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Works in Progress…

Just a quick update whilst I am incapacitated – had a little accident today whilst cleaning my carpets – I didn’t realise how wet my feet were and walked off the carpet into the kitchen and went down with a slap bang, onto my knee.

Massive bruising and swelling – luckily I can recall some of my nursing basics – just need to get some RICE…

Rest

Ice

Compression

Elevation

Also a bit of Arnica cream which brings out the bruise but also helps reduce swelling and pain.

So whilst RICE-ing I have had a look at (some of) my works in progress… ¬†As always I have got many things on the go…

These little orange treat baskets are the foundations of my recent posts regarding Halloween Crochet Patterns РI am going to take these into work for an order I have received from a colleague.  She has yet to decide whether they are going to be spiders, cats, bats or skeletons.

I will be making a few extras for others at work as they always go down a treat (see what I did then!!)

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My second work in progress is my annual fundraising by selling crocheted poppies for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal (find the pattern here).  These just need the backs sewn onto them and they are ready to go!

 

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I have a piece for my Etsy shop nearly finished Рa few adjustments to be made before I put it up for sale though!  Lovely yarn РKatia Peru Рvery easy and enjoyable to crochet with.

 

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Finally I have some lovely yarn (Katia again!) this time Katia Azteca – in a lovely soft variegated colourway. ¬†I bought this with a view to making a present, but again I may pinch it¬†for my shop, as I have had another spend-up at my local yarn store to replace it already…

 

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Fingers crossed I get some of these finished! ¬†Have a great weekend all…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My First Week on Etsy

Well, this week has¬†certainly been a learning curve…

I spent quite a lot of time prior to signing¬†up with Etsy, planning and preparing my site… ¬†And it seems like the work has not been in vain…

Within my first 24 hours on Etsy I had my first sale¬†– one of my scarves (see below!). ¬†I so enjoyed packaging it up prettily and sending it off within a day, that I didn’t give a thought to photographing my packaging.

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However, I had a few issues with sending the scarf out via the Post Office (confirming my belief that the Post Office and Royal Mail should never have been privatised) when they delivered my package back to me as the sender.  Normally a very calm person, I was spitting feathers!  I assumed that they would rectify the situation for me, but apparently now the Post Office and Royal Mail are two separate companies, who barely talk to each other, despite working in close proximity.

I had a vague apology from the Royal Mail (whose fault it was) but I must admit I am not impressed and am going to look into the alternatives.  In the UK we have a lot of couriers but the Post Office/Royal Mail are our main delivery route so my options may be limited.

This did not dampen my good spirits for long, as I had a lovely email from my customer saying that she was thrilled with her scarf and the little extra treat which I had put in there. ¬†Thankfully when ‘reposted’ it arrived¬†the next day, so no harm done, but not the best way to start…

I have signed up for an Etsy email class on making the best of my shop and have some work to do on my Halloween and Christmas items, so I had better¬†cracking…

Happy weekend everyone!

 

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More Free Halloween Crochet Patterns

Morning all

I have a lovely week off at home now – time to kick back and relax, and enjoy my birthday week. ¬†Poor little Sir Patrick the kitten is having his “operation” on Wednesday, so he will have a bit of recuperation time before my Mum arrives on Thursday.

You may have seen my Halloween Crochet Pattern for the Spooktacular Halloween Cauldrons last week. ¬†This got me thinking of further Halloween designs for these simple crocheted baskets. ¬†I’ve amended the pattern this time for advanced beginner / intermediate crocheters… ¬†working in the round instead of finishing each row.

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Please note that all terms are written in UK style.

DK yarn in orange (alternatively make in black, white or any colour you fancy!)
3.5mm crochet hook
Embroidery thread in black, green and white or invisible thread
Offcuts of white, green and black felt
Offcuts of cardboard (I used a cereal box)

SS = Slip Stitch
DC = Double Crochet
st = Stitch
CH = Chain stitch

NB: mark first DC in each round with a stitch marker whilst working in the round

Start with a magic circle, SS into circle, CH2
Row 1: 8DC into circle = 8 sts
Row 2: 2DC in all sts = 16 sts
Row 3: DC, 2DC, rpt to end = 24 sts
Rows 4-9: DC in all sts = 24 sts
Fasten off at the end of Row 9 and sew in all tails.

Alternatively you can continue on for a row or two Рthis is a good idea when working with taller or bigger chocolates or other presents you may pop inside the little cauldrons.

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Cut out shapes from felt according to the pictures.
For the¬†Spider¬†‚Äď embroider around the outline with black thread, add the white felt for the eyes with a bit of black thread for the pupils and fill in the spider legs.
For the Skeleton¬†‚Äď embroider around the eyes, nose and mouth edges¬†with black thread and fill in¬†teeth with black thread.
For the Cat¬†‚Äď embroider around the eyes¬†with invisible or green¬†thread. ¬†Add the black pupils, embroider around with black or invisible thread. ¬†Add the ears and¬†mouth and finish off the inscrutable kitty smirk with black thread.

Fill with festive Halloween chocolates and enjoy!

As with my previous pattern, please clearly credit all designs and finished projects to Louise Robbins and/or Chester Bunnynuts, and provide a link to either my blog at https://chesterbunnynuts.wordpress.com, or my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/chesterbunnynuts.

Commercial use DOES NOT permit mass production or factory manufacturing of any kind.  Please do not reproduce any part of my patterns.  Thank you for your consideration, and happy hooking!

Lou x

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Free Halloween Crochet Pattern

What excitement, this is the first crochet project that I designed!  When I was starting out with crochet, I found it hard to find things which were easy, free to make and that I could sell if I wanted to.

This pattern would be suitable for beginners and would be great for the kids or for those trick or treaters on Halloween (alternatively you could just scoff all the chocolates yourself!)

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Please note that all terms are written in UK style.

DK yarn in orange (alternatively make in black, white or any colour you fancy!)
3.5mm crochet hook
Embroidery thread in black, white or invisible thread
Offcuts of white and black felt
Offcuts of cardboard (I used a cereal box)

SS = Slip Stitch
DC = Double Crochet
st = Stitch
CH = Chain stitch

NB: mark first DC in each round with a stitch marker

Start with a magic circle, SS into circle, CH2
Row 1: 8DC into circle, SS to first DC to close = 8 sts
Row 2: 1CH, 2DC in all sts, SS to close = 16 sts
Row 3: 1CH, *DC, 2DC, rpt from * to end, SS to close = 24 sts
Rows 4-9: 1CH, DC in all sts, SS to close = 24 sts
Fasten off at the end of Row 9 and sew in all tails.

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Cut out shapes from felt according to the pictures.
For the Pumpkin and Bat ‚Äď embroider around the outline with black thread.
For the Ghost ‚Äď embroider around the outline with invisible or white thread.¬† Embroider the eyes and mouth with black thread.
Fill with festive Halloween chocolates and enjoy!

Please clearly credit all designs and finished projects to Louise Robbins and/or Chester Bunnynuts, and provide a link to either my blog at https://chesterbunnynuts.wordpress.com, or my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/chesterbunnynuts.

Commercial use DOES NOT permit mass production or factory manufacturing of any kind.  Please do not reproduce any part of my patterns.  Thank you for your consideration, and happy hooking! Lou x

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