Charity Yarn Bombing – The first contribution gifts come in!

WOW, is what I have to say today, thank you to my blogging friends. There is too much to include in one post but here is a start. First to arrive was this gorgeous parcel from elisabethandree.wordpress.com who has sent all these wonderful bunting creations……………………

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a host of beatiful flowers…………………….Elisabethandreeflowersand some really beatiful colourful cotton yarn along with 7 balls of baby pink that I am sure can be transformed into pink fishes, flowers or even a few little piggies for us to add to our project.

Of course the piggies will need wings if they are to fit the fantasy theme!

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Then there was another bag with pink and peach cotton which I have started to make some flowers with.

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They are not quite finished yet I need to add the stamens and another layer to the front to add a bit more dimension, a bit cinderellaish at the moment but they will be transformed over the next few days. Time permitting I will share the finished items later.

Right now to write the next few thank you posts so see you again soon.

Made By Patch Collaborative Hexagons

I saw Lucie’s post about the Collaborative Hexie Blanket Project and thought to myself “what a lovely idea, I definitely want to be part of this”. Made By Patch  has generously launched this project, we send in the hexagons and she will make them into a blanket then there will be a prize draw and the lucky winner gets the blanket. The rules are quite simple, use 100% cotton yarn, make your finished hexagons 15cm across and the last round must be white. Simples…………….

Oh, you can send up to a maximum of 5 hexagons and you will have as many chances in the draw as you send hexagons.

Crochet African Flower Hexagons

I realised once I checked my stash that did not have enough cotton yarn so I got busy online and ordered some from Wool Warehouse and set to work making my hexagons. The yarn I indulged myself with is Debbie Bliss Cotton DK, simply gorgeous, so soft and it is machine washable so will be easy to maintain despite the pale colours I have chosen. The soft shades are quite a change for me as I usually go for bright colours.

Debbie Bliss Cotton DK

This is a shape I have not made before so I took the hint and visited the suggested links and fell in love with the African Flower design from Heidi Bears.

Crochet African Flower Hexagon3There are some amazing patterns on Heidi Bears using this design, I love the Hippo, go take a peak.

Crochet Skirt

Ta dah! It’s finished at last.

Crochet Skirt

Last year on holiday I started making a skirt, I had spent ages and ages trying to figure out the pattern for the main body of the skirt. I wanted to copy something I had seen as it had quite a close weave so you cannot see through it which is always a bit of a problem with crochet skirts and dresses. Anyway we met a lovely family one night and the Mum, Cath, was a fellow crocheter and kindly said she would help me work out the pattern, so we agreed to meet up the following day for coffee.

Working Out the PatternWe made quite a spectacle, there were three of us sat in the sunshine busy with crochet hooks and coffee, Cath on the right was joined by the cafe owners mother who also was a keen crafter and eager to see if she could help.

Cath was the star of the day as she worked out the pattern and helped me write it down, thank you so much Cath.

I have to admit that prior to this meeting I had given up trying to figure it out and had started to make my skirt using a simple cluster stitch. I started with double crochet for the waistband finished off with a self coloured tie belt.

Crochet Skirt WaistlineI have used cotton yarn which as you all know has little or no stretch so there are a couple of buttons on the back to make it is easy to get on and off.

Crochet Skirt BackI wanted the skirt bottom to have a flouncy effect so once I had the main body of the skirt about knee length I made triangular shapes all the way round the bottom, 12 in all.

Crochet Skirt HemlineThen made squares to fit in between the triangles, I used three different squares.

A simple net pattern.

Crochet Skirt Hemline Square 1

The net pattern again with a flower in the centre.

Crochet Skirt Hemline Square 3

And lastly this one which has a bit more detailing in it.

Crochet Skirt Hemline Square 2

The squares have the effect of making the bottom of the skirt flare out giving it a lovely flouncy bounce.

Lastly I finished it off with a border, number 16 from a book I have mentioned to you previously called Around the Corner Crochet Borders by Edie Eckman.

This has been one of those projects that has been fraught with ups and downs and I am ashamed to say has taken me ages to feel like picking it up again. But I am so glad that I did.