Thursday, 18 May 2017

Tarting Up The Sideboard.

Hello all you lovely people, I can't believe it's two weeks since I last posted! lots of busy and quite stressful things going on here at the moment and not a second to spare but I always try to make time to crochet every single day it's such a great stress buster don't you think? it's usually not until the evening I can sit with my my favourite hook and just crochet away and let all the stresses of the day melt away while creating something lovely. This time it's doilies.....


crochet squares, doily free pattern

I needed something for the top of my sideboard, it has just been repaired after the workman had damaged it when doing the work in my house after the burst pipe.  There was a huge scratch almost from one end to the other, I complained and they took it away and made it look like new again even though they had it for almost two months! I think they had forgotten about it. Anyways I was pleased with the result and decide it deserved not one but three new doilies to sit atop...



I really enjoyed making these thank you Pradeepa from the Lazy Hobbyhopper for the lovely free pattern 

crochet doilies free pattern


 The first doily is made up of 24 squares, I've had these pretty squares  pinned on my pinterest  for ages and was just waiting for the right project to try them, they were perfect for this you can find the free pattern here


I used King Cole Dk smooth which I have had in my stash for ages, this is an acrylic yarn but looks like cotton, it splits easily but not so much that it's impossible to use.  I love the colour choices and the lovely sheen it gives to finished projects.  I chose colours to match the flowers and owls that I had previously made for the metal art,  Raspberry, Olive, Rose and Damson.


owls,crochet,flowers, metal art


The flower pattern was taken from the book 100 Hundred Flowers to Knit and Crochet by Lesley Stanfield. 

You can find the pattern for Odele and Oyah the owls here

Have a great weekend 😊






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Thursday, 4 May 2017

A Nice Surprise.

Even though I knit and crochet none stop my stash never seems to go down, although I have been making preemie items lately and they don't take much yarn at all

I needed to see it diminishing so that's why making those birds nests was so satisfying it served a double purpose, help the birds AND bust a significant amount of stash, so that done I got thinking what next? What can I do with these little balls of yarn and there, out of the cobwebby recesses of my brain something stirred,... my Scrappy Blanket! I had been adding to it now and then but it was ages since I had worked on it in fact I had quite forgotten about it, It took me a while to remember where I had put it and drag it out of it's hiding place.

When I pulled it out of the bag I was reminded just how pretty it was....



how can you not feel cheered when you see all those lovely colours playing so nicely together.  I couldn't wait to get back into it and finish it off.  Then I had a thought maybe it would be a good idea to actually measure it first just to see how much more work it needed.



I laid it carefully on the bed and measured it and discovered to my surprise that it was almost the right size already, all it needed was a border to make it a 4' x 6' single sized blanket.




To be honest I didn't know whether to be sad or glad because I had fired myself up to work on it and it was all done already.



I know that regular readers of my blog will remember me starting this blanket but if anyone hasn't seen it before or if anyone wants a reminder of how it's made read my Totally Scrappy Blanket post to see how it's done and best of all there's no ends to weave in yay! 

This blanket has been pulled this way and that and so far none of the knots or joins have come undone so I will be using this method again.




I added a border of 
one round dc (sc US), 
one round htr (hdtr US), 
one round dc (sc US), 
one round 3 ch, miss 2 dc (sc US), ss into next dc (sc US) and there you have it.



One scrappy blanket all done and dusted after two short years weighing in at 900 grams.

This Blanket will be donated to Operation Orphan.😊






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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Wildlife Rescue.

A great thing about crafting for charity is the great diversity of items that are requested, there's never a dull moment that's for sure, I have made coats for battery hens and blankets for orphan elephants but this time its wildlife rescue nests....



What a great way to use up stash, I have had the greatest fun crocheting three and sometimes four strands of yarn together to make these. They have to be made with the tightest tension so that no loose loops of yarn can catch tiny feet and claws.  



Stacks of cute little nests for sick, injured and orphaned birds to reside in where they will be looked after by Wildlife Rescue and released out into the wild again. 

I managed to make twenty until the strain of pulling the yarn tight was hurting my hands but I managed to bust a very satisfying 800 grams of yarn in the process. 😊








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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Cheerful Flower Valance/Curtain

Make this pretty valance and cheer up your windows, it's so simple to make you could make a few in different colours and change with the seasons.



Materials
Cotton yarn of your choice I used Drops Safran
Green x 3 balls
Red x 1 ball.
Yellow x 1 ball.
crochet hook 3.50 mm
One extendable window pole with fixtures.

The amounts of yarn needed will vary depending on the size of your window, the outside of my window measures 34 inches and I needed the amounts as shown above.


Method UK Terms.   (US terms below)


Measure your window and make a chain one and a half times it's width and a few extra chains. I like quite a bit of a frill, the wider you make it the frillier it will be so it's up to you..

1 tr in 8th chain from hook,*2 chain, skip 2 chain, 1 tr in next chain* repeat from * working 1 tr in last chain, (if you have any extra chains left over just pull them out) 5 chain turn.

1 tr in next tr, chain 2, 1 tr in next tr to end of row working 1 tr in 3rd turning chain at the end of the row, 5 chain turn.

Continue like this until your valance is the length you require, I made an extra 8 rows to fold down from the top and thread the widow pole through. 



Choose any flower of your choice there are so many beautiful flower patterns out there perhaps you have a favourite, I chose this one here.




You will need a flower for the second treble and then each fifth treble along the bottom edge, I needed 27 flowers.





Starting with right side facing using main colour join yarn to corner of bottom and *chain 2, take yarn off hook and push hook through one of the petals of the flower from front to back, catch main colour and pull it through and chain one to secure the flower then chain 2, ss into 2nd tr. (see picture) 




dc in 3rd and fourth 2 chain spaces ss into next tr, repeat from * to end.




I also added a little flower chain at each corner using simple flowers with a chain for the stem,  (Magic ring chain 6, ss into ring 5 times and there you have a five petaled flower)




I hope that you enjoy making this little curtain please let me know if something is not clear and I would love to see any that you make.





Method US Terms.  UK terms above)


Measure your window and make a chain one and a half times it's width and a few extra chains. I like quite a bit of a frill, the wider you make it the frillier it will be so it's up to you..

1 dc in 8th chain from hook,*2 chain, skip 2 chain, 1 dc in next chain* repeat from * working 1 dc in last chain, (if you have any extra chains left over just pull them out) 5 chain turn.

1 dc in next dc, chain 2, 1 dc in next dc to end of row working 1 dc in 3rd turning chain at the end of the row, 5 chain turn.

Continue like this until your valance is the length you require, I made an extra 8 rows to fold down from the top and thread the widow pole through. 



Choose any flower of your choice there are so many beautiful flower patterns out there perhaps you have a favourite, I chose this one here.




You will need a flower for the second dc and then each fifth dc along the bottom edge, I needed 27 flowers.




Starting with right side facing using main colour join yarn to corner at bottom  *chain 2, take yarn off hook and push hook through one of the petals of the flower from front to back, catch main colour and pull it through and chain one to secure the flower then chain 2, ss into 2nd dc. (see picture) 




sc in 3rd and fourth 2 chain spaces ss into next dc, repeat from * to end.




I also added a little flower chain at each corner using simple flowers with a chain for the stem,  (Magic ring chain 6, ss into ring 5 times and there you have a five petaled flower)




I hope that you enjoy making this little curtain please let me know if something is not clear and I would love to see any that you make.




Copyright © 2017 Linda Solaiman. All Rights Reserved


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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

They would rob you blind and a pair of socks.

Yesterday morning when I returned from shopping I noticed that my bottom corner roof tile had come off so I went straight onto MyBuilder to find a roofer to fix it, a few minutes later a very pleasant sounding chap said he would call round and give me a quote once he had finished the job he was doing.

He arrived late yesterday afternoon and there were three of them, he mounts his ladder and says, 'oh yes Linda it's a simple job, look here is the tile it just need replacing and a bit of cement we can do it for you now if you like'.

I'm thinking it's an easy job so shouldn't cost much he may as well just do it now and it's done with. He finished the work and asked for £50!!! it took them less than 10 minutes.  I said that must be the easiest £50 you will ever make, I certainly won't be giving you a good review nor will I be asking you to do any more work for me.  After a lot of haggling and him complaining about his overheads he got £20.

The smooth talkers are the ones to watch, I can't help wondering how many elderly people would be intimidated and just hand the money over.

Anyway on to a more pleasant subject..


These lovely socks, which I started and finished ages ago but I haven't had time to show you.  this was me moving into uncharted territory and trying to make a pair of cabled socks instead of the usual plain ones I always make.

Not perfect but then my socks never are, they fit and I like them and I didn't find them hard to make thanks to Winwick Mums easy to follow pattern/tutorial.  One thing that I did struggle with was the posh cabled heel I found it a teeny bit hard going...

I do like them now that they are done but I think I will be sticking to the usual heel from now on.

I used yarn that I had left over from my Christmas socks and though that I had better make them ankle socks just to be sure I had enough yarn, I needn't have worried there was still some left over but I love ankle socks anyway and they have been warn lots already.
I used West Yorkshire Spinners 4ply sock yarn shade cherry drop.
You can find the pattern/tutorial here.








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Thursday, 6 April 2017

It's That time of Year Again!

In the run up to Easter there is always a frenzied attempt to make as many chickens as is possible in the time available.  I thought this year would be different because I'm not working anymore and there would be no Easter raffle to make them for, I thought it would be nice not to have to make countless chicks for a change, this year I could relax and not even think about blinkin chicks.WRONG!


As a result of my retirement I decided I needed to get out there and join some groups and I found a knit and natter just around the corner at my local Library. They meet every
Monday morning and guess what they were doing, yes you have guessed it...chicks apparently they have a raffle too, I could have made a bunny or two but because time is short and because I can make them with my eyes closed I decided I had no option other than to make chicks yet again.


I don't mind really I don't but I have discovered that there is a limit as to how many I can make before I go crazy.  I decided to vary things a little too and made an Easter basket for some of them to sit in. The basket was very easy to make I used Stylecraft Aran but I found that the basket was very floppy and needed stiffening so I gently squeezed the basket in a solution of equal quantities of PVA glue and water. I then pulled it into shape and stood a cereal bowl inside of it and another bowl upside down on top of the of the other bowl (rims together) and shaped the handle over the top of it. It took a couple of days to dry out but I'm pleased to say it worked, it's now standing amongst all the other prizes on the raffle table in the Library.  I must say those ladies are very talented there are some lovely prizes I must try to remember to take a photo to show you before everything is raffled. 
The money for the raffle is going to the Great North Air Ambulance who do a
tremendous job in our area.

I also discovered that those chocolate creme eggs have shrunk quite a bit and the pattern I had designed for them was way too big, it was fine for larger eggs but although you can sew a few stitches together at the bottom to stop the creme eggs from falling out I decided to make a smaller sized chick.

I have updated the pattern so that you have a choice of large chick or small chick in knit or crochet or you could always make a few of each.😊

Chick pattern here or click the featured post top right side bar.

Basket Pattern here

Have you made any chicks this year, if so how many?

Thank you everyone for all the lovely comments about my last post, apart from feeling like I've been punched in the nose 😲 I am feeling much better.  I can't wait to get out into the garden and start tidying it up and cut the grass, apparently the weather is going to be lovely for the next few days so I'll start slow and do a bit this weekend.

Have a great weekend whatever you're up too.






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