Archive | April 2012

A finished WIP and a wooleater

Hello Friends

It’s a week since I was last able to blog but here I am today thanks to a horrible cold and a lovely hubby who has taken Benny to his gym class today 🙂 I’ve somehow managed to get lots of crochet done this week.  First I think I’ll show you the finished bed scarf I shared with you previously.  Here’s the finished blanket.

 

I’ve made this for my lovely Mum and Dad to keep their toes warm in bed and brighten up their bedroom a bit.  I know they are going to love it because they’re my mum and dad but I have to say I’m really pleased with how its turned out.  I just love big projects like this 🙂

I told you before that I planned to join in the the Wooleater CAL with Sarah London.  Well, I got so excited that I made this cushion for my friend but forgot to take photos of it as a WIP!  It was a lovely stitch to crochet and grew really quickly. I made the front in the wooleater stitch using three colours that will coordinate with the wallpaper in her bedroom.

 

I made the back as one large crochet square using a treble stitch just slightly smaller than the front as I wanted the fan stitch of the front to stand out a little.

 

I then stitched front and back together with wrong sides together.

   

Finally, I created a button band in the same way I do for all my crochet cushions by picking up 60 stitches evenly across the inside of the front piece and working 6 dc rows.  I picked out 4 coordinating buttons, stitched then evenly along the button band and then poked them through the back between the treble stitched (no need to make a button hole for this, in fact I find it holds the button better if you don’t).

 

Et voila!  A finished cushion 🙂

 

I have already made a start on my next project, a blanket for Benny.  The yarn is ready and waiting and I just have to decide on the exact design.  But more on that when the plans are in place. Finally, I couldn’t leave you today without showing you the seeds the boys planted last week.  The sunflowers are huge!  They need potting on and that will be a job for the boys in the morning.  Thankfully, a strawberry seed has come up for each of them.  Just one though which I’m a bit disappointed about.  Still, we have lots more things to plant tomorow.  Here’s hoping for a drier day.

 

With love until next time x

Tracey

Beautiful pink flowers :)

Good morning friends

Is it really over a week since my last blog post!  Well, I hope it was worth the wait 😉 Today I want to share with you a cross stitch project I’ve just finished the first stage of.  It’s a large cross stitch cushion cover with the most gorgeous pink flower designs.  I started it a few months ago but found I needed day light to really work on it properly so it’s taken me longer than I first expected.

I have worked this on a handheld frame although as it is worked on a  tapestry canvas I probably didn’t need to.

Here it is in its final stages with just the top right hand corner to complete.

Aren’t the colours just gorgeous?

Filling in the yellows.

And here’s the finished item hot off the frame.

Next steps will be to create the cover back and add a zip.  I haven’t done that before with a tapestry piece so that will be fun.  I’m not sure yet whether to try it myself or invest in a kit.

I worked this tapestry from a kit by Vervaco. The design is called  ‘Pink Bloom’ and there are several others in this series, all of them using the most beautiful and vivid colourways.

And I’m left with an empty frame…can’t have that…

Worry not, I have another project already on the go…more next time…

Until next time, with love xxx

Etsy Shop Feature and a bit of an experiment

I’m not being lazy really, I’m just experimenting!  If I’m right I can share other peoples blog posts with you 🙂 How cool is that!  Hope you don’t mind Louise…

I’m a member of the CraftBritannia team on Etsy and each week we feature and promote one of our members shops.  This week its the fabulous Sunny Crystals aka Sue.  Below is a link to Louise’s blog post about some of the lovely 3D cards available in Sue’s shop.

Etsy Shop Feature – Shop No 7 in the Series – SunnyCrystals.

Now, I’m much more of a jewellery gal so here are just a couple of my favourite items from Sue’s shop. She has many more beautiful items for sale so do pop along for a browse. You won’t be disappointed 🙂

http://www.etsy.com/listing/40080317/pink-sapphire-butterfly-pendant-vintage

http://www.etsy.com/listing/87951914/fluorite-green-aventurine-kambaba-jasper

 

Bye bye for now x

The first stirings of Spring and a new WIP

Hello my friends 🙂

It’s been a lovely Easter here at BekaBoo HQ despite the weather. We’ve seen family and friends, eaten chocolate, watched films and planted seeds 🙂 The boys planted some strawberry and sunflower seeds yesterday and we have cress and pea shoots to start off today. All very exciting!

I’ve also started a new bed scarf for my mum 🙂 She couldn’t resist when I was showing her my new blog. So I thought I would take the opportunity to talk you all through this particular design. The scarf is built around a central panel of solid granny squares. To work out how long this panel needs to be you need to take two measurements. First measure the width of the bed then measure how wide you want the finished scarf to be. Take the width of the scarf away from the width of the bed and this will tell you roughly how long you need the central panel to be. Simples 😉 Remember this doesn’t need to be exact to the centimetre as it is a blanket and will stretch quite a bit. As a rule of thumb you will need a row of 6 of these squares for a super or king size bed, 4 for a double and 3 for a single bed.

Now you’re ready to start crocheting. Start by making up your squares (I used squares consisting of four rounds of treble stitch). To make each square make 6 chain then join with a slip stitch to make a circle. Chain 3 then work 2 trebles into the circle. Make 2 chain then work three more trebles into the circle. Do this twice more then join the round with 1 chain and a half treble stitch into the third chain. For round 2, work 3 chain then work one more chain into the corner space. Work one treble into each treble stitch from the previous round. Make each corner with 2 trebles into the corner space, 2 chain and 2 more trebles into the corner space. Work a further 2 rounds in the same way (4 rounds in total) and fasten off. Finish by whip stitching the squares together with right sides facing.

The next step is to start working in rounds. Starting in one of the corner spaces, join your yarn and make 3 chain, work two more trebles into the space then skip two trebles along the edge of the first square and work 3 trebles into the next treble of the foundation square. Continue in this way working the corners as three trebles into the corner space, 2 chain and three more trebles into the same corner space. A little tip when starting rows with a different colour yarn is to start in a different corner to the one you just finished in. Continue working in rounds until the scarf is wide enough to fit the top of the bed.

Finally you need to create the panels that will drape either side of the bed and I will post about how to do this when I reach that stage with mum’s blanket. For now I’m at my favourite stage where the balnket is big enough to keep my knees and toes warm while I’m working 🙂

I suspect that unless you’re quite an experienced crocheter that probably wasn’t so easy to follow but fear not! I am in the process of creating a pattern with proper stitch diagrams and will be posting a pdf version in the next few days.

Bye for now 🙂 x

WIPs and the finished cushion

The cushion is finished!  I’m really pleased with it but before I show you it I want to share with you another WIP that is currently haunting me and the crochet bed scarf I made last year when we finally got round to redecorating our bedroom.

Lets start with the bedscarf.  I love purple.  It’s just feminine enough without being too girly and there are so many gorgeous shades to choose from.  I also love crocheting in rounds using this triple stitch especially when the work gets big enough to keep your knees warm 🙂  I made it just wide enough to cover the top of the bed and then used a single colour to create the draping panels for either side of the bed.  I made these side panels just long enough to match the duvet so the scarf lies nice and flat on the bed. Actually when I started it I wasn’t sure if it was going to be a scarf or a full blanket bit I’m glad it decided to to be a bedscarf.  It dresses up the bed and makes it look cosy and inviting without making it too warm.

On to the WIP.  One day soon it will be a bed scarf too and I’m sure it will be lovely.  My plan is to alternate the pink squares with black squares in a kind of a harlequin pattern.  Just another 15 black squares to go and I can start sewing in ends and sewing squares together.  I haven’t decided what to do about the edging yet, whether to fill in with half squares or not.  I quite like the zig zig effect.

And last but not least the jubilee cushion…drum roll…hope you like it 🙂 and thank you for reading x

Hello world!

Finally, my very first blog post! I have no idea where this will lead but I hope to share my love of crochet and my adventures exploring the world of crafting.

Where to being? Well, perhaps with my latest work in progess (WIP…I only figured that out recently!).  As its jubilee year I gathered together some red white and blue yarn and have set about creating a cushion cover.  I just have to crochet the panels together and sew on the buttons but here is a sneak preview 🙂