Saturday, 29 October 2016

Boho Fingerless Gloves

The pattern for Boho Fingerless Gloves is now available for the individual download on:

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Striped Fingerless Gloves

There are some things that I can't keep for myself. For instance, those that make me feel satisfied. I made a pair of fingerless gloves for one secret Christmas exchange project. As my secret good child is following me on Instagram, I have to hide the gloves there. But I can't hide them everywhere. So, don't mind my unexpected naked toes.. and here they are:

And the wrong side. I used to be a messy crafter, but now I try to make the wrong side look no worse than the right side.

6 shades of Sport Weight (perhaps, Lace Weight?) yarn: 392 meters per 100 grams; wool blends of 2 types: 95% wool and 5% acrylic or 50% wool and 50% acrylic; 2.5 mm crochet hook; simple stitches and simple shaping. However, I used my new favourite needle join and a bit of tapestry crochet.

There is no pattern currently, but I may write it one day after all the projects I took part in are done.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Amigurumi Kit: Bunny McCarrots and the Ugly Christmas Sweater

I have finally finished winding the cakes for the kits and crocheting cacti. So, here are the first, better to say, test, kits.

Each kit includes all the materials you need to make 2 Bunnies:

- printed pattern + PDF file,
- 2.5 mm crochet hook,
- 2 cakes of grey yarn in 2 shades,
- 1 cake of white yarn for the tails,
- 2 cakes of yarn for the sweaters,
- 2 pairs of 10.5 mm safety eyes,
- 2 8 mm oval noses,
- 2 reindeer appliques,
- beige and black yarn for embroidery,
- gauge meter,
- 2 metallic tapestry needles,
- 3 stitch markers,
- 2 blank tags,
- 2 "handmade" trinkets,
- 60 g of polyesther fiberfill (not shown in the photo),
- handmade cactus pincushion,
- 1 "Soak" travel pack to give them a nice bath.

Here you can see the currently available colour options (except for the cacti that have already been carefully packed). Everything will be sent randomly because every Bunny should be OOAK.

The kits are available on Etsy.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Cactus Pincushion

Yay to all cactus lovers! This pincushion was designed as part of Bunny McCarrots Kit (not yet available on Etsy, the link will come later. However, they are available upon request).

And it's an amazing last-moment project on its own. It took me less than an hour to complete the pincushion while documenting the process. And it's scrappy-scrappy! The finished cactus is about 2-3" tall.

So, you'll need:

- 2.5 mm crochet hook (or B/2),
- DK scraps in green (-ish), brown for the soil and terracotta or beige for the pot (or any colour you like),
- scissors,
- tapestry needle,
- a bit of polyesther stuffing.

The terms used are the US terms.

The details are worked in spiral rounds unless otherwise stated.

The abbreviations:
Rnd - round,
ch. - chain,
st(s) - stitch(es),
sl st - slip stitch,
sc - single crochet,
fpsc - front post single crochet,
hdc - half double crochet,
incr - increase (2 sc worked into 1 st),
hdc incr - half double crochet increase (2 hdc worked into 1 st),
WS - wrong side,
BLO - back loop only.

Start with green and BRANCHES (make 2):
1 Rnd: Ch. 2, 6 sc into the 2nd ch. from the hook = 6 sc,
2 - 3 Rnd: sc around = 6 sc,
4 - 5 Rnd: 2 sl st, 4 sc = 6 sts,
6 - 7 Rnd: sc around = 6 sc. At the end of Rnd 7, finish off, leave a long end for sewing. The slip stitches create the natural bending. Stuff lightly.

1 Rnd: Ch. 2, 6 sc into the 2nd ch. from the hook = 6 sc,
2 Rnd: incr around = 12 sc,
3 - 12 Rnd: 12 sc. At the end of Rnd 12, finish off, cut the yarn. Stuff lightly.

Join yarn into any sc of Rnd 12 of the BODY,
1 Rnd: (incr, sc) - repeat 6 times = 18 sc,
2 Rnd: (2 sc, incr) - repeat 6 times = 24 sc, finish off, cut the yarn.

Join each Rnd with a sl st.
1 Rnd: Ch. 2, 6 sc into the 2nd ch. from the hook, sl st into the 1st sc, ch. 1 = 6 sc,
2 Rnd: incr around, sl st into the 1st sc, ch. 1 = 12 sc,
3 Rnd: (1 hdc incr, 1 hdc) - repeat 6 times, sl st into the 1st sc, ch. 1 = 18 hdc,
4 Rnd: fpsc around, sl st into the 1st sc, ch. 1 = 18 sc,
5 Rnd: (1 incr, 5 sc) - repeat 3 times, sl st into the 1st sc, ch. 1 = 21 sc,
6 Rnd: (6 sc, 1 incr) - repeat 3 times, sl st into the 1st sc, ch. 1 = 24 sc,
7 - 8 Rnd: sc around, sl st into the 1st sc, ch. 1 = 24 sc,
9 Rnd: holding the Pot and Body with Soil pieces WS together, working through both thicknesses:
sc around, stuff as you go lightly, sl st into the 1st sc,
10 Rnd: sl st around, finish off, weave in the ends.


For Rnd 10 of the Pot I tried different sts: BLO sl st, crab st and (ch.1, sl st) into every sc. They all make the pots look different. So, improvise!

Sew on the Branches and decorate with pins :)

Friday, 7 October 2016

Lionel the Lion

This is Lionel. He wants a cup of coffee and a nap. He is part of Helen Goodman's Beau-TEAL-ful collection.

This collection aims at raising funds for Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust. The whole collection will go to one lucky winner. Each £2 you donate will give you 1 entry into the raffle. So, £10 means 5 entries.

For more information and pictures visit: Flora Honeypot's Beau-TEAL-ful Collection