Saturday, August 1, 2015

Happy Sunshine with Smiles Mandala

I made this mandala the other day, and have named it "Happy Sunshine with Smiles". It is a mandala for Marinke, aka Wink. I don't think I'll be able to manage to post it off to America, but I thought I could add the image to the interwebs to contribute in some way. Happy thoughts of Peace to everyone. This is one of Marinke's free patterns on her blog, I chose it because I didn't know how to do the spokes and wondered how to do it. I learnt how to do it, found it to be very difficult, but I persisted and it worked out in the end.
I made this in memory of Wink

Friday, July 31, 2015

Growing Zucchini

Well our zucchinis have been looking a bit sad lately, I wonder if its because I haven't been watering them enough? We've been fertilising them fortnightly with a seaweed solution, so perhaps that is enough? When I went out there this morning I discovered a beautiful zucchini flower in full bloom, and two baby zucchinis on another plant so maybe they aren't doing too badly? I've got the sprinkler on them at the moment so they can get a good soaking!
a beautiful zucchini flower in my garden this morning
two baby zucchinis growing in my garden
our modest zucchini patch in a 1.2m square raised bed
the edges of the leaves are a bit yellow

Thursday, July 23, 2015

2 ripe bananas muffins

I did an internet search for a recipe that would use 2 ripe bananas as that's what I had and I found this recipe for banana cinnamon muffins. Its an American site so I had to translate the oven temperature to 190 degrees, and I used plain flour and bi-carb of soda. And I didn't do the butter and sugar topping, they are fine just as they are. They turned out deliciously! Nom nom nom!
this recipe for muffins uses 2 ripe bananas

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A Colourful Premmie Beanie

I got some feedback on the 9.5cm beanies and they might be a bit on the small side afterall, so I am looking at my original premmie beanie pattern. This pattern is based on the premmie hat I was given when my son was born 2 months early. I made this colourful premmie beanie this morning with a 3.5mm hook and 4 ply yarn and its come out about 13cm wide.  I added an extra round of non-creasing stitches to get to be 12 cm high. Its probably a bit on the big side, but I will keep making them until we find the right fit!
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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Chocolate Mohair Scarf

I started this scarf yesterday and finished it today, it was such a lovely quick project to work up and the end result is very satisfying. I haven't made this for anyone in particular, certainly not for myself as I have way to many scarves already! I used a 6.5m hook and some Moda Vera Believe yarn I had in my stash. Its a 49% wool 30% soya and 21% mohair blend. I followed a pattern I found on Ravelry called airy shells. I didn't do the edge though, just ended at a row 2. I wonder if anyone will like this scarf??
this chocolate coloured mohair blend scarf is so light and soft
the pattern is simple but very pretty
the mohair scarf in progess
here the scarf is about 50% complete
the scarf is about 1.4m long

Friday, July 17, 2015

Vintage Inspired Flower in a Square

I just made this square motif for fun, I used a 2mm hook and 4 ply cotton. I was inspired by a square motif my mother gave me, I think my great-grandmother made it. I like how there is a little heart in each corner, isn't it cute? Let me know if you would like the pattern, and I'll write it out.
this square motif was inspired by a sample my great-grandmother made
this sample is very old and has started to fall apart

Thursday, July 16, 2015

6 premmie hats off in the post

I am posting off these 6 hats to WA to see if they are actually the right size needed by the ward there, hopefully they fit nicely! If not, I hope to change the pattern to suit! I bought some lovely soft acrylic yarn today and made a colourful hat, I wonder if anyone will use it? I hope it brightens up someone's day! Also included is a 3ply yellow shells premmie beanie that turned out to be 9cm across so I don't know if that is too small, we shall see.
6 premmie hats ready to post
a colourful premmie hat made with marvel soft baby 4 ply and a 3mm hook
this yellow shells premmie hat might be too small, we shall find out

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Simple Premmie Beanie, free pattern

Here is a simple pattern for a premmie beanie that should come out around 9.5cm across. I used Patons 4 ply big baby yarn and a 3 mm hook. For a slightly bigger hat, use a 3.5mm hook. This pattern is in UK terms.
this hat was made using Patons 4 ply big baby yarn and a 3mm hook
this hat was made using Patons 4 ply big baby yarn and a 2.5mm hook
Simple Premmie Beanie, UK terms
approx. 4 ply and a 3mm hook
tension 5 trb per inch, or 2.5 cm
1. 3 ch, sl st to 1st ch to form loop, 2 ch (counts as 1st st) 9 trb into loop, sl st to 1st st (10 sts)
2. 2 ch (counts as 1st st), trb into same, (2 trb into next) repeat to end, sl st to 1st st (20 sts)
3. 2 ch (counts as 1st st), trb into same, trb into next (2 trb into next, trb into next) repeat to end, sl st to 1st st (30 sts)
4. 2 ch (counts as 1st st), trb into same, trb into next, trb into next (2 trb into next, trb into next, trb into next) repeat to end, sl st to 1st st (40 sts)
5-10. 2 ch (counts as 1st st), (trb into next) repeat to end, sl st to 1st st (40 sts)
11-12. 1 ch, dc into same, (dc into next) repeat to end, sl st into 1st dc (40 sts)
fasten off and weave in ends

7 Shells Premmie Beanie, free pattern

Here is a pattern for a premmie beanie that measures about 9.5cm across, which might be on the small side and is for the very tiniest of premmie babies. If you use a 3.5mm hook it turns out a little bigger. This pattern is like my Tiny Shells premmie hat pattern, but a bit easier with 2 increasing rounds of dc instead of the hdc shells. This is in US terms, please let me know if you need this in UK terms and I'll write it out.

Please remember these free patterns are copyrighted to Teena Sutton Murphy and should not be reproduced without permission, instead please provide a link back to this blog.
this premmie beanie measures 9.5cm and is made with 4 ply yarn and a 3 mm hook

Shells Premmie Beanie in US terms by Teena Sutton Murphy
3mm hook 4 ply like Patons Big Baby
for a bigger hat try a 3.5mm hook

1. 3 ch sl st to 1st ch to form loop, 2 ch (counts as 1st st) 13 dc into loop, sl st to 1st st (14 sts)
2. 2 ch (counts as 1st st) dc into same (2 dc into ea st around) sl st into 1st st (28 sts)
3. 1 ch sc into same (sk next st, 5 dc into next st, sk next st, sc into next st) repeat 5 more times, sk next st, 5 dc into next st, sk next st, sl st into 1st sc (7 shells)
4-11. 3 ch counts as last st, (sk next 2 sts, sc into next st, sk next 2 sts, 5 dc into next st) repeat 5 more times, sk next 2 sts, sc into next st, sk next st, 4 dc into last sl st of prev round, sl st into 1st sc of this round (7 shells)
12. sl st to next st, 1 ch sc into same st, sc into next 4 dc, (sk sc st, sc into next 5 dc) repeat to end, sl st into 1st sc
13. 1 ch sc into same st, sc into every sc around, sl st into 1st sc, fasten and weave in ends

For alternate brim, round 12 is the same as 4-11 and there is no round 13.
this hat was made with 4 ply yarn and a 3.5mm hook, and has the alternate brim
this pattern is perfect for Patons Big Baby 4 ply, made in Australia

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Making 9.5cm premmie beanies

I stumbled across the Tiny Sparks WA facebook page today, and found their website which is asking for a crochet premmie beanie pattern. They need them to be 9.5cm across and 9.5cm tall. The premmie beanies I've made before are slightly bigger than that so I have worked out 2 more patterns that end up being 9.5cm across using a 3mm hook. One pattern is for 4 ply yarn and one pattern is for 3 ply yarn, which I also had in my stash. It was interesting to note that they don't like wool, that they prefer acrylic yarn, which is easier to come by at least. I'm not sure why, maybe the acrylic yarn is easier to wash? I found some acrylic yarn in my stash with the labels still on, the yellow 3 ply has a lovely vintage tag! The 3 ply pattern starts with a round of 10 dc, has a total 4 increasing rounds, 6 non-increasing rounds of dc, and 4 non-increasing rounds of sc. The 4 ply pattern starts with a round of 9 dc, has a total 4 increasing rounds, 6 non-increasing rounds of dc, and 2 non-increasing rounds of sc. I will write out the proper pattern if need be. I can also translate it into UK terms for Australian crocheters.

 
this beanie was made with 3 ply yarn and a 3 mm hook, and starts with a round of 10 dc
this beanie was made with 4 ply yarn and a 3mm hook, and starts with a round of 9 dc
a vintage tag on some acrylic yarn in my stash
 
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