Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Hooked again...just a bit

I've been a bit busy. A good busy. Crafting busy - my very favourite kind of busy.

There's been a lot of sewing, to make some pretty washbags for my first commission. I started by doing some free machine applique on my lovely new-to-me old Singer sewing machine but managed to kill the electrics in the foot pedal, so that's now gone back to the sewing machine man for a bit of tlc.

There was nothing for it but to crack out my little old cheap and cheerful sewing machine and for the first three bags we got on very well but then threads started breaking, things jammed, stitches started skipping and I started some very bad swearing. I nearly gave up. However i didn't, what I did do was give it a thoroughly good clean and oil and a bit of a mini service and do you know, she positively purred and chortled through the rest of the sewing.

Ten zips inserted and ten bags sewn up and ready to go.

 There's been some little bits of twiddly crochet too, as I try out ideas for things I might be able to teach in workshops.

I found both of these on Ravelry and if you fancy having a go the hearts are here and the 'paperchains' are here.

By this point I was really getting into my crochet again and after seeing Gina's post about finishing some of her crochet projects I dashed upstairs and pulled my unfinished granny stripe blanket down off the top of the wardrobe, where it's been mocking me every morning when I wake up for over a year!

I had a very pleasant surprise when I pulled it out of its plastic crate as I'd clearly forgotten just how much of it I'd done before it was put away. There and then I decided it would get more use and be more practical as another cuddly homemade throw to snuggle under in the living room than if I carried on and made it into a blanket big enough for our kingsize bed, especially as Mr Moog is hot stuff and can only cope with a thin duvet even in the harshest winter (I'm the one next to him in pj's, wool socks, possibly even a hat and a pile of blankets). 

All I had to do was hook up a quick edging and it was done!

Naturally that left me with nothing else to crochet and a rather large crate of leftovers. Quite by accident I had a bit of a rummage in the loft, where most of my fabric and yarn stash now resides, and unearthed a bundle of nine sherbert coloured cotton granny squares all ready and waiting to be made up into something. Within an evening they became a new cushion for my chair.

During my attic excavations I also found 40 crocheted circles leftover from the hexagon blanket I finished three years ago! Some had even been made up into squares, obviously with some sort of purpose in mind...whatever that was, I have no idea. After a little thought I decided they might make a nice blanket for some friends of ours who are due to have their first baby any day now.

Two evenings of finishing the squares, sewing them together and giving them a pretty edging and we have a baby blanket, that I have christened 'Grannies in the Grass' - or should that be 'Granny's in the Grass'?

I'm so pleased with this little blanket. It's just how I pictured it in my head.

I'm very much hoping it'll be snuggled under, rolled around on, made into a den, dragged through puddles, sicked on, snotted on and get rolled over by pushchair wheels, used to wrap up poorly teddy bears and generally used and loved until it becomes a tatty shadow of itself :)

You may or not be surprised to hear that's not quite it on the crochet front. Despite finishing two blankets I was still left with rather an embarrassing amount of 'leftovers' and went on a Ravelry quest for inspiration and something to use them up....ha ha ha, who am I kidding, I've started something else and have already bought one or two balls of yarn in colours that I didn't have enough of!!

Still, it's making me very happy indeed to be adding to this little pile of rainbow goodness and is the perfect antidote to the grey outside. 
The pattern is Squaring the Big Circle by Kate Jenks. It's in US crochet terms but is so easy to do and more than a little addictive. 

My last little bit of news is that these arrived this week:
Business cards! Tiny steps in the right direction :)

Moogs xxx


Thimbleanna said...

Holy Cow Mrs. Moog -- it's a Crocheter Gone Wild!!!! Your Crochet bits are all so beautiful -- what a lovely, happy display of color as we go into the drearest season. And those little sewn bags are super cute. Looks like you're having a grand time!!!

Plum Cox said...

What productivity! All looking most splendid. Sorry to hear of your sewing machine woes but glad that you were able to sort your 'back up' out and make the lovely bags!
Super cards too!

Dawn said...

Busy little bee!

Love all of these x

Kaz said...

So much gorgeousness on this post!! I love the bright colours of your crocheting and your wishes for the baby blanket made me laugh a lot.
Did you do those dandelion thingies freehand?? They are stunning xxx

Locket Pocket said...

Fabulous super-duper colours Missus Moogs! I want to come and play at your house - you've definitely got the best yarn! It's like an explosion in a sweetie shop! xxx

Carol Q said...

I feel positively lazy after reading that! lovely eye candy, particularly your zipped bags and what beautiful business cards!

trash said...

Holy Crochet Moogsmum!

trash said...

Those rainbow circles are almost enough to make me want to learn to crochet properly.

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Gosh you've been busy. I'm loving those little wash bags, so pretty :)

French Knots said...

That is ultimate recycling - making old unfinished projects into something wonderful. I'm sure your creative enthusiasm will make your workshops wonderful x

Gina said...

Okay... you have now put me to complete shame as I slowly add squares to my new blanket and the hexagons have been abandoned again. Love the little make up bags.

shabby girl said...

Love, love, love all of those bright cheery colors! Beautiful!

Munkeh said...

The zipper bags are adorable! All your crochet is lovely. I believe I need to get my hooks out and give it a go. I've always wanted to make a granny square sweater. No time like the present. Keep up the good work! Merry Christmas!

shabby girl said...

Love, love, love your business cards!!!

Boogiebabys Cake Toppers said...

I just found your blog, as I was looking for a wreath tutorial, yours is amazing, your blog is stunning, thank you for sharing xxx