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Crochet Ripple Blanket

15 Mar

One of my friends at work is having her first baby and I knew instantly I wanted to make her a crochet blanket.As much as I LOVE granny squares I have been looking for a new challenge to get my teeth into and the ripple stitch seemed like the perfect fit. The amazingly talented Lucy from Attic 24 has a wonderful step by step tutorial to follow so I got cracking with a test piece. Pleased with the results, it was time to move onto the real thing! eep! I chose nice and cheap, but equally lovely StyleCraft DK wool in gorgeous ice cream colours.

Here’s a picture of the work in progress back in Devon when we stayed with Andy’s Parents. It was the perfect way to spend an evening; curled up under a blanket with the open fire after a long walk with Monty.

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Now here’s the finished blanket  What do you think?! I’m really pleased with it. The colours work so well together and the ripple stitch is just so lovely and subtle.

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I love the rippled edging too 🙂

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Next time I do one of these I’m going to try and make my stitches a little tighter, but apart from that for my firs ever attempt I am chuffed to bits! I just hope mum and baby to be love it as much as I do 🙂

Sneak Preview

6 Sep

This Sunday I will be back at The Guildhall Boutique Market! woohoo!  It has taken a break over the summer but is coming back with a vengeance this weekend, with over 50 stalls selling some awesome handmade and vintage goodies it’s set to be a great day.

I have been busy crafting some new bits and pieces including button rings and also felt and button flowers which I hope will prove to be a hit.

Felt Button Flowers with wire stem

Charity shop shelves painted a lovely shade of pink 🙂

Mini – bunting!

 

 

Patchwork baby blanket, backed with yellow fleece

Button rings and button hearts!

I have also been working on the look and image of my stall. It’s so much harder than it looks! Some crafter’s make it look so easy with their stalls looking effortlessly pretty and inviting, and it is something I always admire ( and envy!!) I have never been completely happy with the ‘look’ of my stall and so I have been playing around with new colours and display stands.  I am always over critical of my work so will never be completely happy, but I think I am almost there…almost.

So if you are free Sunday I hope to see you there at The Guildhall in Portsmouth from 11am – 3pm. (it’s FREE ENTRY!)

Welcome to the world!

8 Aug

Today I became an aunty for the second time. Congratulations to Andy’s brother Nick and his fiancée Penny!

Today baby James John Liam Wickham came into the world. To help welcome him I crocheted a cute little baby blue blanket. Lets hope he likes!

I started off by making several small granny squares, varying the colour pattern slightly on each one.

I then had the fun of picking the order to sew them together in (my favourite bit!) and away I went.

I decided to simply slip stitch the squares together using a crochet hook. This gives a very obvious ridged seam which I really like. I know there are neater less prominent ways of fixing them together, but I quite like the way it makes a feature of the back of the blanket.

I’m pleased with the finished blanket, I just hope that baby James is too x

 

Baby Blues

30 Apr

Here is my latest crocheted creation. Asked to create a ‘blue baby blanket’ for a friend, I set about creating this double knit beauty.

Made with two different shades of blue and a simple white double knit wool makes this blanket super cosy for baby! Lets hope he likes!

I love making these blankets so if you or anyone you know is expecting a little bundle of joy why not drop me a line and I would be happy to create something just for you!

Humbugbuttonbeetle@hotmail.co.uk

Custom Quilt

10 Mar

Today I delivered my largest custom order so far. I was asked by a local lady to create a doubled sided baby quilt for her gorgeous little girl Hannah. She wanted something bright and cheery to hang on the wall of her nursery that wasn’t pink!

Hannah’s older brother Daniel has a beautiful quilted teddy bear panel hanging in his room, so I had a rough idea of what look we were going for. Armed with this information I set about searching for the perfect panel to go on the front side of my quilt. After lots of searching I eventually settled on a lovely bright image of a Noah’s ark scene and based my other choices of fabric around that.

The first thing I did was create a bright yellow border (getting rid of the nasty green border it originally had), and then I cracked on with my favourite bit,PATCHWORK!

This is one of the largest items I have ever made, and I am really pleased with the result. It has given me the confidence to try much larger projects and I will soon be starting on a patchwork quilt for my own bed!

Most importantly my customer was extremely pleased with the quilt and I even got a dribbly smile and finger grab from baby Hannah,I am taking that as a sign that she likes it!

Christmas orders

24 Dec

Here are a few of the orders I have completed for people to give to their loved ones this Christmas! I have enjoyed every minute of making these as it makes me happy to think that they will bring a smile to peoples faces on Christmas morning ( well…hopefully anyway!)

This peg bag was made for a lady at my work. Her daughter’s kitchen is black and red so she wanted to give her something that matched! I’m sure this will fit in nicely!

Another order was for a crochet hook holder complete with hooks, again the the recipient loves red and black, so I cheekily used the same fabrics. The front is finished off with a bow and button detail.

This crochet blanket is one of my favourites. I absolutely love all the autumnal colours, they make it particularly cosy! This is for my friends mum. Lets hope she likes it as much as I do as it almost pains me to give it away!

 

Finally I had a request to make a pale lemon (and any other colour) baby blanket. I’m not very familiar with babies  so I can’t say this was one of my favourite projects! I think I found it hard as they aren’t colours that I would normally use, as you know I normally go for extreme colour! But in the end, I actually quite like it. I used a mix of double knit wool and some wool called ‘Snowdrop’ which gives it a lovely bobbly soft feel, perfect for a iccle baby. I think the tassels are just a fun way to finish it off. Lets hope the baby approves!

I hope all the people who receive these gifts enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them! Wishing you all a very spangly Christmas! Hope its a good one xxx

 

 

JACK MONROE

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