WIP wednesday

Well today started out fantastically when I woke up to a package from the true blood swap I was in! I have some yummy yummy organic cotton and bamboo fingering weight, some sugar and cream, which I have been dying to try out and lots of other little goodies!

The True blood KAL/CAL started this week, so I have begun crocheting a ripple bag:

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Also I am working on some flowers for my nan for christmas.

And I am working on another pattern, I wont tell you what it is, but I will tell you that it includes this cute little guy:

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Finished object – Christmas ornaments

Every year I like to make a new and different ornament for each of us.

This year the kids got a snowman each, and hubby got a Mario star. I’m actually thinking of maybe doing a Mario ornament for him for the next few years, he is such a big Mario fan!

The snowmen I made up as I went along, but the pattern for the star is here: http://arpelia.blogspot.com.au/2008/03/super-mario-invincibility-star-crochet.html I just added a crochet chain for hanging.

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And now I am stuck trying to think of a decoration for me.

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.

Kids craft Sunday – gift tags and bows

How to turn your kids paintings into nice gift tags.

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You will need:

An old cereal box

A plain piece of paper (or scrap paper blank on one side)

A painting or picture

Glue stick

Darning needle

And some yarn, we used red eyelash yarn with a green and red picture to make Christmas tags.

Cut out one panel from your cereal box. Paste the kids picture on one side of the box, and the plain paper in the same spot on the other side. Trim the uncovered edges and them cut the cardboard into rectangles the size you want your gift tags to be, leaving a 5mm border allowance on each side.

At this point I usually poke holes around 5mm in from the edge and approx 5mm apart to make it easier for my daughter to sew, but you don’t have to do this. Then using the yarn go around the edges in blanket stitch, leaving a long tail to tie the gift tag to the present.

There is a great blanket stitch tutorial here http://www.holiday-crafts-and-creations.com/how-to-do-blanket-stitch.html

And with the 2 leftover pieces of paper from all the way back here https://cookcraftcope.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/kids-craft-sunday-splatter-painting/

We are making gift bows.

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To make these, we cut 1 cm strips across the short side of a printed A4 piece of paper. We folded the strips of paper into figure a of 8 using a push pin to hold them in place We cut the strips used to make the 3 figure of 8 shorter than the rest, and stuck a sequin on the folded out push pin.

I am not very good at explaining this one I am sorry, but there are some good tutorials out there and here is a link to one 🙂 http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com.au/2009/10/make-gift-bow-from-magazine-page.html

FO Friday – K’s stocking!

Finished this week is K’s (my friends daughter) Christmas stocking!

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You can find the pattern here http://www.favecrafts.com/Crochet-for-Christmas/Holly-Stocking-from-Red-Heart-Yarn I just striped mine, and did not do the lacey cuff.

I have realized that I will not be able to do all of my categories every week, you wouldn’t think it would be tiring to post in a blog 4 days in a row but I am finding it to be the case.

I will however try my hardest to post at least one per week, and strive for more.

Finished object Friday – And a free pattern!

So I have started on my daughters play food for Christmas, First up was a piece of cherry pie with a scoop of ice cream.

And here is the pattern:

Pie and ice cream pattern    (Pattern is in UK/AUS terminology dc is sc in USA)

Materials :

Stuffing

8 ply pie crust colour yarn

8 ply filling coloured yarn (red for sherry green for apple etc)

8 ply white for ice cream.
4.00 mm hook

Top of pie:

 

R1 Chain 12

R2 dc in second from hook, dc across (11 stitches)

R3 ch 1, dc across

R4 ch 1, dc 5, dc2tog, dc 4

R5 ch 1, dc across

R6 ch 1, dc 4, dc2tog, dc 4

R7 ch 1, dc across

R8 ch 1, dc 4, dc2tog, dc 3

R9 ch 1, dc across

R10 ch 1, dc 3, dc2tog, dc 3

R11 ch 1, dc across

R12 ch 1, dc 2, dc2tog, dc 3

R13 ch 1, dc across

R14 ch 1, dc 2, dc2tog, dc 2

R15 ch 1, dc across

R16 ch 1, dc 2, dc2tog, dc 1

R17 ch 1, dc across

R18 ch 1, dc 1, dc2tog, dc 1

R19 ch 1, dc across

R20 ch 1, dc 1 dc2tog

R21 ch 1 dc2tog, and finish off

 

 

 

Bottom of pie:

 

R1 Chain 12

R2 dc in second from hook, dc across (11 stitches)

R3 to 8   ch 1, dc across

R9 ch 1 dc in front loop only across

R10 ch 1, dc across

R11 ch 1, dc 5, dc2tog, dc 4

R12 ch 1, dc across

R13 ch 1, dc 4, dc2tog, dc 4

R14 ch 1, dc across

R15 ch 1, dc 4, dc2tog, dc 3

R16 ch 1, dc across

R17 ch 1, dc 3, dc2tog, dc 3

R18 ch 1, dc across

R19 ch 1, dc 2, dc2tog, dc 3

R20 ch 1, dc across

R21 ch 1, dc 2, dc2tog, dc 2

R22 ch 1, dc across

R23 ch 1, dc 2, dc2tog, dc 1

R24 ch 1, dc across

R25 ch 1, dc 1, dc2tog, dc 1

R26 ch 1, dc across

R27 ch 1, dc 1 dc2tog

R28 ch 1 dc2tog, and finish off

Pie filling:

R1 ch 5

R2 dc in second loop from the hook, dc across (5 stitches)

R3 to 21 ch 1 dc across

R22 ch1 dc across in front loop only

R23 to 40 ch 1 dc across and finish.

Sew the strip of filling to the pie top along the black lines of the diagram. Turn over and  sew the bottom of you pie to the filling along the same lines.

At this point you can turn it inside out  if you like, but I actually liked the look of mine better with the wrong side out. Lightly stuff you piece of pie, and then sew up the rest of your seams, making sure to leave a little lip here:

Scoop of ice cream:

Ch 4 and join.

R1 dc 6 times into loop, place marker.

R2  dc 2 times in each stitch

R3 *dc 2 times in next stitch, dc in next stitch Repeat from * around

R4 *dc 2 times in next stitch, dc in next 2 stitches Repeat from * around

R5 *dc 2 times in next stitch, dc in next 3 stitches Repeat from * around (3o stitches)

R6 dc around

R7 *dc 2 tog, dc in next 3 stitches repeat from * around

R8 This row is all through the back loop. *dc 2 tog, dc in next 2 stitches repeat from * around

Lightly stuff the ice cream scoop at this point.

R9 dc 2 tog around and again until there is only one stitch left and then finish off.

Now  go back to the row where you crocheted though the back loop only. Dc through all of the front loops that are exposed on the outside of the scoop then join. (24 stitches)

Ch1, *tr in next 3 stitches, dc in next repeat from * around and finish.

I am new to writing patterns, so feel free to let me know if it is not easy to understand, or if you need any help 🙂

You are welcome to do what you like with the finished objects from this pattern, however you may not sell the pattern itself. I would appreciate it if you are sharing the pattern to link it back here thanks 🙂

WIP Wednesday

I am still getting through the blocks on my water lilly blanket. Am sewing up the second last round at the moment.

I am also still working on John’s (mr 1) choo choo rug for Christmas

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And My blanket that never ends is currently on time out as I am so sick of  knitting those little squares!

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Mostly at the moment I am thinking about my Christmas list, and planning projects.

At the moment it looks like this:

Mum: Multnomah shawl, status: done

Dad A: Slouchy hat. status: finished knitting, need to sew in the ends.

Sister: Monster hat status: still trying to figure out how to do it without a pattern

Son: Choo choo rug status: about 40% finished

Daughter: Picnic set status: hoping to start on it today.

Husband: I have no idea status: lost in space

Dad B: I have no idea status: lost in space Preserves maybe?

Aunty: I have no idea status: lost in space

Nan: Some kind of shawl maybe? Status: still thinking

Niece: Princess Doll status: finished

Nephew 1: Hipster Doll status: finished

Nephew 2: I have no idea status: lost in space

Kenz: I have no idea status: lost in space

An probably preserves for close friends. We make chilli Jam in the summer every year, Its so nice with Christmas lunch and we get requests for it every year.

And I am sorry I did not get around to Meat free monday this week, I was so busy spring cleaning, we just had re heats, but last night we had these http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/1028/chickpea+and+lentil+patties

Chick pea and lentil patties and they were divine! I recommend adding some salt though 🙂