Saturday, 27 April 2013

No crochet project left behind!

You know, I really annoy myself. I'm terrible for getting halfway through a project and losing interest because I've 'discovered' something else, I have a shelf full of half completed projects which in all likely hood will never be finished. And that's what almost happened to this poor little mite after I started my 'galactic nursery' crusade.

But enough's enough!
I hereby do solemnly swear to finish all future crochet projects before starting another, so help me god!

The elf hat.
This cutie is from my obsession with photo props. I did a quick Google search for free elf hat patterns and found plenty here at Crochet pattern central, but I wanted newborn size which was a little harder to find. Finally I found this pattern at oodles 4 noodlesand fell in love!
I used my begere de france wool in pastel shades and I am so happy with how it turned out.

A little advice for anyone attempting this pattern though, I kept getting lost on the tail so count your stitches carefully on each row. other then that it was a pleasure to make.

Before I go I wanted to share this great post I found with references and conversions for all things crochet at Crochet eclectics. This is so useful for beginners, and the more experienced because let's face it, we're not all 'rain man' and we could use a reminder sometimes ;-).

Well now I've got that finished I can make a start on my aliens! I've found some great patterns and I'm hoping to attempt some of my own, but i'll save that for another post.

Have a good and crafty weekend :-)

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Galactic nursery!

Ahh my little man is growing up so fast and will soon be in his own room, not that he ever sleeps! So I've been busy deciding on a theme for his chamber. Whilst I was pregnant I was adamant he was having a woodland theme, all owls and little critters, cute ay? But, as always, I'm bored of that now. In fact I think most baby themes are a bit boring, is it just me? All pale, pastel colours and cute little animals, pfft.... Everyone ends up with the same thing, or similar. Well, not my little champ. I was thinking different, original, bright and vibrant, but most importantly, awesome! There's only one answer to that.... Monster's, alien's and all things galactic!
What little boy doesn't want to be an astronaut? Exploring the universe and uncovering life on mars. Hehe, I can really let my imagination wild. Obviously i'll have to keep it sweet, I don't want to give my tiny spaceman nightmares.
So to get me started, I have my pinterest
board full of inspiration, and I've been jotting down ideas in the form of doodles. Stay tuned to watch my progress, no doubt there will be plenty of tutorials and patterns to come!

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Little boy blue...

... or rather little boy in a girly head band. Oh dear I am cruel, but he is just going to have to put up with being my model until he's old enough to resist.
This was sooo easy, anyone could do it.
No gauge. Use any size hooks, any type of wool. Easy peasy.
For the headband...
Simply chain the length of the head circumference you wish to fit, and slip stitch into the first chain. Then double chain in the round until you have the width desired.
For the bow...
Exactly the same method! Wrap some wool around the centre quite tightly and shape your bow and then sew in place onto your headband.
Like I said, easy peasy!

Friday, 19 April 2013

And so it began....

My first ever post on my first blog! Ooh exciting! So here goes.

I'm a little obsessed with photo props at the minute. Because they're teeny they take no time at all to knock up, which is good for me. I'm so impatient and usually abandon large projects half way through because i get bored.

I had my beautiful baby boy on 7/2/2013 and at 2 weeks old was given a freebie photo shoot by the very talented Gemma at Lu_Mi_Li Photography. She had some gorgeous little photo props and it got me thinking, I could make those. so I got out my crochet hooks and scoured the tinterweb for some measurements and inspiration and here's what I have so far.

Fluffy pink diaper cover.
I started with this little beauty. I searched for diaper measurements and found some super cute fluffy wool in my bag of tricks and off I went. I finished it off with some parcel yarn, which I know sounds strange but it worked great, and a funky little button.

Newborn legwarmers with ruffles.
These teeny legwarmers were so quick and easy to do. It took a couple attempts to get the measurements right though.
Newborn baby bonnet.
This is my favourite, Its so cute. I made this in a pixie style with a little point on the hood, with long tassel's in contrasting wool. 

I'm a complete newb at crochet and I hate being a beginner so I always throw myself in at the deep end, but I don't think I've done too badly lol ;-) 

I'm not sure whether to make more of these and maybe sell them or to write up the patterns and share them.... either way I need testers/models to check the sizing. so these 'trials' are up for grabs for any budding photographer!