Friday, 15 November 2013
Just a very quick, and belated, catch up. I have been working hard, behind the scenes, on new and old patterns and my plan is to renew, and rebrand, this blog shortly with the aim that I will blog weekly (snort!) and seriously follow my dream to turn my hobby into a business.
I didn't mean to be absent for quite this long, and I must thank all of you who have sent me concerned messages of support. I'm afraid that my beloved Dad died recently; it happened very suddenly and came completely out of the blue. Because of this my rebranding plans have been set back a bit longer, but in this sad time I do have some exciting news to share - I have finally had a pattern published in a magazine!
I was asked ages ago to design an 'experienced make' granny square inspired by a flamingo. Yes.. you read correctly... a FLAMINGO! The pattern was to accompany the free gift given away on the cover. I must admit to not overflowing with flamingo inspired ideas at first, but after studying masses of flamingo images you would be amazed (and possibly appalled!) at the ideas that popped into my head. The inspiration that shone through for me came from the way the flamingos curl their heads around their bodies to sleep and I knew the square needed to be based around a spiral, along with a round of shells to suggest some plumage. I'm very pleased with it, and while it works as a square, I particularly like to not work the final row and instead of a granny square you have a fun flamingo inspired coaster - as in the picture above.
If you would like the pattern it is in issue 8 of Crafty Magazine (the current issue) and it comes along with the gorgeous cotton pink and grey yarn my sample was made from and a crochet hook. Along with my pattern another 2 designers have also designed flamingo inspired squares, one is a beginner square and the other is an intermediate make. Also the magazine is full of lots of other lovely makes and inspiration!
Another light in my life recently has been an addition to my family...
Sophie came home with me after a recent visit to an animal rescue shelter and she has been acquainting herself with most of my stash ever since! I'll introduce her properly another time.
In the meantime, happy crafting!
Sunday, 21 April 2013
Forgive the title but I'm channelling Elvis this morning; can't get burning love out of my head!
Just dropped by because Sunday is the day that I often hunker (see!! he's still there...) after something crafty that's easy, and simple, but most of all quick, and while it hasn't been the sunniest start to the day here in South West Scotland I thought I'd quickly put together a tutorial for a coaster should you also fancy a quick fix.
I came up with this pattern a while ago when looking for a simple square crocheted coaster, nothing too fancy, or floral, or pretty, but with great texture.
Simple Place Mat
I've made these with my trusty craft cotton and a 4.5 mm hook. Instructions below use US crochet terminology and uses standard crochet abbreviations.
1. Chain 4, and join into a circle.
2. Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 2 dc into ring, ch 2, *3 dc, ch 2; repeat from * 2 times more. Join into the top of ch 3 with a sl st.
3. Sl st into the next ch 2 space.
4. Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc into same ch space. Ch 1. *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next space, ch 1; repeat from * 2 times more. Join into top of ch 3 with a sl st.
5. Ch 1, sc 1 in same stitch. Ch 1, miss a stitch, sc 1, ch 1. This will bring you to the corner space. Work sc 1, ch 2, sc 1, ch 1 into corner.
6. *Sc 1 in dc, ch 1, miss next dc, sc 1 in next dc, ch 1, miss ch 1 space; repeat from * as you continue around each side, working (sc 1, ch 2, sc 1, ch 1) into corner spaces. (you are basically working sc 1, ch 1, around working 2 scs and an extra ch in the corner)
7. Don't join with a slip stitch into the top of the 1st sc as it is too bulky. Instead work your slip stitch into the next ch 1 space after the 1st sc.
8. This round you are working your sc into the ch spaces from the previous round. So ch 1, work sc into same space, ch 1, sc 1 in next sp, ch 1; (sc 1, ch 2, sc 1, ch 1) into corner. Carry on around the other sides continuing the pattern sc 1, ch 1, working your sc into the ch spaces from the previous row and working the corners as set. As before at the end of the round join by working a slip stitch into the ch space after the 1st sc.
9. Repeat last row once more. I think that 3 rounds of moss stitch is enough for a coaster.
10. To finish don't join with a slip stitch but cut yarn and pull through the stitch.
11. Thread through a needle and push the needle from front to back through the top 2 loops of the next ch st.
12. Sew back into the end stitch, and tighten loop to the same tension as the other surrounding stitches.
13. This way you shouldn't be able to tell it apart from the surrounding stitches.
14. Fasten off at the back.
And that's it. Go and make yourself a cup of whatever you fancy, rest it upon your new mat and admire.
Want a bigger mat; just make your granny square bigger and work more rounds of moss stitch.
Remember I bought some gorgeous squares of fabric with the intention of making a quilt. I thought they were too green so vowed to buy some more fabric to bring some more blue to the mix.
This is what my shopping spree produced.
I think I've got a better mix now, so I've got a date this afternoon with a cutting mat and rotary cutter.
I guess it's now or never. (oh shove off Elvis...)