Summer Holidays Are Coming

Christmas is getting so close now I can almost taste it in the air!  To be honest, I’m not particularly excited about the actual day (I’m not religious so the day doesn’t mean much to me) but I AM excited about the three full weeks of holidays I will have over the Christmas/New Year break when our office closes.  I haven’t had holidays since Christmas last year, so I’m really hanging out for some down time.  Since we don’t have my partner’s daughter here until January, I decided that I wasn’t going to go to all the effort of putting our large Christmas tree up.  So last night, I gathered some enthusiasm and decorated my ’emo’ tree, which of course is black with silver decorations.  It’s only a two foot tree, so it’s sitting on my dining table.  Very simple, but very us this year.

My fallout wrap is coming along very nicely!  I’m so pleased with it, and it is still a joy to work on.  I’ve discovered that while I have trouble crocheting on the bus, I can in fact knit to my heart’s content and not feel the urge to vomit into the hair of the poor person sitting in front of me.  Now that the rows are getting quite long I can only manage two rows on the way into work (express bus) and three on the way home.  I’ve got some lovely yarn on its way to me from the states, so I’m trying to get this wrap finished as soon as possible so I can start something new and exciting.  I also can’t wait to wear it as it’s so soft and light.

 

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Winning the War on Coasters

After weeks of constantly creating little round crocheted items of various sizes, colours and patterns, Christmas is over and the war on coasters is finally won.  I can’t say that I’m too sad about that either!

I have a few little projects that I finished over the festive period that I can’t wait to show you, but the photos will have to wait until the presents have been posted and received so I don’t ruin the surprise.  I can, however, show you the very last coasters made before Christmas, which were given to my father.  They remind me of sorbet and I want to lick them!  These were crocheted in 4 ply cotton with a 3.25mm hook.

Sorbet Coasters 1 Sorbet Coasters 2

New Coaster Patterns

I swear, after Christmas I may never crochet another coaster again.  Last night I finished off my ‘orange’ coaster, and I think it looks quite cute with the watermelon one.  I will also do a lemon coaster when I get the time, and my sister suggested a kiwifruit coaster could be a success.  That will make it a set of four, and I’m happy with that!

Fruit Coaster 2

I also tried a new coaster pattern last night, which is made up of little heart shapes around the outside of the coaster.  I think it’s cute, but slightly too large when worked with double crochets.  I will try using half double crochets and see how badly that alters the heart shape.  I like the pattern though, and it’s nice and fast to work up.

Heart Coaster

Fruity Christmas Gifts

I’ve been in crochet coaster mode over the weekend, and have found a very cool pot holder pattern that I thought could be turned into a cute little coaster.  Introducing the watermelon coaster!

Watermelon Crochet Coaster

I had to frog it a couple of times and reduce the number of rows to keep it within coaster dimensions.  I also think that the next one should have a single crochet row of green ‘skin’ instead of half double crochet, as it looks a bit thick on this one.  But other than that I think it came together quite nicely.  I am working on an ‘orange’ coaster at the moment, and there will also be a lemon coaster in the set.  I will need to think of another fruit with a colourful centre to complete the set!

I used 100% cotton for this – 2 x strands of 4 ply yarn, with a 4mm hook to keep it nice and tight.

Crochet for Christmas?

Firstly, I thought I’d share my granny square progress with you.  I now have six plain squares finished in this particular colour scheme (which I can’t seem to get enough of) and I think they are looking great together!

Plain Squares togetherPlain squares together 3Plain squares together 2

While I’m having lots of fun crocheting up these squares, it’s only a few weeks away until Christmas and I have decided to crochet a few sets of coasters for gifts.  I also have the skull shawl to finish off too, although I’m not entirely sure that will get done in time to be posted for Christmas.

My step-daughter will be flying into Hobart from Darwin in less than two weeks, and I can’t wait to see her!  My partner and I have made up her bedroom, however at the moment it’s looking a bit plain and boring and I would love to make sure it’s got enough ‘wow’ factor to impress a six-year-old!  I’m thinking of crocheting the letters of her name in her favourite colours and putting them up on one of the walls; I think she would really get a kick out of that.  Does anyone else have any cool suggestions on how to brighten up a little girl’s bedroom?