Friday, 12 February 2016

Cozy Stripes Blanket Part 1

Hi ladies and gents,

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a got start into Feburary. I was down with yet another bad case of the flu. Man, it's so annoying!




I wasn't going to show you the following project in the first place as I wanted to do a big Tadah-Post once it is finished. Then I realized that it might take me at least eight more weeks to finish. Ehh, yeah. So you will get progress shots instead.


My honorary aunt (my dad's best friend) is getting married in May - I know her (and her future husband) since I was a kid and wanted to gift them something special on their big day. As she really likes the blanket I made my granny two years ago, I figured a blanket as a wedding gift is just the thing to do!


I really like working with Stylecraft Special DK on such blanket projects, as there is a huge color range and it's well washable. Earlier this year, I told myself I should use more of my stash and guess what... I discovered 25 different colored balls of Special DK in my stash! I put all of them on the floor and the living room and with help from my husband (who has a better eye for colors) I put them into in order!


After briefly considering a blanket in linen stitch, I decided on the Cozy Stripes Blanket Pattern from Attic24. Instead of starting with a beginning chain, I went for a foundation chain, plus I went for about 170 to 180 cm (so two people can cuddle under it).


At the moment I used all of the 25 hours once and am working on the second repeat. I hope I have enough yarn to use every color four times in the blanket. Fingers crossed!


Oh and something different, but happy too: Do you remember how I donated money for Judith Monica Herrera Alarcon from Bolivia to built up a yarn store in honor of my cat? I just got notice that she was sucessful and was even able to repay the credit she got from World Vision already. I am so happy for her and her family! Hopefully her little LYS will prosper and she can expand the shop even further!

What is on your hook this weekend?

Take care
Anne

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Teddies for Refugees - an Update!

Hi everyone! 

My Teddies for Refugees project is going really well - I've sold 20 teddies, with $10 each going to support the world of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre here in Australia. Plus, a local tennis group have chosen the Resource Centre for a charitable donation from hearing about my project! 

I wanted to share with you a special story today :) 


My cousin is a church minister in Western Sydney, an area which has a high number of people who have come to Australia as immigrants or refugees, and who do not have English as their first language. One particular family that he is working with are refugees from Syria. When I was talking with them over Christmas, my cousin asked if I could make a pair of teddies to give to the family - one in Aussie green and gold, and the other in the colours of the Syrian flag! 


The Aussie one reminds me so much of a soccer player! I had fun looking up the Syrian flag, and figuring out how to get the stars on the white middle of the flag.


I used Anne's Cross Your Heart Teddy pattern (which is free!) and the Teeny Tiny Stars pattern by Lucy at Attic24 for the stars. The yarn is Stylecraft Special DK, except the stars which are Red Heart Margareta.


Making these teddies, and special requests like these buddies has been so much fun, as well as raising money to help refugees!

If you're in Australia and want to buy a teddy and support refugees, visit the shop at https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/TeddiesforRefugees

Friday, 5 February 2016

Free Pattern: Boho Chic Blanket (Translation)

Hi ladies and gentlemen!

Once again we have the pleasure if translating a wonderful pattern from Lucie (Vivre au Crochet) from French to English. The Boho Chic Blanket is a true beauty and we are very happy that Lucie trusted us with translating this beauty!






So without further ado, here comes the pattern!

Free Pattern: Boho Chic Blanket

You will need
- Scrap yarn in various colors (Aran)
- 5 balls of yarn (100g each) in an off white color as the main color (Aran)
- 2 balls of yarn (100g each) of another secondary color for the border (Aran)
- 5 mm crochet hook

Important: You will not turn your work after Row 1. You will need to start at the same side of the work all the time.

Blanket Body

Use the border color to crochet a chain. The chain should measure about 150 cm, the stitch count is not important as long as it is a multiple of three, plus two. 

Row 1: 1hdc into the third ch from the hook, and then into each ch. (Note: The turning 2ch at the beginning of this row does not count as a stitch!)



Note from Anne: You can also start with a hdc foundation row in the desired length in a multiple of 3. A tutorial for the foundation row can be found here.

Row 2: Using main color and start with the V-stitch. Chain 3, sk 2 st, *1dc, 1ch, 1dc into the next st, sk 2st* til the end of the row, 1ch, 1 dc in the last st. Finish off. Do not turn. 

Row 3: Change color to any desired color (expect the main color). You're going to work into every second v stitch from the row below. Ch3, *3hdctog, ch1, 3hdctog into the next v-stitch from the row below, sk 1 v-stitch from the row below, 2ch* repeat till the end of the row, finish with 1hdc into the last ch1 from the row below. Finish off. 





Row 4: Change color to any desired color (expect main color). You're going to work into the skipped v-stitches from two rows below and into every v-stitch from the row below. Ch3, *1hdc, ch1, 1hdc into the v-stitch from the row below, 1dc, ch1, 1dc into the v-stitch from two rows below* repeat till the end of the row, 1hdc into the last ch1 from the row below. Finish off.


Repeat row 2-4 till you reached the desired length. Every fourth row should be crocheted in the main color. 




Border
Rd 1: 1hdc into every stitch around, with 2hdc into the side of a hdc, 3hdc into the side of a dc, and three hdc into every corner.
Rd 2-5:  1sc into every stitch around, with three sc into every corner.
Rd 6: Crab Stitch all around.



Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Ta-dah! Slow Rainbow Tote!

Ta-dah! 

My Slow Rainbow Zig Zag Tote Bag is finished! It's headed for the Sydney Royal Easter Show in a few weeks time. 


I used my own pattern, the Zig Zag Tote Bag, and the following colours of Stylecraft Special DK:


Black
Plum
Violet
Lavender
Cloud Blue
Turquoise
Aster
Empire
Petrol
Teal
Aspen
Spring Green
Kelly Green
Green
Meadow
Citron
Saffron
Sunshine
Spice
Tomato
Shrimp
Fondant
Pomegranate
Lipstick
Raspberry

I couldn't decide which colours to use for the straps, so I did one in 6 colours around the pink end, and one in 6 colours around the blue. I love it!!


Since the Easter Show doesn't allow anything to cover up the inside of the work, I added slip stitches around the base and across in 5 lines to give at least the bottom of the bag less room to stretch. 



The inside still looks pretty good though :)


For this week only (until Monday night Sydney time), you can buy this pattern for 50% off with the code RAINBOWTOTE, or just click on this link: 

http://www.ravelry.com/redeem/wrapped-with-love-by-michelle?code=RAINBOWTOTE 



If it sells at the Show, I think I'm going to have to make myself another one :D

Friday, 29 January 2016

Summer Fun

Hi everyone!

I've been terribly slack with blogging for a while - there's been lots going on, and I haven't really _finished_ anything to show you! So, here's a little catch up post with a lot of photos and WIPs :) 

Christmas at the Lake was excellent, even though the weather was very variable. Sometimes it was too hot and humid to be alive, and then we had torrential rain - the lake even flooded in early January! 


But, bad outside weather makes for good inside baking weather :) I experimented with a few new recipes, and using the Thermomix to do the kneading saves me so much energy! My favourite bread recipe website expired though, so there was some frantic googling of cached pages to retrieve the recipes.



I did loads of cross-stitch. The Winter Sparkle is coming to life! It's now almost half done! 


I finished the Persian Tiles Afghan kit, which Anne sent me for my birthday :) It was so much fun to make, and I adore the pattern. Jane must have shares in a stitch marker factory though because the patten wanted me to have and use so many! I've asked my mum if she would like a king sized version as a summer bedspread :) (this pic is unfinished, I'm waiting until closer to the Easter Show to block it)


I made some teddies, of course. The little one is the Heart Teddy, and the rainbow one is the Cross Your Heart Teddy.


I also had some time and brain to have a play with some new patterns! Here are three colourful mandalas that I'm going to use as doilies (unblocked in these photos):



2. Sunflower Mandala by Zooty Owl


3. Minimalist Cabled Mandala by Lilla Björn Crochet


I fell in love with this lacy star motif, and I'm very excited to start working on a version in midnight blue, with some of the star outlines picked out in surface slip stitches using silver thread! Here's a sample I did in a lovely grey mix lace yarn :)



Right now on my hook is another Zig Zag Tote Bag, this time with a leeeetle bit more planning in the colours - I'm doing a 24 colour rainbow! It's kinda nice to be doing something that doesn't require a lot of attention or counting (after the first few rows). Love rainbows :D


Phew! I think that's an update on me! 

Monday, 25 January 2016

Pushing through

Hi there!

How are you doing these days? I can't believe we are in the last week of January already. Times flies by!

I started the year with another cold and I am still sickish. My doctor prescribed me "nose showers" last week (yuck - they are disgusting) which seem to help with the cold. Still, I am utterly exhausted - both mentally and physically. I guess the latter isn't too surprising considering the last few months, still I wish I was back on my feet.


So, I am trying to push through. Make it through the days, find my way to being more content and happier again. Not an easy thing to do (no worries! I am not depressed - just really, really exhausted). Any advice? I know I probably have a bad case of fatigue from my autoimmune disease but still...

I picked up some crochet but not much. Not because I don't want to but because I am usually falling asleep when I get home from work.


These hearts I made over the last couple of days. We will have our religious wedding with a big party this autumn and I would like to add a personal touch to it. Thus, I am thinking about some crochet decorations. After all - what would be more like me than crochet? I am experimenting with different heart patterns (well, so far I modified everyone I tried) and haven't found "the one" yet. Hm. I wonder if they will look nicer if I use thinner cotton yarn? Shall give it a try tonight I guess!

Oh and I made these Easter bunny balls from this pattern - you might notice I added extra rows to make it more round. They were fun to make but now I am not sure what to do with them. Laughs. I might take them to the office for decoration purpose. Eh, and I am just not good with stitching noses on. I shall look out for a tutorial...


What is on your hook today?

Take care
Anne

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Free Pattern: Show your Stripes Beanie

Hi there!

Over the christmas/winter break a beanie idea sprung into my mind. The result you can find here! The Show your Stripes Beanie!

I have put three versions of the Beanie below: 0-6 months, 6-12 months and toddler size. I tested all the sizes but it really depends on how loose or tight you crochet. 

If you think that something is really off with the sizes, please drop me a note, so that I can see to it and possible fix it! Thank you!

If you scroll down, there is a tiny picture tutorial. I didn't want to put it in-between the patterns as some of you might want to print the pattern.




Pattern: Show your Stripes Beanie


You need:

- Yarn Color A (Aran)
- Yarn Color B (Aran)
- Hook 5,5 mm
- Scissor

- PomPom-Maker


0 – 6 months (to fit about 14,5 - 15 inches Head Circumference)

Make a magic circle.

1) 10dc into the magic circle. Close with a sl into the first dc. (10)
2) ch2 (does not count as stitch), 2dc into each st around. Close with a sl into the first dc. (20)
3) ch2 (does not count as stitch), *dc into the next st, 2dc into the next st* repeat 10 times . Close with a sl into the first dc. (30)
4) ch2 (does not count as stitch), *dc into the next 2 st, 2dc into the next st* repeat 10 times . Close with a sl into the first dc. (40)
5) ch2 (does not count as stitch), *dc into the next 3 st, 2dc into the next st* repeat 10 times . Close with a sl into the first dc. (50)
6) ch2 (does not count as stitch), *dc into the next st, ch1, skip 1st* repeat 25 times. Close with a sl into the first dc. Draw the hook out of the loop and place a stitch marker into it to secure it. (50)
7) Change color (B). Make a loop and join in the skipped st from the previous round. Ch2 (does not count as stitch), dc into the same st, ch1, *dc into the skipped st from the previous round, ch1* repeat 24 times. Close with a sl into the first dc. Draw the hook out of the loop and place a stitch marker into it to secure it. (50).
8) Change color (A). Put your hook into the loop you dropped two rds before. Ch2 (does not count as stitch), dc into the same st, ch1, *dc into the skipped st from the previous round, ch1* repeat 24 times. Close with a sl into the first dc. Draw the hook out of the loop and place a stitch marker into it to secure it. (50).
9- 13) repeat rd 7 and 8 (you will end with color B)
14) Change color (A). Put your hook into the loop you dropped two rds before. Ch2 (does not count as stitch), dc into the same st, sc into the dc of rd 15, *dc into the skipped st from the previous round, sc into the dc of rd 15* repeat 24 times. Sl into the first dc. Tie off and sew in the end.

Continue working with color A. You will now make the earflaps. Fold the beanie and join yarn about in the middle of the side.

1) Ch1, sc into the next 8st.
2) Ch1, 2sctog, sc into the next 6st.
3) Ch1, 2sctog, sc into the next 5st.
4) Ch1, 2sctog, sc into the next 4st.
5) Ch1, 2sctog, sc into the next 3st.
6) Ch1, 2sctog, sc into the next 2st.
7) Ch1, 2sctog, sc into the next 1st.
8) Ch1, 2sctog. Tie off and sew on the end.

Repeat on the other side of the beanie (you can easily find the correct position for the second earflap by folding the beanie and beginning the second earflap on exact the opposite side from the first one).

You will now crochet the finishing border. Pick up the last loop from color B (rd 15). Ch2. Sc into each st around. Evenly place the sc at the sides of the earflaps. Join with sl into first sc. Tie off and sew in the end.

Make a PomPom and sew it to the top of the beanie

Cut 1 long thread from color A and B each. Fold. Pull through the bottom of the earflap and pull both sides of yarn through evenly. Divide the yarn into three strands and braid. Finish with a knot. Cut ends to an even length. Repeat for the second earflap.

 6-12 months (to fit about 15,5-16,5 inch Head Circumference)

Make a magic circle.

1) 12dc into the magic circle. Close with a sl into the first dc. (12)
2) ch2 (does not count as stitch), 2dc into each st around. Close with a sl into the first dc. (24)
3) ch2 (does not count as stitch), *dc into the next st, 2dc into the next st* repeat 12 times . Close with a sl into the first dc. (36)
4) ch2 (does not count as stitch), *dc into the next 2 st, 2dc into the next st* repeat 12 times . Close with a sl into the first dc. (48)
5) ch2 (does not count as stitch), *dc into the next 3 st, 2dc into the next st* repeat 12 times . Close with a sl into the first dc. (60)
6) ch2 (does not count as stitch), *dc into the next st, ch1, skip 1st* repeat 30 times. Close with a sl into the first dc. Draw the hook out of the loop and place a stitch marker into it to secure it. (60)
7) Change color (B). Make a loop and join in the skipped st from the previous round. Ch2 (does not count as stitch), dc into the same st, ch1, *dc into the skipped st from the previous round, ch1* repeat 29 times. Close with a sl into the first dc. Draw the hook out of the loop and place a stitch marker into it to secure it. (60).
8) Change color (A). Put your hook into the loop you dropped two rds before. Ch2 (does not count as stitch), dc into the same st, ch1, *dc into the skipped st from the previous round, ch1* repeat 29 times. Close with a sl into the first dc. Draw the hook out of the loop and place a stitch marker into it to secure it. (60).
9- 13) repeat rd 7 and 8 (you will end with color B)
14) Change color (A). Put your hook into the loop you dropped two rds before. Ch2 (does not count as stitch), dc into the same st, sc into the dc of rd 13, *dc into the skipped st from the previous round, sc into the dc of rd 15* repeat 29 times. Sl into the first dc. Tie off and sew in the end.

Continue working with color A. You will now make the earflaps. Fold the beanie and join yarn about in the middle of the side.

1) Ch1, sc into the next 9st.
2) Ch1, 2sctog, sc into the next 7st.
3) Ch1, 2sctog, sc into the next 6st.
4) Ch1, 2sctog, sc into the next 5st.
5) Ch1, 2sctog, sc into the next 4st.
6) Ch1, 2sctog, sc into the next 3st.
7) Ch1, 2sctog, sc into the next 2st.
8) Ch1, 2sctog, sc into the next 1st.
9) Ch1, 2sctog. Tie off and sew on the end.

Repeat on the other side of the beanie (you can easily find the correct position for the second earflap by folding the beanie and beginning the second earflap on exact the opposite side from the first one).

You will now crochet the finishing border. Pick up the last loop from color B (rd 14). Ch2. Sc into each st around. Evenly place the sc at the sides of the earflaps. Join with sl into first sc. Tie off and sew in the end.

Make a PomPom and sew it to the top of the beanie

Cut 1 long thread from color A and B each. Fold. Pull through the bottom of the earflap and pull both sides of yarn through evenly. Divide the yarn into three strands and braid. Finish with a knot. Cut ends to an even length. Repeat for the second earflap.

Toddler (to fit about 17-18 inch Head Circumference)

Make a magic circle.

1) 12dc into the magic circle. Close with a sl into the first dc. (12)
2) ch2 (does not count as stitch), 2dc into each st around. Close with a sl into the first dc. (24)
3) ch2 (does not count as stitch), *dc into the next st, 2dc into the next st* repeat 12 times . Close with a sl into the first dc. (36)
4) ch2 (does not count as stitch), *dc into the next 2 st, 2dc into the next st* repeat 12 times . Close with a sl into the first dc. (48)
5) ch2 (does not count as stitch), *dc into the next 3 st, 2dc into the next st* repeat 12 times . Close with a sl into the first dc. (60)
6) ch2 (does not count as stitch), *dc into the next 9 st, 2dc into the next st* repeat 6 times . Close with a sl into the first dc. (66)
7) ch2 (does not count as stitch), *dc into the next st, ch1, skip 1st* repeat 33 times. Close with a sl into the first dc. Draw the hook out of the loop and place a stitch marker into it to secure it. (60)
8) Change color (B). Make a loop and join in the skipped st from the previous round. Ch2 (does not count as stitch), dc into the same st, ch1, *dc into the skipped st from the previous round, ch1* repeat 32 times. Close with a sl into the first dc. Draw the hook out of the loop and place a stitch marker into it to secure it. (60).
9) Change color (A). Put your hook into the loop you dropped two rds before. Ch2 (does not count as stitch), dc into the same st, ch1, *dc into the skipped st from the previous round, ch1* repeat 32 times. Close with a sl into the first dc. Draw the hook out of the loop and place a stitch marker into it to secure it. (60).
10- 16) repeat rd 7 and 8 (you will end with color B)
17) Change color (A). Put your hook into the loop you dropped two rds before. Ch2 (does not count as stitch), dc into the same st, sc into the dc of rd 15, *dc into the skipped st from the previous round, sc into the dc of rd 16* repeat 32 times. Sl into the first dc. Tie off and sew in the end.

Continue working with color A. You will now make the earflaps. Fold the beanie and join yarn about in the middle of the side.

1) Ch1, sc into the next 10st.
2) Ch1, 2sctog, sc into the next 8 st.
3) Ch1, 2sctog, sc into the next 7st.
4) Ch1, 2sctog, sc into the next 6st.
5) Ch1, 2sctog, sc into the next 5st.
6) Ch1, 2sctog, sc into the next 4st.
7) Ch1, 2sctog, sc into the next 3st.
8) Ch1, 2sctog, sc into the next 2st.
9) Ch1, 2sctog, sc into the next 1st.
10) Ch1, 2sctog. Tie off and sew on the end.

Repeat on the other side of the beanie (you can easily find the correct position for the second earflap by folding the beanie and beginning the second earflap on exact the opposite side from the first one).

You will now crochet the finishing border. Pick up the last loop from color B (rd 16). Ch2. Sc into each st around. Evenly place the sc at the sides of the earflaps. Join with sl into first sc. Tie off and sew in the end.

Make a PomPom and sew it to the top of the beanie


Cut 1 long thread from color A and B each. Fold. Pull through the bottom of the earflap and pull both sides of yarn through evenly. Divide the yarn into three strands and braid. Finish with a knot. Cut ends to an even length. Repeat for the second earflap.

Picture Tutorial