Rock solid circle creatures cushion

So my friend Angela released an awesome solid granny pattern with no holes in the corner. It was perfect for a project that I had in mind. Soft crocheted blocks with rattles in them, in matching colours to the cardigans I recently finished for my best friends daughters birthday presents. (The mitered cardigan which I have already posted, plus an eloise baby sweater for her big sister Image

 

Free pattern found here: )

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When Angela saw the first one that I made using this pattern, she let me know that she had another for a solid circle in a square and wondered if I would like to give it a go.

Well of course I said yes please!! And then proceeded to make another rattle block using the Rock solid circle in a square pattern found here

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And then she let me know that she had made a square that turns the circle into a cute little sheep, and let me have a go at the pattern (it’s not been released yet, I’ll post a link once she does)

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Well I was so inspired by her awesome sheep, that I decided to have a try at making some other little creatures and the creatures cushion was created!

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Some of the squares I am stoked with, some of them not so much but the kids love it and that’s what matters 🙂

Now because I based all of the squares off of Angela’s awesome pattern, I didn’t feel that it would be right to write up the patterns for them, but I have included some basic notes on my project pages on ravelry with her permission 🙂 so please go and check them out if you would like to create some yourself Find me here on rav and while you are there, why not drop by Angela’s ravelry page and show her some love You can find her here on rav she has some gorgeous designs, with more coming soon!

 

Happy crafting 🙂

 

Making toys from household waste.

One of the things I love about pintrest is all of the fantastic things you can make with stuff from around the house. I grew up with my stepmother saving a lot of recyclable items for us to use for craft, and have carried on the tradition with my kids. Kids are always looking for something new and exciting, constantly needing fresh ideas and stimulation, and having them make their own toys and use their imagination rather than just buying them new toys or a new computer game is not only cost effective, but gives them a sense of satisfaction and achievement knowing they have made it themselves.

Letting go of the idea of having these items look prefect took me a little while, wouldn’t they rather have a window that looks like a window instead of a vaguely window shaped blob of paint? Nope, cause to them it is not a blob of paint, it is a window that they made themselves and to them it is perfect!

We have a tub in the craft cupboard full of pencils, textas, paint, stickers etc and a shelf or two filled with toilet rolls, cereal boxes, yogurt tubs, old wrapping paper anything that looks like it could be turned into something else, and on weekends when the kids are suffering from cabin fever, out it comes and the creating starts! 

This weekend just passed, Mr 3 wanted to go into Miss 9’s room to play with her dolls and doll house but Miss 9 is going through a no boys allowed phase with her room so out came the craft supplies.

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I built the basic structure out of a cardboard box using packing tape, and hubby helped the kids “wall paper” with scrap paper so they had a nice blank canvass to decorate on.

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Miss 9 donated one of her dolls, and hey presto Mr 3 has a doll and doll house that he loves to play with!

I find the more we do activities like this, the more the kids like to use their imagination and come up with ideas for toys themselves. This morning Mr 3 came to me with 2 toilet rolls and asked if we could turn them into binoculars. 1 piece of yarn, 2 toilet rolls and 3 pieces of tape later, we have a happy adventurer exploring the forest in the back yard, and it didn’t cost us a cent!

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Happy Crafting 🙂

 

Mitered baby cardigan

I have been wanting to tackle clothing for a while, but it looked so daunting I have been putting it off. I spotted this pattern on ravelry and thought it looked pretty easy, and what better way to dive into garments than a baby sized cardi?

2 days later, and here it is!

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The pattern calls for the stripes to continue down the sleeves, but to be honest, I got so sick of changing colours every 2 rows!!

And I am hooked! I have started crocheting another cardi for a 2 year old, from a different pattern and am madly trying to finish a shawl I have on the needles at the moment so I can attempt knitting a cardi for myself.

 

Happy crafting 🙂

An end to the week of wips

Whew, I got so much accomplished this week! My wip pile is much smaller and more manageable, so I have rewarded myself by starting two new projects haha!

 

Now onto the rest of the finished wips!

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crochet love pillow, you cant see it in the picture, but the beige stripe through the heart is a crochet hook, pattern can be bought from Mommas

Back of the pillow

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A top I sewed out of material from an old pair of pj pants and added crochet embellishments to. Not the best, but I am pretty happy with it for a beginner sewer!

 

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I finally got around to sewing a lining into the rainbow bag I made for this years ravellenic games.

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Ok this one was not a wip, but the face washers and sheet  it is made out of have been sitting in my linen cupboard waiting to be turned into a cushion for a while, so I got it done while I had the sewing machine pulled out.

 

And finally I got Miss 9’s Winter set for this year finished.

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Scarf pattern can be found here

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Beanie pattern can be found here

 

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And the glove pattern I based these wrist warmers on can be found here

So that is it for now, I’m off to work on the baby cardi’s I started this week, happy crafting!

 

 

 

The week of the wips!

So It is wip Wednesday, and here is my current wip:

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Its a butterfly scarf for Miss 9, you can find the pattern here: on ravelry . I am planning on making a matching hat and wrist warmers as well.

However, at the beginning of the week, I decided to try and get through a good portion of my wips and ufo’s, as they no longer fit in my craft cupboard anymore and are now cluttering up my clothes cupboard.

So wips finished so far this week are:

Number one, Queen sized blanket for hubby for our fourth wedding anniversary. I first tried making him a blanket in time for our wedding, but ended up frogging it. This is the fourth time and I have tried making a blanket for our bed, so I find it quite fitting that the one I finally finish is ready in time for our fourth anniversary!

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you can find the pattern here: on ravelry It is a shawl pattern that calls for 4 ply yarn and a 3.25 mm hook, however I used 8 ply, and a 5.5 mm hook to make it bed sized.

 

Number two: A charity blanket that I started forever ago, but is now finished and ready to be sent off.

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No pattern, I just alternated traditional granny squares with solid granny squares, a few rows of granny stitch for the bulk of the border, and a simple shell edging.

number 3: A c2c scarf for charity

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again no pattern, I just winged it, but I believe Mikey from the crochet crowd has a youtube tutorial 🙂

Number 4, A cowl for myself

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It is 10 3 row granny squares joined in a loop, and then 8 rounds of granny square stitch to one side of them.

And lastly some scrap busting squares.

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Some of these were from this years ravellenic games, I just hadn’t woven in the ends yet.

And that’s it so far for this week, hoping to get some more wips dusted by the end of the week, and hoping to be able to get back to my blogging, now that this hectic full on year is finally starting to slow down a little.

Happy crafting, and I’ll leave you with a few pics of projects I have done earlier in the year 🙂

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Witch blanket for one of my dear friends, pattern was a custom job from Sara over at Mommas jam pack crochet word charts (graphghans without counting squares yay!)

And a whole bunch of bunnies for Easter:

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You can find the patterns for the bunnies through my ravelry page here

Some new accessories for mr 3: 

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And lastly, another batch of charity squares 🙂

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