Sunday, 11 June 2017

Huge Granny Baby Blanket

As I make more and more baby blankets, I'm always trying to use different patterns. While it's nice to know you can make something, I do get bored making the same sort of things over and over again, so I'm always on the look out for something different from what I did last time.

This blanket was for woman at my work, and as I hadn't done anything with big granny squares for a while, I decided to go simple and just make a big multi-coloured square blanket. I have a huge stash of bits and pieces of wool, so decided to use all my Aran weight yarn to make this blanket.

Crochet baby blanket

Crochet baby blanket

Crochet baby blanket

Crochet baby blanket

Crochet baby blanket

I did 20 rounds, two rounds for each colour, and then another 10 rounds with just one round for each colour, as I was worried I wasn't going to have enough of any colour to do two rounds.

For the border I used this pattern from Maybe Matilda. I did two rounds of double crochet, and then did a round of the ripple effect, all in white. I think it looks awesome. I just wanted a nice border to make the edges stand out a little more.

This was super easy to work on and I LOVE LOVE LOVE granny squares. I haven't done a traditional style one in ages. I used the pattern from Simply Crochet just to remind me how to do them without adding extra chains, which seems to be a bad habit of mine. It's always nice to double check you're doing something correctly to get the best results.

Yarn Used:
  • Robin Bonny Babe Aran:
    • White.
  • King Cole Fashion Aran:
    • Lewis.
  • Caron Simply Soft:
    • Kelly Green.
    • Robin's Egg.
    • Berry Blue.
    • Royal Blue.
    • Orchid.
    • Lemonade.
    • Autumn Red.
  • Stylecraft Special Aran:
    • Graphite.
    • Plum.
    • Fondant.
    • Lavender.
    • Emperor.
    • Spice.
    • Cream.
  • Plymouth Yarn Encore Tweed:
    • 100.
  • Vanna's Choice Lion Brand:
    • Soft Pink.
    • Peacock.
  • Red Heart Soft Aran:
    • Kiwi Green.
  • Hayfield Bonus Aran with Wool:
    • Barley.

Raverly project page.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Bullet Journal Supplies

I love planners but I'm yet to find one that works for me properly. I swapped from a normal diary, to a A6 planner, to a A5 planner, and then back to a normal diary again, an still wasn't super keen on every aspect of all of them. Bits worked for me and bits didn't. I even tried personalised my planner a bit more with things like washi tape and stickers, but still wasn't totally happy.

I decided to finally give bullet journaling a go after watching a video on Buzzfeed and realising it doesn't need to be super complicated and over-the-top, it just needs to be what works for you.

Obviously, any excuse, I went out and bought some lovely new supplies for my bullet journaling journey.

Bulletin journaling

Bulletin journaling

Bulletin journaling

Bulletin journaling

I ended up covering my journal in sticky tape to keep the stickers on, as some of them kept peeling off when I opened it. I think it's because the cover is textured, so maybe not the best sticking surface.

I started using my journal at the start of May and I love it. I love that I can just draw the pages exactly the way I want them to be, and my diary isn't full of loads of pre-printed pages that I'll never use. I drew up my whole month at the start of May, and I think I'll go with that method going forward. That way I can get everything organised for the month and I'm not having to worry about weekly spreads or anything.

It's also cool that you can just change your spread every month, if something doesn't work for you, and I love that.

Hopefully I've finally found the perfect planner system!

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Lemon Drop Baby Booties

I'm never one to pass up an occasion to craft something for a baby, there are just so many cute options out there.

One of my mum's friend's daughters was due to have a baby, and I picked her up a couple of cute bits and decided to stick a little handmade gift in with them.

I picked these super cute Lemon Drop Baby Booties by Hopeful Honey because they were so cute and looked quite easy.

Crochet baby slippers

Crochet baby slippers

Crochet baby slippers

Crochet baby slippers

The size is 0-6 months, but I tried them on Ivy when I made them and they actually fit her, so my gauge might be a little off. I have already been sent photos of the new baby wearing them though, so clearly they're too cute for anyone to care about the size!

If you're looking for a pressie to make a baby, these are great. I found the toe part of the shoe a bit fiddly, and maybe took me a couple of attempts to get it right, but I got there in the end!

Yarn Used:
  • Stylecraft Special DK:
    • Apricot.
  • Hayfield Baby Sparkle DK:
    • Little Mermaid.
Raverly project page.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Denim Jacket Patches

Last year I treated myself to a beautiful Levi denim jacket. I've been putting super cute pins on the top pockets, and loving how awesome it looks with outfits. I had been thinking for a while I would like to sew some patches on it, just a couple though, I didn't want it overloaded.

I specifically picked four lovely patches out for it a little while ago, but I had never got around to sewing them on. With the weather getting a bit warmer, and hopes that I can get my denim jacket out again growing higher, I decided to get my ass in gear and finally sew them all one. I just went for two on the front and one on each arm just now. Though I am still considering a massive back patch.

Patch jacket

Patch jacket

Patch jacket

Patch jacket

Patch jacket

Patch jacket

Patch jacket

Patch jacket

These are all iron-on patches but I chose to sew them on, so if I ever wanted to change them I haven't ruined my lovely jacket.

I also sewed this awesome Return of the Living Dead patch on Donald's jacket while I was at it. Patch suppliers are listed below.

Patch jacket

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Felt Leatherface

The start of April marked mine and Donald's third wedding anniversary, which in case you didn't know, was the leather anniversary. I was planning on getting him something Leatherface, from Texas Chainsaw Massacre, as we're both big horror fans, but I couldn't find anything cool enough. So I decided to make him a little felt Leatherface to put in with his actual present (which was Lego, because we're totes adult).

I used this gingerbread boy template to cut out the little person shape from felt, and then I free-handed all his details. I glued these on with fabric glue, stitched some details on like his face and mask, and then glued a plain, black person shape on to the back to hide all the messy bits.

Felt Leatherface

Felt Leatherface

Felt Leatherface

He really has no purpose other than looking cute, so Donald's had him sitting in his car where he keeps his iPod, but I wanted to make something to fit with the anniversary as I've managed to stick to the theme for the last two year and didn't want to ruin it. 

Hilariously Donald got me a cute wee Leatherface figure to go with my present, which was a giant Power Rangers figure! Yes!

Sunday, 2 April 2017

I Heart Gin Cross Stitch

I am crafting away, I swear, but I'm making quite a lot of stuff I can't show off quite yet, so my blog is looking rather blank.

However, my friend Eleanor got married at the weekend, and I did whip her up this cute wee wedding present. I learned on her hen do that both her and her now husband are super keen on gin. I had a cross stitch kit that came with a cute frame that said I heart tea or I heart gin pattern, so I obviously went with the gin option!

I've actually made a few I heart gin cross stitches before, so I knew they were really fast to work up. 

So here's the finished piece!

I love gin cross stitch

I love gin cross stitch

I tried to make really small folds in my fabric this time, so I didn't have to actually iron the finished project. I just rolled it over with a lint roller a few times and it was ready to frame. However, I think I only got away with that because it was so small! I am cross stitching a huge project just now and it's so crumpled I know it's going to need a lot of ironing.

I've been reading more about finishing my projects and making them look nice. Some places say to wash them then iron them on the reverse (with a towel over the stitches), but I had read the instructions on this kit and it suggested just ironing and using a lint roller to get rid of any fluff and stuff, because washing the project might make the colours run. I actually saw someone post a photo on Instagram where all their colours has run, so I think I'll keep avoiding washing things for fear of this happening. Imagine all that work going to waste!

This is also the first thing I've made this year that goes towards my New Year's list this year...which doesn't bode well for the rest of the list if I'm honest.

This project is a step towards completing my New Year's List. You can check out my progress here.


  • Clear as many craft kits as possible.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Crochet Shawl Brooches

For Christmas, I made my mum this lovely crochet shawl. When I made it, I wasn't sure what the best way to wear it was, especially to make sure the lovely decorative edge was on show, and my mum was having the same issues!

When she did manage to find a way to wear it, it kept slipping off her shoulders, so she asked if I would make her a wee brooch to wear with it.

She picked two patterns she liked from Pinterest, and I couldn't decide which one to make, so I made both!

First up, we have this lovely flower brooch by Ali Burdon.

Crochet brooches for mum

Crochet brooches for mum 

My mum asked for this to be in a jadey green, but I sadly ran out of this colour before the last round. I used this nice rose colour for the last round as I thought it went nicely with the jade and then purple of the shawl. I made this using a 5mm hook, as I tried it with a 4mm in the first place, but it was too fiddly for me to see what I was doing.

I finished it off with this sweet, glittery button.

The second brooch is this cute little owl by Laura Maxwell.

Crochet brooches for mum

Crochet brooches for mum

This was really easy to work up, though I'm not sure I got the instructions for drawing the wool through the ears to make them more pointy quite right. Also, anything I make that has a face always has a certain mad look about it, and this owl is no different. Still a wee cutie though.

Yarn Used for Flower Brooch:
  • Lion Brand Vanna's Choice:
    • Rose.
    • Peacock.
Raverly project page for flower brooch.

Yarn Used for Owl Brooch:

  • Stylecraft Special DK:
    • Silver.
  • Hayfield Baby Sparkle DK:
    • Little Mermaid.
  • Woolcraft Baby Care Prints DK:
    • Ballerina.
  • Scheepjes Catona:
    • 384.
    • 106.
    • 208.
Raverly project page for owl brooch.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Pizza Mug Cozy

Now I'm back at work, I've started taking my travel mug with me for a cheeky tea on the bus in the morning. I decided it might be a good idea to crochet a wee mug cozy for my travel mug to try and keep my tea warmer in the car journey when I drop Ivy off at her childminder and then drive to get a bus.

I already have a cool felt Mario mug cozy I made a wee while ago, but it doesn't fit my new travel mug, and probably isn't as warm as it could be, so I decided to make a new crochet one.

Pizza mug cozy

Pizza mug cozy

Pizza mug cozy

Pizza mug cozy

Ages ago I had seen this awesome pizza granny square so I knew I wanted to use the pizza as part of the cozy. However, it was a lot bigger than I thought it was going to be. I ended up doing one less round of the yellow, because it was already huge, but it still turned out a bit bigger than I meant it too! Whoops! I also did a few less pepperoni because I didn't think I would be able to fit them all on with it being a bit smaller and all.

To make the actual cup cozy I used this pattern from Busy in Brooklyn. I had to do a few extra chains to make it fit around my cup, and then because my cup gets a bit skinner about half way down, I swapped to doing rows of half treble crochet and throwing in a couple of decreases every row to make sure it would work up quickly and it fit the skinnier section. I really have no idea what I did to be honest - I just kept going until it was the right fit/long enough to fit the pizza on it.

Like I said, it's a bit bigger than I meant it to be, so it's a bit of a pain to actually keep on while I'm drinking from it, but it does a very good job of keeping my tea warm while I'm driving, so I'm happy with it. I really want to make more crochet pizzas though, they are so cute!

Yarn Used:
  • Stylecraft Special DK:
    • Gold.
  • Robin DK:
    • Red.
  • Stylecraft Special Aran:
    • Lemon.
  • Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed Aran:
    • Red.
  • Lion Brand Vanna's Choice:
    • Rose.
Raverly project page.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Shark Scarf

I've had the wool to knit this scarf for Donald for ages now, but obviously Christmas got in the way. However, it was the first thing I cast on in 2017 and my first finished object. It's taken me a little while longer than I meant it to because it turns out everyone I know if pregnant, so I'm obviously on a baby crafting kick too.

This pattern is from Knitted Animal Scarves, Mitts, and Socks by Fiona Goble. The book is a mixture of patterns for adults and kids, and while this scarf didn't actually say which is was for, I think it may have been aimed at children. It's more a crossover scarf than a wrap it round your neck a few times scarf.

How cute is it? It was done on 10mm needles with chunky yarn, so it worked up super fast. Which is handy because I basically had to knit it twice. I made what I thought was a mistake in the number of stitches I had, and I couldn't find where I'd gone wrong, so I ripped the whole thing back. However, when I knitted it the second time, I realised it's the pattern that's wrong. There's a decrease, then a section that asks you to repeat the last few rows, which includes the decrease, but the stitch count does not take into account that second decrease. So I just missed out one decrease to keep the stitch count the same as the pattern so I didn't get stressed about it.

Crochet shark scarf

Crochet shark scarf

Crochet shark scarf

Crochet shark scarf

Crochet shark scarf

Crochet shark scarf

Shark scarf

That aside, the pattern was great. You increase up and then decrease back down again, so there's very little casting on and off. You also knit the tail as part of the body, and pick up stitches to knit the fin, so there's no sewing on either. Brilliant!

Though I somehow bought three balls of yarn for this scarf and I only actually needed one (though the pattern said I'd need two, so I don't even know why I bought three, but I did buy a different brand)! So confusing!

Yarn Used:
  • Robin Bonny Babe Aran:
    • White.
  • James C. Brett Amazon Super Chunky:
    • Silver.
  • Stylecraft Special Aran:
    • Graphite.
  • Drops Alaska:
    • Black.
Raverly project page.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Christmas Presents - Donald's Family

Well we're finally on the last of my Christmas present posts! It was all a bit of a mad rush this year, but at least everything got finished in time and everything turned out lovely.

I tend to make something for Donald's sisters and their husbands that's for the house, so it's something I can give to both of them as a couple, and hopefully they will both get some use out of it.

This year I decided to crochet them both a little cactus, as I love the ones we have on our kitchen window so much.

I used the same Cactus by Yarnplaza.com pattern I used before. I made one design I had made for myself, but decided to make a different one as well.

First up we have the same design I made for myself, the cactus with the coloured ball on top.

Crochet cactus

Crochet cactus

And next up we have the different design I made, the circular cactus with the flower on top.

Crochet cactus

Crochet cactus

Crochet cactus

I really love the circular cactus, and sort of wish I had made this one for myself as well. If I ever grace our kitchen window with more crochet cacti, this one will definitely be getting made.

I am also in love with this green yarn, which is Seaspray Mist Lion Brand Vanna's Choice yarn. It gives the cacti a lovely effect, and makes them look a bit more realistic than a solid colour would have.

This time I popped them in these cute little home mug I got from Asda, as I thought they made a lovely little planter for them.

Crochet cactus

Crochet cactus

I also put a little gift tag on each of them to give them a bit of an explanation!

Crochet cactus

Crochet cactus

I love these so much! Crochet plants are definitely the way forward. You can make them in any colour you want and you don't have to worry about watering them.

Yarn Used:
  • Vanna's Choice Lion Brand:
    • Seaspray Mist.
    • Scarlet.
    • Toffee.
    • Rose.
Raverly project page.