Sunday, 25 December 2011

He's here!

William Ivor

Born: 19th December 2011, 8.19am
9lbs 12 oz (yep... ouch!)

After bringing him into the world i had a pretty hard time and had to stay in hospital for a while but got home Friday. I am continuing to improve every day. William is amazing! I know i'm probably bias but he is being an angel so far! Hardly any crying, feeding and sleeping well and allowing us to sleep in between!

Well i will leave you all to your celebrations, family time etc. We are having a quiet one, just the three of us! Possibly catching up with family in the next couple of weeks.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Bobble stripe Blanket

Bobble stripe blanket is finally finished! I think the border took just as long as the rest of the blanket! I kind of made the pattern up myself based on other blankets i had seen online.
Chain as many as you want for how wide you would like your blanket, in multiples of 4.
Foundation Row: Trebble in each chain across.
Row 1:Half trebble in first 3 stitches, Make bobble in next stitch. Repeat until you get to the end.
Row 2: Change colour and trebble in each stitch across.
Row 3: Change colour, half trebble in first 4 stitches, make bobble in next stitch. *Half trebble in next 3 stitches, make bobble in next stitch*, repeat until end.
Row 4: Change colour and trebble in each stitch across.
Repeat rows 1 to 4, changing colours as you go (i did mine randomly but you can do it how you like), until the blanket measures the length you would like.

I used a border from the pattern book i have used before. It is basically a simple wavy one. I trebbled in each stitch around (trying to spread them out evenly along the side edges). Then for the next two rounds i did two trebbles in each trebble of the last round. I changed the colour for the last round just to finish it off. However any simple border will look nice around this pattern.

So there you have it. Another blanket finished and ready for our little boy. Due date is tomorrow so hopefully we shall have some movement soon!!!

Friday, 9 December 2011

General babble and gift ideas

The count down is continuing... only one week to go til the due date for the arrival of our little boy! Getting fed up of being fat, limited clothes to choose from and being limited in the things i can do (mainly cos this big fat boy gets in the way haha).

I know i should be making the most of the peace and quiet... i have been off work for 2 weeks now. The first week i spent doing a lot of crafting for various people, winter cleaning the house and sorting out those little jobs you keep putting off and this week i have been mainly chilling out, lunch with my mum and crocheting.

The bobble stripe blanket is coming along nicely this week. I had a break from it while i completed some other projects but have picked it up again now. The hubby is enjoying picking the order of colours i should do. I wonder if i will get to finish it before the boy arrives??

We had some practice contractions last weekend, which got our hopes up a bit because we thought he was coming but turns out it was just him worming his way down and engaging more apparently!

Well with the general babble out of the way, i wanted to just remind everyone of some of the goodies i have on offer from my Facebook Page - Sharky Knows. You could find the perfect gift for a loved one or a stocking filler for someone special!

I have a few blankets for sale - smallish sizes, perfect for draping over your lap this winter, or a great size for prams, car seats and wrapping up gorgeous babies!

There is a range of bunting available too, fabric options or colourful crochet flowers.

These little curly key rings are perfect stocking fillers and are only one pound!

There are many other items available on the Sharky Knows Facebook page so please pop by and have a look, don't forget to send a link to your friends and family!

I'm pretty rubbish at blogging at the moment so sorry for that, in a way i hope i will get a chance to do some more posts before the boy arrives but then again part of me hopes not!

Friday, 4 November 2011

New scarves!

I am happy to announce that my -Sharky Knows Facebook Page - has some new additions for sale!! Check out these knitted scarves/neck warmers.

I'm not very good at taking pictures and it always seems to be dark when i get round to doing it at the moment, but you get the gist... they look really lovely on and will make great gifts for this time of year!

Feel free to pass on the Sharky Knows Facebook Page link to your friends and family!

In other news - the stripey bobble blanket is coming on well for the little boy. The little boy is also coming along well, and getting fatter and heavier by the day! Counting down the weeks... we are 34 weeks tomorrow, so only 6 weeks to go!!! yay!!!

Monday, 31 October 2011

Multi-coloured stripey tassel scarf

I am very excited today because i have had my first Sharky Knows order for christmas! A few wristwarmers and a scarf! Lets hope this is the start of a flurry for my Sharky Knows facebook page - Check it out and forward it to all your friends and family!

Also this week i have another finished project to show! A brightly coloured scarf for one of my nephews. It was a really simple pattern i found online - basically chain a length long enough for what you want (this one is for my 3 yr old nephew so i chained 170 to start). Then trebble in every chain across, changing colour at ends. You can obviously do any colour combination or number of rows of each colour as you want. For this one i used 6 colours and did one row in each then repeated the colours in reverse as you can see.

I added tassels to mine, which i think finish it off really nicely! To do this i just cut lengths of yarn just over four times the length i wanted. I then folded them in half and in half again. Using my crochet hook i pulled a loop of wool through, just enough so i could pass the ends of the wool through it and pulled it tight into a knot. (not sure if this makes sense, i should have taken pictures of the steps, but i'm sure there are loads of tutorials and instructions online).

This is how the end looked before the tassels - fine, but a bit boring in my opinion.

My husband chose the colours - really bright, cheerful and will pretty much go with anything! I have made another one for my other nephew but forgot to take photos before i wrapped it up. Hopefully i will get a picture of it when he's opened it at the end of december.

Just got 5 more weeks of work now until i finish for Maternity leave so looking forward to that! Counting down the weeks til the boy should arrive... less than 7 to go now!!! yay!!!

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Stripey bobble on its way!

Well...i knew it! ... I knew once i showed my husband the link to the stripey bobble blanket he would want one knocked up right away!

So here is the start of it... i was a bit worried i might not have much to do when i go on maternity leave, waiting for the little boy to arrive... not anymore!

Pretty Cardigan

I have been busy finishing this project over the last week and am happy to finally post about the finished article!

It is a slouchy cardigan for my little neice who will be 1 in December. With my little boy due in December i am having to get super organised with finishing presents and gifts for people. I have made other things for another neice and a nephew, however stupidly forgot to take photos of them before i wrapped them up! So hopefully once i give them their gifts i will get a picture of them to post.

So here is the finished cardi, complete with sparkly flower broach ( the photo doesn't show the sparkly baby wool i used very well) and Sharky Knows original label!

The pattern i used can be found here at Lion Brands. I used a nice cream double knit wool for the cardigan and a 4mm hook. I found the pattern for the flower here at Very Berry Handmade and i used a cream double knit with a bit of sparkle in it!

I think its quite cute. It was fairly simple to make, although i had to use markers for the first time. I guess you could use the basic pattern/number of stitches to make other cardi's but change the pattern of stitch you use, e.g. granny stripes or shell pattern etc. Looking forward to see my niece wear it in the winter!

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Edging for swaddling blanket

Last weekend my mother in law Linda from Chalky's World gave me a super soft fleece piece of fabric. Once a blanket that she had started cutting up to use for other projects. She thought it would be perfect for swaddling our little monster when he arrives in December.

So i tidied it up by cutting it to make it rectangular again and zigzagged around the edge to stop it from fraying. I then thought it was a bit plain and decided to do a simple crochet border
round it to jazz it up a bit.

To start i had to do an embroidery chain stitch around the edge to create a base for me to crochet from. If i was to do this again i would make a bigger effort to make sure each chain stitch was exactly the same length as a crochet stitch with my 4mm hook. I didn't really think until i started crocheting that as my embroidery chains were slightly bigger than my crochet chains, this makes it difficult to do a nice even crochet border.

So instead of a border i chose from my Around the Corner crochet borders book that was made up of single crochets and chain gaps, i had to stick to a solid border. I went for 4 rows of half trebble crochet, using 3 different colours. It was pretty quick to do and i am pleased with the result.

It gives a nice edge to an otherwise plain blue blanket. I cant wait til i can actually use the swaddling blanket for our little boy, 10 weeks to go and counting... still feels like ages away though!

Monday, 26 September 2011

Love these bobbles!

Love Love Love this.....

You know i said i was sure i would find yet another project to fill my time for the baby....???.....

Monday, 19 September 2011

Multi-stitch baby blanket!

I have a ta-da post! Yay!If you weren't aware, i am having my first baby in December, a little boy. So i decided to make some blankets for him. I have already posted about the multi-coloured bobble blanket i have made for his bedroom/use around the house... this time i have made a smaller blanket to use when taking him out in his push chair and the car seat.

I LOVE colourful items for babies, so chose about 7 bold colours for the blanket. I have used various stitches and patterns for the blanket. If you are interested i will post some instructions for the different ones i have used. To be honest, i made it up as i went along, the more different variations of patterns you can use for each row the better it looks i feel!

I have made blankets like it before for other people and i have a couple for sale on my Facebook page. But i have taken it that little bit further with this one and added a fantastic border! I am really pleased with it! It is based on a border from 'Around the corner crochet borders'. All i did to adapt it was change the colours for each curl and spread them out a bit more.

So another thing made for the boy, don't think i have any other projects on the go for him at the moment but give it time... i am sure i will see something that i fancy for him! His Nanny Goat (Linda from Chalkys World) and Granddad Grey Head (he isn't a fan of his nickname) is coming down at the weekend, bringing some goodies that Great Grandma has got him, a cot bumper, changing mat and some sleeping bags. So we're really looking forward to that.

Hopefully soon i will get a chance to post some instructions for the patterns i have used in this blanket and also some new wool purchases i made today! Bargains from my little trip to town today!

Monday, 12 September 2011

Custom Order

I have been asked to do a custom order for this fab new website...

I am really pleased. Its such a clean, fresh, natural looking site and the things they sell are lovely! How privileged i am to have been asked! I have made these wrist warmers for the site, so hopefully they sell well and i will get some more commissions! (Nappies are expensive...)

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Cupcakes galore!

I am very excited.

My friend Sophia who i work with has started up making cupcakes! I cannot wait til we go back to work in September to try her latest ones. Her cakes always go down well in our staff room! At the moment she is looking at some low fat versions (her chocolate cakes with Mayo were delish!) but of course still does the good old full fat lovelies!!

Please please check out her new blog - Croyde Cupcakes - she has only just set it up this week so make sure you sign up to follow it to be kept posted of all her scrumptious cupcake goodness!

If you have a special event coming up or just want some for yourself just get in touch with her via her blog!

Friday, 19 August 2011

Bobble Blanket TA DA!!!

TA DA!!!

Yay i have FINALLY finished my bobble blanket for baby sticklebrick (that's the nick name for our little boy at the moment - stupid i know, speak to the hubby it was his idea!)
I am so pleased with it, it has worked out really well.

I used cream Aran wool for the bulk of it and cheated a bit by doing it in treble crochet (bobbles work best with single crochet in between but as i knew it was going to be a big blanket i thought forget that!). All the bobbles and the border are done using ordinary coloured acrylic wool. When i started it we didn't know if we were having a boy or a girl so i waited until we found out to do the border and chose some appropriate colours. I wanted it to be bright and i think i have definitely acheived that!

This wicked border was taken from the book Around the corner crochet borders by Edie Eckman, no. 24.It was the first border from the book i have tried and it worked well. Instructions were pretty clear and easy to follow. Not too many rows to do but looks great in the boyish colours.

This is my 20 week scan, not very clear in this picture but all was well. He has been wriggling around alot over the last two weeks and i am feeling pretty much every gymnastics move he is practicing! Which is really nice but also a bit of a pain when your trying to get to sleep! haha.

Will do a tutorial for the bobble blanket if anyone is interested. It is so versatile you can change it up so many ways - i have seen it done in just one plain colour which looks very effective, you can have the bobbles in straight columns rather than staggered like mine are, their really is loads of options to try. I would definitely recommend having a go at one, or just use the pattern for another item, a bag, a scarf, cushion cover... anything!

New York New York!

What an amazing two weeks we have had! An absolutely amazing wedding of my husbands cousin Ben and his lovely new wife Sarah. Beautiful setting in Buffalo, NY. Totally taken back by everything over the wedding weekend... 'taxi' to rehearsal party being a white limo, delicious meals and bbq's, great dancing and of course my husband looking superbly dapper in his tails! The pregnant fat girls dress i made was a success i think, loved the colour, nice and cool in the hot weather and the little flowers i made look pretty cute. Also don't think i look too fat in it which is nice! (And we matched in purple! Total fluke i swear!)

After the wedding weekend we were feeling a bit sad, as we had had such a fantastic time with all the family and it was great to see everyone. But we then flew to New York city!! And what a week we had there as well! Being preggers i had to take it easy but still managed to fit in loads of sights. We did A LOT of walking around and catching the subway etc.

Some of the things we saw...
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island (alot of steps to walk up!)
The Empire state building (again alot of steps)
Central Park
Yankee stadium where we watched them play the Tampa Bay Rays
A comedy club in the East side
Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Centre)
The Natural History Museum
Little Italy, Chinatown and Soho
Chelsea Market and driving range
Greenwich Village
Times Square
Financial District including the site of the Twin Towers where they are building the new one
5Th Avenue and alot of shopping!
F.A.O Swartz toy store featured in the movie BIG
Pier 17
Grand Central Station (just amazing - was out local stop so used it loads)

I may have missed some, we just saw so many things on our way around. On our way to Buffalo for the wedding we also visited Niagara Falls and took a ride on the Maid in the Mist which was just immense!

I have far too many photos of the trip so just selected these few to show you or we'll be here all day!

View from 'Top of the Rock', you can see the Empire State Building right in the middle.

The hubby, Sticklebrick(baby) and I at the Yankee Stadium.

View from the Empire State Building, looking over Central Park.

Me and the hubby at Top of the Rock, where this famous picture was taken.

Overall just a magical time. We really enjoyed ourselves. Probably the last big holiday we do for a while and certainly wont have one as easy to prepare for once our little boy arrives!

Exciting TA DA post to come soon! Just gotta find time in between gardening, tidying, washing, preparing for family visits, relaxing and crocheting to write a post about it! Possibly a tutorial on the way too, if i can work it all out!