Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Pillow made from knit machine and crochet

I finally got the hang of the knit machine. How to cast on, what tension to use and how to cast off. This is the first item that I actually made with the knitting machine. It is just a small pillow approx 8 x 8 inches. I made a length of knitting on the machine long enough to fold it into an envelope then crocheted the sides together and around the custion edge for a pretty finish. I then crocheted a little cup cake with a cherry on top and adorned it with beads to look like hundreds and thousands and applied it to the pillow. I think its very pretty, but was just a trial run and I will have a go at making a full sized cushion cover next.

Monday, 22 February 2010

My first knit machine sample lol

I eventually managed to work out how to thread the machine and what all the switches were supposed to be set to and did an open cast onto the machine. This was my first little test sample to see how the machine worked. I subsequently worked out from this test piece that I had the tension setting way too low for wool of this thickness. This piece was also open cast off.

Beanie hat fast and easy

Even though I had my new toy, I still found time to crochet something over the weekend for Kelly my sons girlfriend. A beanie hat made from chenile. Unfortunately I made it a little large as it gave a lot. So I am having this one and I have promised to make Kelly another! Wonder if she will wait as long as John did for his scarf lol

Just so she does not feel left out, I have also added a picture of my beautiful daughter Kirstie wearing the fruits of my labour!

My new toy

On Saturday whilst visiting charity shops for wool etc. John and I came accross this an Emperial Knitmaster 321. We paid a whole £7.50 for it! I couldnt wait to get it home. I have never used a knitting machine before, so Saturday evening I sat with the manual and checked that I had all the bits. I then began working out how to assemble it.

My constant companion

This is my constant crafting companion. She is constantly inquisitive. Loves nothing more than helping me with my tension whilst crocheting by hanging onto my wool with her claws as I try to work. Her name is Holly, she adopted us the week before Christmas hence her name. I found her cold and hungry showed her some kindness and she has chosen to stay with us. She is a lovely cat, but I spend a lot of time lately removing black hairs from my work. As you can see from the picture she is not choosy where she lies as long as it is near to where I am sitting!

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Crochet Flowers

I was looking for a generic flower for putting onto hats and things and came accross a free pattern for these flowers at http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=99707 I am going to have a go at making these and will show my results when done. :)


I have been doing a few family portraits. I did one for my sister in laws 40th. The two pictures are of my daughter Kirstie that I did for her 18th. One is in acrylics the other I did in charcoal thats why it looks a bit smudged. I need to clean it up a bit and put fixative on it. They are huge, about 4 foot x 4 foot. I am currently working on an acrylic painting of my neice Zoe because she would like one like her mummys.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Current projects

I have promised my niece a portrait like her mums, so I will be working on that for the next few days.

I also want to make a rag rug in the shape of a flower, so I am currently cutting the material for that.

I have also bought an old bedroom chair that needs re-caning. I have been looking up how to do it and what I need, so i am looking forward to trying that.

I still need the lights for my dollshouse, but now have all the wallpaper. I will get some pictures of the dollshouse up in the next few days.

I also have an old mirror that I want to have a go at distressing with paint effects in the Shabby Chic style. I certainly seem to keep myself busy!

Ultimate Shabby Chic cushion cover :)

After crocheting so many items over the last few months I am starting to improve at it and bought a book to help along the way called 'Finishing Techniques for Crochet' by Pauline Turner published by C&B Crafts.

Again this project was inspired by an item spotted on ebay. I see these things and think I can do that, and being ever the optomist I try!

The colours for this project were carefully selected. Dusky pinks, greens and blues with an ivory coloured background. I first crocheted the nine granny squares and joined them together. I made the back by adding to the bottom of the crocheted squares and to the top to make the cushion all in one piece forming an envelope. Then joined them at the sides using single crochet. I then went around the whole edge of the pillow in single crochet and topped it with crab stitch to make the edging. The buttons on the reverse were vintage buttons I already had. I made this piece to sell, but now cant seem to bring myself to sell it lol

Shabby Chic cupcake tea cosy

I was inspired by a cupcake tea cosy I saw on ebay and decided to have a go at making my own. This is my first attempt. The cosy looks grey in the picture but it is actually a pale blue. Both the pink and blue wool have reflective thread in their makeup so it catches the light. Even though I never use a teapot I just love it!

Shabby Chic rag rug

I absolutely love the 'Shabby Chic' look, and crocheted items are all the rage for 'Shabby Chic' fans. This inspired me to make this lovely little rug made from old tee shirts cut into strips. I just love the colours in this rug.

Johns Valentines Scarf

After I completed Kelly's very colourful scarf, John asked me to make him a Doctor Who type scarf with loads of clashing bright colours. I was a little apprehensive as I thought it might not look shall we say 'manly'. I started the scarf in November supposedly for his birthday 8th Dec, however I didnt finish it in time. I told him I would finish it for Christmas unfortunately I was so busy making other things at that time that once again it was not finished in time. So its now February, and guess what John got from me for Valentines........ his scarf. However, it is still not quite finished, he would like it about another foot longer. I may get it finished for him by next Christmas!

Cupcake rag rug

Inspired by the rag rug I found on Etsy, I had a go at making my own cupcake rag rug and here is the result