Little Box of Crochet

I know it has been ages since I updated my blog, I think summer got in the way, I was busy in the garden & with family stuff, also my iPad gets ‘borrowed’ by other family members so I don’t get much chance to use it..

I’m up & about at 5.00 am today as it’s Friday & bin day, this means Tilly has been barking since she heard the lorry about half an hour ago, she has done this every bin day for 4 years! Wish we were on a different rota……  

Here she is looking like butter wouldn’t melt!

Anyway today I wanted to share something special. About a year ago I discovered a lovely subscription crochet box. I have seen other subscription boxes – my sister subscribed to beauty boxes- & there are ‘yarn clubs’ for beautiful limited edition yarns, but I had never come across a crochet one.

Then up popped these Cute mushrooms in my instagram feed! I was smitten & headed over to www.littleboxofcrochet to find out more. 

Amanda’s story really touched me & as a mum myself I was in total awe of her & her daughter Jenny’s strength & determination to build a business around their hobby at such a difficult time. I immediately signed up!

Sadly by the time I discovered LBC the subscriptions had closed & I had to go on a waiting list, but I did that & now I receive a little box of gorgeousness each month!

Here is my first LBC make



Each box is so pretty & beautifully packed with everything you need to make a small project, exclusively designed for LBC & some extras too including cute stitch markers.

Amanda has been so successful that the business is now moving to bigger premises & she can open up even more subscription places so head over to www.littleboxofcrochet to sign up! February’s Box has been designed by the lovely Lucy from Attic24  so is bound to be cute & 

Sadly Amanda’s daughter Jenny’s condition has worsened & she now only has a few weeks to live but Amanda is still totally involved in her business & Jenny wants her to carry on with their plans & dreams, they have built a large community of instagram followers & supporters since launching LBC,  you can follow there journey here @ Little Box of Crochet Instagram

Maybelle flower cushion 

I wanted to make a quick housewarming gift for a friend & thought the crochet maybelle flower square pattern from   My Rose Valley  blog would be perfect. I had some Drops Mistral cotton yarn in my stash & used cream & a neutral grey as a contrast row when squaring off the flower. 

  
I made 9 squares stitched them together  & then found a plain cream cushion cover & hand stitched the crochet cover onto the front. 

   
 It looks great & was very quick to make. My friend loved it!!

Might have to make another for myself:)

Alternative Baby Blanket

imageIn my last post I showed you my Gaudi inspired project that was going to be a blanket for a friend’s new  baby girl due next month.

I liked the wavy ripple pattern & colours so much that I have decided to keep it & make it into a wrap for myself & so I needed to find another newborn gift.

It took a while but finally decided on a soft chunky blanket that will double as a play mat (I needed something  quick to make too)!

I chose Bernat Baby Blanket yarn which is super chunky, lovely & squishyly soft & lightweight. It’s machine washable & dries quickly too, so very practical.  

   
 I decided on a modern colour palette & simple stripe pattern using dc throughout. I used a size 10 crochet hook & a foundation chain of 60 stitches. The 2 main Colours were cream & sand with a pink multi yarn for the stripe. I did 3 rows each in the 2 main colours separated by 1 row of the multi yarn. I used 2 big balls of the main colours & carried on with the pattern  til they ran out & then made an edging with the pink – one row dc then another (dc,ch1) all around – gives a sort of gentle frilly edge. It’s big enough to be used as a pram blanket or a comfy floor mat.

    

I had enough leftover yarn to make a little cocoon/ bowl

  
 Hope they like it:) 

New Year New Projects

I’m home alone for a few weeks as all my boys are away – one in Australia, one touring with a band & one back at Uni so its just me & the pooch mostly. This means lots of crochet time:)

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Since visiting Barcelona in November I have had in mind to make something inspired by the amazing Casa Batllo – Gaudi’s House of Bones.

The colours & shapes used throughout this building are just beautiful, no straight lines were used in this building design -if you get a chance to visit it is worth the queing!

I particularly like the front with its wavy lines & mottled colours. It also has beautiful stained glass windows – circles of different colours – only just visible in this picture.IMG_7411

I already had some leftover yarn in my stash with similar colours but I couldn’t decide what to make or how to give the feel of Gaudi’s work.

I decided on a baby blanket using up my Drops Baby Alpaca Silk yarn leftover from my squircles blanket, using a wavy stripe pattern, I chose this Lazy Wave pattern available on the lovely blog lookatwhatimade.net. Its a very easy pattern & has a lovely rhythm to it.

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Lazy waves pattern

I think the colours work very well together & I will do some kind of border incorporating some Gaudi circles I think.

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It’s growing nicely & the more I work on it the more I think I might keep it for myself & make it into a wrap, which means I need to find some more yarn & time to make the baby blanket gift I originally intended!

 

Crochet Christmas Wreath

I can share my most recent crochet project with you at last- it was a surprise gift for my mum but she has it now so it’s not a secret anymore!

I made her a lovely Xmas wreath inspired by Lucy’s winter wreath- see here at Attic24.   

I covered a polystyrene base ( from hobby raft) with a stripy base – blues for the sky & greens & red for the garden – just a wide strip of single crochet stripes stitched together at the back.   

Then I made a few baubles & pine cones, a poinsettia flower & holly leaves, together with a few ready made pom-poms, baubles & tiny bells, all stitched into the base.  I embroidered stars onto the sky in silver thread & a red ribbon to hang it by. The little robin is a perfect addition I think. 

   
 
A lovely project if quite fiddly & time consuming but fun & very effective. My mum loves it!

Leaves & bauble patterns from Lucy at attic24. Poinsettia from  The daintydaisy blogspot & pine cones from PlanetJune

Might need to make one of these for myself…….next year:)

Crochet Christmas Wreath

I can share my most recent crichet project with you at last- it was a surprise gift for my mum but she has it now so it’s not a secret anymore!

I made her a lovely Xmas wreath inspired by Lucy’s winter wreath- see here at Attic24.   

I covered a polystyrene base ( from hobby raft) with a stripy base – blues for the sky & greens & red for the garden – just a wide strip of single crochet stripes stitched together at the back.   

Then I made a few baubles & pine cones, a poinsettia flower & holly leaves, together with a few ready made pom-poms, baubles & tiny bells, all stitched into the base.  I embroidered stars onto the sky in silver thread & a red ribbon to hang it by. The little robin is a perfect addition I think. 

   
 
A lovely project if quite fiddly & time consuming but fun & very effective. My mum loves it!

Leaves & bauble patterns from Lucy at attic24. Poinsettia from  The daintydaisy blogspot & pine cones from PlanetJune

Might need to make one of these for myself…….next year:)

Big Brother Gift

i made a quick big brother gift for my cousins little boy, I didn’t want him to feel left out when I posted my baby squircle blanket to them. 

I decided on one of the Edward’s Menagerie crocheted animals from the book by Kerry Lord. 

I have made quite a few of these now as gifts for adults & children & everyone loves them. 

This time I decided to make a monkey – she’s actually a Gorilla but don’t think the little 2yr old will be picky!

   
 
For more info on all the Edward’s Menagerie range here’s the link to The TOFT Alpaca Shop where you can download individual patterns, buy Kerry’s book & purchase British Alpaca yarns.