The great yarn fast

We are moving to a new town next year, and as we don’t drive we have decided to take only what we can fit in one trailer load that a friend is willing to take for us. After fitting in important expensive things like the fridge and washing machine, it has been decided that we will limit ourselves to what we can fit in one suitcase and one box each.

And there is no way that I will be able to take even a quarter of my crafting supplies in one box, so I decided that I would not buy any more crafting supplies until after we had moved and only knit/crochet from the yarn I already own.

So far I am doing well, I have swapped a few balls but no money has been spent since I bought a needle gauge thingy on the 25th of September.

However I am not allowed to buy any more until the 1st of May 2013………Counting down the days until I can buy some rainbow poems sock yarn!!!

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Oh Christmas tree

I love Christmas crafting! As I may have already said our decorations were destroyed a little earlier in the year, also we will not be having a proper tree this year.

But I couldn’t bear the thought of not having a tree at all so I sat down last night and this morning and cranked this little beauty out.

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The pattern for the tree can be found here http://www.favecrafts.com/Crochet-for-Christmas/Crocheted-Christmas-Trees-from-Lily-Sugar-N-Cream/ml/1

however I made a few little modifications to it. I Used 2 strands of  DK (8 ply) With a 5 mm hook, and added in 5 extra rows without increases.

The tinsel is made using fun fur and using surface stitch. Here is a link to a good tutorial for it  http://www.crochetspot.com/how-to-crochet-surface-crochet-or-surface-slip-stitch/

Also instead of using a felt bottom for the tree I crocheted one, here is the pattern for the base of the tree.

5mm hook 2 strands DK

Base of tree

Ch 3 join

R1   Dc6 in ring

R2   Dc twice in each stitch (12)

R3   Dc in next stitch, 2 dc in next stitch repeat around  (18 stitches)

R4   Dc in next 2 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch repeat around  (24 stitches)

R5   Dc in next 3 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch repeat around  (30 stitches)

R6   Dc in next 4 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch repeat around  (36 stitches)

R7   Dc in next 5 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch repeat around  (42 stitches)

R8   Dc in next 6 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch repeat around  (48 stitches)

R9   Dc in next 7 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch repeat around  (54 stitches)

R10 Dc in next 8 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch repeat around  (60 stitches)

R11 Dc in next 9 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch repeat around  (66 stitches)

finish off.

And the star on top is my own design too. I threaded a bamboo skewer though the back of it, then stuck it through to top of the tree. (of course you couldn’t do this if it were intended for a toy.)

1 strand of DK (8ply) and a 3.5 mm hook

Little star

Ch 3 join

R1 Dc 5 into ring

R2 Dc tr dc in each st around (15 st)

R3 Dc 2tr dc in each tr, sl st in each  dc around, finish.

After I did the tinsel and sewed the star buttons on, I stuffed it, put a circle cardboard insert in the bottom (made from an old cereal box) And slip stitched the base to the tree.

Finished object – and a free pattern! (mostly) Knitted crochet hook holder.

Materials:

5.5 mm knitting neddles

4.5 mm knitting needles

Dk yarn [8 ply in Australia] (You can use as many or as few  colours as you like.)

4.5 crochet hook. ( I used a 4mm hook because I crochet loosely.)

In colour A using 5.5 needles co 51 stitches.

Switch to 4.5 mm needles.

Knit  4 rows

Change colour, Each time you change colour you need to keep the second tail from each colour nice and long, as this is what you will use to sew the pockets for your hooks.

knit 4 rows

Change colour

Each 4 row stripe will hold one hook, so keep going in pattern until you have the amount of stripes you need to hold your hooks. I went with 24 so I have some spares.

Weave  in your short ends, And you piece should look like this (ws):

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Dc (USsc) across the edge where your long ends are, being careful to make sure they are on the wrong side of the fabric.

Fold your case so that two thirds are resting against each other, and one third is free. Using a contrasting colour  and starting at the fold dc around the edges (US sc) crocheting the edges together where applicable.

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So the section marked purple you are just crocheting along, but the section marked in pink you are dc’ing the two edges together.

Now use your long ends and sew a line between the ridges of your garter stitch, between the colours (see the pink stitches).  I used running stitch, here is a link if you are new to sewing.  http://sewing.about.com/library/weekly/aa040905.htm

Weave in your ends, and dc (USsc) across the bottom edge. Using the contrast yarn, join new yarn in the middle of the side and chain stitch aprox 20 cm. Do the same on the other side. Weave in all your remaining loose ends.

And you’re finished! You can use it folded in half to make a case like this:

Or as a hook roll, like this:

Wip Wednesday

This week I am mostly working on a new free pattern which I hope to get up this Friday.

Other than that I have been working on a leaving home present for my little sis, an 8 pointed blanket in St Kilda colours.

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Also my swap partner got her package today, so I can show pics of what I made her.

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A crovontuli shawl, pattern can be found here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/crovontuli

And a cup corset, pattern out of my head.

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Handy hint #1

No FO’s this Friday, but a tip for getting burnt bits off the bottom of pans.

 

Put pan on the stove top on high heat with about an inch of water and 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of bicarb soda. Let it boil for around ten mins, then scrub the pot. You can tip the boiling water and bicarb out then fill with cool water to scrub if you like, I like to toss a scrubbie in and use a wooden spoon or something long handled to give it a bit of a scrub while it is still boiling.

Cooking with kids – fruity iceblocks

This last week has just been full on, my headaches have been really bad, and I have has some personal stuff happening and so I have not been very attentive to my blog.

However today I am introducing a new category ‘Cooking with kids’  These will be recipes that for the most part an older child will be able to do themselves, or a younger child can do most of it with a bit of help.

It is spring here in Australia at the moment, and it seems to be gearing up for a cracker of a summer if the current heat is any indication so we have been making ice blocks. They are much cheaper than store bought ice blocks, and can be made with whatever fruit you have on hand, canned or fresh.

These ones are orange and raspberry flavored.

You will need

Watered down cordial, we use a low joule diet cordial.

Ice block moulds (or plastic cups with paddle pop sticks work too)

Fruit of your choice

And from there it is simple, dice the fruit (orange)

Plonk it in the moulds, top it up with cordial (raspberry) insert the stick and freeze.

We use a lot of frozen berries, and the crumbs in the bottom are great in ice blocks!