Crochet and Footy..?!

A friend has been knitting neurons…

OK Vicki, you’re not making sense!!

Last year a group called “Neural Knitworks” made a whole stack of neurons with yarn, 1665 in fact, they then hung them up in an exhibition, which looked amazing!! But why..?

“Neural Knitworks is based on the principle that yarn craft with its mental challenges, social connection, and mindfulness, helps keep our brains healthy and active.

Neural Knitworks events are based on the principle that yarn craft with its mental challenges, social connection, and mindfulness, helps keep our brains and minds sharp, engaged and healthy.
Have fun as you
• design your own woolly neurons, or get inspired by our scientifically-informed knitting, crotchet or knot patterns
• natter with neuroscientists and teach them a few of your crafty tricks
• contribute to a travelling textile brain exhibition
• increase your attention span and test your memory.
Calm your mind and craft your own brain health as you
• forge friendships
• solve creative and mental challenges
• practice mindfulness and relaxation
• teach and learn
• develop eye-hand coordination and fine motor dexterity.”

Sounds pretty good!

So this year, to raise awareness of brain injury in sport, in particular rugby league, my friend is knitting footy neurons!

Today she asked me to join in, and I thought, why not, it’s just a little neuron… turns out they are a bit bigger then the pictures looked, about the size of my hand. But I hunted around and just happen to have the right colours, so here is my #FootyNeuron

Manly Footy Neuron

Manly Footy Neuron

Other’s heard the call as well!

Footy Neurons

Footy Neurons

The First two pictures are wrapped/woven, which is perfect if you don’t knit or crochet or if you just want to try something different.

EDIT:

Manly VS Penrith

Manly VS Penrith

Floating Yarn Neurons

So if you would like to have a look and find out more, please visit the facebook page – Neural Knitworks or the science week site where you can download the free pattern book. Don’t forget to hastag #FootyNeurons to help spread the word.

Made these today

Last year a friend sent me this:

Knit Grape booties

and asked if I could make them. And I said No… I don’t knit, but I could make these:

Crochet Chilli Elf Booties

And she said yes! So I did.

First a practice run:

practise booties in purple

practise booties in purple

Then the real thing:

My Crochet Elf Booties

My Crochet Elf Booties

I think I prefer the purple colour, but not the yarn, and I used this pattern, mostly. The red yarn is 5ply wool crepe, which my Mum had told was really lovely to work with, and as Mum’s tend to be, she was right!

They are super cute, soft and stretchy and if anyone wants a pair please message me or see my Etsy page.

SUMMER COVER UP PART TWO

I was just going to add the pictures of my second cover-up at the end of the previous post but felt it deserved its own post…

 I bought this scarf new, it was in the same shop I buy my crochet cotton and I could choose the cotton with the scarf in hand, so win win really. The butterflies really were just too gorgeous to leave behind anyway!
I’ve gone with the mulitcolour cotton,
which I love but does not
 always look great in stand alone crocheting.
I am really happy with it here as it blended
in with the pattern and gave a softer look.
I made a couple of crochet butterflies, which I had been meaning to do for Lexi so it was good practise.


 I’ve hand sewn it as the material is just a but
too thin for my poor sewing skills.
The bottom picture in the montage on the right is the side seam, I’ve crocheted a row of questionable looking butterflies.
I did try to have Lexi take the photos but all the photos are of my legs or the roof, the camera
was just a bit too heavy for her.
Well I was going to make a couple more but I’m thinking I’ve fixed my desire to make a cover up for the time being and I should really finish some of my other projects…

I want to share one of my inspirations for the cover-ups so if anyone wants to buy one for themselves they can buy one from Fairtale. This is my friend Fiona’s shop and she also frequents to Bondi Markets if you want to try them on.

SUMMER IS COMING!!

I’ve wanted to do a beach cover-up for a while, so here goes..!

I bought the scarf at an Op shop as I always see them and feel they need to be loved again and given a second lease on life! Next time I would find one that was a bit heavier, or courser, but it was very pretty and it did work, it was just a bit harder to work with then necessary. I would recommend spending a bit more on this important piece of your cover up whether it be some fair trade, eco friendly material or a quality vintage scarf, you will be glad you did.

I thought some crochet edging would go really well with it and so I made some… just between you and me, it might’v e been the main reason for this project.

Its a very basic shell pattern as I wanted to be able to whip it up without worrying about learning a new pattern and making mistakes.
It’s also the thickest cotton you can buy as I’ve never used the super thin cotton.
Pretty happy with the result, I think it could’ve been lighter and more delicate to match the material but really it still worked. Don’t stress the small stuff.
So the next day I went about putting it together, I cut a T in the centre of the scarf, and with the help of my 2 year old, hemmed the edges. I then sewed some edging around the shoulders and front with a chain tie on each side… um like this.. I used a small zigzag stitch. It seemed right.
It’s pretty basic but that’s what I was after.
I then put it on to measure the where the sides go where said 2 year announced “Mummy very Pretty!”
Sew then up and ta-da
And for my second attempt…
Butterflies!
Reposted from Thursday, 25 September 2014

CROCHET CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR EVERYONE!!

I want to make a slouchy hat for my brother in law for Christmas – yes all my extended family are getting crocheted goods this year… – and this one seems quite simple, if I’m going to make a beanie for a guy I think it should be simple. I don’t think he needs the diamond brooch

Made on Main: Spin-A-Yarn | Crochet Beanie Tutorial
I’m thinking of making string baskets for others…
A string basket in the making, I’m keeping this one for my yarn!
I’ve just made this up, just crocheted a square and then stopped increasing once it is the desired width. could do round, hexagon or anything really.
I plan on blogging the whole process, so keep an eye out for that.
No tutorial as it’s from Etsy

and maybe some string wine bottle carriers…

I cannot find a pattern like this for free, but I’m sure I can figure something out. I’m sure there’s a wine bottle about to use as a size guide…

Cotton String is great, a bit harder to work with but a great result. It’s cheap and clean.
This cover is a bit simpler, it would be easier to figure out.
Any bag would work really, and I guess cotton would stain easy and not wash well. But it would look good at first 😉  !!
Would you be happy receiving these gifts?
Any other suggestions for modern crochet gifts?