26 January, 2015

How about a VAL?

Do you love yourself? Huh, I hear you ask, what a stoooopid question.  Well, the reason I'm asking is that Valentines Day is coming up and sometimes we don't feel loved on the day of love and I want to fix that.

23 January, 2015

The idea and the planning

I have so many ideas, most are well...crap and some are good & perhaps even workable.
My idea for the #2015SamplerBlanket is to make a type of quilt thingy, kind of. Well, you see I have a vision to make quilted blocks & embroider things onto them & then crochet them together.
Make sense? Nope.

19 January, 2015

Project life ... should I? Do you?

I keep hearing things about this thing called Project Life and it looks kinda fun but wonder if I would be able to do it. You need to remember that I am absolutely crap at scrapbooking and still haven't managed to print Delaney's baby photos out.  How much commitment is there? Do you do it weekly or monthly? How basic can you go for it to still look good?

13 January, 2015

Taa daa... The Crochet Mood Blanket!

Woo hoo!  A year of my life has gone into this blanket, it first started here and now it is finished.

12 January, 2015

Make yourself a PomPom border

To crochet this pretty multi-coloured pompom border, you first need to add a chain row that is the 'loopy chain' that we then add the pompoms too (I've done my loopy chain in white).
Use your favourite crochet hook, I like these ones and then your yarn and follow the instructions below:

Foundation step..
~ every third stitch you need to do a sc, 7 ch then a sc into the next 3rd stitch. Continue around round the blanket or row slip stitching to the sc to join and cut yarn and weave in the end.

To start your pompom, choose your colour, in this tutorial I have chosen to crochet a green pompom next to the pink pompom.
Step 1..
~ in the middle of the 7 chain (the 4th chain stitch), insert your crochet hook 

Step 2..
~ chain 3 (weave in the end as you go)

Step 3..
~ yarn over, insert hook into that same stitch as the first chain & loop the yarn (like you would for a double crochet/treble)

Step 4..
~ yarn over & draw the yarn through the first two stitches, leaving two stitches on your hook

Step 5..
~ yarn over, insert hook into that same stitch as the first chain & loop the yarn. Yarn over again & draw the yarn through the first two stitches, leaving three stitches on your hook. Repeat this again until your have four stitches on your hook.

Step 5..
~ yarn over & draw through all four stitches
Step 6..
~ yarn over & draw through the stitch. You have now made one side of the pompom (which is kind of like a cluster).
Step 7..
~ repeat steps 3 - 6

Step 8..
~ to close this second cluster & form it into the pompom cluster,
join with a slip stitch into the same stitch you used in step 1 (on the white chain)
You can then do a single crochet & cut yarn, weaving in the ends back into the pompom is what gives the double cluster the pom pom shape.
..see not as hard as it seemed!

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05 January, 2015

When things aren't as easy as they seem

I somehow keep making more work for myself.