Sunday, 12 January 2014

Recent Crafting

...and we're back to Sunday, psyching ourselves up for another busy week ahead. Welcome to all of you who have arrived from Handmade Monday at Handmade Harbour and thank you for all the lovely friendly comments on my previous Handmade Monday post. I'm feeling pretty relaxed here after a great day out in London yesterday and a morning spent in bed crocheting.

I've actually found time for an amazing amount of crafting this week, despite being back into the throws of another busy term at school. I've taught myself how to cable crochet and my first sample is above. I'm going to be honest, to start with I hated it. It's pretty fiddly and it's tricky to get into any kind of rhythm. Nonetheless, after a few rows, I think I am crochet cable convert.  Have any of you given it a try before?

I also sewed up my draught excluder, which I originally blogged about here.  In the end, I stuffed it with old fabric scraps and tights to keep us cosy.  I got the fabric from John Lewis with a voucher and I'm loving the kind of country cottage feel.

On Friday evening I spent a blissful hour catching up with some BBC iplayer and playing with card, embroidery thread and my new alphabet stamper box.  The finished product is still top secret as it was a make for some friends, but safe to say I enjoyed my Friday evening!

What have you been crafting this week? Something for yourself or others? Have you had a go at cable crochet?


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15 comments:

  1. I've worked cable crochet a few times, but don't like it very much. It looks nice and all, it's just that it's a pain to do. Have a good day. :)

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    1. Haha, thanks Debi, I'm not the only one that felt like this! x

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  2. Not tried cable crochet before and you're not really selling it to me!! I haven't actually seen it in a pattern but you never now!

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  3. Your cable crochet looks wonderful - I've never heard of it before! The colour yarn you've used is beautiful.

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  4. The pink crochet is amazing! wish I could take such lovely photos as yours.

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    1. Aw thanks Helen, lovely of you to mention my photography, it's actually the area of blogging I think I'm worst at! x

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  5. im still halfway through my cable glove- it is tricky isnt it but yours looks brill!

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  6. Learning to crochet is still on my long list of things to do. Looks like you are doing a fab job!

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  7. The cable crochet looks beautiful. I've never tried but it's going on my to do list now. Is it stretchy like knitted rib or not? Is this just a test piece or do you have big plans for it?

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  8. Thank you for sharing the cable crochet - it looks lovely. I saw it awhile back on one of the knit/crochet PBS shows but never have tried it. I definitely will try out this new stitch.

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  9. Your cable crochet looks fabulous! I would love to try it at some point. Can you please recommend any patterns? Thanks :-) Sally x

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    1. Hi Sally,

      I used this as a basis http://www.crochetme.com/media/p/94731.aspx but you have to teach yourself FPDC and BPDC which were a bit tricky to work out but fine once I knew how.

      xx

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  10. Your crochet looks great, but I'm sure its very difficult to do. This week I've been making pencil cases, using my newly learnt skill of adding a zip - where would we be without youtube! Have a good week

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    1. Haha, I just saw your zips and they're great. Just think what we could do if we combined both skills! x

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