Sunday, 11 March 2012

Shoots and leaves...

The sun is shining, the grass has been cut for the first time this year (I love that smell), we have a couple of flowering daffodils, a roast lunch in the oven and my cold isn't so bad after all.  A good Sunday so far.

Loaded with Strepsils, I managed a little sewing last night; a trial run for my Mother's Day pressie, one of Leila's awesome scrappy leaves...
I had issues trying to paper-piece and fussy-fit(?) some of my scraps, but I reckon that maybe I won't need to paper-piece the next one(s) if I am trying to be so specific in my prints, otherwise, paper-piece I will.  It turned out great; thanks Leila, hope you are feeling better too!
I added an extra mini leaf, as my plain linen backing, although the look I wanted, seemed just a little too plain.

I foresee many more of these being made over the coming months; they are so quick and easy; well they would be, if I could actually narrow down which fabrics to use in less than an hour!

Then, at about 10pm I had the urge to try to crochet again, NOW!  Not sure why I wasn't prepared to wait; but a little YouTube searching and having dug out my tried and failed crochet gubbins from a year or so ago, and I was off!

OK, I didn't exactly make amazing progress before I went to bed, but 3 more rows than I ever achieved before, and still able to get the hook through!  Previous attempts ended up with such a tight cluster of knots that I thought I was doomed to fail forever.  Apparently not so.  I will do a bit more of this practice nothing then maybe try a little something later today!

You realise if I start on this, I will need storage pouches and a whole other world of implements; I already reckon my hook is too small!

25 comments:

  1. Sounds like you are having a lovely day, we still have snow on the ground. As a knitter and sometimes crocheter long before I was a quilter, I do want to warn you that there is as much wonderful yarn out there as there is fabric and I have a lot of it - it stashes well. If you are having tension issues relax as you work, and also you might find a project using wool or a wool blend is far easier, the stretch in the fibre is really helpful.

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  2. Haha Hadley is turning into a hooker! Welcome to the world of crochet Hadley though I'm no expert! Hope you enjoy it!

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  3. Sounds like a good Sunday, ours is just beginning. The leaf key fob turned out perfect. I love the fussy cut car.

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  4. sounds like another swap coming up?...
    I have done storage rolls for knitting needles and crochet hooks for my daughters.
    You can get pretty coloured aluminium crochet hooks...don't have to be plain.

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  5. Oooh - lovely Sunday. Gorgeous fob!

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  6. Glad you're cold is not too bad! And well done on the crochet - lovely wool too! I've pinned those gorgeous keyring leaves! Yours are adorable! Jxo

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  7. Yay for feeling better, and the wee leaves look fab. I wish you luck with the hooking, my mum nearly fell off the sofa she was laughing so hard when she tried to teach me!

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  8. Sounds like your Sunday was a happy one! I'm taking a crochet workshop next month- no YouTube video will make sense to me!! Love the colour of your yarn.

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  9. Sounds like a great day! So glad you are feeling better. And the fob is fab!

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  10. Lovely leaf :)
    Oh, crochet. You and I never got along. Here's hoping you treat Hadley a bit better than you did me....

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  11. Glad you are feeling better and have had a good Sunday...crochet is looking great!

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  12. The keyring is fab, I think you were right about needing the smaller leaf to balance it out. Glad you're feeling better and enjoying the crochet (I'm sure there's a terrible joke in there somewhere about getting hooked...)

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  13. I love the little baby leaf! It is so exciting to me to see how everyone gives their own twist to this pattern :)
    Hope you feel better soon!!
    I am still on the sofa shivering with fever, it sucks!

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  14. The leaf is so adorable!!
    Crochet looks far too complicated needles and I aren't good friends...hooks now that's just recipe for disaster =D

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  15. It looks great Hadley! Hope you are feeling better now x

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  16. Hope you feel better soon!

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  17. If you aren't reading Attic 24 for inspiration, then you should be. I love crochet. I just hate the cost of the yarns I love.

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  18. Hello you, the leaves look fab, if you make loads I think you should do a giveaway of them, just for people with daughters named Felix :) As for Crochet, I tried it last year and my square turned rapidly into a felt triangle, as the stitches got tighter and tighter, so I've put the hook away - well done for persevering! x

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  19. Looking good! I really must try crochet again. Hate the size of my 'to do' list!

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  20. Another time consuming and money consuming hobby!, you might have to sell the kids!

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  21. Lovely day (where were the kids?) and nice prezzie. Crochet looks good. xx

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  22. Love the scrappy leaves! I'm glad you're feeling better.

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  23. Love the leaves and the crochet - do you know it's highly addictive?!

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