Country Garden Crochet Bicycle

In line with the current trend for cycling what better way to celebrate than to our craft than upcycling a bicycle.

I had so much fun creating this quintessential english country rose garden wrapped around one of the bicycles that were kindly donated by our local recycling centre in Burniston.

Country Garden Crochet BicycleA bed of 20 roses in shades of red, pink, peach and lemon made the cover for the seat. It wouldn’t be a rose garden without a cute little bumble bee, this little honey maker was donated by Mrs G, a very talented knitting friend.

Crochet Roses Bicycle SeatContinuing the rose theme with 2 giant blooms displayed on the rear wheel.

Crochet Bicycle Rear WheelWith his cute pink button cheeks a snail this sweet just has to be forgiven for having a little nibble on the vegetation.

Knitted Snail Rear WheelNestling on the front wheel is a silky silver spiders web, home to two (not so scary) spiders, but wait a minute there’s only one!

Crochet Bicycle Front WheelThere he is, he’s obviously just been for a spin, pardon the pun.

Crochet Bicycle SpiderHe has just been exploring the rose vine that’s creeping around the cross-bar.

Crochet Bicycle Cross BarThe Country Rose Garden bicycle featured in the 2015 yarn bombing at the surgery along with another themed on the seaside. They certainly gained a lot of interest.

Crochet Bicycle HandlebarsIt took me approximately two weeks of crocheting to cover each bike and make the adornments

Charity Yarn Bombing 2015 – Part 1

 

Charity Yarn Bombing Poster

For those who followed the project last year you will know we are a small GP surgery on the beautiful coast of North Yorkshire. We have a group of patients and friends of the surgery who love crafting with yarn, following the sucess of the yarn bombing last year we ran the event for 2015 following a similar format for but with some new themes.

Dinosaur Park

Dinosaur Park3I had my doubts about including dinosaurs anticipating it would be limiting in terms of patterns, couldn’t have been more wrong as you can see.

Dinosaur Park2

We had quite a few knitted prehistoric deliveries both large and small.

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Lots of dino’s for our park in a variety of sizes from the miniature 4-6 inch creations above that patients brought in. To the rather large Stan the Stegosaurus who you may have seen in a previous post where I shared the working progress of creating this colouful prehistoric creaature.

Heidi Bears African Flower Stegosaurus 3

And Monty the Diplodocus.

Crochet Dinosaur Monty Diplodocus Side View

Teddy Bear’s Picnic

This was one of my favourite pieces, you can see from the size of the raffle ticket just how tiny these little teddies are, they sat on their little picnic blanket contemplating their miniature sandwiches and cakes throughout the weekend. As I am sure you can imagine they were one of the first items to receive a bid.

Mini Teddy Bears Picnic

There was an array of little woolly bears and teddy toys gathered in the picnic corner to share in the knitted and crochet cakes, biscuits and sanwiches including Mrs Baker Bear sat on the chair with piping bag in hand to finish off the last bun.

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Rollo the african flower bear settled down amongst the log pile for a snooze after devouring his fill of the picnic.

Rollo African Flower Bear

To sit alongside the picnicing bears we had a stand (ok and yarn bomed step ladder) laden with tea cosies.

Tea Cosies

These were a very popular contribution to the event, it must be in celebration of the great british brew!

Down on the Farm

One of our group particularly requested we include a Farm theme this year, she had a new book by Sarah Keen that she was dying to try and we were so pleased with results, you can almost hear those little piggies snorting.

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Our Parctice Nurse managed to aquire a hay bale for us to display our farmyard creatures, I was thrilled but my lovely hubby was less so as I used his car to collect it! Four weeks on and he has just about got the last of the straw removed from his car boot.

A patient kindly donated this gorgeous african flower horse, I believe it is from the Heidi Bears pattern but sadly the donator remains anonymous so I cannot be sure.

Heidi Bears Horse

We also had a gathering of owls nestling in the bushes casting their wise eyes over the weekend proceedings.

Owls and Bird

And in the hedgerow below gathered a collection of bunnies and other creatures.

In the Hedgerow

And birds simply sat on the fence watching the world go by.

Crochet Birds

 

I don’t want to bore you so will call this post part 1, I will continue working on compiling the other half of the images to post early next week. I am working tomorrow as we are open for our first Flu clinic, it is always a bit crazy at this time of the year when everyone wants to get their vaccination done early to protect against catching a flu bug!

 

 

Pretty Little Flower Garland

This gorgeous creation has joined our yarn bombing project from afar, Singapore no less, it has been sent from Pretty Little Things in a Box. This is a multi national exhibition that conveys so much thought, kindness and goodwill from all our blogging friends, we cannot thank you all enough.

Flower Garland 1

Each flower has a little pearl in the centre and all the way along the garland are cute little picot leaves. I will have a hard time giving this beauty up, I might even put a bid in to buy it myself.

Have I told you about that?

We are putting all the displays out and our visitors will be able to put in a bid to purchase any of the items then at the end of the week we will contact the highest bidders to collect and pay for their pieces and the money raised will be added to the charity pot.

Flower Garland 2

I love all the bright colours, it makes me so happy just to look at it.

Leaf Garlands for the Flowers

I have been busy making leaf garlands to show off all the lovely flowers we are receiving.

Crochet Leaf Garland1 Trying to make them in different shades of green for variety.Leaf Garland Dk Green1 This was the 3rd attempt and I added stems for the flowers which I really like.Leaf Garland2More parcels arrived today so I will be sharing more lovely contributions  at the weekend.

Flowers, Lovely Flowers

Here are the next arrivals.

30 crochet and kinitted flowers

How about these fabulous flowers, they make a garden all on their own. 30 fabulous designs and all different with the exeption of  the 2 tulips. It is worth keeping an eye on Hatted Owl as I think she may be doing a pattern for them to share with us.

Then we received these rather unusual floral baskets, they were kindly donated by a fellow crafter who lives 20 miles down the road. They are really lovely, I am not sure if you can make out from the image but the flowers are made with different yarns including cotton and mohair. It adds contrast and texture to the flowers.

Crochet Flowr Baskets

This is a truly international project with parcels coming from different continents and……………. from just down the road.

Amazing and thank you so much.

 

 

The Next Yarn Bombing Contribution from Italy

Next arrival was from a lovely friend in Italy, you can see more of her lovely creations at Tatie’sWorld.

Tajana Yarn Bombing 1There is a whole array of flowers, beautiful mandalas, bejewelled hearts and a pretty floral garland.

And then the cutest little creatures.

Tajana Yarn Bombing 2The little mouse is so cute in his checked apron, you can’t quite see it in this shot but he is posed with carrot in hand ready to prepare some gastric delight. The pattern for him is available from TheGreenDragonfly .There are 2 of the little owls which are fab, they will be added to my little nest of owls that I have been working on, I will show you those soon I promise.

Saving the best till last, look what I got too……

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My lovely friend shares her post for this pattern here the pattern for the flower is shared by TheRoyalSisters but it has been cleverly tranformed into a brooch. Such a lovely gift, thank you so much. I will treasure it always and wear it to Yarndale this year so a little part of you can be there too.

 

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.

Yarnbombing – Call to arms!

At last I reveal the secret project… and a request for a little help!

I work in a lovely little family-orientated GP surgery and I thought it would make our patients smile if we could yarn bomb the place with colourful flowers and wildlife animals and create a ‘Fantasy Garden’, and I thought why not ask for some help from my wonderful blogging friends.

Yarn Bombing Banner

  • Can you Knit or Crochet?
  • Do you own a yarn stash?
  • Then maybe you would be able to help.

If you think you may be able to help make this crazy idea a reality at our little surgery, please email me at TheGrangeRange@hotmail.com and let me know whether you knit or crochet and if you would like any pattern links.

If we can make enough of a display to encourage monetary donations from patients and onlookers, we would like to collect for our local hospital and hospice.

This is a gigantic project, and I would be so grateful if anyone had any discarded flowers or some scraps of yarn left over that could be turned into flowers to help furnish our little surgery with wooly blooms or little animals.

3 more Crochet Happy Flowers

So far I have been making the Birdie Decorations and the Happy Flowers both from Attic24; sunflowers; Shelly the garden snail; a little toadstool house and some gnomes; and the fairies.

Crochet Birds in a Row

Netting fixed over the handrails covered with flowers would create huge impact as patients visit, and maybe a beach scene as we are by the sea?

At the back of the surgery is a disused pond. A local building firm have agreed to donate a frame to support a blue tarpaulin so we can display knitted or crochet ducks, water lilies, frogs etc. and I would love to have some rabbits for under the shrubbery and squirrels and birds for in the trees and shrubs for the children to find.

Of course bunting would be a great feature too and always adds an air of festivity. Please feel free to make suggestions or give your feedback on these ideas.

I can’t help but feel this project is still in its infancy and there are so many ideas in my head that I think it will explode if I don’t share some of them with you.

Feeling inspired? Send me an email and let’s begin!

Flower Version – Amish Puzzle Ball

I am so taken with these fun little balls, I have made 3 regular ones now and I also had a go at an elephant but that is another story!

Flower Amish Ball Pieces

Thought I would try the flower version to add to my growing collection. It works pretty much the same as the other pattern in principle except you make flowers for the tops instead of the oval shapes. I did download a pattern here which is free, thank you to Dedri Uys, check out her pages on Ravelry she has lots more ideas using this unusual pattern.

I regret to say that I was not keen on the four petal flowers so decided to adapt the flowers a bit and have tried making a 5 petal version. I also chose to make a multi coloured version rather than the monochrome style shown in the pattern. I am hoping to get it finished in the next couple of days so I will let you see how it goes.