Friday 10 September 2021

Crochet Wind Spinner's and some Bits and Bobs

How do the days go so fast? I can't believe that it's three weeks since I posted, the days seem to be flying by in a flurry of u3a activities and catching up with friends that I haven't seen since before the pandemic.

I have also got my crocheting mojo back big time to the extent that I can't seem to decide what to turn to first I have three crochet projects on the go at the moment and this is one of them...

 It appears that wind spinners seem to be trending all over social media at the moment, I just happened upon one as I was browsing   I was immediately intrigued because just days before, my metal wind spinner had broken and I had thought I need a replacement I never thought of making a crochet one.

Another thought that sprung to mind was what a pity I hadn't thought of this at the start of Summer because the weather is changing, Autumn is definitely in the air and I'm not sure how these will fare in bad weather.

But for now I am smitten and can't seem to stop making them, they are great stash busters and I'm sure all my family and friends would love one of these, even if they have to put them away until next Spring.

This is just a small sample of what I've made some have already found new homes and I forgot to take photos before they were given away. 

I though of having these as a mystery project for the ladies in my crochet class, some of them are worried in case they have forgotten the basic stitches and any new comers will get lots of practice making a long chain and then working the other stitches into it.

There are lots of free patterns and YouTube tutorials I'll put links to them right at the end of the post, you can make them your own by adding beads, tassels or pompoms.

I am using up my chunky yarn stash for these at the moment because it makes a firmer fabric and the discs aren't as floppy.  If there isn't enough yarn to complete all the rounds I make a smaller one like this one here..

35 grams of chunky yarn    (UK TERMS)

4mm crochet hook

Make a 70 chain, break and tie off yarn

Beginning at the first chain, dc in each chain to end, break and tie off yarn.

Beginning  at the first dc of last row, 3tr in each dc, break and tie off yarn.

Beginning at the first tr of previous row 1 dc in each tr to the end break and tie off yarn.

make a tassel, pompoms add beads or anything that takes your fancy for the end of your spinner and attach it to the bottom.

Weave in all loose ends leaving two at the top to hang up your spinner. 

For the one above I used Aran weight cotton yarn and started with a 100 chain it took 55 grams. 


Suzy's Wind Spinner - Easy And Quick Crochet Wind Spinner

Bits and Bobs

Wind spinners aside I'm also making baby hats and as always I quickly get bored using one pattern and will play about until I have another pattern that works, sometimes I forget to write it down but this time I have remembered, when I can find the time to convert it from scribble and write it on here I will do so. 
I'm also crocheting poppies because the knitting group have another display project in mind but more about that another time. 

Summer is waning and it's sad to see the lovely flowers in my garden slowly fading however although the stems are getting shorter my sweet peas have flowered their socks off this year, I'm getting two little bunches every three days or so which are filling the room with their lovely perfume and they cheer me up no end.

Another plant that is giving me lots of pleasure is this buddleia, it was a cutting which my brother gave me last year and was very small at the beginning of Spring, it is now about 8 feet tall and for months has just been a lot of floppy stems and leaves, I really thought it wasn't going to flower but then the first tiny flowers appeared and over just a few days those small flowers grew into large beautiful purple blooms. For the first few days I saw a few bees, then they increased in number but no butterflies, I was quite disappointed until a butterfly flew into my conservatory, I guided it back outside thinking you should be on the buddleia not here then I looked over and the whole bush was covered in beautiful butterflies, they love it and I love watching them.

I will be popping round and catching up with you all just as soon as I have washed the car and given my garden some attention, I should really do some housework too but for now the sunshine beckons. 

Have a great week.