Poppies

Poppies

For this years Remembrance Day I had been toying with the idea of yarn bombing poppies around the town, or creating some form of art installation, so I started carrying my red yarn with me wherever I went, and crocheting lots and lots of poppies.

I photographed a few of them together, and put the photo up on both my personal, and my Meg&Millie pages on Facebook. A friend, Clarrie – of Blue Earthworm – asked if I was selling them, so I said I could add a brooch back to one for her, and would ask for a donation which would be given to the British Legion.

I began to get more people asking if they could buy them, so I decided that for this year I would leave the arty ideas alone and instead I would see how much I could raise with them. I asked people to share my photos, and before long I had orders for way more poppies than I had made, I had to order more brooch backs as I’d used every last one, my fingers ached, and I probably could have made them in my sleep, but I was so pleased that when I’d sold the final one, I had raised £161 for the RBL, all out of a couple of balls of yarn from my stash, and buttons from my rather vast collection!

Ripples!

I finished my ripple blanket! I used up all of my stash of this particular yarn (and had to buy a little more to finish it..).
I rippled and rippled then grannied until it would hang over the bed.
I love it, so warm, so colourful, so stripey 😀

Pattern, and incredibly detailed photo tutorial, by Lucy at Attic24.
Ripple blanket

Learning Crocodile Stitch

Crocodile stitch cushion cover I love finding new, unusual crochet stitches to add to my general granny-ing, and crocodile stitch was definitely on my list of new ones to learn. As it heads towards Autumn, the yearning to fill my home with soft yarny warmth increases, so I settled down to really get my head around this pattern.

I tried a couple of times just by following written instructions, but it just wasn’t clicking until I read this post, the video linked within it really helped me to work it out.

It is quite slow going, and uses a massive amount of yarn – this one cushion cover took about 400g of aran weight – but it produces a dense, tactile fabric that works really well to hold it’s shape. I backed it with a pale grey woollen fabric so both sides are equally soft.

Here it is at the start, and the end, together with my Blooming Flower Cushion, pattern by Attic24, and a quick teal blanket.

Flowers and fairs

I’ve been making lots of little things, ready to go to craft fairs, and these flowers are my favourite so far.

I’ve loved making them, they are so quick and soothing to make, and I’ve loved watching the colour changes making up the different petals.

I just need to add felt backs and a brooch pin and they’re good to go.

New Crochet Rolls

These are the latest crochet rolls to go into my Etsy shop 😀

They are my larger size, fitting 12 hooks, and still with extra pockets for scissors, darning needles and other crafty essentials.

Sock monster

Ahh handknit socks, I do love them 😀

It’s been freezing here again lately, and I hadn’t made a pair of socks for a while so I had a rummage through my stash to see what sock yarns I had left (not many, must rectify that ;o)) and got started. And, as you can see, I got the sock bug again, and couldn’t stop! More pics and notes available in my Ravelry projects.

I have fully sated the sock monster in me now though and sock knitting has turned into making another crochet blanket, and plenty of sewing – more crochet rolls coming to my Etsy shop soon.

New fabric joy!

Lovely new fabric Yesterday this lovely bundle arrived, and I couldn’t be happier with it – I love getting new fabrics in general, but there are a few here that I’ve been wanting for a long time now, so I’m just delighted 😀

Now I’m just waiting for some more ‘Duck and Hen’ fabric for my latest commission, and that’s my lot for now.

Hey, Santa…

There will be some large knitting rolls made up from the new fabrics, and going into my Etsy shop, probably along with some matching project bags. I’m also working on getting DPN rolls made aswell, to give a greater variety of sizes.

If you would like me to make you anything out of these gorgeous new fabrics, please feel free to contact me 😀