The green hornet

Hello and happy Saturday!Doily crochetSo I found a new project to work on, and since I spent most of the first 15 rounds of it watching the Green Hornet (ludicrous – although in fairness I’m guessing a doily crocheting 40 year old mother of two is hardly the target audience!), I’ve decided that’s a good name for it 🙂

Doily crochet 4It was a bit dull here (late) this afternoon so I wandered around the garden snipping here and there in a bid to brighten my photos up a bit. There were a surprising number of flowers in bloom. Not much I can do about the shadows though.

The doily pattern is called Summer Splendor, its working up easy enough (read not too much concentration required – perfect for trashy tv and and the rugby world cup!). I’m using Milford satin in 2 ply and a 2mm hook. I just hope there is enough cotton left in the ball – I think I’ve got 8 rounds to go. It’s looking like its going to need some serious blocking to get the fans to stand out.Doily crochet 5Thank you to everyone who left such lovely comments about my sketchbook. I find sharing crochet generally very easy (maybe because its the yarn and stitches that are really on show), but sharing what I have drawn is strangely more intimate and I was very nervous about it. I would never show my doodlings to someone who visited me at home for instance. Anyway, thank you for being so sweet – you made me very happy 🙂

J xox

Weekend crochet…

Navy blue crochet 4Hello! Just thought I would stop by and share my Sunday morning crochet with you.Navy blue crochetNot to mention my beautiful new crochet hook wrap (thank you Nola)…Navy blue crochet 3…. nor the perfectly in bloom miniature Cattleya orchid. I’m very proud of its beauty and abundance of blooms. I could pretend this is due to my wonderful care and attention, but alas I neglected it for a year until last week when I noticed it was in bud and brought it in from the cold to show on our dining room table. Cattleya orchidAnd a few freesias, which smell divine and are popping up all over – giving me hope that spring is indeed here.

A few quiet moments and a cup of tea. Bliss!Navy blue crochet 5Just so you are under no illusions that I am alone, here’s wider view of my table this morning – the children are entertaining themselves creating a miniature theater in the sun 🙂Navy blue crochet 2I hope you have a happy Sunday! J xox

Crochet and fabric quilt

Crochet and fabric Quilt 3My mother in law Nola was visiting this week, and brought with her this lovely crochet and fabric creation, which she has just finished…

Crochet and fabric Quilt 2Isn’t it beautiful? And isn’t she clever!

Crochet and fabric QuiltI love that it looks almost antique…

Crochet and fabric QuiltI don’t have an exact pattern to share with you I’m afraid. It came in a quilting pack with all the supplies so I can’t share it here. However if you search online you will find some very similar patterns.

To get you started here’s a good tutorial for making the squares and crocheting them together. The three layer rose is added afterwards when the quilt squares are all joined together… here’s a nice pattern.

Hope you are having a wonderful week! J xox

Red Shawlette

Today marks the start of two weeks of school holidays. I’m so happy to have finally reached the end of term, we are all in desperate need of a break… And while mine won’t be a long break I’m taking part of both weeks off work which I am VERY happy about. Anyway, as promised, here are the details on my latest shawl…Crochet shawl free pattern 3The shawl itself is made using the South Bay Shawlette pattern, this is a free Lion Brand crochet pattern, you can find here. For my shawl I used a 2ply merino angora mix and 3mm hook which resulted in a lovely close weave. Crochet shawl free pattern 2I wanted it to be light yet warm, you could use a much bigger hook (and yarn) with this pattern and it would still be lovely, but the smaller hook means that the shawl has a delicate look and while being light has just a little bit more warmth…

Crochet shawl free patternYou might recognise the edging, its the same lacy edging pattern as I used on my last crochet throw… You can find the pattern hereCrochet shawl free pattern 4

So there you go. Im in love with this shawl, it just gorgeous. The colour is beautiful and the yarn is positively scrumptious! As always seems to be the case with shawls, I  want to start another immediately! I hope you’re having a great week, is anyone else on holiday this week? J – xo

 

Winners and a free pattern…

Hello! It’s getting pretty  chilly over here, so a head wrap and ear warmer is just what every stylish girl-with-a-ponytail needs 🙂

Crochet headwrap free patternThank you to everyone who entered the Mamachee Giveaway, and of course thank you to Tara for generously providing the patterns for the giveaway!

I thought that as well as announcing the winners I would also point you to some of the free patterns that Tara also has on her website.

This week I have made 4 of these awesome  crochet head wraps – for my sister in law, niece and of course for Maia – isn’t it cute?? And it works up so quickly! You can find the pattern here.
Crochet head wrap free patternAnd now the moment I know you have all been waiting for! The winners, thanks to Random.Org, are:

  • Wild Daffodil – who said ‘Ooo! Yes please!!! Such cute patterns, thanks for the introduction to Mamachee and for hosting the Giveaway. Fingers crossed!’
  • Lisa – who said ‘Very cool! I want to win! Hugz Lisa and Bear’
  • Little Miss Ling – who said ‘Oh the Yoda beanie is so cute! And the blankets and flowers! How to choose?’
  • Anette- who said ‘Oh the cowl is beautiful. And the owl hats. And the afghan… I would love to win!’
  • Cute as a Button 82 – who said ‘Wow, so many great patterns! I love all of them, but my faves are the gloves and the pink slippers :)’

Guys if you email me with your preferred Mamachee patterns (two each), Ill let Tara know and she will get your patterns to you.

Have a wonderful week everyone! Janette xox

D is for Dishcloth…

Crochet dishcloths  free pattern I Do Declare, a Darling crochet Dishcloth is Definitely going to transform your Dreary Dish washing….  Delivering you and your Dishes from Dirty and Dull  to  Divine!

Crochet dishcloths  free patternI Dare you to find someone who Doesn’t Deserve a Delectable Dishcloth aDorning their kitchen, Dashing Duty into Delight.

Crochet dishcloths  free patternAnd Don’t despair, you can soon have a Dozen of these Decidedly Delightful Dishcloths too!

Delightful Dishcloths

Using a 5mm hook and worsted weight cotton, chain any multiple of 2 stitches + 2… I used 30.

  • Row 1: Work 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 1, skip next ch, sc in next ch; rep from * to end.
  • Row 2 – 30: Chain 1, turn. Sc in the first space, *ch1, sc in the next space* rep from * to *  across. Remember to chain one at the end of each row and turn. Continue working in rows until your square looks square! Fasten off and join a new color.
  • Round one of edging: Repeat pattern, working AROUND the outside of your work (That’s sc in the chain 1 spaces, ch1) and work sc ch1 sc at each corner. Join with a ss to finish the round.
  • Round 2: sc in each stitch around putting 2 sc’s in each corner space. Fasten off and weave in all ends.

If this was in any way confusing, you can watch a video to see how to do this stitch in  more detail here (the pattern sc, ch 1 creates woven stitch – a very useful stitch pattern to have in your crochet repertoire! )

J xx