October 15, 2012

My New Blog

I have a new blog. Please click the link and make sure you start following Crochet Me This.

In this blog, I will be focusing on just my crochet projects.

This blog will start re-directing shortly to Crochet Me This.

October 14, 2012

How To: My Version of the Popcorn Stitch

This is how I do the popcorn stitch. 
It is worth noting that I use only 4 double crochet stitches to make my popcorn stitch, 
when the usual is 5 double crochet's.

Step 1: in my project, I needed 1dc, 2dc, 1dc, popcorn stitch.
The arrow in the picture below shows where my popcorn stitch is going to go.

Step 2: make 4dc all in the next stitch, as shown below

Step 3: turn your project over to the wrong side (WS). You can see the WS view in the picture below. To complete my popcorn stitch, I sc in the top of the first stitch (from the WS)

sc in the top of the first dc as mentioned above.

Step 4: turn your project back around to the right side (RS). The photo below is how my popcorn stitch looks. The next stitch to dc into can be a little hidden, so I've put an arrow showing where my next dc will go. 

Below is my finished round with 8 popcorn stitches.
(The one under the hook is a little hard to see on that angle)

It is also worth mentioning that a popcorn stitch is counted as one stitch. 
When you are crocheting the next row, make your stitch in the sc at the top of the popcorn stitch.

Hope this has been helpful.

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October 11, 2012

A Little Basket

I had some big wool and I was craving a quick finish crochet project.
I've been wanting to make one of these little baskets for a while now after seeing them on Crochet in Color.
For the pattern see this post ---> Chunky Crochet Basket.

I did alter the pattern a little when I made mine.
I used two strands of Moda Vera Shiver in a deep red together, and used a 9mm hook, because I could not find my 8mm hook. I also did double crochet stitches in place of the half double crochet stitch, and on the second last row, I stitch in the back loops only.

My basket measures roughly 22 inches around, 8 inches across and 5 inches tall.

Right now it's just holding junk like extra screws for my bookcase and ink cartridges for my printer. I'm planning on making a couple more if different sizes.

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October 3, 2012

What is Going On?

Lots is going on, that's what! I've started my new job at the Hospital (just in administration), keeping up with my studies,
enjoying time with my new ragdoll kitten Olivia,

baking some goodies like scones,

and a little bit of crocheting here and there.

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August 30, 2012

"Mollie Makes"

I have know about the magazine "Mollie Makes" for quite some time, and I've been pretty desperate to get my hands on it. Being in Australia, it's quite hard to get a hold of magazines that are created overseas. While I was food shopping in Coles a couple of days ago, I was looking for food and recipe magazines and came across an issue of "Mollie Makes'! I couldn't believe my luck! (Issue 15).

I have already started on some of the projects that feature in this issue. This is designed as a bath mat, but I'm not using cotton, and instead planning on making it a bed throw. I have five flowers done, who knows how many to go.

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August 27, 2012

The Move

I apologise for my absence, but the last 3-4 weeks have been spent packing, moving, seeing family and friends and finishing up my job because last week I made the long-awaited move from Perth WA to Shepparton VIC.

I went for a morning walk yesterday around Victoria Lake and it's just beautiful. This is definitely a place I could get used to.

Victoria Lake

Suspension Bridge over Goulburn River.
When the Goulburn River floods, (which happens quite often) this bridge is usually closed because the land around the river is flooded and you can't get to it.

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July 23, 2012

Holiday Crafting

While I'm currently on 'holiday' in Shepparton with my sister, brother in-law and my niece, I'm still crafting away.
What's this?

Some beautiful cross stitching! And it's an owl. Could it be any more cuter?

I must say that I'm pretty proud of this cross stitch. It's not perfect but its my first finished cross stitch pattern.
I've already got another one in the works!
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