A Quick Apology

Hi all! 

Just popping in to let you know I havent forgotten about you – I have just been distracted.

I havent posted since November – I am sure many of you will find that at thid time of year blogging takes a back foot as the crafting a preperation take place! I am no different and am spemding every spare moment I have crocheting lile there is no tomorrow – I had hoped to be finishing the final rows of the border of my partners Christmas gift by now but I am still 12 amd a half squares short so really do need to get a wiggle on! 

Anyways I promise I will try my hardest to get around all of your blogs very soon, and will try to make a few more posts by the end of the year. 

How are you all getting on – are you finished christmas prep or are you still miles off. Personally its just the crafting I have left to do, all the presents habe been bought and wrapped and under the tree since December 4th! When will I learn to start crocheting earlier!

Finally, please enjoy this little pic of my kitty, who has already attempted to destroy my christmas decorations about 90 times

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Equally Pretty Alpaca Mittens

As promised here is the pattern for the matching mittens to the hat I published last week. 

 For these mittens you should hold 2 strands together whilst working. For the whole set you need 2 balls of each colour. 

1. Chain 42. Hdc into third chain from hook and all chains to end. Ss into the first hdc of the round. (40)

2. Chain 2. Hdc into all stitches.
3. Chain 3. Dc in all stitches around.
4. Chain 3. Dc in all stitches around.

Fasten off and change to green yarn.

5. Chain 3. Dc in all stitches around.
6. Chain 3. Dc in first stitch, *chain 2 (skip 2) and dc in the next 2*. Repeat until you reach the last ch 2, skip 2 then sc in the last stitch of the round. Ss into first dc.
7. For the next round ss across the dc to the first ch2 space, then chain 3 and dc onto the ch 2 space. *Chain 2 then sc 2 times onto the next ch 2 space*. Repeat to end, but instead of making the final chain 2 and slip stitching to close the round, instead you should stop at the last 2dc. Turn your work.
8. Chain 3, the dc until the first dc of the last row (you should have 38dc stitches).

Fasten off and change to blue yarn.

9. Chain 3. Dc in all stitches to end, then chain 2 and ss into the first dc of the round.
10. Ss across two more dc’s, then chain 3 and dc into the next stitch. *Chain 2 (skip 2) then sc 2 times onto the next 2 stitches*. Repeat to end. Chain 2 more and ss into the first dc stitch.
11. For the next round ss across the dc to the first ch2 space, then chain 3 and dc onto the ch 2 space. *Chain 2 then sc 2 times onto the next ch 2 space*. Repeat to end. Chain 2 and ss into first dc.
12. Chain 3. Dc in all stitches around.

Fasten off an change to grey yarn.

13. Chain 3. Dc in all stitches around.
14. Chain 3. Dc in all stitches around.
15. Chain 3. Sc in all stitches around.
16. Chain 3. Sc in all stitches around.

Finally, for the thumb holes, gind the hole in the side of the mitten from row 7 to 11. Attatch yarn and Sc twice into each dc post around for 20 Sc. Ss into the first. Cjain 1 and then complete another row of 20 Sc. Fasten off and weave in all ends. Then you are done!

These mittens are super warm. I wore the set for bonfire night this year and they were lovely and snuggly! You can find the plttern for the matching hat here. 

 

A Very Pinterest Christmas Week 7 – Papercrafting

This week I was drawn to papery things on pinterest. This particular image caught my eye.

The image is from a blog called Playing House. You can find it here. This blog post did linl back to an original tutorial but when I clicled through it was a dead end so I cant trace it back to origin, but it looked pretty simple so I gave it a go!

I am very pleased with them. But then I had the bug, so I made hearts too.

As it turns out this method doesnt scale too well – perhaps it is something to do with the width – I think the paper would bend just as nicely if it were cut into narrower strips but then there wouldnt be enough width to accomodate the staples. They are still cute though. Camt wait to see them on the tree, only 1 more week until the tree is up! Yahoo!

Pretty Alpaca Hat

Finally, I am getting around to publishing this pattern. 

I made this hat using Drops Alpaca – The colour choice was dictated by what was lying around in my stash. You may remember that last christmas I made a hat for my brother in law to be for. If not you can find it here. I used the yarn leftover from that project to create this.

I think this hat is perfect for men and women so would make a great gift. Anyways, here is the pattern:

For these mittens you should hold 2 strands together whilst working. For the whole set you need 2 balls of each colour. 

At the end of each round, Ss into 1st dc stitch of the round then chain 3 (does not count as a dc)

1. Dc 12 into a magic circle. (12)
2. In the next round, dc twice in to each space. (24)
3. In the next round, dc twice into the first stitch then once into the next. Repeat. (36)
4. In the next round, dc twice into the first stitch then once into the next 2. Repeat. (48)
5. In the next round, dc twice into the first stitch then once into the next 3. Repeat. (60)
6. In the next round, dc twice into the first stitch then once into the next 4. Repeat. (72)
7. In the next round, dc twice into the first stitch then once into the next 5. Repeat. (84)
8. In the next round, dc twice into the first stitch then once into the next 6. Repeat. (96)
9. In the next round, dc twice into the first stitch then once into the next 7. Repeat. (108) Fasten off.

Attatch green yarn.

10. Dc in all stitches around.
11. Dc in first stitch, *chain 2 (skip 2) and dc in the next 2*. Repeat until you reach the last ch 2, skip 2 then sc in the last stitxh of the round. Ss into first dc.
12. For the next round ss across the dc to the first ch2 space, then chain 3 and dc onto the ch 2 space. *Chain 2 then sc 2 times onto the next ch 2 space*. Repeat to end, ch 2 one last time and ss into first stitch of the round.
13. Dc in all stitches around and twice into each chain 2 space. (108) Fasten off.

Attatch blue yarn.

14. Dc in all stitches around.
15. Dc in first stitch, *chain 2 (skip 2) and dc in the next 2*. Repeat until you reach the last ch 2, skip 2 then sc in the last stitch of the round. Ss into first dc.
16. For the next round ss across the dc to the first ch2 space, then chain 3 and dc onto the ch 2 space. *Chain 2 then sc 2 times onto the next ch 2 space*. Repeat to end, ch 2 one last time and ss into first stitch of the round.
17. Dc in all stitches around and twice into each chain 2 space. (108) Fasten off.

Attatch grey yarn.

18. In the next round, dc2tog then dc once into the next 7. Repeat. (108)
19. In the next round, dc2tog then dc once into the next 6. Repeat. (96)
20. Dc in all stitches around. (96)
21. Sc in all stitches around. (96)

Fasten off and sew in ends.

Keep your eyes peeled for matching mittens!

Once again, For these mittens you should hold 2 strands together whilst working. For the whole set you need 2 balls of each colour. 

WIP Wednesday (22/11/17)

What a great week! I Have been super productive since my last post! 

I managed to complete the base of my gingerbread wreath. I used up 3 entire balls of Scheepjes Catona. I had to add a few more rows to the original 60 as I accidentally bough a 30cm ring instead of a 25cm. It took a lot of hard grafting to stretch it around the wreath and sew it up but I managed it. Now I am working on the decoration part, which should be a lot quicker and less boring. 

I have finally hit the halfway mark on the mystery project. I am well off where I should be on my previous projection (whereby I had decided to work 4 squares a week and be able to start werig it all together by early december) but I am making progress so that is still good! 

And I have made quite a bit more progress of my mustard jumper. I have pretty much finished the main body parts (just 2 more rows to go) so now I just have tp sew them together and make the neck line and sleeves.

The scarf hasnt grown but its not a priority so I am not thinking of it at the mo. 

A Very Pinterest Christmas Week 6 – Fun with Felt

For week 6 of my Very Pinterest Christmas was inspired by this tutorial from The Things She Makes. 

And here is my attempt:

I think they are very sweet – it took me a few goes to grt the shaping right (some of them are more like blobs than spheres) but I did manage to work it out in the end. 

As I had the blue gun and felt out, I also made these:

I cut out the tree shapes using my die cutter then painted on them with silver fabric paint. I then glued up the edges and stuffed them with fibrefill before sealing up the bottom edge.

I cant wait to see how they look on the tree!

A note for the wise though. Please be careful when weilding your glue gun. We have all had invidents with the glue its self, but usually that doesnt cause too much trouble. However, I as being careless and accidentally caught my wrist on the metal tip of the gun and boy did it hurt! Stung for ages afterwards and bexause it was on the part of my wrist where it creases when you move your hand, it was hard to keep it still which meant more pain and less crocheting for a bit. Not fun at all! So beware! Make sure you are paying attention to your gun!

A Very Pinterest Christmas Week 5 – Sugar and Spice

Gosh I do apologise. I have got really behind on posting. I have been busy making but forgetting to post! I dont know what I habe been busy with. I guess the pile of crochrting I need to get done for christmas. Anyways, this weekend I will post 2 for you. For week 5, I made this yummy spice mix.

I followed the recipe from Savory Nothings. You can find it here

It is super yummy and so super simple. I mixed a spoonful into a pint of apple cider and it was devine. I can see how this would be a wonderful gift if you were in the mind to make gifts this year. Give it a go – you wont regret it.