Bavarian update and a bit about me.

Well hello!

Bit of a gap between my posts sorry about that, the littlest dude is having a growth spurt and making sure we all know about it! ๐Ÿ˜‰ plus my carpal tunnel is seriously playing up making even typing hard so i’ve been resting up a bit ๐Ÿ™‚

So whats new in My Wide Eyed World? Well i have been forward planning a couple of new projects including this, isn’t it stunning? Unfortunately i can’t get the yarn requested in the pattern but after having a chat with the lovely Truly Hookedย i have ordered some lovely custom died yarn to make it with! And rather than go with the crowd i have decided to go for some sea colour tones โค so watch this space for updates!

I have also been beavering away at the Mad Mad Me inspired Bavarian Rainbow blanket. Here is a little progress piccy for you-

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It’s getting quite enormous now and lovely and snuggly, can really picture snuggling up under it in the winter when its done!

Another reason i have been pushing to get this finished (apart from the fact that my WIP pile seems to be ever increasing!) is that i won some gorgeous Rainbow yarn from the lovely Cuddlebums! She makes some stunning yarns and i am thrilled to have one winging its way to me!

Here is the beautiful skein i won! Can’t believe this beauty is mine ๐Ÿ™‚

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I have decided i am going to use it to edge the Bavarian blanket, i had been thinking of edging it in white but this will look much better ๐Ÿ™‚ a proper rainbowy way to end such a huge rainbowy project lol.

I have also been working on my own patterns i actually have one written hereย (its also available on Ravelry for those who aren’t fans of Etsy) which i made last year ๐Ÿ™‚

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i have been working on a sister for my elf, a little ballerina or fairy (i can’t decide yet) and also some topsy turvy dolls. A recent post on facebook made me feel so nostalgic i couldn’t resist having a go making up a pattern! so again please watch this space for updates ๐Ÿ™‚

So i promised an Edgit review… i have to say so far its not going well ๐Ÿ˜ฆ i am massively disappointed with it, it didnt work at all for the project i had in mind when i brought it so at the moment it is sitting on my desk gathering dust. I am going to give it a second try and see what happens but i am really not feeling the love with it right now ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

My big dude has started showing an interest in crochet and after turning my back on him for a few minutes i came back to find him doing this-

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He had pulled out a ball of yarn, popped it in the yarn bowl, grabbed a hook and started crocheting! “It’s a teddy for me” I was told when i asked what he was doing bless him! โค

This week i thought i should share a picture of me… here you go-

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Hahaha i said a piccy not a photo :p this awesome drawing was done by the amazingly talented Eric fromย Red Ink Sagaย who is the brother of a lovely friend who runs Sugar-Coated Chaos. i seriously recommend you check these guys out ๐Ÿ™‚ they are both lovely, mega talented people! Sugar-Coated Chaos has some amazing geek inspire designs. I especially love the tardis and chewbaccas! Piccy

Eric also drew this picture of my crocheting ninja alter ego-

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Isn’t it ace? ๐Ÿ˜€ Please pop over and show them some love (and say i sent you ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

And on that note i will leave you for today!

Ciao for now!

WEM x

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Lots to do and something new!

Hi there!

Been a bit quiet here the last week as Wide Eyed Daddy has been on holiday from work so we have been having lots of fun family time ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Building epic train tracks-

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and chilling at the park-

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And little wide eyed boy as grown more confident by the day with his walking and is keeping us all on our toes ๐Ÿ™‚

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But of course i have managed to squeeze in some crochet ๐Ÿ˜‰

At the moment i am working on several projects at once, i am seriously suffering with my carpal tunnel and find it very difficult to hold a normal hook so i have been using my furls hook as much as possible but i only have it in one size so thats not always possible. I find varying the stitch i’m doing helps as i’m not constantly using the same movements so hence the multiple projects! (if anyone has any hints or tips to help me deal with this i’d love to hear from you ๐Ÿ™‚ )

I only have one to show you today but i’m super pleased with them ๐Ÿ™‚ little giraffe themed trousers (or pants for my american friends!) ๐Ÿ˜€ I adapted a basic trouser pattern from Ira Rott (link to her etsy pattern here)ย Its a brilliant pattern, easy to read and well explained the sizing is also spot on. I love the designs she includes with the pattern and will definitely be making some more in those styles as well as buying some more of her patterns! I then added some spots and a tail and hey presto giraffe pants!ย 

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And back-

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What do you think? These are being added to the growing stash of things i am making for my new little niece/nephew, poor thing is going to be swamped with things! i’ve also got a rattle, a basket weave blanket, a hat and a jumper on the go! Hoping to share with you all soon ๐Ÿ˜‰ย 

On another note something new landed on my door step today which i am super excited about! An Edgit crochet hook!

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Been looking for something like this for ages but there is just nothing like it in the UK so took the plunge and ordered one from the States to come here to me in Italy, i already have a project in mind for it just need to find the time to squeeze it in lol! I will pop up a review when i have had a chance to have a real play with it ๐Ÿ™‚

Well thats all from me for now ๐Ÿ™‚ the big dude wants to play trains again (no surprises there!) so ciao for now!

WEM

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Stripy Crochet Cuddles!

Hello!

Well i was so inspired after my late blog post i jumped right into a new project ๐Ÿ™‚ (is there anything more exciting than that new project buzz?)

I decided to go make I love buttons giraffe pattern which can be found here- http://ilovebuttonsbyemma.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/crochet-giraffe-pattern.htmlย 

Its a nice simple pattern, good for beginners However there are a few mistakes within the pattern but an experienced crocheter will pick them up with ease, or a quick scroll through the comments section will highlight any major issues ๐Ÿ™‚ I think she has done a really good job considering its her first pattern!

The only alteration to the pattern i made was to try out Planet Junes perfect stripes techniques (the invisible join & no cut join) they can both be found on her awesome blog here-ย http://www.planetjune.com/blog/the-cleanest-stripes-in-amigurumi-a-comparison/ย  i used a hybrid of both techniques as i didn’t want to cut the yarn every round as there were two rows of each colour. They are a bit fiddly to start with but well worth the effort and soon i was doing it without even thinking!

Heres a quick piccy of how my stripes came out-

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See what i mean? Its so nice to have level stripes rather than the staggered rows you normally get working in the round.

The colours i used aren’t exactly the same as recommended in the pattern as i just used what i had. I made him up using style craft special DK (brought from the lovely Sconch textiles– please check her out, fab service and lots of amazing products!)ย so he came out slightly bigger than the one in the pattern but i like that, just more to cuddle ๐Ÿ˜‰

So here he is-

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And a shot of him soaking up some italian sun-

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What do you think? I am super pleased with him!

I have now started up a Pinterest board just for giraffe inspired things and i am going to make as many for my sister as i can! So please spam me with patterns you have found as i would love to see them ๐Ÿ™‚

In other news little wide eyed dude has started walking! He is definitely going to keep us on our toes now, and maybe give his brother a run for his money in the mischief stakes ๐Ÿ™‚

He is our little guys toddling round-

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And on that i’ll sign off as i need to go chase him!

Ciao for now

WEM

New baby gifts and an attempt at designing!

Hello! Sorry for the long gap between posts, I am such a newbie to the world of blogging i worry i am waffling to much and can never decide what to write about next lol!

This week i have been scratching my brain trying to decide what to make for my sisters baby who is due in October. I am very excited to be an auntie again and since having the big wide eyed boy was what inspired me to get crafting i always like to make an effort to make something for the new arrival.

She doesn’t know what she is having so i’ve been having a fun time trying to keep things gender neutral though i admit i love the surprise and all the fun of trying to guess the gender (though i’m sure she is fed up of it by now lol)

I made her this little pram blanket as she is mad on giraffes ๐Ÿ™‚ its my own design inspired by a picture i had seen online. I appliquรฉd the giraffes on and backed it with a giraffe print plush.

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I was chuffed with how it turned out ๐Ÿ™‚

However in the last few weeks i have been itching to make something else… I am slightly more limited out here as my trusty sewing machine is still back in the UK and i only have a small amount of yarn with me (well small in terms of the overall size of my stash! *shhh don’t tell wide eyed daddy*)

So it has to be crochet… i found a couple of really lovely patterns online.

Firstly this super cute giraffe toy by I Love Buttons by Emma-ย http://ilovebuttonsbyemma.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/crochet-giraffe-pattern.htmlย The only trouble is i have no toy stuffing :/ hmmm anyone know a good craft store in italy? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Also saw this crochet stacker toy which is just adorable by Handmade by Kitty-ย https://www.etsy.com/listing/155486038/kirin-giraffe-jungle-stacker-amigurumi?ref=shop_home_activeย Its like three gifts in one- a stacking toy, a cuddly toy and a teething toy! And although i know its not technically giraffe related i adore these cute dolls also by handmade by kitty-ย https://www.etsy.com/listing/154782017/dress-up-fluffy-kitty-rabbit-bear-doll?ref=shop_home_activeย i’m seriously tempted to buy both patterns even with my lack of toy stuffing lol!

This is another adorable giraffe by ZiezoDutchDesign-ย http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/gigi-giraf

Moving away from Giraffes i also loved these patterns too-

This is from a non english blog (i think its called Knitted style- apologies if i have that wrong!)ย http://pinterest.com/pin/389913280209072370/ย this little guy is just adorable!

Then what kid doesn’t want a minion???ย http://wolfdreamer-oth.blogspot.com.au/2010/07/despicable-minion.htmlย This pattern by Wolf Dreamer if fab and free too!

I also love this pattern by Heidi Bears, the pattern and colours are just stunning! There is a bear version too which i just adore!-ย http://pinterest.com/pin/389913280208716490/ย i wish i could find a giraffe version!

Has anyone seen any other nice patterns? I would love you to share them with me! As you can see my Pinterest board is rather mega lol, one day i WILL make them all… At least thats how i justify my yarn stash to WID ๐Ÿ˜‰

This week i also tried my hand at designing. I saw the most beautiful yarn at Devon Sun yarns, she makes some stunning yarns! I don’t own any YET but i will ๐Ÿ˜‰ this one in particular i could just see as a field of flowers-ย https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=655768397772137&set=pb.634714169877560.-2207520000.1375431693.&type=3&theaterย So i decided to have a go at writing my own pattern ๐Ÿ™‚

this is what i have so far (please excuse the picture, i was using some very bright yarn for my trials which proved very difficult to photograph!

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What do you think? It’s a work in progress but i’m quite pleased.

Well thats it from me for now ๐Ÿ™‚ look forward to chatting soon.

Ciao for now!

WEM X