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 πŸ™‚Β 

Building epic train tracks-

Image

Β 

and chilling at the park-

Image

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

Image

Β 

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

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 πŸ™‚ )

I only have one to show you today but i’m super pleased with them πŸ™‚ little giraffe themed trousers (or pants for my american friends!) πŸ˜€ I adapted a basic trouser pattern from Ira Rott (link to her etsy pattern here)Β 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!Β 

Front-

Image

Β 

And back-

Β Image

Β 

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 πŸ˜‰Β 

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

Image

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 πŸ™‚

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

WEM

Β 

Stripy Crochet Cuddles!

Hello!

Well i was so inspired after my late blog post i jumped right into a new project πŸ™‚ (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.htmlΒ 

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 πŸ™‚ 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-Β http://www.planetjune.com/blog/the-cleanest-stripes-in-amigurumi-a-comparison/Β  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-

Image

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!)Β so he came out slightly bigger than the one in the pattern but i like that, just more to cuddle πŸ˜‰

So here he is-

Image

And a shot of him soaking up some italian sun-

Image

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

He is our little guys toddling round-

Image

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

Ciao for now

WEM