Functional crochet - I call these Wrapples for reasons I'm going to assume I don't need to explain - for eco-friendly, safe transport of apples to school. Easy to post present too ;)
A little Procreate fun over some recent beach finds. This post title is a quote from Instagram (sic) but I can see what they're saying.
Old crochet vs new pen work. I find these pebbles with facets flat enough to balance the whole object on fascinating.
Interesting though how long it's taken me to put the two ideas together. Breaking out the hooks right now...
I made this start to a ring last night and decided I wanted something other than a white background to photograph it. So, I just picked up my sketchbook it being the first thing to hand.
The cover is has a very dark image so I open it up and there is this pattern that I'd never (consciously) noticed before. Nice to have a bit of synchronicity at the start of the day :-)
Whilst preparing to teach I've been creating my own handouts. It turns out that taking quality photos of yourself crocheting is pretty difficult because most of it does actually involve 2 hands. You would think I might have noticed this by now and asked someone to assist. Lesson learned :-)
Well, as I forge ahead with several projects it's easy to forget that I'm actually a maker of things! This is a very old piece I made about 6 or 7 years ago. The colour scheme is taken from the recycled handbag strap that's used at the back of the necklace. Love me a bit of freeform.
Now when I say other 'projects' I don't mean crochet. Earlier this week I visited the Autumnfair at the NEC. It was mostly a fact gathering mission as I'm hoping to exhibit there or at Springfair in the next few years even though I've just discovered the eye-watering cost!
So, I was cleaning out the 6 year old's school bag and what do I find? A(nother) stick. So I ask, "what's this?" (in Welsh, because I've been practising) and I get the reply. "A stick. I peeled it."
I was oddly filled with raptures. I understand it doesn't sound like much of a moment but it was. She was most bemused by my response! I've come to realise that she is her mother's daughter but if proof was needed, there was the peeled stick for all to examine! I did more than that though and grabbed a scalpel whilst telling her to sit down immediately for her first proper crochet lesson. It's a terrible carving as you can see but it was fast and functional.
She really enjoyed herself and was so pleased that she could finally get the hang of it after all these years of watching me. I'm still simply thrilled that she collects and peels sticks for no apparent reason.
Ok so yes, the hook I used was on the large side for the cotton yarn. But as the finished motif is to be used as a little pocket I didn't think it mattered.
This one is a little more (ahem) symmetrical than the first although I still made it up as I went along. Already stitched on to the dress, which is used as the background here.
I had a boyfriend that used to say that the heart symbol was a crass, Victorian invention. Yeah, he was a lot of fun ;-) I don't really care about it's origins, done well it's an elegant design that stands alone. Can't be used without connotations though.
So yes, this is yet another domestic project and not my usual fare but any excuse to use my hooks, right? This was just a trial and the next one will be used as a pocket on a little dress for a little friend's birthday.
Always nice to do a little granny work as it's so quick!
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