Sunday, 20 January 2013

Crochet Hook Holder

Hi Everyone!

Oooh! Isn't it chilly?

This is a mainly picture post as we have been away for the weekend to snowy Wiltshire and also Gloucester so very little time to write a post.  I wanted to share my creation with you as it's the first time I've got the sewing machine out in a long time.  I also didn't want to miss out, as it is Wendy's 100th post over on Handmade Monday.  Yippee! Congratulations Wendy!

I have been meaning to make a holder for my hooks for a while now, but I wanted a nice large one so I didn't run out of space.

I chose some pretty red floral fabric I had in my stash and edged it in red cotton also from my stash.

You can see how long (wide) it is in this picture.  I even had red ribbon for the fastenings, in the right 'red', in my stash too.

Here is the inside.  I added a flap to prevent the hooks from falling out.

Some of you may remember I had a little play with embroidery, so rather than waste my efforts I thought I would put it to some use.

I embroidered some simple birds on a perch either side of the word .......

You can see I stitched different size spaces for the hooks in gold to pick up the gold in the flowers on the fabric.

And there you have it! A completed crochet hook roll with plenty of space for all my hooks :)

What do you all use to store your equipment?  Have you made things to suit you or have you found some really useful ready made storage?  I'd love to hear from you all.

Thanks for reading!  I'm off to watch 'Call the Midwife' now.  See you over at Handmade Monday.

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Kid Silk Haze Follow Up

Happy New Year Everyone!

I hope you have all recovered after the Christmas and New Year celebrations!  Whilst I enjoy all the socialising, I have to admit to be quietly pleased to get back to normal.

Unfortunately I'm starting off with a slightly negative tale!  You may remember quite a while back now I was raving about Kidsilk Haze.

I decided I would use Chevron stitch and make a floppy cardigan.

I couldn't find a pattern so decided to make it up as I went along.  Quite a challenge as I had not done anything like this before.

Everything was going ok. I completed the back and the two fronts, shaping the neck and sewed them together at the side and the shoulder seems.  I began the sleeves .... and then ran out of yarn.  Not a problem .... bought another ball, determined to get this finished.  Half way up both sleeves I tried on the body and began to get a feel for what I had done so far.  I still hadn't decided what to do about a collar!

This is where the uncertainty started!!  You know when you get that inkling that it's just not quite right?  Hmmm, well it wasn't.  Couldn't put my finger on it, but asked a few people's opinion, not a bad response but it was obvious it didn't look fantastic!  So ... I shall .... unpick it all and .... put it down to experience!!!!

I think it may take me as long to undo as it did to crochet!!!  
Anyone got any ideas or patterns for what to crochet with Kid Silk Haze Stripe next time?
I have about 4 balls (400g).  A girl can only have a certain amount of scarves!!

Great to be back and I look forward to hearing your suggestions :)
Let's pop over to see Wendy at Handmade Monday and see what everyone has been up to!