Yes, I am still here! a crafty catch up …. another one!

I have been slow on the blogging front lately…… so many wips but so little time! The usual story I suppose with us crafters.  Since I opened my Etsy shop, I have been busy there too, trying to keep it up to date and all those listings and tags aahhh!

So this post really is just to pop in and say hello, yes I am still here 🙂 a little catch up if you will.  So here’s a few pictures of work I have been doing lately ….

I was asked by Toni from TL Yarn Crafts to test a pattern for her, she has lovely patterns and her Mega Pom beanie hat pattern is one of my favorites.  Here’s a link to her Etsy shop. This is  a crochet scarf pattern using the moss stitch.  Here’s my take on her pattern.  She is hoping to release this soon, so keep your eyes peeled.

Moss Stitch Crochet Scarf
I did a few custom embroidery hoops, I really had to lock myself away and concentrate on these but I was pretty pleased with the outcome.  I even managed to feed the kids in between!

Custom Name Embroidery Hoop Art

 

I won some lovely goodies from another blogger buddy, Emma from Emma’s Crafty Projects.  These arrived this week, all the way from Australia.  The yarn is gorgeous, I have never used something like this before, so saving it for a special project.  my crafty win

The kids fought over the little plushie (that’s why its not in the picture, I wasn’t allowed !) they are now requesting more to be made.  Hmm I will admit, amigurumi I find is fiddly and takes me forever!  She also gave me some embroidery threads and a lovely cross stitch book marker.  So thank you once again Emma!

my crafty win

 

The Easter holidays are here, I was trying to do some Easter crafts but its not happening.  My computer is being upgraded hopefully next week, so I hope to get more organised with everything.  Normally I am good with organizing stuff but lately I have been all over the place!  I have also been wondering about upgrading the blog, taking the plunge and going self hosting, therefore have more control over the layout.  I am in the middle of working out a new logo/branding, so bare with me.

I did a big tidy up on my boards over on Pinterest, you can find me here and please leave your pinterest name in the comments section below and I will follow back, I need to find more people to follow.  Speaking of social media, anyone on Twitter or Facebook even ? I confess I am not a fan of Facebook but I have been wondering lately if I should start a page over there. What do you think ?

And finally, I am working on an up cycling project, I just need the weather to behave so I can take a decent picture! so hopefully my next post will be that.

Till next time!

Maura

 

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Knit Look Crochet Cowl – a simple quick project!

Knit Look Crochet Cowl - quick & simple pattern

I mentioned starting this little project in one my last posts and you can read about it here.  (I am still working on those projects by the way ! )

I discovered this stitch, which is sometimes referred to the knit stitch or the camel stitch from reading the All About Ami blog. She has a great tutorial on how to do this stitch. It’s basically working the htr / hdc stitch in the 3rd loop, sounds complicated ? Have a look at her blog here, where she explains it in great detail.  Its not that hard once, you know where to put your hook.

Here’s a close up of the stitch, looks like knit doesn’t it?

Crochet - the camel stitch or knit stitch

So I decided to try it with some Wendy Serenity Super Chunky yarn I bought recently and here’s my result.

Knit Look Cowl Crochet Project

 

 

Loving this yarn, it’s so soft and snuggly, definitely a favourite. There’s a mixture of wool, alpaca and acrylic.  If you want to hook one up, here’s a quick reference to what I did.

Yarn:  2 balls of  Wendy Serenity Super Chunky.  Shade 1727, it’s a lovely deep winey red colour. I used about 1 1/2 balls altogether to get the height I wanted.
Hook:  10mm

UK Terms and you are working in the round.
Chain 45
Row 1:  Htr across & join with a sl stitch to beginning chain, chain 1
Row 2:  Htr in the 3rd loop across and join
Repeat Row 2 until you get the desired height

I was able to hook 11 & 1/2 rows using 1 ball, and I then crocheted a total of 15 rows and stopped. It was 12″ across and 10″ in height.  You could do more chains if you want a longer cowl.

A nice simple project with a gorgeous result!  .  You will have one whipped up in an hour! Have you used this stitch before ? What do you think?

 

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Part 2 – Now it’s Scarf Season, a Crochet One!

ScarfHeaderContinuing on from my last post, which you will find here. I decided to follow up making some scarves or cowls if you prefer! I’II get straight to it.

This cowl is a very basic pattern. Perfect for a beginner as it just uses double and treble crochet stitches.  I used 2 balls of Stylecraft Mosaic Chunky and a 6mm Hook. I used this pattern as a guideline, its free on Ravelry, yea!

I chained 200 to begin and I did about 10 rows in total, until I ran out of yarn really.  It’s worked in the round and you can wrap the cowl over twice as it was long enough and not too bulky. Next time I would try doing a smaller one, not to double it up and see how that works. This yarn is an acrylic and wool mix so nice and cosy. Crochet Cowl

Next up, this one was made for the big man in our house.  Again, its a cowl style, but don’t tell him that ! He didn’t want it flapping around he just wanted it to rest at his neck and to be able to tuck it into his coat. Men … fussy eh? I lost the yarn band and I can’t remember if it’s Stylecraft or King Cole. I think it maybe the latter.  I used a 100gram ball and 4.5mm hook.  Its just rows and rows of trebles. This one does not wrap around.Crochet Cowl

I just made this cowl yesterday.  Its uses puff stitches & is crocheted in the round.  I love this yarn, it’s from Stylecraft and it’s an aran weight yarn in a red ombre effect.  I used a 5mm hook and chained 90 to start as I wanted it quiet close to my neck.  You use the puff stitch and chain one all the way through, and the rows are staggered.  I used a 100gram ball & crochet 10 rows in total.  You can find the pattern here from The Hook Nook, she gives detailed instructions and has a link to her Youtube tutorial, but if you know how to do the puff stitch you can do it! The ombre effect was really nice running through it, definately a keeper.Ombre Yarn

Puff Stitch Crochet CowlSo thats it, hope you enjoyed scarfs, cowls whatever you want to call them! They are a great beginner project, try some ….