Saturday, 23 August 2014

Back into a little routine . . . almost!

Well, where was I now??  Can't remember when I last blogged but at a certain point in the summer holidays I decided just to go with the flow and just enjoy the 'here and now' - so that's what I did :)  Lots of birthday celebrations, family visits and time just flew by! 'Youngest S' has just gone back to school (a little reluctantly of course!) and we've had 'Oldest S' at home all summer after a quite demanding first year at Uni.

In the meantime we've enjoyed a lovely summer with some genuine sunny, hot weather for once and I took to doing some crochet projects and completely shelved doing anything on the sewing machine.

I'm currently working on this crochet bolero made from a series of squares . . . .


I love the colours of this yarn - it's Drops Delight . . .


Each square is lopsided ie. longer at the top than at the bottom, so that when they're all joined up they form a circle.  I love this pattern - it's interesting enough to hold my attention and every square looks different due to the variegated colours.  I have to make about 20 of these squares but I'm not rushing this - it's a 'laid back' enjoyable one - easy to pick up and drop - perfect for right now.


The orange square at the top here is actually made in Noro Kureyon - it was my test square but the colour is lovely.  The other squares look nice and Autumnal though too, so I'm happy with them :)

I also made this over the summer . . .


I'm not sure what I was thinking of  LOL!!  It was a really fun pattern - I chose a pretty bonkers colour (it's actually NEON green!!) and decided to make it a short-sleeved, cropped version of the pattern.  In a creative spur of the moment I added a scallop edge to the sleeves and body . . .


I was quite proud of my 'MODS' (modifications) as they say over on Ravelry!

I'm calling this an experimental piece as I've no idea that I would wear it!  The colour is a bit wrong and it's not quite 'me' but it's my first crochet garment so I'm chuffed with that :) :)  I haven't added my attempt to my Ravelry account yet, I have to take some better pics!

Anyway it was a learning process and I LOVE Doris Chan's design - very funky and fun (beautiful lace work!) :)  I will try this one or another one again sometime (but maybe not in NEON green - ooops!)  (My youngest has stated that I'm NOT allowed to wear it outside of the house, haha!!! - I might stop traffic, but not in a good way!)

I won't be quite back in the crafty/bloggy groove until eldest is back at Uni - don't think I will be able to switch off sufficiently until then.  I'll keep crocheting in the meantime :) :)

Cheerio an Drasda!
Alison x

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Simple pleasures . . .

I've been passing this patch of wildflowers on my way out to the moor track for the last week or so - it looks really pretty in a chaotic way :)  It was a bit blustery the day I took this pic but it's still lovely . . .


And a close up of the most perfect daisy . . .


We've had beautiful weather this week, but I did manage to finish the crochet bag last weekend - it was a race to see how it would turn out . . .


Just perfect to hold a couple of library books!  I'm really delighted with this pattern - so simple :)  I made the handles a lot longer than the original pattern required - 100 chain instead of 40 chain!  I wanted to use it as a shoulder bag though and did 3 rows of double crochet so that the straps weren't too thin.  I made the straps separately and just double cocheted them onto each side of the bag.

We're off to the Heb Celt festival today - it looks a little overcast, but I'm sure it will be fine :)   If the heavens really open I can always christen my new flowery wellies, hehe . . .


Bye for now!
Alison x

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Crochet Bag Project

I was quite exhausted last weekend after my craft fair so I needed some 'me-time' - this lovely pattern for a crochet string bag in my 'Granny Chic' book really appealed to me, so I had to have a go . . . 


The instructions are really quite sparse and simple which seemed great for a nice but mindless piece of crocheting!  You basically make a circle using treble crochet, increasing the piece as explained in the book until the circle measures about 15 cm in diameter . . . .


Slowly I was getting there (looks a little like a UFO!) . . . 


I actually made it a little too large at 17 cm and ending up ripping back a row to get the stated 15 cm.  This piece forms the base of the bag, so far so good :)  After making the base, you create a series of chains and double crochet to make the mesh sides.  It looks a little like a doily at first but it will grow upwards eventually! 


This is where I'm at with it today - looking forward to showing you my finished mesh/string bag soon - hopefully!  There are lots of free patterns on Ravelry for string bags too BTW - I've looked!

Have a lovely weekend :)
Alison x

P.S. Our weather has been FABULOUS here this week so I've been outside enjoying it!  Not even a picture to prove it - but it has been lovely, honest  - that's why I haven't been here :) :)  Notes on the craft fair later - got to crochet first, hehe!

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Collections . . .

I'm trying to tie up a couple of posts in one here, hence the title 'collections'!

A collection of blue sheep across the road . . .


Didn't they pose nicely for me, hehe!

A collection of crochet flowers - June was such a busy, stressful month, this was as creative as it got - just some nice relaxing crochet . . .


I found a nice pattern for gerberas in a magazine - they should have had a second round of petals - but could I figure that part out!!!!

A collection of spices - my youngest getting ready to cook a meal.  He's only twelve - a chef in the making! . . .


I love how he used the spoons to organise his cooking - ingenious :)  Loving the colours of the spices . . .

I've just finished some new pieces for a craft fair on Saturday - but I'll leave that for my next post!  This fair has crept up quite quickly but I don't like to turn the offer down, there's a stall with my name on it, hehe!

See you next week with my craft fair report (and some pics of the new 'makes')
Alison xx

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Craft Fair Update :)

It's taken me a few days to write up my 'craft fair report' - ooops :)  Here's a few shots from my stall . . .








I had a pretty good day at the fair - enough sales to keep me happy and people were very complementary about my dispay, so that was nice :)  I was glad I took my crochet hook and some yarn to make some crochet flowers during the quieter periods - sorted! :)  

Well, that's one under my belt - I hope to get a couple more cancellations over the Summer, if I'm lucky!  

Cheerio an Drasda :)
Alison x

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Eeeeeks - Last minute craft fair!

Well, my time has come - I've been waiting in the wings for long enough and I've gotten the call to arms - your local craft fair needs you, hehe :)

I have been given a slot for this weekend's fair in Stornoway Town Hall and I'm all ready - packed, priced and labelled, - I might as well give it a go!

A few last minute 'makes' . . .


Inspired by an idea in the book, Homemade Gifts Vintage Style - guess who got her first pair of pinking scissors this week????  (A snip at the price if I might say so - pardon the pun!)   If you stand still long enough, I will have cut around you in a ziggy-zag style in the blink of an eye . . .


After the craft fair I would like to try some more random arrangements for these brooches ie. a little lace, a little 'thrifty' fabric, etc, etc. but this week I had to whip these up quite quickly! (they're a little regular in shape - I need to mess them up a bit perhaps??)  Well, actually I couldn't wait to test the pinking scissors - I love them!  These brooches are my 'test dummies' ;-)

My camera has just run out of batteries so I will try and get some more before the fair on Saturday - I refuse to get in a tizz - I will be completely calm, cool and collected - well, maybe! ;-)  Photos to follow - I hope!

Cheerio an Drasda!

Alison xx

Monday, 9 June 2014

Another great pattern!

Just to catch up with both online patterns I purchased recently - I actually finished the crochet bracelet by Little Treasures last week and didn't get a chance to post about it.  A lovely pattern which worked out exactly like the picture on the cover - it fitted perfectly too! . . .


I really loved the little domed button feature - it's a lovely touch . . .


All in all, a great little make which I'd definitely try again . . .


I'd better get back to some tweedy work this week - it's been lovely to get back to a little knitty and crochet work though - I really missed it!

And here's a cute little vase I picked up in the charity shop on the way to work last week, just perfick for the odd posy or two!  Not bad for 50p I thought, hehe . . . (my youngest commented how the flowers matched the pattern on the vase perfectly - how sweet of him to notice something like that!) . . .


I can see how the 'thrifting'/charity shop thing could become VERY addictive - my library books (OK I eventually caved in and purchased both from Amazon!) have a lot to answer for - oooops!

Happy Monday!
Alison xx