Saturday, 17 August 2019

Voila Koala Brooch

 
Koalas are cute. 

They smell of wee and gum leaves.




They can also be scary and may have chlamydia.

This is not a photo of me with PMS.   Image courtesy of wikipedia

I started making these guys in recent weeks as they're great for using up scraps of yarn and only take a few minutes to whip up and wear as a sweet brooch!
 

Would you like to make one of these super dooper cutie brooches?

Let's get started!
 
So what do you need?

Any scraps of cotton yarns. I have used Scheepjes Catona.

You'll also need a 3.5mm crochet hook.

In the tutorial photos below, I will be using Scheepjes Catona in a soft champagne colour (Yarn A), a nectarine colour for the inside of the ears (Yarn B), and a funky grass green for the nose (Yarn C).

You will also need: 
a piece of felt large enough to cover the back, 
scissors, 
a darning needle, 
small needle, 
sewing thread, 
glue 
and a brooch finding.  
You will also need either black/ brown thread for embroidering eyes or plastic toy eyes which can be glued on.



Let's get started!

Face

With Yarn A, make a magic loop.
Round 1 (RS): Ch1 (does not count as stitch), 6sc into loop. [6sc]
Round 2: 2sc in each stitch. [12sc]
Round 3: (2sc, sc in next st) 6 times. [18sc]
Round 4: (2sc, sc x 2) 6 times. Sl st in next stitch. Finish off. [24sc, 1 sl st]


Ears (Make 2)

With Yarn B, make a magic loop.
Row 1: Ch 1 (does not count as stitch), 3 sc into loop. Ch1, turn. [3 sc]
Row 2: 2sc in each st. Join Yarn A. Ch 1, turn. [6sc]
Row 2 finished, and about to join Yarn A
Row 3: (2sc, sc in next stitch) 3 times. FO leaving a long tail. Weave in all other ends.

Nose

With Yarn C, make a magic loop.
Round 1: Ch 1 (does not count as stitch), 6sc into loop. Finish off leaving a tail. 

To make up:

Sew on both ears using the long tails left over with a 3-4 stitch gap between the inner corner of each ear. See photo for details.

Next sew on the nose. Although this is round, stitch on so it is in an oval shape.

The koalas nose is attached with the top of the nose in the middle of the face and the bottom in the lower third of the face. See further finished photos.

Embroider on the eyes with a french knot or glue on toy eyes.

Cut the backing felt in the same shape as the koala head but just a little bit smaller.


Sew the metal brooch piece securely onto the felt, then glue the felt onto the back of the koala face.  Press carefully and firmly and leave to dry.
And voila koala!
 

I'd love to see your makes! Tag me on Instagram @red.haired.amazona.crochets 


Louise
Red Haired Amazona

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Cold nights, warm blankets.


It's Winter now.

It's the time for blanket making!

I've been stash busting by crocheting a classic granny stripe blanket.
I rolled a bunch of my remnants into cakes. Yarn cakes look amazing until you use half of them. Then they look like hollowed out yarn shells and start to fall in on themselves.
Chuck Norris likes to try and sleep on the blanket while I'm crocheting. Just like a cat except heavier and his big clumpy claws pull out little threads in the blanket.

I'd like to show you a photo of the size of this blanket, but Chuck is always lying under or on it...
 This is a photo I like to call 'Dog in crochet on crochet'.
This is another photo I like to call 'Kid under crochet under cat'. 
When Sonofagun No.2 is sitting on this couch playing PS4 or watching tv, for reasons unknown, he does this with the blanket on the back of the couch.
His ever watchful guardian Bijoux, then sits on the back of the couch like this....
Whenever I have almost used up a yarn cake for the new granny stripe blanket, I roll it into a little ball and put it in another basket.
I started making up some random granny squares with these.
I sewed 5 of them together in a ring. They look very pretty!  
And made them into a lamp shade. 
This isn't really the right sort of lamp shade as the base was designed for a desk lamp so it has an awkward knob thing that sticks out the side.
It doesn't get hot enough to worry about being a fire hazard, so I don't have to spray with any kind of fire retardant.
 
Once the blanket has finished and I have some more little yarn balls leftover, I have the perfect lampshade waiting to be covered next to my bed!
I also stretched my baking skills. Not in doing any challenging baking. Just baking.
I bake about once every 4-5 years. I don't really like baking. But Sonofagun No.2 had just returned from school camp and was excited by something he had never had before called 'a scone'! 

I thought if my 10 year old could be excited about this mystical thing he had never had before, then I would blow his mind by baking some!
These were lemonade scones which are gluggy and sticky to make but come out of the oven super fluffy.
Sonofagun No.2 told me as he stuffed his face full of scones, jam and cream that my scones did not look like the real scones he had at camp, but they were 'adequate'.
On the weekend I made a super fast solo trip up to Mollymook. Look beautiful and sunny, doesn't it?
It's a lie. It was freezing and windy with occasional rain squalls.⛈

Aunty Horse Whisperer was getting married. So I flew up to Canberra on Friday morning.
As the plane landed, I looked out of the little windows at a brilliant blue sunny sky.
And the pilot said this:
"Welcome to Canberra where it's a sunny one degree outside."

That's the thing about Canberra winters. It lies to you. You look outside at 10am and think, "Wow it's beautiful and sunny!"
But you step out into arctic temperatures!
The Fatherdom was waiting to pick me up and drive me back to Mollymook.
That night the Parentals and I shared a delicious Italian sausage, fennel and fetta pizza.
 

On the day of the wedding, we all chipped in. It was a lovely backyard wedding at Aunty HWs little farm.

The Mothership had spent the whole week before the wedding preparing and freezing delicious mini quiches, meatballs and chicken wings for the big day. She then worked from 9am that morning with my Nana in the kitchen at Aunty HWs house preparing sandwiches, snacks etc for the guests. 
I helped Aunty Martha Stewart to prepare a grazing table full of deli meats, crackers, pate, cheeses, fruit and chocolates.
The next day it was straight onto one of these cool double decker Sydney trains from Kiama to Sydney airport. Our Melbourne trains are boring single level things. It only cost a couple of dollars for a 2 1/2 hr trip up the coast.
Thanks for stopping by!

Louise
Red Haired Amazona

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Corin Crochet Cowl

There's a place just outside my home town of Canberra called Corin Forest.  In summer it's a lovely place to go for a picnic. In winter it gets cold enough to snow a little bit. They have a snow play area which is supplemented by a snow-making machine and a really fun 1.2km alpine slide.

It's no Chamonix, that's for sure! But we used to take day trips up there when Sonofagun No.1 was little. We'd take a big thermos of piping hot soup for lunch and make snow men, have snowball fights and slide down the hill on plastic toboggans.

I have had these chunky yarns tucked in my stash for a few years. I'm not big on chunky yarns as you have probably seen all my little birds which use super skinny cottons!


The first thing I made with the chunkys was a new dog coat for Chuck Norris the pugalier. He loves it!

With the rest I made something for myself. A chunky, granny square cowl. Named it the Corin Cowl as it will keep you warm in Alpine temperatures with those lovely soft alpine colours!

It's super easy to make. 

It's made up of 2 rows of 11 granny squares sewn into a loop. You can make more or less depending how tight or loose you want it to be. So let's get started!


Yarn & Notions

Your choice of colours in chunky acrylics. I have used Moda Vera Mawson.
8mm crochet hook
Scissors
Needle for sewing in ends

Choose your own colours!
Round 1: Starting with a magic ring, chain 4 (counts as 1st dc and ch1), then {dc, ch1} x 7. Join with slip stitch to top of beginning ch3. Finish off. [8dc, 8 ch]



Round 2:  Join your 2nd colour in any Ch1 space. Ch3 (counts as 1st dc), 2dc in same space. Then 3dc in each ch1 around. Join with a slip stitch to top of beginning ch3. Finish off.  [8 x 3dc]
Round 3: Join your 3rd colour in between two 3dc clusters.
Ch3, then 2dc in same space. Sk 3 dc, *in space between next 2 clusters {3dc, ch3, 3dc}, sk 3dc, in next space between 2 clusters {3dc}. Repeat from * three more times. Sk 3 dc, then in space between next 2 clusters {3dc, ch3, 3dc}. Join with a slip stitch to top of beginning ch3. Finish off.
Your completed square should look like this:

Make another 21 squares or more if you wish but in multiples of 2.

Sewn together in 2 rows as per the photo below.

Then sew the two short ends to form a loop.

This cowl is so thick, chunky and soft and SUPER warm!