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I’m an inspiration!

Apologies for two posts in one day but I forgot to share this lovely post with you from Marie at MACCrochet.  I draw so much inspiration from the community of crafters out there on the tinternet, its amazing to find that other people get something back from me.  Thanks so very much Marie 🙂 xxx

http://macscrochet.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/granny-day-149-another-filofax-cover.html

Until next time, with love

Tracey x

 

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

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