Sunday, 31 July 2011

Picture Perfect Sundays!!!

Another week has passed!!! Time is flying by for me at the moment.  I promise to get a full blog entry in the next week. Untill then here are a few of my favourite pictures from my past week.

 

Rainbow of buttons! Some cute little buttons that are going on my next little hooky project!


 A little glimpse of my current project, based on another delightful pattern by Lucy at Attic24.


I bundled all of my recent projects together for one multicoloured feast for the eyes!


And finally ...... walking to work this morning I spotted these cute little acorns! I took a snapshot of them once I was in the theatre. I love taking pictures of little things I find and I definitely wasn't let down this time by the acorns lovely shade of green! Rather Gorgeous!

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Picture Perfect Sundays!!!

I haven't got very much time before I run off to work for a double show day.
I Thought I would make the most of this 20 minutes and share some of the pictures I have taken over the past week.
I'm thinking this could become a regular Sunday slot? So welcome to "Picture Perfect Sundays!"







Saturday, 23 July 2011

Jammy Dodger Pattern

A couple of weeks ago I made a little crocheted Jammy Dodger biscuit, in which I fell in love. I posted a picture of it on my blog and also on Ravelry and received many requests for a pattern.
I have taken that challenge and spent the last couple of days trying to write a pattern that is easily understandable. So here it is my first pattern, mistakes and all!!! (hopefully not many, but do let me know if you spot something weird or have any suggestions!)

I was a little unsure as what to recommend in terms of yarn and hook size. I had quite thick yarn so used a 4.5 sized hook. I have also made these with "Creative cotton" and used a hook size 3.5 and also 4. Sorry for not being specific in regards to yarn and hook size.
The main thing is give it a whirl and have fun!!!   Matt xx



MATERIALS:

Crochet hook,

Pastry coloured yarn

Strawberry Jam Coloured yarn

Scissors

Stitch marker

Darning Needle


TERMS:

ch - Chain
sl st - Slip stitch
hdc - Half Double Crochet
sc - Single crochet


JAM FILLING.

With the strawberry jam coloured yarn.
Start by making an adjustable ring. This can be a little tricky to start off with, so I'll try explaining this step by step:

Wrap the yarn once around your index and forefinger














Pass the yarn at the back of your fingers through the circle you have just created. You can now place your hook through this loop.













I like to make a sl st by passing the hook through the centre of the circle. I find this secures the adjustable ring a little.

Rnd 1: hdc 11 times on your adjustable ring. (yarn over hook, pass through centre of ring, pull yarn through ring, and pull yarn through the three loops on your hook. Repeat 10 more times).
Join with a sl st to first hdc stitch this forms a circle. (11 stitches).
Pull the small length of your yarn to close the adjustable circle nice and tight.


Rnd 2: ch 2 (counts as one hdc), hdc into same stitch. *hdc hdc in next stitch* repeat **9 times. join with sl st to the 2nd chain of your initial ch 2. (22 stitches)


Fasten off and sew in ends.

JAMMY DODGER BASE.

With the pastry coloured yarn.
Repeat Rnds 1 and 2 of "Jam filling"


For this next round we are not only going to continue making the "Jammy Dodger" Base but we are also going to join the "jam filling" as we make this round.

Rnd 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc)


Place the "Jam filling" finished piece of crochet on top of your "Jammy Dodger Base."
For the rest of this round every new stitch you make you should pass your hook through both the stitch on the "Jam Filling" and the stitch on the "Jammy Dodger Base".


hdc in same stitch as your ch 2 making sure to pass the hook also through the "Jam Filling".
hdc in next stitch.
*hdc hdc in next stitch,  hdc in next stitch* repeat ** 9 times.
sl st in the 2nd chain of your initial ch 2. (33 stitches)









 




I use my stitch marker in this round as with sc I sometimes find it hard to see where the start is.
Rnd 4: Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc) sc in same stitch. sc in next stitch, sc in next stitch.
*sc sc in next stitch, sc in next stitch, sc in next stitch* Repeat ** 9 times. (44 Stitches)

Rnd 5: Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc) mark with stitch marker.
Sc all of the way round only going through the front part of the stitches only, as shown below.


Join with sl st, fasten off and sew in ends.

JAMMY DODGER TOP

With the Pastry coloured yarn.
Make an adjustable ring leaving a nice long end to your yarn, we will use this to shape the heart at the end.

Rnd 1: Into the adjustable ring hdc 22 tiimes, join with a sl st to form a circle. Pull the yarn to make the adjustable ring smaller but not too tight. The whole should measure approximately 1.5 cm in diameter. (22 stitches)


Rnd 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc), hdc in same stitch as your ch 2, hdc in next stitch.
*hdc hdc in next stitch,  hdc in next stitch* repeat ** 9 times.
sl st in the 2nd chain of your initial ch 2. (33 stitches)



Rnd 3: Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc) sc in same stitch. sc in next stitch, sc in next stitch.
*sc sc in next stitch, sc in next stitch, sc in next stitch* Repeat ** 9 times. (44 Stitches)

We are now going to join the 'Jammy Dodger Top" onto our previously made "base with jam filling" 
Rnd 4: Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc). sc into remaining 43 stitches, making sure to also pass your hook through the stitch of the "Base with Jam Filling". sc until both parts are joined as one. Join with a sl st on to the initial ch 1. Fasten off (44 stitches)















ALMOST THERE!!!!

Just to finish it off!

With your darning needle thread the long bit off yarn that is left over from the adjustable ring of the "jammy Dodger Top".
Place a stitch through the very centre of the "jam"














Repeat this several times untill you have fashioned the circle in to a heart shape you are happy with.

I like to also place a stitch at the bottom of the heart to make the shape a little sharper.
Sew in any remaining ends.


All Finished!! I hope you have enjoyed making these little treats as much as I did!!! If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.


Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Mollie Makes

Ok I get it, I'm a guy in my twenties.....but I like what I like! (shrug).
Some would say this makes me an old woman,  I say "SUCK IT" (had to put that in somewhere).

I picked up issue three of "Mollie Makes" at the airport. It caught my eyes because of the gorgeous bright crocheted flowers on the cover. Its a new magazine focusing on everything crafty, homemade and vintage. I'm really into this stuff at the moment! There are lots of nice little projects and great pictures. I haven't read all of the articles as "English Garden Wedding" wasn't calling out to me! I think its a lovely magazine though and will look out for future issues if I see projects in there that call my name.



A week in Fethiye

Finally, I get back to sitting down at my laptop. I cant believe how fast time has gone! One whole month since my last post.....EEEEEEEEEEK!

I've had a pretty hectic month. Returning back to "the show" after vacation took some getting used to. However, getting back into a regular routine was put on hold as I ended up getting injured. Nothing serious and all is fine now. A twisted pelvis from some of the bungee work which meant lots of pain when trying to dance. Just a little bump in the road,  but after lots of physio and pain relief I'm back in the game!!!

I also had some time away with my family. Something that I haven't done in a while, due to working out of the country for the past five years.
I joined my Mum, Dad and younger sister on their holiday to Turkey for a week. We stayed in a little town called Fethiye and got to spend a week eating delicious food and visiting so many interesting places.



The weather was fantastic and really gave me a boost of energy!
It really was an amazing week and i loved visiting the nearby islands and seeing so much wildlife along the way.  It really was such a treat for me when we happened to spot a sea turtle. We were able to watch it for a good five minutes as it swam and fed in the shallow water of the harbour.


 Whilst away I  also spent a good amount of time at the side of our swimming pool reading some wonderful books:



 

The Celestine Prophecy and Tuesdays with Morrie are two of my favourite books, I have read them both many many times.
I first read The Celestine Prophecy about six years ago when I was going through a bit of a "down" time. It really broke me out of my bout of depression and made me look at things from a different angle. It really speaks to me and I always seem to come back to it when I want to feel a little more balanced.

Tuesdays with Morrie. Such a touching book and like the Celestine Prophecy gives me a different take on life. It really is a MUST!!! I would recommend it to any and everybody! These are two books that I always come back to time and time again.

Finally, Kathy Griffins book!
All I can say is this lady TICKLES me!!!
Such a funny read. I'm a huge fan of KG. Shes so frank and quick with her humour. Sometimes too far for some people,  but you have to give it to her for pushing boundaries.
I became a big fan of hers since watching her reality television series "My life on the D list" and her phrase 'SUCK IT' has kind of become my motto over the past few weeks. (I think that's why I needed the other two books to level me out! )