I’ve spent the last week feeling ill. Not Covid but seems like some sort of cold virus. Hence no repeat of my Friday Fotos. However feeling so under weather and needing to take things easy has meant that I have got ahead on some things that would otherwise have been neglected. I have two waist… Read More A Bit of a Bookmark Byway
A Happy Easter to you all. As you can see this year I have a piece of a real tree on which to hang my crochet eggs. I have a friend who was looking for something similar last Friday and so I was looking too and I found this lying on the ground. When I… Read More Happy Easter
It’s not often that I have anything for a Scrap Happy post but recently I have been really utilising my scraps of yarn. One of the things I have done is make a few crochet eggs for a friend. When we went for a walk on The Common recently, she was looking for any small… Read More A Scrap Happy Easter post
I also crocheted a small item for my daughter and one for my granddaughter. It may not sound exciting but a long time ago I had crocheted a dish cloth for my son-in-law. They have a dishwasher but some things have to be hand washed and surfaces have to be cleaned. I think he must… Read More Christmas Crochet
I went to stay with my daughter’s family over Christmas and I decided to make everyone a small ‘stocking filler’ present. For my son-in law I made a pair of knitted fingerless gloves to match the hat I had made previously. It was a useful way to use up the yarn I had left over… Read More Christmas Knitting
I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I was toying with the idea of seeing if it was possible to make a hexa-hexaflexagon. (Even if you haven’t met these before I expect you can guess that this is a six sided version of my Hexy Flex (tri-hexaflexagon). Well in the meantime, having got far… Read More Well it almost worked!
I first met hexaflexagons in “Mathematical Puzzles and Diversions” by Martin Gardiner. First published in 1959 though my copy comes from 1975. The shapes were discovered by British mathematician Arthur H. Stone in 1939 when playing with strips of paper he had cut off the US sized paper to fit it into his UK shaped… Read More More about Hexaflexagons
Recently I wanted to make a birthday card for a 50th birthday and as I was still thinking ‘Flexy’ I decided to create a crochet Hexaflexagon to add to the card. Because the idea is to remove the hexaflexagon and play with it, I printed a photo of it underneath. The high cost of ink… Read More More Flexy Fun
You can find the pattern on Ravelry here – https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hexatetraflex This pattern is a sort of companion piece to my Flexacube. I call it a Hexatetraflex because like the Flexacube it flexes and consist of six (hexa) tetrahedrons in a ring. Here is a closer view of one side and what you would see when… Read More That other Pattern Published
Well actually, I thing String of Pearls is only a succulent but it alliterated! Recently I crocheted another three succulents from this book. They are all ones I have made before but I wanted a present for someone and I thought these three would work well together. They are “Cardon Grande”, “Old Lady Cactus” and… Read More A Cluster of Cacti
Since changing my sitting room decoration from Winter to Spring. I was missing the snowflake bunting across the fireplace. So I decided I ought to finish off the seaside summer bunting. You may remember that, when I was making the coasters for Eleonora of Coastal Crochet’s Coasters CAL, that I said that I had thought of… Read More Summer Bunting
With nothing more to do for the blanket for a few days, I settled down for a first attempt at devising a new bookmark pattern. I decided to try the Josephine knot, even though it looked a bit trickier than the other design. Unlike my earlier bookmark, mathematics was of limited use, but after a… Read More How’s the bookmark getting on?
I have always enjoyed the planning of a project even more than it’s realisation. This is possibly because my brain works better than my hands and I have often planned various creative projects that have never been taken any further. Recently my mind has been totally occupied with planning the blanket for my granddaughter and… Read More I feel a new Bookmark Pattern coming on!
Just a quick post this week. Still working on blanket but I had a daughter with a birthday and decided a cactus in a pot would be a good idea to send. Decided a plastic pot with a crochet cover would be best to put in the post. I looked on the internet for a… Read More Another Potted Plant
I often make some things as presents and this year was no different. I showed you two of them, before I had bought the posts. But here are all three presents in the pots I bought. All come from this book. and here are some closer views. The Notocactus. The Devil’s Tongue and a combination… Read More Presents I can now show you
I continued making the coasters last week. Just two more to make. This pictorial one that is what I would call a classic coaster – no holes! It was easier than I had expected from the picture of it I had seen. No instructions for the overlaid stitches. Just advice to follow the photograph. The… Read More Coasters or Bunting
No knitting to show you again this month. I did get further with the border for my Granny Celtic blanket (top right) and am plugging away at it between other things. A lot of yarn sharing this month! I shared the colours my granddaughter has chosen for her blanket and you can see two bags… Read More Monthly Montage – October
I am back to making some of the succulents out of this book. Two of the cactii this time which is easier on the wrist than the agaves. These two are called (left to right) Devil’s Tongue and Notocactus. Here are some closer views. Devil’s Tongue. and Notocactus. I haven’t made any crochet soil to… Read More Two Cactii
This is my latest project. A sort of companion piece to my recent twisty cube thing. It is quicker and easier to make than the cubes. I used various small balls of yarn I have left over from other projects (Mostly Stylecraft). Plus some grey yarn (not Stylecraft) I bought locally when that was all… Read More A Scrap Happy type project
Finally finished all the cubes I needed for my version of the thing I made for my daughter’s birthday where I was so disappointed with the pattern. Took them outside to photograph. Piled them together as they will be when joined. Looked hopeful, as long as joining them allowed the necessary flexability. View this post… Read More My Cubey Twisty Thing
I don’t have any finished objects to show you at present because I have been working on several different things. NOT my second sock. And this isn’t ‘second sock syndrome’ it is just that other things have a higher priority, after all I have many pairs of socks already. I have been continuing to work… Read More So what have I been up to lately?
First a little story of times past The first toy I ever bought for one of my children was a set of small coloured wooden blocks in a cardboard box. One inch each edge. Years later when my eldest was twelve and no longer played with the blocks and even my youngest was eight and… Read More You Win Some, You Lose Some!
Recently I wanted something to giver a friend for their birthday and the easiest thing to do, and most personal, was to make them something. I found a split ring and chain that had come from a broken key-ring and thought that a crochet key-ring could be fun but what to attach? I decided on… Read More A Birthday Owl
The next succulent I went to make was the Blue Waves Agave. The photographs of this were unusual in that under artificial light they appeared to be in black and white though, looking at them now in daylight, I can see the agave looks pale green. The photographs also showed the yarn texture very clearly.… Read More Succulents, a gift and some more yarn
I have now completed my angel crochet pattern. It will be put up for sale on Ravelry but I thought that before I did that I would offer ten copies of the pattern for free. If you would like a copy of the pattern all you have to do is comment below and this is… Read More Angel Pattern Giveaway
Yes, another succulent. This was one of the error prone patterns but luckily help was at hand in the online errata list. The pattern says that tension is not important but I used the recommended hook size, no problem this time with thicker, smoother yarn, and whereas the photographs in the book had rather floppy… Read More Ruby Wax Agave
The next succulent I decided to try was called Little Mouse. It is made from these two yarns held together: Rowan Kidsilk Haze and Scheepjes Alpaca Rhythm. And I still have this much left and weighing it on my kitchen balance scales I can’t even calculate how much it took, it is so little. Foolishly,… Read More A Little Mouse’s tale.
As well as making the angels and a bit of cross stitch I have been making more succulents. Mainly the one I am about to show you. Years ago I had similarly shaped succulents growing in a pot in my garden. They were very easy to look after except that they kept multiplying and needing… Read More Mexican Snowball
Thank you to everyone who commented on my earlier post. Taking into account all that was said I have now finalised a fancy and a plainer angel that I am happier with. Here they are compared with the knitted ones. I didn’t have any silver yarn left but I had some gold which seemed quite… Read More Angel Update
No! it has nothing to do with the fact that angels are mention in some of the resurrection stories. They are Christmas Angels. (Am I allowed to mention the C word (not that C word!) so far before the event? Well the reason is this. I received a message on Ravelry saying “Yours are some… Read More Why am I making Angels in April?