Saturday, July 4, 2015

Soft and Warm Mulberry Scarf

I just made this scarf for fun, because the yarn was soft and fluffy and really nice to work with. It's a lovely blend of 40% wool, 40% acrylic and 20% rayon. I have one ball left, maybe there is enough for a hat? For this scarf, I didn't do any fancy stitches that I might have to unravel as the furry yarn catches on itself and makes it hard to unravel. I just did rows of dc until the yarn run out. I haven't made this for anyone in particular, I'm just going to add it to my pile of stuff that I have made!
this simple scarf is soft and warm

Friday, July 3, 2015

Rosy's Flower, free pattern

Here is a new flower I made today, I'm calling it Rosy's flower. I hope you like it, let me know what you think!
Rosy's flower is a 5 round flower

Rosy's Flower, free pattern
1. 3 ch sl st to 1st ch to form loop, 2 ch (counts as 1st st) 9 dc into loop, sl st to 1st st, fasten off to change colours
2. in new colour, attach yarn to any st, (2 ch dc into same hdc into same, hdc into next dc into same 2 ch sl st into same) repeat for a total of 5 petals, sl st into next st, fasten off to change colour
3. turn work over, attach yarn to post in round 1 (post is where the petals sl st), 5 ch, sc around next post, repeat for a total of 5 ch sp, sl st into 1st ch sp
4. turn work back to the front, 2 ch (counts as 1st st) 8 hdc into same ch sp, (9 hdc into next ch sp) repeat to end, sl st into 1st st
5. (sk next st, 4 hdc into next st, sk next st, sc into next st, sk next st, 4 hdc into next st, sk next st, sl st into sp of previous round) repeat for each petal for a total of 5 petals
round 1 is 10 dc
round 2 is 5 petals in a contrasting colour
round 3 is on the reverse side of the flower and creates some chain spaces
round 4 sets up for the last round
this is the final 5th round of the flower

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Pink and White Square Baby Rug

I made this lovely square baby rug a year or two ago and never wove in the ends until today. I was wary that I would change my mind and want the yarn for something else. But this rug really is so lovely, made with luxury yarn from the Bendigo Woollen Mill. I hope it finds its way to a nice home one day!
this baby rug is simply a large granny square with a scallop edge
the pink and white baby rug folded on a chair
a close up of the pink and white baby rug

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Easy Jam Drops

I found this easy jam drop biscuit recipe on taste.com.au. The hardest part to making them was getting the electric mixer out of the cupboard! I rolled the teaspoon sized balls a bit big and they spread out quite a lot, so next time I must remember to make smaller balls. The biscuit recipe is really yummy, and with a bit of my favourite strawberry jam these jam drops were delicious! To make them dairy-free I just used nuttelex instead of butter!
these jam drops were easy to make

Friday, June 26, 2015

Two-way Teacosy photo tutorial

 
 
I made my first granny square two-way teacosy back in August 2012 and I was asked for the pattern. Well its been a long time coming, but here is the photo tutorial! Its a very easy pattern but a bit hard to explain without photos. Please let me know if you need me to clarify anything!
this is the "Spring Day" side of the two way teacosy
this is the "Dark Day" side of the two-way teacosy
1. make two granny squares of contrasting colours
1b. one granny square covers about half of your tea pot
2. make two more squares the same so you now have four
3. put one more round around one square, weave in ends
4. put one more round in the same colour on a contrasting square, weave in ends
5. in the same colour, start a round on another square, join at the corner with sc
6. join in between two more granny clusters with sc
7. cont. the round as a normal granny square until the last two clusters, and join with sc in between
8. join the other side of the two squares in the same way
9. complete the round so you have a sleeve of two granny squares, fasten off and weave in ends
9b. your granny square sleeve would fit over your teapot like this


10. join the contrasting squares in the same way, but do not fasten off
11. turn the first sleeve inside out
 
12. place the first sleeve inside the second sleeve, matching up the holes like this
13. chain 3 to begin the next round
14. crochet a granny cluster in a space of both sleeves joining them together
15. continue the round joining the sleeves in the spaces between the granny clusters, cont all the way around the top
16. in the same colour or a contrasting colour, make another granny cluster round around the top
17. do an opt round of petals (5 dc into middle dc of granny cluster, sl st into sp), fasten off and weave in ends
18. count the granny clusters around the top and times by 3, make a ch of that length (eg. 20 clusters x 3 = 60 ch)
19. thread the chain in between the space between the granny clusters of the 3rd last round
20. weave the chain in between the granny clusters all the way around the top
21. sl st into 1st chain to for a loop
22. Place over tea pot and pull drawstring chain tight

Congratulations, you have made a granny square two-way teacosy! Enjoy that warm cuppa this winter, and let me know what you think!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Gingernut Cookies

My husband and I just made these gingernut cookies and they turned out real nice! Not too sweet and a nice level of spice. The batter turned out a bit sticky so my husband put a bit more flour in it until it was right to roll into balls. We searched through lots of recipes for ginger snap and ginger nut biscuits, and finally found a recipe to try at bestrecipes.com.au
thsee gingernut biscuits turned out nicely and were very yummy!

A Fluffy Edge for Winter

It's a brisk cool winter here in Brisbane, Australia, so I just popped a snowy white fluffy edge on my simple fingerless gloves! Just for fun mind you, aren't they nice? Its just a round of sc, and I wove in the ends with the crochet hook instead of with sewing it in with a yarn needle as the yarn is a bit thick for that. The yarn is Moda Vera Rossellini 50% wool 50% nylon that I found at the RSPCA second hand store some years ago, which I save for special projects like this!
simple fingerless gloves edged in fluffy white yarn
these fingerless gloves are nice and warm when working at the computer in winter

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Remembrance Poppies in Action

I just found this image on Ravelry of chloeknitoo's remembrance poppies being used to form a display. Its great to see my remembrance poppy pattern being used in a meaningful way like this!

image by chloeknitoo from Ravelry

Monday, June 22, 2015

Winter Flowers

Here are some photos of some flowers in my garden at the moment, it's winter in Brisbane right now and these blooms brighten up cold and gloomy days! I have flowering hibiscus, basil and succulents right now. How lovely!
Heavenly hibiscus flowering in a sub-tropical winter
I don't know what this is, its some type of orchid
a flowering succulent plant
this basil flowers all year round

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Heather's Hexagon, free pattern

This hexagon starts off as Heather's flower, which I have named after my mum who was my first crochet teacher. It could make a doily, or join several together to make a rug. Please let me know if you like it!
this hexagon motif starts off as a flower
Heather's Hexagon by T. S. Murphy
1. 4 ch (counts as 1st dc and 1st ch), (into 1st ch, dc 1 ch) repeat 4 more times, sl st into 3rd ch (wheel of 6 spokes)
2. (sl st into next spoke space 3 ch 2 trb 2 ch 2 trb 3 ch sl st into same), repeat 5 times (6 large petals)
3. sl st into next spoke, sl st up side of petal to peak, sl st into ch sp, sc into ch sp, 8 ch, (sc into next petal ch sp, 8 ch) repeat to end, sl st into 1st sc
4. sl st into next ch sp, 4 sl st to centre of ch sp, sc into ch sp, 10 ch, (sc into next ch sp, 10 ch) repeat to end, sl st into 1st sc
5. sl st into next ch sp, 3 ch (counts as 1st dc) 5 dc into same ch sp, 3 ch, 6 dc into same ch sp (6 dc 3 ch 6 dc into next ch sp) repeat to end, sl st into 3rd ch
6. 3 ch (dc into every st to next ch sp, dc 3 ch dc into ch sp) repeat to end, sl st into 3rd ch
7 ... repeat round 6 untild esired width achieved, fasten off and weave in ends
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