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Rainbow baby blanket

In August this year, the hubby and I discovered we are expecting a baby due April 2015. So out came the yarn, crochet hooks, knitting needles, etc. to start making. I’ll be sharing everything I make for the baby as and when I complete them.

First up, a crocheted rainbow zigzag blanket, inspired by this crochet ripple baby blanket, made with Rico cotton dk.

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Christmas Presents 2011

Well, this year I again decided to make Christmas presents. But, unlike last Christmas when I made snoods, headbands, teddies, hats and dresses, I was a little lighter on the workload this year. Partly because I’ve been researching my family history and partly because I don’t know why. So I only made seven presents this year – two crocheted flower hair slides (one for L1, one for PBM’s cousin’s daughter Akua), one cardigan (for L2), and four hats (one each for OKBK, L3, L4 and DK Hannah). Here are all but the hat for Hannah – I’m especially proud of L2’s cardigan.


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2010 – the year of craft

A couple of weeks ago I was thinking of what I’ve made in the past year. No wonder I at times thought I was developing RSI in my right hand. I was knitting like crazy. Here’s what I’ve knitted/crocheted/sewn/beaded between December 2009 and January 2011 (a total of 13 months), complete with links to the relevant posts:

And, that’s about as much as I can recall right now. But I think that may do for 13 months of knitting, sewing, crocheting and beading – at the very least 100 individual items. If I remember anything else, or if you think I’ve missed something off, let me know. But I’m rather proud of that!

Here are a few pictures:


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Two berets

A couple of weeks ago I blogged On and on I knit, and showed L2’s beret, complete but not modelled, and a preview of L1’s beret.

Since then L2 has opened her 2nd birthday present and I received a picture message from her parents on Thursday. Apologies for the slightly grainy image, but hopefully you get the idea. I think she looks cuuuuute. And the hat doesn’t look too bad either.

As for L1’s Christmas beret, I finished the body in the week and then borrowed the brilliant  100 Flower’s to Knit and Crochet from my sister to learn how to crochet some larger flowers. I wasn’t managing to overcome the more difficult aspects of crochet and was experiencing a few problems with some of the easier crochet patterns in the book. So, I settled for 62 Irish Rose tonight after feeling inspired and raring to go after visiting the Knitting and Stitching Show at Ally Pally today. Et voila. Here it is. Rubbish photo, but will update when L1’s modelling it, which, alas, won’t be till post-Christmas 2010.


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On and on I knit

Last time I blogged, over 2 weeks ago, I reported my growing desire to knit due to the impending autumn and the increasingly autumnal weather. Today that feeling of autumn is a little more realised, and with it came the time to put away the summer clothes and replace them with the winter clothes. This was depressing. Don’t get me wrong, I love the change from summer to autumn. I couldn’t live without the seasons we are so lucky to experience in the UK. I got very excited yesterday at the sight of conkers, the chance to wear my new home-knit beret, and the busting out of the opaques. But today, in the swapping of the wardrobes, I realised how little decent AW clothes I have. A trip shopping is on the cards for next weekend I reckon. And then maybe I’ll find myself a decent jumper/cardi pattern in John Lewis, buy some lovely yarn, find confidence in my ability to take on such a task and get going. I cannot, after all, get enough of knitting at the moment it seems. Just need to get past the cramp.

In the meantime, while it’s been windy and rainy outside, and post jewellery making, I thought I’d share some more of my knits. Since knitting the baby booties I’ve knitted two baby beanies for the as yet sexless expected twins being induced in the first week of November. And I finished the beret for the second born SA clan, L2’s 2nd birthday WITH crocheted flowers! We didn’t get to try it on said cutie yesterday, but hopefully I’ll have a photo to share soon. And, just as a teaser, here’s also the third-of-the-way-there beret for L1 for Christmas.

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Upcycling for recycling

Also this weekend, I completed my crocheted recycling basket. I stole the idea for this off my sister as a great way to use up the hundreds of plastic shopping bags that we’ve accumulated over several months of Sainsbury’s deliveries. I guess this is my attempt at ‘upcycling’.

Upcycling: The process of converting an industrial nutrient (material) into something of similar or greater value, in its second life (Sustainability Dictionary).

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Some of what I’ve made recently

A couple of years ago my Mum bought me a couple of crochet hooks and a crocheting book to learn how to…crochet. I just couldn’t seem to get it for some reason and rather quickly gave up. So, at Christmas I decided enough was enough and took my book and hooks home to Hull with me to learn to crochet over the holiday. I made two pot holders with scallop edging as practice pieces. Needless to say one is better than the other. Then I decided that, having not seen any nice coasters around for our new flat, I would make my own. So I checked out how to crochet rounds and made those you can see below. Apologies for the dodgy photos.

I haven’t made that much since Christmas. And I still haven’t managed to get photos of the things I made for Christmas presents (see my D’oh post) yet unfortunately. But I have got a couple of (albeit super crap) photos of the bunting I made for L1 and L2, Jeffrey’s cute little nieces, for Christmas above.

Oh, and if you look here you can see the cushions I made from the batik cloth I bought from Obuasi market in Ghana in the summer. I will be making a trip to Brixton market this coming Saturday to buy some more batik and some kente to get brightening up the bedroom. Exciting times.