A fully stocked play kitchen (or ‘finally! A use or crochet fruit and veg’)

A bowl of delicious yarn

My lovely un-god-daughter was lucky enough to receive a play kitchen from Santa this year, so of course it needed a selection of items to stock it. The available pattern database for fruit and veg on Ravelry is truly mind-boggling. I mean, I think I went overboard to be honest but you could really make almost any food item you can think of. I stopped at the grapes, too much buggering about sewing tiny balls together for my liking.

I particularly like the garlic, it looks mental.

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I am reliably informed that these went down a treat, but either way I enjoyed making them. They don’t take long as they are small so it’s a rewarding evening that produces a few of these, plus it’s a good stash buster so used up some more of the never-ending rico cotton. All the patterns I used are on my projects page on Ravelry if you’re interested.

More fruit and veg

I also made a linen string grocery bag to hold the veg (Pattern from The Purl Bee), like the ones they used to use on Neighbours, remember those? It didn’t photograph too well so it’s not included here but it made wrapping this lot much easier!

DISCLAIMER: Photos taken before arrival of new camera

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Hoppy bunny

 

BunnyThis is an afternoon project, I knocked this up one Sunday when I had no knitting to do (a dark day). As usual with amigarumi it’s all about the embroidery of the face. This is not my best work, but he’s still cute.

If you can’t crochet or are new to it this is a good starter project, you can’t go too far wrong and it’s a nice gift for a baby I think, they can get their chubby little hands around the bottom, you could even put a bell in the head to make it a bit more interesting.

I had grand plans of making a load of them, all in different ice-cream colours, but, inevitably, I got distracted by another project…

Adorable Baby Beanie

Baby Beanie

I know it’s summer but babies still need gifts and if it has no hair a cute hat makes all the difference (especially if i’s a girl). This is made for my friend Louise who is had her absolutely beautiful baby yesterday, I knew it was going to be a girl, which is fortunate as this is not a unisex item, even without the flower. I made a second one for another baby girl, as yet unknown.

This is an excellent pattern,  it’s free (you can find it on The Dainty Daisy, really lovely photography too), has many different sizes and crochets up in about 2 hours including the flower, perfect!

Mint green beanie

The pattern specifies aran weight yarn and a 6mm hook, I didn’t have any nice aran so I used dk and a 5mm hook and made the 3-6 month size which I think will fit a newborn. The flower is brilliant and I will be using that pattern again (from Action Hero), I love the 3d-ness of it.

I think this is a great summer baby gift as it’s not going to be too hot and still looks pretty, I think it would look even better in a cotton yarn, I might try that next.

 

Crochet Mother’s Day Card

Crochet Mother's Day Card

I hate Mother’s Day cards, why are they always pink with pictures of butterflies, shoes and cakes, (as if our mothers have no other interests in life) and full of sickening marketing company declarations of cloying love and scraping unworthiness? Just meaningless saccharine sentiment. Eugh.

Anyway my mum is a big fan of a homemade card so when I saw this crochet flower tutorial on Jacquie’s blog, I knew it would be ideal. It’s a fantastic free pattern, really easy to follow and looks beautiful. I don’t normally have time for card making as I think papercraft is a) pointless and b) ugly but I treat this as an exception, feel free to berate me for my u-turn opinions, I’m full of shit.

I used some of the never-ending rico cotton dk for this, which is nice and shiny and I decided to do different colour leaves as I wasn’t going to have to sew it all together at the end, I made it in about 10 minutes so it’s a perfect last minute project for a birthday card or present as a framed picture which is what Jacquie used it for, or you could even appliqué it as an embellishment to a bag or children’s item of clothing.

Stash Busting Crochet Cushion

Cushion of Joy!

Here’s a bit of jargon for you non-crafters (not that you couldn’t work it out), I have been attempting to reduce my huge stash of yarn recently (‘busting’ my ‘stash’), my sister and I did a yarn swap but their was no net loss of wool on either side, however, this project is perfect for using up scraps.

Front side

I saw the granny stripes first (as is usual for a lot of my crochet) on Attic24 and really wanted to try it out but certainly don’t need a crochet blanket nor another project that requires buying more wool so I decided to use up my leftover Rico cotton (from the rainbow ripple, that yarn is never-ending) by making this cute cushion cover for my Haberdashery.

Back side (HA!)

I’m not so keen on the colour combinations I used on the back and it’s not a great pattern for a cushion as the edges aren’t as neat or easy to crochet together as the round cushion, I think if I were to do this again I would do a dc edge around each square before crocheting them together. I love how it looks like ricrac though, don’t you?

You only need really small amounts for each stripe so it was perfect for leftovers, almost too perfect in fact as I STILL have some of it left over but I have a plan for it, don’t you worry, I have a plan…

Sewing Machine Cover and Crochet Cushion

Sewing Machine Cover

As I’m sure you are all aware, sewing machines need covers. No, really, they do! It protects them from dust and whatnot. Anyway as Lizzy has this lovely new craft room and can actually keep her sewing machine out she was definitely in need.

I spent quite a long time online looking at photos and (really shit) patterns as I had decided I quite liked the idea of doing one with a patchwork band around it, however, I really left it too late for this and then I came across this fabric in my stash, originally from ikea, it was perfect! I also found a huge roll of red felt which would be the perfect lining and help it to hold it’s shape.

I based the shape and size on my sewing machine which is slightly different to Lizzy’s but I think it turned out okay. I erred on the side of caution and made it slightly bigger and from the looks of it it could have been slightly shorter, but better to be too big than not to fit at all.

The quilting was really fun on this and although it took a while really pulls it together in my opinion. Doesn’t the craft room look lovely with all it’s home made goodness? You’ll be pleased to hear that the curtains and other soft furnishings have a red base so it will all match wonderfully.

Crochet Cushion

You may already have seen this photo over on Ruffles and Ribbons and you can find more there about that fantastic seat cushion, but this is the crochet cushion I made for the rocking chair in the nursery, it’s based on Lucy’s version over at Attic24 (as usual) and I was using leftover Rico cotton dk, I made this in about two days it was so quick and easy, plus I got a really lovely feather cushion from ebay. That baby Ruffles is going to have such a  colourful bedroom it will be the sparkiest, happiest baby ever!

Thanks also to Lizzy for the brilliant photos 🙂