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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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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New Hooks, a Case & a Pig

I thought I’d share a little crochet update with the world and for me to see my crocheted ‘work’ all collected together.
So far I’ve made and kept my little amigurumi panda, but I’ve also made a tiny amigurumi bunny and turtle:

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They’re both pretty cute and were given to my cousin’s little girls who, I have been informed, absolutely adore their tiny amigurumi creatures. Yay, success.
I’ve also tried out a bit of flower-making, and crocheted this huge thing; it’s too big to use as a broach, but a little too small for a hat, so it’s sat under one of my button jars like a gorgeous crocheted doily thing:

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And during last week’s crafty Thursday with my neighbour, I made my first Granny Square, using the super easy instructions in the Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller (of stitch ‘n’ bitch fame):

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Not bad for a first attempt?!
So, I thought I’d try to crochet something, ya know, useful, and so created my lovely and entirely uncoordinated crochet case cover:

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And here’s the synthetic felt inner, with my two new BIG crochet hooks; be nice to your new sisters girls, please welcome 8mm and 10mm to the family:

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Hmmm, cosy. Of course I don’t have room for more hooks in it, maybe a few tiny, skinny ones, but I’m unlikely to use that size so I should be fine.
Oh, last week I crocheted this gorgeous little amigurumi piggy too, he’s my fave creature so far and probably only took an hour tops:

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He’s only 2″ long, awww cute!
So, that’s my crochet progress to date. I’m pretty pleased with it so far and am definitely (apologies in advance) hooked.
What’s got you hooked as we head into autumn this year?