April 28, 2011

Olive Scarf.

Olive scarf complete.  I'm mostly happy with this, being my first crochet project.  I did make quite a few errors to start with, and I was halfway through before I noticed, so just hoping that they blend in with overall effect when I give it to the recipient. 

It's so light and squishy and perfectly soft.  I want to keep it badly, so I'm making another.  This one's off to keep another neck warm.

Thanks Kate (where I originally spotted this lovely scarf) for your encouragement and advice,  it was very helpful and my first go at blocking worked out perfectly.  I recommend this scarf for a beginner, it's easy, repetitive and has been a nice way to start out. I also found this book outstanding and easy to follow. 

Scarf details at Ravelry here.

More creative spaces at Kirsty's of course!

April 27, 2011

Love this vintage...

Set of green coffee cups from Marcia Jane's Creations.   I'm on a green theme at the moment.

I hope you're surviving after a nice long weekend,  I'm already counting the days 'til the next public holiday..

April 21, 2011

Happily hooking

Happily hooking up a storm this week.  I'm getting faster, closer to the finish and enjoying every bit.  I can't seem to stop,  and now I have five whole days of the Easter long weekend to push ahead and hopefully conquer my first real project with the hook.

Enjoy what I hope is your last day of normal before a nice long weekend ahead!

April 20, 2011

Free stuff I love: Eggs 3 ways

Easter is nearly upon us again, I can't believe it.  I'm playing it easy this year with Easter Craft, not much happening.  Last year was a bigger effort, so I'm excusing myself.  If you're up for some Easter making, here are 3 egg tutorials I've come across that I think are pretty cute.

If I had the time, I'd be giving them a go...maybe next year!   

1. Easter Surprise Eggs at Not Martha (have a browse around here too for lots of other ideas)
3. Sparrows Nest and Eggs by the Purl Bee

Have a lovely Wednesday.


April 19, 2011

Hello strangers, it's been a nice relaxing month here and there with the beach, and time off work, and time away from the internet.  Forced time offline can be a wonderful thing.  

As I mentioned a few posts ago, I've taken up the hook, so all my time in the last week has been spent getting the hang of it.  I've invested in some nice new yarns and they're proving to be extremely motivating, just like a gorgeous handful of liberty.  I've also been having a roam around Ravelry and I'm sold.  Well and truly.  I'm loving being able to pull something out while I'm waiting around at appointments or sitting in front of tv at night.  Can't really do that on the machine at the dining table.

I hope you've been well friends.  See you again soon!

(ps.  shop is now open again too)

April 7, 2011

Innocent Crush Quilt

I did it.  I made it to the end of another one, this time so much better than the first.

A nice large lap quilt for the living room, to curl up in during the upcoming cold. 

My own design of a simple split (or disappearing) nine patch.  Made with one Innocent Crush fat quarter bundle and a little extra blue & mauve for fill in and binding. The back is Eggplant and Blue from the Adelaide Collection by Michele Hill (In The Beginning Fabrics).  Organic line quilted with thanks to my inspiration and also this tutorial.

Even though it's a lot brighter with more colour than I would usually feel comfortable with, I do love the result, and I'm feeling very satisfied right now. There will be more quilting around here for sure. 

This quilt is dedicated to the memory of my Nanna who left us in January.  She was a fabulous quilter, loved bright warm colours and made for me (with my Grandad) my very first quilt.

It's off to the wash for extra crinkle once I get some decent sunshine.  Have fun browsing todays creative spaces!

April 6, 2011

Rainy day crafting

A rainy day.

A box of cheap mixed beads and elastic thread.

A delighted little lady.

April 4, 2011

Love this vintage...

1860's quilt from Woolly Mammoth Vintage.  Love this geometric design - the perfect inspiration for the task set before me today (yep, I've been reunited with my walking foot!)

April 1, 2011

I took up the hook

Last night, with nothing to do because of my walking foot incident, I decided to take up the hook and teach myself to crochet.

So I present to you my very first and very wonky Granny Square.  Made with a hook I've now realised is too big and thrifted yarns.

It was nice to finally conquer the humble granny, although I'm still all thumbs and getting frustrated with the fingering.  Tell me those of you who crochet,  should I persist with the "right" technique or should I switch to what's comfortable?