Sunday, 11 August 2013

Goodbye...


Hello... and goodbye... I have decided not to create any further posts on MemeRose. I have really enjoyed being a blogger and sharing my home and crafting with you over the last two and a half years, but I am going to direct my energy into my creative endeavours for the foreseeable future.

Thank you to all those who have made my foray into the world of blogging so enjoyable xxx

"Do your little bit of good where you are. It is these little bits of good put together that overwhelm."
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
 

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Alice owl doorstop crochet-a-long part 3

Yippee!! The last part of the pattern for the owl doorstop...

 
The beak... when I made the beak above I looked like I was performing open heart surgery; the look of concentration was intense! I do not like making double crochet shapes as I often forget to pick up the last stitch and it all starts to look messy. As I was aware I needed to take a close up picture of this beak, I made a real effort to do the best I could. Is crafting meant to give you wrinkles?
 
Beak: Row1 - ch 2, 2 dc (US sc) into 2nd chain from hook, turn.
 
Row 2 - ch 1(turning chain), 1 dc (sc) into 1st st, 2dc (sc) into 2nd st. Turn.
 
Row 3: ch 1, 1 dc (sc) into 1st st, 1 dc (sc) into 2nd st, 2 dc (sc) into last st. Turn.
 
Row 4 - Row 6 (increase) ch 1 (counts as 1 dc or US sc) 1 dc (sc) into 1st st, work 1 dc (sc) into each st, 2 dc (sc) into last st. Turn
 
Row 7 - 9: (decrease) skip 1 ch, 1 dc (sc) into next st, 1 dc (sc) into each st to end. Turn.
Row 10: as R7. At end fasten off.
 
There are 6 rows of increase and 4 rows of decrease. Leave a long tail to sew beak on the body.
 
 
Once the beak is made you can assemble your owl's face. Pin the eyes and beak where you want them and then stitch the beak in place first. I left a long tail end on the beak so I could use this to stitch it in place. Then using matching thread to the outer eye, stitch the eyes in place.
 
Now we will make the ears on the front and back panels.
 

Ears: R1-2: Attach yarn to top corner of front panel and dc (sc) in next 17 stitches. Turn. Ch 1, dc (sc) in each st to end. Change colour yarn. Turn.

R3 -4: ch 1, skip one st and dc in each remaining st to end. Turn. Skip 1 st and dc (sc) in each remaining st to end. Change colour. Turn.

R5 -11: As R3-4

R12: Ch 1, skip 1st st and dc (sc) in remaining 2 sts. Fasten off.

Repeat on other corner and back panels. Keep colour order the same throughout.

Once the ears are made and all ends are sewn in, place the two panels right sides facing and slip stitch up one side, around the ears and down the other side with yarn. Leave the bottom side un-stitched. If you are making a doorstop, it is a good idea to hand-stitch a zip in so the cover can be easily removed and washed. I have just temporarily slip stitched the bottom after the pad has been inserted, as I keep forgetting to buy zips.
 
 
 
It is well worth making the effort to sew a cushion pad as your owl will be a lovely shape and not lumpy and bumpy. It doesn't have to be a work of art. It is essential if you are making a doorstop, as you will fill half of the cushion inner with either sand or rice. I filled half of my inner with polyester stuffing and the bottom half with rice to add weight to the owl. The ear do not have any stuffing in them and are made firm enough to hold their shape.
 
Finally should you make a lady owl, you may want to make her a flower. I used THIS PATTERN and stitched the flower on after the owl was assembled to ensure it was in the right position. I made a four round flower...
 
 
 
So there you have it.... the ingredients to make your own owl. I have set up a Flickr group
so you can share your owl makes... I would love to see how everyone interprets the pattern and makes their own little owls, so please do share your progress and final projects.
 
Alice wanted a beau... so Alfred was made. They look very happy together don't you think?
 
 
 
I wanted Alfred owl to look more masculine and this is why I chose to make the inner eyes slightly larger and obviously did not give him a flower.
 
I have been asked what colours were used for Alfred... well, I used predominantly Stylecraft special dk in colours sherbert, bluebell, wisteria, aspen, spring green, turquoise and king cole dk in violet.

Happy crocheting x

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Alice owl crochet-a-long part 2


Hello! Today its all about the eyes... the eyes give your owl her character. Make two outer circles and two inner circles. Before stitching the inner eye to the outer eye you need to embroider the owl's eyelashes. Using black yarn and a needle I embroidered the eyelashes using running stitch free-hand. Use the ridge from the last round of crochet as a guide. Sew in all the ends.

Stitch an inner eye off-centre to the larger circle and using the same colour yarn as the inner eye, attach to the outer eye with small running stitches.

Leave the eyes as they are until the beak has been made. You will attach all three at the same time.

Outer circle: rounds 1-5 of the pattern below
Inner circle: rounds 1-3 of the pattern below. (I made R1-4 for this owl, but Alice owl is R1-3 for inner circle).



Pattern for the eyes - remember to convert for US;UK dc is US sc, UK htr is US hdc.

Chain 5, slip stitch to form a ring

R1 - ch 2 (counts as 1 htr). Work 11 htr into ring, join with ss into top of first chain 2.

R2 - ch 2 (counts as 1 htr) 1 htr in first st, 2 htr in each st to end, join with ss into top of 1st ch 2.

R3 - ch 2 ( counts as 1 htr) 1 htr into 1st st * 1 htr into next stitch, 2 htr into next, repeat from * to last st, 1 htr into last st, join with ss into top of ch 2.

R4 - repeat R3

R5 - ch 2, 1 htr into each st to end, ss in top of ch 2

I have made a slight change to the moss stitch panels - work 48 rows not 44...

Next instalment: nose and ears!

I'll leave you with a little look at my latest crochet blanket... its slowly growing...



 

Monday, 22 July 2013

Crochet-a-long for Alice Owl - pattern part one


I designed Alice Owl as a doorstop... her belly is full of rice. She could of course be a bookend or you could fill her with polyester stuffing and have her as a cushion on the bed or sofa... She would make an adorable gift and she is very simple to make.

Alice Owl measures approximately 27 cms tall (excluding ears) x 27cms wide. I had to make a custom inner cushion and filled this with rice and polyester stuffing. You can of course make your owl bigger so that it fits a standard size cushion pad.

To get started making your own Alice Owl, here are the basic instructions for the base.

Firstly I used double knitting/8 ply yarn in various colours and a 3.5mm/E hook. It is necessary to make a firm base so the inner pillow does not show through when your owl is stuffed. I predominantly used Stylecraft special dk yarn which is acrylic, but this is a great project to use up your scraps.

The back and front panels were made using moss stitch. You will make two panels for the front and back of the owl.

HOW TO CROCHET MOSS STITCH

There are a lot of ends to sew in for each panel, but I like the tweed effect of moss stitch and like to change colour each row...
With a 3.5mm/E hook chain 61 stitches. This is the starting chain. Turn and begin the foundation row.

Foundation row -  Dc (US sc) in the third chain from the hook, chain one, skip one chain, dc (sc US) in the next chain, * chain 1, sk 1 ch, dc (sc US) in next ch*, Repeat ** to end. End with a dc (sc US).Turn. Change colour.

Row 1 - Chain 2, sk first st, dc (sc US) in ch1 sp from previous row, ch 1. Sk st and dc (sc US) in next ch 1 sp, ch 1. Repeat this pattern to end. In last ch sp make dc (sc US). Chain 1 and dc (sc US) to top ch of last ch 2 from previous row. Change colour. Turn. Chain 2.

Repeat row 1 until you have 48 rows. Change colour at the end of every row.

Sew in ends securely. Make two squares.

If you are a beginner and these instructions seem as clear as mud, go to Youtube and watch one of the videos demonstrating moss stitch. This will really help and you will realise that it is one of the easiest crochet patterns to make.

Part two:
 
Part three:
 
 
Flickr group:
 


 

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Friday, 19 July 2013

Now you see it...

When it has been too hot outside, I have been doing a little bit of patchwork. I thought it would be wise to start with a nine patch patchwork quilt whilst I learnt the basics. The rotary cutter and mat has been worth every penny and made the whole process so much easier and I have also made a real effort to be as accurate as possible with my measurements.

Now you see it...
I liked the look of the nine patch square. Then I discovered on pinterest that there is a "disappearing nine patch square" and I threw caution to the wind and had a go at making one of these. In my opinion it seems more "vintagey" and this is appropriate as all the fabrics I am using are vintage sheets and linens.

...now you don't
After a couple of hours getting used to the rotary cutter, I have been enjoying this new crafty journey and really believe I might actually produce a king size quilt...

In the evenings after I have been enjoying pottering in the garden and using my watering can. Most neighbours give the garden a quick douse with the hose pipe, but I really enjoy the quiet, slow pace of watering the garden by hand. Last night we were treated to the sight of two hedgehogs in the garden at dusk... yes, Henry is courting or trying to at least. This created much excitement and I think the whole neighbourhood heard me shouting to my husband "Henry's got a girlfriend!" Judging from last night the lady hedgehog in question is either not interested in the slightest or is playing hard to get.

This week we discovered these log cabin style hedgehog homes in the Lakes... puts our Hedgehog's plastic shack to shame!


Enjoy the weekend whatever you are doing and I hope you find time to be creative x
 

Monday, 15 July 2013

Last week...

 
 Last week ended with the above purchase from a car boot sale....love at first sight! It is from the 1980s and the ocean colours are just fabulous. After several hand-washes and an overnight stay in the freezer (to kill any moth eggs should there be any), the cardigan is ready for action. My husband made me smile when he said it was like a Kaffe cardigan...
 


 
I also bought this crewel work rug from the car boot; I find it hard to resist handicraft items and there is so much work in this rug.



This has been my crafty corner during the sunny spell; the smell from the rose bush has been heavenly. One of life's gifts of late has been my few stolen moments quietly crocheting with the occasional waft of scent from this rose bush.


We have been lucky enough to have spent a couple of evenings by Lake Coniston with a picnic... amazingly finding parts of the shore to ourselves.



Camera shy geese in the pond...

 
The above picture is not the Loch Ness Monster holidaying in the Lake District.... it is my husband taking a break from open water swimming in the lake!
 

My experimental crochet...

 
I will leave you with a photo of the yellow rose bush; I just love the way the rose changes to a beautiful peachy pink as it matures.
 
Wishing you all a creative joy filled week x