Tag Archive | crochet

Advent Day Eleven

I can’t remember the last time I wrote the word eleven. Ok, that is a bit of a random thought, but my brain can work in strange ways! I can’t be the only one out there who prefers using digits, e.g. 11, to writing a word, can I?

Anyway, back to business. I opened this tonight:

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Jasmine must know by now that I carry a lot of stuff round in my head.A diary will help keep me in order. Thank you! 

I am trying to get Justine  to get to try a new craft.  Will she get hooked on crochet?

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99…100… Giveaway!

I promised a giveaway when I reached 100 followers, and now I’m there! As this is a blog about my makes, I’m giving away things you can use to make something.

You all know I’m a button fan, so how about these:

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12 wooden painted flower buttons

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20 cute bear head buttons
And

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2 of both heart and star shaped plastic buttons in yellow, pink, purple and blue.

I also like beads.

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A string of coloured beads

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Wooden painted beads (two different colours and sizes)

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Four polymer flower beads

What about ribbon?

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You could have 1m of each of the ribbons above.

For those of you who like direction in what you make, how about these?

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A Fizzy Moon Christmas card kit (complete with chart of course!).

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The Art of Crochet Issue One

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Complete with the dvd, crochet hook and some wool.

Apologies for the dark photos – I’m only home when it is dark at the moment!

So how do you win all of this?

This is a giveaway to celebrate my followers, so this is open to followers only (although I won’t say no to new followers). There are four ways you can enter (feel free to do all four!).

1. Comment below with what you would make from the goodies.

2. Write a blogpost about this giveaway and pingback (or reblog).

3. Tweet about it, including @mrsmmakes AND write a comment here to tell me you have done so

4. Like Mrs M Makes on Facebook and write a comment here to tell me you have done so (existing likers feel free to leave a comment saying you already like me!).

You have 10 days to enter this giveaway. It closes at midnight (GMT) on November 16th.

Good Luck!

Road trip crafting

We spent almost eight hours on the road yesterday (it was only supposed to be five!) to get to the house of one of our good friends. Bank holiday traffic is never fun!

I kept myself busy as we progressed north:

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The photo above was on the M1, and the photo below was hours later on the A1(M).

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It may look as though I didn’t make much progress, but each round is 85cm, so it takes a while! I figured this would be my only crafting opportunity this weekend, as I’m with two boys (sorry, men).

Do you craft whilst on the move? What do you make? The last time we travelled a long way from home within the UK I cross-stitched a card.

So long, farewell…

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye!

Can you tell the school production was The Sound of Music this year?

I’m going to say farewell for four weeks as Mr M and I are off to Southeast Asia tomorrow. We saw Bangkok and parts of Vietnam last year on our honeymoon and want to see more. We’ll be in Siem Reap on our actual wedding anniversary.

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This crochet is going in my hand luggage. I have seven flights (excluding connections!) so wanted something to do on the planes. I’ve bought a bamboo hook especially! This is what I achieved after two nights behind the scenes at the production last week.

In the words of Rolf Harris “Can you guess what it is yet?”

Art of Crochet – A Charity Shop Find

I found issue 1 of Art of Crochet for sale for 99p in Oxfam yesterday.

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I have learnt a little crochet, but have never followed a pattern.
Along with the wool, there was a getting started bit which went through the basic stitches:

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They introduce treble and linking chains in the main magazine.

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The idea of the magazine seemed to be that every issue you learn how to make a new square and eventually build up a throw once you’ve bought the whole series. After a quick google I found they are now up to issue 129! I’d never commit to something like that, but I do like the relatively easy projects inside:

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I might add some of these to my to do list. I really should try to follow a pattern. Even if I don’t actually make the projects, 99p just for the wool isn’t bad!

Crochet Flowers!

I learnt some of the basic stitches of crochet (chain, treble and slip) whilst doing my crochet squares, but you can do so much more. When I saw Make and Do were doing a workshop on crochet flowers I jumped at the chance to join them.

Crochet flowers start differently to squares, by making a loop, which was a bit fiddly, but once I had that I was away! Each layer of petals starts off with a ring foundation and you do the petals onto the ring with just a double (a new stitch to me), a chain, trebles, a chain, then a double again. I suffered from poor counting and had to restart my first layer of petals after finding I’d only done seven spokes instead of eight oops! Later on, after I’d thinking I’d finished my first layer, I realised I’d gone into the wrong bit of the flower and had to pull it back.Unlike last time I wasn’t completely clueless – I just couldn’t count and made a few silly mistakes. I now have the confidence to pull back work and start bits again, but it is hard if you’re starting out. Unfortunately one girl completely gave up and left and another just decided to do a rectangular piece (i can’t do that!).

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Once the first layer of petals was done you have to join the next one. This involves turning your work over and working on the wrong side and forming new base loop type bit for your next petals to go from. This only involved chain stitch and trebles round the prongs and was required serious thinking at first, but I soon had that done. I also changed colour as this was the perfect time. Then it was back to the right side for your petals, which were one treble wider this time. Just as the workshop was ending I finished that layer and cut off the wool.

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Ta Da! Then I realised I’d skipped a petal on the outer layer. I took some wool and decided I’d need to go backwards. I actually pulled it back (I had to go halfway round) on the second of my two bus journeys and also redid half on the bus too! As soon as I got home I finished the layer again. It would have been much easier if I’d counted properly to start with. As I had snipped the wool I had to join a new bit in and that didn’t look amazing. Oh well, this is my first attempt!

Sensibly at this point (11:30 on a school night with my usual 6am get up) I should have gone to bed, but crochet is addictive! I started another layer of petals with the purple wool I had for the bag. I did a couple of petals then forced myself to go to bed. I put my crochet in my work bag, thinking I’d finish it at lunch.

As I’m still waiting for the DVLA to give me permission to drive, my commute currently involves some walking, a bus journey and a train trip. I decided to do some crochet on my bus trip in – after all I’d managed it on my way home! It got a bit tight when someone sat next to me, but I got a few petals done. It was also nice that a lady I see every morning on the bus spoke to me as I was doing it – we’ve never spoken before! I then finished off the layer on the train (just!) but had to wait until I got to work to cut the end of the wool. I then couldn’t do any more as I didn’t have a darning needle.

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It didn’t take me long to actually finish it at home. I just darned the ends in, added a button on the front and turned it into a brooch by adding a brooch finding.

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Being my first attempt at these it’s not perfect. The tension is a bit too tight in places, but as they can be used as brooches, on hats, bags etc I think I’ll probably make more!

Crochet Hook Roll

One of the shops near me had crochet hooks in large and small sizes on sale for only 50p each, so I treated myself to some. After all, I have learnt a little bit of crochet now! I have also won seven plastic ones of a reasonable range of sizes on ebay. So with all these needles I need something to store them in…

I’ve seen many different crochet cases on the web and read a few tutorials. I took inspiration from different cases and formulated a plan in my head. I had lots of purple felt left from overbuying last year so I thought I’d use that as my lining fabric and so hunted for fabric to go with that. My thoughts when buying fabric was that I’d make the slots for the crochet hooks out of the felt, then iron on interface the cover fabric, then sew round the edge to join them together. That is not what I ended up doing at all!

I treated myself to a sewing machine in the January sales. I’ve hardly used it and am not confident sewing straight lines, so my fingers were crossed it would work. However this was for me, so imperfections would be more acceptable.

The first thing I did after cutting my fabric was to zigzag round the edges to stop fraying. That seemed to work quite well!

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Then I backed the fabrics (patterned side inwards) and sewed them together along three edges. To help me do straight lines I drew on the back of the fabric with a fabric pencil. Amazingly I virtually kept to these lines!

Then I turned it the right way around and folded the unsown edge together. I then hand sewed that edge. As the picture below shows initially I sewed in a ribbon for closing it, but then realised that it wouldn’t be half way up after folding, so I snipped it out.

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The material then seemed a bit “puffy” as the edges inside were sticking up a bit. I did consider ironing it, but decided to be brave and sew all around! To make life easier I measured it by having the edge of the foot at the edge of the fabric. This then looked quite good for me!
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After finding that my smaller hooks are 12cm long and larger ones 15cm long I folded over the bottom of the fabric by 10cm and sewed that up at each side (not perfect lines here – oops!). I sewed ribbon roughly halfway down to use as a fastener. To stop hooks from falling out I folded over the top and sewed that along the top to keep it folded.

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Then all I needed to do was to sew the lines for each pocket. I started at one end and used the fat crochet hooks to guide me as to where to sew. Then I did the thin ones at the other end, and went back to the other end and worked back towards the thin ones. At this point I got a little bit irritated! I kept having to rethread the needle after a lot of lines and the cotton was running out! On one line the bobbin emptied partway through and I did actually completely run out of thread, so there should ideally be another division. For the last line I sewed the thread was held in my hand rather than on the reel as it was that short!

Anyway, my final product is below. Sewn lines are roughly straight, but they are not always parallel when they are meant to be. Annoyingly the felt did bunch up a bit too. However overall I’m pleased with it and I’m pleased I managed to make something without a set design using my sewing machine and it worked!

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Ok, it’s long, but the idea is it’ll have room for more than just my crochet hooks I have now (inc ebay purchase still on it’s way here) and be a bit future proof.

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The ribbon currently goes round it three times, but this won’t be the case when more hooks are in place.

Do you like the fabric? It was only £3.49pm in Fabric Land. I bought 1/2m and have loads left 🙂