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Monthly Archives: September 2013

Jono’s Night Cap

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Oh the things you make when you have teenage children! So, this is a night cap, or as Jono likes to call it, a cool long pointy beanie thing. And yes, he actually wears it, not only with his pajamas but out to the mall – gosh.

I simply used tr crochet, starting at the point, slowly increasing until the last about 9 rows. Then I added a few rows of dc to make the band. It’s an acrylic dk, or worsted weight yarn and I used a 5mm hook. And finally added the pompom. It’s been many years since I made a pompom, taking me back to my childhood.

Jono Night Cap

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Large Minion

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I made a Minion!! Well, I made a couple actually, but this is the first one I made and he’s quite big.

I struggled to find a pattern, so I made this one up as I went along. As I keep saying, I should have written the pattern down as I went, but I didn’t. To be honest I found it a lot of hard work and whilst I’m please with the outcome, I can’t see myself making another quite like this.

He is quite cute, and I’m particularly pleased with the ‘G’ on the pocket. He has been shipped off to Cape Town and I’m sure will make a fine companion to Keri. Enjoy sweet girl.

My Cotton Scarf

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I found this gorgeous yarn and had to make myself a scarf. There were a wide selection of colours, but I chose light grey, charcoal, beige and cream. I’m please to have a  scarf that I can dress up with now.

The yarn is 80% cotton and 20% acrylic, which is a fantastic combination. I prefer it to 100% cotton. I didn’t have a pattern, but with a 6mm hook, I used a simple V stitch for the entire scarf. That is Tr, ch, Tr in every second stitch (British terminology). I didn’t want a long scarf, but made it just long enough to go around my neck twice. It is super warm and wonderfully comfortable.

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Hipster Beanie and Boots for Baby

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I loved making this little set. The yarn is so soft and ideal for keeping a little head and feet warm. The very natural and earthy look of the yarn also lends itself to the hipster style.

For the hat I used this easy to follow pattern by April Cromwell. Thanks April. The only change I made was shortening the ties a little. I used a 5.5mm hook. And one of my favourite patterns for boots is this one by Repeat Crafter Me. I used a 3,5mm hook to make it smaller and tighter (my yarn is so soft I had to firm it up somehow) and I only made 3 rows of the cuff, then I added the laces. The yarn is a stunning, locally-produced blend of cotton, tweed, wool and acrylic.

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Mad Hatter 1st Birthday Cake

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So…it’s not crochet, and possibly doesn’t even fit into the category of ‘craft’, but I made it and that qualifies it to feature on my blog.

Georgia turned 1 in June and I had the privilege of making the cake for her Mad Hatter themed party. She loves bananas, so it’s a banana cake and it took me almost a full day to ice it. I had the greatest fun doing it, even though it was tremendously difficult mixing colours to get the lime green. At the end of the day I’m pleased with how it came out, especially with the slightly odd shape.

The day was very special with a small group of close friends. And Georgia made a very gracious host.

Long Scarf

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I realize winter is almost over, but I did make these scarves a little while ago. I made 4 scarves in 6 days, one for each of the gents in my home. This is a long, tasseled, loose-stitch crochet scarf with a knit look. Sometimes you just need a simple ordinary old scarf. And this is particularly warm too.

I used a simple double knit (worsted weight) yarn and an 8mm hook. The loose stitching makes this a very comfortable, soft and casual looking scarf. A smaller hook makes a tighter stitch and is a smarter style, as you’ll see when I post two of my other scarves.

I’m not sure my boys will get much more use out of them this season, but they are timeless and should last a few winters.

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Ladies Shawl

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It’s been a long time since my last post. And, to be honest, I wasn’t terribly productive in the first 6 months of this year. I do however, have a few recent creations to add to my blog. Hooray.

This is a ladies shawl that I was asked to make for a new Mom who wanted to be able to discretely feed her baby, but still feel pretty.  The yarn is fairly fine and I used this lovely pattern, which I found on ravelry.com   and a 3.5mm hook. It is a diagram pattern, but quite straight forward and simple to follow. I thought the lacy pattern to be dainty without being too holey. Perfect for this little project.