Yarn Bombing

July 15, 2012 § 2 Comments

I recently took part in a community yarn bombing project. At times my local town can feel like a bit of a lost cause, so I jumped at the opportunity to help spruce it up a bit. I’m usually quite a reserved person but I felt like this was a chance to restore some hope into our little community. It was such a positive experience, I had such a good day.

“our” tree – the tree my sister and I worked on

I’d love to hear about other peoples adventures in yarn bombing!

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Busy

July 12, 2012 § 4 Comments

I’ve been busy photographing items to sell on ETSY. I’m starting to wonder if it’s really worth it. Of course it is an advantage being a photographer but it’s definitely not an advantage being a perfectionist. I could spend a whole day just photographing and editing the images for one little item. I’ve just finished listing this beanie and booties set. The booties are loosely based on this pattern.

The Cushion That Became a Blanket

July 11, 2012 § 4 Comments

About a month ago I decided that we needed some new cushions for our lounge room so I set myself the task of making some, but being the flighty person that I am I decided that was way too practical and my little cushion became a big cushion, then a bigger cushion and in the end transformed itself into a baby blanket.

To ETSY or not to ETSY

July 9, 2012 § 9 Comments

I’ve been thinking about this for a while now. I’ve always avoided selling my finished projects for a couple of reasons but mostly because I feel you have to undersell yourself in order to compete and in the end it’s just not worth it.  Once you factor in the costs of materials, the time you spend making it plus the time you spend photographing your product… well it all adds up. So I’ve decided to do a trial, I’ve listed a few things at prices I think do justice to all my hard work and if I get buyers, great, if not, at least I’ve given it a go.

If you’re interested you can see my new ESTY store here.

Samira – Apricot Baby Bonnet – Free pattern

July 6, 2012 § 43 Comments

I made this bonnet for a very good friend of mine who’s little girl was born 2 days ago on the 4th of July. I couldn’t find a pattern that was quite right so I made one up.

NEWBORN:

Hook: 3.5mm

Yarn: DK / 8 ply

6 MONTHS:

Hook: 4.5mm

Yarn: Worsted / 10 ply

ABBREVIATIONS:

ch: chain

st: stitch

sl st: slip stitch

sc: single crochet

dc: double crochet

Beginning puff stitch: ch2. *Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through and bring yarn up to height of rest of stitches* Repeat once more. Yarn over and pull through all loops on hook.

Puff stitch: *Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through and bring yarn up to height of rest of stitches* Repeat twice more. Yarn over and pull through all loops on hook.

Ch 4 and join with a slip stitch to form a ring.

R1: 12 sc in ring. Join with sl st to first sc.

R2: Beginning puff st (see above). ch 2.  *puff st in next sc. ch 2* repeat 10 times. Join with a sl st to 2nd ch at beginning (12 puff sts formed)

R3: ch 1. 1 sc in top of each cluster. 2 sc in each 2 ch space. Join with a sl st to beginning ch.

R4: ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and 2 ch ) dc in same space. *skip next 2 sc. dc, ch2, dc in same sc* repeat all the way around. Join with a sl st in 3rd ch of begging ch.

R5: ch 3. 4 dc in each 2 ch space. Join with a sl st to top of beginning ch.

R6: Ch 3. Dc in each of the next 36 sts. Leave remaining 11 sts. TURN.

R7: ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and 1 ch) dc into same st. *skip next 2 dc. 5 dc in next dc. Skip next 2 dc. 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc in next dc* repeat to end.  TURN

R8: ch 3, 2 dc in 2ch space. *skip next 2 dc. 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc in next dc (middle of shell from previous row). Skip next 2dc. 5 dc in next 2 ch space* repeat until you get to the last 2 ch space. 3 dc in last 2 ch space. TURN

R9: ch 4, dc in same space. *skip next 2 dc. 5 dc in next 2 ch space. Skip next 2 dc. 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc in next dc* repeat to end. TURN.

*If you wish, repeat previous two rows for a deeper bonnet – so that the edge comes further towards the forehead.

R10: ch 3, 2 dc in 2 ch space. *skip 2 dc. Sc in next dc. Skip 2 dc. 5 dc in next 2 ch space* repeat until you get to last 2 ch space. 3 dc in last 2 ch space.  Ch 50 (or desired length) for ties. TURN.

R11: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining chs. sc evenly across bottom of bonnet. Ch 50 when you get to the opposite corner. TURN.

R12: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining chs. Sc in each sc made in R10 across the bottom of the bonnet.

Cast off. Weave in ends.


Newborn size with 2 extra rows:

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