Monday, May 25, 2015

I'm Back in the Game!

So I sit here writing this blog and thinking why have Ieft it so long?????.......... The answer is many things, but mainly I have very little time.  We are still working on our new home in Derbyshire we love it up here.

I have met lots people, and made some super new friends, you know who you are! I am still in touch with some old friends from 'down South', some of which have visited.  I see my beautiful granddaughter regularly at least once a month, I can't believe she will be two in October, time flies.  
Imogen in her 'Frozen' inspired dressing up outfit
I have got to know some really exceptional people at work, home and my local yarn and tea shop, some real characters!
Lydia - Owner of the Vintage Community Tea Rooms, Clay Cross
Another reason for writing again, 'as I have been a little blog shy of late', was a great little text I received from my chum Emma, basically telling me to "get it together" she is also going to visit very soon.  

I also had a proverbial kick up the crochet backside, after a visit from my mate Janie Crow.  We ate, drank , did a little retail therapy and had a good old catch up, I am looking forward to more exciting get together's this year. #feelinginspired!

So to kick start my poor old unloved blog page I thought I would include a very easy free pattern:
A simple zig-zag cushion using Stylecrafts Special DK.
The colours are inspired by some gorgeous bedding from Habitat, Sakura is a retro Japanese inspired print.  I love this palette, gentle with a shock of orange.

Jiguzagu Cushion (ジグザグ)


Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK 1 x ball of Slate, Cream and Spice

Stitches (UK)
Ch = Chain
Slst = Slip stitch
Tr = Treble Crochet

Abbreviations
St(s) = Stitch(es)

Hook: 3.5mm
Notions: Bent ended tapestry needle, 1 x 40cm square cushion.

Tension:  18sts x 9 rows worked over zig zag pattern for best result work a two full zig zag tension square and measure from the edge in. 

Using Spice, work 65 Chains.  (NOTE: Colours change after 2nd repeat)
Row 1 – 1tr into 4th ch from hook, 1tr into next 3chs, [*3tr into next ch, 1tr into next 5ch’s,** skip next 2ch’s, 1tr into next 5ch] 3 times; repeat from * to **once, turn.
Row 2 – Slst into next st, 3ch (counts as 1tr), 1tr into next 4sts, [*3tr into next st, 1tr into next 5sts,** skip next 2 sts, 1tr into next 5sts] 3 times; repeat from * to **once, joining in Next Colour on last st, turn.
Row 3 – Slst into next st, 3ch (counts as 1tr), 1tr into next 4sts, [*3tr into next st, 1tr into next 5sts,** skip next 2 sts, 1tr into next 5sts] 3 times; repeat from * to **once, turn.
Row 4 – Slst into next st, 3ch (counts as 1tr), 1tr into next 4sts, [*3tr into next st, 1tr into next 5sts,** skip next 2 sts, 1tr into next 5sts] 3 times; repeat from * to **once, joining in Next Colour on last st, turn.
Row 5 to 66 – Repeat Rows 3 and 4, at end of last row do not join in Next Colour, fasten off.

Making Up
Gently steam block your finished piece, so points of zig zag sit flat at each end.  Lay wrong sides together with an overlay/envelope flap to form the opening for the cushion, dc down both sides. Turn back into right side and insert cushion.
Enjoy!

Still a little rusty with the pattern presentation.....now where did I hide that 'Blogging for Idiots Book'!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Make-along 2 and Beginners Crochet

So as expected I am officially crap at blogging, I so had high expectations of myself but work, life, etc... somehow always manage to get in the way.  Hey Ho!!!

Just finished a fabulous fulfilling Beginners Crochet at Elizabeth's Wool Shop,  the beginners made such lovely comments on their feedback sheets and I am so glad they had a sense of achievement.
In pictures here is the little project I had set up for them.

 









Everyone worked really hard and a good time was had by all.

This is the project we have been working on at the 2nd Make-along lovely to see the ladies again so much fun.
Anyway need to crack on, Christmas projects to complete!

Until next time....................Nicky xx 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Still here!

So much has happened since I last blogged, where do I start?

Well most importantly I had my first workshop at a local wool shop called Elizabeth's, its based in Clay Cross which is just down the road.  I did a 'Make - along' over 4 weeks of my Honeycomb bag featured in Inside Crochet issue 53. It was very successful with 7 ladies in total. (See their lovely versions below).


We had a lovely choice of buttons too, which are available at Elizabeth's and an endless supply of tea and biscuits.

The photos were taken in the shop so you can see the endless supply of 'yarny' and haberdashery delights, its a treasure trove!
I also got the opportunity to make another version!

This is a bright sunshine version, colours really popped!


We used Stylecraft Cotton Classique and Knit Pro Handles, as you can see all the ladies came up with some lovely colour ways, can't pick a favourite!

I adore living in this part of England it is so inspiring, and I have made some really lovely friends.

My next workshops are planned and these include a beginners and intermediate running in September. More information about these will appear on my facebook page and the Elizabeth's website and facebook page.
I leave you with my little pouch that I recently had featured in Inside Crochet issue 55.

Until next time...............Nicky xx