Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Cuddly blanket

I've finished my baby blanket for the Cwtch of comfort project that my wonderful sister Liz is collecting squares and blankets for.

My blanket is made using the lovely 'Circle of friends' square designed by Patrica Hewitt and because of the bobbles it is lovely and cuddly.

For the boarders I worked even more bobbles to match the squares and I'm so pleased with them.

My blanket is 4x4 6" squares boarded in white and then joined together with an extra board round the edge to bring the size up to 30".

Sam is here to help you see how large it actually is.

Good luck with collecting squares and making up blankets Liz - I hope you receive lots and have enough time (and wrist strength!) to make plenty of blankets :-)

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Cwtch of comfort

After a couple of weeks of elbow trouble I am back to crocheting like my life depends on it. My sister Liz has started a drive for granny squares to make blankets for the 'Cwtch of comfort' project. The blankets made up will be used in bereavement boxes for the parents of babies/young children who have passed away.

For a parent to lose a child must be impossibly hard and trying to offer comfort at this time is what this project is about. My sister has done a wonderful blog post about it so go and find out more here askthespider.blogspot.co.uk.

Liz is asking for 6" crochet or knitted squares in white/cream or gender nonspecific pastel shades like lilac/mint green. Her deadline for receiving these is the end of May so if you also want to contribute a square or two then best get started!

I'm hoping to finish up my stack of lilac grannys (shown in the photo) and turn them into a completed blanket to send as well as working up some more squares as well. The pattern I've used for my squares is called 'Circle of Friends' designed by Priscilla Hewitt and you can find it here Circle of Friends square.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Simple sewing

Still working though the stack of Mollie Makes mini project kits that I've amassed. This little dachshund stuffed toy was super simple - perfect for a poorly elbow.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Mollie makes crafting

As a start back into crochet I've been digging through the masses of Mollie Makes free projects that have been building up over the last couple of years. I found the kit for this little cherry brooch and I'm so glad I did as I loved making it.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Easter time

Because I'm not supposed to be using my arm yet I've been unable to make anything to celebrate Easter this year. So with Sam's school Easter bonnet parade coming up this week I dusted off the impressively tall marching hat style bonnet I made him last year - restuck the daffodil centres and cut a slit up the back so he could just about jam the whole thing on his head again.

Now I love this hat - I had great fun making it last year and I was so proud of how it turned out. Sam however does not share my feelings for it - it has to fit very tightly to prevent the whole thing slipping off as it is very weighty, so every time he wears it he complains bitterly of how much it hurts...

Best do something more head friendly next year because if I get this hat out again Sam may well call the Childline on me.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sorting through

Still unable to do any lovely crochet so instead have spent a few hours filtering through and sorting out various piles and boxes.

This collection of oddments is a box of bits that I've been meaning for years to put into my scrapbooks. I used to keep hold of all sorts of things from places I've visited and shows/films I've been to see. It was lovely to sort through all the piles and remember some of the great places I've visited and also some of the funny things my then boyfriend (now husband) wrote for me.

Sam & Emily also were keen to help me sort out my button collection - they spent over half an hour admiring, finding different colours and matching up buttons.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Gathering ideas

While out ice skating last week I managed to fracture my elbow - which has resulted in plenty of free time but only one usable hand. So to ease my craft cravings I've been busy over on Pinterest browsing lots of pretty things and gathering some ideas for my next project.

I'm hoping to do some small patchwork bits with a lovely pack of pretty small print fabrics that were a Christmas gift.

How cute is this hexagon Christmas bauble - would love to make up one of these! Image from a Polish blog here.

Love this mini hexagon pin cushion too - tutorial from weallsew

Also there are some super stunning patchwork purses like this little beauty (image by Brigitte Giblin)

To see more of my patchwork & other crafty pin boards then have a look at my Pinterest boards.