Saturday, May 29, 2010

Raspberry Delight!

I finished the cardigan I was making for our friends' new baby girl Paula Johanna. She was born about a month ago and we are just itching to go see her. I was so happy to hear that it was a girl because then I had an excuse to use some super pink yarn. I just love hot pinks but haven't had any real reason to use some.

Lucky for me the exact stuff I was looking for was in the discount corner at the local yarn shop. Still meant $5 dollars for 50gms but hay for raspberry coloured 100% merino wool who's complaining! I mixed up two patterns to come up with this one. Unfortunately I printed out the patterns long ago and have forgotten the sites I got them from so I cannot share them.

Here's a photo of the little gem!

It's been finished off with the cutest of pink mother-of-pear buttons. I am also planing to make a beanie to go with the cardigan. I hope it will keep her warm this winter. It will be too small for the following winter.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Sunshine International Blankets of Love - SIBOL

Look at Rita's beautiful Sunshine Squares, thank you Rita. So bright and cheerful.

Sue over at Sue's Favourite Things began a project at the beginning of the year to create blankets for the elderly. She asked if fellow crocheter’s might help in her project by contributing a square or two.

'Sunshine Colours!' Just what we need.

In Sue’s words:-

I hope you can help. If everyone could just send one square I would be most grateful. I know postage is expensive.
For those who would like information
6" x 6" - (15cms x 15cms)
Knitted or Crocheted
Acrylic I think would be better (if possible) don't worry if you haven't got Acrylic.
Any design, any colour. (Basic Granny Square or more involved up to you!)
Just odd bits of wool/yarn you have left over from projects. I don't want it to cost any one
No panic, no rush, no deadline. This is something I want to be doing all year.

The project has gone on to be a real huge success but she still needs more squares. If you are able and willing to help please pop over to her blog.

You can also email her at

The next issue of Inside Crochet, will also be covering Sue’s project, available in the UK in early June, 2010.

Below are more pictures of the beautiful blankets that have been created by a wonderful community of global crocheter’s.

I have now made 11 Sunshine Blankets of Love for the Elderly. These 3 are made from Squares sent in for our 'Sun Challenge'. If you don't see your Square it will be coming up very soon in the next 'Sun Blankets' there are still more to come ! :)

Beautiful Flowers, Thank you Pertinitaco!

You can see photos of all the contributions from around the globe over at the SIBOL Flickr group.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Crochet Bag

I first saw this idea over at The Garden Bell. I thought that it would be a good stash buster and really fun to make.

At the moment I am keeping my wool in it that I am using at the time. I have decided to make another which is going to be a 500th post giveaway on my blog.

I think it would look in a wide range of colours. My daughter likes it too.............

Best get on with the next one.


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Vintage Granny Square Crochet Blanket

I just have to share these pictures with you :-)









Friday, May 14, 2010

Spring/Summer Cuhsion

HI, I have not posted here for a while as I have been concentrating on a bit of quilting and taking part in a couple of Quilting Bees.
Here is a picture of my first ever crochet cushion cover.

I wanted a light and fresh cover to go on a cream chair that we have bravely put in the living room. The wool is left over from other projects and I saw a similar idea over at Attic24.

I wanted to make the back different, therefore having two cushions in one. The white wool is in fact 100% cotton yarn. I normally use it for making dish cloths and it was lovely to crochet with. I stitched the panels together and then finished off the edging with some picot stitch.
I still have a little bit of wool left so another project is in the pipeline.
More of the making can be seen on my blog.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Flower Power

Since flowers are popping up everywhere in the garden, my mom and I have been making flower dishcloths and hot pads.  The pattern for the dishcloth is free at Michaels and is fun and easy!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

my blog is hosting a little give-away, too (hey girls what a fun month May is !) for a few days and I thought I would invite my nice "for the love of crochet along" fellows, who may enjoy handmade, to play... the more, the merrier !

good luck :)

Giveaway on my blog

I thought I would let you all know that I'm currently hosting a giveaway on my blog to celebrate my 100th post so why not head on over and see if you could win this cute little panda.

Hope to see some of you there!


may flower tote

Knowing full well that one can never have too many totes....ahem

....and seeing this gorgeous, gorgeous pattern in my favorite magazine: Crochet today!

I got to work using I Love This Yarn in turquoise and an I hook. The stitch pattern is so easy & it worked up so quickly!

I added a fabric liner that was reinforced with Craft-Fuse (yes, this tote needs to be sturdy enough to hold the kitchen sink because it seems my purse easily becomes a catch-all for everything & everyone!)

I then attached faux leather straps and metal feet.

Hmm. What else?
A crocheted mum makes it the perfect May Flower Tote.

Sunday, May 9, 2010


I found this pattern for this doily in Crochet Magazine. It is the March issue. I went to Jo-Ann Fabrics looking for some yarn and found this magazine. I actually bought the magazine for an Afghan pattern I saw. So I also did this doily pattern, I really like it lots. So gave it a try and it came out beautifully!

You can see my progress at my place. It really looks complicated but it's really pretty easy to do. Just some time to do it. The blue rows are little motifs. The first row of blue has 15 motifs and the second row has 30 motifs. So it is a little time consuming. But well worth the effort.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Grandma's Garden Pillow

Grandma's Garden Cushion
Picture of the Back on my BLOG

I finished this pillow yesterday.  I'm going to make two of them and give them to my sisters when we all get together at the end of May.  This was a really fun pattern.  I discovered it on The Royal Sisters blog.  You can find the pattern HERE in her etsy shop.  If you don't find the pattern there, email her and she'll put another one up for you.  You'll see a "contact" link on the right-hand side of that page.

I used various types of worsted weight yarn and an I hook.

Thanks for looking and happy crocheting!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Crochet Clootie Tree in Flower







To learn more click the following links - Clootie Tree - Crochet Gardening  and The history of the Clootie Tree.

Clootie Tree update March, 2010

To contribute crochet ribbons to the crochet clootie tree please email me at