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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.

Luxury Cotton Facecloth

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Sometimes simple things make life lovely. Crochet facecloths have been around for a while. There are a variety of patterns available online and you’ll find various samples in local stores. This is far from an original idea. However, having made one for myself, I’ve rediscovered how one simple luxury can change your whole day.

For this particular facecloth I used the grit stitch pattern from the Lion Brand Sandy Shore Washcloth Set. These are all great patterns and easy to follow if you’re interested in making your own. Mine is made in 100% cotton with a 5mm hook.

They make a great gift too. I made a couple and gave them as part of a ‘kitchen tea’ gift.

Newborn Flower Shoes

Every time I make a new pair of shoes I think that that pair is the cutest ever. These, however, have got to be my favourite. I made them with a matching narrow headband which I wrote about in my last blog post.

I find that shoes with a buttoned strap fit better and are more likely to stay on than the ballerina type shoes. I’ve also realized that the strap needs to be quite far back on the shoe and must be a substantial width. Many people have replaced the strap with a wide ribbon which then laces around the ankle. I have no doubt that this is equally effective, and perhaps one day I’ll make a pair like that, but….it’s not really my style.

These were made with a beautiful Egyptian cotton/ wool blend and a 4mm hook. I quite like the look of the extra deep sole.