Tea cosies to brighten any afternoon tea party.
I found the Hot Hibiscus Tea Cosy pattern on Ravelry amongst a myriad of designs. It was hard to decide which one to make there were so many, there were flowery ones, plain ones, tea cosies with just about every kind of animal either crawling out of or sitting on top.
This one shows the smaller of the two a little better but it is before the flower was attached to the top.
This is such a clever pattern, the braiding effect is so simple to do yet so effective. The tea cosy is made in two halves as many of them are, you work along the stripey rows adding chain stitches periodically between the single crochet.
Then you thread them through each other from the bottom to the top and secure them whilst doing the decrease rows. You can see above I have looped the vertical braids on the far left and the far right hand sides leaving the two centre rows so you can see the chains.
How simple is that?
Once both sides are completed and sewn together you can make and attach the flower for the top. It really finishes it off nicely.
I made the larger of the two in a couple of evenings then a friend asked if I could make a cosy for her little one cup tea pot, the only stipulation was could it include yellow to match her little tea pot. I picked out thses colours and got straight onto making a second one.
The pattern kindly incldes instructions for both the large and small sizes. So here they are side by side until the little one goes to it’s new home.
Here he is at last the finished Elephant!
I have to admit that I have rather mixed feelings about him, he certainly has not been the easiest of makes. I found the pattern quite tricky to follow but I am not sure if some of this was in the translation. Has anyone else made him? If so I would be interested to hear how you found it. Maybe I was just having a bad week!!
Anyhow he is done now and I thought you might like to see all the bits that make him. The principles are the same as the other Amish ball puzzles, made up of three rings. Two leg section.
And the third section hosts the head and tail.
Here are all the parts together in a collapsed heap.
I got a little disheartened and confess that he stood eyeless and without his tail on my mantlepiece for a week until my eldest daughter came home at the weekend for a visit. She was rather taken with him and gave me the encouragement to spend the required 10 minutes to finish him off, so on went the eyes and the all important tail.
He has started to grow on me and I love the idea of a crochet toy that has an interactive measurement to him, kiddies can take him apart and build him up again. I have thought about making a couple more, maybe a hippo and a giraffe so you could mix them up and make a giraffaphant an elippo or a hipporaffe.
If you fancy having a go you can buy the pattern for £2.00 on Ravelry, it is another from the Dedri Uys collection.
I was so excited today, when I got to work I had a brown box waiting for me. Home time could not come soon enough as I was dying to open it up to reveal the contents.
I closely follow the musings and crafting of the multi talented Lucie, she drives me crazy because she can bake, crochet and sew, and now she has added knitting to her list of skills! If you haven’t checked out her blog yet you should pop over now and treat yourself to a peek lovelucie . But before you go let me share my delights with you.
I was entered into a draw in celebration of Lucie’s 100th post and all I had to do was to leave a comment which was easy.
So here is a closer view of my lucky stash starting with four handmade gift cards.
A foxy little notebook.
Three wonderfully aromatic lavender hearts that have already made their way into my wardrobe and draws.
A pencil case that will come in very handy for keeping my crochet accessories in. Don’t you just love the lining?
Two gorgeous little key chains, perfect, one for my home keys and one for my work keys.
And last but certainly not least a very wise looking Owl Cushion.
I am completely blown away by all these lovely gifts, I am sure that like me you are constantly busy creating and making but always for someone else. It is so wonderful to be the lucky recipient, thank you so, so, so, much Lucie I love them all.
If you want to treat yourself or need some Christmas gifts like the above you could call in and shop with Lucie on Folksy.
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!
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.
This is something that as soon as I saw it I knew I had to make one. I have created this one in the same pinks as the baby blanket I made to make cute little gift set.
Made up of segments, the shaping of this little ball is ideal for little hands to grip and will also help with development and coordination, once they start crawling little ones will be able to push it or roll it along.
So here is how is looks through the stages, first, you make 12 segment pouches.
Then you make a string of lids for your segments. This can be done as one long string or in 3 batches of 4, it really depends on your choice of colours, if you are using all one colour you can do it it one string.
Once you have made all your segments and lids you can start to join them together stuffing them as you go. Once you have completed the first 4 they should look like this.
Continue stuffing until you have all 3 done.
Then all you have to do is slot them together to complete your ball.
I saw this on make my day creative where you will find the link to this free pattern. There are others too, animal and flower versions by the author Dedri Uys on Ravelry. I am going to try the flower one next.
I am a little puzzled by the name Amish Ball, does anyone have any information?
The pattern for these gorgeous little flowers was found purely by accident one day whilst perusing Ravelry, and what a great find, aren’t they cute. It’s not easy to show in the images but the way they are made gives them a great depth and texture. They are great for using up scraps too, I am using Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran scraps that I have left from making our daughters blanket last year.
The mistake I made was not following the instruction in the pattern about joining the flowers together as I went, I just merrily went on my way making them all individually and pinning them onto my cushion. I wanted to be free to arrange and re-arrange the colours. No problem, or so I thought. I would simply sew them together at the end. Oh dear, I definitely do not recommend this, it is taking me ages!
It will be worth it in the end I am sure but it is not a mistake I would make twice. They do look good but as you can see I do have a way to go yet.
The pattern is by Adi Keren available on Ravelry here there is such a lovely story behind it too, Adi along with other members of the family made flowers then Adi brought them all together to create a gorgeous blanket for her nephew. She explains that between them they used scraps in blues and greens in a mixture of yarn types and weights, this added even more texture.
This is the last blanket, number 4 for my lovely Missy L and these are the colours from the Debbie Bliss Rialto DK range.
We have not discussed the pattern yet so I think I will be doing my usual and just starting with a few squares at random and seeing where it goes.
I found a pattern I really liked on Ravelry called Groovyghan although it gets its name in part from the bright colours used and my colours are more muted I wanted to use this particular flower pattern.
My thoughts are to do a few different flower pattern squares, I have chosen this design too which is a bit of a hybrid made using different patterns and some of my own interpretation.
I also want to incorporate a traditional granny square pattern.
These designs will be broken up with some self coloured squares. This is from the Jan Eaton 200 crochet blocks book that I have used before, pattern number 86 Sunray.
And pattern number 30 Shell Lace.
Now I am getting a nice collection of squares together I will have to start and work on the layout for this blanket soon. I think I am starting to have an idea about how it will work but I will share that with you soon.