Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Where did November go?

I don't remember being particularly busy or doing anything more than usual, but November seems to have passed me by.
We are now into the realms of Christmas mania! Two boys are practising Christmas songs and dances for school performances, opening Advent calendars and watching twinkling lights.

I did take a few photos last month (the first ones are technically October as you'll see).






These Halloween decorations were a joint effort from myself, Grandma and Grandad whilst we were on holiday (made from bin bags and paper tablecloths mainly!).


It was Chicken's half birthday and he expressed a preference for "white" cake with jam and icing, so that is what he got!





Then it was "Children in Need" day on 16 November so I made some Pudsey bear biscuits. I used the cutter, which made this so simple, and added buttercream and sprinkles for his bandage and buttons.
Chicken, Pickle and probably most of the children in the country went to school in their pyjamas to raise money.






So that was pretty much how November disappeared.  

See you soon.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Is it Halloween?


On Wednesday I had a phone call from the hospital asking if I could take Chicken in at 7.30 the following morning to have grommets inserted into his ears!
I said yes immediately as we had no idea how long the waiting list was and this cancellation seemed ideal.
Chicken was fine with the news until I mentioned that he would have to miss the school Halloween disco, devastation!
The operation went fine (he can hear again!!!) and we planned to fill his enforced next day off school with making treats for a home Halloween tea.



We used these chocolate covered biscuit sticks and sweets to make...



 

..spider buns and covered the rest in chocolate frosting and sprinkles (which you may notice being finished off by two hungry boys in the background).

We also made...


a cauldron with goop (blackcurrant and lime jellies) and sour snake sweets,



witches fingers (hot dogs with pumpkin seed fingernails),



broomsticks (breadsticks) with snot (guacamole) and blood (salsa).


In other news it was Daddy's half birthday the previous week so I made half a cake!

 

and as he'd been disgruntled earlier when I told him that the special jar of Marmite with gold bits that I'd bought was not for us, I broke with tradition and bought a half birthday present



with a bit of a clue on the top!


I was looking at a pair of Pickle's pirate socks and the picture on them brought to mind sailors and tattoos. Being me I decided to make them into a little tattooed hard man sailor!



His body is made from one sock, the toe is his hat, the heel is his bottom, the repositioned elastic cuff is his rollneck and the pictures from the ankle part make his tattooed arms. I snipped down the sock to make two legs and sewed on his red feet parts, sewed on two small black beads for eyes and stitched him a nose and mouth. I wanted the whole thing to look a bit 'rough' so I decided to use contrasting red thread for all the stitches.



side (tattoo) view



back view
 
 

bottom! view
 
 
and on that cheeky note I'll leave you until next time.
 
 
Apart from my new spoon that I just wanted to show you (nearly forgot!)
 
 


I haven't cropped the picture so that you can get an idea of it's size... huge! and as you can see it hangs over the table in the kitchen.
I got some strange looks carrying that to the car I can tell you!

I am really going now. To enjoy my extra hour  in bed as the clocks go back tonight.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Macarons, headaches and cake

Just over a week ago I went to a friend's housewarming party. As a gift I tried out macaron making in two versions,


confection




and of course crocheted!
A small group of us walked home afterwards and as I made the final 2 minute walk alone to my door it seems I tripped and hit my head. I don't remember anything until waking up in hospital! I was apparently discovered fairly quickly by two police officers who happened to be driving past.
So I spent most of last week on the sofa with swollen head and multiple shades of bruising whilst downing painkillers! I did however record my ever changing right eye 'cause that's the kind of weirdo I am! Scroll down quickly if you are at all squeamish (some of the middle ones are a bit grim).
Edited: I thought better of traumatising you with my hideous disfigurements!! pics removed.

The last one was taken today and I'm just about back to normal, walking the kids to school etc, just a slight  pain on the right side of my head occasionally and a bit of a lump!                                                                
Pickle said to me "Did you bump your head, and your eye is red and purple? You must wash it"! if only it were that simple.


On a much more pleasant, if belated, note I made a couple of things for Grandad's birthday.




A mocha birthday cake,




and a "not 60 yet" rosette (after the copious excitements of Grandma's 60th).
I am hoping for normal service to resume here shortly (I am still having a little bit of trouble concentrating, especially in front of a screen).
Look after yourself



Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Free Crochet Pattern: de Blob x 2 and a paintbot!

de what??????

It's a character from the wii game of the same name. Beloved by Chicken, hence the request for a crocheted one!

 
 
He's a jumping, rolling, painting fella who has to save the whole of his world from the invading greyness to the accompaniment of increasingly groovy music!

 
He changes colour by splatting onto paintbots and turns more ball-like as he rolls and jumps along.
 
 


So we have...


a blue de Blob


and a red paintbot to jump on in order to become..




a purple rolling de Blob!


You will need:

blue, purple, red, grey, tan and white yarn.               
3.75mm hook                                                                 
3mm hook
yarn needle                                                                   (numbers in bold are for steps
stuffing                                                                               rather than round/row numbers)

Ready? let's go!

Blue de Blob

Body : 1: sc 6 into a magic ring
            2: 2 sc in each sc (12)
            3: (2 sc in next, sc in next) repeat around (18)
            4: (2 sc in next, sc in each of next 2) repeat around (24)
            5: (2 sc in next, sc in each of next 3) repeat around (30)
            6: sc in each sc (30) for 6 rounds (180 in total)
            7: chain 10, sc in each of next 20
            8: sc in each sc and chain (30)
            9: sc in each sc (30) for 4 rounds (120 in total)
            10: (sc in each of next 3, sc 2 together) repeat around (24)
            11: (sc in each of next 2, sc 2 together) repeat around (18)
            12: (2 sc in next, sc in each of next 2) repeat around (24)
            13: (2 sc in next, sc in each of next 3) repeat around (30)
            14: (2 sc in next, sc in each of next 4) repeat around (36)
            15: (2 sc in next, sc in each of next 5) repeat around (42)
             fasten off.

Bottom of body : 1: sc 6 into a magic ring
                            2:  2 sc in each sc (12)
                            3: (2 sc in next, sc in next) repeat around (18)
                            fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Ears x 2 : 1: sc 4 into a magic ring
                2: (2 sc in next, sc in next) x 2 (6)
                3: (sc in next, sc 2 together) x 2 (4)
                4: sc in each sc (4) for 2 rounds (8 in total)
               
Arms x 2 : 1: sc 6 into a magic ring
                  2: sc in each sc (6)
                  3: (2 sc in next , sc in next) x 3 (9)
                  4: sc in each sc (9) for 2 rounds (18 in total)
                  5: sc 2 together, sc in each of next 7  (8)
                  6: sc in each sc (8)
                  7: (sc 2 together, sc in each of next 2) x 2 (6)
                  8: sc in each sc (6)
                  9: (chain 4, slip stitch into opposite side of circle) x 4. This makes the fingers and is hopefully explained a little further by my handy diagram!?                


                   fasten off.


White

Eyes : (make one with 3mm and one with 3.75mm hook)
into a magic ring (sc x 2, dc, sc x 2, dc).
slip stitch into first stitch to join.


Tan

Mouth : 1: sc 7 into a magic ring
              2: 2 sc in each sc (14)
              3: (2 sc in next, sc in next) repeat around (21)
              fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Sew the mouth into the gap left midway up the body, it is (almost) a stitch for stitch fit.
Push the mouth in if it's sticking out!
Stuff the body then sew the bottom on (at the 18 sc row, so you are left with a kind of flat skirt sticking out at the base).
Sew on the eyes, ears and arms using the photo as a guide.

Ta da! (let me know if it's not)



Purple rolling de Blob

This one is much easier!

1: sc 6 into a magic ring
2: 2 sc in each sc (12)
3: (2 sc in next, sc in next) repeat around (18)
4: (2 sc in next, sc in each of next 2) repeat around (24)
5: (2 sc in next, sc in each of next 3) repeat around (30)
6: (2 sc in next, sc in each of next 4) repeat around (36)
7: (2 sc in next, sc in each of next 5) repeat around (42)
8: sc in each sc (42) for 6 rounds (294 in total)
9: (sc 2 together, sc in each of next 5) repeat around (36)
10: (sc 2 together, sc in each of next 4) repeat around (30)
11: (sc 2 together, sc in each of next 3) repeat around (24)
Start stuffing and continue as the hole gets smaller!
12: (sc 2 together, sc in each of next 2) repeat around (18)
13: (sc 2 together, sc in next ) repeat around (12)
14: (sc 2 together) repeat around (6)
fasten off, closing hole as you do.

Eyes and ears as above.
Again, check the photo for positioning.



Paintbot
 
Here's the handy picture Chicken drew for me to refer to when he requested his paintbot!

With this clearly in mind...

Red

Body(?) : 1: sc 6 into a magic ring
                2: 2 sc in each sc (12)
                3: in back loops only, sc in each sc (12)
                4: sc in each sc (12) for 5 rounds (60 in total)


Grey

Base & legs : 1: sc 6 into a magic ring
                      2: 2 sc in each sc (12)
                      3: (2 sc in next, sc in each of next 3) x 3 (15)
                      4: in back loops only, sc in each sc (15)
                      5: [(chain 5, sc in 2nd ch and each of next 3 ch, slip stitch in chain base) slip stitch in each of next 4 sc]  x 4
                      fasten off.

Sew body to base. Stuff when there's a small hole remaining and then close up.



Now you're ready to play!




The picture everyone's standing on is one Chicken made by wax crayon rubbing various surfaces around the house and then adding his de Blob drawings onto.



Remember the rules!
Play nicely with my stuff, so I don't have to send the boys round!

Enjoy!

(enough exclamation marks???)
                      
Next pattern coming soon.


Friday, 21 September 2012

Free Crochet Pattern: Ladybird, ladybird.

So here it is!
 
 
 
 

 




 
 
 
 
 
 
A little ladybird with flappable wings!
 
Here we go... you will need black and red yarn, a 4mm crochet hook (or whatever size you want to achieve your desired size), yarn needle, tiny bit of toy stuffing.
 
I work in a continuous spiral but I don't suppose it would make too much difference if you joined and then chained 1 at the end of each round if that's the way you like to do things!
 
At the end of each piece fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing up.
 
I am assuming that you know how to single crochet, sc 2 together and make a magic ring! (you can always google or find youtube clips if not)
 
With black
 
Base:  1: sc 6 into magic ring
           2: 2sc in each sc (12)
           3: (sc in next, 2sc in next) repeat around (18)
 
Back:  1: sc 6 into magic ring
           2: 2sc in each sc (12)
           3: (sc in next, 2sc in next) repeat around (18)
           4: sc in each sc (18)
 
Head:  1: sc 5 into magic ring
           2: 2sc in each sc (10)
           3: sc in each sc (10)
           4: (sc 2 together) repeat around (5)
 
 
Legs x 6:  1: chain 5
 
 
With red
 
Wings x 2:  1: sc 3 into magic ring, chain 1, turn
                   2: 2sc in each sc, ch1, turn
                   3: (sc in next, 2sc in next) repeat across (9)
 
 
OK here's what you should have...
 
 
 
 let's get sewing!
 

First attach 6 legs to the base with a couple of stitches each,



tie all the loose ends together in the centre,



attach the back onto the base so all the ends are sandwiched inside and stuff to make a rounded body.



Sew the, lightly stuffed, head into position.



Take the yarn tail on ONE of the wings through to the other end of the semi circle (this just makes it easier to fasten both of your wings on the same way around ie you don't get one inside out)



and tie them together.



Add the wings to the body with a couple of small stitches where they join so they can still 'flap'


 
and finally give his toenails a clip!
 
Spot or not as you see fit, as you can see I did on the first but not on the second.
 
Ta da!
 
The little fella in the first pics has actually got thicker wings which were made thus:
 
1: sc6 into magic ring
2: 2sc in each sc (12)
3: (sc in next, 2sc in next) repeat around (18)
 
fold the completed wing in half and sew together to make a semi circle. Make another and attach them as above, without worrying about the inside outness!
 
Well there it is ... finally.
 
Another coming soon to a screen near you!
Have fun!
 
 
 
Play nice and don't nick my stuff please (or I'll have to send the boys round and they can't half make a mess!)