Crochet hat #2

I am currently making an effort to finish off projects I have already started. Last week I finally finished a hat for my eldest that was requested while I was still working on the hat I made for my youngest back in Novemeber .

I let her pick the yarn from Red Apple Yarn our local lovely wool shop. I also asked what type of hat she wanted and the decision mainly involved her not wanting a hat like her sisters and it needed to have a bobble on the top.

Now I started crocheting this hat a couple of months ago after practising how to do a “magic loop” to start the round. Aiming to make a beanie style but as with my first hat I think I added too many stitches and and I very quickly got a very wobbly circle. Being stubborn I carried on adding layers, while slowly reducing the amount of stitches I was adding in the hope it would some how improve itself, somehow..

Anyway eventually I gave up on the beanie idea but instead of unpicking and starting again I decided to try and make it into a beret style. Amazingly  after several layers even stitching, slowly reducing and then drastically reducing it didn’t look too bad……….. Well that was until I put it on R head.

Sadly I didn’t consider taking any photos of this or the next attempt that look very quickly like a mini sombrero.

After more unpicking I decided that I liked the shape of little cone I had been created at the top half of the mini sombrero and decided maybe a pixie hat would been a good way forward. I created this by adding a stitch every half circle. I’m surprised that it still grew as fast as it did I was expecting the hat to be a bit taller by the time it was the right width for her head.

I added a few extra layers with no added stitches so it held snug to her head and could be folded up (as I had purposely made it to be slightly too big)

Next to add the all important bobble which meant I had to remind myself how to make pompoms I used the template from Homemade gifts made easy because it is much easier and quicker than the traditional method.

Then since I had recently failed to resist the lure of a craft magazine that happened to have a flower loom as it’s free gift it was decided that the hat needed 2! flowers as well.

Anyway the photos of the finished product. Ready just in time for the extended spring heat wave.

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Your not imagining things that flowers are moving about as we were still deciding on where they should be and I was taking photos while I had the chance given the current weather I may not get the opportunity of quite a while.

And finally a lovely photo of my girls hiding in their hats. Maybe they will fit properly by next year.

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Easter prayer flowers

Every so often I’m not the only one in the house that comes up with the crazy crafty plans. J was planning services and a few weeks ago was telling me about a plan to cut out some heart shapes for writing prayer on during one service, so that they could then be made into flowers to add to the cross in the church on Easter day. I foolishly asked the question “and who is going to make these heart prayers into flowers?” Nothing wrong in asking (even if I did have suspicions) but at that point he had not thought that far ahead and it was at that point it thought oohh your good at crafty things like that…..

So, after having cut out about 60 hearts a few weeks earlier, on the Saturday evening before Easter day I was doing some cutting and sticking to complete my man’s crafty plans.

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These first ones were made by folding all the hearts in half and sticking them to a cardboard circle with a shortened section of egg box painted yellow in the centre.

 

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These were a bit more fiddly but sadly this photo doesn’t really show them very well. To make these I first folded the hearts in half and rounded the bottoms. Then I stuck them directly to the egg box cut out. Once I had stuck on about 3 layers of hearts (and the glue was dry enough,) I gently bent the petals outward to make the bloom.

I then punctured a hole through the centre of each flower big enough of garden wire to make a stem of sorts so they could be attached.

And below the flowers in situ the our churches Easter cross.

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Napkins

In my never ending quest to attempt to better ourselves and limit are impact of the environment it is nearly always better to find reusable options. In this case kitchen roll.

As with most project these days, the first came across the idea on Pinterest. Find an example here

Seems simple enough.

The ones made in the link are made with ‘birds-eye cotton’ which is suppose to be very absorbent but I couldn’t’ find any locally so when I saw some microfibre tea towels (for less than £1.50) I figure they would probably do just as well.

So I had my first proper craft day to my self in a while and got to work on these (I’m not avoiding all the other projects I’m part way through or waiting for me).

First I worked out how big the towels would be when cut into quarters then cut the towels and some cotton fabric I have in the stash to the same size.

Note to self: Microfibre cloth sheds/frays something rotten at raw edges (got bits everywhere)

I sewed them together pattern side in (leaving a gap) then inverted it so the pattern was on the outside.

I then turned it inside out again to trim the seam and corners (only with the first one as I remembered to do this before turning the right way round with the rest)

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Once turned the right way out I use the machine to sew another seam to close the gap and hold the edges together neatly.

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I made 8 in all at the moment, out of 2 tea towels. I need to wash them before we use them to get rid of the excess fluff that came off the raw edges of the microfibre cloth.

Many of the tutorials for these include tabs to hold them together in the same way as a kitchen roll or in the link I have included she has made button holes to hang them on a hook. Me, I’m just going to put them in a little plastic basket I have, it seems so much simpler.