Things are still very tough here at the nest, but we are hanging in. Mr R is now out of hospital and we have nurses attending at home. We are healing slowly, but have a long road ahead of us.
I am finding I can crochet again for short periods of time, it is as much as my mind can focus on and I am enjoying the little bit of creativity my hook is giving me.
I have started a new project …yes, I know another one!
But, it is quirky and fun and I have enjoyed the creative process of designing it. I will share more as I progress.
I really wanted to drop in and give a BIG shout out and thank you to Ginny over at mytimestitching who sent me this gorgeous sock yarn, which I won in a competition she ran on her lovely blog.
I received this yarn a while back now along with a lovely shawl pattern. I am not sure what I will hook yet, but for now it is enough to keep squishing it!
I also received a belated birthday present a few weeks back too, this stunning yarn bowl, handmade by Sarah Whyte Ceramics
Ginny’s yarn fits in just perfectly.
Take a look at this little creation I just made…
I would have adored one of these when I was expecting! So, I got to work constructing my diaper cake as soon as I received my friends baby shower invitation.
There are lots of tutorials on the web about how to make your own diaper cake, but I did take photo’s of each step and have included them below.
I found the hardest part of creating a diaper cake was deciding on the colours and of course a theme!
I used an old cake board, a kitchen roll tube, card, scissors, sticky tape, hot glue gun, elastic bands, string, ribbons, a teddy, ‘sweet dreams’ bunting and some artificial daisies and about 64 size 2 diapers (nappies).
So this is how I made mine…
I used the kids loom bands to secure, but elastic bands would work too.
Using the scissors snip approx. 1cm around one end of the kitchen roll.
Begin placing rolled up diapers around the base of the tube, in x3 rounds. Secure each round with an elastic band or tie with string. If tying with string keep loose ends short and tuck any remaining ends in between the diapers as you go to keep your cake looking neat.
Now, at this point, the kitchen tube, disappeared as you can see in the photo above, as the height of the tube was equal to the height of the second tier.
You don’t really need to worry if your cake topper is rigid or small. But, as my topper was a cute little bear, that was quite floppy and soft, I added an extension to my tube in the form of a bit of plastic pipe, Mr R had spare.
If you need to extend your tube, card would suffice at this point, but as I did not have any I went with the plastic pipe.
To secure Mr Bear, I tied his leg with a bit of string and threaded the string through the pipe, securing the string at the bottom of the pipe with sticky tape. I then placed the pipe inside the kitchen tube, before proceeding with step 7.
You may find you can go straight to tier 3 and decorate with your topper once tier three is insitu, it will just depend upon what you have chosen for your decoration.
Just like so.
And there you have it.
I just love this sweet dreams theme in aqua and grey. The little yellow centres in the daisies and Mr. Bears matching bow tie add a little extra zing!
It looks so elegant and I have had so many gushing comments about it and requests to make more I may just have to!
If this inspires you to make a diaper cake I would love to see your pictures, your colours and your themes and just how your imagination runs away with this quick and simple project.
A little later than I had anticipated, but operation Yarny H.U.G has begun.
H.U.G being a ‘Happy Unexpected Gift… a yarny one of course!
Whilst I was enjoying the short daily posts throughout February as part of #yarnlovechallenge I set to work with my hook and some scraps of yarn and made these beautiful may roses by Lucy @Attic24.
With the addition of a hanging loop and a clip, I soon had a little tree full…
I also have a small shoe box full of half completed ones too.
With the cute little cards attached I am ready to leave them all over, just waiting, ready to be found…A Happy Unexpected Gift; a great big yarny HUG.
Why not join me in spreading a bit of yarny love. To get involved just leave me a message.
Take it, embrace it, be a part of it!
Here is a quick pattern for a necklace scarf.
A simple but stunning item that you can make if you are new to crochet, or have an odd 50g ball of chunky yarn that your not sure what to do with, or if you need to hand make a present emergency style!
Yep, this beauty takes about an hour to make at most and the pattern (if you can call it that!) is just below.
You will need 50g of chunky yarn and a large hook. I used
and a 6mm hook.
So you have probably guessed it….begin making chains and don’t stop until you have about 50cms of yarn left.
Randomly tie the first part of a bow to form a loose knot in your chains at random sections down its length.
Now join with a slip stitch into the very first chain to make an enormous loop.
It may be a good idea to secure the stitch with a stitch marker or safety pin so that your chains do not unravel during the next part.
Now find something to put your enormous loop of chains around… I used the stair post at the bottom of the stairs.
Start to make the loop smaller by crossing over the chains and hooking back over the post…or whatever you are using. Repeat the process until you have a handful of loops; that when placed around your neck fall just at the top of your tummy.
Next, you need to secure your loops together. To do this
remove the stitch marker / safety pin and reinsert your hook.
Pull the loop onto your hook to make the yarn looser. Now complete a giant double crochet (single crochet – American terms)… to do this take your hook under the handful of looped chains, yarn round hook and pull through, yarn round hook and pull through 2 loops on hook. Repeat x 9 more times. Fasten off and weave in any loose ends.
Told you it hooked up quick!
Day 21 of
and it’s still not too late join in.
The theme for today is ‘library!’.
This isn’t my library… but probably the world’s smallest library ever, in a phone box!
You can read all about my visit here.
I made these cute little flower bookmarks and left them as a present.
Day 12 of
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The theme for today is ‘progress’. So here’s mine, progress that is!
The Virus Shawl bug, that is.
The yarn is Scheepjes Invicta Colour – 972, a 4 ply fingering weight yarn that is 75% wool and 25% polyamide. The colour way is just gorgeous and the yarn was easy to hook with. Occasionally the length of yarn withered thin, but remained usable nonetheless.
I adored the long colour repeats from turquoise blue into chocolate brown and sage green and couldn’t help get excited each time the colour change slipped over my hook…I don’t think I will ever get bored with the delight a colour changing yarn gives.
The eyelets that form in sequenced linear fashion amazed me. I couldn’t quite believe that a few trebles could create such a beautiful drape and fabric. They reminded me so much of a peacocks tail feather that I had to name this virus shawl The Chocolate Peacock!
All in all a beautiful hook up made all the more simple by following a youtube tutorial of which there are several, I really liked this one though
This pattern is all over the internet, I used this one on Ravelry as a free download.
As for the yarn would I use it again…