Thursday, 31 July 2014

Fresh off the hook ~ Special order doily in pink and mauve

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Simply Ripples ~ Purple Waves Ripple Blanket

Thursday, 17 July 2014

More unicorn love...

The very first post here on my blog featured unicorn love, and the fact that I'm here again about to share more of these cutie patooties should give you a clue as to how popular they've been! After having done so many hippo blankies over a couple of weeks, I still love them don't get me wrong, but I thought well why not try out some other animals.... and what better animal to try than UNICORNS! This lovely pair of snuggle blankets are off to their new home tonight, fresh off the hook and my oh my aren't they sweet? I was asked if they could differ slightly, so one I've worked up in white and a lighter purple and the other I've used ivory and a darker purple.

I've been pleasantly surprised with just how much snuggle blankets have really taken off at Dear Doily HQ! I have lots more of both these and unicorn toys to hook up in the coming weeks, as well as a few new blankets like a Mickey Mouse inspired one and even a Hungry Caterpillar inspired one! I'm definitely looking forward to sketching out some ideas for those, and even more excited to see how they turn out. In future I'd really love to try out some other ideas too, a zebra in black white and hot pink, or a giraffe. I saw a REALLY funky zombie snuggle blanket on Pinterest on one of my late night cyber wanderings and I just HAVE to do it too. I've said it before, and I'll say it again... I freakin' love my job! ;-)

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Another dino-licious crochet order fresh off the hook!

He sure is a cutie!! Have I mentioned how awesome my job is?! 

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Ribbed Baby Beanie Pattern

If there's one thing I love to do other than crochet, it's blog. I did so for a couple of years at The Quirky Crafty Shmoogle Bean but since discovering my crazy yarn passion I've moved on to bigger things and the Quirky Bean will be retired once I've redone and relocated my tutorials. Yes, I think my little Facebook run crochet business is a big thing IT TOTALLY IS and one day I think I will eventually achieve crochet world domination. This little beauty is officially the first item ever in my Etsy shop! That is a big deal :-) It's not quite open yet, I only got it up and running this afternoon and still have a few details to add (bit hard with the bugalugs getting into everything) but it will get there eventually. I want it all to be just perfect!!

So, ta da! Here's the first of many free patterns to come from your favourite crochet addict. I don't mind if you want to sell items made from my pattern, I can't stop you really can I? ;-) Might as well just say yes! Go for it! :-) If you don't want to make your own, I can make one for you and I'm happy to make them in any colour/size you'd like. Just pop on over to the Facebook shop until I get Etsy finished and pm me.

You CANNOT however sell this pattern/reproduce it in any way elsewhere (without my permission)/use my photos to sell your finished hat(s)/use my photos and claim them as your own. They are copyright to Dear Doily Handmade. Thanks in advance!

Beautiful Ribbed Baby Beanie

Size 0-3 Months

5mm hook
8ply yarn in 2 colours (My main colour is Moda Vera 'Garofano' in gold and I'm using Cleckheaton Country in stone for the rib)

Crochet Terms 
MC - Magic Circle
Ch - Chain
Dc - Double Crochet
Fpdc - Front Post Double Crochet
Sl St - Slip Stitch

Ch 2 does not count as a stitch, it simply makes the join neater and less noticeable.
The stitch count is indicated in brackets at the end of each round.
The final stitch(s) of each round is made in the same st as beginning ch 2
Pattern is worked in rows, join with a sl st at the end of each round.

The Pattern
With main colour:
Round 1 Begin with a MC and ch 2. 10 dc into ring, join with sl st to first dc (10)
Round 2 Ch 2, 2 dc into next stitch and in each stitch around, join  (20)
Round 3 Ch 2, *2 dc in next st, 1 in next* repeat from * to *, join (30)
Round 4 Ch 2, *2 dc in next st, 1 in next 2* repeat from * to *, join (40)
Round 5 Ch 2, 1 dc in each st around, join (40)
Round 6-8 Ch 2, 1 dc in each st around, join (40)
Finish off
What you'll have after Round 4
Join second colour for rib:
Round 9 Ch 2, 1 dc in each st around (40)
Round 10 Ch 2, fpdc around next st of previous row and each st around (40)
Round 11 Ch 2 , fpdc around (40)
Round 12 Ch 1 , sc in each st around
Finish off and weave in ends
The finished hat
Add any details you like, I have a HUGE crush on wooden buttons so that's what I've popped on mine. You could try chaining a length of about 40 and tying it into a bow to add, or perhaps if you're making more feminine you could add a flower. I feel this is such a versatile hat pattern that really lends itself to customisation, have fun with it! 

Thursday, 3 July 2014

A creative week at Dear Doily HQ

I have been a very busy bee working to get more of my ideas out of my head and onto the hook, looking back over this past week I'm absolutely amazed at what I've managed to accomplish! The baby sleep situation hasn't changed any, he's now 9 months and 2 days and call me crazy but after so long of such little sleep you really do get used to it! I drink more coffee than I used to, I think I've had three today but two were instant so they don't really count, right?

Ah well, that's why babies are so adorable! It's compensation. 9 months old and sprouting his 9th tooth.... he has quite a set of chompers!! I always used to say I'd stop breastfeeding when he grew teeth but when his first one came in at 4 months I promptly ate my words. I'm still going, feeding the bitey monster is touch and go at times.... I keep saying I'll stop but I haven't yet and probably won't for a while to come. As I said, it's a good thing he's cute!
Recently we found out via ultrasound that he has a little defect called pouching in his bladder which causes a little urine to get refluxed back up and has been the cause of his recent urinary tract infections. The poor thing recently finished a two week course of antibiotics and now on another one. On top of that, and the teething he seems to have developed a horrible cough as well. He is doing it tough at the moment, which in turn has been tough on mum and dad but you just gotta take it day by day, don't you? He'll be seeing a pediatrician next week and we'll go from there. We've both been in the wars a little this week actually, on Monday slipped down a flight of stairs holding bub and landed pretty badly on my rear. I have a MASSIVE hand sized purple bruise on my bum as a result. Great start to the week huh? Luckily bub was fine, instinct took over I guess. Better I be bruised than him!! I won't share a photo of that... no need to ruin a perfectly decent blog post with my butt.
So that's the goings on in our little world, let me tell you I am SO thankful to have crafting to turn to when things suck. I don't know what I'd do without crochet in my life! I haven't been able to sit, but I can still hook, glue and sew!  Let's get back into the crafties... moving on!
I had a bit of a play around with sprucing up some $3.50 baskets I bought, I'm always in need of more storage. What do you think? I'm in love with them.
Then I got a bit foxy... *wink wink* Yes, bruised butt and all! *chuckle* I am also totally in love with this sleepy fox snuggle blanket and matching booties. It's part of an order due at the end of this month, there will be an owl set to go with it but I'm still working on that one :-)
I did a bit of sewing and whipped up some headbands to add to our handmade collection, and hey if no one wants them I'll keep them for myself! hehe You can expect to see more sewing happening in the future, DDH isn't just crochet! If you've ever been to my Pinterest account you'll see that it's my life mission TO MAKE ALLLLLL THE THINGS MUWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Then there are these dino booties because hey, sometimes you just wanna walk like a dinosaur! And to do that you need dino booties. One pair are for a lovely regular customer of mine, Sarah if you're reading *WAVES* hello! I'll be hooking up more of these to add to the shop in sizes 0-1 RAWR! I know my little dude will be getting a pair, that might be tonight's hook-up project actually.
What else? Oh yeah! My new paper bags arrived! I got all excited when I found them at my door... I've had to send a few customers away with their orders in glad bags but I am now happy to say I have solved the packaging problem. Everything is cuter when it comes in a little brown bag.

And last but not least, these are fresh off the hook as of this afternoon. What do you think? Lime green, dark blue and orange together are one of my favourite colour combinations, I had these super bright orange buttons in my stash and they were just perfect to add the final touches. You should always buy buttons in sets of 2 or 4 ALWAYS. Just in case! 
Wow I can't believe I was able to get a whole blog post done! Woot woo for me! Trust me, having an hour or so alone to just edit photos and blabber on in my corner of the blogosphere is a rare thing... I'm sure those of you with kidlettes know what I mean. The hubby is home now, I sometimes forget he's perfectly capable of caring for his child and I can just leave them together for a while. It beats trying to speed my way through whatever I can during nap time! *big sigh of relief* There haven't been any loud crashes, no crying, no sudden outbursts, that seems like a win, right? I'll need to come out of hiding and go back downstairs (CAREFULLY) to orchestrate the dinner/bath/bed thing. Blog, I have thoroughly enjoyed our time together... perhaps we can do this again sometime?


Happy crafting and much yarngasmic love to all, as usual!

OH! P.s... I've joined Instagram! There's a button up there for it ^ ^ if you're interested! ;)

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