Monday, 27 January 2020

Teddy's Busy Day (+ yarn review!)

Hi everyone!

It has been a truly epic summer here in Australia, and I must admit I'm glad to be tumbling into February. Both Kiah and I ended up in hospital for several before Christmas with unrelated illnesses, the heat and humidity has been oppressive, the country has burned down and now there's floods. I think it's nearly time for a break!

So today I've put together something a bit fun for you, to show off Stylecraft's gorgeous new Regatta yarn. It's 74% cotton plus polyamide and elastane, which makes the yarn super bouncy. It still doesn't stretch lengthways like acrylic, but springs out sideways. I don't usually like making toys with cotton because the yarn gets "stringy" and the holes in the fabric get bigger and bigger, but with this yarn the sideways spring makes it look amazing. Check out the stitch definition, and these gorgeous colours! 

I used the Crew colourway, and Anne's adorable Cross Your Heart Teddy pattern. Allie has already claimed it, and loves cuddling Teddy and tucking him into bed . 

Stylecraft sent me this yarn to try out, but the opinions in this blogpost are my own and I am under no obligation to say nice things. 

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TEDDY'S BUSY DAY

*BLEEP BLEEP BLEEP*

Teddy rolled over and cracked open his eyes - it was 6am, time to start another day. He stumbled to the shower to wake himself up a bit. 



The shower wasn't quite enough, so he had to have a really strong coffee as well.



After coffee he felt a bit better, and so before work he had a play on the slide.



At work, Teddy had LOTS of drawing to do.



He also had to do reading, but that was ok - Teddy likes reading. 



Fortunately, then it was time for lunch!


After lunch, Teddy had to go to lots of meetings. Luckily there was cake at one of them, otherwise he didn't know how he would have coped.


Finally it was time to go home. On his way, Teddy stopped off at the gym to do his exercises. He was a bit optimistic about the weights but is very squishy so it wasn't a big problem.


Once he got home, Teddy popped out to the garden for a quick game of hide and seek (and to pull out the weeds of course).


Teddy had such a busy day! It was time for him to go to bed. Night night Teddy! 



See you in the morning!


Sunday, 22 December 2019

Advent Meditation Crochet Along - Week 4

Hi everyone!

It is time for the fourth and last part of the Advent Meditation CAL! Hard to believe, isn't it? We had a good time and we hope you did as well!

For those who are just joining us, you can find an overview of all information about the CAL here

For those of you who celebrate: Merry Christmas! Have wonderful days with your loved ones and lots of good food - we certainly plan to!

Sooo, here comes pattern no 4:




Stitch Guide:

dc3tog - double crochet 3 together (or bobble stitch) - Tutorial from LookAtWhatIMade (includes instructions for beg dc3tog - beginning double crochet 3 together - called a First Bobble Stitch in this tutorial)

hdc - half double crochet - Photo and Video Tutorial from Lion Brand Yarns

spike sc - spike single crochet - Photo Tutorial from The Spruce Crafts




Sunday, 15 December 2019

Advent Meditation Crochet Along - Week 3

Hi everyone!

2019 is disappearing quickly and somehow it's already time for Week 3 of the Crochet Between Worlds Advent Meditation Crochet Along! You can find an overview of all information about the CAL here

We hope that you enjoyed the first two patterns and would love to see your pictures! If you use instagram, can you use the hashtag #cbwadvent? That would be brilliant. :) 

To slow down the video, you can click on "Settings" and reduce the Playback Speed to 0.75. If you go much slower than that, Michelle sounds like she's been having wayyyyy too much Christmas cheer :P 

Pattern no 3 is a wee bit more complicated, but just pause as often as you need to!

 

Stitch Guide

sc2tog - single crochet 2 together - Photo, text and video tutorial by New Stitch a Day

sc3tog - single crochet 3 together - Photo tutorial by Knotions

fphdc - front post half double crochet - Photo Tutorial by Crochet Parfait

Sunday, 8 December 2019

Advent Meditation Crochet Along - Week 2

Hi everyone!

It's already time for Week 2 of the Crochet Between Worlds Advent Meditation Crochet Along! You can find an overview of all information about the CAL here

We hope that you enjoyed the first pattern and would love to see your pictures! If you use instagram, can you use the hashtag #cbwadvent? That would be brilliant. :) 

To slow down the video, you can click on "Settings" and reduce the Playback Speed to 0.75. If you go much slower than that, Michelle sounds like she's been having wayyyyy too much Christmas cheer :P 

So without further ado, here comes pattern no 2!




Stitch Guide


Puff stitch - Tutorial from Annie's Catalog (but you can make your puff stitches as puffy as you want!) 

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Advent Meditation Crochet Along - Week 1

Hi everyone!

It's time for Week 1 of the Crochet Between Worlds Advent Meditation Crochet Along. We hope you are as excited as we are!

You can find all information about the CAL here. If you have questions, you can post them here. We are also active in the Stylecraft Make-Along Facebook group. We will try to answer as soon as possible, but we are not online all the time (you know... life, work, sleep, and so on).

The meditation available on youtube at  or you can view the file below. It's just audio, with a placeholder picture. 






This weeks pattern uses some "special" stitches next to the normal one. If you are unfamiliar with one of them (list below), we recommend that you read the linked tutorial before you start.

Special Stitch Guide for Week 1

Stacked standing double crochet - you can use this instead of 3ch or another kind of standing dc - Video Tutorial by Michelle

treble 5 together - Tutorial by LookAtWhatIMade but with an extra helper to make your tr5tog pointier: at the last step, don't pull through all 6 loops at the same! yo, pull through three, then yo, pull through the rest! 

sc in the third loop - Where is the Third Loop - Tutorial by Oombawaka Design


We can't wait to see your decorations! 

Love,
Michelle & Anne xx 


P.S. Please remember that we are offering this crochet meditation CAL for free in our spare time. We will not be able to answer your questions at any time of the day. Living in two different time zones (Australia and Europe) means that we cover a decent chunk of the days; however, we also have a life and will definitely not always be online or available even if we are awake. Furthermore, there is a chance that technical difficulties might occur (they did last time) or that there are errors in the pattern (we tried to do our best to make sure they are fine!). We ask you to notify us if there are technical issues or errors, but we also ask you to be patient with us. We will work on it as soon as humanely possible.

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

BAWJ2019 - Weeks 31-35!

Hi everyone!

Back again, as promised, with Squares 31 to 35 of the BAWJ2019! 


Have you seen our 2019 Advent Meditation CAL? It starts on 1 December 2019, and the first episode is already recorded, tested and waiting for you!

If you want to join in on BAWJ2019 and see the squares we've been working over the year, check out Julie's Facebookgroupblog and Ravelry Board for more information.


WEEK 31 - OCTOBER LOVE by AURORA SUOMINEN


Pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/october-love


Yarn colours: Sage, Rose, Copper 



Oh, it was so nice to have a relatively simple pattern this week! The clean lines made it the perfect opportunity to show off the Stylecraft Batik Elements in the centre section. 





WEEK 32 - RINSKE SQUARE by SUSAN CARLSON

Pattern: https://feltedbutton.com/blogs/new-felted-button-blog/free-crochet-pattern-rinske-square


Yarn colours: Olive (no longer available), Plum and Coral



I enjoyed playing with the colours on this incredible textured square. It uses a lot of yarn, with rows layered over one another! Felted Button writes beautifully clear patterns that are easy to follow. 


Look at all that texture!

WEEK 33 - FLORA & FAUNA by SANDRA ENG

Pattern: https://mobiusgirldesign.com/flora-fauna-free-crochet-block-pattern/


Yarn colours: Gold, Raspberry, Mint, Silver



I'm not sure where the fauna are in this square, but I do love it! It worked up pretty square, and the textures are lovely. 



These rich colours in the Stylecraft Batik made the design sing, in my opinion :) 




WEEK 34 - AMAYA by MELISSA GREEN

Pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/amaya-3


Yarn colours: Lupin, Cream



As advertised, this square worked up quickly and easily. I followed the colour change directions in the pattern, and it came out quite nicely! 




WEEK 35 - ARBORETUM SQUARE by SONYA BLACKSTONE


Pattern: https://blackstone-designs.com/arboretum-square/


Yarn colours: Mint, Plum, Heather



Hoo boy. No amount of blocking is going for make this look straight. I don't know how Julie did it in her test version!



The techniques were interesting to learn, and the design is fascinating but I think I'd need to change directions each row to get it to any semblance of straight. Overall it is square though!

PHEW. Next instalment: Squares 36-40! 

Saturday, 23 November 2019

BAWJ2019 - Weeks 26-30!

Hi everyone!

It's time for a BAWJ2019 update - I'm up to date, but to keep you all sane I'll still keep reporting on 5 squares at a time. This time, so that I don't get caught up in other things, I've scheduled 3 posts over the next week or two :D We're nearly finished, then my Christmas project will be joining them up into blankets to donate to charity. 


Have you seen our 2019 Advent Meditation CAL? It starts on 1 December 2019, and the first episode is already recorded, tested and waiting for you!

If you want to join in on BAWJ2019 and see the squares we've been working over the year, check out Julie's Facebookgroupblog and Ravelry Board for more information.


WEEK 26 - CANADA SQUARE by TANIA LEIS


Pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/canada-square


Yarn colours: Cherry, Cream and Sulfur


This was a very clever square - each row of stitches represented a different province of Canada!


While sampler things are not always my favourite style of work, it was fun to work lots of different stitches, and learn a bit more about Canadian geography. 


The little maple leaves in the corner are so clever! 


WEEK 27 - PATRIOTIC PLAID SQUARE by CYLINDA MATHEWS


Pattern: https://www.crochetmemories.com/blog/patriotic-plaid-square/


Yarn colours: Storm, Coral and Gold


The repeating stitch pattern was quite cute, but it irritated me that the square struggled to be, well, square. I'm sure peer pressure will sort it out once the blankets are put together, but it's always a risk with layered post stitches. 


I also found the pattern quite complicated to follow, and there was a reasonable amount of frogging and cursing. Once I got the hang of it, it was fine though!

WEEK 28 - REBIRTH by MAGDALENE LEE


Pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rebirth-2


Yarn colours: Plum, Sage, Gold and Cream


Despite the popcorns, I loved this square! The design is just gorgeous, the instructions were straightforward and clear, and it sits pretty much square and flat!


I love the detail of the spikes around the central circle. The colour options for this square were endless, but I'm very happy with my choice of the cream as a background colour including the popcorn texture, and highlighting the surface crochet with bright colours.



WEEK 29 - BLOOMING LILY OF THE WATER by JOANITA THERON

Pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/blooming-lily-of-the-water-square


Yarn colours: Plum, Iron, Coral, Rose, Cherry, Graphite


You know me, I love a square square. The way that the lily petals are secured to the square pulls each side into the middle... 


But, the texture and design of the centre circle is lovely - I wonder if I could use this motif in another way? 

WEEK 30 - KINNEDY NICHELLE AFGHAN SQUARE by PAM KNIGHTON-HAENER


Pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/kinnedy-nichelle-afghan-square


Yarn colours: Teal, Cream, Heather, Platinum, Mint, Gold


Another beautifully written and designed square by Pam Knighton-Haener! The textures are simply lovely, and such clear instructions for a relatively complicated pattern. 


That daisy in the centre is so cute, and my only complaint is the number of ends after changing colour every single row :P 

PHEW. Coming in a few days: Squares 30-35!