Thursday, 18 October 2012

Works in progress...

I always seem to have a number of projects on the go at any one time.  And they seem to come to a close in batches too, somehow.  Right now, I have a batch of things that need stuffing and another batch that will need some sewing and fabric to complete them.

A group of danglies, made with Christmas in mind.  They'd look great on a Christmas tree, or just hung somewhere on their own.  The birds will probably have some sequins added - I got some goldy-bronzy sequins at the weekend.  The heart has a row of silver sequins and pink beads on either side, and all the items have sparkly Goldfingering yarn in them.  Some light stuffing and hanging loops and they're ready to go!

Another Hippoo to stuff.  I love these colours - it's in Rowan's Lenpur Linen, which is really cheap in sales now so it's great value.  These colours remind me of India.  I was tempted to do a paisley motif for the side of the Hippoo, but Hippoos don't come from India.  Do they?  I think she's going to have a flower or two stuck behind her ear instead...

This is from another batch of yarn I bought in a sale - Rowan Purelife Revive at £1.00 a ball!  It's a bit splitty to crochet, but it looks lovely worked up.  It's going to be a bag, a little longer than it is right now, with handles long enough to hang on your arm, and a contrasting design on it.  I haven't decided on that yet.  It will also have a nice lining to it.

Spot the difference!  Same pattern, more or less, turned upside down, ready to become a Hoot Hat.  Again in Lenpur Linen, waiting for its jersey lining, little felt beak and big googly eyes.  Time to get the sewing kit out!

This has been my car project for the last few months.  I really can't sit still with nothing to do with my hands, so I try to have something simple to work on on long car journeys.  This is just treble crochet in circles, with occasional stripes of double crochet and working into one side of the loop to give subtle stripes - nothing I have to keep my eyes on too carefully.  You can just see that at the top and near the bottom.  I've made straps which will be stitched to wide ribbon to prevent stretching.  I got four lovely buttons in a sale at the weekend too, to go at the ends of the straps.

I've got some lovely linen fabric to make a lining for the bag, and I thought I'd do a spotty design on the outside.  I've gathered up the oddments of yarn that look good with this variegated colour and I'm making circles of varying sizes, just playing with the placing before I sew them on.

This does mean that I'm going to need a new car project.  Maybe a new bag?  It's nice looking at my stash and wondering what I could create with the lovely things I've got.  I've got an idea for a bag using triangle shapes, so that might be in the offing soon.

Okay, lunch, then off to work!  Frankly, I could happily go back to bed right now, but I will drag myself off to work.  Wonder if anyone would notice if I just had a snooze in the corner?



  1. Hello Ali....You have been so busy with your lovely makes!...I seem to have quite a few on the go myself at the moment too...
    I definitely think a few flowers behind the ear for your little Hippoo and the colours are lovely...Isn't it great when you manage to purchase lovely yarns at sale price!
    Happy Sunday,
    Susan x

    1. Thank you very much! I do seem to be crocheting or planning crochet much of the time. It's nice to have a few different things on the go, so you can work on what takes your fancy. Important, I think, when you're doing it mainly for pleasure.

      I'm also quite a sales queen! I love rooting around for bargains, and I find yarns are often sold off cheaply just because they're last season's or odd balls. Doesn't matter to me!

      Some of these items are finished now and I've posted pictures on my blog.
      Have a good week,
      Ali x