Category Archives: Crochet

These posts show off my crochet prowess or drool over other people’s awesome hook skills

Quick Knit

I saw this in a magazine on Friday, started it on Saturday and finished it on Sunday!

I had a couple of hot water bottles spare from last year…as you do! And I thought I would knit one for myself, since it has been YEARS since I have used one. And very snuggly and warm it was last night too thanks for asking.

The pattern was from a collection called 100 Knitting patterns from the same people that bring you Let’s Knit magazine here in the UK. I am doing an orange jumper from there which I started last week, my first ever knitted jumper incidentally. I don’t tend to knit or crochet clothes to wear as I can’t seem to get the hang of making clothes that fit!

But I had a flick through the magazine saw this project and checked I had some spare Aran weight wool and I was away.

And since I have a couple of larger hot water bottles still in a drawer somewhere I might even have a go at designing my own pattern and putting it on Ravelry, who knows?

I went wrong a bit on the back, it’s meant to look exactly like the front, so I just free styled it for a bit, added some garter stitch and a checkerboard pattern coz I couldn’t be bothered to unpick a few rows…but it looks like it’s meant to be there right?!

And because I don’t have enough projects on the go I also started a crochet cushion cover to use up a cushion pad I have in my wardrobe. I promise you I don’t hoard random crafty stuff everywhere…no, really I have a few craft drawers and that’s it. And a box for my jewellery making supplies. And 3 more boxes. BUT THAT’S IT!!!

Stylecraft Cabaret sunset DK. But I ran out of wool, so this project is on hold until I get round to ordering some more.

Oh there are so many bags of projects in my house at the moment.

Till next time…xx

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This is Brigman back on the air!

[And if you get what the title of this post is referring to you are officially as awesome as me!]

Hello peeps and a belated Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Imbolg to you all!

I just checked and it’s been a good few months since I posted, well, ANYTHING! August in fact was my last post. Oops! Here is where I would normally post an excuse or two, but mostly I have just been in a bit of a blogging slump to be honest. Or, as Austin Powers would say “Crikey! I’ve lost my Mojo!”

But I have decided to get back to it and actually, you know, write something, so here’s a quick round up of stuff.

I have been getting into jewellery making lately, I’m not great and I’m still practising the various techniques, and there aren’t many pics yet, but I will post later about that new hobby.

I didn’t do a single stitch in January. Whether crocheted, knitted or sewn. Not one! But…today and yesterday I have more than made up for it lol! I finished an outstanding WIP which was a knitted hat and did a quick make yesterday which was a knitted tape measure cover – a free gift with a knitting magazine.

I made just the one decoration over Christmas…a knitted heart.

And I have been buying crafty books like crazy.

A new crochet ripple blanket is on the go…

And a trip to London meant a visit to John Lewis’s haberdashery section (I so rarely get to use that word these days…haberdashery) and of course along with the purchases of needles and notions there was sock wool!

The crochet stormtrooper blanket is coming along I dont have an exact number of squares out of 625 but i think it’s around the 130 mark…so a while to go yet!

And books…I finished my reading list for 2017 except for 3 (Anna Karenina, War and Peace and Vanity Fair), which was to read all outstanding books on my shelf. I think I did pretty well considering I must have read about 3 or 4 times as many books as I went to the library and keep getting sidetracked after work in places like Waterstones and WHSmith!

I’m still on the go with Anna Karenina at the mo, but have just finished Hag -Seed by Margaret Atwood which is a re-working of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, I really enjoyed it and as I didn’t know the plot beforehand, I can safely say I do now!

I have the next couple of weeks off work…more work done on my foot…gah! Just chop it off already and give me a fake one like Forest Whitaker’s character in Rogue One!

So that means more time for crafting, reading and writing. I have discovered 2 magazines in UK called Writer’s Forum and Writing Magazine which have inspired me to get writing again, even if it’s only for me. I’m thinking of entering a few competitions so watch this space (of course that means I actually have to get the ideas from my head to paper or screen sometime…but it’s a goal and it’s out there now).

Right, that’s it for now. It’s getting late and I have things to make!

More crafty stuff soon, have a good night and a better weekend 🙂 x

WIPs and Stuff

Good afternoon peeps!

Sorry for the loooooong absence, I haven’t blogged or even been online really in about 6 weeks. What happiness!

Work has been tiring, and frankly, sometimes after a long day the last thing you want to do is spend ages faffing around on the interweb! Also, been doing lots of reading and crafting and going places and seeing people and planning things and trying new things, so it’s not all bad right?!

But, first a crafty catch up. I had a long list of things to finish and I managed to get a few done which was good. 🙂

    The crochet hook holder is done, just need to add either a button or some ribbon and maybe tidy up a few loose ends and things. I knitted the cover back in either January or February (or possibly earlier) and that and the fabric have been lying around since then.

It isn’t the best thing I have ever made – mostly because I didn’t really measure it! Oops! I can already hear some of you sewists cringing and tutting. I know, I know, it’s the whole ‘MEASURE TWICE, CUT ONCE’ old maxim, but I was impatient and didn’t want to spend hours and hours on this so I sort of guessed it, which is why it only sort of works. But it’s not terrible, just needs another few minutes of tidying up like I say.

The second thing I did recently was learn how to knit socks, which has been on my wish list for a looooong time. It took me 3 weeks to knit this one sock (ha!) on and off I might add, so maybe that explains why there is still only ONE SOCK! But the other is coming, once I get a couple more projects out of the way.

It was made with Stylecraft’s Head Over Heels range, the kilimajaro colourway I think and I really like the colours as they remind me of Nepalese prayer flags (which I have long had a strange fascination with). The only thing I’m not sure I like with this wool is on some parts where there is a colour change, it looks like the Stylecraft Wool Gnome has missed a few spots so it’s still the base white. It kind of makes me want to get a felt tip marker and colour it in myself!

I made quite a few mistakes, but i am well chuffed with myself (thanks Youtube!).

(It’s the same sock btw, just from a different angle!) And I have massive clown sized feet…lol!

What else?

Ah yes, a friend has just adopted the cutest baby girl ever in the history of baby girls so I had to make SOMETHING for her. I opted for a cute little pink loom knitted hat and with the leftover wool I crocheted a little bag and filled it with Mr Men books. And added a cuddly toy too. 🙂

I have also made some headway with a crocheted blanket which is nearly finished just need a few more rounds. The trouble is, the bigger it gets, the longer it takes just to do a single round!

James C Brett Marble Cunky range was used for this, they stopped doing the brown colour which is sad, so the last few rounds have just been red and purple.

And here is a montage of them all below, because that is a word I rarely get to use these days so here you go…montage!

I have also finised a loom knitted bright scarf which I forgot to take a picture of, but as I have a gorgeous autumn loom knit scarf on the go as well now, I might as well wait and post them together.

I have bought an awful lot of wool and yarny gooess lately, but again that’s for another time. As are the many books I have bought and read. I promised myself I wouldn’t buy any more until I had read the rest of what was leftover on my shelf still to read, well, I got paid last Thursday and I just had a book blowout, what can I say?! I don’t even feel guilty as they are some nerdy bloody books and there is room to put them now that I have been decluttering!

Have a good Sunday and it’s good to be back! 🙂 Ellen xx

Who wore it better?

I’m not happy, Bob. Not happy!

If you were to ask me why I would scream at you “BECAUSE MY KNITTED BUNTING ISNT WORKING!!!”

I have knitted all 12 triangles and now I am crocheting around the edges in the same colour, but it just doesn’t look right. The decreases were all k2tog and there is a few holes at the edges. I haven’t taken pics coz I have BUNTING SHAME. Yes, that’s a thing now. ACTUAL BUNTING SHAME.

I will block them on a warm day so I can leave them outside in the sun to dry into the right position, but I am not liking how I spent so much time working out a pattern, knitting them and then not loving the outcome. Disappointing.

BUT

Silver lining.

With last issue of Lets Knit magazine there was a crochet supplement with a crocheted triangle bunting pattern and I tried a triangle, and it was quick and actually looks alright.

I didn’t do the last round of fancy picot edging, but it was just a test.

So, who wore it better? I think the square, but I like them both.

Who knows, maybe I can have some bunting after all! 🙂

Listen to Your Muse!

Ignore your muse at your peril folks.

Sometimes you have a list of WIPS and things to make as long as your arm – some have been on the go for ages and some have deadlines and some you like better than others.

And sometimes your muse says “Nope. I’m going to crochet a bunny jam jar from the latest issue of Mollie Makes magazine! So there!”

Why?! I asked it.

My muse just shrugged and said “I dunno – coz bunny ears! That’s why!”

And she was right. Bunny Ears! 🙂

And the ears even have wire in them which makes them…wait for it…FULLY POSABLE!

Please excuse terrible pic – tried resizing and it got all confused! xx

Granny Of The Day

And Granny Of The Day goes to….A colour scheme I like to think of as ‘Country Combo’ [You’re not allowed to call this exact selection of colours anything else – that’s the Crochet Law Of Naming – I make it, I name it!].

The de-stashing of wool continues…

Cream, Dark Brown, Tan, Cream. This combo would look good as a granny blankie I think. Or a cushion.

And now…

I am going to have my tea!! 🙂

But before I go here is something to make your brain explode – a mash up of Mighty Boosh and Star Wars (for those of you not from the UK, The Mighty Boosh was a comedy series from about 10 years ago which ran for 3 series, and was the WACKIEST and MOST BONKERS show EVER!!!). You tube it and be confused – my favourite episode is nanageddon if you’re interested (the villain is a demon knitting granny).

A Plethora of Grannies

Today’s post will show you a plethora of grannies.

But first…

(Incidentally have you seen The Three Amigos? It was one of my favourite films as a child! I’m weird I know…but it’s really funny). By the way, I don’t think I will EVER find a clip from a film that is relevant to an obscure and underused word of the English language, so I’m feeling pretty pleased with myself (especially as it came from memory and not a Google search).

What is a ‘plethora’? According to the online Cambridge dictionary it is: ‘…a very large amount of something, especially a larger amount than you need, or can deal with.’

ANYWAY…

Here is a little pic of what I have been making to try and get rid of some of the freebie magazine yarn.

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These ones below are obviously smaller and instead of 4+ rounds they have only 2 and then a round of double crochet (single crochet in US terms). I saw this pattern for a blanket made from squares like this in a book by Nicki Trench called Cute and Easy Crochet. I have a few balls of really soft yarn left over from YEARS ago, right when I started crocheting and didn’t know what yarn to get (so in my kind of style I ended up with 8 balls of it to practice with!). I will do as many of these diddlers as I can with the wool – no labels of course, I think it was Sirdar Snuggly but can’t remember- and then see how many I have. They feel really soft and snuggly and not as rigid as the others above.

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So there you have it kids. A new word and some new grannies. Does it get better than that? Actually it does…I can smell the chocolate cake my wonderful mother is making 🙂