Monthly Archives: April 2010

Planting first seeds this year for veg plot

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First of my seeds planted

27 April

I’m super-excited to say I planted my first few seeds to start my raised bed with. Hopefully my hubby will build my raised bed this weekend or before. I just can’t wait to get started. I still need to buy quite a few supplies to help along the way.

My lovely Aunt gave me a head start by supplying me with seeds and pots, and even some books to read! Isn’t she lovely?! I think I somehow agreed to crochet a scarf for her tho in return. lol. I don’t mind tho =] She gave me Sweet peppers, chilli peppers, tomatoes in different varieties and runner beans to plant now. The romaine lettuce, iceberg lettuce and mixed salad leave will have to wait as they need to be planted where they are to be cropped. Thanks Aunty!

Anyways, back to planting. As you can tell by the picture, I have used recycled grape and tomato containers to create a makeshift propagator. I put several seeds in each pot. I shall pull out any that are really weedy looking. I just hope that it’s right! I only placed one seed of the bigger runner beans. I used an egg box for these, as I want to try planting straight into the ground in the box. Anyone else tried this?

Now placed in a really sunny spot on my kitchen shelf. They should do really well before I re-home them in my garden. I shall be using mostly reclaimed building materials to make my raised bed. My only fear is that it’s too shaded in my back garden and I’ll get zip veggies! I get early morning and late evening sun. Any advice would be great!?

Crochet – Coaster / Cover for alfresco dinning – Quick project

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Stash Buster Project

Beaded Coaster or Cover

So, I was given a free book of crochet patterns. It was from the May 2010 ‘Let’s Knit’ Issue. I hadn’t picked up a crochet hook for a long time. Since I struggled to complete a blanket for my unborn son at the time. But as this seemed quite quick, I referred to my ‘how to’ book of crocheting and finished it in a flash! These would make excellent stocking fillers. You could easily convert them to look Christmas-ee. Sorry I mentioned the ‘C’ word already. But hey, you gotta be prepared. So many crafting options, so little time.

The beads I used were glass, but I should have used more or chosen a heavier bead so that they would weigh it down to bring out the shape better. You could, of course, use any colour combination. I just used what I had, and I just happened to only have white in 4 ply. The suggest you can use ribbon, but you could use any yarn you like. Just choose an appropriate hook and if your yarn or yarn substitute  is much thicker then make reduce the amount of rounds you make.

If you missed this issue and would like to get this pattern. It can be found in the book ‘Two Balls or Less’ by Jenny Hill. It’s RRP is about £12.99 and has over 30 simple crochet and knitting projects.

As an added note, the hook used is 3.5mm.

Fusing Plastic – My attempts so far

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Fusing Plastic, is not so, fantastic!

Supplies

Armed with my plastic bag supplies, which consist of Asda, Superdrug and Card Factory. Chosen mainly for their colours. Green and Pink =D . I followed the guides of the likes on youtube.com but it didn’t really go all that well. I think I may have had my iron on too high. Although, some tutorials were saying you need  8 ply, others were saying that’s not necessary, and that you can have the iron on full, others on a wool setting. Other than the slight difference in opinions, I thought that the general ‘rules’ of fusing the plastic were fairly easy.

I did start with a cool setting, such as the wool temp on my iron. I used the recommended baking paper and made sure the inked side of the plastic was always topped by another plastic to stop bleeding.

A few passes with the iron on Wool for about 15-20 seconds, but it seemed to do nothing at all. So I turned up the dial and it seemed as though the plastic just didn’t want to fuse together.

Until… it all went horribly wrong and started to shrink at a rapid rate. You can see my results below. Any tips would be great. I really would like another crack at this. As I’d like to make myself a knitting bag using the ‘plastic fabric’. But at the moment. I’m passing this one by. Like I said, any tips on where I may have gone wrong. Also, there doesn’t seem to be much guide on whether some plastics don’t like other plastics and just WON’T fuse together, rather melt upon each other leaving air pockets galore, like in my case. I was disappointed with the results overall, but I did like the composition. You live and learn!

The results

I also wanted to experiment with yarn fibres fused inside. If anyone’s had success with this (or not), please let me know.

Knitted Hair accessory – Embellished with button Bow

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Knitted Hair Bow

Bow

Hope you like my latest crafty project. Including the time to figure out the pattern and write it down, this took about 10 minutes. It can be attached to any kind of hair accessory base. Hair clip, band, barrettes, slide, …you get the idea.

The yarn I used was a random ball from my stash. I’m not entirely sure of the yarn type but it is very similar to kid mohair. It felts very easily, but this will only help stabilize the design.

The pattern I used is below. Let me know if you use it. I’d love to see your take on it. Btw, I use standard abbreviations in my patterns. So you can refer to any knitting magazine or book if you’re not familiar with the terms.

Kfb = Knit into the front and back of stitch. This increases your row.

What you’ll need
10mm Knitting Needles
Mohair or similar yarn
Hair accessory base

Pattern
C/o 2sts (make sure you leave at least an 8in tail, this is used to attach your button later, and used to attatch to your hair accesories)
1- kfb, kfb [4sts]
2- kfb, k2, kfb [6sts]
3- k2tg, k2, k2tg [4sts]
4- k2tg, k2tg [2sts]
5-  k2tg [1st]

Keep last st on needle

c/o 1st
Repeat Rows 1-5, cut yarn leaving 8in to fasten off, threading back through to the centre of the bow with both tails.

Position button in the middle of your bow and sew on using the tails of yarn. Pull tight and secure at back.

To attach to your clip or slide, use a multi-purpose glue that sticks fabric and metal, HT2 would be a good choice.

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yarn type

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Easy Craft Project – Felt Egg Cosy Cactus Fun for Kids

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Quick Cactus Egg Cosy

Egg Cosy

If you would like to try this project here are the directions to make one cosy.

What you’ll need
2.5″ x 9″ Green Felt
Scraps of Coloured Felt for the Flower
Selection of Embroidery Thread in Beige and another coloured thread.
45 Silver Lined Sead Beads or whatever colour you would like
Felting Needle will help with the hand sewing, they are pyramid-shaped.
Templates Below


Directions
Cut out 3 arches that measure 3″ in width and 2.5″ in height. These templates should print out to size. Read the rest of this entry

Mother Bear Project – Knitted Bear – Charity

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On its way!

yippee.. one down!

I finally got around to finishing this bear. I’m super happy with it, and glad it has been posted out today. My son adored it and tried to cuddle it while I was still knitting! That just made me think of how I just had to get it finished in time for this weekends post. So it can be safely delivered into a child’s arms.

This is the first ‘Mother Bear Project’ Bear I’ve completed, but it’s not the last. I will knit a ‘boy’ bear next, I think. Any suggestions on the outfit would be fab!

Give Your Green Parties a Vintage Vibe with This Sweet Serving Tray : Planet Green

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Vintage heaven

Super idea for a recycling project. Why not raid your Nan’s kitchen cupboard for supplies for this cake stand?

Give Your Green Parties a Vintage Vibe with This Sweet Serving Tray : Planet Green

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Knitting for Charity – Squares for Children’s Blankets and Other Little Projects

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Want to Knit-a-square?

Use up Odd Balls of Yarn

I stumbled across this organization Knit-a-square. With our help they provide warm blankets and clothing for sick children in South Africa.

There are lots of patterns to choose from too, such as hats, vests, jumpers and pull overs. If you are very creative you can share your own pattern too.

You don’t need to know how to knit to contribute to this project. If you have any old wool clothing or find any in the charity shops, you can felt them and cut the 8×8″ squares out of the felted fabric. Just by washing and using a dryer you can felt a knitted garment. This mats the fibres so when you cut the fabric it won’t fray or unravel.

It doesn’t matter what type of yarn you have. But take a look at their advice on what to use if you want to contribute to a heart warming cause.

Let me know if you have contributed already. If you have any pictures to share of your donations I would be happy to add them to this blog post!

Happy Knitting.

Patchwork Square Pincushion – Ideal Gift

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Make a pincushion

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I was asked to make a pincushion for my Aunt. Her favourite colours are black and white so that gave me my starting block. I think choosing fabric, is sometimes the hardest bit. I knew how I wanted it to look, so I winged it from there.

This is a rough guide to how it was made. It really is a simple design tho, let me know if you try this.

What you’ll need
½ metre (roughly) Ribbon
1 or 2 Buttons
2-3 Different Patterned Fabric (I used quilting cotton)
3.5″ square of Felt (any colour, but try not to be too contrasting if you can see it through the fabric)
Coordinating Sewing thread
Toy stuffing
Quilting Square (optional, but easier)
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