Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Baby Crochet Crown

I think the lesson in crafting for a baby is, don't make something when they are asleep and you can't try it on them. Because chances are it will be too small, and you won't find this out until the next morning.

I take Ivy to baby sensory classes, which is lots of singing, dancing and games on different themes every week which help you bond with your baby, and also help your baby learn important skills. This week was party week, so I decided to crochet Ivy a little crown (to look like a party hat) that she could wear along to the class. She had a bit of an accident in her outfit the week I was supposed to dress her as an animal, so I was determined to have a cool outfit this week.

I found this free pattern for a crochet crown in a number of different sizes, and thought it would be perfect. I decided to crochet it flat however, and sew it up when I was done, as I could not seem to join my chain without twisting it! Even when it looked even, it ended up twisted after the first round, so I just gave up.

I decided to make the 6-12 months size, but when I was finished it look a little bit small!

Crochet crown

Sure enough when I tried it on Ivy the next morning, it would barely even look at her, so a redo was needed!

I decided to do the bigger size in a different colour, just to mix it up a bit! This time I tried going up a couple of hook sizes to get the right sort of size, and eventually ended up away at a 6mm hook (the pattern calls for a 3.75mm hook) to get something that looked remotely big enough. I also went up to the 1-3 years pattern, as I thought too big was better than too small, as I could just do some overlapping when I sewed it together.

This one turned out a lot better, and I overlapped one spike when I sewed it together to get it to the right size.

Crochet crown

Crochet crown

Crochet crown

Crochet crown

Now, I have no idea what is going on with my tension if I'm being honest! I used Caron Simply Soft yarn, as the pattern called for Aran weight, and that's what it's listed as on Wool Warehouse. (However, I also used Aran weight yarn when it says worsted, as worsted appears to be somewhere between DK and Aran, so it seems like the best bet). My purple crown did turn out a bit bigger than I should have been, so clearly the 6mm jump was a bit too much, but it clearly needed to be a lot bigger than 3.75mm. I so used to just making stuff and not bothering with tension squares, it's such a pain to be SO off. Especially for quick projects for this, I don't want to be spending more time doing tension squares than I will making the actual item (even though I did end up making this one twice!).

Crochet crown

Either way she looked super cute in it for the day, and that's all I made it for really! I'm hoping she can use them to dress up her teddies or something when she's a bit older so we'll get a bit more use out of them.

Yarn Used:
  • Caron Simply Soft:
    • Orchid.
    • Lemonade.
Raverly Project Page.

This project is a step towards completing my New Year's List. You can check out my progress here.

  • Craft for Ivy.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

5000 Poppies

Yesterday I attended the Knitting & Stitching Show, which finally made it's way to Scotland, with my mum!

In the lead up to the event, they posted on their Facebook page saying that they would be accepting donations to the 5000 Poppies Project. You can read all about the project on their website, but they're going to have a massive display at the Chelsea Flower Show this year and needed some extra contributions, which could be donated at the Knitting & Stitching Show. If you're interested in donating though, you can get in touch with the 5000 Poppies people through their website!

Most of the patterns were for knitted poppies, but I decided to go with the crochet one as it would be easier to whip up (and I decided to make it the night before!).

I used the easy crochet pattern, which was really fast to make up and really easy to crochet, as it was really just loads of treble crochets.

Crochet poppy

Crochet poppy

My poppy has a lovely 3D effect to it too, and I managed to sew the centre on invisibly, which I was very proud of.

So I popped it in the donation box and hopefully it's off to be part of something awesome!

Yarn Used:
  • Knitting Essentials.
    •  Black.
  • Patons Wool Aran.
    • Merlot.
  • Stylecraft Special DK.
    • Spring Green.
Raverly Project Page.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Fimo Clay Charm Bracelet

Last year after Christmas, I treated myself to an awesome Fimo clay charm book called Make Clay Charms (you can see my post about it here). It comes with everything you need to make yourself a charm bracelet, as well as a book full of lovely ideas for cute little charms (a lot of which are food with faces! Yay!).

As I mentioned in my last post about this, I was pretty keen on making my bracelet all food, so I decided to do six charms for my bracelet and then set to work.

The clay wasn't as easy to work with as actual Fimo clay is, but after a lot of rolling about in my hands trying to heat it up, it eventually stopped breaking apart. The dark brown colour was super sticky though, and my hands kept getting covered in it, which meant a lot of hand washing to stop everything ending up brown!

The instructions for each charm are really clear, and the little diagrams at the start of each pattern show you how much clay you need, meaning you can check you've got the right amount just by lying it on top of the picture.

After making and baking the charms, I drew faces on some of them with a Sharpie, glazed them, and hung them up to dry. The book even came with an awesome little drying stand!

Clay bracelet

And then all I had to do was assemble the bracelet!

Clay bracelet

So we have an apple and a pea pod.

Clay bracelet

Some fries and a chocolate chip cookie.

Clay bracelet

And a milk carton and a doughnut!

Clay bracelet

How cute is it?!

Clay bracelet

Clay bracelet

Clay bracelet

I'm a bit worried about the hooks coming loose in the clay, as it was quite hard to get them in in the first place without squishing my ceation, and most of them still spun once I had baked them, but the book says if they come loose you can glue them back in again, so I'll just have to keep an eye on it! If one falls off I can always make a replacement.

Now that I've made the bracelet kit, I really want to have a go at making some of the other patterns from the book. On my first post about this book someone in the comments section said how they thought the charms would make lovely stitch markers for knitting, and I think that's an awesome idea. So a set of cute stitch markers may be on the cards.

My only other Fimo clay effort has been some Super Mario magnets, and I think the charms have turned out far better, so hopefully I'm getting better at working with clay. I also liked the way the glaze looks on the clay, so I think I may need to invest in a bigger tub of glaze for future projects.

Also while seaching on Amazon so I could link to this book, I've discovered there is a glitter version too, which I may just need to buy!

This project is a step towards completing my New Year's List. You can check out my progress here.
  • Clear as many free and purchased craft kits as possible.
  • Make things from my huge collection of craft books.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Colour Block Ribbed Turban

After the success of my heart pocket apron from Crochet with One Sheepish Girl, I decided to make something else from the book while I was at it.

I already have the wool for the Diana camera bag, but I decided to tackle the colour block ribbed turban, as it looked super cute.

I used the same green wool from my apron, as well as some lovely bright blue from my stash, as I love how these colours look with my hair. Again I used acrylic yarn instead of the cotton suggested in the pattern, so it'll be super cozy in the colder weather.

This pattern had a couple of stitches I had never come across before, the front post double crochet and the back post double crochet. Reading the instructions confused me a bit, but a quick Google for some images of the stitches (front post double crochet explanation and back post double crochet explanation) I knew exactly what I was supposed to be doing.

My crocheting/wool combo meant I only needed 56 rows to get to the desired length.

Crochet turban

Crochet turban

Crochet turban

Crochet turban

I was a bit confused when it came to sewing the parts together though. The instructions made total sense but I when I was done I just wasn't sure it looked exactly like it was supposed to. But after a bit of fiddling around in the mirror, I think it is actually right and looks lovely, though I'm not sure if the bump in the middle is too bumpy! I might need to play around with it a bit more.


Yarn Used:
  •  Lion Brand Vanna's Choice.
    • Aqua.
  • Stylecraft Special Aran.
    • Teal.
Raverly Project Page.

This project is a step towards completing my New Year's List. You can check out my progress here.
  • Make things from my huge collection of craft books.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Heart Pocket Apron

This is a project I've had the yarn for for ages, and I've just finally got around to making it. However, I did realise that the pattern called for cotton yarn, and I had just bought normal acyclic Aran weight yarn. Whoops!

I'm thinking I might use this as a craft room apron to project myself from glitter and stuff, instead of using it in the kitchen, where it might melt if it comes in contact with heat! I'm guessing this very reason, teamed with the washable aspect, is why the pattern calls for cotton yarn, but I'm not too bothered. I actually hate working with cotton yarn anyway. I'm quite happy for this apron to get a bit grubby while protecting my clothes anyway.

The pattern for this heart pocket apron comes from Crochet with One Sheepish Girl by Meredith Crawford. This is just a lovely book and all the patterns are super lush.

Crochet apron

Crochet apron

I adore how this look, and I love the colour combo I went with. It just turned out so lovely, and the little heart pockets are super cute! It's also a really nice fit (though I can't get a photo where my hips don't look huge! Trust me, it fits lovely).

Crochet apron

Crochet apron

Crochet apron

This was also a really easy pattern to follow. The only thing I did different was joining the sash to the apron body with a slip stitch (using this technique) instead of sewing it on as the pattern describes, because as I've mentioned before, my sewing can sometimes let a project down and make it look messy.

I was left with nearly two full balls of plum yarn and nearly a whole ball of teal yarn. I think because I used different yarn to the pattern (and the eternal debate of what worsted weight actually means in the UK! I go with Aran every time, but it never seems to turn out quite right) I ended up with a lot more left over than I should have had, so my stash just got a little bigger! I have so much left over yarn of this weight, I really need to make a big blanket or something to get rid of it all!

Yarn Used:
  • Stylecraft Special Aran.
    • Plum.
    • Teal.
    • Magenta.
Raverly Project Page.

This project is a step towards completing my New Year's List. You can check out my progress here.
  • Make all the things I've bought supplies for but am yet to make.
  • Make things from my huge collection of craft books.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Crochet Beanie for Ivy

The other day I said to Donald how cute it would be to make a hat for Ivy and attach the biggest pom pom possible. And so a project idea was born. I basically wanted to make a hat to pop on a giant pom pom.

I found this free pattern for a basic beanie, which comes in loads of different sizes, and decided to go with that.

I was actually aiming to make the 0-6 months hat, but because I had all the instructions on the screen at once, I ended up making the 6-12 months one instead! I would say whoops, but it was actually a bit short for Ivy once I was finished.

Crochet baby hat

Crochet baby hat

I think that face says it all! I even use the exact same yarn from the pattern, so maybe Ivy just had a really big head, but she's only 4 months old, so I doubt this would fit her when she's a year. Perhaps my tension is off! Or maybe I made some mad combo of different sizes in the confusion, so who knows!

I decided to add another three rows of  double crochets (single crochets in the pattern) and then one row of triple crochet to finish it off. And yay it fits a lot better!

Crochet baby hat

Crochet baby hat

And check out that pom pom! Huge and in neon orange! What could be better?

Crochet baby hat

It's good to know the pattern comes in so many different sizes, because I can make her a bigger one if she needs it in the future. It's really easy, so I would give it a bash if you're looking for an easy beanie pattern.

Yarn Used:
  • Caron Simply Soft.
    • Grape.
  • Rico Basic Acrylic.
    • Neon orange.
Raverly Project Page.

This project is a step towards completing my New Year's List. You can check out my progress here.
  • Craft for Ivy

Friday, 15 April 2016

Anniversary Card

Tuesday was mine and Donald's two year wedding anniversary! And aside from making me feel awful that I still haven't finished our wedding scrapbook, I decided to make him a cute card for the occasion.

I got him a Star Wars t-shirt as a present, as the second anniversary is cotton, and he got me some awesome Studio Ghibli socks and The Adventures of Superhero Girl book, so it was a lovely day all round.

Anyway, here's my card!

Anniversary card

I copied the Yoda picture from here.

Who doesn't love cute Star Wars' characters and bad puns?