Extreme Knitting

When I was wandering around my local hardware store a couple of weeks ago, in amongst all the other things, I found a couple of broomsticks and immediately thought that what I needed to try next was a spot of extreme knitting!

I took them home and used a craft knife to sharpen the ends a little (I really need a giant pencil sharpener if anyone knows where to buy one?)

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And then holding 5 strands of wool together, cast on.

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I used a simple pattern of k2, p2 and just carried on knitting.

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I love the effect of the rib, and it only took about a week of evenings to knit a blanket big enough to snuggle under. I used about 7 100g balls of wool in the end, so I think if you were making a single bed sized blanket you’d need about 10 balls. I used Stylecraft Special DK, which is my favourite yarn for experimenting in as it’s very good quality for a low price and knits/crochets up beautifully.

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I think I’m sold on the whole idea of extreme knitting, especially because due to the weight of the broomsticks and the yarn, it also has the added bonus of toning up your upper body at the same time! A win win situation in my eyes.

I do have another project on the huge needles now, watch this space soon for an update.

One of those weeks

Do you ever have weeks where you can’t settle to anything? I’ve had one of those weeks this week. So far I’ve started a new crochet blanket design, that’s been rolling around in my subconscious for a couple of weeks,

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but only made a few squares for it before I got restless and put it to one side. Then I found a cross stitch picture that I’d designed but not yet stitched,

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so I started that, but then wondered if the design would convert to knitting so started to chart that out. But then I stopped that to design a tote bag that I’ve been asked to make for a Christmas bookazine, however I’ve got to wait for the fabric to be delivered so in the meantime I bought myself an adult colouring book and some pencils and started to colour!

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Is there really any wonder that today my desk looks like this.

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Fingers crossed for a more productive week next week.

Yet Another Yarn bomb!

Our Happy Hookers have been very busy again – it’s almost the end of term at our primary school and not only is the headmaster leaving, but several of the children of our members are leaving (including my daughter).  To mark this important occasion what could we do but yarn bomb the playground fence.

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It’s quite a large yarn bomb, we’ve filled up 5 sections of the fence, so here are some more photos of the sections:

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There is lots of bunting on this section, some crocheted, some knitted, but what you can’t see is that the small crochet bunting has the names of each of the leavers on it.  Here is a close up of one piece:

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The next section has some more name bunting on it, plus some giant flowers and lots and lots of pompoms.

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This fence section has a wolf’s head on it and it is surrounded by sheep (the school symbol is a lamb) made from fleece.
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Here is a closer photo:

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And finally the showpiece of the yarn bomb:

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A crocheted tardis for the headteacher to take with him to his new school. Check back tomorrow for a closer look at each of the elements that make up the yarn bomb.

Our latest Yarn Bomb: woodland trail

When our local primary school asked us if we’d like to do something yarn-y for their summer fete, we jumped at the chance. After a quick browse for ideas on pinterest, we settled on a Yarn trail.

First of all we staked the posts where we wanted them, we thought this would be the hardest part as it hadn’t rained for about a week before and the ground was dry, however it turned out that this was the easy part. IMG_16080127563500

Next came the fun part, we began to wrap the yarn around the stakes. We wrapped (Even Mr DitzyandDotty gave us a hand!)

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And we wrapped

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And wrapped some more

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It took hours!  Several of us spent a whole week wrapping yarn in every spare moment.  We even enlisted the help before school of some of the year 5 and 6 girls as you can see in the photos above.  After approximately 30 hours of winding, somewhere in the region of 100 balls of yarn, and 40 stakes, this is what we ended up with:

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A lovely trail all wrapped up in gorgeously bright yarn, complete with bunting and crocheted creatures hiding in the trees.

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Before I go I would just like to thank Sydenhams who donated the lovely wooden stakes, and also Stylecraft who donated a large bag of brightly coloured yarn which helped us make the trail look so lovely.  Thank you lovely people, the children were thrilled.  In fact they loved it so much we are leaving it up until the end of term so they can play in it for longer. Continue reading

Ideas for edging bunting

Continuing with my theme of bunting, today I thought I’d share a few ideas for bunting edging. Firstly a simple double crochet edging.

SmBuntingDCEdgeI started at the top right corner of the triangle and worked down each side working a double crochet(dc) into each stitch of the edge. When I got to the bottom stitch, I worked 2dc, chain 3, 2dc into that space. Then I worked back up the other side of the triangle with a double crochet into each stitch.

Another edging you could work is a shell edging

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The final edging I have to show you for today is a pompom edging

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Hope these photos give you some ideas on how to edge your bunting.

Next time I’ll show you some different ways to attach the bunting to the string.

Variations on Crochet Bunting

I thought I’d show you a few more basic ideas for bunting today

First of all is treble crochet top down bunting:

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As the name suggests it’s worked starting at the top and moving to the bottom, decreasing at each end of the row. The advantage of this way of working is that the further down the triangle you go, the quicker your rows become. You will need to keep your starting chain quite loose though (or use a larger hook for the chain row) as otherwise it can pull the top of your triangle out of shape. It doesn’t actually make a lot of difference to the look of your bunting whether you start at the top or the bottom.

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You can also make bunting using double crochet. If you choose this stitch then I’ve found it easier to just increase at the start of each row. If you increase at both ends the triangle gets too wide too quickly, which I think spoils the look of the bunting.

Here is a photo of my double crochet bunting

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Finally here is another bunting – this time it’s a mixture of the granny-style bunting and the treble crochet bunting

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I’ll try to prepare a tutorial on this one over the next couple of weeks, when I get a little more time to play.

Of course you can leave your bunting just as it is, but I like to add an edge to it to finish it off, next time I’ll show you a few ways I’ve found to add pretty edges to your bunting.

Tutorial: Granny Bunting

Making Granny-style bunting is a quick and easy way to brighten up a dull corner of your room.

Her is a quick tutorial on how to make it:

Firstly chain 6 and join together into a ring with a slip stitch into the stitch nearest the knot

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Chain 3,

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then work 2 trebles into the centre of the ring.

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Chain 3, work 3 trebles into the centre of the ring, chain 3, 3 treble into the centre of the ring, chain 3, and then join together with a slip stitch into the top of the first chain 3.

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For the next round you can either choose to change colour as I have done, or continue in the same colour. If you change colour then cast off your first colour and rejoin the next colour in one of the chain spaces.

Chain 3, 2 treble into the same space, chain 3, 3 trebles into the same space.

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*Chain 2, move to the next space, 3 trebles, 3 chains, 3 trebles into the space.*

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repeat from * to * once more. Chain 2 and join to top of the first chain 3 with a slip stitch

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You can either stop at this point and have dinky bunting, or you can do another round or two to make it bigger.

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Here is a string of granny-style bunting that I made for my workroom

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Hope that helped you make some cheerful bunting. Next time I’ll show you another couple of ways to make bunting.