Crochet done!

I’ve finished the crochet part of my top. Crochet is so quick, compared to knitting. I can’t believe I’ve actually crocheted something big and it looks ok.  I haven’t finished the top yet, as I still have the front to knit but here’s what it’s going to look like (roughly – I’ve just pinned the yoke on to see how it looks.)

crochet top



Can’t see the wood for the trees?

Copyright 2013 Diane Stobbart

Copyright 2013 Diane Stobbart

Copyright 2013 Diane Stobbart

Copyright 2013 Diane Stobbart

Took these photos on a walk. Places like this fire your imagination, bring up memories of all sorts and prompt you to meditate.  I couldn’t resist sharing them – I hope you like them too.

Hooray for Superglue!

Yes, I superglued the top of my thumb and it’s easier to use now – doesn’t keep catching on things and opening up again.  Well, they use medical superglue now so why not?

I’ve been working on my crochet top yoke. Knitted the back and then thought I’d better try to see if I could do the crochet neck bit before I went any further.  I admit it started a bit wobbly but by round 3, I’d got the hang of it and I don’t think you can tell whether it was meant to look exactly like this or not.  It’s not finished yet but here’s where I’ve got to so far..

Crochet neck yoke

Looks ok, I think. (It’s knitted in a sparkly cream yarn, double knitting, incase anyone is wondering.)

And now to my Snoopy. Like I said, he’s maybe not quite right yet but you can tell what he is meant to be, can’t you?  Next time, I’ll try making the head a bit bigger – I think that would make the difference.

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Copyright 2013 Diane Stobbart

Copyright 2013 Diane Stobbart

Copyright 2013 Diane Stobbart  

I’ll keep on with my crochet yoke top and let you see the finished version eventually.  I’m also working on a granny square blanket in Stylecraft Vision.  It’s a nice yarn that changes colour every so often – quite a few rows between changes though so I’ll see how it turns out.

I’ve also bought some cotton mix yarn to knit a dress.  Have one already that is good for holidays but found a pattern in a magazine lately that I quite liked so going to try it sometime. (I think it was Simply Knitting but will check if anyone wants to know.)

Have a few toys to fit in somewhere along the way as well… Hmmm, no wonder I don’t find time to blog. 🙂

Got a handicap..

Hi there
I’ve been practising my granny squares and doing ok at them so now I have a new skill. I’ve started a top that is knitted in the main body but the yoke is crochet so this is going to be a challenge. I will show you some photos soon.
Unfortunately, I almost sliced the top of my thumb off with an extremely sharp knife at the weekend (children, good reason not to play with knives!) Well, it’s ok but it makes knitting very difficult so my makes are a bit slow at the moment. I did manage to finish a Snoopy for a friend which I will show you next post. He’s not quite right – I think I should have made his head a bit bigger but he’s not bad considering I made him up.
Back soon with photos…

Oh, I also made this recently. It's very sweet. Not a photo of mine -this is the actual pattern photo.



Sew, sew!

This is the way my post started off…”I’ve started to do some sewing more recently (knitting too much is getting tough on my shoulder!)  I thought I’d try some little toys with different patterned materials. I’m making them from pictures mostly so not sure how great they’ll be –  it’s a learning experience. I’ll let you know how I get on and show you the results. I’m mostly hand sewing.  Watch this space!  :-)”

However, it didn’t get as far as publishing and now I’ve moved on already. So this is really too posts in one –  before and the after!

I did make one small sewn toy – it’s ok – here it is…  Then I decided to play with buttons and thin ribbon and created the bracelets below.

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black & white button bracelet

I thought I’d done fairly well; at least I tried out some new stuff.

Then, I went to my Mum’s and she was crocheting Granny Squares.  I am able to crochet in a straight line and do chains and such like but making anything more complicated was well out of my comfort zone. Oh, I almost forgot, I did try to crochet a small ball-shaped chick and although I doubt if it was actually quite like the original pattern, it did end up looking like a chick (eventually! The first attempt is now a coaster. :-))

chick                      chick 2

Anyway, I had some expert tuition on crocheting and now I can crochet Granny Squares – see?  (Yes, it’s really mine – I did it in one afternoon without ever having crocheted squares before.)

Granny Square

Such a busy bee.  So now I feel like I have done so much in such as short time – what shall I do next?  Maybe I’ll go back to knitting, although I think I’ll like to try crocheting something bigger…   😮

What have you been up to?

Oh so busy…

Time goes so fast. I read blogs most days and comment or like them here and there but finding time to write my own…?
Have a couple of drafts in progress so will make sure I do one this weekend. Travelling to see family but should have some time to ‘potter about’ on my laptop.
Here in the UK, we’ve been having amazingly good weather but it seems we might have done an exchange with some other European countries (sorry, Germany, Czech Republic and others). Here’s hoping we can all get some great summer weather.

I am still re-knitting my white cardigan but only have one front still to do. My next post will tell you what else I’ve been up to…
See you soon.