Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Crocheted Hamburger Dress....

Ok, I just had to share this with you all.  I was working on making signs for a BBQ and silent auction we are having at work tomorrow, so I Googled the word "hamburger" in images to try and look for a decent image of a hamburger for one of my signs.  Well, I happened upon this image, and decided to explore further...

I found out that it's actually a crocheted dress to look like a hamburger!  It's quite interesting, to say the least!  Would be kinda cute for a Halloween costume, don't ya think!?

I found this on Blog
It says that the dress was made by Joy Kampia on GEEKOLOGIE
If anyone is able to find a copy of the pattern, I may be interested.  I've been unsuccessful so far in finding a pattern for this Crocheted Hamburger Dress.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Hexagon Motif Crochet-Along

The Lion Brand Crochet-Along can be found here: Lion Brand Notebook

The CAL is being led by Edie Eckman and the hexagon motif is from her book: Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs Edie provides a link to the instructions for crocheting the motif.

I am using Lion Brand’s Vanna’s Choice in the colors of Dusty Blue, Taupe, Linen, Silver Blue, and Chocolate - the afghan is for my husband who chose the colors. I may add in some Toffee and Vanna’s Choice Baby in Sweet Pea, because I want to add some sparks of color to the afghan, LOL. This hexagon motif is quick and fun to crochet.

I plan on making a "feminine" version for myself! It is also fun to play with color combinations:)

Monday, September 21, 2009

because I'm lazy

I want a blanket to curl up on the couch in our newly redecorated family room, THIS winter... not NEXT year (or worse ! you know how that goes sometimes...)
I found this quick & easy pattern in the winter 2003 issue of Marie-Claire Idées (the French craft magazine)

I bought some so warm and so light icelandic (100%) wool on etsy and set to work right away, replacing the garter stitch of the plain squares by some (US)double stitches, with a crochet size 4.5mm

10 squares so far, I will need 35
I'll keep you posted !!
Enjoy this first week of Fall -- if you're in the northern hemisphere ;) in the southern part it may be... Spring ?

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Granny Square Blanchett?

Hi Crochet-Alongers,
the stuff I'm working on at the moment is for my swap partner so I can't spoil the suprise and post about it here. Instead I found a very interesting article and photo that I thought I would share with you. Here below are a couple of photos of Australian actress Cate Blanchett in none other than a granny square dress! I couldn't believe it when I saw it. I love crochet and granny square blankets but I think turning one into a dress is going a little toooooo far. What do you guys think? You can read the full article here and there are more photos here

The dress is part of Romance was Born Spring 2009 Collection.

There is also an episode of Sex and the City where Carrie Bradshaw is wearing a floppy granny square top. I can't remember which episode but I remember thinking that it looked fabulous! Did anyone else catch that episode? I think I'm going to go google it now hehehehe.

I hope you are all well and enjoying the changing of seasons. Here in Germany the leaves are starting to yellow and fall, and there are pumpkins for sale everywhere! Awwww I love Autumn/Fall!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Crochet Innocent Smoothie Hats 2009


I've just finished crocheting these little hats for the Innocent Smoothie big knit 2009. Yes you heard me right, I said big knit. But I spoke to Innocent and they were more than happy for me to come up with a few patterns that were crochet. You can find the patterns at


Monday, September 14, 2009

Emily's Purse

Hi, I recently made this purse for my niece, Emily who had just graduated college and was also celebrating her first wedding anniversary. I made 2 modified granny squares (my own designs) with eyelash and worsted weight yarns and lined it with cotton striped fabric that matched perfect. Measures about 12x12x3" with a long strap. I even found a magnetic closure for it! I've only been crocheting for a couple years and wish I had the time to do more projects. She really likes it!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

potholders :: just the beginning

In this post I want to say a big thank you to Kathy Ann for such her great work to pair us for the potholder swap !
I'll be very happy to work for Britta, and surprise her in the mail during the first week of December.
I made my first potholder last week (not for this swap or I wouldn't show it, of course !) from a shiny cotton (the main color is actually a nice grey not blue-ish, but my camera lens is broken & fussy when it comes to get a decent picture).
I believe cotton makes the most convenient (& safer in the kitchen) potholders, what do you think ?
The pattern is from this book.
Have a lovely week ! It almost feels like Fall here in Western France and I look forward to cozy crocheting evenings !

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Sheet and pillows

Dear friends, I hope you have had the most enjoyable holiday.

Today I want to show you the borders for sheet and pillows I made for my mother, inspired by an old lace. I used a tiny crochet, 0.75, and a cotton yarn that was from my grandmother - in fact you can see in the pictures some spots - which makes the board more romantic and old.
Hope you like it I wish you a good weekend!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Butterfly Project

Hello Everyone,

Hope you are all busy, busy, busy with crochet projects and preparing for the Christmas swap. I'm unsure how many of you already know about the butterfly project but thought I might post it here in case you are interested.

1,500,000 children perished in the holocaust and now the Houston Holocaust Museum is remembering and honouring them.

In an effort to remember them, Holocaust Museum Houston is collecting 1.5 million handmade butterflies. The butterflies will eventually comprise a breath-taking exhibition, currently scheduled for Spring 2012, for all to remember.

I have written a crochet pattern for a butterfly and you can find it here

The butterflies don't have to be crocheted but I figured it's something we are all interested in. You can visit the info page at the museums website here

I hope that some of you may be inspired enough to create your own butterfly.

Have a great day and happy hooking.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

My first Post

I have been able to crochet for most of my life but my skills have been relatively low. This year I have challenged myself and made a number of things including tried and trusty granny square rugs! I also made some fingerless gloves and followed a pattern!!!!!
So without further ado, and hopefully no more technical glitches (I lost my first post)....

Now these became this.....

This rug was for a young woman who lost her parents and sibling in the Victorian bushfires. I originally started this rug as a scrap rug and planned to use whatever was laying around, but it became these colour. In fact the photo does not do it justice, it really wasn't this garish. I hated the yellow centre and really regretted it, so I made some roses and sewed them into the centre piece.

And I will leave you with these gloves that I made.

thank you for looking, I would love to hear what you think!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Round Ripple

I just finished this blanket, it goes to my Doctor that just had a little girl. I didn't really have a color pattern to go by I just sort of made it up as I went along, but I am happy with the way the colors worked out. I have really gotten hooked on these round ripples, I guess it is because they are so easy and you can sort of see it grow ring after ring. I'm probably going to start another one as a Christmas present now, but it definitely won't be pink, I have 6 g-sons! Take care.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Swap Partner Details sent!

Hi everyone,
I can't believe I'm ontop of this swap and already sent the partner details. Please email me back to let me know that you have received your partner's details.
Hope everyone is as excited about the swap as I am!
Kathy Ann

My first baby Blanket finished

I actually finished this a couple of weeks ago but things have been pretty busy here. I used a baby wool in pale blue to crochet 5 x5 inch squares which I then stitched together.

I wanted to put an edging on the blanket but only having completed one edging before I wanted to keep it simple. So using white wool I picked up stitches as I went round and used single crochet stitch.

I was worried that the corners might not sit flat so as I was going round the corner (If that makes sense) I did an extra chain between each single crochet. i am not sure if that is the correct way of doing things but it worked and I got it to on all four corners too!

The blanket is for a colleague at work who became a new Dad just before the school term ended for the Summer Holidays. I go back to work tomorrow and shall take in with me. I am really pleased with my first attempt, I used all of the blue wool, so I did not add to my stash and I have been using some of the white to practice other stitches. I have moved onto another project but it is a WIP at the moment so I shall say no more for now.


The Gravity-Newton Series

Here is my latest crochet project. For more details, please see here.

The Gravity-Newton Series Bibs

The Gravity-Newton Series Burp Bib

The Gravity-Newton Series Onesie

The Gravity-Newton Series Drool Bib

The Gravity-Newton Series Drool Bib

Hello Everyone I'm Fighting With Socks Today

Hello Everyone,

I'm new here but this blog sure seems a good place to be. Everyone seems so crochet-motivated which is I guess why we are all here.

I've just finished this new crochet cloche hat today which is my own design. I will publish the pattern for this on my blog later in the week. All of my patterns to date are freely available for personal use. I love designing and creating things but don't exactly relish the documenting aspect.

I've also crocheted two different daisies to put on the hat but now I can't decide which one looks best. Perhaps some of you could let me have your opinions ?

I apologise for the poor quality of photos but it isn't exactly sunny in Scotland today in fact it's overcast and very dull. I hate phtographing with flash.

Cloche a la traditional white daisy.

Here we have cloche a la lilac daisy.

I look forward to getting to know you all and reading all your contributions. I'm away to start fighting with the dreaed socks again.