Thursday, February 26, 2009

From Garter stitch to lace

I'm very happy to see how far I have come in my knitting class in 7 classes.
On the right is my homework for my first class...a strip of garter stitch (straight knitting).
On the left is actually 2 classes...the lower part is a snowflake that I made from a chart, and the upper part is 2 pattern repeats of a lace pattern.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Two packages in the mail

It's been almost like Christmas this past week...post lady Pat popped 2 packages in my mailbox.

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The first one was from a sweet girl named Arina who lives in The Netherlands.
She sent me a wonderful package of knitting patterns by Alan Dart....joy!
It's very difficult to find them here so I was really excited and grateful to receive them.
I first saw her knitted and crocheted items on her flikr page.
She and her sister, Baujke, also sell knitted, crocheted, and sewn items at Baukje en Dirkje Creaties
Thank you so much Arina!

The second package was from another sweet girl, Salihan, who lives in Australia.
Her package contained a beautifully soft Malabrigo merino scarf that she had hand knitted.
Salihan recently celebrated the relaunching of her wonderful blog
(now called Salihan crafts)
by having a draw and, as luck would have it, I won the scarf :0)
I have admired her knitted work for some time so it's wonderful to actually wear something that she has made.
Thank you so much Salihan, it will be so wonderful to wear such a warm and pretty scarf!
And don't forget to check out her blog and she is also on Ravelry.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Amigurumi Butters (crochet)

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I adapted a Stan pattern by lafeecrochette on etsy into Butters by changing the hair, eyes and colour of his clothes.
This is for my 20 year old and is about 3 inches tall.

Link to amigurumi Cartman
Link to amigurumi Kenny
Link to South Park afghan

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Yarn Graffiti, Crochet Style

I've seen so many pictures of yarn covered poles and statues, stop signs, and car antennas but I have never seen one in person.
So today I decided to crochet a little graffiti starting with this ugly chain link fence that surrounds a nearby school.
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It adds a
little colour to an unexpected place on a dreary winter's day. But it is also not so elaborate that it will break my heart if it is taken down.
I hope it lasts for a while.


I had to be a bit sneaky to put it up without anyone seeing me, but since it was cold and windy it went quite smoothly.

I'm thinking of covering a pole next.

Edit: Well it lasted until today, May 27th, that's over 3 months...not bad!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Too many wip's

I don't know what it is, but I seem to have a record number of wip's.
These are 3 new ones that I started a couple of days ago.

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The knitting is homework from my night class.
I have used charts before( when I was doing Tunisian crochet to create my south park afghan) but knitting charts are different as each alternate row is read in the opposite direction and the symbol meanings are reversed for those rows.
But they are easy once you get used to the schizophrenic nature of it.

The little round ball with the yellow palm tree-like hair is the beginnings of Butters.
The pattern that I bought on etsy didn't include him so I am changing the pattern slightly to get that essence of Butters. I actually have a legitimate reason for not having him finished as I'm told by my son that Butters only wears a teal shirt. Good luck to me in finding a teal coloured fingering yarn.

The other little pile of crochet squares and tubes will hopefully become the first of two Wall-es, one for each son. I'm also making Eve for my older son's girlfriend.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

My heart is yours!!!


My heart is yours!!!
Originally uploaded by hine
This totally cracks me up (this won the Valentine's Day contest over at Craft Magazine.)
I think the icing on the cake is the guard around it's neck, you don't want any stitches being ripped out!
Congratulations hine!

Happy Valentines Day Everyone!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Fingerless gloves in crochet jacquard and a little basketweave

I'm working on 2 things.
On the left is my my knitting homework from last week,
which is the basketweave stitch. It's cute isn't it and quite easy.
On the right is the beginning of the most beautiful fingerless gloves that I've ever seen.

I fell in love with these gloves by Danielle Kassner
the minute I laid eyes on them

I had never seen crochet done like this before.
So I bought the pattern and some wool
(unfortunately I had no 'scraps of sock or fingering weight yarn').
It took me a few tries but I finally found a hook that would give me gauge (I crochet loosely so I had to find a 2 mm hook).


These are done in crochet
jacquard and backwards crochet, both totally new techniques for me.
(great free tutorials here).
I decided to use greens and blues as the main colours with bits of grey, white and red.

I'm only 8 rows in, but I hope to gather speed as I get better at the technique.
I'm ridiculously excited about them.
I just hope that I finish them before spring.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

How to make a vase for your flowers AND flowers for your vase

At the end of this tutorial you should have a pretty vase for all those flowers that, no doubt, will soon be coming your way.

I’ve chosen red for Valentine’s Day and made five different flower embellishments but the beauty of this project is that you can quickly and easily change it to suit any occasion or compliment the colour of your flowers.

I decided to use only what I had on hand which included some recycled materials, and which also explains why my vase holds paintbrushes instead of real flowers.

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Materials:

-A container of your choice (a glass jar, a tin can, etc)

-A sleeve from an old sweater (I bought a child’s sweater for $1 at the thrift store)

-Scraps of fabric, buttons, ribbons, yarn or felt (It’s all up to you!)

-scissors

-needle/thread or glue gun


For the Vase

Pull the sweater sleeve over the jar, lining up the top edge of the cuff with the top edge of the jar.

Cut off any extra fabric that is below the bottom edge of the jar. I told you this was easy

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(Since my sweater was wool I prewashed it in hot water and then tossed it in a dryer so that it felted and could be cut without unraveling.

If yours won’t felt, run a line of stitches (with matching thread) about ¼ inch in from where you want to cut. )


Frayed Flower

My grandmother showed me how to make this when I was little.

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You need:

-A strip of material (that will fray) 1 inch wide by 30 inches long

-A button for the centre

-needle and thread

-scissors

Fold the short end of one side over a ¼ inch and sew in place with a couple of stitches.

Then stitch along one long edge using a running stitch and pull to gather.

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It will naturally shape into a flower. Sew a few stitches in the back centre to keep it in place and then add a button to the centre.


A Simple Ribbon flower

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You need:

-3 ribbons (a 12 inch length, and two 7 inch lengths)

-a button for the centre

-a needle and thread

-scissors

To form the petals, lay a 7 inch ribbon flat with the right side down and fold both ends towards the centre overlapping ¼ inch.

Pin or sew a few stitches to keep it in place. Repeat with other ribbon.

Take 12 inch ribbon and one end of the ribbon into a loop to form a petal about the same size as the others.

(My petals turned out to be about 3 inches across).

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Layer the ribbons on top of each other to form a flower making sure that the longer ribbon is at the bottom (the tail forms the stem).

Fasten the centre with a few stitches and then sew or glue on your button.


Fabric flower

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For my petals I used a piece of fabric about 9x6 which I folded over

(right sides together) to form 9x3 in. You can also use smaller scraps of different fabrics for each petal.

Make a pattern by drawing the shape of a petal on paper for your cutting line.

Cut out your pattern and pin it along the unfolded 9 inch side. With your sewing machine sew around your petal but don't sew around the bottom straight edge.

Move your pattern and repeat until you have all 6 petals sewn. Cut out your petals leaving an extra ¼ inch from your seams.

Clip seams and turn inside out.

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Stack your petals on top of each other and stick a pin through the non-rounded ends.

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Fan out your petals to form a flower and adjust until you are happy with the shape.

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Stitch in the middle to secure it and add a button or 2 to cover up the messy centre.


Crochet flower with leaves

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You can find the free leaf pattern here

http://sukigirl74.blogspot.com/2009/01/free-crochet-leaf-pattern-with-pics.html

For my flower I used a pattern from Crochet Inspiration by Sasha Kagan

but there are also some free patterns online.

One of my favourite sites, Attic24, has a great tutorial for

some pretty flowers and leaves.

http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/crochet-flowers-and-leaves.html


Buttons and ribbon Flower

(seen in the first photo on the right hand side).

You can make this as complicated or as simple as you like.

Mine is a simple version where I simply layered 2 ribbons and sewed on some buttons.

Fasten around vase with a few stitches to keep it in place.


I hope you will have fun with this tutorial!

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