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A new project for Jack

Good morning friends 🙂

It’s the 1st of June already and May has slipped quietly by.  After 2 weeks of glorious weather we seem to be back to grey skies just in time for half term 😦 Ahh well, we have the Jubilee to celebrate this weekend and plans for days out together that don’t depend on the weather so I am looking forward to spending the week with my beautiful boys.

Now that Benny’s blanket is complete I have made a start on one for Jack.  Once again I am using a ball of hand-spun, hand-dyed wool my lovely Mum brought back from Scotland and Jack has chosen blues, purples and a green yarn to go with it.

 

Originally I planned to knit Jack’s blanket, making lots of squares using different stitches and then sewing them together.  But when I started to knit the first square in a plain stocking stitch the idea of knitted strips surrounded by crochet seemed just right so that is the plan now.  The first strip is finished and I think I will need about 10 of these before I start edging them with crochet.  I’m thinking then I will join them together and work round the whole piece in crochet until we feel its big enough 🙂

Here is the first strip completed.  I was trying to block it out here.  Not something I’m used to doing but I thought I would try it.  The idea is the pin the piece out and spray it with water until it’s damp. Then you dab off any droplets and leave it to dry.  It worked OK but I don’t think I got the edges damp enough as they still curled in.  Still, I have a few more strips to perfect this technique and I’m hoping someone with more experience at this will give me some tips.  One thing I have learnt is not to do the blocking on an ironing board as it ruins the cover! Oops.

 

Jack is very excited.  I so love making things for my boys 🙂

I mentioned before that I was starting to make a picture tutorial for a coin purse craft kit I have in stock.  Here are the first few photos.  I am sewing it by hand although it could be sewn by machine.  Here is the kit I am using and the contents, everything I need to make one purse except a needle and thread.

 

Here are the fabrics.  I decided to use the first one as the outside and the yellow one for the lining.

 

First I ironed both pieces of fabric then ironed the interfacing onto the fabric I chose for the outside of the purse.

 

Next I cut the paper pattern out and used a pencil fabric marker to mark out the shape onto the fabric.

 

I marked the position of the two tabs onto the fabric with the pattern in place, then removed the pattern and marked the tabs onto the inside of the pattern pieces before cutting them out. This is really inportant as it marks the positions where you sew from and to.

 

So now I’m ready to start sewing. I haven’t done much sewing in recent years but I am really enjoying it and have some plans for patchwork cushions and may even combine fabric and crochet as I have found some lovely tutorials on how to do this 🙂

Finally, I thought I would share the link the one of my Pinterest boards.  This one is for ‘Things I want to make’.  I am always thinking one or two projects ahead but I am struggling at the moment as there are so very many things I want to try.  It would be lovely to know what you think I should add to my list.

http://pinterest.com/bekaboodesigns/things-i-want-to-make/

For now I hope all my British friends have a wonderful Jubilee and for everyone else I hope you have a lovely weekend with people you love doing the thngs that make you happy 🙂

Until next time with love

Tracey x

Its finished!

Hello friends

Benny’s blanket is finished 🙂 I’m so pleased with it and, more importantly, so is he 🙂 I completed the 24 smaller squares of 10 rounds each and then came my least favourite part…sewing in the ends!  Here’s the pile of them (saved for stuffing of course).

Next came the best bit, crocheting it all together. I crocheted each square together using a double crochet stitch to create a raised seam on the right side.  To do this you just place the pieces wrong sides together, line up the stitches and crochet through 2 stitches at once…simples 🙂

 

Finally I added a single round of white to finish it off and one small and very happy boy 🙂

 

Other news 🙂 Jack wants a blanket too (of course) so I have made a start on that already.  He decided his colour scheme should be purple and blue with a hint of green.  We have gathered all the wools and this will be the subject of my next blog post.

Finally, I’ve also made a start on a tutorial for a purse kit I am selling in my online store http://www.bekaboocrafts.com/ourshop/prod_2002045-Japan-Crafts-clasp-purse-kit.html. The instructions are great and its been easy to follow them but I always find it easier to follow photos.

Until next time, with love

Tracey

Blanket progress and more seeds

Hello friends

It’s been a busy week for me.  Lots of ‘real’ work as well as lots of time spent on my new website, listing items and making plans 🙂 Very exciting for me 🙂 Today I thought I would update you on the progress with Benny’s blanket as plans for this have changed!  You will see that this happens alot as I love to let projects like this just evolve in their own way.  So far I have completed the 6 large blocks of 20 rounds each.

 

Originally I had planned to mix these with a whole series of smaller blocks but when I laid them out together they looked just right and so I have decided to add a border of smaller blocks.  Each of these will be 10 rounds and I have stuck to the same design for each but different colour combinations.

  

What do you think?  I am so very happy with it and Benny can’t wait for it to be finished.  It is supposed to be for his bed but he wants it for his ‘tv blanket’ as well so I can see it is going to be well used and, I hope, well loved.  I already have plans for Jack’s blanket and have decided to let him choose his colours and perhaps help to make it as well 🙂

I shall finish by updating you on the seeds we have been planting.  The sunflowers have been repotted and are hardening off outside now.  After last year when the slugs got ALL of them, we are going to wait until they are nice and big before planting them in their final position.

 

We now have 4 strawberry plants and our little cuckoo is doing well.  Still no idea what he may be 🙂

Finally, we have planted peas, beans and sweetpeas indoors this week, all of which have started to germinate.  Its just beautiful to see the joy and amazement on the boy’s faces, I love them so very much.

  

Until next time, with love

Tracey x

Benny’s blanket and a cuckoo in the nest

Happy Wednesday Everyone

I am unashamedly skiving for half an hour this morning as I just couldn’t wait to share my latest news with you all. One of the perks of working for yourself 🙂

Firstly, I wanted to update you on the strawberry seeds the boys planted a couple of weeks ago.  We got all excited last week as something had germinated but a bit sad as it was just one from a whole pack of seeds.  Well I am now beginning to suspect that this cheeky fellow isn’t a strawberry plant at all!  He’s just too big.  We now have three more tiny germinators and they look much more like strawberry seedlings to me.  Still, I can’t help but be excited to see what exactly our little cuckoo will turn out to be.  We will keep you posted 🙂

            

The other news I wanted to share was my newest crochet project.  This one is a granny square blanket for Benny’s room.  We recently redecorated his room for him to celebrate his move from a toddler bed to his  ‘big boy’ bunk beds.  Blue was the order of the day so we picked out some gorgeous ‘mini’ wallpaper and an ‘Italian job’ print for him.  These are the inspiration for his blanket.

            

Here are the colours I’ve chosen.  The bright, turquoise wool came to us from Scotland after my Mum and Dad’s latest trip.  Hand dyed and pure wool, I’ve been waiting to use it in a special project and I think this is it 🙂

The design is based on the traditional granny square but I’m experimenting with combining squares of different sizes.  I’m first making 6 large squares  of 20 rounds each and will then make 18 squares of 10 rounds and 24 squares of 5 rounds.  I have a rough plan which I’ll share with you when I’ve transferred it from the back of the envelope it is currently on to a proper piece of paper 😉

           

With love until next time

Tracey 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 🙂