I’ve got an enormous soft spot for a felting wool made by Adriafil called Crea (although my favourite colour, which I only bought one ball of, is discontinued!) and when in need of a quick crochet hit the other weekend, I made this pot to hold my hooks and bits and bobs. It took half a ball and about an hour and I rather love it. I must make some more.
It’s very simple rounds of double crochet (UK) joined in a circle at the back and then with a single chain stitch at the start of each round to stop it being a spiral (a trick I learned with my MyBoshi hats and wish I had learned earlier). I just adore the way the colours work in this one, it reminds me of a sun soaked wall in a country garden, all lupins and delphiniums and earth and sunlight glare tangled with ivy. It’s work on a 5.5mm hook.
My only mistake was not to make it fit tighter; next time I will make the original circle smaller and more snug. I adore the texture though. It’s sitting around a £1 wire pen pot from The Range, making it a craft for well under £5 and quick too.
Lot of people have said they’ll join in and make daffodils with me ready for Freddie’s birthday on 2nd April; as I feared, ours are already out and will be gone before it comes. Over the last 4 years the sight of Spring emerging at a time which is so inherently sad has lifted my spirits so much; daffodils are always a bittersweet reminder but one that brings some joy. It’s making me sad that as the day that should mean he is 4 comes and go, they will be finished and Spring will almost be passed. I feel so cross with them for that. I know it’s not their fault… but they could have played ball! I’ve made a couple of crafts and I would so love you to join in as I make more. So far I have Daffodil Hama Bead patterns and Daffodil Fimo.
There is a linky below and a badge (which you don’t have to use and it is no follow code but you can if you wish) and I’d love to see what you make. I promise faithfully to visit every blog that joins in
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I’d forgotten how much fun it is to just sit and make things with Hama Beads. I think they are still my favourite crafty stuff; I couldn’t bear to not have a shop full of them!
I’m clearly in need of a bit of therapy; the breast lump thing has knocked me back badly, even though it was okay. Anxiety has skyrockets and couple with April approaching – meh. I need to talk, I think but there is no time and no one to really listen.
Josie and I sat and beaded in the SPring sunshine today, listening to Percy Jackson and thinking our thoughts. Very soothing. The daffs in the garden make me smile, just about and creating patterns from scratch for the first time in years is lots of pleasure.
Even the ‘not very daffodil at all’ one.
Later on we joined everyone who stuck with the gym and made it happen for a great big play session and party. It was fabulous – I’m bubbling with joy to see what we’ve achieved.
Even the ripple is coming on A longer job that I intended.
I’ve booked on another Debbie Abrahams knitting course with my birthday money. Squeak!
Oh, I’ve not had the Hama Beads out in such a long time; a bit of therapy was needed tonight though and they just arrived in my hands, as it were. On with the daffodil theme so they will still be here in April (all the garden ones are out now… Sob) and these are just in time for St David’s Day too.
I’m not sure if I still have a drawing disk I can do patterns with but her are some face on pictures you can copy.
On a large hexagon.
Also on a large hexagon.
On a small star.
Please do feel free to pin them and join me in any daffodil crafts for Freddie’s 4th birthday on 2nd April. The hashtag is #DaffodilBoy. I’ll do a linky at some point.
When Bene was just new born, I accidentally got my children to do St Patrick’s Day crafts a whole month early, thanks to baby brain and befuddlement. They’ve never let me forget it. I think they thought history was repeating itself today when I suggested a similar activity, but on this occasion it was just me being organised and coming up with a craft that was almost topical but slightly ahead for once. I’m a habitual blogger for next year, when it comes to crafts and I really should do better. I had such a pleasant time with my daffodils the other day (first garden one bloomed today… sob).
I’ve blogged a nice easy sweetie jar/candle holder over on SimpleCrafts (don’t faint) but I’m saving this pretty for here – because I just love it.
I spent ages on all those twiddly bits and just for once it came out exactly as it was in my head. I shall have to mount it on something I think and put it somewhere pretty. We deserve some luck I think.
Josie and Maddy sat with me for ages. Josie followed instructions to make a Fimo Leprechaun and I think it is the best thing she has ever made.
and Maddy made a lovely shamrock charm which has a touch of the Celtic to it I think.
Isn’t it gorgeous?
There is a whole list of Springish crafts in the sidebar if you are interested
One of the things I really love is reading about a quirky and unexpected business growing up out of a quirky and unexpected scenario, featuring unexpected people.I read about the MyBoshi Boys in a Simply Crochet magasine a while ago and then the fates collided to bring me near to not only one of the beanie patterns (in a subsequent issue) but some of their yarn in the shape of a 3 for 2 offer at a local shop.
It would have been rude not to. (When you own a craft business, you call this a legitimate purchase of samples to alleviate guilt).
I’m not known for my counting abilities (or my ability to follow patterns for that matter) and I found the magasine pattern a bit difficult to follow to be honest. I wanted to make Bene a hat and did eventually manage it, but only with the help of a friend deciphering it for me.
First go; I did it on a small hook to reduce the size a bit. It’s a bit boxy as you can see when Max models it.
It does fit Bene better.
At which point I decided to buy their pattern book. They also do a bigger one too but I didn’t get that
I decided I like stripy better than blocks of colour.
Amelie got one based on a pack of Refreshers.
It’s rather fab.
I love the yarn and I’m hoping I can start stocking it on the all new shop launching soon. I’m off to visit them at a trade show next week. It’s lovely and bouncy and vibrant and nice to work with. Only thing is, I’m itching to make something else with it now and it feels slightly wrong to use yarn designed for beanies for anything else. Not that I have issues.
An indulgence that I should probably give up but don’t want to is a subscription to Simply Crochet. This month I have achieved making two things from it, which is little short of miraculous. I may be more productive without so many blankets to make.
My sister asked me what a mandala is; I said it is a new word for doily, so we don’t feel like we are turning into our Nana
I used the pattern done for the magazine from this fab blogger crafter. I changed the colours as the ones in the magazine were quite wintery and seem to have created a peacock. I’m very pleased with it anyway and it is now sitting underneath my bonsai tree.
Amelie had a bad spell of asthma this week and had to have a couple of days off school. She was really too breathless to do much beyond sitting on the sofa and was quite down too for various reasons so I thought I would try and inspire her with my own therapy methods and reminded her about crochet. Armed with some cheap and cheerful chunky wool and a hook, she set about making a rather fabulous scarf.
Loads of triples in lines, set in groups of 3 like a granny square. She worked away at this one all day and put the fringe on herself by bedtime.
Very pleased with herself. And a much better use of time than lolling on the sofa watching TV all day. Actually, quite possibly a better use of time than being at school all day
She was not a lot better by the next morning and Max kept her home again while I went off to the Spring Fair. This time she decided to do a loop scarf, worked it all out herself and had another gorgeous piece of work made by the time I got home.
She’s taking commissions
I’m not totally sure about Valentine’s Day, if I’m really honest; Max and I don’t do it and none of the girls seem particularly bothered either so I was slightly surprised by the verve with which the girls set about our first Bostik Craft Pack. Perhaps I’ve just not noticed their longing to produced handcrafted love tokens all these years!
Just for fun, we added some of our own favourite crafting materials into the mix We had sparkly red felt, so added some plain and Maddy used a Hama Bead Bear Board to cut out a shape which she blanket stitched the edge of and added some card and sparkly embellishments to. Josie got into the sheets of foam in a big way (I love fun foam, I really do!) even though Maddy had also snaffled the big sparkly heart foam. Josie used some cookie cutters we bought the other week to make the shapes.
(I can’t resist adding this picture, as it is very pretty but she used the heart versions ) Both of them added stamping with little alphabet stamps to their cards; I never find stamping easy but it is a great way to practise being neat and they did a far better job than I do!
My contribution was some suitably themed embellishments I made from Fimo a while back but never used. Sticking them quickly to folded card made for a pretty but plain look; I wish I had added some watercolour wash underneath them now. However, the main point was to try out the Bostik All Purpose Glue and Bostik Glue Dots, both of which did really well.
Crafting is sadly lower on my list of things we achieve than I’d like at the moment and I seem to be doing a lot of it virtually. I’ve got a small Valentine pinboard though which you might like.
I’m loving the heart bookmarks Mum in the Madhouse has made as part of this project which comes to you courtesy of the Tots100 & Bostik
Disclosure: some elements of this craft activity were sent to us free.
What do you give the person who has everything? Or in my case, what on earth do I give my mum, who travels a lot, has a lovely home, a brilliant brain and probably almost everything in terms of gifts and things that can be given.
The answer is not stuff at all. In common with a gazillion crafters, I can only hope that time, thought and effort count
The idea was sparked by a rather lovely pattern idea for Rowan Renew yarn that I saw in the book that originally sparked my crochet blanket making. It consists of crocheting 3 long chains in 3 colours (mine were 3.5m long ish and made a mat of about 6 inches across) and then plaiting them together to form a long, thick rope.
Once that is made, you have to start coiling and stitch it together.
Time consuming and fiddly but well worth the effort.
The mug hug was an on the hoof, ‘try and make it myself’ design. It worked, by and large. From memory it was a chain to fit the bottom, slipped stitched together, followed by 2 rounds of doubles. Then there was a colour change to red and 2 (?) rounds of trebles but stopping and going back in the other direction rather than joining in a circle to allow for the handle. A colour change and a green row of trebles and a then a colour change to yellow and a double row of trebles. Finally a colour change to green and a single row of doubles that joined back up at the top. It fits snuggly over the handle and is eased off for washing. I fixed a button on to the space under the handle on one side (using a yarn end from a colour change that was still attached) and it uses the gap between two trebles as a button hole. This allows it to fit more tightly while on the mug and stops it from dropping or slipping too much as you hold it.
The fun of the hamper though was going out and finding nice biscuits, the plate and mug (perfect match, thank you Tesco!) and the hot chocolate, plant etc. I hope she liked it, I think she did. Maybe next year I’ll manage homemade biscuits too