Saturday, 4 October 2014

My new hobby.....

Oh dear, it seems I have may have been infected lately, not by any nasty virus I hasten to add.......was a tad poorly last week as in feeling listless. All good now. But by the crochet thing. Seriously I thought I was stuck on stitching with thread and needle. Quilting being the main passion. 
But no it seems that after mastering a granny square, I see them everywhere and I LIKE them. Then I saw all those cute amigurumi and I thought I would not understand those patterns.
Well be prepared to have your little world rocked because I did a small project from Mollie Makes and my skills are going up a notch. mind you only if its in DC and SC and not too much increasing and decreasing.

 Loooook, see what I have did there!
This was an adorable pattern from Mollie Makes and it was easy.
I put it on my instagram and got 19 likes...I KNOW  19!!!! 
It was basically a circle as the base and then up the sides. Then two ears which are sewn on.
Not bad for this beginner. I now want to increase my repertoire and make a larger basket, because I love baskets.

Then I noticed this little blanket tossed on a pile in my local opshop, I didn't grab it straight away as it was falling apart and unravelling. I certainly didn't need another project on my list but the price was only $4.00. I slept on it and the next day it was still there, so I grabbed it then. I planned to make a few cushions from the squares. By carefully unpicking and redoing, this was the result.

Having some fun with filters on picmonkey, little distracting at times, tell me if you approve or not.

So as I was saying. chopped out some squares by carefully unpicking and this was the happy result.

Magnificently modelled by Maxi the chihuahua, in his normal position on my daughters bed. I have now completed two cushions and had quite a bit left of the blanket. My plan now is to sew them into a square and crochet a new border to increase the size and for $4.00 and some spare time I have fashioned two cushions and a throw rug. Well, yes there is the cost of cushion inserts and a few balls of yarn but still I will have these items done quickly because someone spent most of the time crocheting this neglected little throw to start.
Love the little gems one can find, one mans know the rest.

I um had to stop when this huge butterfly was attracted to this huge gerbera.............see told you I was distracted by the photo shopping one can do these days
Also waiting to read this book recommended to me by Denice from
Denice's day. I was taken by some of the books she has reviewed as well as the fact she is a interesting person with a chatty blog.
Hello Denice!

Then I decided I had better start chopping up my summer wardrobe.
 Dress done!

 I actually had bought this as quilting fabric and luckily as it was on sale I bought a few meters. Enough for my dress YAY. 

A blouse and some linen pants. 

I think they will go well together. So now the hard part is done I hope to make some start on them during the week because there 'aint nothing on the TV to watch so I may use some good productive time to get my projects under control.

This is my current TV watching project, loving it but I MUST get some other things done to a finish....I MUST....

I haven't bought any more projects or fabrics without purpose so that's good, but seriously I am starting to get nervous as I am not finishing too many lately.
And I have a definite to do as a gift for my bosses retirement, that's in July next year but if I don't get a wriggle on...


  1. Hello back! Thanks for the nod in my direction! And you have been busy, too! LOVE what you did with the crochet throw you found. It's another cold, wet, raw day here so seeing summer clothes in the making makes me shiver. We're digging closets for our sweaters and turtlenecks.

  2. You're a crafting machine! Very impressive. I became mildly addicted to crochet as well a couple of years ago but had to stop as it gave me repetitive strain injury in my right hand/arm (lamest injury ever, I know.) Love the fabric for your summer dress too and would it be weird to say I also love your parquet flooring behind the opshop blanket!

  3. That little crochet cup is so cute. It doesn't look easy at all, but then I'm not a crocheter. That blanket went to the right person, I love that you recyled it into 2 cushions and a throw. That summer dress is going to be so pretty! Love your pretty hexies, such gorgeous vintage fabrics!

  4. Hello Dear Susan, hey, I'm here at last enjoying your lovely post and catch-up on your Hobart trip too! I love the fabric for your blouse - I have used that in a few quilts and such like and it's really nice: your blouse and trousers will be lovely I'm sure. Love your little crochet basket fella too, you did a great job! Of course as you know, I've seen and admired on IG the work you did on the op shop buy - such a clever and patient cookie you are!
    Thanks so much for your lovely message on my 'comeback' to blogland - love your comment about the gallahs!!! Anyway, I have to keep going - so many messages to reply to ……. talk soon! xo Joy

  5. This post is just so jamb packed with beautiful things, I almost don't know where to begin! But I do love the results of your new hobby. That lamb is adorable. Your upcycled crocheted pillows are really pretty. Love the photos! What's your IG handle, Susan? I want to make sure I am following so I can see these as you post them on instagram!