Useful Crochet Gift

I’ve just finished crocheting these cute little dishcloths and scrubbies as a gift for my grandma who has gone all modern in her kitchen with gorgeous, bright red colour accents with a new kettle and toaster, etc.
She’s not really able to crochet now due to failing eyesight mostly, but she’s delighted that I’ve taken it up.
I just know she’ll love and use these simple made-with-love gifts and am going to pop to the post office before it closes for the weekend so she has them on Monday.

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I followed two free Ravalry patterns by Bearsycat: Scrubbie Dots and Simple Stripes Dishcloth. I love the stitches on the dishcloth and both designs worked up quite quickly, for a newbie like me.
Ravalry is just one of many wonderful free crochet resources I’ve been enjoying since I took up hooking. I’ll try to put a post together tomorrow with a little list of my favourites.

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A New Fad is Born

Oh dear, I’ve resisted this particular fad for a while as I thought, 1. I’ve already got plenty of creative fads in my life, and 2. I’ve honestly never been hugely successful with a needle and thread.
However, while I was mooching around Abakhan last weekend (actually for yarn, but it’s be rude not to browse, right?), I happened to see a shelf bursting with teeny, tiny little mini cross stitch kits. I mean, how could I not when there was one there of a little piggy (I love pigs madly) and it was only £1.28. That’s just crazy cheap for a crafty taster.
Today, having finally put my crochet cupcakes on the shelf (literally) I decided to chill out (not literally as it’s boiling hot here again today) and learn a new fad, er, I mean skill.
Here are a few ‘in progress/can you tell what it is yet’ shots:
First stitches, yikes, easier than I thought!

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Second colour added, going well, no major problems so far…

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Oh, yeah, I can see a definite pink creature outline there, exciting!

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And the finished item, complete with slightly boxy back stitch outline, but adorable nonetheless:

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Now, what shall I do with my small but perfectly formed first cross stitch? It’s only about an inch square, I don’t think I have any picture frames that small! Ooh, but that’d be cute wouldn’t it?!
I can definitely see this becoming a fave fad for me, it’s so gentle and relaxing and untaxing, but also really addictive and enjoyable. I love cross stitch!
Now, aren’t I glad I bought a pack of 32 embroidery threads last week!

Good Enough to Eat

I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge fan of our local library.
I think the whole concept of free book lending is wonderful and inclusive and probably something we all take for granted more than we should. Until the council starts to talk about closures, and then we suddenly notice how much we love our libraries!
So, I’ve been borrowing stacks of crochet and knitting books from my local library and found a gorgeous book perfect even for beginner hookers like me.
It’s called love… Crochet 25 simple projects to crochet by Carol Meldrum, here’s the cover:

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I’d already made the crochet hook case project (blogged earlier) and found it really easy to follow. So I stepped up my game with the crochet cupcakes project on page 108:

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My idea was to make them and scent them too, so they smell AND look good enough to eat.
It took me a little while to decide on the colours, particularly after I splurged on a new yarn stash at Abakhan last weekend, too much choice can be as difficult as not enough!
It took me a week, mostly crocheting during my lunchbreak at work, with a final push to stitch them together and scent the stuffing on Thursday night during our weekly Craft Club, then I just had to sew on some cute beads yesterday and we are now proudly displaying these handsome fellas on our kitchen shelf:

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I used lemon extract for the green swirl cupcake, vanilla for the ‘chocolate’ one and almond extract (yum, marzipan!) for the white cupcake. Gorgeous!
The only problem is that we have to keep them up high on a glass shelf in the kitchen because our greedy spaniel thinks they’re real food and he sooo wants to eat them!
Well, as I’ve mentioned him I may as well end the post with a pic of His Royal Cuteness. World, meet Woodley the sprocker:

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