Earlier this year I took part in Zeens and Rogers granny cal 2019 and it took me a while to think of something I could do which would be a little different, then one day after spending a while messing with some graph paper and coloured pencils I thought about having a change of direction in the granny blanket. From that the granny log twist was born! I had to keep an eye on what row I was on when making the pattern as I had a habit of getting a bit carried away and forgetting I needed to add the twist in!
I have now made two of these blankets and have finally had a chance to get the pattern sorted and uploaded to my Etsy shop.
This blanket has been in the pipeline for a long time now, I have been making a bit, changing my mind on the stitches used, undoing it then redoing it and not liking the stripe arrangement and undoing it…. for what seems like forever, however I finally hit a breakthrough a few weeks ago where I found the perfect stitch and the perfect stripe layout.
I found the stitch gave a perfect textured snugglyness to the blanket which I was looking for and now I have finally got the blanket finished and the pattern is now available over on my Etsy shop. I love this blanket so much I am already starting on another in a different colour!
After making my Dachshund corner to corner blanket pattern I’ve had it in mind to do a few more Dachshund makes and I have finally got a chance to do some!
The first is a Dachshund wall hanging, I’ve wanted to make a wall hanging for a little while now and thought it would be great to combine the Dachshund and the wall hanging together, I’m really please with how it’s turned out.
After making this wall hanging a few more Dachshund ideas popped to mind – be prepared for quite a few over the next few months!
Pattern is available over on my Etsy shop:
After a quiet few weeks after Christmas I decided it was time to get back on with some crochet makes and I decided to go for a corner to corner blanket, I had a crazy amount of ideas in my head for a pattern so it took me a little while to get one drawn down on paper since all the ideas were trying to compete with each other! But after a lot of changing about and editing the final pattern was this – the block crazy blanket!
Pattern is available over on my Etsy shop:
The Christmas countdown is on (how can it only be a week away!!) and I am so pleased I have got these little monsters finished – the last week before Christmas always seems to go by so quickly so I am glad to have got these finished so early on as I still have a load more makes to get finished before Tuesday!
Making these has definitely made me smile – think I may need to do a another pattern for some more of these!
Pattern is available over on my Etsy shop
These storage baskets are made with my current favourite stitch – a bobble stitch, I love the textured effect you get when using a bobble effect among other flat stitches. The colours in these are my favourites to use in winter time, I always seem to drift towards using them when the weather starts to cool and Christmas is drawing near.
Pattern for these baskets on three different sizes is available over on my Etsy shop
I recently took part in a Corner to Corner crochet along by Zeens and Roger (zeensandroger.wordpress.com) I really enjoy making corner to corner crochet as its great seeing the pattern gradually evolve so was really looking forward to giving it a go. I decided to do a Dachshund themed blanket. It took quite a few attempts to draw a pattern up I was happy with and even longer to decide on the colours to use but eventually I got there!
The pattern is available over on my Etsy shop:
Continuing on from my Christmas Tree makes are these mini stockings, these are great for putting little presents into and they can easily by personalised by sewing a name onto them.
I made these using Christmas Birdhouse fabric by The Craft Cotton Company.
To make a stocking:
Cut out a paper template the size you want your stocking to be, then cut out 4 pieces of fabric in two different colours to give you a front and back in one colour and a front and back lining piece in another colour. Cut out two pieces of batting the same size.
Cut out 2 pieces of fabric 4 x 28cm to make the loop. Place these two pieces right sides together sew around leaving the top edge unsewn. turn out the right way.
Place a piece of batting down then the back piece right side up on top, fold the loop in half and place with its raw edges against the raw edges of the side of the stocking, followed by the right side down front piece and a final piece of batting. Sew around leaving the top unsewn. Turn out the right way.
Take the lining pieces and place right side together and sew around leaving the top edge unsewn.
Place the lining inside the stocking and fold the top edge of the stocking inwards by 1 cm and the lining outwards by 1cm, slip stitch around to secure.
Its that time of year where it all gets a little manic as I realise theres not long left for me to finish off all my Christmas present makes, no mater how early I start I always seem to end up at this stage with me looking at the calendar wondering if I will actually manage to get them all finished. Luckily I have always managed to finish just in time – although i have been known to be frantically finishing off an item on Christmas Eve ready for the next day!
I have got most of the Elf gift bags finished, and I have now decided to focus on some of my sewing Christmas makes. First up is a fabric Christmas tree, these are perfect presents if you are needing to post them as they are nice and flat so are easy to post without having to box everything up.
I made these using fat quarters from the Christmas Birdhouse and Essential trends (red) fat quarter sets by The Craft Cotton Company.
To make one tree you will need:
2 pieces of fabric:
5×5 cm, 7×7 cm, 9×9 cm, 11×11 cm, 13×13 cm, 4x5cm.
10 cm ribbon.
Take each of the two pieces and placing right sides together sew around leaving a gap for turning. Turn out the right way, press and slip stitch the gap closed.
Lay the square pieces out so each one is lying on top of the largest square, then starting with the smallest square fold up the bottom point and sew to secure. Next sew a button onto the folded up part of the square. Repeat with the remaining squares.
Take the rectangular piece and place on the back of the largest square 1cm up from the base and in the middle and slip stitch along the top edge of the rectangle to secure.
Take the ribbon, fold in half place on the back of the smallest square 1cm from the top point and sew to secure.