Sunday, 13 March 2011

Isn't it just the best feeling...

when someone contacts you to ask if they can feature your work in their blog :)

I had an email from Amanda Lincoln (a Graphic Designer & Surface Pattern Designer) through Folksy on Friday asking just that... and of course I said yes!

You should take a look at her blog... she has some beautiful pictures (I love all the cool craft rooms!).

These are the items she chose to include...

Thank you Amanda!

Friday, 11 March 2011

Folksy Friday - a bit of a mix of #marchhares

I've been spending so long looking through everyone's amazing listings everyday so I'd thought I'd select a few of my favourites from today to feature in a Folksy Friday mix!  Click the caption under each picture to take a closer look at that item and the shop.

Dottie Designs




craft little wotnots


Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Apple Cosy / Cozy - Free Pattern

So, I'd never even heard of one of these apple cosy things until recently!  When I spotted someone with one, I my first thought was 'what a fab idea' and secondly 'I bet I could make one better than that'!!

So off I went trawling the internet for a pattern.  I tried a few (one started with a chain 30 - must have been a footbal sized apple!!), one started off ok, but didn't really work with my yarn (all single crochets so not enough give), so in the end I did what I usually do and made it up as I went along!

I wanted it to have a bit of stretch and give - not all apples are the same size - so went for a half-double (hdc) stitch (it's also one of my favs!).  I've never done a half-double decrease (hdc2tog) before so made it up!!  I've since checked though and it seems I did it right!

Here goes...

stitches are US
hdc2tog - yo, through st, (3 loops on hook), yo, through next st, yo through all 5 loops on hook
start working in rounds until the split, then in rows
I use DK handknit cotton and a size 4.0mm hook with a 3.00mm for the loop and the slip stitch around the top

start with a magic circle
1 6hdc in circle (6)
2 2hdc in each hdc, repeat (12)
3 1hdc in next st, 2hdc in next, repeat (18)
4 1hdc in next 2 st, 2hdc in next, repeat (24)
5 1hdc in next 3 st, 2hdc in next, repeat (30)
6 1hdc in next 4 st, 2hdc in next, repeat (36)
7 1hdc in each st around (36)
8 ch1, turn (working in rows now) 36hdc
9 ch1, turn 36hdc
10 ch1, turn 36hdc
11 ch1, turn 36hdc
12 ch1, turn, *1hdc in next 3 st, hdc2tog*, repeat**
13 ch1, turn, *1hdc in next st, hdc2tog*, repeat**
14 make a chain for the button (I use a 3.0mm hook and about ch16)
l5 make the chain into a loop and slipstitch around the top of the cosy (I carry on with the smaller hook).
FO and add a button to fasten

Add your apple and fasten!
Click here if you'd rather buy than make!