Hearts a plenty

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I seem to have made rather a lot of hearts. Some are crocheted, some are made with punchneedle embroidery, everyone likes hearts and most of these are filled with lavender.

 

wpid-20140413_120155.jpgThis is a cute one, I have had the kissing sheep pattern for a good few years, I got it as a freebie from a blog, unfortunately I can’t remember which one, if anyone recognizes it perhaps you would let me know then I can give an acknowledgement. It is a great pattern.wpid-20140413_120126.jpgI love this one! At the time I was making this I was reading books written by JR Ward – The Black Dagger Brotherhood, these books are about a group of  vampires who obviously fall in love with human girls – and boys, and they also police their world. Fabulously sexy guys and great stories.

So a black crocheted heart edged in black sparkly beads with a pretty red rose, indicative perhaps of blood.  What the heck I had great fun reading the books and making the heart!

I could go on and on about the hearts on the mantelpiece, if you see one that you would like more information on please let me know.  Well my looms are calling, I have the makings of a box, and it all needs sewing together.

See you soon! Rx

 

Weaving a box.

Hello again, you can tell I have been busy, this is the second post in as many weeks.  I have been weaving again, and I made half of this little box quite a few months ago and it has been sitting on the shelf next to my desk.  I began to feel guilty at not finishing it.  I think it hadn’t been finished because I was having problems with whether to put sides on the lid, there were some fiddly bits to do which at the time I couldn’t face doing.It is woven from something in my stash, I know it is wool, but can’t for the life of me remember who it is by or what it is called.  When using the small hand looms space dyed wool can be pretty amazing, sometimes you end up with an almost tartan design, or with this one the darker pinks are at one side, so its almost like sunshine and shadows.  It’s not something that comes out well on the pictures, but it is there.

So I finally  finished it, I sewed on the heart button, crocheted a chain for the closure and stood back to admire.  Did it need something on the top?  Or should I just let the beauty of the wool show through.  I have lots of crocheted flowers and spent an age sitting them on top trying them out.

I know this particular flower is the wrong colour, but in pink it would make a nice top.  Please let me know what you think whether it needs a flower or not.  The feet are pretty little wooden beads with pink cord wrapped around them and they are sewn on to the bottom.

This box is a prototype and now that I have sorted out the fiddly bits I will make some more to put in my Etsy shop. It could be used to hold your trinkets, or some threads and embroidery scissors, a pincushion on the top would be useful for this, or maybe some wrapped candy.  The box is 4 inches square and was woven on a 4″ Hazel Rose Multi loom.

The inside is lined in cotton and the whole box is stabilised by plastic canvas.

Thanks for looking, and if you are living in the UK, hope you have had more sun then we have over this Bank Holiday weekend.

Crochet Pincushions.

Hi, not been around for quite a while, so it’s nice to be back.  I have been looking after my mum, who’s condition is getting worse I’m afraid.  Alzhiemer’s is a horrible disease which causes so much distress, not only to the sufferer but also to the people who support them.   I still find it difficult to realise that my mum is now more like a toddler than a 93 year old woman.

Anyway, I keep my sanity by crocheting, and these pincushions are something that I enjoy making, they are quick and I have made enough now that I don’t have to count so carefully when I make them.  I love looking for fabulous buttons to go in the middle, and I think I have found some wonderful ones with these little faces, they are so cute!The actual pincushion is made from Anchor Magicline,  it’s a lovely cotton in mouthwatering colours. I love the watery blues and greens of the one above.

The yellow one reminds me of summer, its like an ice lolly colour, refreshing and sweet.

 

I have one more to show you, a lovely blue one.  Blue is my favourite colour. The button I found for this one is a sparkling crystal heart. Actually not crystal but plastic, however, it looks good.

I thought I might put these on Etsy in my shop Under the Hedgerow, will try to do that tomorrow.

Anyway, its nice to be back and thank you for looking.

Cheers Rosie

What a week!

I really don’t want another couple of weeks like the ones I have just experienced!  It started out okay, a week last Monday I was looking forward to going to the embroiderer’s guild meeting on Wednesday night and was collecting my threads for the Norwich stitch experiment.

Wednesday night arrived and the meeting was great, apart from a text I received from my husband about 10 minutes before the end, telling me that he was at the hospital with my 16 year old son Daniel.   Dan’s leg had been really hurting over the past few weeks, and we had been to physio who said that one of his femurs had grown more than the other one, which meant that one leg was longer and that was why he was having trouble walking.

Wednesday night however he was in real pain, and the only place for him was the A&E unit.  I had to go home from the meeting to look after my mum and so had to rely on text messages and phone calls to find out about Dan.  Eventually he was allowed home at 2 a.m. only to be told to get back there at 8.30 a.m.   He had a blood clot due to an anti-thrombin III deficiency.  This is hereditary from his grandfather and we were told only that if he had surgery during his teens that the Dr should be aware of it.

To cut a long story short he was in hospital for a week – came home yesterday – and has to take Warfarin for the next 3 months.

Meanwhile I on the other hand developed a horrific cold – I mean lets face it we have all had rotten colds, but this one was something else!  Never have I felt so ill with a cold, it also meant that I could not visit Daniel in hospital which was a complete bummer for both of us!  My poor John was run ragged coming home from work cooking tea and rushing out again to see Dan.

You can imagine that not a lot of sewing, weaving or anything else was done by me, but I hate doing posts with no pictures, so here are a couple of bits that I found in the bottom of a drawer when I was clearing things out a while ago.

I cannot remember what this yarn is called, I got it in a sale a couple of years ago but I do remember it is by Noro.  I crocheted these three pins and then forgot about them!  I love the pink and green one best.

I designed this little lamb when I was thinking about making a nursery quilt and somewhere I did three others for the rest of the seasons, this one is Summer.  So somewhere in the house are Spring, Autumn and Winter.  When this cold finally goes – at least I almost  have my voice back today – I will find the rest of them.

Have a great weekend and thanks for looking.

Rosie x

UFO’s

This is getting a bit ridiculous, I keep starting things and then they get boring and then of course they take so long to finish!  Now I know my UFO’s are quite minimal compared to some people’s, but it’s driving me mad.

The scarf above is almost done, just a few more rows to do and the edging.  I have done this scarf before and it took me two days, this particular one has been going on for nearly 2 months!  I always have it with me in a ziplock in my bag so it’s not as if I just forget it.  I have crocheted some of it on the bus to town, in fact the journey is just the right amount of time to do one row.  I need to get this done, as I have an order for another one from the nurse at my Dr’s surgery.

Now this UFO, is what I started at the knitting group I have started going to on Monday mornings at Waterstones book shop.  It’s as tumbling blocks blanket, and basically I took my looms on the first week I went, as I couldn’t be bothered to crochet the above scarf!  This is only just started and needs a lot more work, but I do like the colours which I am sure you can’t see properly thanks to my dreadful photography skills, but it is a blackberry, grey and turquoise.  Odd colours I know, but I quite like the effect they have.This is a top down cardi  I started on Tuesday.  I was so impressed by the wonderful garments that my knitting group friends were making that I thought I would make my very first crocheted garment.  It’s going well and I have been working on it while watching the World cup games this week.  I really, really would like it finished by Sunday, ha ha!  Again due to my crap photography this is actually pale green and not washed out gray.  Made with Paton’s Grace and the pattern is also by Patons and is called Gracious.  This little fellow needs some clothes, he is woven on a 6″ loom – not one of HazelRose’s but one I picked up at The Threshing Barn, the pins are more widely placed than on Hazel’s loom so I can use chunky yarn on it.

So for now those are my UFO’s,  I really need to get them finished and you are quite welcome to ask how they are going, and to tell me to get on with the , especially during the next week.  Gotta keep me at it!

Have fun!

Rosie

String Bag

Happy Wednesday everyone!

I did try to post this yesterday, but simply couldn’t get the picture to appear, but never mind, here we are today.

With all the supermarkets here in the UK trying to cut down on plastic bags, I thought I would see if I could make something that I could nip to the shops with.  I am not keen on the bags for life that the supermarkets sell, so Ithought I would try something more traditional.

I crocheted the bag with a 9mm hook and two strands of twine.  I was going to put more green in it, but discovered that the green twine colour ran in my hands, okay having a green thumb, but not so keen on totally green hands!

To jazz it up a bit I crocheted the flowers and used some pretty buttons as the centers.

It holds loads! It’s strong, and I bet I will still be using it when the bags for life have died and gone to the plastic bag heaven.

Crochet Today scarf.

I have been dying to make this scarf for ages, only trouble is I couldn’t find the Crochet Today magazine. It was the Sept/Oct 2009 issue.  I knew I had it, I have every copy since I started buying that magazine, but for some reason it was not with the others.  Oh woe is me, I looked in all my other magazine boxes, not there.  I forgot about it for a while and then saw the scarf  again on Ravelry, and this time I turned the house upside down to find the mag.  Strange isn’t it,  that the place where you knew that it couldn’t possibly have been, is exactly the place where it is!

I made it in Wendy Happy a bamboo nylon mix, it drapes beautifully.  I was actually going to use the yarn for sock making, but that never happened.  The colour is not really my thing but I still love it.  I am now making another one in a blue denim type shade, I think it is called Pluto.  this will go much better with the rest of my clothes.  It’s really quick to make did my first one in two days just doing bits here and there in between shopping, and dog walking.  I didn’t do the border that was in the mag, it seemed far too complicated, so I just made a sc, hdc, dc, dtr, three ch picot, dtr, dc, hdc, sc border and it works fine.

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