Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Baby jacket in Team colours

I mentioned in my previous post the team baby blanket I made,
I've now finished another magic sweater, this one made in team colours.
Its really all just a bit of lighthearted fun for me.
It's funny, I was thinking "what if its a girl" because of the blue
and then when I found out it was a girl, I then decided to make the jacket.
I've never made items in team colours for a baby before, so it was good
to put my thinking cap on to design and make something a little bit different.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Magic Sweaters

I'm really enjoying making these little jackets with this pattern,
the only downside is that it only has one size.
I said in my previous post that I wanted to make one that will grow with the baby and fit for longer.
I was thinking with the sleeves folded up with the fronts overlapped when it's slightly too big, as in the first pic.
 So I decided to add a shell edging to the body and sleeve edges.
Its Panda Magnum soft prints. it was a lovely yarn to work with.
It took up most of the 100gm ball, not much leftover at all.
I have had a few people ask me about the pattern, there is a typo and I will explain the folding in the pattern photos.
None of this will make sense unless you have the same pattern.
photo #3 shows the jacket folded in half with the turning ends meeting in the middle. photo #4 you take the turning end on the right side from the middle and spin it up and to the right. Do the same with the left side and it will look like photo #5. Now take the blue section at the top and fold it down to the blue strip at the bottom for photo #6. You will have from left to right, pink which is the starting chain, 2 folded sections followed by another pink starting chain section with starting chain edge behind your work, the short sides at the left and right are the turning edges.
Now for the Typo, on page 2, Top of Back,
the pattern says:
Round 1. Ch2, dc in each chain across 9 including chain with 8 dc together)
it should read:
Ch2, dc in each chain across (including chain with 8 dc together)
hope this helps those who have had trouble

Friday, July 10, 2015

Magic Light Ice Yarn & Magic Sweater

I've been enjoying crocheting with the Magic Light by Ice yarn from Turkey, I have powered through three balls and started on the fourth (and last!) ball. I'm finding it interesting seeing how it looks using different patterns. A friend recently showed me a baby jacket pattern and one she had finished, it was so lovely that I purchased the pattern too. The pattern is called Magic Sweater by Tessie S, here is the link for ravelry and I believe its on Craftsy too. No kickbacks for me, I'm just a happy customer and people are interested in the pattern. I've made two of them so far, the top picture shows the first one
I made using just the Magic Light yarn #22034 and the second picture shows alternating rows of Magic Light with a solid pink yarn and I added a little crochet flower clasp. Magic light is a self striping yarn, I didn't want the yellow on the front so I cut it when it came to that colour and used them around the edging. It's a quick and easy pattern and I really enjoyed making it. I was making them for this months Knit 4 charity recipients and I have received a few requests from friends with babies to make them some. So for US$3 it really is good value for a lovely pattern, I'd love to have a few sizes, but I'm hoping it will fit them as they grow. I'm planning to make another one with cuffs that can be worn folded back then unfolded when they are older.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Square and Ripple Team Colours

I have made this pattern twice before, see my earlier post here
When I caught up with a friend after I got back from our trip,
I offered to make a baby blanket for his first Grandchild
which is due in September.
He suggested NRL (Rugby League) Cronulla Sharks team colours.
So the colours are pale/sky blue, black and white, although I live in the Cronulla/Sutherland territory, I barrack for St George, go the red and white.

I had trouble getting my head around making a baby blanket with BLACK.
Luckily my friend Di gave me the encouragement I needed and I got there in the end.
When I asked "what if it's a girl?" she replied "it will just have to like football!"
It took me quite a long time to choose which pattern to use, I wanted something special.
I must admit I wasn't feeling much love for this blanket until I did the last black round and it started to all come together.
I changed the pattern slightly by using a small white square in the centre of the filling in rows.
I left the first one in black as a feature, then I wanted them to blend into the background more on the
following rows.The pattern is called square and ripple and can be found here on  ravelry
Here are some progress shots.
Not too sure yet

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Magic Light Ice Yarn

I recently discovered the Ice yarn from Turkey and couldn't resist trying it.
I purchased a packet (it's sold in packs of 4 x 100gm balls)
of their magic light which is a self striping 8 ply (DK or double knit) yarn,
in the green, pink, blue, purple, yellow colour way #22034
I must say I love it, It's the softest acrylic yarn I've come across.
It reminds me of  an acrylic / nylon mix baby wool.
I've just finished my first project using this yarn, another round ripple.
I used 2 balls of the magic light and then decided to add 5 bands in solid colours.
I made the decorative border based on border # 21 fromEdie Eckmans' book
"around the corner crochet borders'  I just used dc (Aus/Uk) sc for US.
instead of the chains in between each motif.
It's a great book and she has 150 different borders to choose from.
I couldn't decide whether to do just one motif on the corner or 2 either side as well,
so I alternated them. Now looking at it, I think I like it better with the 3.
The centre is from the Simple 10 petal afghan square pattern by Joyce Lewis
It was an orphan left over from another project.
I'm so happy with it, it's so pretty and I managed to combine 2 of my favourite patterns.
I'm looking forward to ordering more of this yarn in the future.
I have already started a few projects with this yarn and I'm onto my last ball already.
I have a few more projects floating around in my head and I can't wait.
I'm having trouble choosing which yarn I want the most.
 I could easily order up big, I have the space now, but no job to pay for it. Haha
Oh well I think I only have about 12 weeks until my birthday
PS There are Absolutely NO kickbacks, no yarn changing hands etc wish I did though.
Now to show you some pictures  (sorry it's unblocked) & the colours are much nicer in real life.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I'm back & my winning blanket

I've been away for awhile, quite a while in fact.
It all started when I was made redundant November 2013, almost 3 years after my first redundancy.
 I applied for dozens of jobs and wasn't able to find another job.
Not even the ones that called asking me to apply and interview after being recommended.
So we decided to do something on our wish list and we packed up our house and traveled around Australia in a camper trailer. We left July 2014 and moved back in 5 weeks ago.
We had such a great time, lots of learning as we went and making adjustments too.
I had a backpack of clothes for winter and another for summer, a pair of thongs
 (Aussie slang for flip flops) a pair of joggers (for walking haha) and a pair of flats for going out.
I met some great people and celebrated my 50th Birthday in Northern Territory, just hubby and I.
It was so hard deciding what to take craft wise, but I managed to smuggle a bag of wool inside
with a few hooks, needles and patterns too.
One of the items I made while travelling won second prize at the Wingham (NSW) show
I was making it for the charity K4C but I'm having trouble parting with it, I love rainbows.
It is a round ripple using the Ideal Delusions pattern,  (8ply and 4mm hook)
using whatever yarn I had on hand or  that I could purchase along the way.
I've been quite productive in the last few months, so I'm sure I be will updating soon.
 Here is a picture of the blanket. Hope you like it.

And here is our home away from home!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

My star blankets

I have been busy as ever making lots of  crochet blankets.
However I've been keeping them under wraps as I wanted
To surprise my knit 4 charity friends at our confab
We spent a great weekend beginning of August at Maroochydore,
Queensland. Hubby and I incorporated it into our 12 month
Around Australia trip which we began in mid July.
The larger navy blankets were the start of my obsession
They are based on the Blue Star by Kathy Blakely
published in Herrschners Blue ribbon afghans
The yellow centre I will enter into next years show
The cream centred blanket I have donated to a charity in Northern NSW.

I made quite a few smaller ones for a group called
Little Wonder that  is through RPA (Royal Prince Alfred) hospital in Sydney.
They required 55cm blankets for the babies
I had so much fun making them, even though they are based on the same pattern,
playing with colours kept it interesting.
NOTE: This post was significantly delayed due to computer and internet issues,
it's not easy when you are travelling around Australia