Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Crafty Goodness

I am so proud of myself this week, because I finally crocheted something! I found the greatest instructions here for learning how to crochet a granny square, so yesterday I sat down and watched these videos over and over again until I figured it out, and now I think I can almost do it without the instructions in front of me (almost). The hardest thing I find is keeping track of where I’m up to, with distractions all around constantly, but I think as I get better at it I will be able to see where I’m up to. These are my two itty bitty practice granny squares:

P6010001 Now that I know I am capable of crocheting (because I really was starting to lose hope), I think I will try a different granny square tutorial that I found here. I would LOVE to be able to make a whole granny square blanket for my little man. When (or if) he gets his own room, the colours scheme is going to be blue and brown, so I want to make a blanket for his bed in those colours, similar to this, but imagine the stripes as rows of granny squares:

Last week I made a couple of things to give to a little miss 3 next weekend for her birthday.

P6010006 But then I felt like she needed something else, so I spent a few days throwing ideas at hubby, who is her teacher at daycare so knows her a lot better than I do. Well, I went through LOTS of ideas, before I came across one he liked. I had seen this tutorial a while back and thought one day I might make that for my kids, so it was added to my mental to-do list. I altered it a bit, switching things around so the magnets are inside the fish and the washer is the “bait”. I also had to hand sew because I am still without a sewing machine, so I blanket stitched all around the outside, which was way easier because I didn’t have to turn them.

P6010003 I just love this fishing set, and so does my daughter. I think I will have to make more and give them to every child I know, but that will have to wait until I have a sewing machine to speed up production. Now that I have made them, Hubby has changed his mind and wants me to make her a fabric book cover, but that will only be happening if I get my sewing machine before the weekend, and because it is coming from Spotlight that is highly unlikely.

flowers These are the flowers I made using the knitting needles bought from a thrift store in the weekend. I have only made 5 so far, so they don’t really make a nice “bunch” yet, but I plan to make more. I decided to go with a neutral linen fabric, because there is plenty of colour in the needle stems, felt bottoms and button middles.

So that's two and a half things ticked off my mental to-do list, about a trillion to go ;-p
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Little Ted Canvas said...

YAY for you! Isn't it fun when you finally get it. The same thing happened to me, I was about to give up hope on the crochet & then it just clicked - love it! You're very clever, everything else you make is just lovely..gorgeous flowers & the fish mobile.

Leonie said...

Oh you give me hope! I am getting so frustrated at learning to crochet.. totally want a granny or someone around me to help!!! I will watch the videos you linked to and try again.
Those flowers are so cool and I love that they are thrifted knitting needles :)

Laura said...

What beautiful projects! I love the fish :)

Kelly said...

I'm seeing alot of granny squares around the blogs today! I need to buy a fatter crochet hook - the one I have is too thin and fiddly. I did try a few nights ago though using the tutorials on Meet me at Mike's - quite helpful but like you said it's difficult with distractions!

★All Thingz Related★ said...

I LOVE the fish!!!!!!! THanks for joining us for Anything Related! ~Bridgette

Penny said...

I love granny squares.Should try to make them one day! Found you at Tea Rose Home.

Sachiko said...

I love the fishing set! Very clever idea! Thank you for linking to my party!

Cheryl said...

Congratulations on the crocheting! The fishing set is really cute too. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday:)

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