Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Granny Stripes Mobius Wrap Pattern

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Thursday, 24 June 2010

Lovelies in my Garden

Today has been such a nice day I thought I’d share a few photos of things in bloom so I can look back at them in gloomy November.
The day started with a lovely surprise I won a blog giveaway today over at Doris’s blog why not hop on over and see her lovely blog Crocheting in Georgia.

Doris I hope you don’t mind I borrowed your bumble bee to shout out THANK YOU.
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A bit of an old rhododendron but again what gorgeous fuchsia pink.
197-9788_IMGIt’s all very nice and manicured but the white’ish tree/shrub to the right of the huge conifer is getting straggly. It’s actually heather gone completely mad and it’s trying to take over on the crochet clootie tree so action needs to be taken.
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I thought these photo’s I took were really atmospheric and eerie. Yes some very necessary pruning taking place with a very fume ridden chainsaw. Not exactly environmentally friendly – it’s OK the wrists that needed slapping have been.

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Festival Garden String Bag

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Here is a quick and easy festival bag constructed using 100% garden twine, jute. Cute, practical, ecological and hardwearing.
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Materials: 7mm crochet hook, 100gm garden twine, tapestry needle.
Measurements: Bag 6” wide and 8.5” deep, handle 41” approx.
Pattern: ch 27, join with a sl st.
Rnd 1-24: work continuous rounds of sc joining with a sl st at the end of each rnd.
Rnd 25: ch 100 and join on the opposite side to form handle, then work across front top rim of bag by working 1 dc, 1sl st into each dc, continue this edging up and down the entire length of the handle, then continue the edging around the back top rim of bag.
To finish: darn in all ends. 
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

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Sunshine Smiley Cotton Baby Bib

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Materials: 5mm crochet hook, small amount of yellow cotton dk & small amount of black cotton dk, tapestry needle.
Measurements: 6.5” approx, ties 10” approx. each tie.
Pattern:
Ch 4 join with sl st
Rnd 1: ch 2, work 11 dc into loop, join with sl st.
Rnd 2:ch 2 work 1 dc into first st, work 2 dc into each st to end and join with sl st.
Rnd 3: ch 2, *work 1 dc into next 2 sts, work 2 dc into next st*, ** rep to end, join with sl st.
Rnd 4: ch 2, *work 1 dc into next 3 sts, work 2 dc into next st*, ** rep to end, join with sl st.
Rnd 5: ch 2, *work 1 dc into next 4 sts, work 2 dc into next st*, ** rep to end, join with sl st.
Rnd 6: ch 2, *work 1 dc into next 5 sts, work 2 dc into next st*, ** rep to end, join with sl st.
Next ch 35, turn and sc into 2nd ch from hook, sc all back down the ch and rejoin the circle with an sc, work 6 more sc into each st and then ch 35 again.
Turn and sc into 2nd ch from hook, sc all back down the ch and rejoin the circle with an sc ( both ties now complete.)
Final Rnd: *work 6 sc in next 6 sts, work 2 sc in next st*, ** rep to you are back at the first tie, join with a sl st and fasten off.
To finish:
Embroider, sew or crochet lips and eyes on. Darn all ends in.
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
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Friday, 11 June 2010

I’ve been Ravelry’d

Yes finally after much avoidance and a little gentle persuasion I’ve now joined the ranks of Ravelry. Ravelry is a free site for knitters and crocheters, to register click here.
You can find my new pattern store here. I will be publishing both free and paid for patterns mainly in crochet but some in knitting too. I will continue to blog patterns here too.
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Folksy Friday – March of The Penguins

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Knitted Love Penguins

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Phoebe The Penguin

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Penguin Brooch

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Happy Bunnies: Penguin

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Penguin Cards

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Fimo Penguin Earrings

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Peter Penguin

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Penguin Tote

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Penguin Greeting Cards

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Bookmark Diddy Penguins

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

A Blanket For Life

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Despite it being a warm and positively balmy evening on Friday one of my little peeps decided  he absolutely must drag a blanket outside to cover himself. Never one to miss an opportunity for getting a photo of a blanket I managed to snap a few.
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As I was snapping away it occurred to me that this blanket has been subject to no end of abuse from my little peeps over the years in fact this blanket is now 19 years old. I think it has held up incredibly well and goes to show how blankets, at our house anyway, become part of the family.
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Over the course of the weekend I finally managed to get the pure wool yellow blanket completed to. It is now available in my Etsy store click here.
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Monday, 7 June 2010

Dottie Designs Showcase

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Hi I'm Dottie!

Welcome to my shop of personalised Photograph Albums, Guest Books and Keepsake Boxes.

I really enjoy making them and pride myself on producing the perfect product and meeting my customers utmost expectation. All items can be altered with regards to colour schemes so that you can have the perfect item made just for you.

All items for sale will be made and dispatched to you within 48 hours of ordering by First Class Post, unless it states otherwise on the listing.

Please ensure that I receive your personalisation details as soon as you have ordered so that there is no delay. Thank you for popping by - Dottie x

Dottie Designs Blog

Dottie Designs Twitter

Dottie Designs Folksy Store

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Hen Night Guest Book

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Pesronalised Keepsake Box

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New Baby Memory Book Album

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Personalised Photo Album with Tissue Interleaves

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Granny Mania

Howdy everyone I thought I would do a really quick blog tonight to show off some photo’s of what I’ve been working on. I’m sure everyone in the UK has had sun today and so we are all bright and cheerful :-) I’ve been working on some granny squares that just epitomise sunshine for me.
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Unfortunately I now suspect I don’t have enough of the yellow wool to complete as many granny squares as I wanted to. Oh well I’ll just need to keep crocheting until I run out.
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