Project Blanket – Its finished!

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This project really has been a long one, but the best by far! Its taken many, many hours, and SO many balls of wool. But its amazing (if i must say so myself 🙂 ) I have loved every minute making this and watching it grow. And loved how it kept me warm what i was working on it!
It was never supposed to end up this big, i think i got carried away on more than one occasion and felt the urge to buy yet more wool, and turn it into the monstrous beauty it is today.

Its just over a double sized blanket i would say? My bed as shown in the pictures is a king, and its slightly smaller, so would look lovely draped over a double 🙂

Here’s some workings out I’ve done…
The Pink/Purple wool was ‘James C Brett Woodlander’ and the white/Gret was ‘Robin DK’. I used double strands throughout and a 9mm crochet hook. The stitch used was Half Treble.
It measures 150cm x 213cm / 59″ x 84″ / Appox 5ft x 7ft, and weighs around 3 Kilos!

And here’s some pictures… !

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Well this truly was a great project, and although i have loved it, im going to focus on some smaller ones for a while i think!

Back soon 🙂 xxx

Cushion Makeover

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Hi everyone! 🙂

Well it feels like forever since I’ve posted anything. I must admit, I’ve been a little lazy lately. Maybe It’s all the rubbish weather making me feel grizzly. But one reasonably sunny weekend and I’m back on top form 🙂 I also have great news…..I have booked myself a table at my local village fete! It’s not until July, so I have plenty of time to get prepared. But what to make?! There’s just far too many ideas swimming around in my head! So if anyone has any ideas, please feel free to leave me a comment! But now, back to projects!

The other day I decided my cushions needed a makeover. They were pretty boring, and me and boring don’t really get on. So using up some of my ‘Ice Yarn’ stash I crocheted a long rectangle just large enough to fit a 16″ cushion. Then just double crocheted the edges up, easy!

So take one cushion cover…

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Crochet 1x 16″ by 32″ rectangle, put your cushion cover into place, double crochet around the open edges, and voila!
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If anyone had had the pleasure of Ice Yarn you may know what I mean when I say this was an absolute pleasure to work with. I love how it changes colours, textures and thickness. It’s definitely different, but that’s why I like it!

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See how pretty it is?! 🙂

Well that all for now! Back soon! xx

I made a purse!

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So it was Friday night, and rather than going out, having a long soak in the bath, watching a film, or doing any of those ‘normal’ things a 22 year old should be doing, I spent Friday night with my new sewing machine. And I’m not even slightly embarrassed to say it, I had a great night!

I’d been meaning to have a good plan of attack to introduce myself properly to ‘The Machine’. After my first failed attempt of making a purse ended up looking like a pencil case, a badly made one at that. But hey, I’m still pretty new to sewing, so a good pattern and tutorial to follow was in order. Something I should have just done in the first place. 

I found THIS on Pinterest, and its good! Very informative with plenty of pictures, easy to follow too so perfect for a newb like myself. And theres a PDF, YAY! 🙂

And here’s the finished product!

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I’m quite impressed. Maybe not so impressed with the fabric choices, but my fabric stash isn’t the best (Is this the perfect excuse to buy more?!). I do like the randomness of the different fabric patterns and colours, but I’m not sure about how they all go together? I feel some stash building and a second attempt coming very soon!

Jess x

Owl Cushion – How to make – Part 2!

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Ok so further to the post previously, ‘Owl Cushion – Hot to make – part 1’

Here is part 2!

It’s finally finished!

My sewing machine unfortunately took a bit longer to arrive than expected, but it’s here now, and I’ve very much been enjoying learning how to use it! It’s terrifying though, for someone who’s naturally extremely clumsy. But I still have all my fingers and no puncture wounds, so all is good. 🙂


SO, once you have the main bit, (the flat circle with the eyes and beak all sewn on and ready) using the circle as your template cut out the 2 circles of fabric.

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Pin together with tailoring pins.

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Sew all around the circle, leaving around 5 inches un-sewn.
Turn back the right way, fill with toy/pillow stuffing, then sew up the remaining bit to finish.

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YAY! He is very cute, actually a bit bigger than I expected, but that’s never a bad thing 🙂

Granny Square Throw :)

Yes, I am amoungst the masses of people who love doing granny squares, they’re just great to do when you find yourself with a bit of spare ‘hook time’. Then, after a while, you realise you have a stash big enough to make yourself a nice blanket, lovely! 🙂

I used the tutorial in THIS link when I was first starting out with crochet, as its good for beginners. It is in US terms. This really threw me when I first started crocheting, I had no idea the terms were completely different! But its not that hard to get your head around once you’ve learnt the basics. HERE’s a translation.

Then attatch them all using double crochet, easy huh?!

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It’s also just the look I was going for. A sort of, ‘Old-Country’ style. The neutral off-white borders, with the splashes of colour coming through? And it’s so snuggly! I didn’t want this one to be overly big either, as the other ‘Project Blanket’ will be pretty huge! This is just the right size for a little cosy to keep the chilly toes warm in winter months 🙂

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Ive also started making another blanket. This one will be granny squares too, but FULL of colour 🙂 Im going to do a load of the circle middles first, then all the borders after. I find my brain works better if I stick to the same sort of thing, rather than doing circle, square, circle square, I would rather circle circle, square square. Less flicking about between different things tends to keep my brain happy 🙂

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Owl Cushion – how to make – Part 1

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Owl Cushion – how to make – Part 1

OK, I think I may be obsessed with cushions…. This is another one I may have got slightly carried away with at the weekend. It wasn’t going to be an owl, just a cushion…

I had some James C Brett marbled wool left from a previous project so was going to use it to make a neutral coloured cushion. But I finished the circle, and then had this idea 🙂

Here’s how I made it –
I used James C Brett Marble Chunky, the beige one (sorry I can’t remember the exact name of it)
Any brand DK wool in the following colours –
Tan
White
Black
Two shades of blue
Two shades of yellow/orange
An 8.0m hook
Darning needle
Fabric, this can be any colour you like, I used an off white/cream colour
Sewing machine (and thread obviously 🙂 )
Toy/pillow stuffing
Tailoring pins

When following the below pattern, always use TWO strands at the same time.

For the circle –

Start with a magic ring. 11 stitches pull tight. Join with slip stitch.
Link on how to do a magic ring HERE.
Round 2: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch as chain. 2 htr’s into all remaining stitches. 22 stitches.
Round 3: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. 1 htr in the next stitch. Continue to do 2 htr’s, then 1 htr around. 33 stitches.
Round 4: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1 htr in next 2 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around.
Round 5: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1 htr in next 3 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around.
Round 6: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1htr in next 4 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around.
Round 7: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1htr in next 5 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around.
Round 8: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1htr in next 6 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around.
Round 9: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1htr in next 7 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around.

So – You see how the circle increases each round? Do this until you are doing *1htr in next 7 stitches. 2 htr in next* OR – you have around 14 rounds/rings.

Eyes – Make 2x
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Start – with magic ring. 11 stitches pull tight. Join with slip stitch.
Round 2: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch as chain. 2 htr’s into all remaining stitches. 22 stitches.
Round 3: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. 1 htr in the next stitch. Continue to do 2 htr’s, then 1 htr around. 33 stitches. – Change Colour to the two blue ones.
Round 4: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1 htr in next 2 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around.
Round 5: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1 htr in next 3 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around. Change Colour back to black.
Round 6: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1htr in next 4 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around. Change colour to White.
Round 7: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1htr in next 5 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around.
Round 8: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1htr in next 6 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around. Fasten off leaving long tail, enough to sew on with.

Beak –
Using two strands of yellow/orange
Row 1: Chain 10, turn,
Row 2: HTR across 10, chain 2, turn
Row 3: HTR decrease, HTR in next 6, HTR decrease chain 2, turn
Row 4: HTR across, chain 2, turn (8 HTR)
Row 5: HTR decrease, HTR in next 4, HTR decrease, chain 2, turn
Row 6: HTR across, chain 2, turn (6 HTR)
Row 7: HTR decrease, HTR in next 2, HTR decrease, chain 2, turn
Row 8: 2 HTR decreases, chain 2, turn
Row 9: HTR decrease,
Fasten off leaving a long tail, enough to sew on with.

Sew on the eyes and beak using the darning needles and tails.

Ok so that’s part 1, the crochet part. Part 2 is the sewing/stuffing part. I won’t be doing this until my new sewing machine arrives though, which shouldn’t be too long, hopefully! 🙂