Thursday, 30 July 2015

So much yarn....

So so so much yarn....
Just wait til you see what I do with it!! There are a few orders in there, and a few things I want to try. SQUEEEEEEEEEE *does yarn happy dance* No, no. You don't want to see the yarn happy dance. Trust me. 

Oh, hey! Did you see my coffee cozy from earlier this week? Coffee does so much for me so I wanted to do something for it, to say thanks, you know? ;-) 

Then there's this. My yarn bomb in progress. Did you that on the first day of Spring I will be yarn bombing in the George Brown Botanical Gardens? Yep! Sure will be! Hopefully you'll come done and check it out? My littlest munchkin is helping out as you can see. Cutie-bum. 


Friday, 24 July 2015

A compulsion to Jean-Claude and Christo everything I own

You know you're a little bit addicted when sitting with your coffee staring at your journal you decide it needs a cozy. Then when you've finished that you start looking at things like the candles on the dining table and wondering if you can crochet cozies for those too. 

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Tasha's Tarot Bag ~ Crochet Pattern

As some of you may know I recently bought myself a deck of tarot cards as it's always been something that has interested me, but I'd never gotten around to exploring it. I'm absolutely loving my beautiful deck and have been reading into it more and more, delving further into the origins, meanings and interpretations, and generally just enjoying them.I wanted a nice bag to store them in so I've made up a pattern and figured I'd post it here for anyone who'd like to make one for themselves. I've used just one colour, but the alternating patterns really do lend themselves to different colours. As I have another two decks in the post on their way to me I will get to experiment with colour a little more when I eventually make bags for those, too. Of course feel free to use this drawstring bag for anything! I imagine it could have any number of uses. If you spot an error, let me know! The design is pretty cruisey though, a mistake or two will go unnoticed :-) 

12 ply '4 Seasons Marvel' 100% acrylic in cream
5.5mm hook
Finished bag is about 25ish cm high
Written in us terms
st - stitch
ch - chain
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
puff stitch - yarn over, insert hook into indicated stitch, pull up a loop x 3. Yarn over, pull through all loops on hook.
fpdc - front post double crochet
bpdc - back post double crochet
sk - skip
sl st - slip stitch

Worked in one continous round, we are not slip stitching to join each row. As the design alternates, stitch count is not essential. Gauge is not important either, just make sure you use the appropriate hook size for the yarn you choose. Lighter weight yarn will give you a smaller bag. This pattern is all about going with the flow! Use a stitch marker and move it up each round.

Tasha's Tarot Bag 
Starting with a magic ring...
Row 1: 8 sc into ring, place marker. Remember to move it up at the beginning of each row.
Row 2: 2 dc in each st around to marker
Row 3: *1 sc in next sts, 2 sc in next* repeat around to marker
Row 4: *1 dc in each of next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st*
Row 5: *1 sc in each of next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st*
Row 6: *1 dc in each of next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st*
Row 7: *1 sc in each of next 5 sts, 2 dc in next st*
Row 8: *1 dc in each of next 6 sts, 2 dc in next st*
Row 9: 1 sc in each st around
Row 10: 1 dc in each st around, ch 1
Row 11: skip next dc, dc in next *ch 1, skip next dc, 1 dc in next* repeat from * around to marker. Ch 1
Row 12: skip next dc, 1 dc into ch 1 space. *ch 1, skip next dc, dc into ch space* repeat from * around. Ch 1, skip next dc, sc into next ch 1 space.
Row 13: *skip next dc, 3 dc into ch 1 space, skip next dc, sc into ch 1 space* repeat from *around to marker
Row 14: sc in each stitch around
Row 15 -16: dc in each stitch around
Row 17: Skip next st, *sc in next, sk 1, 3 dc in next, sk next* repeat around. End with 3 dc in last st before marker.
Row 18: sc in each dc, skipping each sc around.
Row 19: *fpdc around each of next 4 sc, bpdc around each of next 4 sc* Repeat around
Row 20: fpdc around each fpdc of previous row, bpdc around each bpdc of previous row.
Row 21: *puff stitch in next st, ch 2, sk 1 st* Repeat around.
Row 22: sc in top of next puff st, 2 sc into each chain space around ending with a sc in last puff st.
Row 23: *dc in next st, sc in next, dc in next* around.
Row 24: *sk next 2 sts, 5 dc in next st, sk 2, sc in next, sk 2, 5 dc in next* around. Sl st in last st, finish off. Weave in ends.

For drawstring, chain 100. Thread drawstring between every second puff stitch on row 21. And enjoy :-)

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Crochet makes the world go around.

Happy weekend everybody! I hope you have fun relaxing things planned. We're just bumming around at home at this stage, I've got some baking to do later for the week. It is a beautiful day out there!! Even a little cool which is a nice change. Of course, weekends mean I get 15 minutes to gather up my projects and photograph them to show you so here we are... 
Spunky little chevron booties going to NZ for a friend's bubba due in a couple more months... I don't want her to see what colour they are, so I bring them to you in black and white hehe This quickly became one of my all time favourite bootie patterns. They're double-soled for durability and wear-ability which won points in my book. And they're just plain cute. Cute with a capital 'C'. 

Voila! The finished doily I was working on last week. It's made with Rico Essentials because there is just NO other substitute for doily-making. It is seriously the most beautifully soft delicious cotton for creating doilies with. It isn't cheap and has to be ordered from the UK but who cares! I'll do nearly anything for good yarn. And no they haven't paid me to say that... that's just my opinon on its awesomeness. This little beauty is going to Crookwell, NSW to add some colour to my grandmother's home. I hope she likes it! Nanny if you're reading this, surprise! And happy belated birthday! It'll be on it's way to you this week :-) 

You remember me mentioning the Summer Sprigs scarf? How beautiful are those colours? I'm picturing the finished scarf and honestly it makes me a little giddy. Although blocking it is going to be a bitch I cannot WAIT to wear it!! SQUEEEEEE!!! She's a slow process, but so very worth it.

Silly forgetful me forgot to buy white yarn last night whilst I was out so I went for a rummage through my cupboard. I found white thankfully, saved me another trip, and I also found this! Stashed away in a plastic bag at the back was my brown ripple blanket! This had been started in Armidale before we moved to Albury; it seems to be the travelling unfinished afghan. If I can just remember what sized hook I was using I can add more rows. Pretty sure it was a 5mm? Maybe? If it ever gets finished I have plans for it. Muwahaha. Works out well actually because recently I've been making a point of crocheting my odds and ends into new afghans so this gives me a use for all my brown/beige bits that aren't being used in the others.

And this here is the beginnings of a crochet giraffe I have an order for :-) The colours are glorious. Really pretty. I mean, aren't they?! That's what I'm working on right now whilst the babies sleep. Life is wonderful, isn't it? Crochet makes everything better.... always. As for the rest of life, I am blissfully in denial and refusing to think too much into it right now. Oh look! Yarn!

Yes I realise my blog posts read like bullet points but I'm not a writer.  One last little thing before you go... those of you in Darwin, you may be interested to know that I am planning one heck of a yarn bomb. More details to come! Stay tuned, lovelies!

Tash .

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Sad, sad, sad.

I really really do not feel like blogging right now. But let's give it a shot! Today we were given the news that instead of having the possibility of leaving Darwin at the end of next year, we will instead be staying here for another 3 years. It was totally unexpected news and has thrown me off completely. As a family we had only just sat down and mapped out our next 12 months, and all today has proven is that no amount of planning or wishful thinking will get you where you want to be when certain aspects of your life aren't under your control. I haven't accepted this news yet. Neither of us have. I haven't yet looked for any other, if any, options that might be available to us. I am entirely heartbroken. That hope I'd held to be closer to my family and my friends by next year has been ripped out from under me, and from here, everything changes.

That's just the way it is, and I know that. But it's going to take time to come to terms with. I just feel like everything is a struggle lately, and nothing is becoming easier. Waiting, waiting, waiting for the light at the end of the tunnel to start peeking through the darkness. Long story short, I'm bummed. And I've broken my sugar free fortnight!! I went and bought, and ate dark chocolate didn't I? I've been off sugar now since last Monday and had been going so well. Eh, a bit of dark chocolate is probably better than an entire bucket of KFC of chicken though, right? Eating my feelings is how I got into this overweight mess to begin with, and typically my first instinct after *the news* was to go find junk to gorge on. BLAH. So now I feel like I've let myself down as well.

Today sucks. Yesterday sucked. Last week sucked. And the week before that sucked. When will everything start to not suck?


There, I blogged.

Happy now? I'm not :-(

Thursday, 9 July 2015

More V's for the sleep deprived

I thought last week was bad, but it turns out this week has set out to prove me wrong by making itself worse. I'm not going to go into it. Financial crap mostly, and a teething toddler and colicky baby thrown in on top of nights where I don't get sleep until 3am. I understand there are worse things in the world, I shouldn't complain really. Just struggling as a mother, as an adult and as a functioning human being this week. Crochet is once again pulling me through. Last night I sang 'Twinkle Twinkle' over and over to a baby who kept 'nearly' dropping off until I gave up, played some Iron and Wine and decided to hook something whilst bub lay beside me calmly at 1am. The 'More V's Please' 12" square pattern is so easy and quick and looks beautiful (it's my favourite)... it's a free download from Ravelry :-) I quite like it in solid colours; I've decided to use up my orange, green and beige skeins on these squares and see what I end up with.
I got the Summer Sprigs Lace Scarf onto my hook last night, and finally finished up the little cardi I've been working on. There will be a pattern forthcoming for that within the month.
See those little toes? Those little toes will be two months old this week. Time is going so quickly and my sweet little baby boy is growing up too fast Xx

P.s I was just on Facebook wasting some time and a friend tagged me in something that made me giggle. I thought I'd share it... I have to completely agree.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

One must always make time for crochet.

It has not been the best of weeks. Both the children have been sick so both mum and dad are pretty much zonked. Our toddler has had some kind of viral thing with similar symptoms to gastro, but the kind that last for a week. Thankfully it seems to be backing off a bit now. Our newest little man hasn't been well either and was actually just at the dr today having his urine checked for excessive protein. 

Whilst we aren't sick (touch wood), we have had our share of inconveniences. My newly acquired hay fever is driving me mental and the low dose antihistamine eye drops aren't doing a lot to relieve the insane itching, and hubby managed to roll his ankle at work. We've had a crummy week. 

BUT I have been finding spare snippets of free time to practice my favourite forms of relaxation. I've started a lovely bright doily to send to my grandmother as a belated birthday gift. They always look like a dog's breakfast until they've been properly starched. There are another two rows to go before I can attempt blocking it. I REALLY need a blocking board. I also went to Spotlight for the first time in about 3 months *happy dance* and let me tell you, it was soooooo good to be surrounded by glorious crafty goodness. No one is interested in glorious crafty goodness at home and I don't have people I spend time with doing glorious crafty things so my excitement has to be expressed via blog *wistful sigh*. Whilst I was there I picked up the sock yarn I'll be using for the Summer Sprig Lace Scarf I shared last post. I'd like to make it my goal to at least get that on the hook and started this month. 

My little star blankie is nearly finished as you can see; just the dreaded ends to sew in now. It hasn't turned out very big because I only bought one of each colour but it's a great baby blanket size! It will be a gift for a friend's baby whom has now outgrown my original gift because I was too lazy/forgetful to post it months ago. Rest assured, dear friend, you will get a gift for your baby before their 18th birthday. If not then you'll just have 18 years worth of booties, hats and blankets I had to keep making in different sizes because they were never posted either. Either way really. 

Theen there's the little cardigans I said I wanted to make. Well! I got one started! *FIST PUMP* AND GUESS WHAT?! There will be a pattern to go along with it :-) It will have sleeves with matching stripes and ribbed cuffs, and it will be ADORABLE. It's in a size 0-3 months, and I have been working on a toddler sized one too. There aren't enough cute crochet patterns available on the interwebs for toddlers, especially boys... so Tash to the rescue! So far I've readjusted the sizing 3 times but it is getting there. With any luck my eldest will also have his cardigan before HIS 18th birthday! 

And brownies. Because brownies. When the house is full of sick people and you've been thrown up on numerous times over the course of 5 days, one needs brownies. One could also use a bottle of wine but one is breastfeeding. 


Ah well... one day, right? ;-) 


P.s I've bought my first Tarot deck! They should be arriving in the mail this week... I'm very excited! 

Thursday, 2 July 2015

On my list

Recently I feel like, in the words of Bernard Black, bits of my brain are falling away like pieces of wet cake. My memory is kaput... I remember nothing. Every thought I have just seems to leak out my ears and disappear. It's INCREDIBLY frustrating. So while I have a few moments to myself, I've decided to whip together a post listing the crochet I've been thinking about lately before my brain frizzes into a pile of sawdust. 

Doilies are one of my absolute favourite things to crochet. They take a level of patience I didn't think I was capable of, and are surprisingly not as complex as I once thought. Taking it one round at a time results in a beautiful piece of finished crochet. Beautiful, delicate, and an amazing opportunity to play with colour; doilies are timeless! More people should crochet doilies. Seriously, doilies are awesome-sauce. 
This one I've actually made before but I'd love to try it again with a smaller hook. Blocking this one was tricky with so many little points around the outside edge, I don't think I managed it very well. Blocking is something I haven't mastered yet. 
Fern Leaf Doily
This one reminds me of peacock tails, I'm seeing it in a lovely blue/teal coloured cotton.  
Pineapple Doily
This one has an incredible level of complexity to it, just look at it!! How could I not? Very snow-flakey
Cluster Stitch Doily 

Crochet cardies! Gorgeous things... I've been wanting to make one each for the boys since the weather is cooler at the moment. Finding free cardi patterns for boys is a challenge though.... probably safe to say that when it comes to variety in boys clothes of both the store bought and the available patterns for handmade them, there isn't a whole lot to choose from. I actually wrote a pattern myself for The Quirky Crafting Shmoogle Bean a few years back, but ironically, it's a girls one haha. Pattern is HERE by the way, just if you want to check it out :-) I will eventually move my patterns over here. 

I think I'll make a couple of these ones and jazz them up with some applique. They are very easy and easily customisable. Hopefully I'll get them done before the weather starts to get too warm again. The downsides of living in a perpetually warm climate I suppose... it's either warm with a cool breeze, warm, humid and sticky, or warm, humid, sticky and wet. 
Pattern: Amy's Newborn Cardigan Free Crochet Pattern
Also on my to-do list, although not crochet related, is the checkerboard cake. My last one was an absolute total don't even want to show you DISASTER with a capital 'D'. Plus the cake itself tasted pretty average. I can't say I was overly impressed with the Great Aussie Bake Off recipe for that one. A nice dense mud would work better. Mmmm a black and white one perhaps, chocolate mud and white chocolate mud with cream cheese frosting and fresh raspberries. Oh baby. That'll be a weekend job. HOORAH cake! 

And the last thing on my list is something sort of inspired by doilies but wearable. I came across this pattern on Moogly and fell in love. MUST MUST MUST make it. No idea when I'll find the time, but I really have to have one. End of story. It's called the Summer Sprigs Lace Scarf and it's by Make My Day Creative, it's free and it's beautiful. Go check it out and tell me you don't love it ;-) 

Anyway, that's the end of my free time for the time bring. The little one stirs from his slumber. When you hear from me again I'll have (hopefully) started something from my list! 

~Tash Xx 

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