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While out for a walk my daughter spotted some gorgeous cushion moss so we brought some home to add it to the terrarium we had made together. I also had several small pots that were waiting for some inspiration so decided to make a small fairy garden village.

I had some oven bake clay already so made some little fairy homes and toadstools, I added a piece of wire into the pieces so they could stand up securely. Cut a piece of the cushion moss to fit and lay some kitchen towel over the drain hole in the pot. Then added some stones for drainage, placed the moss on top and smoothed it into the sides of the pot. Next when the clay items were baked and cool I just needed to arrange them. Just need to collect my daughters terrarium now and fix it up with the moss and village/toadstools she is so excited to see the end result when she gets home from work. Will take a picture when I have finished but the one I made for myself is pictured below with the Halloween crochet I have just finished.

Fairy garden village in a pot & some crochet for Halloween

Terrarium all fixed up, it has a nice lid for the top but have’t included it here, will have to get one when I take it over to my daughters home. Think I will have to give her a spray with a wee drop of plant food to care for it, because  she doesn’t have a green  thumb ;-P

Terrarium

terrarium

Recently I had a request to crochet some Halloween items for a swap, so I made some pumpkins, candy corn and a skull. The pumpkins are pretty easy just crochet a ball and wrap the thread around to divide the segments and crochet a little stem. There are lots of photo’s on Pinterest for inspiration on Halloween crochet, you could also find some free patterns if your not sure how to make them.

Pumpkin & candy corn

Pumpkin & candy corn

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I have not been able to make lace on my machine except for hand manipulated for quite a while, it would hang the sts on the gate pegs or drop them. Actually haven’t done any machine knitting for ages because we have had family staying and not had a spare room to set it up.

Got hubby to look at it but he could only guess what to do, he lined everything up but it was still having problems. I sold one of my machines and the lady who bought it had a couple of spare lace carriages that I could try. They work quite well but have to use one for lace and another for fine lace as these pre-date my Brother 881, I also had a colour changer for the machine she bought so we did a swap for that and a couple of other things. So I’m excited to be able to make some lace tops and started with using some cotton from my stash, had to get familiar with the machine and knitleader again. Drafted a pattern from a top I like to wear making some adjustments on length etc, did a few tension swatches washed and dried them to see which one I liked. Then knitted it up over a few days and crochet it together, really happy with the result so made a necklace and earrings to match. My favourite summer top so far, actually have made loads of crafty stuff recently but I’m a bit slack at posting pictures.

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Tiny Christmas tree

Tiny Christmas treeActually it’s not a tiny tree but just the top portion of my old Xmas tree, no room for the big one here so just used the top of it in a painted pot. I think it looks cute though, and at least it looks a bit more like Xmas. Have you all got your trees up now ?

YAY I found tips on an invisible decrease I knew there must be a better way to make a crochet decrease without the inevitable bump and gap. It really is annoying when you can see the wadding through these little holes. I realized that folk that make  amigurumi must have this problem so asked Mr Google. He is just so handy at teaching you all sorts of stuff. Crochet isn’t something I have spent a lot of time on but now I don’t have a craft room with everything to hand I have spent more time on this craft.

Now my crochet items that need to have stuffing will look a lot more professional, not that they didn’t before but some items like the recent anatomical heart needed a better solution to this problem. No one else would notice but being a bit of a perfectionist it annoyed me. So might make one or two for my Etsy or Felt shop when I have completed the ones for family. It has given me the opportunity to tweek my pattern anyway. The only thing is I need to write instructions down but I know from experience some of my handwritten patterns could do with some clearer info.

When I come to make an item with one of my patterns my memory leaves a lot to be desired and I am left thinking    ” what is she talking about ” LOL  it helps if I still have a made up one to refer to though,  until I learn to write the pattern with some clearer details. It’s just that I don’t want to stop working to write everything down.

So here is the link for you from:

planetjune.com/blog/amigurumi-help/invisible-decrease/

Loose knit cotton top

Many years ago I used to do a lot of machine knitting, I made sweaters & cardigans for a couple of boutique designers & clothes for my children. I have two large containers of mercerized cotton yarns left over from this knitting. Most are not enough to make a whole garment, but they have been waiting patiently for my attention. I briefly had a craft room to use my machines a few months ago. I had the whole bedroom my son used when he was living at home, then we moved 😦  It is time to downsize I know but I do miss my crafty room.

Mostly all the bedrooms were always occupied, children come and go plus we had some students stay with us too, so using my machines was a chore to set up & put away. Now they are in storage again with no room to use them until we find another property that I can once again have my own room to set them up.

Anyway with a teenage birthday coming up and loose knit tops in fashion I decided to mix some of the cotton yarn to crochet a summer top, all the while hoping I had enough to actually finish it 🙂 well luckily I did have enough yarn and picture is below hope she likes it haven’t been able to give it to her yet.

loose knit cotton top

Needed a break from making the slippers so started a crochet anatomical heart cushion…

Did see a pattern for a knit one but I’m no good with a bunch of little needles or circular. So not one to let that put me off I made up a pattern for a crochet one. I’m happy with the way it turned out but now I have given myself the task of making a few for Christmas gifts because everyone wants one LOL

Also started a fox scarf I had made a couple before with some yarn from my stash I liked them so wanted to make another similar one in a rust brown. Have had to put this on hold for the time being, it’s nearly summer here anyway so can’t wear it for a while.


Crochet anatomical heart cushionCrochet anatomical heart cushion

Snow fox scarves

Snow fox scarves

Foxy scarf

Foxy scarf

Foxy scarf

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