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Rocking Chair Adventures

Recently I was given my mum’s old sewing machine as she upgraded. I haven’t sewn in year and years so was keen to give it a go again. I attempted a few tops, but as I wasn’t following a pattern they tuned out “questionable”.
So undeterred I decided the next easiest thing would be to make covers for an old rocking chair. I’ve been looking for a rocking chair for ages and one came up on Marketplace that was really cheap. The only problem was the cover was filthy from being white and being used. No worries. On my way home I grabbed some thick duck cotton in this amazing elephant and leaf print.
I seam ripped the cover off and pinned it to the new cotton, so far so good. Then simply cut it out, pinned it up and sewed with together. I left the bottom open and hand stitched that all together. My reasoning was if it got dirty it would be easy to break my hand stitching and wash and re sew.
The rocking chair also came with a foot rest. There was no way the fabric was coming off, so I steam cleaned it as best I could, cut the fabric and stapled gunned it together.
It came out amazing. Not 100%, but so so happy and proud. It literally took all day, but I don’t care. I am so happy with this. I have more cotton left over which I will make some cushion covers with. My cat seems to love it as well.

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Finished: Purple Square

Been a bit off with my crochet lately. Not feeling too good and trying to prep for my wedding next month. I’ve been trying to take the time to crochet, but it’s really been lacking. Hopefully I get a bit more time after the wedding prep dies down.

 

Anyways, I made this giant solid square blanket out of some variegated yarn from Ice Yarns. It was really simple to make and there’s patterns all over the internet. I’m shocked it took me this long to actually make one.

Finished: Call The Midwife

I found this yarn online at Ice Yarns and loved that it’s variegated without being in your face. I wanted to do the “call the midwife” blanket but the chart has vanished from the internet and i couldn’t be bothered trying to read the pattern. I found this variation online and loved it. I did change the pattern by removing the extra rows of spaces as i find them unnecessary and it slows down the crochet time by a lot. I have 400g of this yarn and plan on making it baby sized so rather small. It’s a lovely soft yarn and works really nice.

2017

Ok so i seemed to lose my cro-jo in the second half of last year. Do you ever get like that? Nothing seems to be working, all the yarn is wrong, patterns don’t make sense. I did get a few things finished, but not at my usual pace. So 2018 has began and I’m pleased to say, I’m back! I ended the year on a cruise to New Zealand where I had literally nothing to do but eat, drink, relax, and crochet. It was magical. I finished a shawl made from a Whirl! It had been 4 years since my last cruise and boy did I miss it! New Zealand was magical, and I can’t wait to go back! Since coming home I ordered some more yarn. I hadn’t ordered yarn in forever! This has sparked something in me and now I’m a crochet machine again. I’ve finished a yellow baby blanket and started 2 more. I hope to use up some of my stash of yarns and make a heap of blankets this year. I also plan on making heaps of beanies with my knitting machine and donating them to charity. What are your crochet goals?

Finished: Whirl 1

 

I finished my first whirl! What an adventure! This is the first proper shawl I’ve made and not run out of yarn! I ordered the Whirl from my local yarn place and picked it up that night! I knew I wanted to make this pattern as I love it and the name has a special meaning to me. Working with the Whirl was amazing, I used a 3.5mm hook. No knots or random joins and the colours just flowed. You can feel the quality compared to the cheaper options. This took about a week to make, it was very slow at the end!

Pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/erigeneia

yarn: https://www.coastalyarnco.com.au/collections/scheepjes-whirl/products/scheepjes-whirl-blueberry-bam-bam-755