Thursday, 4 September 2014

All that Brightly Blooms Rug has returned home to the UK

Made for Homespun Magazine August issue Page 80.
It's home again, over 21,000 miles
I had a few flowers so i've played around with more formal arragements for those hookers who want some variations

all corners
2 corners
or even on the outer edge.
Have fun...made mostly with Stylecraft Life and mixed with a 4ply
Happy Hooking x

Monday, 1 September 2014

Bobble stitch Hexagon throw...another often requested pattern for you all...

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Bobble Hexagon Pattern so often requested from 2011.

Please link back to me and my patttern if you use it, thanks
For those that don't know me l'm for the UK but work in USA Terms..they make more sense to me
worked in two strands of DK on a 6mm hook.
But it could be made in one strand and 4 mm hook, but would obviously be smaller and take longer to make and less chunky too.
Bobble Hexagon Pattern
Magic circle to start or 3 chain slip stitch to make circle if you prefer
Round 1: 12 DC into circle (ch2 as first DC) sl st to complete round
Round 2: 24 DC two in each stitch below (ch2 as first DC) sl st to complete round
Round 3: 36 DC done 2,1,2,1 alternately, sl st to complete round
Round 4: WORKED BLIND...from the back of the work so the bobbles are on the front
SC in first stitch doesn't matter which stitch you start in
Then do two trebles as a cluster in the next stitch and a sc in the next stitch....repeat the bobble and sc alternately until you complete the round with 18 bobbles sl st to complete the round
Round 5: Back to the front of the piece again for this round
3 DC (first DC is 3 chain) in one of the sc below this will be the first corner
then do SC in the next 5 stitches then repeat until you have 6 sides complete sl to finish the Hexagon
I then joined as l went using SC

An old post but still interesting I think?

MORNING..this is a post from 2010 I think...

 l picked up my Mum's very old 'Encyclopaedia of Needlework' the other day and looked at the crochet section...such a treasured book l think Mum said she had it as a 21st Birthday present..
hugs miss ya lots xx
Anyway back to the 'USE ONE STITCH'....
Using SC that's the American version.....hook though the st pull yarn though and then hook again and make the sc st.....
lots of variations to try and different stitches too but for now l thought l'd share this with you.....

First square is SC done as you would normally through the whole stitch
 pictures 2&3 are worked from the back so you are bit blind doing it.
But hooked ONLY into the back half of the a lovely knobbly texture
perfect for the centre of flowers or just a lovely chunky texture to a cushion or blanket even!

This next picture is still SC again done into the back half of the stitch only but done from left to right  oops thanks for pointing that one out CRAFTY PAM......right to left it should have read hehehe....only so it has a back and a front....both of which are lovely looking stitches
the top one being the closes to the normal st.
the bottom photo gives more of a slanting stripe almost like an embroidery st.
2ND OPTION..... if you work it continuously but still into the back of the st. only
you get a ribbed almost pleated look to the piece....fascinating really chunky ribbed sort of feel and look...
making every other row dominate and the other rows half hidden....

isn't it great and all from just the simplest of the crochet stitches?
Hope you do too?
Still more options with SC st but l might try 

Took 11 packs back and swapped them for same colours in the second yarn l ordered hehehe 

The 7packs l had to wait a couple of days for were so much softer and well worth the extra few pence
So l was allowed to change any packs l hadn't opened for the softer better quality yarn...wasn't that good......thanks Steve...l'll be back!

 Anyone wants any just let me know the colours are fabulous and it really is very soft and great quality and makes up beautifully
Buying in bulk it comes out @ £1.50 per 100grm ball plus P&P

Pity they don't do an Orange though..theirs is too bright even for me!! hehehe

First appointment with the plastic good far too expensive so more research needed
wood has been suggested but that would go moldy and warp mixed with steam oR water so it has got to be plastic if it's going to have any life span!!
watch this space and cross everything for me...pleeeeease.will track another plastics compant down sooner or later that can do the job for a good price
PROMISE hehehe

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Stylecraft Life new patterns Launched...

Fabulous Pictures of the new Life designs just launched....
I want that wood panelling it
3/4 of the way through the new book designs....light at the end of the tunnel.
click for the link
Anyone going to Ally Pally in October?.... 8th to the 12th October in London, if you pop in I'll be there with the Stylecraft Team on their fabulous stand
so say hello.
Happy Hooking all x

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

A quick hello again...

Still no time to blog properly, just a quick hello and thanks for all the support.
Second posting of Book 2 Design went off yesterday so half way with the projects and i'm on target so far.
The Stylecraft designs i did last year are selling well Iam told....all in
 My two favourites are these two patterns below, the teacosy and the pots and mats

I am also in the HOMESPUN MAGAZINE 
 a blanket I made for them earlier this year

The Homespun rug below

I've been using Rooster yarns for a couple of book projects...Almerino super soft and great to crochet with, along with Stylecraft Alpaca, Senses a mohair yarn, and more of the Classique Cotton too...all lovely yarns to crochet with.
Rooster yarns were only in Cheshire, not too far away so I popped in on route to Blackpool Breeze last weekend, and now I have already run out of the 4 balls of a whole pack is winging its way to my door.
Have fun, hugs to all xx

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Necklace from left over sock yarn...

Hi all, a lovely friend who is a fabulous sock maker made me a pair of black and white socks, thanks Sue love them.
 She sent me the left over yarn and as my black and white scarf, I wear with my black trousers and white top was in the wash and I needed something black and white to wear at my neckline.
 So while having a morning cuppa  yesterday, I made a new black and white necklace from the left overs, might add a few tiny seed beads to it at some point.
see what it looks like with beads, but for now i'm wearing it as it for me.
It looks totally different from the knitted socks.
Hugs to all x

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Painting the bedroom Blue...

Bit of redecoration going on in the bedroom...seaside, costal, pale blue, aqua and the
palest sea green.
Used a new costal picture as inspiration.
 New wall quote, to remind me how precious TIME is...
 Dug out all the blue bedlinen I have, all went together quite well, then I feel asleep with a cuppa in my hand...oooops!
Me and everything else was soaked in a delicate shade of brown.
All in the wash, and it's a good job the sun is shining to get it all dry and back on the bed

 and of course there needed to be a touch of cotton crochet too...
A 22 white flower garland in the making to hang on the curtain rail,
Hugs to all xx

Thursday, 17 July 2014

I'm willing but the eyes aren't.....

Please remind me not to leave 21 pattern to write up and translate until the end will you?
Just the last 2 to do now but my head an eyes are struggling for today.
Another half made project to was a long scarf.
But when i tried it on this morning it sort of looked like a waistcoat.jacket front so i might continue on at a later date.
What do you think?
Don't you think it would make a great little waistcoat under a cardy or top coat, or even with sleeves as a jacket?
Made in rows of cross stitch, changing colour for every row and turning every row so the crosses line up easily.
Hope you are all enjoying the sun shine?
 I'm off to have a cuppa, sit in the sun and rest my eyes for an hour I think.
Hugs x

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Remodelled Granny finished...and a bit of felting to share.

Didn't go for the full on lacy effect but a decorative red finish, I'm happy is Mr T, turn your back for 2 seconds and one or other makes a new bed.
Felted Sunflower cuffs and hat
A book reject for you to see....

 So a totally different style asked for.... watch this space.
Almost finished the pattern writing for this week...thank goodness!
hugs to all x

Monday, 14 July 2014

Hi.....still in the land of the living

Hi everyone.......Seems like months since I had time to do a blog post, not just weeks.
So much commissioned design work and almost half the projects finished for Book 2......
Had a couple of melt downs over the last few weeks but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now.
Even managed a day off on Saturday...and guess what I had a tidy up in the bursting at the seems craft room and remodelled a granny blanket, from months, if not a couple of years ago....found it in all the boxes of half made samples.
I just have 3 rounds to do I think, might manage a couple of hours 'me crochet' tonight and finish it....pattern writing by the bucket full at the moment

Just another couple of weeks and I hope things should be getting back to, something like normal again and I will be able to do a few blog posts again.
Missing you all
Hope everyone is OK and well?
Sorry to anyone who's mail hasn't been answered i will get back to you as soon as I can
Hugs to all x

Friday, 30 May 2014

Book Update for anyone following the progress......

Granny Squares 2......colour and shape
Thank you for all the congratulations on the new book, it is well on it's way, after 4 months of planning, deciding and playing with ideas from the last twelve months,
plus quite a few new designs.
In total I submitted about 80 designs and 2 different options of book for GMC to look at back in early February.
They went for the 20 projects again, with may be the second option as book 3!!! wow i am going to be busy.

Not that the cover will be my decision but a fun project to play with.
I promise there will be lots and lots of colour and new shapes,
I'm also hoping to include a few felted designs....I promised Vogue Crochet and Knitting I would try to include a couple of ideas.

The Title is still to be decided but the 20 projects are almost in the bag, they liked the 80 I sent and I was asked to pick my favourite 20 designs.
So now I am just waiting on the final go ahead from the GMC Team.
The Contract is signed and the work begins.......