Archive for the ‘Crochet’ Category

A Happy Chappie
June 9, 2019

I am living life gently since coming home from hospital on Friday, 31 May.

In between naps as I recover from surgery, I have finished this soft toy which had been waiting for a face for a long time.

The big grin shows how happy I am to be back home with my pets and able to sleep in peace in my own bed.

Long Term Project Completed At Last!
January 11, 2017

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Like many people who knit or crochet, I have projects I have been working on over a number of years –  picking them up and putting them down again for a while as other, smaller projects take priority.

This week I completed this rug which I started about five years ago. It is a mixture of eucalyptus coloured wool and novelty yarns. The wool I inherited from my mother’s stash. Most of the rug is knitted with the exception of the three crochet motifs and the border.

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‘Hmmm, this is nice and snuggly, Margaret.’

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I am planning to give the rug to a family member who lives in a pet free household.

Green Monster
November 13, 2016

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The Castlemaine branch of the Country Women’s Association receives donations of knitted squares which the members make up into rugs which in turn are donated to an organisation in Bendigo which supports women and children escaping domestic violence.

I decided to make a toy using two of the donated squares and adding limbs and features to create this friendly monster. Whilst they are fiddly to make, I wanted the monster to have hands with fingers. I obtained the pattern via a link on another blog.

I had a lot of fun making this toy and I hope there is a child who will enjoy playing with it.

Amelia Jane
July 14, 2016

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Now for something a bit different……….My niece, Gemma, commissions me from time to time to make some object on her wish list. In 2015 it was a Minion Beanie, this year, an Amelia Jane doll.

When I received the commission, I had no idea who Amelia Jane was. It turns out Amelia Jane is the primary character in a series of Enid Blyton books in Gemma’s possession. Gemma and I spent some time examining the changes to Amelia Jane’s appearance over the decades since the books were originally published and Gemma provided me with her preferences……..and this is the result.

I was enormously relieved and pleased that Gemma was very happy with her custom made Amelia Jane……especially after the blood, sweat and tears (not to mention profanities) that went into her creation.

Amelia Jane was concocted from the blending and adapting of free crochet patterns I found on the Ravelry website.

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Max’s rug
September 7, 2013

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The black crochet intensifies the bright colours of this rug. I knitted and crocheted to make the blocks in each row.

I liked including the novelty yarns in this rug.

My nephew, Max, who likes bright colours appreciated this gift. He used the rug as a play mat as well as something to keep him warm in bed.

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Gemma’s Rug
July 7, 2013

DSCN1651In my early fifties I discovered how calming knitting can be.

During a stressful time towards the end of my work life, I found the rhythmic movements of knitting soothed the inner woman. I had not knitted since my adolescence when I completed a hated school project. Having taken up the needles again, I have continued with simple projects. I make rugs which take a long time to complete which doesn’t matter as I am in no hurry.

I gave the rug featured here to my niece when she was a toddler. She was ambivalent about the gift as I had used a small amount of orange yarn – a colour she did not like. Apparently the orange outweighed all the pink I had included.

I used both knitting and crochet in the making of this rug.

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