Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Kitty Cat Dress Up for my favourite... Halloween!

I needed a costume for Halloween, the kids have a school disco and as I have somehow ended up the vice chair of the PTA I thought I had best dress up. I wanted something that would be homemade, easy and wear again-able. Although I admit that wearing Cat ears to the supermarket may be step to far!

So, I suddenly remembered that I had seen a pattern for cat ears in Inside Crochet... after searching my stack of mags I discovered it in Issue 57 so I had some Stylecraft Special DK in black and a fun Bright Pink (both of which are quite hard to take decent photos of, or at least I struggle with them)

The kids don't normally help me out with photographing products but for some reason they were both keen to help me this time :)

The one change I did make was I didn't make the crochet cover for the headband. Instead I just crocheted the ears directly to the headband. The headband had teeth on it and I wanted them to keep the headband in place while running around a Halloween disco party...
Are you going Trick or Treating this Halloween? We can't locally as we live pretty much in a field and the cows and sheep don't like sharing their sweets.  Are you making your own costumes or buying in? We have bought the kids with little handmade extras, spiders and a whole load of Glow in the dark face paint to be painted on those little faces!...


Pattern: Kitty Cat Dress Up from Issue 57 of Inside Crochet
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Black and Dark Pink

Monday, October 20, 2014

Another Panda scarf, they are addictive...

Remember this Purple Panda scarf? Well, I made another one. But this time a gorgeous Turquoise colour. They are quite easy to make and that long bit in the middle, whilst it is a bit boring and time consuming does make great TV crochet. Something to keep my hands busy while I watch some of the Autumn TV on cold evenings...

I used a 5mm hook and Stylecraft DK for this one. The purple one was a 4.5mm hook and the size difference is quite a bit. But as the small purple one is for pixie like Iona it was perfect...

What series on the TV are you waiting for? I'm waiting for Criminal Minds to start again this evening (with Jennifer Love Hewitt! yay!) and The Big Bang Theory on Thursday. Oh I do love Autumn TV :)

Thanks for reading xx

Pattern: Panda Scarf by Bees Knees Knitting on Ravelry and Etsy
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Turquoise and cream
Hook: 5mm

Friday, October 17, 2014

Adoring Autumn

Autumn is just my favourite time of year. The colours, the nip in the air, the smells and the food. And this year the butterflies. We have loads of these pretty things hanging around (a lot in the house much to the kids delight).
The darker evenings have meant some lovely bathtimes for the kids. With their new fishy lamp and some glow sticks in the tub (of which I have some super cute photos of the bath water glowing green but I'm not posting those on my blog as the kids wouldn't sit still to keep their bits n bobs hidden). This Fishy lamp thing and the starry one they also got were from good old Asda. In the aisle with the light bulbs(lamps, I can hear my Dad scream, bulbs are onions or garlic or daffodils they'll no light your living room) if you were wondering. A few people looked online but couldn't find them on Asda website though :(

Conkers have been collected and warming bowls of potatoes with an Indian spiced tomato sauce and parsley and Wendsleydale cheese have been consumed. Now we are looking forward to Halloween and all the spooky goodness that will bring...

Hope you are having a cosy beginning of Autumn and thank you for stopping by my blog x

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Sheep, a very awkward sheep.

You know when you see something and think 'Oo, that would be lovely in this yarn!'? Well, I did that with this Toft Alpaca pattern for an Amigumuri Sheep in an old issue of Simply Crochet. The body was easy enough in Stylecraft DK. But the fleece, oh the fleece. It was a labour of love I'll tell ya. It's a simple way to make a fleecey coat on this sweet lamb. But using King Cole Riot was not a great idea. I mean it's a lovely yarn and one of my favourites but attaching chains to the body in in was a nightmare. It is a single strand kind of wool and is a little (read as a LOT) splitty. So the fleece took longer than the rest of the sheep including sewing the arms, legs and ears on... But, he is cute and I am so pleased I forced myself to finish him or he may have sat for a long time in my 'Why did I start this?' pile. Not to be confused with my WIP pile, hehe.

What project have you started then wondered why on earth it sounded like a good idea at the time? I can't be the only one who does that...

Pattern: Toft Alpaca Amigumuri Sheep. Also in book Edwards Menagrie and also in this Epattern from the site Sheep Ten Ways (ten different breeds of sheep in one pattern! So need to get me that)
Yarn: Stylecraft DK in Claret and King Cole Riot in Volcano

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Little Crochet Pumpkins.

Titchy tiny pumpkins... I just can't stop making these little things in various colours of Autumn.

So simple to make too,

Simply grab some DK yarn in orangey/yellow tones and some green for the stalks. Brilliant stash busting crochet.

With a 4mm hook and orangey yarn (or 3.5 if you crochet loosely)
Chain 12

DC in 2nd chain from hook, HTC across but DC in last chain, chain 1 and turn
DC in back loop of first DC, HTC in back loop of each HTC across but DC in back loop of last DC, chain 1 and turn
Repeat 2nd row until you have approx 30 rows.
Now fasten off yarn but leave a long tail.
Using a yarn needle, use a running stitch and sew across one long end.
Pull the yarn tight so the long end is bunched up, carefully sew the short ends together, now using a running stitch sew along the other long end, pull yarn slightly and stuff pumpkin. Pull yarn tighter so both ends of the pumpkin are closed. Secure pulling end with a few stitches across bottom and weave in end.

Now with the green yarn Chain 5 and slip stitch into each chain starting with 2nd chain from hook. Cut yarn but leave a long tail.
Sew the stalk to the pumpkin, but sew right through the centre of pumpkin to the bottom and then back up to the stalk and pull yarn tightly to create a squashy looking pumpkin as you sew on stalk.
Secure yarn and weave in ends.

And there you have it a simple little pumpkin.

Using a

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fox Gift Card Holder/ Card Purse - A free crochet pattern

I adore Autumn, much more than summer. Summer is nice with the ability to not light the fire but Autumn is just more cosy. Snuggly, cosy and a good excuse to hanker down and crochet the dark evenings away.

This is the start of my 'Crochet gifts for other people' list. A simple but adorable crochet fox gift card holder. I have a few family memebers that will be receiving gift cards for Christmas, but a gift card on it's own just doesn't feel all that gifty. So, I will be making a few of these (and hopefully other creatures) to carry them in.

If you want to make one here is how...

You will need
Orange DKyarn (I used Stylecraft Special DK in Spice)
Cream DK yarn (I used Stylecraft Special DK in Cream)
3.5mm Hook
A small(ish) round black/brown button

To make
Starting with the nose you will be making a triangle and then working straight rows along the row ends to start the purse/head bit, swapping to cream yarn halfway down.

With the orange yarn, Chain 2 and then 3dc in the 2nd chain from hook, chain 1 and turn (3 st)
Row1. 2dc in each dc, chain 1 and turn (6st)
Row2. 2dc, dc, 2dc in next 2 dc, dc, 2dc, chain 1 and turn (10 st)
Row3. 2dc, dc in next 3 dc, 2dc in next 2 dc, dc in next 3 dc, chain 1 and turn (14 st)
Row4. 2dc, dc in next 5 dc, 2dc in next 2 dc, dc in next 5 dc, chain 1 and turn (18 st)
Row 5+ Continue in the same manner as rows 2-4. By 2dc in first and last dc's and the 2dc twice at the top. Increasing the dc's between increases by 2 each row until the dc's between increases equals 15.

Chain one and turn work so you are working along the straight, end of rows edge of the nose triangle.

Row1. Dc into each row end, Chain 1 and turn (I ended up with 21 dc)
Row2. DC into each DC
Repeat row 2 for a further 14 rows.
Swap to Cream yarn
Repeat row 2 in cream for 16 rows.

Fasten off yarn and weave in ends.

Fold the rectangle section in half so the swap over row is at the bottom and sew up each side with a neat seam. Weave in ends.

To make the ears (make 2)

Chain 7 and starting with 2nd chain from hook DC in each chain, chain 1 and turn(6dc)
Row1. DC2tog, DC, DC, DC2to, chain 1 and turn
Row2. DC2tog, DC2tog, chain 1 and turn
Row3. Dc in last DC so you have chain and 1dc as last row.

Now sew the ears to the top of the purse.

Reattach orange yarn to point of the nose and then chain 8, slip stitch to same stitch you attached yarn to nose point. This creates the loop for the button.

Sew button to the cream part of purse at the bottom, to create a nosey fastener on your Fox Card Purse.

Weave in all ends and voila! A cute little Fox Card Purse.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Batman Crochet hat, a handmade gift

So, the Grumpy Police Man and the Dancing Witchy Princess were invited to a Batman themed Birthday party. Now, I have to confess I am pretty rubbish at buying gifts for other peoples kids. It's hard right? Kids have their own likes and dislikes, parents have their own ideas of good toys and quite frankly I'm always worried that they already have what I buy or that I'm one of three Mums that have bought the same Batman/Stuffed animal/jigsaw...
This year I have been a little more confident in gifting Handmade. I used to worry about my skills or that the handmade gift would be laughed at (by parent or child) when in reality neither should have been as big as a worry as it was. Ok, so my crochet ability has improved considerably in the 2 years I have been crocheting and all my handmade gifts so far have been well received. Anyway I digress...
Remember the Anna & Elsa hats I posted not long ago? Well, I made a Batman themed one.
By not doing the lacy centre and instead just Treble Crocheting I had a nice solid base for well, a bat applique from Simply Crochet magazine.
Very cute and fitted and was liked and I am considering it a success! I also want a Batman hat for myself, and maybe a Spiderman one. But first shall be trying to figure out how to make an Incredible Hulk themed hat for Ian, I mean the Grumpy Police Man.

Pattern : Anna & Elsa Hat
Yarn : Stylecraft Special DK in Saffron and Black