Monday, 26 August 2013

Easy Folded Poncho #2

I finished this new Easy Folded Poncho on the weekend, knitted with a secret recipient in mind!

Pattern::   Easy Folded Poncho by Churchmouse Yarns
Yarn::      Malabrigo Silky Merino in Blackberry bought from Suzyhausfrau
Ply::         8ply
Needle::   4mm
Yardage:: 750 yards

No modifications this time.

So simple to knit, so easy to wear.

I'm already making another one!!


Friday, 9 August 2013

Granny Square Hot Water Bottle Cover

In recent weeks I have been trawling the net, looking for a crocheted granny square hot water bottle cover pattern to no avail. So, I made one up!
Now that I have finished my hottie, I now know why a pattern is so elusive - each hot water bottle is different, and each crocheter's tension is different, so a one-size-fits-all granny-square-hot-water-bottle-cover pattern remains a non-reality in most cases.
In spite of this, here are the links to my inspiration starters, together with the individual ideas and techniques that went into my hot water bottle cover recipe. It's worth giving it a go.
Inspiration from Foxslane, here*.
Granny square tutorial from Little Tin Bird, here.
Join as you go tutorial from Attic24, here (just scroll down to the end).
Construction and shaping ideas from Snaffles' Mummy, here.
Bobble shell edging tutorial from Attic24, here.  
  • Throughout I used 8ply yarn with a 3mm hook. I tried a 4mm hook at first but the squares were too big.
  • I joined the squares as I made them -  "join as you go".
  • The panels of 3x4 granny squares were worked separately.
  • When adding the red border, I made up the shaping, using a series of slip stitch, single crochet, half double crochet and double crochet stitches to gradually increase or decrease the height of the rows.
  • I made sure to include five buttonholes evenly spaced in the final round on the base of the front panel.
  • The panels were joined using slip stitches but leaving a gap for the neck of the cover to be crocheted. 
  • The neck was worked in the round, increasing at the sides in a similar manner to that used by Snaffles' Mummy in her gorgeous hottie cover.
  • I used the bobble edge border as demonstrated, once again, by Attic24 (she's so clever!).
  • I sewed in the ends and added five red buttons on the back panel so the front would overlap the back when the buttons are done up.
Ta Dah!
I'm glad I took notes as I worked, but given that the other hot water bottles in our house in need of covers are different sizes to this one, I'll be using similar techniques to get the new covers to fit them, tweaking as I go.
Have a great weekend!

*I didn't set out to copy the red on foxslane's hottie cover - Miss E decided red was the perfect colour, so red it is!

Monday, 5 August 2013


We have had lots of trips to different beaches since we moved down to the South Coast, but on Sunday we decided to take the girls inland a bit, to the Porongurup National Park for a barbecue and bush walk. 
G and I are a bit partial to a bushwalk. We met on one. And even though I am in no way as fit as I was, we still like to venture out now and then. But for some reason, I don't think the girls feel quite the same way.
Walking up the hill among the karri trees, the girls whined all the way to the top. Not even our usual silence saver, "Shhh. Whisper or you will scare the fairies" worked its magic. Whine, whine, whine. Throw in a sulk. Maybe chuck in a tantrum, too. Throw oneself down on the track and refuse to move. Charming!

But then, when we turned around to walk back down, well, that was when the magic really happened.
"How was the Earth made, Mummy?"
"How did the fish start living on land?"
"How did animals grow fur?"
"How do trees grow?"

In the end, a magical wander and wonder!


Thursday, 1 August 2013

Commission + Crochet


Oh, it's been lovely! I have been lucky enough to have a painting commission to work on for the last couple of weeks, in the days when all the girls have been at school.  It's a seascape of a local area - hooray - and I would love to show you how it's progressing, but this little painting is intended as a surprise so it will just have to stay under wraps. Just for a bit.

Instead I am delighted to show you the progress I have been making in my most recent of yarny undertakings - a granny square hottie cover.
Inspired by the colourful crochet of Kate at and her granny square hottie which you can see here, I have been playing with my many small woolly scrappy bits and creating a hottie cover that is in high demand among a certain group of young girlies. Miss E will be the ultimate recipient of this piece as it's HER TURN!! Apparently!

I'm making it up as I go along - free(yarn)balling, as it were! There are a couple of other crochet creatives who have written 'recipes' for their hottie covers, but it is generally instinct, misguided or other, that is directing me in this. And it's fun. Of course!
Finally, I'm hoping this finds you all well because I know there are some who aren't. And I pray you will become well once again, Mandi. Love and strength to you and yours.