Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Short & sweet - Duty calls

Just a short post today to note a particular event that happened 8 years ago that led to my having to phone my Dad and apologise for forgetting to post his birthday card.

And Happy Birthday Dad too!

I'm still crocheting away, but the stitching's creeping back in too. Here's a photo of my latest creation.

It's the hat I'm talking about, although Iona is keeping me busy at the moment too as she has a cold and just isn't herself, poor wee lamb!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A bit of catching up

I haven't felt the inclination to blog over the last couple of weeks, having been suffering from a bit of a Flickr obsession. I set up my Photostream there recently and have been spending hours browsing through beautiful crocheted afghans, acquiring even longer to-do and wish lists! If you look in my photostream you'll see a number of items which I haven't blogged about. They're gifts which will or have been sent to fellow bloggers, so until they reach their destination, I'm keeping quiet!

I heard last week that Monique has received the gift I sent her for winning my giveaway!

A felt pincushion, crocheted scissor fob and a crocheted brooch! I'm really glad they've arrived safely and that Monique likes them!

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I might find some time for a little stitching, well, here it is, my new start!

Family Sampler from Shepherd's Bush. I wanted to stitch something special to commemorate 2008 and Iona's birth, but not a birth sampler. This way I can include Alexander's birth to as well as me and my DH.

And here's what I sent to my partner, Gayle of Sentimental Stitches, in the Stitcher's Angel Swap. My parcel was posted around a month ago, but I haven't heard whether or not it has arrived - I hope it isn't lost!

Crocheted pincushion, needle book and scissor fob in a matching bowl plus some stitching goodies!

Finally, I had a flash of inspiration at the weekend regarding my Mystery in a Corner from Gay Ann Rogers. I'd rather ground to a halt with this, not entirely happy with my colour scheme. So I think I now know the solution and I'm just waiting for the postman to bring my some more floss, then I'll be into a bit of frogging and then hope to make some good pregress!

Finally (again, and I really think I mean it this time), I'm really behind on my blog reading and even more on commenting. One day I'll catch up ...... But in the meantime, thanks to everyone with the stamina to keep reading my waffling, particularly those who take the time to leave a comment. I really do appreciate it. Blogging has been really great while I've been on maternity leave and keeps me in touch with the wider world and not home alone!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Biscornu with a difference

Given that it's easy in crochet to make squares, I wanted to see what it would be like to stitch two crocheted squares together in the same way as the two sides of a cross stitched biscornu would be.

What do you think? I'm not sure what I think. It is pretty - I love the flower on top, it's shape, the way it lies and the beads. But if I made just the flower, I don't know what I'd do with it!

Biscornu with a difference

But, overall, the DK yarn I used is probably too heavy. And somehow it also reminds me a bit too much of traditional crocheted doilies and things like that. With my stitched biscornus, I like to keep my favourites out on display. Somehow, I don't think I want to with this one. I think it just seems a bit too wierd and OTT.

Biscornu with a difference

I still want to figure out how to use crochet with the biscornu shape, but I guess I'll just have to have another think and try a slightly different way of doing it.

I've also crocheted these over the last couple of days, but I'm not sure what to do with them now. I had thought of making them the top and bottom sides of a pincushion, but I don't fancy that now. But I really like the design and want to do something with it.... Any suggestions?

Crochet star/flowers