My Movie Night Cardi

Hi all! Its been about 3 weeks since I finished my Movie Night Cardi, and I finally got around to taking some photos! Yay! 

I am really pleased with how it turned out. It is actually quite airy so  would be perfect in spring and autumn.

I used 3 balls of Stylecraft Batik Swirl and 1 ball of stylecraft Batik. The only modification i made was to add a few extra rows to the collar, basically continuing around until I had no more yarn. 

I followed this pattern, by Alexandra Tavel. She is wonderful and has so many beautiful patterns available. Go check her out. 

June Makes

This month I finished off 3 projects. 

First was my Movie Night Cardi. Full post coming later on this week as I only just managed to get good photographs done thismorning!

Then I finished this lovely bouquet of flowers – which I was very pleased to receive first place and best in category for at Beckenham Place Park’s first ever Flower Show.

And finally I finished and posted these little critters for my Octopledge.

I had hoped to be more productive this month but life got in the way. Oh well, heres to a productive July, although if the weather carrys on like this I may not complete anything at all – I hate summer so even just existing is exhausting, let alone actually doing anything! 

Award Winning…

Hello all! I am very excited to tell you all that as of Saturday of last week, I am now an ‘Award Winning’ crocheter! Isnt that exciting! 

Ok so Its not the biggest award, but it is exciting all the same. 

I entered this bouquet of flowers into Beckenham Place Park’s first ever flower show. Fun Fact, Beckenham Place Park used to have a flower show that rivalled the famous Chelsea flower show back in the victorian era. 

This new event is created in the same vain as a traditional english county show, complete with a marquee and judges and a whole host of categories for flowers, veg and fruit and crafts. There was also a little dog show, with categories like dog with the waggiest tail and dog that looks most like its owner. 

Anyways, as I have to give myself a kick up the bum to start experimenting with crafted flowers (I am planning to make my own wedding bouquets shortly) this was the perfect way to impose a deadline upon myself! 

Here are a few close ups of my flowers.

Now for patterns – in order of the close ups. 

The roses were made using this pattern from Happy Berry Crochet. I modified it slightly with the amount of petals used. For a bit of variety instead of making all 3 roses with 6 petals, I made one with 4, one with 6 and one with 8. This gave a sense of growth as it gave you roses at different stages of their bloom. 

The purple flowers with the button in the middle were made using a set of dies that I got in the started kit for my Sizzix Big Shot die cutter. 

The african violets were made using a die I received on the front of a magazine.

The crysanthemum was made by following this tutorial from Melly Sews.
The Purple crocheted flowers with the button center were made by following someones pattern and just modifying the number of petals but for the life of me I can no longer find that pattern. I will update this post as soon as I find it.

And the little white daisys were just a quick made up thing at the last minute, where I chained 3, dc 3 ch 3 then Ss 4 times into a magic circle. 

The great news is that I won!

Amd not only did I win my particular category, I won a best in overall craft category. How exciting. That came with a meal for 2 at a local resteraunt and a signed book from a local writer too. 

Here I am looking pleased as punch as ai left the park. I was very proud of my rosettes – the first time I have ever won a rosette in my life!

So there we are – I am now the bar setter. Next year I shall habe to come back with something even shinier! Watch this space!

#Octopledge2018 June Donation

Unfortunately this is my smallest donation so far. I had been so preoccupied woth my Movie Night cardi (post to come once I have managed to get out and take some good pics), and with my competition bouquet that I hadnt even noticed June passing me by until it was almost 2/3 gone. So here are my 2 little critters.

Made using a single ball of Debbie Bliss Cotton DK Print in Lego colourway.

This yarn is quite rigid so its not as nice to work with, but it is very good for octos. But since debbie bliss went exclusively online at a retailer I dont use, I probably wont buy it again. 

Anyways, I digress – the good news is that both of these will be going off to preemie babies! Yay! I had hoped that this month I would get my first full batch of passes and I did it. Yay!

May Makes

Hello all. Its June the first! We are now almost half way through the year. Crazy!

This is what I made in May.

My first completed make this month was this pair of love cats, a gift for my friend Helens wedding day.

Then on returning from the wedding to find the newest edition of Simply Crochet Magazine on my door mat, I just had to whip up this Jammy Dodger tape measure.

I made a total of 8 octopusses which I wrote about a couple of days ago.

And towards the end of the month I cracked on with the Simply Crochet Hook’n’Learn CAL part 3.

And I made all of these cards!

It seems I had a pretty productive month. Wehey for productivity. Now if I can just ride this wave of productivity into finishing my Movie Night Cardigan and getting on with some trial flowers for my wedding bouquet then that would be lovely!

#octopledge2018 May Donations

Hello all! We are almost at the end of the month so its time once again for my log of Octo’s made for OFAPUK.

I made 8 creatures to donate this month. 2 flatties and 6 octos. This takes me to a total of 30 donated critters so far.

This octo made its way to an angel baby. I made this one on the go and handed it over at my first ever octo meet (we all met up for coffee and crochet in waterloo). It was a very valuable experience. As it turns out one of the local Co-ordinators, the lovely Nicola, is a sports physio and was able to show me some exercises for my carpal tunnel. She looked over this octo and explained to me it had a few holes around the decreases. As it turned out, my understanding of how to do invisible decreasing was wrong. Nicola showed me how to do it in person and now I have it licked.

Here are the other seven I just recently sent to my Co-ord. 6 of them are going to preemies. The green octo in the middle of the first photo will be going to an Angel as one of the tentacles was a little too long.

I really do enjoy making them and the feedback from my co-ord really helps. I really think it may be realistic for me to aim for a full house of preemi grade octos for next month’s donations.

If you want to get involved please dont hesitate. They are such fun to make and are such a lovely way to use your crocheting and knitting skills for good! And you get to meet lots of lovelies. We have regular meetups where we habe some cake, coffee and crocheting. You can learn so much! Just search facebook for Octopus for a Preemie UK. You will find all the info you need there.

Until next time! Happy hooking!

Hook’n’Learn part 3

Hello all! My word am I knackered today! We had the most rediculously heavy rain shower. It was very small in terms of ground covered, but it was really heavy. Like a tropical monsoon. As you know I work at London Victoria station. One minute it was dry. The next minute the station was flooded! It was crazy! We had to shut 4 platforms as well as half of 2 concourses, because it was so treacherous! The roof just couldnt take the pressure it was that heavy! So I spent the last couple of hours running around like a headless chicken trying to manage the flooding in my area and keep the passengers safe. It was mental!

Anyways, just popping in to share with you my completed blocks for the Simply Crochet Hook’n’Learn blanket CAL. This month it was shell stitch. I love shell stitch. It creates such a pretty texture and when using 2 different colours, creates a fabric that looks different depending on what side you view it from. The only downside to this block is the number of ends that need sewing in. The bane of all of our lives!

Here it is plugged into my diagram. I like how it looks so far. I can start to see it all coming together.