Monday, 18 March 2013

Gainful Employment

I have started a new job!  It's terribly exciting and I've gone from having too much time to contemplate life's mysteries/problems to being flat out and not having enough to pick up my crochet hook and contemplate life's mysteries/problems.

I hope that life will settle down soon and I'll be able to sort out some regular crochet time to write patterns and indulge in my favourite hooky pastime.

And for those of you that are wondering what I'm doing, I'm driving a haul truck in a coal mine.  This is one of 4 different trucks I'll be operating:

Monday, 11 March 2013

Pull and Grow Amigurumi plant

The pattern for this little plant has been sitting in my bookmarks for months and months.  I've been working feverishly on a Very Hungry Caterpillar blanket commission and a new blanket for myself and today had the urge to make something from someone else's pattern.  Writing my own patterns is hard slog!  It only took me a few hours to make, in between the boring stuff like cleaning the house and prepping food.

Clicky clicky for the pattern!

Monday, 4 March 2013

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

I recently became an Aunty to the most beautiful boy that has ever graced this earth (ok, so I'm a bit biased).  My mum was telling me that she was reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar book to him and he was engaging with the book and the colours.  He's only 5 months old but this is terribly exciting and I wanted to make him a little security blankey that he could have for keeps, or until he gets bored with it. Either or.

I saw someone on Instagram had made one but I cannot for the life of me remember who it was so I can't credit them with the inspiration unfortunately.

The method I used is very simple, just a big granny square and an amigurumi head of my own design.  The head is sewn on to the blanket with black yarn.  I blocked the blanket before sewing the head on to make it softer and drapier.  See that? I just made up a word.  I have to say, I think it turned out pretty well.  It still needs a little fine tuning but I already have an order for another one so I know where to do things differently. Make sure I have yarn in all the same shades for example.  You can't see it in the pictures but the first few rounds of light green are different to the rest.

Have some pictures!

Details for fellow hookers: 4mm hook used for blanket, 3.5mm hook for amigurumi head and 100% acrylic DK yarn.  Blanket measures approx 56cm x 56cm after blocking.

I'd love some feedback dear readers :)