Monthly Archives: April 2016

Finished – T shirt yarn basket

Happy Monday readers!

Over the weekend I finished the T shirt yarn basket.     

 I used a self stripping yarn to finish the top and added a scallop edging. I love this edging at the moment, it’s simple and very effective in my opinion 🙂 

If you want to give it a try I normally start from a sc row, then I skip one sc and do 5 dc in the next sc, skip one sc and slip stitch in the next sc and repeat.  

  
And here it is holding more of my stash (well I’m actually using this for my LOTR cal so does that still count as a stash? 😁)

 

Have an awesome week!

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LOTR CAL week 2

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Hello lovely readers!

So the centre panel is taking me ages to finish, but here is the second week of the LOTR CAL! I will try to catch up and finish the centre panel and make a start on the others.

This week’s square is the first of the small 30×30 squares. It features the Lothlorien leaf brooch given to Frodo and the other members of the Company by the Lady Galadriel.

PDF available here

And here is the PNG file as well.

LOTR_CAL_week2You can find the first part of the CAL here.

You can find a photo tutorial of the bobble stitch here.

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Mandala madness – week 2

Hi guys! 

Here is my week 2 of the mandala madness CAL. You can find all the Pdf for the Mandala madness in several languages on Helen’s website so why not join? (I know I’m still 2 weeks behind but I’ll get there, promise!)    


I had a bit of trouble at the beginning of this week, because I got the instructions wrong from last week so my back post sc were in fact front post sc, which made it difficult. Whoops! I think I managed to correct my mistake pretty well in the end. 

I loved how this week turned out, the star behind the first week’s flower just looks great 🙂 also I really like the folded stitch used in this CAL, it’s just so cool to have this 3D effect on an apparently 2D piece. 

Well that’s it for this week! Stay tuned for the LOTR cal week 2 release on Sunday 😉 

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Some much needed organisation

Today has been all about getting organised. There are some days like that when I feel like everything need to get tidy or I can’t get anything done. First up was continuing my crochet hook case.   

Only got 4 compartment so far but what I love about this pattern is that you can add as many as your like/need (in my case I’ll have to hook a lot more!)

Then I started on another basket to store my ever growing stash.   

And last but not least (and not crochet related) , I started transferring and sorting all my Pokemon in my Omega Ruby version. This one will take a while! 

Have a great end of the week 😉 

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Mandala madness CAL – week 1 

Happy Monday crafty people! 

I thought I didn’t have enough to do with the LOTR CAL so I decided to join the Mandala Madness, designed by the very talented Helen. 

I’m using yarn from my stash and I’ve only completed part 1 so far (weeks 2 and 3 are already out, I need to get to it!). If you feel like you need help, Esther has a really good video tutorial on her blog, it’s all in a nutshell.   

Also I wanted to share my orchids with you guys, they are so pretty at the moment, all flowery!   

I wish you all a great week 🙂 

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LOTR CAL Week 1

 

 

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Who is excited? I sure am!

I might have a bit overestimated my capacity to make the whole centre square (which is 60×60) but I’ll make sure to share my progress with you ASAP. In the mean time, you can definitely join me and start your very own LOTR centre square!

So this square will be 60 x 60 and I have planned 12 smaller (30 x 30) squares to go around.

PDF available here

The colours suggested are in Vanna’s choice as it seems to be a pretty popular yarn choice for graphghans, but I won’t be using those colours exactly as it is difficult for me to get this yarn where I am. If you have easy access to Vanna’s choice and you find colours that fit better, I’d love your feedback. Obviously, if you want to use bits and pieces from your stash, you are more than welcome to do so as well!

There is no written instruction for the CAL so far, but if you feel like the graph is overwhelming and you would like written instructions, leave me a message and I will make it available as soon as possible.

I will be using the bobble stitch (you can find my photo tutorial here) but again if  you want to use a different type of stitch (like the c2c or hdc), please do so 🙂

I hope you guys will join and that you will share your pictures with me!

Until next time,

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Edit: Thanks Natascha for letting me know there was a problem with the pdf. In the mean time, here is the png version of week 1 if you are also having issues with the pdf!

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Poké-alphabet – final week

Hi again lovely readers! 

After 23 weeks, my Poké-alphabet is finally completed!    

    
 Y was for Yvetal and Z for Zapdos. I’ve also added all the basic balls to fill in the last row (pokeball, superball,  hyperball and masterball). 

I had already bought a frame so I only had to wash and iron my finished alphabet before framing it 🙂

  
 And that’s one more Pokemon display in our house 🙂 

Have a great weekend! 

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Emma

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Bobble stitch tutorial

Hi guys! Happy Friday 🙂

This week just went so fast, probably because it was only a 4 days week 🙂 and with the end of the week, we start a new month! As promised, I will be starting a Lord of the Rings CAL this month and I’m super excited about it.

However, before we start, I thought I should put together a photo tutorial for the stitch I’ll use for this CAL: the bobble stitch.

If you’ve been doing a lot of graphghans, chances are that you’ve already seen this stitch, or at least heard of it. This is what a finished square looks like (picture found on Repeat Crafter Me, Sarah actually also has a very good tutorial for the bobble stitch, with some great videos for colour change).

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As you can see, each bobble is meant to be a square from the graph.

The first time I tried this stitch, I got a bit confused because the whole graph is worked from the back, which means that when you do a bobble, the textured part will be facing out, not towards you. Then in order to have all your bobbles facing the same way, you need to do a row of sc (U.S. dc) in between each row of bobbles.

  • The first thing to do when starting a bobble stitch graphghan is to make a chain. To know how many ch to do, multiply the number of squares from your graph by 2.

For example, my graph is 60×60 squares, I want to chain 120.

  • Chain 1 (this is your turning chain) and sc in each chain, starting from the second chain from your hook.

If we continue from the example above, you will now have 120 sc.

  • Now comes the tricky part: the bobbles. You want to chain 3 (turning chain) and dc 4 stitches together (U.S. tr 4 together) in your first sc. Then sc in the following sc. This will make your bobble ‘pop’. For each bobble, you then need to dc 5 together (the chain when you turned counted at your 5th dc).

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  • The only thing left to do is to follow your graph and change colours when needed. When you change colour, I would recommend changing at the end of the sc after the bobble.

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If we continue on our example, you will end up your row with 60 bobbles (5dctog + 1sc)

  • The next row, simply sc all the way back, and don’t forget your colour changes!
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You want 4 new sc at the back of your 2 bobbles

You are back to 120 sc and you are ready for the next row of bobbles!

I hope that this photo tutorial was helpful, if you have any question, don’t hesitate to leave me a message, and if you want a video I highly recommend Sarah’s video on Repeat Crafter Me, that’s how I learnt!

Of course, you can join the CAL without using the bobble stitch, there are lots of different ways of doing a graphghan and I can’t wait to see what you guys will come up with 🙂

The first graph for the centre square (which will be the biggest square as well) will be posted on Sunday (3/04) so keep an eye out!

 

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