Wednesday, 20 April 2011

You Hexy drive me crazy.....c'mon..

Na Na Na Na Na, Na Na Na Na Na Na Na, Na Na Na Na Na Na Na........... 

Oh hello, don't mind me, just singing along to myself while I finally think about posting my Hexy Baby adventures. So if you are visiting here, it probably means that I have finally fessed up and told you that I have started this blog.  I thought it would be easier to keep track of all my crafting adventures and leave room on the other blog for the family stuff. Anyway, this post is supposed to be about Hexy so here goes.....

I found this pattern on Ravelry a few weeks back and was so happy with the simplicity of it that I have been using up my scrap balls of wool and making several of them to add to the ever growing pile of baby goods waiting to be gifted.

It is such an easy but clever idea and you can leave it plain like I have OR you can go ahead and add embellisments or ruffles like this one by epspins (which is whom I visited for the basic pattern, when I have some matching colours I intend to give her version a go as well, it is so cute!)

I kept mine plain for two reasons, one being that I have made them to fit newborns so was looking at comfort more than looks, and secondly as I said before I am using left over wool, so the colours are basically what ever I can find in the stash that is not reserved for something else. 

So how do we do it?  I used a 4mm hook and 8ply wool (for the most part), although the pink variety is in all pure wool, the others have several different types of wool blends and acrylic/nylon blends as well as the pure wool varietys. You can click on the link above for epspins to follow her, most wonderful directions but keep in mind if you want the newborn size just don't make it so big. But basically.......

We make two hexagons......

Fold them in half......

And sew them together........

Next you can either add your ruffles etc OR I just did a row of single crochet all the way around the edges. Then I slip stitched into the 2nd dc set on one side and made 4 chains, slipped in again a couple of stitches over to make button hole. Slip stitch along to the 2nd dc set and rpt. Then add buttons. Obviously depending on button size you can adjust to fit. 

This is a perfect pattern for beginners, and you could have a of fun making different varieties, styles or colours.

And that is all. Why are you still here? Get on with it already! Yes, Jodi this means YOU, I do believe you have the hang of the square by now. So get cracking! LOL 

Hugs and smoochies all, 
Have a beautiful day! xoxox

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Golden dayz.........

Casting on.....

Yesterday I realised that with all my crocheting pursuits lately, I had not set wool to needles for least 4 weeks! Wow!  So I quickly remedied this problem and started on a soft little cardigan. 

I like to have a bit of variety happening in the creative dept at all times! It's a  gorgeous bright sunny day today, the birds are singing, the children are happily playing, and hopefully a bit of beach or park time will be on the cards for later.

Have a beautiful crafty day all. 

Hugs and smoochies xoxoxoxo

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Sea Shell Wandering.....

I whipped up this little vest this week. It was at first intended to be a cardigan for myself, BUT when I was half way through 2 things came up. One was the fact that a friend was having a birthday, the other that I made this a little small. As I had planned to make something for my friend anyway, I decided to change things half way through and make her a vest instead. 

The main bodice of the pattern is for the Mesh Trellis cardigan from the "Crocheted Gifts" book by Kim Werker.  I had borrowed this book from the library a while back and loved it so much that I went ahead and purchased a copy.   :-)

In my usual fashion of not following instructions to a T, I used the wrong sized hook and different yarn. I mean really, who cares right? Turns out this is why it was a little small. But thats ok, it all worked out well in the end. 
The yarn I used was Patons Washed Haze (cotton blend) in Coral. I picked it up for a bargain price of just 50c per ball. A very lucky find. I think I used around 5 or 6 balls. I forgot to count. 

The pattern was a delight to work with. Very easy to follow and I loved it so much, I will for sure make it again. Both in a cotton vest and as a full cardigan in wool.  I changed a couple of things in the pattern. One being the reverse sc along the edges. I just used a sc edging instead. I also added two rows of sc around the sleeves to give it a bit of an edge, even though it looked nice without it. I would probably next time not bother with the bottom edging either. It really did not need it.

The reason I made an open style vest instead of a cardigan is that it will be to wear over a loose top as my friend is expecting a baby very soon. I thought it would be far more comfy for a nursing mama to wear and she is lucky its a bit snug for me, lol, I love it so much I would have been rather tempted to keep it for myself. 

Of course it is a very rare thing for me to keep my projects for myself. It is far more fun giving them to others. 

Have a wonderful day!
Hugs and smoochies all xoxox

Monday, 11 April 2011


 Welcome to my new craft cupboard. I thought since I was forever creating little things, I might as well have a special place to put them instead of among all the homeschooling, family posts and gardening etc. And this way I can add all my lovely crafty links in the side bar and you will be able to see them too.

For those who are new to my life, I am a mama to 5 gorgeous children, 3 grown girls aged 22, 20 and 18 and 2 boys aged 13 and 12. We homeschool, try to walk softly on the earth and enjoy being creative as a natural part of life.

I have been knitting since I was a child and have only in the past year learned to crochet "beyond the square". Yes I could crochet but I could not follow a pattern or make clothes etc. Lately I have turned into a bit of a crochet machine.  I LOVE IT!!!!

I also love to cross stitch but don't have as much time to concentrate on it these days. I hope to pick it up more when my children are grown. I still make time occasionally but do not tend to finish many projects, mainly because the 5 I have on the go are rather big.

I enjoy sewing a little, but am no expert. I made clothes for my girls when they were little and pulled the machine out occasionally over the years. But I am more of a simple sewer and don't have a great deal of interest in it. My oldest is a fashion designer so I give my sewing to her these days. :-)

My average day is divided between gardening, studying (currently, herbs and edible weeds), homeschooling, family, friends, cooking, cleaning, crafting and looking after pets. I guess I am always busy but I love it!