Monday, 18 June 2018

Market bag from baling twine



Another finished project! A market bag made with polyester baling twine from the local hardware store.



Based on the Easy One Skein Market Bag pattern by Zeens and Roger that I also used for my very first crocheted project last year. This time I crocheted fewer rounds so it wouldn't get too big, and made two handles instead of one.



Crocheting with the twine was hard work and the twine is very splitty. But I'm pleased with the result!


Sunday, 17 June 2018

Pindara scarf



As I mentioned in my last post, I had lots of crochet time coming up this week as my eldest son had his knee surgery on Wednesday. I decided to bring a simple project: the Windowpane Scarf by Adrienne Lash, a free Ravelry pattern.



I used Drops Delight Rainbow yarn (4 ply) that I bought on Etsy last year, thinking I would knit socks with it.



He had to stay in hospital one night, so I had lots of time to crochet. By the time he was released I had used up one ball of yarn.



I used another ball to finish the scarf at home yesterday. Sitting in the sun on our deck, listening to an audiobook, and crocheting all the stress of the last few weeks away. Heaven!



Hugo meanwhile is recovering well and will start his rehabilitation program next week.



The details:
Pindara Scarf (named after the hospital)
Pattern: Windowpane Scarf by Adrienne Lash
Yarn: Drops Delight Rainbow 4 ply
Hook: 4mm

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Ottoman cover



In 2014 I bought two ottomans at the op shop in Brisbane and used cow fabric to upholster them. Four years later they are still very popular in our household, but looking very grubby, so I decided to crochet some new covers.



I bought four balls of super bulky Bernat Blanket, which worked up very quickly. A large part of the cover was crocheted in hospital - eight days after his brother tore his ACL, my middle son fell off his bike and broke his wrist... (again - same spot as in December 2014). He needed surgery and had to stay a night, so lots of time to crochet :-(



Today I sewed the cover together and noticed that my scissors match the yarn very well!



Here is the ottoman in use. I don't have enough yarn left to make a cover for the second ottoman, so will have to go shopping first :-)



My oldest son has his knee surgery on Wednesday, so lots of crochet time coming up this week as well. I do hope our bad luck streak has run out now!

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Melbourne



Last week youngest son and I travelled to Melbourne to watch his eldest brother compete in the Australian Gymnastics Championships. Unfortunately Hugo injured his knee on the fourth apparatus during the first competition and was pulled out. His team won gold on the day and thankfully he could join them on the podium, crutches and all!



He had an MRI the next day which showed that his ACL was torn. Bad news, as this means he will need surgical reconstruction followed by 9-12 months of recovery. He's taken it in his stride however, and has signed up for a judging course, so he can still go with his clubmates to the State Club Championships at the end of June, and judge instead of compete. He also hopes to do some coaching this year. The brilliant photo below was taken by one of the photographers of WinkiPop Media minutes before his injury, high-fiving his coach after a succesfull rings routine:



Hugo's injury understandably put a damper on our stay in Melbourne, but Robert and I did get to do some sightseeing and met our Dutch friends for dinner, which was lovely. It was Robert's first time in Melbourne and he loved seeing the autum colours - something we don't have here in Queensland! (more Melbourne pics on my photo blog here)



I took him to Hosier Lane to see the street art, but he wasn't very impressed - he called it Stinky Street!



We did like this painting (more street art photos on the photo blog here):



Here is another kind of street art - an art deco mosaic constructed in 1933 by Napier Waller on the facade of Newspaper House in Collins Street (more art deco photos on the photo blog here, and some art nouveau photos here):



We really liked the cubes in Flinders Street:



There was even a crocheted one!



I had brought a ball of yarn and a hook but didn't do any crocheting. We did visit my favourite shop in Melbourne, Morris and Sons:



I bought some yarn as a souvenir ;-)



Love the warning on the label!!



All in all we did have a good time, but were happy to go home on Sunday (Hugo flew home on the same day with the Queensland team). Robert hopes to go back to Melbourne in December for the ballroom dancing championships!

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Quick slippers



Yesterday I whipped this pretty pair of slippers - the nights are getting cold here in sunny Queensland, so they were put on the moment they were finished!



They are called Sunday Ballet Slippers, designed by Ashlea Konecny from HeartHookHome - the pattern can be found here. They are very easy to make and work up quickly - a great pattern for beginners.



Tomorrow my youngest son and I fly to Melbourne to watch his oldest brother compete at the Australian Gymnastics Championships. And to do some sightseeing in Melbourne of course! We all fly back on Sunday. To be continued...

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Falbala



My Falbala shawl is finished!



Very happy with it - it goes so well with my purple glasses! ;-)



Just love this pattern - very art deco-ish!





The details:
Purple Falbala Shawl
Pattern: Falbala by Eclat Du Soleil (I left out the borders)
Yarn: Drops Cotton Viscose
Hook: 3.5 mm

Monday, 21 May 2018

Pottery



Pottery is something I have wanted to try for a long time, so when I discovered the Gold Coast Potters Association here in Benowa, I immediately signed up for one of their classes. I've had four lessons now and today I could take my first finished projects home.
I made the leaf in the photo above with a mould made from a Strelitzia (Bird of Paradise) leaf that was provided by one of the teachers. Two different glazes were used to colour it. It's 48cm long and 14cm wide (approx.19 x 5.5 inch). I love it!



An old lace doily was used to create the pattern on this tray. The teacher suggested I use this colouring. Doesn't it look great? This one measures 35 x 25cm (approx. 14 x 10 inch).



I have another five lessons to go - I hope I can make a yarn bowl!

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Dominic the Dopey Dragon



It's been almost a year now since my mother-in-law taught me to crochet and set me off on this exciting journey. In those 10 months I have made quite a few different items (a blanket, some bags, a t-shirt, a shrug and a shawl, to name but a few) but until recently I wasn't tempted to try any amigurumi. That changed when I saw a picture of Sharon Ojala's dragons - I had to make one of them!



My dragon-loving son (for of course the finished product would be for him) chose the Sleepy Dragon. I found some red and white Bendigo Woollen Mills cotton 8 ply in my stash and set to work.



I had been working on the lacy shawl I showed in the previous posting and found it quite difficult to adjust to crocheting tightly as is necessary for amigurumi. I remade the body of the dragon with a smaller hook because it was so 'holey'. It still is, as you can see, but luckily my son doesn't mind at all, he loves Dominic!



And so do I - I'm very proud of my first ami! Maybe I should have picked an easier project - but I like a challenge and I really enjoyed making this dragon. The pattern is absolutely brilliant, very clear with lots of videos to help you along. And it's free!

I will be making more amis for sure - I've promised to make a whale for my youngest son, and I also want to make a dog (and try to make it look like Barney). To be continued...

Thursday, 3 May 2018

New project



After finishing the Market Bag I didn't feel ready to get back to the Lone Star blanket, so have started another new project. This is Falbala, a shawl designed by Eclat Du Soleil. It's fun to crochet and I love the art deco-ish pattern!



I'm using Drops Cotton Viscose for this shawl, which is a beautiful yarn, but rather splitty. The reason to make a purple shawl is because I wanted one to go with my glasses! After wearing contact lenses for more than 30 years I am now back to wearing glasses full-time. The purple frame used to be for my reading glasses and I really liked it, so decided to have my prescription lenses put in. Loving my new look!



We have been living on the Gold Coast for four months now and it's starting to feel like home. My eldest son has once again been selected to represent Queensland at the Australian Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne later this month. This time I am flying down with his youngest brother, who is keen to visit Melbourne for the first time. Looking forward to that trip very much!



As planned my youngest son has taken up ballroom dancing again and last weekend he had his first competition with his new partner. It went very well (a third place, two fifth places and a seventh place) and they both enjoyed it very much. And they looked so handsome together!



Meanwhile my middle son is playing his guitar, helping to run a children's drama class and taking horse riding lessons. He doesn't like being photographed but I think he won't mind if I share this photo here!

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Market Bag



Last week I discovered that there is a yarn shop in walking distance of my workplace... Of course I had to check it out!



It's a lovely little shop called Teekays Yarns and as it happens they had a Mother's Day Sale on, so how could I not buy any yarn!



I chose this gorgeous Italian yarn called Geilsk Sommer - it's a mix of cotton, ramie and hemp. I needed a short break from the diamonds, so decided on a quick project: a market bag. I found the pattern on Ravelry, it's called the Carry Me Away Market Bag, designed by Yasmin Gamal.



The bag is crocheted with 2 strands of yarn. I had to go back to the shop for one more ball of mustard and two black ones for the top and the handles.



Very happy with my new bag. I've been wanting for weeks to visit the Farmers Market that is on every Sunday at our local park - this Sunday I will definitely do so!