Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Festive Giveaway

Hello! Hope you are all well!

Wink from A Creative Being has put me in the festive giving mood with her holiday giveaway, so here I am with my own festive giveaway. It has been a great year for my little blog, and it has really helped me feel really happy with crochet. Although this couldn't have happened without you my dear blog reading friends! Wink has even been lovely enough to give away two of her gorgeous rose rings for my giveaway, how cool is she?!

So here is what you can win!

1. Two lovely rose rings from winkieflash at A Creative Being.

2. Two skeins of Sirdar Softspun yarn.

3. Patchwork Family pattern booklet from Rico Designs (I love Bruno the bear).

4. A little Scented felt kit.

5. Some of my own handmade stitchmarkers that I have just recently learned to make!

To get the chance of winning all of this, all you need to do is comment on this post. To increase your chances of getting these, you get an extra entry for tweeting, facebooking or pinning my giveaway. All I ask is for you to leave a comment for each thing you do, so that all your entries are counted.

The giveaway is open for a week and the winner will be chosen next Tuesday, and is open to everyone in the uk and internationally :-)

Take care and good luck!

Hazel x

Friday, 23 November 2012

Ta dah! Granny Square Cushion

An unexpected colourful finished object for this week. 
I am not sure if many of you will remember this project, it has been an unfinished WIP since January!! My very first blog post of 2012 mentioned this as my first project of this year. It is now nearly the end of the year, and I have just finished it this week. 
While I was tidying this up, I have realised my crochet has improved quite a bit since January. My tension feels looser and I didn't know how to tidy up the ends either. However I can definitely say I still have a good sense of colours, which hasn't changed (not trying to be big headed).

I hope you all have a great weekend, to see more FOs pop over to  Tami's Amis blog!!

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Experimenting With Beads

Good afternoon, I hope you are all having a lovely weekend and keeping wrapped up warm! This weekend for me has been quite nice, as Andy and I went to the Christmas Market in Glasgow which started on Thursday when the Christmas lights got switched on. It is a yearly tradition that we will go into the market and find the Bratwurst sausage stall, as they are so tasty and much better than our hot dogs on a bun! We spent a great day together, and I managed to get a few more bits and pieces that I needed.
I want to share with you some of the crafty things I have been experimenting with, if you follow me on Instagram you will have seen photographs already. 

This morning I got in the mood to make a shawl pin using some of the beads that I have managed to collect which are a bit too bulky to be stitch markers. It was very challenging to do, and much more fiddly than making stitch markers. For my first attempt I am rather pleased with it!

During the week I also made some blue/green Aqua Drop stitch markers, and managed to get a decent photograph of them in the artificial light. I think I will need to get some more clips as these ones seem to be fine for DK, but they are a bit small for chunkier wool like the Stylecraft chunky that I recently used for my hat.

I am hoping to do a little Christmas Blog Give-away at the end of November, so keep popping back to my blog to see what I might be giving away! 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!x

Friday, 16 November 2012

Quickie Ta dah FO

Hello! Hope you are all doing well. Tonight, I have a finished object to show you! At the beginning of the week, I didn't even know I would have this FO considering it didn't even exist as a WIP on Wednesday. I know, I know, I am being all excited and cheerful.
Yesterday I decided to pop into my local wool shop for a browse, as I fancied a little treat. I didn't know what I wanted and I didn't know what I was going to make! The shop owner took the opportunity to tell me that she had the newest wool from Stylecraft, and I fell in love with this colour as it is a cerise/turquoise blend.

Last night I got it on the hook, crocheting a simple hat and not using a pattern. 
Then earlier this evening, I realised that my hat could potentially be a bowl. As I have seen bowl patterns before and thought they looked quite nice. Although I decided to keep hooking on, and I am glad I did.
As you can see....Ta-dah! My new hat, which I will get to wear tomorrow my first Christmas market of this year! Excited!!! I may get Andy to take more photographs tomorrow when we are outside!
PatternImprovised, simple hat with treble st.
Yarn: Stylecraft Harlequin Chunky
Hook: 6mm
I hope you all have a great weekend, to see more FOs pop over to  Tami's Amis blog!!

Monday, 12 November 2012

Christmas Craft Ideas

Hello, I hope you are all well. I am here to share some Christmas craft ideas that I have found on Pinterest, as I am not able to show you the progress of my current projects as they are all secret!! Sadly my Rainbow Hexagon Blanket is hibernating as well, but once Christmas is over I am sure I will pick it back up again. Now onto Christmas craft ideas from pinterest!

Christmas Baby Elf Crochet Baby Hat

All of the photographs have links to the patterns underneath except for the baby hat, I just had to share with you because it is super cute and I am going to figure out the pattern for it! I wonder if my sister would mind me making this for my little nephew?! 

Do you have many Christmas projects lined up?

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Gothic Holiday, Crochet and Beads

Last week I was away on a little holiday down to Whitby in England with Andy and one of our friends, and it turned out to be a lovely week away. We stayed at a cosy 3 bedroom cottage for the week, and it was great! Here are some photos of the living room, our attic bedroom, the kitchen and the little wood burner (which I loved to pieces!)                     

This is the lovely panoramic view from our bedroom window, I managed to capture this one morning. It was very relaxing to gaze out in the morning.
We chose to go to Whitby for the week, as there was a Whitby Goth Weekend where there were gothic, victorian, steampunk markets and stalls. There were many fascinating things to see, and it was amazing to see lots of people in victorian costumes.
On the Friday and Saturday night, there was entertainment at the Whitby Pavilion where live bands performed. I wasn't sure what to expect of this, as I was being stereotypical and thought it would be metal bands screaming but it wasn't like that at all!
I was going for the victorian gothic vibe while Andy went for the cyber punk style. This was a very common theme at the festival!There were even young children dressed up for the event! 
When I go next year I want to have a proper full outfit! Whether it be victorian, steampunk, pirate or something like this girl is wearing (stunning huh?).
Even though I went on holiday, crochet was not forgotten! I think being on holiday helped me crochet a lot more, as I crocheted in the morning before going out exploring and in the evenings when settling down. Here is a little bit of my holiday wool pornography!
Once I got home, I received some lovely beads in the post for making crochet stitch markers as I have been using paper clips to mark my stitches. This was hopeless since they kept falling out! My first attempt was using little star beads that I ordered, but I found them a little bit awkward to use because of the top point of the star. 
Then I used these lovely beads, and it has been less fidgety and the beads sit lovely. I found the assortment of purple beads on holiday, and I loved the variety of different ones in the little bag! No more using silly paper clips hurray!
I apologise for posting lots of photographs but I wanted to talk about everything as I have been away for the whole week, and can't wait to catch up with all the other blogs!

It is WIP wednesday, so go check out other peoples' WIP at Tami's Amis blog

Friday, 2 November 2012

Little Miss Stripe 2 FO

I have finally completed the second set of Little Miss Stripes, this is a purple version which will be for little person number 2's Christmas. The first set I completed in August for little person number 1, and I started hooking the second set right away.....somehow it has taken me a two months to complete the purple set...oops!
The Pink Little Miss Stripes

To see FOs from other people check out Tami's Amis blog!


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