Sunday, 30 May 2010

Somewhere in My World 2010 International Freefrom Fiberarts Guild Show


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Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Sunshine International Blankets of Love - SIBOL

Look at Rita's beautiful Sunshine Squares, thank you Rita. So bright and cheerful.
Sue over at Sue's Favourite Things began a project at the beginning of the year to create blankets for the elderly. She asked if fellow crocheter’s might help in her project by contributing a square or two.
'Sunshine Colours!' Just what we need.
In Sue’s words:-
I hope you can help. If everyone could just send one square I would be most grateful. I know postage is expensive.
For those who would like information
6" x 6" - (15cms x 15cms)
Knitted or Crocheted
Acrylic I think would be better (if possible) don't worry if you haven't got Acrylic.
Any design, any colour. (Basic Granny Square or more involved up to you!)
Just odd bits of wool/yarn you have left over from projects. I don't want it to cost any one
money.
No panic, no rush, no deadline. This is something I want to be doing all year.

The project has gone on to be a real huge success but she still needs more squares. If you are able and willing to help please pop over to her blog.
You can also email her at sueatpigsty@talktalk.net
The next issue of Inside Crochet, will also be covering Sue’s project, available in the UK in early June, 2010.
Below are more pictures of the beautiful blankets that have been created by a wonderful community of global crocheter’s.
I have now made 11 Sunshine Blankets of Love for the Elderly. These 3 are made from Squares sent in for our 'Sun Challenge'. If you don't see your Square it will be coming up very soon in the next 'Sun Blankets' there are still more to come ! :)
Beautiful Flowers, Thank you Pertinitaco!
You can see photos of all the contributions from around the globe over at the SIBOL Flickr group.

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Flower Granny Square



This is a pattern for a basic flower granny square and can be made to either a 5” square or a 6” square. There are numerous variations on this flower square and I will document them at a later date.
With appropriate yarn and recommended hook ch 5 join with a sl st to form a loop.
Rnd 1:
Ch 2 to count as first dc then work a further 11 dc into the loop, join with a sl st (12 sts)

Rnd 2:
Next ch 2, to count as 1st dc and work 2 dc into spaces between each dc in previous rnd. Join with sl st (24 sts)

Rnd 3: ch 2 , to count as 1st dc and work 2 dc into same space, work 3 dc into every 2nd dc space. Join with sl st. (36 sts)


Note: Darn ends in as you go.
Rnd 4: Join contrasting colour and ch 2 to count as 1st dc work 2 dc into 1st space, *sk 3 sts, work another 3 dc into next space, sk 3 sts, work 3 dc into next space ch 2 and work another 3 dc into same space (forming a corner)*, **rep until rnd is complete.
Fasten off for a 5” square or complete another rnd for a 6” square  


Here my flowers made into an afghan blanket.
This pattern is offered and made available for personal use only. If you wish to reproduce this in any way please contact me or make sure that reference is made to the original author’s blog http://www.thesunroomuk.blogspot.com/ Thank you

Crochet Conversion Chart US/UK International Yarn Weight Conversion Chart
I hope you enjoy using this pattern and if you are looking for other free patterns please visit Crochet Pattern Central

Saturday, 22 May 2010

My Fabulous New Crochet Top

Yes here I am am and here it it my exquisite crochet top from Izabela at Bluefish Handmade.
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My top is so delicate and intricate and Izabela make’s them to order in almost every colour. You can visit her above at folksy or via her own site Bluefishhandmade. 
Thank you Izabela.
If you are wondering what all the crochet things are attached to my tree check out  Clootie Tree Update here.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Weaving 2 Complete

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Here is another weaving I recently completed. It would be great as a table runner or a wall hanging. It came out really thick about an inch thick. Measures approx 10” x 24” 100% recycled fabrics.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Cathedral Window Crochet Motif


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This motif could be used in many different ways such as a shawl, cushions or a scarf. Despite being highly decorative it’s really quite simple to make.
Use appropriate yarn and hook for your project.
Pattern:
Make 10 ch and join with a sl st to form a circle.
Rnd 1: ch 3, work 24 tr into the ring join with sl st
Rnd 2: ch 3, 1 tr into same st as sl st, *ch 2, sk next st, work 2 tr into next st*. **rep to end, join with sl st
Rnd 3: ch 3, 2 tr into same st as sl st, *ch 3, sk next space, work 3 tr in space between first 2tr*,  **rep to end, join with sl st
Rnd 4: ch 3, work 3 tr into same st as al st, *ch 4, sk next space, work 4tr in space between first & second tr*,  **rep to end, join with sl st
Rnd 5: ch 3, work 4 tr into same sp as sl st, * ch 5, skip next sp, work 5 tr in space between first & second tr*, **rep to end, join with sl st
Break off yarn motif is now complete.
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This pattern is offered and made available for personal use only. If you wish to reproduce this in any way please contact me or make sure that reference is made to the original author’s blog http://www.goodtimesithinkso.blogspot.com/ Thank you Crochet Conversion Chart US/UK International Yarn Weight Conversion Chart
I hope you enjoy using this pattern and if you are looking for other free patterns please visit Crochet Pattern Central

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Clootie Tree Update & New Ribbons

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A massive thank you to Anjie at PomPomEmporium for sending fabulous 3 dimensional ribbons for The Clootie Tree. These are great and will add a new dimension to the tree. I had an email this week from a lovely lady in North Carolina USA this week and she and her daughter are going to crochet more ribbons making the Clootie tree truly communal and diverse.
If you feel you can contribute please email me at the sunroomuk@googlemail.com
Anjie was also very generous and sent me one of her sublime organza flower brooches. Check it out below.
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Thank you Anjie :-)
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This is a new pattern I was working on today which I will publish in the next few days photographed on top of a new ‘Bag for Life’ string bag I’ve just completed.
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Clootie tree looking good.
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Monday, 10 May 2010

Weaving Complete :-)

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I have to say I like the back more than I like the front.
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Sunday, 9 May 2010

Weaving the Woven - WIP

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I have been busy working on a hand woven wall hanging using purely recycled fabrics hence the name weaving the woven. This is a home made frame loom which is really easy and quick to make. I will post more photographs as soon as the hanging is complete.
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Friday, 7 May 2010

A Week in Rugs

I’ve been busy, busy, busy making a variety of rag rugs and a weaving over the past week. I thought I’d just post some photos of my creations.
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Thursday, 6 May 2010

Wide Chunky Textured Rib Crochet Pattern

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This pattern is relatively simple and yet very effective.The pattern an be used to make ribbing at the botom of jumpers, sewters etc. It could be used on cuffs or as a cushion too.
Note: Please be sure that you understand how to work into a front post and a back post in double or triple crochet before attempting the pattern. If you are not familiar with this also known as post-stitch ribbing then please click here for instructions and diagrams.
Materials:
Use any yarn and the appropriate recommended hook size. Here I worked on multiples of five + 2 ch to count as 1st dc. However it will work on any number of stitches. It is pictured here in dc but will work equally as well in tr.
Pattern:
Ch the desired amount to achieve width required + 2 (to count as first dc.
Row 1: dc into all ch
Row 2: ch 2 (to count as first dc) dc into next 4 sts, *fpdc into next 5 sts, dc into next 5 sts*, ** rep to end. 
Row 3: ch 2 (to count as first dc) dc into next 4 sts, *bpdc into next 5 sts, dc into next 5 sts*, ** rep to end.
Work the next two row continuosly until desired legth is reached.
I actually like the reverse side of the pattern as much as the front side, see below.
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This pattern is offered and made available for personal use only. If you wish to reproduce this in any way please contact me or make sure that reference is made to the original author’s blog http://www.goodtimesithinkso.blogspot.com/ Thank you Crochet Conversion Chart US/UK International Yarn Weight Conversion Chart
I hope you enjoy using this pattern and if you are looking for other free patterns please visit Crochet Pattern Central