Friday, 30 October 2015

Candy Corn Rat

Well it's Halloween tomorrow and I just love Halloween. I love dressing up, carving pumpkins, and everything horror related. I have a post to go up with my costume and such this year, but last night I decided to craft something that has been on my to-make list for just ages! I even bought the wool for him months ago, but just never got around to making him.

The pattern in question is Candy Corn Rat from Adventure Time by Pops de Milk, which you can get for free! I love Pops de Milk, it's one of my favourite blogs, and I have the supplies to make a few more of her patterns, but I decided on Candy Corn Rat as he fits the season. We don't really get candy corn over here in Scotland, but I watch enough American TV to know it's Halloween related.

Candy corn rat

Candy corn rat

Candy corn rat

Candy corn rat

Candy corn rat

Candy corn rat

Candy corn rat

Look how cute he is! I love his little fat butt! He worked up super fast, in a couple of hours in the evening while the other half was playing GTA V. His legs and ears were a bit fiddly as they are so small, but luckily they were only a couple of rounds each so it wasn't too bad!

I love that I just have the confidence to read a pattern and by like "Yeah, I can totally make that!" now. Crochet used to give me the total fear, but I feel so much happier with it now, and it's great I can make wee cuties like this guy in one sitting.

He can chill with our Halloween decorations for a couple of days, and then probably take up residency in my craft room or on our books shelves with most of my other homemade creations.

Yarn Used:
  • Hayfield Bouns DK.
    • Sunflower.
    • Bright Orange.
  • Stylecraft DK.
    • Cream.
  • Knitting Essentials.
    • Black.
Raverly Project Page.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Studio Ghibli Fabric Frame

Spoonflower treated us a little while ago with another free swatch day, this time with their poly crepe de chine fabric.

I wasn't going to get any fabric this time around, as I really didn't know what I would use it for, but then I saw this amazing Studio Ghibli print fabric.

Studio Ghibli fabric

I mean how cute is it? After I got it through the post, I decided the best thing to do was to frame it. Then it could be on display and I wouldn't have to worry about cutting it or trying to sew with it!

We bought a nice square frame from Ikea (black to go with our living room) and then popped it in.

Studio Ghibli frame

Studio Ghibli frame

I've popped it up on our shelves for the moment, though we can hopefully get it up on the wall at some point. I also think I could do with giving the fabric an iron, but it was giving me the fear going anywhere near it with anything hot/sharp!

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Fish Perler Beads

For a little proof that I've been crafy for a while, my mum recently found these fish perler bead creations that I made for her bathroom years ago when she had a very ocean themed bathroom. My mum's been having a clear-out lately, and because I didn't want to get rid of anything I've crafted, they now love with me!

Fish perler beads

Fish perler beads

As I just made a huge batch of perler beads for the upstairs bathroom, I've popped these on the windowsill of our downstairs bathroom as it was looking a little bare!

Friday, 23 October 2015

Bee Baby Hat

A little while ago a won a cute bee baby hat over on Mochimochi Land's blog. The kit came from the magazine Let's Knit, and I really wanted it because 1) our baby is due super soon and 2) I love bees!

Bee hat

This was my first knit for the baby, as crochet just knocks up so much quicker, but this looked super easy, and I managed to make it up in a couple of evenings.

Bee baby hat

I decided to leave the little antenna off. Even though they looked super cute, I was worried about being able to sew them on tight enough that I would feel safe with them on the baby hat. There was also a bonus pattern for a little bee toy, but again I was worried about my knitting skills translating into safety, so decided not to make that for the time being. Though I still have the pattern, so I could always knock him up at a later date.

That's the last free kit I have to make for the baby. I have a couple of other makes in mind for them, but I think they all need to wait until after the baby is here, and we definitely know what we'll be naming them!

Raverly Project Page.

This project is a step towards completing my New Year's List for 2015. You can check out my progress here.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Iron Man Gloves

I really love making presents for people. I mean I love giving presents in general, but since craft has taken over my life in the past few years, making things is definitely something I love doing.

Donald's birthday was coming up, as well as Christmas crafty planning, so I was on the lookout for something awesome to make for him.

I can across this pattern for Iron Man gloves and knew I had to make them. Donald doesn't tend to buy things for himself like hats and gloves unless he REALLY needs them, so I knew these would make a good present.

However, when I read the pattern for the gloves I wasn't too keen on it. I can't remember exactly why I didn't like it, but reading it through I just wasn't super happy with it, and I like to be really clear on how a pattern goes together before I start it.

I decided to use Twinkie Chan's pattern for Strawberry Fingerless Mitts as I had made these before for my friend Cat, and knew exactly how they went together, and then used the original pattern for the circles on the hands.

I went up to a slightly bigger hook size for this pattern, as Donald has much bigger hands than I'm sure the pattern was intended for and they seemed to fit him pretty well in the end, so I was happy. I used just made half the cuff in one colour, and then switched to the other to complete the cuff.

Iron Man gloves

Iron Man gloves

Iron Man gloves

Iron Man gloves

Here's a lovely photo of Donald modelling them on his birthday.

Iron Man gloves

He really loved them when he got them, and has had a few jealous comments on Facebook, which is always lovely.

Yarn Used:
  • Caron Simply Soft.
    • Lemonade.
    • Autumn Red.
  • Stylecraft Special Aran.
    • Cloud Blue.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Crochet Hat

A few weeks ago I won the Let's Knit Top 5 Makes Competition on Twitter for my Mario baby blanket. It was so exciting winning, and getting a mystery prize through the post.

My awesome @letsknitmag prize arrived and it's some lush chunky Herdy Wool! Those colours are also amazing together. Can't wait to make something with this! Thanks so much 💕

When my prize showed up it was two lovely balls of Herdy Wool, in purple and grey, which I think is a lovely colour combo. I decided I really wanted to make myself a hat out of the colours, and set off looking for the perfect pattern.

It's quite hard to find a bobble hat with stripes in two colours with only 100g of each, so I had a few days of digging around Raverly and Pinterest to find the perfect one. I tried my hand at a couple before giving up because I didn't like them, but I eventually found this one by String Theory Crochet, and thought it looked perfect. Two colours, stripes, nice and slouchy, and a pom pom = awesome.

Crochet hat

Crochet hat

Crochet hat

Crochet hat

Crochet hat

Crochet hat

Please excuse my badly taken model photos! Sunlight is limited these days, so I have to take photos when I can.

This hat was really quick, and I knocked it up in two evenings. I used the biggest pom pom maker I had for the pom pom, and stuffed it to the point of it half bursting open halfway through, as I wanted a really huge but not floppy pom pom. I think I achieved it, it looks so nice!

Yarn Used:
  • Herdy Wool.
    • Purple.
    • Grey.