Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Weekend in Sydney



Last weekend youngest son and I travelled to Sydney, where he and his partner competed in the Luna Park Ballroom Dancing Championships. They did very well and took home two silver medals and one bronze!



You can watch them dance the waltz and the quickstep here:



We stayed with our Dutch friends in Sydney. They have two Cocker Spaniel puppies, so I crocheted a bone for each of them:



Happy to say that they loved their presents!



On Sunday morning we visited the Organic Markets in Marrickville where I bought this hemp twine:



Perfect for another market bag!

Monday, 3 September 2018

Look who's here!



My second amiguruME doll - my youngest son Robert, the ballroom dancer!



He loves it! Here we are together:



Now I have to make his dance partner too, of course...

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Hi, it's me!



May I present... myself! Okay, my legs aren't as skinny IRL, but apart from that surely the likeness is striking?



Well, maybe not, but I'm still very happy with my running alter ego. Or, as someone called it, my personal action figure!
To make it I used this brilliant book:



It's not a standard pattern book - it has chapters showing you how to make heads and faces, upper and lower bodies, feet and shoes, hair, and accessories.



And most importantly, how to customise them so they look like the person you want them to look like.



I loved making this doll, and especially enjoyed adding the finishing touches, like my Garmin running watch:



... and my aqua running shoes!



If my kids had still been little I would definitely have started by making little versions of them instead of myself, but I thought my (almost-) teenagers wouldn't be interested. Imagine my surprise when they all said they loved mini-me, and could I please make dolls for them as well?

... Of course! ;-)

PS Yes, I still have to add my glasses, but so far I haven't been able to find the right material. So let's just assume for now that mini-me is wearing contacts...

Friday, 17 August 2018

Textured cushion



This cushion was a 12th birthday present for my youngest son's dance partner.



Her mum chose the pattern (the Textured Pillow Cover by Leelee Knits) and bought the yarn (Spotlight Value Balls).



I enjoyed making it and the birthday girl loved it, that was nice :-)



These two have now been dancing together for six months and it's amazing to see how much they have improved in that time.



They have danced three competitions together so far. Here you can watch them dance the Merrilyn, a New Vogue dance:



The next competition is in September at the Luna Park in Sydney. Very exciting!

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Sun visor



Look what I made! A crocheted sun visor. There was a pattern in issue 71 of Simply Crochet and I just had to try and make one - in purple, of course. Really happy with the result!



A good way to combine my two current obsessions - crochet and running!


Thursday, 26 July 2018

Yarn bowl



My pottery course is now finished, but I did get to make a yarn bowl. I'm very happy with how it turned out - it's big (quite a bit larger than my other yarn bowls) and blue, and I love it!



It's exactly one year ago since my mother-in-law taught me to crochet and I made my first granny square. What a year it has been!



Here's to many more crochet projects!

Friday, 13 July 2018

Amigurumi



I enjoyed my first amigurumi project so much that I was keen to try some more. Here are a few things I've made in the last week - the ice cream keyring was a birthday present for my son's girlfriend (free pattern here). The bone (free pattern here) is for Barney, of course:



At first he wasn't very interested...



But after a day or two he started playing with it!



I also made a little doggie - it's supposed to look like Barney:



I bought the pattern (Simply Cute Dachshund) on Ravelry. The brown 'dog eyes' seemed like a good idea when I found them in the craft store, but I now wish I'd used round black eyes...



I'm not as happy with this project as I am with Dominic the Dopey Dragon, but the boys like it and tell me they think it does look like Barney!

Friday, 6 July 2018

Lone Star Blanket



Remember the Lone Star Blanket I was working on? In between other projects I have been crocheting diamonds and sewing them together.



This is what the blanket looks like now - there's 190 diamonds in there!



Only 80 or so more to go... Plus a few dozen half-diamonds:



That should keep me busy for the next few months!

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!