I posted earlier) and another couple that are a secret at the moment! Shhh! Will post them soon don’t worry 🙂

Will also post my current crochet project when I have finished it – just needs some finishing touches.

Might be back later, but have a great day!

Miss C xx

 

Ta Da!

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Here is the finished project that I posted about earlier. So did you guess right?

Very cute little flowery slippers 🙂

Had to completely re-do the one slipper as I forgot to crochet into the back post only which helps make the sides of the slipper more defined. (only realised when I had nearly finished the thing!)

All around the top edge are chain spaces which I may thread some ribbon through and tie at the back of the slipper – think it might look cute. Better dig out my ribbon stash 🙂 Could also put a button in the middle of each flower – what do you think?

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

Finally Finished Crochet Bag

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I have literally just finished my first ever crocheted bag. What do you think? I’m fairly pleased with it – although if I did it again think I would make the strap a little longer.

I have lined the inside of the bag and sewn a little pocket on the lining too. The strap is also lined with interfaced fabric.

Had a tricky time attaching the strap to the sides of the bag but managed to sew them on with matching wool with fairly good result.

I have decided to start my cross stitch project next and because it is a large piece, in between I think I will crochet a little purse to match! *must stop adding to my to-do list* 🙂 My to-do list is growing by the day however I am quite pleased that I tend to finish projects before starting another. Unless they are huge then I might have more than one UFO on the go! 😀 How many UFO’s do you have on the go???

Miss C xx

 

My First 2012 Cross Stitch Project

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Today I thought I would take a look at my next cross stitch project – have already got the fabric and threads needed so want to start it as soon as I finish my crochet project (hopefully wont be too long and I can show you a photo 🙂 )

Love the design of the project – last year I was into oriental style designs but now I seem to be looking more at african ones.

This one is 250 x 157 stitches and will measure 45 x 28cm. EEEKKK! Surprisingly though it only uses 40 different threads (which was a lot less than I thought).

 

 

Am slightly scared at the look of the chart when put together :S

Have never done a project this large before – not entirely sure how I will even start to tackle it!

Oh well, nothing like a challenge to keep the brain going (she says :S)

Will definitely post photos of this project as I think it will be good to actually see a timeline of progress – otherwise it could be quite disheartening when you think you aren’t getting anywhere with it!

Anyway, must dash, have a crochet project itching to be finished!

Miss C xx