Sunday, 30 November 2014

Ewok Hoods - Yup, Plural!

After my confidence building amigurumi adventures, I decided to crochet up a little pattern that has been pinned on Pinterest for quite some time, the Ewok hood (or the Yub Nub Scoodie as the free pattern is called).

I've always had a big of "the fear" when it comes to crocheting a big chain instead of a granny square or circle, but with a bit hook and some nice chunky yarn, it was actually really easy!

Ewok hood

Ewok hood

Ewok hood

Ewok hood

Ewok hood

Ewok hood

Ewok hood

After I had made one for myself, I had a couple of friends ask for ones, and even though I don't usually like making the same thing more than once, I went for it.

Ewok hood

Ewok hood

I used grey wool for this one, and went down to 5.5mm hook, because I thought mine was a little on the baggy side.

Child's Ewok hood

Child's Ewok hood

And finally this one is a kid sized one. I used a little modification I found to the original pattern, which you can find here!

Friday, 28 November 2014

Crochet Parcel Shelf

My car is basically what a car would look like if you let a five year-old girl decorate it. One part of it that was looking quite bar though was the parcel shelf. I mean, I have soft toys on there, but it was still a bit grey.

I had a lot of odds and ends of wool that I wanted to use up, and I decided to just make up a random granny square style pattern.

I did use a cool technique of making two tiny squares and joining them to make the middle rectangle, which was easier as I always forget how to start a granny rectangle.

Parcel shelf cover

Parcel shelf cover

Parcel shelf cover

Parcel shelf cover

Parcel shelf cover

So my car is pretty much as bubblegum as it possibly can be right now, and I used up some extra wool. Double win!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

They're All Dead Dave

It was my Dad's birthday a few days ago, and as it was a big one (his 50th), I decided to make him something cool to pop in with it. When I was little my dad introduced me to the TV show Red Dwarf, and it's something I still love till this day. I really wanted to make him something Red Dwarf related, and after debating over a few pre-exsisting patterns, I decided to make one up myself.

I saw this quote, which is super famous if you're into Red Dwarf, on Pinterest and decided I would make my own version of it! In case you can't read it, it says "Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast."



So here's my version! I'm super happy with how it turned out!

Red Dwarf cross stitch

Red Dwarf cross stitch

Red Dwarf cross stitch

I used my trusty cross stitch text tool to make up the quote, and I also used it for the large H's in the corner. I also used this perler bead pattern for the little fish.

The border was just to add a little decoration to the text. The silver H's are to represent the H on Rimmer's forehead (he's a character who's a hologram, hence the H on his forehead, and it's a version of him from another dimension who says the quote I used (called Ace Rimmer)), and I actually managed to use metallic floss for it without killing anyone. The little fish are just to represent the kippers (even though I know they are goldfish).

I like stitching something sort of cobbled together instead of just from a straight pattern, so this was fun though I did have to re-do that little bottom fish about 5 times to get him in a correct looking position! 

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Bride Christmas Tree Ornament

Every year since I've started crafting, I've made my Mum a Christmas tree ornament for the year. This year is the fourth year I've been doing it, and I decided to try and crochet her an ornament this year as I can actually manage that now. She asked for a bride, to remember the year I got married, so I got to work.

I used a combo of patterns to make my little bride. I used this pattern to make the body and head, these instructions for attaching the hair, and this pattern to make the veil. I then crocheted the veil on to a pipe cleaner which I stuck in her head. Finally I attached a crochet chain to her head, so she can be hung from the tree, and them embroidered 2014 on the bottom so my mum knows which year she was made in. Check her out!

Bride Christmas tree ornament

Bride Christmas tree ornament

Bride Christmas tree ornament

Bride Christmas tree ornament

Bride Christmas tree ornament

Bride Christmas tree ornament

And here are the ornaments I've made ever year if you're interested. My mum is getting quite a collection!

Past four years of ornaments for my mum! #felt #sewing #christmas #crochet #amigurumi

Friday, 21 November 2014

Innocent Big Knit Hats 2014

If you don’t know about Innocent’s Big Knit campaign, you can read all about it here. Basically knitters send in tiny hats, they pop them on their smoothie bottles next year, and 25p from every bottle sold goes to Age UK.

I made three little hats last year, as my knitting wasn't the best, but this year I was feeling more confident. I actually only ended up knitting one hat, as I decided to crochet the rest so I could make more (crocheting was loads faster). So here they are, including all the patterns I used.

 Beginners hat pattern.

Innocent big knit hats

Double crochet hat pattern.

Innocent big knit hats

Crochet beret/tam pattern (I added the pom pom to this).

Innocent big knit hats

Crochet flower on top hat pattern (I replaced the flower with a pom pom).

Innocent big knit hats

Innocent big knit hats

Innocent big knit hats

Innocent big knit hats

Innocent big knit hats

Innocent big knit hats

Innocent big knit hats

Innocent big knit hats

Brimmed hat pattern.

Innocent big knit hats

Innocent big knit hats

Innocent big knit hats

Baseball hat pattern.

Innocent big knit hats

These lovelies have all been posted off in the post now, and I can't wait to see all the other hats when they appear in the shops! If you haven't made any hats yet, there's still time, the deadline isn't till December 12th.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Granny Square a Week 13-24

Whoops, it's been quite a while since I did a granny square update. I've been trying to make all the squares from the Simply Crochet Granny Square a Week app, and so far I've made 24 of them! Phew! Who knew there were so many different types?!

So here are weeks 13 to 24 in all their granny glory (though perhaps not in the same order as the app dished them out!).

Granny Square a Week app granny squares
  1. Granny Violet.
  2. Granny Pat.
  3. Granny Emily.
  4. Granny Betty.
Granny Square a Week app granny squares
  1. Granny Maudie.
  2. Granny Audrey.
  3. Granny Aisla.
  4. Granny Joan.
Granny Square a Week app granny squares
  1. Granny Joyce.
  2. Granny Irene.
  3. Granny Myrtle.
  4. Granny Bessie.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Actual Amigurumi!

I love crochet, and granny squares are sort of my go to crochet make, but I've always wanted to be able to do amigurumi. Well recently I gave it a shot, and low and behold I actually managed it! I can't even cope with the fact I've managed to make little crochet creations. It's just opened up a whole new world of Pinterest pins to me!

So my very first amigurumi make is the amazingly cute Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy. You can get the free pattern from him from the lovely Twinkie Chan's blog. He's super easy to make (from someone who literally hadn't made any amigurumi before), so I would suggest giving him ago!

Groot amigurumi

Groot amigurumi

Groot amigurumi

Groot amigurumi

Groot amigurumi

Groot amigurumi

I mean look how cute he is! He even has pipe cleaners in his arms so you can re-position him. I am in love.

My second shot was this cute little dumpling and soy sauce couple I've had pinned for ages. You can get the free pattern for them here. Love a free pattern.

Crochet dumpling and soya sauce

Crochet dumpling and soya sauce

Crochet dumpling and soya sauce

Crochet dumpling and soya sauce

Crochet dumpling and soya sauce

Crochet dumpling and soya sauce

I am really happy with how these turned out too, though I feel I could have done the soy sauce bottle's lid a little better, and instead of a lip, there's a line of brown stitches which should be hidden. I also decided not to stitch soy on the bottle, as I liked him better plain. They fit in very nicely with my lovely knitted milk carton!

So basically, amigurumi isn't as hard as you think it is, and it introduced me to how important using a stitch marker is! Give it a go if you've been thinking about it, it's super fun!