Sunday, 31 August 2014
Here is the finished door mat. It measures 14" x 28" I didn't want it too wide as it is leads from a small utility room so the length and nearly the width of the door would look just right. Some have said I should have it as a wall hanging as it is too good for a door mat. Although I wouldn't have it stepped on. It does look good by the door and adds brightness to the room, we'll see! This is the back. It is knitted with stripes of t shirts on 6mm needles and 30 stitches in stocking stitch.
Sunday, 24 August 2014
I have started making a door mat it will probably be mine and to put at my back door. It is about 13" length with 30 cast on stitches and about the width of the door though not as wide. I quite like the mix of colours and how it is taking shape with different lengths of strips making the pattern. It is knitted in stocking stitch, plain and purl. I could have finished it in no time if it were not tee shirts strips I was knitting with as these take more effort to knit, the texture is nice and firm though. Then there is the cutting tee shirts into about one inch strips which I quite like as I have a nice sharp scissors with which to do it. I think I have about ten inches to do so won't take too long. And it cost practically nothing to make as I used old tee shirts from a charity shop. I am all for recycling and up cycling into something else useful and good.
Saturday, 16 August 2014
I made this crochet star flower Mandala cushion this week. It is stitched to a green cotton material and attached to a green and yellow patterned cotton for the back. It has a zip to close. I made a cushion pad with muslin and filled it with a soft polyester stuffing. I went to a new craft fair in Helston Cornwall last week and sold this crochet Mandala cushion. I sold a few other items as well so well worth doing and there is another in October and December. They have a Facebook page so good advertising and lots of people came to see. https://www.facebook.com/HellysCraftFairCornwall?ref=ts&fref=ts
Sunday, 27 July 2014
I have completed the Mandala and added a soft yellow cotton circle for the back. I made the inside circular cushion pad as I'd polyester stuffing and a few yards of muslin. I like the fullness around the edge which then decreases in stitches for the yellow circle on the back. The Mandala which was getting wider as I was crocheting it has been rescued and made into this cushion. It measures 18" x 18" plus the sides make 24" I came across this weaving with a Hula Hoop on Pinterest and I thought I'd give it a go. The biggest hoop I found is a size 29" the recommended size for a small rug is 33" I may get a larger size. I made this little bowl with strips of old t-shirts. I think these colours go pretty together and like the rustic look. This hoop weaving is very easy to do and doesn't take long to make something. I have not done much weaving before this now I will make other small items with the Hula Hoop.
Saturday, 19 July 2014
I have finished the pinks and cream baby blanket.I like how it turned out. I have added a cream border with the same stitch pattern as the blanket all round and added two cotton crochet flowers in each corner. I have begun making my first Mandala although it became rather wide as I went along. I must learn to count the stitches as I go. It will be a circular cushion with probably a cotton backing. I have two rows more to do. I love the colours and various patterns of Mandalas that came up on a Google search. The green is brighter than it appears in this photo that I took with my iPad camera.
Sunday, 13 July 2014
Here is the pink and cream baby blanket almost finished just a few rows more and just a few crocheted flowers to make and attach. I did a craft fair on Wednesday and you can see at least five items have been knitted or crocheted by me, a rag rug knitted, two blues knitted bag, cream knitted bag with primary colours, a crochet granny squares bag, and a pink crochet cushion. I sold two bags a green patchwork you can see and a patchwork bright colour bag on top the rug, a needle case with a tree in autumn colour out of sight behind the purses. I had a lot of interest in my makes and would like to do another one soon. Barts Heart Centre And some other fab news this week I'd like to share is I am very proud to say that my daughter has just passed her MRCP exam and is now a member of the Royal College of Physicians. She is one of the first doctors who will have the honour to work at the amazing new Barts Heart Centre @NHSBartsHealth in 2015
Saturday, 5 July 2014
I have wool left over from my striped Afghan and decided to use it to make a baby blanket in pinks and cream for a girl I may also do a blues and cream for a boy. I used the same two row pattern as the Afghan for it is a nice and thick stitch. I will crochet a few flowers to add to it too in the same acrylic yarn or in a cotton yarn that I have in blue, pink, and white depending on what looks best. It measures 30" in width I don't know how long it will be yet.