Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Annika's Set

It wasn't as easy to find patterns for shorts and blouse on the internet as I thought it would be. But after a lot of browsing, I came up with a pattern here and another here.  The shorts look tiny, I hope they're going to fit! If not, I can make another pair because this time I had fabric left over.

I'm going to be away until the end of the week. I'm going to Port Elizabeth on the coast, a thousand kilometres away, for the national conference of the agricultural women's organisation I belong to. I hope to see some spectacular craftwork!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Plan B

I thought a metre and a half of fabric would be enough for a shorts-and-shirt set for a six year old. Wrong - again!
It didn't help that it's a one way print, but in truth, no matter how I fiddled, I wasn't going to get shorts and a shirt out. Luckily the pattern also has a skirt version, which did fit on the fabric, so I went with that. For once I even put the pockets in. A skirt is less practical than shorts, but there you go, life is the art of the possible.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Coming Up Short

I thought I had enough commercial cotton for two little blankets. I was wrong! I'll have to put this on hold until I go to town again and can get some more.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Stash Buster

I was blog hopping one day when I came across this pattern. It really appealed to me, so I bookmarked the page. Just as well because this week my son asked me to make two baby blankets for a friend of his who is expecting twins. I crocheted samples in wool, but decided that cotton would be better for babies who live in the Tropics. I have a bag of handspun cotton scraps in an array of colours, this would be a good way to use them up. I've used commercial cotton for the main colour and combined it with the coloured handspun cotton.

The pattern crochets the blanket lengthwise so that the ends can be finished off as tassels. I'm not a great fan of tassels (as I've said before) and I think tassels in baby's face are really not a good idea. So I worked the stripes sideways. This also enabled me to use shorter pieces of handspun. I worked the natural treble stitches back and forth, rather than ending off each row, which gives a more zig zag look than the original, but gave me fewer ends to sew in. I crocheted an edging, which isn't in the original pattern, but I see a number of commentators on the pattern said they did the same.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

No Comment!

I took my tablet to town with me today so I could follow my usual blog trail while I was waiting around. It half worked - I could read blogs but couldn't comment. It would defeat my object to go through it all again now, so you'll have to take it as read!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Having finished the socks for next year's competition, I took a look at the crochet section. The brief is to make a 'Mandala cushion'. The competition booklet says, "The word Mandala means magic circle in Sanskrit. Mandala art consists of patterns and symbols worked in concentric circles and arranged to achieve a symmetric and kaleidoscopic effect". Right.

 There's a long list of requirements for the cushion.  I've been looking at patterns -  on Ravelry, on Pinterest and following blog trails. I can't find a single pattern that will meet all the specs but I think I can combine patterns and make something unique.

 An eagle eyed friend of mine pointed out that it 'recommends' that you use more than one kind of crochet yarn. Plan B required because I had thought I could dye the cotton thread I bought and use it throughout. So in this experiment I've used the bought cotton yarn for the flower and handspun cotton for the leaves. I have thread I bought for tatting that I can incorporate. My idea for the flower is to dye a different shade of the same colour for each layer.

I"m going to a craft group meeting this afternoon, so I will take along the socks and this experiment and see what feedback I get.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Jane's New Heart

This is Jane Eborall's Fandango Heart. I'm not planning to make a doily out of it, I just want to attach it to Isabel's dress.When I glanced at the pattern, I thought it would require Catherine Wheel joins, but no, Jane has cleverly put strategic little rings so that ordinary joins do the job. Here is a link to the pattern.