Lace Leaf Shawl

At long last I have finally finished my Lace Leaf Shawl!

I have long been an admirer of a certain blogger who makes to most gorgeous shawls, this summer swap shawl is my favourite. Anyway, way way back in March I was thrilled when Mollie announced she would do a KAL for one of her favourite shawl patterns, the camaraderie and guidance would help me through my first shawl challenge.

Lace Leaf Shawl KAL 1It started ok but I found I really had to concentrate on the pattern, it is an 8 row repeat and you increase on each row so if you miss calculate you don’t have enough stitches to form the next pattern row. It took me ages to be able to read the pattern to ensure it was going right. But perseverance (and a bit of frogging) paid off in the end!
The pattern is so pretty but just in case you ever think about not blocking take a look at this transformation.

Lace Leaf Shawl pre Blocking

Above you see the finished piece pre blocking, below is a closer shot of the wavy border.

Lace Leaf Shawl Edging And here is the blocked version.

Lace Leaf Shawl Post BlockingIsn’t it amazing, thediffernce in the detail.

Lace Leaf Shawl PatternA close up of the border shows the wavy border at it’s best.

Lace Leaf Shawl Blocked EdgingIf you fancy making your own pretty shawl you can start by visiting Mollie.

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Crochet Cat Inspiration

We have been donated oodles of yarn for the yarn bombing this year so a huge thanks to all our patients for their support. From the stashes that have been brought in these two felines have been created.
Crochet Cats with Stripy LegsThe inspiration came from a pattern bought on Etsy, I loved the mixture of knitting and crochet on the original pattern but sadly my execution was less satisfactory so I ended up adapting the knitted parts for crochet.

Crochet Cat with Stripy LegsThe pink pussy cat was first off the hook and was such a pleasure I just couldn’t resist making another.

Crochet Cat Blue with Stripy LegsUnfortunately I was not able to find the pattern again as Etsy is displaying ‘pattern not available’ but the link is below just in case. It is possible that our internet that is playing up this evening and you may be able to access the pattern if you want to make your own kitties at some point.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/59420476/crazy-cat-crochet-knitting-pattern

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Crochet Meercat Bride and Groom

One of our patients, an avid supporter of the Charity Yarn Bombing asked if we would make a merecat bride and groom for her grandaughters wedding.

Crochet Meercat Bride and Groom She dropped into the surgery a knitting pattern book and some yarn and left it with us. My colleague, who is a much better knitter than I, kindly took it all home to make them.

Crochet Meercat Bride 1Unfortunately my talented colleague wasn’t happy with the finished item, the fine yarn was not easy to work with and a strain on the eye at the end of a busy day! So I had a look for a crochet version and found this pattern from Planet June. it was much easier to execute that the knitted version so we made amendments to suit our patients request and came up with this Bride and Groom.

Crochet Meercat Bride

Crochet Meercat GroomWe send our congratulations to the happy couple, or should we say couples!

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Rolo and Roxy

Meet Rolo and Roxy, my friends are the true masters of these lively furry bundles of joy but I wanted to surprise her with woolly versions.Crochet Rolo and Roxy Best friends 1They are couple of characters who love nothing more than playing together in the garden, that is when they are not on work duty with their Dad in the van.

RoxyRoxy obviously loves the camera but you can just make out Rolo in the background.

Edwards Menagerie Jack Russel Rolo Edwards Menagerie Jack Russell RoxyI know that many of you will recognise the pattern as one from the Kerry Lord collection in the wonderful book titled Edwards Menagerie. I have made quite a few of the animals now and can highly recommend this book. The patterns are very easy and quick to work up and each completed animal is a delight. I can’t wait till September when Kerry’s next  book of bird patterns Edwards Menagerie Birds is being released, judging by the cover it looks set to be a huge sucess and you can pre order here.

 

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Charity Yarn Bombing 2015

It’s coming round again, I can’t believe it is June already. Where does time go?

This years Charity Yarn Bombing at the surgery will be on 29 and 30 August 2015Charity Yarn Bombing Banner

Last year patients, friends and family and crafters from around the globe helped us create a woolly fantasy garden in the grounds of the small GP surgery where I work raising over £1000.00, the proceeds were shared between our local hospice and the hospital.

We have commenced our regular Saturday meetings to plan and share our ideas and creations for this years woolly display. We wanted to challenge ourselves so the themes are different as listed below, although we thought it was appropriate to keep a seaside theme again as we are on the coast.

  • Dinosaur park
  • Teddy Bears Picnic
  • Down on the Farm
  • Jungle Capers
  • Beside the Seaside

Read last years post here and see the three posts showing what was acheived for last years event in Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3

If you would like to join in everyone is welcome, any contributions will be most gratefully received and put to great use. Just leave a comment or drop me an email if you would like any further information. Alternatively please stay in touch and we will share our progress with you in the coming weeks.

You may have already guessed that Stan the Stegosaurus and the crochet cave kids Magnar and Sadiki are for the Dinosaur Park and I look forward to sharing further makes with you all.

 

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Crochet Cave Folk

May I introduce you to Master and Miss the crochet Cave Kids, named Magnar and Sadiki respectively. I wanted some company for Stan the Stegosaurus and found the pattern for these and was instantly inspired to make them.

Crochet Cave Folk 2Magnar goes out each day armed with his club to capture food and drag it back to cave for  Sadiki to cook.

Crochet CavemanSadiki’s a little vain and is always trying new hair styles, today is a simple ponytail with a polished bone clip.

Crochet Cavegirl

Crochet Cavegirl Bone Hair clip

If you want to make your own cave folk you can buy the pattern here.

Happy hooking.

 

 

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Amish Puzzle Ball and Crochet Boots Swap

I was reading through posts one day and came across some lovely crochet slippers made by Simply Hooked with an offer I could not resist. A swap request, offering a pair crochet slippers in exchange for an Amish Puzzle Ball, “well” I thought to myself “I have made these puzzle balls before and I would love those gorgeous slippers”. So here it is ready to be shipped off.

Crochet Amish Puzzle BallAnd here are the said gorgeous slippers!

Crochet SlippersWe exchanged emails and Simply Hooked agreed to my swap offer and chose the colours for the Puzzle Ball. If you haven’t seen one before I will try to explain how it works. You make twelve triangular pouches and three rows of lids. Each row of lids is attached to four pouches stuffing each pouch before finally closing it off.

So you end up with these.

Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball Pieces

First you interlock 2 of the finished rounds.

Amish Puzzle Ball Connections

Then the last round fits into the gaps to make a round ball.

I love this pattern so much, they are quite quick to make and there are animal versions too. I made an Elephant shown in a previous post here.

If you fancy making your own puzzle ball you can download the free pattern from Ravelry Amish Puzzle Ball Pattern, there is also a flower version which is delightful. These two  patterns are kindly available free thanks to Dedri Uys.

The Elephant Puzzle Ball pattern is available to purchase on Ravelry too. Dedri is obviously quite dedicated, I talked in my post about how struggled a little with the elephant head and Dedri was kind enough to contact me and advise that she had altered the pattern and asked if I made one again would I let her know if it was better. How kind was that?

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