Blanket for Bubba

Its craft-o’clock in Tbilisi!

Here is a gorgeous green and grey crochet blanket that I made for Bubba last week. I was a little unsure about the colours but it turned out really well! This was a very simple blanket to crochet, with rows of Double Crochet stitch.

How I made it: 

110 Chain stitches across

70 rows of Double Crochet

I’d say its a little over 1 Metre square (yes. I’m Australian and we use metric… and I don’t have my tape measure that converts to inches…and can’t be bothered googling.. and another thing on the list, buy tape measure!!)

Finishing it:

Row 1 (dark grey row): Single Crochet all around, Slip stitch (changing colour to Light Grey) into first SC, chain one.

Row 2: Shell stitch (*SC, skip 1 stitch, 4 DC in next stitch, skip 1 stitch & rpt from * to first chain). Fasten off

I used light grey for Shell Stitch row … as I’d run out of dark grey at 10pm and I very impatiently wanted to finish it off!

Wool:  “Alize – Lanagold” (turkish brand), 50% wool, 50% Acrylic. 10 Ply (Worsted Weight).

Crochet Hook: 7.0 mm

Crochet blanket

Crochet blanket

Green & Grey Striped Crochet Blanket

Green & Grey Striped Crochet Blanket

Green and Grey Striped Crochet Blanket

Green and Grey Striped Crochet Blanket

My next (current) project is a large throw for our bed in blue & grey with a ‘V’ stitch throughout!

In other news, I had a babysitter start today, she will come twice per week for a few hours, I’m thinking of using the time to hide away in my room and crochet for hours on end! Feeling the crochet love! X

Crochet Owl & Puppy Hats

I’m feeling very chuffed with myself as I have completed my very first crochet project! No…. its not my throw… still going on that one!

I’ve found a wonderful blog/website Repeat Crafter Me, and the lady has her patterns listed for free! So off I set to create the “Crochet Owl Hat” for Bubba but unfortunately I didn’t copy the directions to the letter and it ended up a bit short and wide… it still fits him its just a little big and doesn’t cover the back of his neck. The eyes are a little crazy looking too…

Crochet Owl Hat

Crochet Owl Hat

So, determined to get it right, I attempted the “Crochet Puppy Hat” off this same website (www.repeatcrafterme.com) , although I made some amendments – I didn’t do as many ‘expanding’ circles, and also did an extra row of Single Crochets at the back of the hat, as I prefer his hats to fit snugly and cover the back of his neck for warmth. I just need to go get a couple of buttons and some brown wool to complete the face of Puppy 🙂

 PUPPY DOG HAT

Puppy Dog Hat

Puppy Dog Hat

I used a 5.5mm hook, and worsted weight (10ply) wool (50% wool/50% acrylic).

I had never done a Magic Ring before, and used the below tutorials (during which I got very frustrated and ate a whole block of chocolate, but finally got it!)

Magic Ring Tutorials: HERE and HERE

** I wanted an extra row around the back of the hat, so when I got to the end of Round 12, I turned , Chain 1, then SC 30 stitches, then turned again, CH 1, and started my first ear flap (starting the decreases on this row). You can check this for yourself by folding the hat in half and making note on the other side where your 2nd ear flap would go and SC until you reach there. You can see in this (very badly taken) picture that it goes down the back of Bubba’s neck a little bit more.

Bubba in Puppy Hat

Bubba in Puppy Hat

Its such an easy project once you get the hang of it – I completed Bubba’s Puppy hat in a couple of hours yesterday!

Ok, now everyone knows what they are getting for presents this year!! Lucky its winter in a couple of months in Aus, plenty of time for me to get started, and plenty more projects to try off of Repeat Crafter Me’s website!

Still pretty cold here, so off to make a nice hot apple crumble for dessert! Yumm!

A Stripy Throw & a Dummy addiction.

As I mentioned in my last post, my very first Crochet project is a stripy throw rug for our bedroom. Unfortunately it is moving at snails pace as my cute as a button toddler has been having very short day naps, very rudely cutting into my Crochet-ing time.

The little mister has a dummy (pacifier) addiction at the moment. He has had a dummy for nap-time and in the car since he was little, but never really cared too much about it, if it was there he would suck on it, if not, he would still go to sleep. Its probably my fault that he has gotten a bit too attached now, as he almost didn’t need it anymore, but I wanted to keep it as an emergency item for on our long plane ride over here (sucking on takeoff and landing), so I encouraged it! But now!!?? He goes around the house looking for one, and even if I have hidden them all up on a shelf up high, he emerges sucking one and grinning at me – I think he must keep a secret stash, hiding them in his toys or cot when I’m not looking!

He has never been a whiny cranky baby but the last couple of weeks he is getting a little whiny when he is tired and doesn’t have his dummy, and it is grating on our nerves! Think we need to ditch the dummy asap so I get my cheery little boy back! The majority of the days he only has it for sleeps (as I only let him have one for sleeps) but he wants it at other times so he whines for it. URGHHHHH

In other news, my crocheting is going well. Here is a pic of where I am up to – I am about a third of the way through. It isn’t perfect but a great learning throw!

I am doing 6 rows of the blue and grey interspersed with the cream – one thicker row of cream (I think 8 rows) at the beginning and end then rows of 3 through the middle section. I will hopefully finish in the next couple of days and post a report with the pattern etc.

Stripy Throw, about a third done!

Stripy Throw, about a third done!

The last four days have been super cold here in Tbilisi, day time temps of around -6 degrees (Celcius) and nights around -16deg (Celcius)… for an Australian, that is ridiculously cold! Our pipes froze the other night so a couple of guys spent 3 hours banging on pipes, flooding the bathroom with toilet water and climbing in and out of the window in Bubba’s room. Eventually they came in with a piece of corner pipe with frozen water inside, proudly showing me and saying ‘eh? eh?’, before heating it up on the stove, reconnecting, etc. Suffice to say, we now have water again. Thank goodness.

The city is very pretty in the snow, and Bub loved walking around on the snowy ground. We still walked around today in the minus 6 degree temp, he stays very warm in the Manduca cuddled up against me! My own hot water bottle.

I’ll post some photos on another post as my camera cord has gone walk-about. Two guesses who is responsible for that – bets are on if I  discover it in a lego box or in a kitchen drawer…

 

 

My new Crochet obsession

As of yesterday, I have a new love. Crochet.

I love to sew and create things. I often have a few unfinished projects on the go at one time, right now I have an almost finished quilt for Bubba’s cot sitting in a box in Brisbane that I can’t wait to finish (when it arrives with my sewing machine!).  So last week, you could only imagine my excitement when I found a shop with a small range of wool & knitting needles – and although I am a pretty basic knitter, thoughts of blankets or scarves were running through my mind (or something else in a rectangle shape, as I don’t know how to increase or decrease stitches…).

The knitting ended up a bit of a failure, I did make a scarf for Bubba but it was loose and uneven and had a few holes that mum wasn’t here to fix.

After consulting Mr Google, and my favourite crafty blogs, I decided that I would teach myself how to crochet! Ooh the excitement! I have wanted to learn how to crochet since I was in school, and my sister would crochet amazing granny blankets!

So off Bubba & I trotted again to the same little shop and purchased a crochet hook that they had, (with lots of pointing and nodding and motioning…) and being the absolute crochet novice that I was, I didn’t know that the 3.5mm hook that I purchased is actually very small and it’s MUCH easier to start on a much wider hook!!

I watched a few “how to crochet” videos, the best that I found was below and got the hang of it pretty quickly.

I decided to make a really simple blanket for Bubba’s cot since I had navy, green and white yarn. Just rows and rows of double crochet – how easy! Unfortunately, bad lighting, a small crochet hook and thin navy wool all added up to a pretty frustrating 4 hours of crocheting last night.

So that brings me to our adventure today! After hunting down some tips from some other crafty ladies here in Tbilisi (via a yahoo email list group) I popped Bubba in the Manduca, & we went on a hunt for thicker wool and some bigger crochet hooks. We walked down to Baratashvili Street, (map link in the Tbilisi info section) which is about a 3km walk from our apartment (yes… via a coffee shop, how did you know?!). It is located past Freedom Square (coming from Rustaveli), and the yarn shops are in the underpass located near the colourful balconies along the Old Tbilisi Wall. It is such a beautiful part of the city and I managed to remember to take a few photos along the way (just a pity that today was so foggy and cloudy, and I only had my iPhone not camera).

Entrance to Underpass at Baratishvili Street.

Entrance to Underpass at Baratashvili Street.

The colourful balconies just above the underpass. Baratishvili St

The colourful balconies just above the underpass. Baratashvili St

Restaurant near underpass, Baratishvili St.

Restaurant near underpass, Baratashvili St.

I didn’t have very high expectations, thinking there may be one little yarn store in the underpass… but there were at least 4 or 5 stores all with different wools and yarns, along with crochet hooks, ribbons, trims, cottons, beads etc etc…. I will definitely be back for some more! The yarn over here is relatively cheap as well. I purchased some 100% Acrylic Yarn (100gms/190 yards) for 3.50Lari and a 5.5mm and 7mm crochet hook for 3 Lari each. (I would have liked a Cotton or Wool blend but I just pointed to the colours I liked & read the Turkish later… I’ll have a better look next time!)

So now, hopefully the Bub will nap for hours while I get my crochet on!  With the wider hook and thicker wool, I have crocheted the same amount in 40 minutes as I accomplished in 3 or so hours last night. J

The idea for the blanket I am making is from Honeybee Vintage’s blog here, but it doesn’t even need a pattern its so simple. I used 100 Chain Stitches for the width. I am going to use Grey, Dusty Blue and Cream in different width stripes, changing whenever I feel like it – it’s a Turkish brand called Kartopu.

OOOOH can’t wait to show you, husband away for a few days so I should get a good start on it! Here is the progress I’ve made so far, only about 7 rows! I had better pics but I just loved this one with a little hand trying to sneakily grab the crochet hook while I’m occupied!!

Someone trying to grab a crochet hook! Cheeky monkey!

Someone trying to grab a crochet hook! Cheeky monkey!

J x