Monday, 31 March 2014

765 - Mother's Day Gifts

Happy Mother's Day from yesterday everyone! This year I decided I wanted to make my Mum something, as well as buying her a little something, so I decided to make a crochet scarf. I saw a lovely granny square pocket scarf on Pinterest, and decided to buy the pattern from Etsy. However, when I got the pattern, it was a little strange, in that it was telling you to join the squares in a continuous join with the orange yarn, but as you can see from looking at the photo of the listing, it's only edged in orange yarn and joined using another method.

Now the pattern seems like it will make a scarf just fine, but it's different from the photo, and I bought it based on the photo, so I was a little annoyed. I ended up sort of making up the pattern myself to make it work. I really thought I could have worked the pattern out for myself anyway, but bought it to get the join right and that was the one bit that wasn't the same! Oh well!

Mother's Day presents

I made 18 granny squares for the scarf to start with, and joined the squares into one long strip using this method, with an edging round of grey, but it make it far too long. So I doubled them up, so it's 9 squares long and twice as thick, and joined it in another round of grey wool. It worked out a lot better because it feels a lot cozier now and the shape holds a lot better because it's not so long as skinny.

I then made two additional squares that were two rounds bigger than the other 18 (to make up for the two rounds of grey I added to the 18) and then joined them to the scarf with a round of light pink, which I also used for an edging for the whole scarf. Finally I added the tassels and boom, done.

Mother's Day presents

Here's my iPod chilling in the pockets to show them off. I really like this scarf. It's definitely one of those projects I really wanted to keep for myself once I was done! But I only wore it to make sure it was the correct length I promise!

Mother's Day presents

I love how it turned out, and the length is perfect for it having pockets.

I also decided to stitch up a little bookmark kit I had from Cross Stitcher, as I know my Mum loves reading as much as I do.

Mother's Day presents

Mother's Day presents

Mother's Day presents

This bookmark kit worked out a lot better than the one I stitched for myself some time ago, which had fabric that was too small and not enough thread.

Hope you all had a lovely day with your Mum's yesterday! 

Saturday, 29 March 2014

764 - Knitting with Giant Needles Book

My Mum surprised me the other day with a lovely new crafty book called Knitting with Giant Needles. Even though it has knitting in the title, it actually has a lot of crochet project mixed in too. 

Crafty books

I love project with chunky yarn and needles. They just look so snuggily and lovely, and they get made up super quickly, which is always a plus.

The project in the book are split into for the home and just for you, as well as a handy section at the back that explains basic knitting and crochet techniques. I've picked out my favourite five projects to give you a sneak peak of the book.

Crafty books
Soft baskets

Crafty books
White crocheted pouffe

Crafty books
Cloud cushions

Crafty books
Zippy purse

Crafty books
Bolero waistcoat

There's so many nice projects in this book and there are loads of them I think I could actually do (which makes a change for yarn based books) so I'm quite excited to give some of them a try!

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Monday, 24 March 2014

762 - Cross Stitch Bookmarks

In a bid to go through my free kits I have piled up over the last little while, I decided to tackle one of my big Enjoy Cross Stitch magazine kits. I went for the wildlife one, which gave you the stuff to make two bookmarks, two little frames and 6 cards, and decided to make the bookmarks first.

Bookmarks

Bookmarks

I then added some little wildlife stickers from the pack to the bottom to brighten them up a bit.

I did get a bit excited when I was making the red flower though and stuck it all in place before realising I hadn't done the backstitch. Whoops! I don't think you can really notice though, it still looks really nice though.

As I have so many bookmark myself, I think I'll put these in with presents I give people or something, so they can go to people who will actually use them.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

761 - Wedding Invites

So all the wedding invites are finally out (well they've been out for a while but I kept forgetting to take photos of my spares) so I can show them off. This and the save the dates are really the only things I can show off on the blog pre-wedding. There's a couple more crafty things I'd like to show off, but it would spoil the surprise for the wedding guests.

So as our wedding theme is woodland, we picked up these foxy invites from Paperchase.

Wedding invites

Me and my Mum both saw them on separate occasions and both thought they were perfect. They are also the same brown as our save the date tags, which was perfect. The back was obviously pre-printed, so my Mum printed out our own words and stuck the over the back of the invites. She also stamped the tops to make the butterflies and then had to freehand cut the curves in the sides! Thanks Mum! 

Wedding invites

We also had to stick the little purple butterflies on, which meant we ended up with a lot of Pritt Stick on our fingers. We also had separate wording for the evening invites, but it was the same design, just different timings.

Wedding invites

Also check out the cute little stickers we got for the back of the envelopes.

Wedding invites

Finally we made a little insert to stick in with the invite to give RSVP and gift details (please excuse the piece of paper covering my Mum's address), which we also stamped along the top to get the daisies.

Wedding invites

Our main colours are green and purple so we tried to using them in the paper we used.

I'm really happy with how they turned out, and we got loads of compliments on them. I'm so happy we managed to get something that wasn't overly expensive but totally fitted in with our theme. Only three weeks left now! Eek!

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Monday, 17 March 2014

759 - Granny Car Cushions

If you've ever seen my car, you will know it basically looks like a car that a five year old girl wishes she drove. It's purple, with Hello Kitty seat covers and covered in soft toys. A frequent question I get, when I do give people a lift, is "how much stuff do you have in your car?". Ermm... a lot. But to be honest, I'm usually just driving myself about in my wee Micra, so the backseats are a tad...decorated.

I've had two purple cushions in the backseat of my car pretty much since I got it. They've sat in my bedroom for years (I think I got them for Christmas when I was about 13), and said something like "gorgeous" and "sexy" across the front. As they were purple, they went with my car, but to be honest I wasn't so keen on them.

The idea hit me a couple of weeks ago to crochet them a lovely granny cover. I have lots of little wool packs which I've gotten free, mainly from Let's Get Crafting, but also from Let's Knit and the likes. I kept one pack aside to try and make a pair of cute socks with (eek! I know!), but decided to try and use up the rest of the cute little balls of wool in an aim to help de-stash my collection. I also used some tiny odds and ends I have left over from the chunky granny cushions I made at Christmas. Granny projects are just so good for getting rid of those little bits that really have no other use!

As the cushions are rectangles, I had to make granny rectangles, which I have done before when I made my granny stool cover. I used this tutorial and to be honest, if you can do a granny square, you'll be fine. The only different bit is the first round, after that it's just corners and straights. The photos show both sides of each cushion. As I was using so many randoms balls of wool, all the sides are different.

Granny cushions

Granny cushions

Granny cushions

Granny cushions

I made four rectangles in total, for two cushion covers, and just kept going with rounds till they looked big enough for the cushions. Then I joined them with the last round of bright orange.

Here they are rocking out in their new home!

Granny cushions

I loved this project for so many reasons. 1) My wool stash has gone down so much! I used all the colours I had apart from white and red (as there was LOADS of those) but all the odds and ends I have can be used up, and add more colour to, my giant granny blanket I've been making. 2) I re-purposed some cushions I wasn't uber keen on anymore. 3) My car looks even cuter now! Love them so much.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

758 - What's In My Knitting Bag

I love crafty supplies. They are half the fun of crafting if I'm honest. The set of crafty supplies I love the most is my knitting supplies. My knitting bag is just choc full of lovely things and I get very excited every time I sit down to knit or crochet and get to use all my beauties. Now I have a lot of things in my knitting bag, if you don't like looking at photos of knitting supplies, this maybe isn't the post for you!

What's in my knitting bag

This is my lovely cherry print knitting bag. I had it for ages and used to keep loads of my hair supplies in it, but after I got into knitting, I remembered I had it, and moved it over to it's true purpose.

What's in my knitting bag

See what I mean? Heaving!

What's in my knitting bag

I have two knitting dolls (neither of which I can actually work) in my knitting bag, one which I bought myself and one which I got for a pressie. Also these lovely heart topped pins which I got from eBay, but I believe came free in Cross Stitcher.

What's in my knitting bag

My two knitting bags. I usually use the little one to keep little bits and pieces, like granny squares together. The Game of Thrones bag currently has my giant granny blanket progress in it.

What's in my knitting bag

This is my big knitting needles pouch, for everything that's basically too big to fit in other places. Chunky knitting needles, double pointed needles, a huge stitch holder and my needle size gauge.

What's in my knitting bag

Big circular knitting needles and more regular size of circular knitting needles that I bought when I first started knitting, before I knew what they even did. Alongside my little red wool bag, I also have some address labels for labelling balls of wool so I know which type they are, a pen, highlighter and notepad.

What's in my knitting bag

These are also my pom pom makers I just got. I popped them in this cute teddy bear print bag I've had for a while to keep them safe.

What's in my knitting bag

These are all my loose crochet hooks. All the plastic ones on the left are from one set, which go from tiny to the huge amber one in the middle. All the ones on the right are ones I've gotten free in kits and such. They are the same size as ones I have already, but I don't like getting rid of crafty supplies I might use on day.

What's in my knitting bag

My lovely circular needle set I got a little while ago.

What's in my knitting bag

Stitch counters and safety pins.

What's in my knitting bag

I got this cute little tin free in one of my many cross stitching magazines and it has a magnetic lid which is great for keeping my yarn needles safe. I also keep my tape measure, small stitch counter and needle point protectors in.

What's in my knitting bag

Knitting needle roll, for my more normal sized knitting needles, and my main crochet hook set.

What's in my knitting bag

I got this little bag in Company magazine and use it for the rest of the random stuff I have. This includes my owl stitch counter, small stitch holders, scissors, sheep shaped double pointed needle point protectors, pom pom makers, pin cushion, post-it notes and cable needles.

What's in my knitting bag

And finally, in the front pocket of my knitting bag, I keep all my swatches and any tester pieces I've made, just to remind me how far I've come when it comes to learning knitting and crochet. They are honestly crafts I never thought I would be able to do, so I'm really happy that I can manage even the basic things I do!