Crochet Christmas Stars

How many can I make..? Crochet Christmas Stars

I have been buying cotton for a couple of years now – I hear you cough *yarn obsession* – without really making anything worth telling you about and this year I had a grand plan of making Christmas decoration, which I have actually followed through on, almost to the point of another crochet obsession…

Christmas stars! Many Crochet Christmas stars!

I found the pattern through Penny Peberdy’s blog Tea at Weasel’s which she has now moved to Violet White. Her free pattern can be found on Ravelry.

I found them a bit daunting, having not worked with cotton much and not being great at pattern reading. But I finally had a go and was really happy with the results and how easy it was.

Gorgeous Crochet Cotton Christmas Stars

I then of course had to wait until the next day to buy some ribbon but I did get to use up some of my many button from my collection!

Many Crochet Christmas Stars

Many Crochet Christmas Stars

I have been thinking of gifting them someone along with Christmas cards or presents. So far I have made nine and I’m about to run off and make some more…

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Squares

What have I been up to…

yes I have been a bit absent, it’s been busy, as life tends to be.

I went to a wedding and a funeral in the one week, a surreal experience going through the happiest and saddest of emotions in such a short space of time.

But I also managed a bit of crochet therapy.

Firstly I have been making these super cute baby beanies!

Baby Gumnut Beanies

Baby Gumnut Beanies

The idea originally was to make one for my soon to be niece or nephew but the pattern (which can be found here) is for preemie babies and does not increase well to a newborn size, so there was a lot of experimenting.

This is how i did the pattern (Aussie/UK terms):

Using 8ply and a 6mm hook, I started with the stem – in the above pattern this is made separately and joined later.

Magic circle, 2 chains, 5 DC into the magic circle. join

rows 2-5: 1 chain, DC around and join (5)

row 6: 1 chain, 4 DC into first 4 stitichs, 2 DC into next stitch, join (6)

row 7: 1 chain, 2DC into each stitch, join (12)

row 8: 2 chain, 2 Treble into each stitch, join (24)

row 9: 2 chain, *2 treble, 1 treble* repeat around and join (36)

row 10: 1 chain, *2DC, 1DC into next 8* repeat around and join (40)

row 11: 2 chain, puff stitch into every second stitch – please youtube or google this

row 12-18: 2 chain, puff stitch into each space around and join.

row 19-20: 1 chain, DC around and join.

Tie off – I prefer to leave all ends long and use a darning needle to weave the ends in.

Up cycled Stripe Jumper to Vest

Up cycled Stripe Jumper to Vest

I also made this…

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This was a lovely jumper that had a couple of tears starting in the seams

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I cut off the sleeves as that is where the worse rips were

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and I took in the side seams, partly to help with the seam integrity and partly because it always was a bit of a floppy jumper

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a bit of hemming on the arm holes too

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very happy with the result and wore it to work a couple of times.

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It’s lovely quality, cotton and a little bit of glitter through the edges

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Square Swapping!!

Square Swapping!!

I also joined a crochet block swapping group!

I had been turned off by another I joined before I even started thanks to all the negative comments with people stating they had send heaps and only received a few back. No I don’t have time to make and send heaps and this group had nothing to control who sent to who for an even swap.

so I joined a once a month swap where you do not even need to participate each month and you are designated a partner. You can also suggest colour choices.

I chose blue, orange, silver and purple for my girl and was very happy with my squares!!

I made a pink and purple and a rainbow square for my partners and have eagerly joined up for a third! I also made one square myself so the resulting blanket has one square from Mummy (bottom right)

I’m worried my crocheting days are number.. well until next winter. today we had a 29C day, not bad for the 2nd week of spring! but I will soldier along! In fact I have purchased some cotton yarn from Bendigo Woollen Mills to stretch out my crocheting days for as long as possible!

Happy hooking!

on the huh

and I’m a Yarnaholic

Well we did not travel around this week but  was still on holidays and I did still do lots of hooking, and more yarn shopping…

Sparkly Sequin Yarn

Sparkly Sequin Yarn

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I bought this lovely silver sequin on sale with the idea to make a shawl for a wedding but it was a bit thicker then I thought and I ended up deciding to make a dress… watch this space, hopefully it will work into something worth writing about!

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On the Huh rainbow Crochet Square

On the Huh rainbow Crochet Square

Meanwhile I joined a monthly square swap. I had almost joined another one which would’ve meant I had to make a lot more squares and mail off, but this one seems a bit more casual, so after finding out my partners wishes I made this as a tester. I plan on making a final one for her now that I have bought more yarn (note, this is the second yarn purchase mentioned in this post).

The pattern can be found here. I gave the tester to my daughter – after confirming it’s OK with my swap partner – so she could use it as a baby blanket.

The original Granny Square

The original Granny Square

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I then also made a square for me to start of the blanket that will be amde from all the squares. I’m making it for my daughter who always asks for crochet things to be made for her.

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From the Simply Crochet magazine

From the Simply Crochet magazine

Sven Bracelet, as ordered!

Sven Crochet Bracelet, as ordered!

I then made up the bracelet from the front of my Simply Crochet magazine I bought on holidays, and was instantly commissioned to make another…

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Another Magic cirlce

Another Magic cirlce

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And finally…

I made another magic circle!!

Crochet Bear Hat - no pattern, just kinda made it up!

Crochet Bear Hat – no pattern, just kinda made it up!

Oops, I mean I made this soo cute bear hat for a cute bubba born only a few days ago!

The yarn was already in my yarn stash so no purchase needed 😉

Sparkly!

Sparkly!

And just for good measure I bought this, with no plan… I will make something for my daughter from it for next winter.

Sparkly!

I’ve learnt I’m not alone in my yarn addiction, in fact I’ve joined a group who seem to be great in enabling each other in their yarn purchases…

Does anyone else out there suffer from this addiction??

Fox hat

I Made This Today – Crochet Toddler Fox Beanie!

I Love one day crochet projects!! Not only is there faster satisfaction, it’s more likely to be finished rather then fall into the WIP list… Also great for last minute gifting..!!

I’d been think of this one for a while, and then when my sister posted a pic of her little one in his Mum’s beanie cos he’d grown out of his… There is a story behind the fox theme for my sisters family, but thats another story.

When I saw this perfect coloured soft burn orange yarn my mind was made up. I then found this pattern which was perfect and well written. Repeat Crafter Me – Fox Hat

Orange Magic Circle for Fox Hat

I’m a little obsessed with photographing my magic circles right now

There was a break for dinner..

There was a break for dinner..

And Finally Finished after small person bed time

And Finally Finished after small person bed time

And I just couldn’t help starting the next one…

Can you guess what this magic circle will be?

Can you guess what this magic circle will be?

Well it won’t be finished tonight, so I will continue on and hopefully it won’t end up on the WIP list xx

The Linky Ladies Party

Crochet Blogs – Aussie Style

So I’ve been looking through some Aussie Crochet blogs for a bit more local influence. Makes sense really; seasonally, terminology  and shopping wise, not to mention supporting my local crafty blogging community. And I thought I would share.

  1. Suburban Jubilee – I feel like I just been on a journey with Jubilee, there is more than crochet and I loved the balance. Lots of yarn and project as well as glimpses of the Grandkids.  Yarn and pretty stuff!
  2. Crochet kitten – A good blog – for blogspot – great pictures and original free patterns.
  3. thedovenest – Lots of craft on this page, great pictures and her approach to crochet really suits my style, intuitive with many project on the go at once…
  4. littlewoollie – A feast for a crocheters eyes, great pictures and colours. Once again, a lot of things on the go and the large number of pics really appeals to me.  Great colour crochet!!
  5. The royal sisters – I love the Aussie content and the support of the Aussie wool industry.
  6. Katies kitchen blog – I wouldn’t call this a crochet blog, but she is very good at Granny squares and the crochet and quilting are nice eye candy
  7. howtocrochetaheart.blogspot.com.au/ – A very good learn to site. Original patterns and great pictures.  Call out for pattern testing
  8. Crafts Mum Ship – Lots of great crafts and pictures. Mummy stuff too.
  9. Future girl – Free patterns for crochet and knitting
  10. gege crochet – Original patterns for crochet and felting

So that would be my first ever “10 best … ” list. it’s as much a reference for myself as you. I’m going to keep building on it, feel free to add more into the comments and I will most likely do a part 2.

meanwhile, here is a sneak peak at my current project…

I love this yarn!

Enjoy!

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.

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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.