Just finished my last commission – well, I need to sew it up. Now I need to get back to the homemade Christmas pressie stash. I think the last minute panic is actually now feeling a bit festive. Here I am working on a teacosy and then I need to really address the small matter of a cute tank top for my scrumptious nephew. Obviously I will turn to the safe hands of Dame Debbie Bliss for my pattern inspiration. Let those needles fly.
What are you last minute wonders?
Just noticed a little feature about my blog on the Inside Crochet website – how very lovely.
So I got on a bit of a roll with my Lazy Aunty blankets. If Christmas wasn’t quite so ‘full-on’ at the moment in other parts of my life I could quite happily curl up and make several. This version has a pretty picot edge.
I am not sure I will ever be a serene, pale colour palette person, it just doesn’t seem to happen. However I do love tonal reds and pinks. I made this version for a friend who I know will enjoy a little snuggle.
The beauty of any vintage style crochet blanket is the possibility of using up all those odds and ends. This embellishment really combines the quick fix with the stash busting. As we speak it is ‘freezing’ in our house. I am mid-way through a cushion and a teacosy.
Perhaps I should re-think and return to the Lazy Aunty pattern.
Thank you to all of you who have left comments recently – it has been a real encouragement and I am so very grateful – a lovely bit of ‘delurking’
Have a lovely weekend x
If you are a regular reader of this blog, you will know that I have been messing about with crochet edges for a couple of months. I often get asked by interested friends, ‘I wonder if you could just whip up a quick crochet blanket for me – they are so trendy at the moment?’ If you are an ardent crocheter you will know the answer to this…’No, not really – what you will asking will take about 6 months of my spare time and isn’t so much an ‘on-trend’ thing but an heirloom…have you tried ebay/etsy?’ – Ok, my answer is probably not quite so direct, but you get the picture.
I have, in the past been able to make blankets for new little babies, but life and crafting has got very busy. I failed spectacularly to make a blanket for my own nephew, (in later life I think he might be relieved). Then it occurred to me – what we need is ‘speed crochet’ – a hint of granny stripe chic – but fewer crochet hours. That is how the Lazy Aunty Blanket was born. I took a very reasonably priced fleece blanket from a local supermarket and edged it with some granny stripe clusters. Genius!
This pattern, simple and cunning is now featured in the current issue of Inside Crochet Magazine. The photos by Britt Spring are just gorgeous. This is a very good issue with lots of great patterns, well worth a browse. Another triumph by editor, Claire Montgomerie.
If you look closely you will spot that the final row of the edge matches the main colour of the blanket and uses a corded/crab stitch. This is still one of my favourite finishing stitches. I used the blanket stitch which edges the original blanket as the foundation on which to work my first row.I also made two flower motifs and sewed them either side of the blanket to give an additional crochet touch.
Featured in these photos is blanket version one – I will share version two with you later in the week. This particular blanket will now be winging its way to my sister. So now my nephew will not have so much a failed Aunty, but rather a Lazy Aunty.
Dear Lovelies, I have exciting news for you, if you are a follower of twitter keep an eye on @GMCcraftbooks throughout December, as they’ll be launching an advent calendar of great present ideas, free projects and giveaways, all inspired by this year’s lovely new book releases! From sewing to papercraft, knitting to woodworking and everything in between, GMC craft books have got all bases covered and are sure to offer you some inspiration this Christmas. It is a great opportunity to add to your personal crafty library and one of my books will be a featured giveaway on one of the days.
Hello lovely people. Firstly today is a bit of an anniversary for this small corner of the blogging world. My little blog is 3 years old today. How silly is that? I am a little bit scared by how fast the time has flown. Frequently on the internet I read of how ‘the blog’ has had its day, but I am still reading and being inspired by my favourite blogs. This year has been utterly fabulous from a blogging point of view – my little book unleashed upon the world and lots of exciting yarn projects in the process. The best part of the whole process must be the recording of little bits of our family life. I just love looking back at the pictures – so all things considered I think we will embark upon our forth year of bloggy fun.
If you fancy ‘de-lurking’ and leaving an anniversary comment – that would be lovely.
I was a little bit thrilled when the latest copy of Knitting Magazine (Issue 123) dropped through the letter box this week. I was particularly excited that my design Drift beret and collar scarf has a little feature photograph on the front cover. Emma, the editor of Knitting Magazine really wanted a luxurious accessory design and the Rowan Angora Haze certainly fits the bill. I used double strands of the yarn on both items and every time I pick up the finished items I feel like Agnes in ‘Despicable Me‘ – ‘They’re SO FLUFFY’
When or if it snows this winter I will be sporting this combo and might add a little vintage brooch for added bling. The most hilarious part of this design process was making both items on our August family holiday in Majorca, perhaps the worst sort of conditions to work with spotless white angora – there was a lot of cold hand washing required.
There is still plenty of time to whip up your own festive version to keep you warm during the carol singing season and if you do manage to work your magic on the needles I guarantee you will feel like a ’50′s movie star in your angora heaven.
So here are the final two designs of mine from Teacozies 4. Firstly the Caravan Teacosy is a reworked version of one of my favourite patterns. I return to this design frequently when I want to make a cosy to fit in with other people’s colour schemes. The original was inspired by the wrapping on Tunnock teacakes. As my friend Mrs J pointed I should have called it Tunnock Teacosy or Teacake Teacosy – but that logic seemed to escape me.
I still love this design. It reminds me of Mrs J – a proper tea drinker.
Secondly I designed this cosy which is really an exercise in cross stitch because double crochet stitch is a fabulous base for cross stitch design. If you are a fan of embroidery, but can’t crochet you could always join forces with a crocheting friend to whip-up this design.
So there you go – lots of designs to wet your appetite. Hope you like them x
I do hope you like this simple owl design. I think he looks rather fun, but is not too complicated or cumbersome. Little B was particularly taken with this design and I think it would make a perfect pressie for a teacher at the end of term.
When I designed some hats for Debbie Bliss last year I found tweed yarn was perfect for woodland designs and this close woven stitch provides a lovely texture.
Just two more designs to feature now from the Teacozies 4 book – you will have to tell me which is your favourite. Both these designs are in Teacozies 4 available here and here.