Thursday, 15 December 2016

Craft Stall Beginnings

Christmas is just over a week away and it's time to reflect on the Christmas fairs I took part in during December.
This was something new for me and Leasowes View and I was chuffed to bits with peoples comments and the sales I made. I didn't expect to do so well as a craft stall beginner.
My stall comprised of collars, baubles, wreaths, coasters, doilies, scarfs, cowls, hanging hearts and fingerless gloves. 
My spare time between fairs was spent beavering away, replacing the stock I had sold.
I think I have the bug. 

Keep up to date via the Latest News section of my website.

Monday, 21 November 2016

A Festive A-fayre

Well the festive season is almost upon us and so too are the Christmas Fayres.

This year I'm taking part in three fayres local to me here at Leasowes View.

You can find out more at the Latest News section of my website.

Here's a teaser of just some of the goodies you'll find at the Leasowes View stall...

Friday, 28 October 2016

Cotton Crochet Poppy

After recently discovering the joys of 2ply cotton yarn, I decided to make a poppy with it, for this year's period of Remembrance.
This pattern, by Alla Koval, is great for my stash of Scheepjes Maxi.

A few black beads finished it off perfectly.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Hot Off The Hook: Granny Stitch Poncho

Hot off the hook this week is this granny stitch Poncho (a custom order for a toddler). Made from aran yarn, it's perfect for the cooler months ahead.
The pattern is by Bob Wilson 123 and there's also a YouTube tutorial available.

If you can't crochet and would like one (toddler to Adult available), why not make a custom order?

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Yarndale 2016

Whilst on holiday in the Lake District (and when I actually had signal), I saw many posts on social media about Yarndale. How I'd love to go to that, I thought.

Well it turns out we were not that far away. So with just a day's notice, I bought my ticket and booked my train journey home (hubby carried on home earlier in the day, as planned).


I was in a bunting framed cattle mart surrounded by like-minded folk of all ages and stalls full of yarn-y goodness. I was in woolly heaven.

Knitting, crochet, weaving, spinning, Little Box of Crochet (they were inundated with visitors) and the star attraction, Lucy from Attic24

Plus lots of sheep!

I loved my first visit to Yarndale and I came home with lots of cotton yarn, wool, buttons and crochet patterns.

If my husband asks ... I came home with just a sheep badge ...

Friday, 1 July 2016

Biscuits & Cream Mandala *GIVEAWAY*

This morning the Biscuit & Cream Mandala was born and it's become my first GIVEAWAY over on Instagram.
Rather than do housework I decided to crochet ... I did have all good intentions to clean, but I failed miserably.

This is based on the Crochet Mandalas from my previous blog post.
I used an acrylic yarn this time - Patons Smoothie DK in linen and cream.
To create the points on the last round I did Ch3 then SC (UK DC) into the 3rd chain from the hook.
The GIVEAWAY is open until Monday 4th July 2016 7PM UK time.

UPDATE: Congrats to @cottage_knits who won the mandala (plus a surprise rustic hanging heart too).

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Round and Round - Crochet Mandalas

I've made plenty of coasters, but never kept the yarn on the hook to create a Mandala... until now...
Mandala means circular and crochet mandala's are more commonly known in my household as doilies.
These were made up in cotton DK yarn using this pattern.
I tweaked it a little, using a chain 4 circle at the start as opposed to the magic circle. Then I chained 2 (not classed as a stitch) and did 12 DC (UK TR) into the circle, joining with a sl into the 1st DC. Just my preference.
These can be used to stand plant pots on or even the teapot for Afternoon Tea.
They can also just look pretty on the sideboard or on the dressing table.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Rustic Crochet Hanging Hearts

I love crochet and twine together. Who needs ribbon when you have twine?! Cheap and available freely at DIY and garden stores.
These hanging hearts are made using Patons Smoothie DK in cream and linen.
I used a 3.5mm hook and this free pattern.
Two hearts crocheted together - stuffed before doing the final few stitches.

Friday, 6 May 2016

Leasowes View Loves ... Crochet Collar

Whilst browsing through some back issues of Simply Crochet, I came across a pattern perfect to complete during little one's naptime ... Lululoves Crochet Collar Pattern.
I used my current favourite yarn, Rico Essentials Cotton DK in Dusky Pink (19) and Grey (25).
It's a really pleasant project and the results are quick ... great for impatient crocheters like myself!

Friday, 15 April 2016

The Fat Bottom Stash Bag

Here's my version of the granny stitch fat bottom bag ... The Fat Bottom Stash Bag.
I saw some on Pinterest, but there wasn't a pattern. So I tried to busk it and have a go myself. I'll try and explain how I made it...

Stylecraft Classique Cotton and a 3.5mm hook.

It started out as a giant dc (UK tr) granny square
30 rows in total
To create the top of the bag, I did a sc (UK dc) into one of the corners, then working right to left, I did a sc into the top of the second stitch of the granny cluster followed by a sc into the space in between clusters. And so on across that side of the square and for a total of 11 rows. This created a nice gathering.
I did the same to the opposite side of the granny square.

I then set to work on the sides of the bag and the handles. ** To do this I did a sc into the corner and right to left, a sc into each space between the clusters.

When I got to the top, I sc along the side and then chained 60 to create a handle, attaching it to the other side of the top of square with a sc. I then sc along the opposite side of the top. **

I repeated ** for the other side of the sqaure.

I then went on to sc around for a further 10 rows.
I didn't line my bag as it's just be for my crochet WIP ... yarn and a hook case. If I had wanted to line it, I would have done so before the gathering stage.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

'The Chilly Night Throw'

This week I finally completed the crochet throw I started way back in January ... 

'The Chilly Night Throw'
It took eighteen balls of Stylecraft Special Chunky to complete and it will be perfect for Spring and Summer evenings when I have some 'me time' in the garden.

(It was originally planned as a matching throw for my lounge winter curtains! It's been a WIP for far too long!)
Here's how I made it:

6mm hook

  1. Ch 180
  2. sc (UK dc) into 4th chain from hook, ch1, skip 1 ch *sc into next chain, ch1, skip 1 ch* to end of row. Turn 
  3. Ch2, sc (UK dc) into next chain 1 space of previous round *ch 1, sc into next chain 1 space* to end of row. Turn 
  4. Repeat Row 2 until desired size
  5. Edge the throw with simple sc stitch
Each stripe is 11 rows and I weaved in my ends as I went along ... crocheting over them. 
The finished piece is 54" x 68".

Friday, 25 March 2016

Spring Has Sprung - Easter 2016

Well Spring has sprung and this year we have our first Easter tree
The twig tree is from John Lewis and I have added my own decorations. The eggs and birds are from Tiger ... cheap (no pun intended) but durable, which is ideal when there's a curious toddler around.

On Tuesday I attended my first Craft Lounge run by Claire at Create Some Time. For £8 you get to craft (all materials provided), enjoy a cuppa and some cake and chat to like-minded people. On offer this month was three crafts; papercraft basket making, crochet egg making and crochet bunny making. I chose to make some bunnies...

Once home I added a simple split pin to each bunny and now they can see!
The blossom on my tree is from a crochet pattern by Kate of Just Pootling.
I'm chuffed with my first Easter tree and hope it will brighten up what is forecast to be a wet and miserable Easter weekend.