2013 review: Crochet

This year has been a little sporadic on the crafty front. I was so busy with work for the first part of the year, and then lovely hot summer + yarn + sick cat do not go together well, then more of being busy, so I didn’t think I’d have much to review. But I did make all of these things this year, so perhaps it wasn’t quite as bad as I thought!

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1: Stars

Today  is the 1st of December and Christmas is in the air. Over the next 4 weeks, I thought I would do a series of Christmas posts; a sort of Advent calendar of posts with all kinds of Christmas and winter-related things; poems, songs, traditions, crafts and food! (I know for some people it isn’t winter where you are, but it is here in the UK!)

So, to kick us off, some crochet.  I made some stars using lovely 100% lambs’ wool, and thought they would look good appliqued to cards.

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Cream card brings out the rich coloursP1040982

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Red card for the cream and gold stars

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And some elegant grey card to make this posh pink star sizzle!

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They’re all shining brightly in my Etsy shop now!

Unexpectedly AWOL

Oops, I didn’t mean to stay away so long, but with summer holidays and then return to work, I’ve been otherwise engaged.

Here’s something I’ve been making…..cards with crochet!!

What have I been doing……..well, I’ve dodged the gallons of rain we have been subjected to this summer and enjoyed the sun when it appeared, I went to Liverpool where I had a fantastic haircut, and to the Edinburgh festival. I’ve gardened, had a big clear-out of ‘stuff’, caught up with friends, and passed many happy hours in my shed experimenting with yarn. I watched lots of the Olympics and Paralympics. I went to a sale of film props and got some brilliant bargains.

And I’ve given this blog a makeover.

More crochet makings soon; I’m glad to be back!

This week

I finished this

This was fun to make, I just let rip with the colours and the black makes them look so vivid. A pleasing end result.

I started this – although the effect is so different, it is the same pattern as above. So far so good.

Some brilliant flowers indoors

I went on an amazing musical journey, going to see Wagner’s Ring Cycle;  a recorded transmission of from the Metropolitan Opera in New York, performed over the last 12 months – having played this, I thought it was probably good to be in the audience for a change. Awesome stuff (If you click on the link, it will take you to a fantastic clip so you can get a flavour.)

Outdoor beauty – this rose is called ‘Nostalgia’…..very pretty!

There have been a lot of these big black clouds recently, the great British summer is its usual unpredictable self

Back soon after a trip to the Lake District. Photo opportunities galore, with luck!

Spring flower power

I promised a look at what all those colourful ends had turned into; so here it is, a cushionful of daisies! It is a happy combination of 2 of my favourite things –  I like flowers and I like crochet so the 2 together for me are a winning combination.

32 multi-coloured daisy squares, all edged with lovely soft cream lambs’ wool.

Finished off with some cream buttons which have a distressed finish.

I found the pattern in this book, and really loved how it looked especially when I started playing around with many different colours in a random mix. It was a lovely project to work on, very restful and rewarding to see how the mix of hues brought the end result together. The flowers were made with a mixture of yarns; predominantly acrylic but also some wool/acrylic mix and other blends of wool and synthetic fibres.  A riotous rainbow was what I was after, so the colour was the main consideration in my choices. The cream lambs wool is a favourite from this Ebay seller, just a lovely yarn to work with and it sets off the daisies a treat.

I have another of these on the go now; I thought a pair, not identical twins but very similar would look even better than one!