Tea Cosy to Wow your Guests No 2

Cactus Garden

Who doesn’t love a Cactus Garden? I’m always inspired by the beautiful textures & forms of these amazing plants.

The 2nd Tea Cosy, of a number I’ve been working on these past months. I will post more over the following days as I get photos done. Enjoy & be inspired.

The Cactus Tea Cosy is available for sale in my shop here.

 

Tea Cosy to Wow your Guests No 1

Budgie Paradise.

This is the first of a number of Tea Cosies I’ve been working on these past months. I will post more over the following days as I get photos done. I love the little Budgies sitting among the Aussie flora.

The Tea Cosy is available for sale in my shop here.

And, for those interested & would like to have a go yourselves, the Budgie pattern is available here

Stained Glass Diamond Motif Afghan Rug Crochet Pattern

It’s been a while since my last post. Hopefully the Covid lockdown hasn’t been too stressful for anyone & it’s been a somewhat useful time to get those ‘gunna-do-things’ done… Nevertheless, it’s been a difficult time keeping mojos flowing so, it comes with some relief that restrictions are beginning to ease & we can start planning our lives again & resume some social enjoyments.

For me &, I’m sure for many of you also, the past few months have been rather surreal, as though we are all taking part in a B-grade Si-fi movie; certainly interesting times we won’t forget for some time.

There’s always heaps to keep one busy, gardening, reading, re-organising cupboards, wardrobes, workshops & of course cleaning & more cleaning. But these are not activities that can replace our creative motivations.

Being in the more vulnerable ‘senior’ group (although I prefer the term ‘more mature’ group) I’ve been unable to shop for new yarn & have had to rely on my stash. Not really a bad thing as that certainly need thinning out.

So here’s a dazzling, colourful scrap yarn crochet rug (afghan) pattern  to cheer the senses. Suitable for beginners yet also an interesting project for the more experienced. Each square measures approx 15.5 cm (6”) x 15.5 cm (6”). Make as many squares as you need depending on your project – a little cot cover, a medium TV knee rug or a king size bedspread

Requirements: for the 6 square x 6 square rug (afghan) I used: scrap yarn from my stash for colours & approx 230 grams for edging & border

Hook size 4.00mm (US G) 

Each square measures approx: 15.5 cm (6”) x 15.5 (6”)

Keep in mind, even though I’ve given yarn & hook requirements, this is your project; work with your own preferred colours & appropriate hook

  • The pattern includes:
  • Diamond motif square pattern
  • joining square together & border instructions
  • both UK & US terminology 
  • clear stitch drawings & pattern diagrams (charts)

The pattern can be purchased from my shop here

 

Amigurumi Crochet Projects to help fill the lock-down hours…

We are living in harrowing times & I hope everyone is staying happy & safe, despite the distress & tragic outcomes many are going through right now.

Filling the lock-down hours can be difficult but it can also be a time to finish UFO’s, try new things & start new projects. That’s why I’ve created these Aussie patterns. Although I don’t have a great deal of experience with Amigurumi, I do make these little Aussie animals & birds to sell at my local market & people love them. I’m also constantly asked for the patterns… Well, the patterns were on slips of paper with scrawls & scribbles that only I can decipher. So the task was to sit down & write them down so others can understand them. It’s taken a while but I think each of these 6 patterns will be a fun project for those who enjoy the Amigurumi technique.

Amigurumi is worked in continuous rounds therefore it’s important to use stitch markers, either commercial ones, if you have them, or do as I do & use a long scrap of yarn that you bring up as you work.

I don’t consider Gauge important, working with a smaller or larger hook will produce a smaller or larger toy. I give hook sizes for both crochet cotton & 8 ply yarn. Choose what works best for you.

Because these are small projects, they use small amounts of yarn. Great for stash-busting & no need for racing off to the craft shop, use what you have. These are quick little projects using simple stitches so, hopefully, even beginners can have a go.

I’ve used embroidery thread for eyes & facial features, but use plastic eyes with safety backs if you prefer. However be aware that these toys are then not suitable for young kiddies.

The 6 patterns are available in my shop. My hope is they bring some welcomed relief & creative joy in these testing times… happy crocheting & stay safe everyone

 

Home Sweet Home.

Well, I have to say, it’s good to be home; it was the wettest trip since Noah set sailed. It rained, it poured, it drizzled from the moment we left for our little holiday to the time we arrive at our destination. Not enough to have drought, then fires & then, to top it off, flooding rains. Of course the rain was very welcomed everywhere & I, for one, am not complaining. We really do live in the most extraordinary country.

Despite the dismal weather, my step mum’s 90th birthday celebrations went off with a bang & we had a fabulous time catching up with family & friends. Not much chance for sight-seeing but had some lovely lunches & dinners with friends as we made our way home.

And so, it’s back to the grind… My shop is open again & I’m hoping to list some new items soon.

The next crochet class is this Thurs 20th Feb.

And I’ll be at our local Landsborough Market this Saturday 22nd Feb & every 2nd & 4th Saturday from then on…

As I’ve already said, it’s good to be home… Black Cat gave us ‘the look’ as we came in the door but is purring with pleasure now;  the chooks are happily clucking & laying lovely eggs… all is well