Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Corona Virus Stress Ball



When I saw this crocheted corona virus I just had to make it! (it's a free pattern on Ravelry)

I'll put it to good use as a stress ball - at the moment I worry a lot about a family member in the Netherlands who has been infected with the virus. When I am worried I tend to pick at my nail beds until they bleed, so it's good to have something to keep my fingers busy. Like a stress ball - or another crochet project. I've started two new projects already, so stay tuned!

Saturday, 25 April 2020

Bertie Baby Blanket



It's finished!



Really enjoyed crocheting this lovely blanket.



The recipient, a little girl, was born last week. I hope we can go and meet her very soon, and give her the blanket and the koala :-)

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

New project



Like most people these days I find myself with a lot of time on my hands, so I've started a new project. It's the Bertie Baby Blanket, a lovely pattern from Little Doolally.
I'm using white cotton 8ply from Bendigo Woollen Mills and lots of seagreen, blue and purple cotton or cotton/acrylic yarn from my stash.



It will be another present for the baby that our friends are expecting within the next few weeks. All their family is overseas, and it must be difficult knowing there is no chance of seeing any of them anytime soon. So hopefully this will provide a little bit of joy and let them know there are people here who care about them.

Take care,
Linda

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Koala



Staying at home most of the time because of the Covid-19 crisis means having a lot of time to crochet. Yesterday I finished this cute little guy - a present for friends who have recently moved to Australia from overseas, and are expecting their first baby in April.



It's not really meant to be a toy for the baby (given the presence of buttons and safety eyes), but rather a decorative item for his or her room. I'm planning to make a baby-safe toy as well - possibly an octopus.



The pattern for this koala can be found here. I added the smile, and left out the tail - koalas don't have tails!

Friday, 13 March 2020

Daisy shawl



Yesterday I finished the Daisy shawl that I started in December. Very happy with it!



The pattern is called the Painted Daisies wrap, designed by Daisy Boo Creations. It's available for sale on Ravelry. I used most of a Turkish Delight Whirl to make it.



If you are thinking that I seem to be crocheting a lot all of a sudden, you are correct. I broke my big toe on February 9th, so have had a lot of time sitting down with my foot up! (you can read more about the toe saga on my running blog)



I really enjoyed crocheting this shawl and may make another one in the future. The pattern is simple but very effective. It also benefits dramatically from blocking!



And here's another project that I haven't shown yet: my second dishcloth:



Like the first one, it's based on a pattern from Yarn Blossom Boutique, and made with cotton 8 ply from Bendigo Woollen Mills. This one is done in the Sedge Stitch.



I've found these dishcloths to be very good for general use in the kitchen and will definitely make some more.

Monday, 9 March 2020

BFF



Today my BFF in the Netherlands turns 50. As a birthday present I made an amiguruME doll for/of her.



I chose some photos made during the time we spent together in the Netherlands last year as inspiration for her outfit. I added a denim jacket that can be taken off.



Making the doll was so much fun, and I couldn't wait to hear if it had arrived safely - and if she liked it. I guess the photo she sent me says it all. How I wish I was there when she opened it!



This was the seventh amiguruME doll I have made - that book was a good investment!
At the moment I have no plans to make another doll, but I'm sure there will be more in the future...

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Dishcloth



For a while now I have been wanting to make dishcloths from leftover cotton yarn. In December I bought a set of patterns from Yarn Blossom Boutique on Etsy, and today I finally got started.



I used red cotton 8 ply from Bendigo Woollen Mills - left over from Dominic the Dopey Dragon and the Café Wall Illusion Cushion.



This cloth is done in half double crochet (hdc), a very quick and simple project - perfect to keep my hands busy while watching the tennis. Yay, the Australian Open has started! I hope to make a few more cloths before it is finished.



When we were away I made some progress on the Painted Daisies Wrap. It looks very frumpy from being dragged around Europe in a project bag for four weeks, but I'm sure it will look great when it is finished and blocked.