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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Long time no see

Oh my goddess, life has just been so hectic lately! My migraines have been out of control, my son has been diagnosed as autistic, (so lots of running around with appointment etc) My daughter has been unwell, and my hubby started full time work!

 

Unfortunately with all of this going on, I have barely had time to crochet, let alone blog about it! However that is not why you are here is it? It is to see pretty pictures, so without further ado, here is what I have been working on lately 🙂

 

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J loved his birthday blanket!

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A cowl and beanie for myself, the hat is of my own design (no pattern) and the cowl is this pattern here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lemon-balm-button-cowl with some modifications.

 

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A pair of wrist warmers for J

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A pair of wrist warmers for me.

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A little bag for the beautiful K (Besties child) This one is made from 2 panels from a word chart comp that can be found here: http://www.mommasjampackcrochetwordcharts.com/ Sarah’s word charts are fantastic! I am working on another larger one at the moment, you should check her out! 🙂

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Round ripple Jacobs ladder baby blanket, made just for the joy of making it!

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And this is my current major wip, a Prairie star blanket. I am also working on some christmas decorations to bust my scraps stash 🙂

 

Hope you are well and happy wherever you may be! Happy crafting!

 

More blocks, and a new blanket.

So the knitted blanket I was making for mr 2’s birthday ended up being a total disaster! No worries! I got out my trusty 200 blocks book and got to work, and so have a few more blocks to add to my total.

block 20 – colourful bobbles

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block 29 – bobble stripes

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block 37 – Pin stripes

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block 41 – bobble triangle

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block 45 – steps

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block 70 – zigzag

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block 75 – half & half

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block 90 – bright triangles

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block 121to 124 – coral seas

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block 141 to 144 – quartet

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Now onto the bordering and joining 🙂

Stash busting Sunday

So I was sorting through my craft supplies yesterday and realized that I have a whole lot of this:

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Yarn vomit! (also known as tangled up leftovers with no home)

So being the kind crocheter that I am, I decided to give my yarn (vomit) a new purpose in life.

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Christmas decorations! Starting with these Chrismas lights. I will make a few more and turn them into a garland for the tree 🙂 Free pattern can be found here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/christmas-light-bulb-ornament

 

Whats that you say? It’s too early to be thinking about Christmas? Not for a crafter! (or a self confessed Christmas nut like myself) It’s only 150 days away you know!? And I am getting a late start this year.

 

Have a lovely Sunday 🙂

New Orleans red beans and rice

So I have decided to try and cook one new dish each week. I was searching for recipes and stumbled upon a whole bunch of Southern recipes, (think Kentucky fried chicken south.) Oh boyo did they look delish! So many mouthwatering dishes I want to try, it was hard to pick where to start. In the end I decided to dip my toe in the shallow end and give this recipe a try. http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/new-orleans-red-beans-rice-10000000257296/

 

Now I did have to make some changes, I’m not sure if the red beans they are referring to are red kidney beans or not but that is what I used. (200 grams dried) And I used chorizo for the sausage.

And as I don’t have a slow cooker, I pre cooked the beans, and cooked everything in my big stew pot on low for  hours.

 

I also did not have any Creole seasoning, so I made some up using this recipe : http://homecooking.about.com/od/spicerecipes/r/blspice14.htm But I halved the black pepper and only used a tsp of hot cayenne so it wasn’t too spicy for the kids.

 

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And the verdict was….. hubby did not like it, (he doesn’t like chorizo so it was not unexpected) it was too spicy for my 8 year old, but Mr 2 and I loved it!