28 Nov 2009

How much do you like Cath?

Do you like her £30 more to pay for wellington boots with her name on? Yes £30!!

These are my boots that I brought this week from Aldi (UK) for a grand sum of £8!

They are IDENTICAL in every way, apart from Caths' colourway and spot design, but I think I can live with that one.

I spotted the difference when I was flicking through a free CK Christmas brochure that came with a magazine after I had brought my boots and I couldn't believe my eyes.

27 Nov 2009

Felt ball delight

Take a selection of 100% pure wool (or any yarn that will felt if washed without special care or rovings especially for the purpose).

Wind into a ball, not too loose nor very tight. Here I used a bit of thicker yarn in the centre as the mohair I was using was very fine.

Wind into a nice ball that holds it shape well. I get to the size of a walnut, but you may prefer something larger or tinier (especially if you want beads)

Here are some more made using Garnstudio Drops Eskimo which is brilliant for felting.

Now felt the balls using the 'hand' method. You can use special needles to dry felt, but this way is very satisfying and relaxing. There are lots of very good tutorials out there on the Web describing this process.

Place the wet balls on a rack or something similiar to aid drying. Once they have dripped to the point of being damp, I place them along the back of a radiator and let it do its job.

Once dry you can sit back and admire your handiwork.......

Or you can get busy decorating and let your imagination run away with you.
These are destined for my Christmas tree.

Happy felting!

(PS- hopefully Blogger will allow me to post next time when I want instead of making me wait a week!! Grrrrr!)

9 Nov 2009

Babette frenzy

This is a piece of work that just begs to be kept going. I started last Tuesday and have now done this whole section of the blanket. I am using Garnstudio Muskat yarn which is 100% cotton in glorious saturated colours. It is worked in treble crochet (dc in US) and uses the Target pattern from 200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton. I have slightly altered it by only using 5ch at the corners as that suits my tension/yarn better and gives a tidier look. There is a Flickr pool dedicated to Babette Addicts and also a Ravelry group.

6 Nov 2009

Babette love

This is the birth of my Babette creation. Only another 192 squares to go!

Hopefully it will turn out just a gorgeous as this one

More to follow................

5 Nov 2009

Crochet cushion cover

This is a WIP that I picked up the other day that had languished all Summer in the Dreaded Craft Cupboard. I had made about half the squares but decided to rip them all out and start afresh.

I HATE this part of crochet work! It is always a dread at the thought of getting stuck in with sewing and snipping (I'm pretty sure I am not alone with those thoughts?)

BUT once it is done and you have the completed item, all horrible thoughts slip away.

I now have to look for a white cotton cushion cover to attach this to and I am also thinking white or multi-coloured pom-pom fringing around the edge also? I have searched t'Internet but not come up with anything, so any UK-based help would be appreciated?

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