Monday, July 29, 2013

Foundation chains

I follow the 'crochet me' blog on bloglovin and this morning the post discussed the benefits of using a foundation chain both for beginners and seasoned crocheters.

This is something I would like to learn as it saves you time starting a project because you are chaining and doing the first row at the same time. Crochet me also mentions the benefit of foundation chain on bottom up garments, necklines and sleeves as it is more elastic. Copy and paste the following to view the blog post:

Picture from Carina's Craft Blog

Have a great day! 

Lisa x

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Yikes, not another beanie!

My nephew very kindly promised my great-niece Aunty Lisa would make her a pink beanie so just when I thought I was on beanie break I'm back into it. I decided to use the leftover baby wool from my ripple blanket. My niece is 7 so fingers crossed it will fit as I didn't have a child size head to measure by. Next is a toddler beanie for her sister in purple and white. 

Ciao Lisa x

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Spinning spinning spinning

Wow! What a fantastic workshop...beginner spinning with Karen Alpert. I had such a lovely time learning to spin my own yarn using the Ashford spinning wheel I inherited from my great-Aunty Netta. I wasn't sure it would be in working order but luckily a cheap fix with a replacement tension spring and new string for the drive belt and I was off and spinning.....actually my first try I was a bit hopeless then in the afternoon I gave my optim wool a go and with help from Karen I had it pre-drafted (teased out) which made spinning a lot easier. Spinning is like patting your head, rubbing your tummy and tapping your foot all at the same time so at first it's hard to coordinate. 

We had a nice small group of 10 people plus two teachers. A nice size as we sat in a circle with our wheels some borrowed for the day. Here are some pics....I thoroughly recommend you try spinning if you get the chance. 

My wheel in the car

Setting up

Working in the grease (with wool straight from sheep) 

Using the card flicker

My first attempt.....not good at all

With the optim wool

Hurrah, I have yarn! 

A good days work! 

Ciao, Lisa :-) 

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Sunday sunrise

What a wonderful way to start my last Sunday in Brisbane before heading to site tomorrow. Meeting my special friend for a picnic breakfast to watch the sunrise from the lookout at Mt Cootha overlooking Brisbane. 

Now I'm enjoying a relaxing cuppa till its time to head to my spinning class. My great Aunty Netta's spinning wheel is in the back of my car, can't wait for this workshop...I've had this booked in for months. I'll post some pics and a summary of the class later, the workshop is held by the Queensland Spinners, Weavers and Fibre Artists (QSWFA).  

Have a sweet Sunday wherever you may be. 

Lisa x

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Beanies galore!

I've been busy since yesterday and I've completed three more beanies, one for my brother and one each for two of my nephews. Yay, now to think of my next project, something just for me. 

Ciao for now! 

Lisa x

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Friday, July 12, 2013

Ta Da!!!

Well I've really surprised myself, I've managed to complete my baby ripple blanket in under a month!  Last night I sat and sewed the ends of yarn in on the edges then before going to bed I blocked my work on the guest bed. 

What is blocking? When you want your work to sit flat and straight and don't want your corners curling you block it. Lay it on a flat surface like a cushion or bed and use pins to straighten your edges and hold down those corners that keep curling up. Once pinned how you like it get a spray bottle and spray with a good mist of water and leave overnight. In the morning unpin and voila your work is neat and tidy and looks stunning. 

I used 100% pure merino baby wool from spotlight, the blanket took 1/2 a 50g ball of each colour so I've enough left to do a 2nd blanket of the same size. 

Here are some final picks of my finished project, now I just need a friend with a baby to gift it to. 

Blocking my work on the guest bed

Can you see the pins?

Pins hole the edge down so it won't curl

Voila I'm all done

Now I just need to decide what project I'm tackling next....maybe something just for me. I still have 3 beanies to finish in the meantime. 

Ciao Lisa x

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Ripple blanket pattern

Hi there, 

If you're a beginner like me and wanting a new crochet challenge why not head over to Etsy and pick up the pattern I used from Kayla's Corner. Kayla made her pattern very easy to follow as unlike patterns you'll find in books or on ravelry, Kayla has clear photos of each step and breaks it all down with descriptive instructions. 

Go to:

Some lessons learned

• check work regularly as its easy to fix 
mistakes before you've travelled too far. 

• leave tails extra long in case you make 
a mistake just before a colour change 
and need that extra yarn. 

Good luck! 

Lisa x

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Squeeeee almost done!!

I'm on the homeward stretch and the finish is in sight. Sorry for the delay in posting, I've been sick this week. Stay tuned for info on ripple blanket pattern and lessons learned. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Somewhere over the Rainbow

I thought I would update you on my progress with my rainbow baby ripple blanket and I've included a couple of close up shots so you can see the stitching. 

  Stitches are in sets of three

Have an awesome day :-)