Showing posts with label yarn. Show all posts
Showing posts with label yarn. Show all posts

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Yarn and plant

I have been finishing a couple of projects that I thought weren't really interesting to anybody but me and my progress was slow. 
 
I finally finished this big queen sized granny stripe blanket. I have crocheted a couple of rounds of single crochet, but can't decide whether to leave it as is, or do a few rounds of some other nice edging. I've looked online, but nothing leaps out at me. If you have any ideas, I'd love to hear them!
 In October I went along to my local crochet group. We meet once every 6 weeks at a funky coffee shop in a local warehouse space.

I didn't want to take anything too bulky, so packed my basket with an assortment of leftover 8ply cottons. I started making granny squares.
Photo taken by the lovely Tania Barry who organises our little gettogethers...
Then I made 5, stitched them together, then a simple round of single crochet and i had a table runner!
 Each one was random but for no particular reason, the first and last rounds were in the same colour.



 This was my favourite.
 So my evenings have been filled with basic crochet, no designing. I just wanted something to do with my hands while I watched Netflix in the evenings.

My daytimes have been spent outside.

Walking Chuck...



Raising babies from seed...

Aster 'Appleblossom'

Sunflower 'Giant Russian'. Makes me think they are chlorophyll versions of Ivan Drago.
Red and yellow capsicums (also called bell peppers north of the equator!)
Filling the vegie garden with good stuff to eat.
The Bear loves his potato plants.
Rainbow Chard
Blackberries on the fence, spring onions, the yellow squash plants in the bed.
The mint is actually in a ceramic pot, also basil seedlings, pineapple sage and strawberry plants.
We need a little fence to keep Chuck out.
The orange tree might give us some fruit this season!
 And filling the front yard with flowers.

It was starting to get a bit messy and weedy. As I sit here, the Bear and I have spent most of the day out here. First it looked like this...
 Now it's more weed free. I only trimmed the flowering stuff a little bit. It's mostly salvias and pelargoniums.
 All the pelargoniums were given to me by a friend whose mum grew them from cuttings taken from her garden. So I don't know what cultivars they are.

This delicious fat rose is 'Tess of the Durbavilles'

I've shown you this one before. 'Eyes for you'.

'Charles De Gaulle'
Coriander grows wild out there now. I just let it go to seed and sprout all over the place.



 Sweet peas have self seeded through the back flower garden.
 I now have a modest collection of hanging baskets. I like them grouped together.Especially as the plants are small and not very impressive. See that 'normal' basket hanging 2nd from the right? It was given to me by my sister for my birthday with some plants in it. I lined it with the thick paper she used as decorative fill, filled this with potting mix and planted 2 gloriosa Lily bulbs inside.

How's that for repurposing? I can't wait till they grow!

 So this is now my favourite spot to sit on a sunny afternoon like today!
 This is what I'm working on right now. What are you crocheting at the moment?
Louise
Red Haired Amazona

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