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I’ve had a lovely few days with Mum visiting, as I’ve been unwell and she has been visiting to look after me.  But also we’ve been practising my sewing skills, expanding my repertoire after having attended a sewing class recently.

I had the idea to make a crocheted clutch bag, but wanted to know how to line it with fabric to get a professional finish.  Thankfully Mum has the skills to teach me!  This is the item in progress.  The first part after finishing the main crochet design, was to block it to size and measure up the fabric.

Finally I have managed to use my KnitPro blocking pins and mats and they were fabulous – well recommended (from Wool Warehouse with free shipping…)  The yarn I used was Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran – it holds up very well and was a joy to work with.

We quickly decided that there needed to be some interfacing to stiffen the edges, otherwise it wouldn’t hold up too well.  Eventually we settled on sew in interfacing which we measured to just under the size of the silk taffeta lining fabric.

And here is the finished article!  I’m so happy with the outcome – finished off with a magnetic bag clasp and a vintage brooch.

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In fact, I love it so much I’ve even started on the next one already!

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30 Day Knitting Challenge -Day 24

Into the home stretch now…

Day 24: Have you ever made your own pattern or dyed your own yarn? How did it turn out?

I have designed plenty of crochet projects, but so far I have only designed one knitting project and that is my Christmas Pudding place settings / decorations.  They are just the right size to fit a chocolate underneath as a little treat!

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I have been spending far more time crocheting in the last year or two so am looking to do a bit more knitting and hopefully I will be able to start designing a bit more!

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30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 10

Day 10 already!

Day 10: Do you have a favorite pattern or designer?

There are so many amazing designers and patterns to choose from – but one that I keep going back to is the amazing Noro Silk Garden scarf from Jared Flood.

It is a relatively simple knitting pattern, but the impact from the alternate colours is outstanding.

Noro Silk Garden is one of my favourite yarns, even without making anything, the yarn itself is so delicious and is hand-dyed in Japan.  It is 45% Mohair, 45% Silk and 10% Wool.

If you hadn’t already realised, I am a massive Noro fan and recently managed to get hold of a whole basketful of yarn at a bargain price.  It’s so gorgeous, I’m not even sure I want to use it!

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30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 1

I saw Meggiewes 30 Day Knitting Challenge and decided that I would participate as I have been neglecting my blog for far too long and it would give me the kickstart I need!

So, here I am on Day 1…

Day 1: What was your first finished project?

My first finished project was a simple garter stitch chunky scarf follow a pattern by the brilliant Aneeta Patel in her book Knitty Gritty: Knitting for the Absolute Beginner.

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I made it too wide and so it wasn’t quite long enough, but it taught me a lot about tension and the basic knit stitch.  Although it slightly pains me to look at this now, I am still proud of what I achieved, especially being left-handed and finding it hard to get the dexterity to wrap the yarn with my right hand…

Thankfully I’ve moved onwards and upwards!

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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 – this 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 – 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 – embroider around the eyes, nose and mouth edges with black thread and fill in teeth with black thread.
For the Cat – 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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To Infinity and Beyarned!

This year seems to be speeding by already, with little achieved. But I have had plenty to distract me!

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Ella has been very clingy after a run-in with a nasty New Kit on the Block. As you can see I’m not allowed to pick up the knitting needles without receiving her very best Paddington Bear glare!  All attention must be completely focused on her…

However I did find time to make Dad a lovely ombre scarf from a pattern by Lisa Gutierrez on Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hombre-scarf which I renamed Ombre for Hombre.  He seems quite happy with it!

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I’ve just finished an Infinity Scarf for Mum – it will be renamed To Infinity and Beyarned, piccie to follow shortly!

As my laptop is playing up I am having to write this on my Kindle, and due to the cold I’ve taken to my bed.  This has of course resulted in another intrusion… More to come this weekend!

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Happy crafting!

Lou

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