Happy Wednesday readers!
My best friend’s birthday is coming up in a few weeks and I really wanted to make him something special. He was a bit depressed because we are leaving the “youth” age group, so I knew I had to make something happy and bright.
I’ve settled on a marine themed blanket, so I’m using the ripple stitch to imitate waves and I will have 4 different shades of blue, with smaller amounts for the lighter blue and a lot of the darker blue to imitate the different depth of the sea. I’ve already finished one of my skeins of yarn, the lightest blue, and just started on the second one. I think that I might need to go buy some more at that rate but I’ll see once I’ve finished this second colour.
My idea is then to apply appliqué fish, shells and other marine creatures to make an underwater scene. It’s been working up quite fast (I’ve started on Monday) so hopefully I can get the base blanket done, block it (it will need it!), and still get some time to play around with appliqués!
This is what I’ve freehanded so far, I’ve made the shell in crocodile stitch to give some texture.
Do you guys have a favourite marine themed appliqué that you think I should really include? And do you have any suggestion on the best way to attach them to the blanket once it’s finished?
Hello lovely readers!
We are planning on moving next week so our house is starting to get packed. This means I had to get some of my craft supplies sorted, especially the bigillion embroidery threads that got passed on to me. And the beads! So many beads…
Most of those will go into boxes but I’m keeping enough threads to work on my joyful world SAL from the Snowflower Diaries.
This is where it was at last time.
And now I’ve almost finished April, with only the ground to finish stitching.
And here is all the stitching I’ve done so far, just to remind you (and me) 😊
Now, back to packing a few things before bed!
The week has already been super busy with starting to tutor again for the semester at university and a big experiment under way, but I’ve managed to get some stitching time. I’ve dug up my joyful world calendar from the Snowflower diaries and started stitching April.
Isn’t this bunny the cutest? There is also a cherry tree and a squirrel that will go to the right of this month. Now that I’ve started again on this piece I’m really excited to keep going and finish it, hopefully it won’t take the whole year!
Happy Wednesday crafters!
I’ve finally started a project that I’ve had pinned for a few years now: a netted linen market bag from PurlSoho. I’m actually making mine using jute rather than linen and a 3.75mm hook, so I’m expecting to do less rows while keeping the same size.
I’ve started the bottom of the bag and it has worked up quite fast so far, although the jute isn’t the most pleasant fiber to work with (it’s a bit rough). I’m wondering if a go in the washing machine might soften it a bit. Has anyone tried to wash jute before?
Hopefully, the bag will be finished pretty soon, I really need a new bag for my fruits and veggies shopping 🙂
Happy Wednesday crafters!
Like I said last week, my LOTR graphghan is a major WIP that I really hope to finish this year. I’ve been getting back into it but my major issue has been finishing the center square. Why on earth did I think that bobbles was a good idea? I love the look of it obviously but it is taking me forever and it’s been quite hard on my wrist. But I’m almost there and then I can start Saruman 🙂
To get some extra motivation, yesterday I decided to join the lovely people from the “Stitch and bitch Brisbane” and it was super great! Everyone was so nice, the projects looked amazing and I got that extra push to get that square finished (hopefully next week). If you’re interested, they are meeting up every Tuesday around 5-6 pm at the Fox hotel on Melbourne street.
Now, back to the bobbles!
Today, instead of showing you my most recent work in progress, I have decided to share all the WIPs I hope to finish in 2017.
First up, my crochet projects.
Patchwork granny square blanket
Crochet LOTR blanket
The first of those I’m aiming to finish is the LOTR blanket, I would like to submit it to the Brookfield show (it’s a local craft and art show taking place next to where I live, I participated last year and I’m excited to participate again).
And then, there are my cross stitch projects, mainly one actually.
Joyful world calendar from the Snowflower Diaries
I am also finishing the 2016 SALs (those of you who have been following me for a while might have noticed that I’m currently missing December). I should have this one finished by the end of the month.
And finally my knitting projects, I’ve actually been good and only have one knitting project on the go.
How about you guys? What projects are you aiming to finish this year?
One of my colleagues is having a baby in March and because we work in a lab she is going on maternity leave soon. I have decided to put my crocheting skills to good use, so I’m making a blanket for her little one. Because she doesn’t know the sex (it’s her first and she doesn’t want to know) I asked for colours she likes and she settled for green.
The yarn is 100% acrylic and it’s super soft. I’ve chosen a ripple pattern and it’s growing pretty fast as I watch TV. Tomorrow is Australia Day so I’ll be doing more of that 🙂
This is my first WIP Wednesday of the year and I have (finally) made progress on my Thumbelina pattern. There are 7 different costumes in total and I have completed the colours for 4 (almost 5) and made a start on the 6th one.
When I’m finished with the colours I’ll still have a bit of back stitching to do before the design is completed (hopefully by the end of the month).
I’m sure I don’t need to remind you but Christmas is fast coming! Which means I really need to get cranking on those presents! We got our secret santas last week and I know the person I got would enjoy a handcrafted gift, so I’ve started on a new project (I need excuses for those right? 😊).
Recently I was gifted loads of crafty things from someone in my family in-law. There were so many cross stitch magazines and a few crochet books.
I’ve decided to go with the iconic pineapple doily.
That’s what it will hopefully look like when I’m finished 🙂
And that’s where I’m at for now. I’ve calculated that if I do one round per day I should be done by Christmas!
Just a few other projects on the go but I should manage!
How is your Christmas craft coming along?
I know, I know, I should really finish this but I just wanted to show you the edging I was thinking of doing for this blanket.
First off, I have finished all the hexagons and half hexagons I need. I really love the straight side edges and I’m so glad I went with it.
Still in serious need of blocking but I’m getting there 🙂
So I looked into my knitting and crochet bible (this book is just so great!) and I found an edging that I think will go great with the general feel of the blanket.
What do you guys think? If you have other suggestions I’d be glad to hear them as well 🙂
In the mean time, happy crocheting everyone!