Monday, 17 February 2014
I think it was the following day that it suddenly hit us both: we had a wedding to plan. Daunting? Yes. Expensive? We didn't want it to be if we could help it. We'd already been living together for a couple of years at this point and owning a house really does make you think carefully about how much you spend on things.
How much for a wedding dress?! That's how much it cost to replace our boiler! I'm only going to wear it once! Ridiculous.
So we set ourselves a challenge, (just a little extra challenge on top of the wedding planning plus three jobs between us, Owen studying for his degree and keeping on top of the garden, housework and home improvements!), to have the wedding we both want for under £5k.
It is now February 2014 and we are 6 months away from 'The Big Day'! It is shaping up to be the most beautiful wedding I could have asked for and whereas I'm not certain we will manage it under £5000, it is pretty close!
Thursday, 11 April 2013
I've been trying to stick to items which are quick to make but great to look at. One example of easy and effective items are garlands and I've made a few so far, including this really cute space garland:
What really makes it cute is the little rocket; after I had finished all the stars, I thought it needed a little something else.
So, for the pattern for this little rocket, go to my Etsy page, (link below).
Mini Rocket Pattern
or to buy the one I made click below:
Tuesday, 12 March 2013
She said that her fingerless-mittens kept her hands warm, and I laughed... I've always thought they were pointless as, by nature, they don't cover your fingers, only your palms and therefore, (in my eyes), they couldn't work.
So she made me put them on - and they defied my logic! I had to have a pair and of course I wasn't going to buy any!
They didn't need to be fussy so I made the easiest, quickest, simplest fingerless-mittens using the same chunky red yarn that I used to for the trim of my earflap hat, (I do like items that match subtly).
It doesn't matter what yarn you use for this project as I've written it so that it's adaptable, just use whatever you like and the appropriate hook for that yarn. Both mittens are made in exactly the same way so follow this pattern twice for two mittens!
Dc= UK double crochet
Htr= UK half treble crochet
Slst= slip stitch
Foundation Row: Create a chain which comfortably goes around your wrist. I made mine a bit bigger as I wanted a baggy effect but you could make them tight fitting. Sl St to form a ring. (Make a note of how many you chained for the other mitten).
Note: the Ch2 at the beginning of each round counts as the first half treble for each round.
R1: Ch 2, htr in each st around, sl st to ch2.
R2: Rpt R1 until the tube is the length you require, (measure from your lower thumb knuckle - where your thumb joins to your hand - down to however long you want the mittens to be.)
Make a note of how many rows you have done as you will need to know to make the second mitten, (I did 10 rounds total therefore I will continue to count from there.)
R11: Ch2, ch6, sk 6 st, htr to 7th st then htr in each st around, slst to ch2.
R12: Ch2, htr in each st around, slst to ch2.
R13: Rpt R12 until the mitten is as high up your hand as you want it to be, for me this was just on my knuckles, (R18 for me), as I needed to keep as much of my fingers out as possible as I needed the grip for driving but you could carry on a bit further.
For the thumb hole, you could either leave it as it is or you can build it up a bit as follows:
Start by joining anywhere on the thumb hole,
R1: ch1, dc in each st around, slst to ch 1.
Rpt R1 until you reach the desired length.
Monday, 11 February 2013
I used a 4mm hook and my yarn was for that size hook. When I made it, I worked the size out as I went along so I’ve written the pattern so that you can do the same J. It could even be made to be used as an everyday handbag, although I'm not sure how the handle would hold out if the bag became too heavy!
dc= double crochet (US single)
For the flap:
Then it’s finished apart from a couple of optional extras!
Saturday, 9 February 2013
This is our beautiful dog, Maggie. We've only had her since October last year but she's already part of the family and so is becoming another unwilling victim of my crafts...
Despite being a lovely looking girl, Maggie has a beard that most grown human men would envy. The only problem that this causes, (apart from her occasionally being referred to as 'Beardface' or 'The Beard'), is that she creates a small lake on the kitchen floor when she drinks out of her water bowl.
I trawled the local pet shop and the internet in search of an absorbent but non-slip mat for her bowls to try to lessen the number of cases of damp-sock occurring, but none were to my taste: either garish colours or silly slogans and none that could claim to be both absorbent and non-slip.
Cue light-bulb moment! Why didn't I think of making my own before?!
Due the its size and the monotony of the pattern, it took me a few hours to make but it was so easy I feel silly for even considering paying for one; I raided my stash so the yarn cost nothing.
To make it non-slip, I intend to buy some of that non-slip mat that you can get from pound-shops, (usually used for car dashboards to stop trinkets from rolling about when you're driving), cut it to a little smaller than the mat itself and sew it on the the underside. I also might crochet a little paw print and applique it on.
The mat I made measures 18" x 12". I used 2 strands of yarn, one black and one off-white. I have no idea of the yarn weight or what they are made of as they came from my stash, but I used a 5mm hook and it took 70 stitches across to reach the 18" length and 30 rows of UK half treble crochet, (US Hdc) to reach 12" wide.
The pattern is easily adapted to any size of mat required. See below:
|I really like the random effect of two strands together.|
Dog Bowl Mat
Foundation Row: Ch as many as you need to reach your desired length, then ch 2 more.
R1: Htr in 3rd ch from hook then in every st to end. Ch2 then turn.R2: Htr in every st to end, ch2 then turn.
Rpt R2 as many times as you need to reach your desired width.
And that's it! So simple, I don't know why I hadn't though of it before...
|The perfect size for Maggie's two bowls.|
|Maggie approves... well, she's apathetic.|
Monday, 28 January 2013
Saturday, 26 January 2013
|The finished item, doing it's job fabulously!|
Get the pattern from my Etsy shop :)