Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Rose Scarf

This is the wool I'm using for a Rose Motif scarf for my sister: Tivoli Celtic Aran 100g in shade 954 - a navy blue. I can't remember where the original pattern came from, but will include a reference with the finished piece.

The starting flower for the motif.

A second round of petals.

A finished square.

This is the third rose motif scarf I've made, they're really fun to do and can be made to any size - super slim with a silk or cotton yarn, or super-chunky to make a lovely wrap! Thanks to Mary at Galway Crochet Craft for teaching me this pattern.

Stay tuned to see the finished piece!


Here's a rather grainy pic (taken with my now almost-vintage phone) of a girl's poncho to suit a 9-10 year old. It's made with Tivoli Celtic Aran superwash wool in a woven (or "seed") stitch, and is finished with a picot edging. I made this one before Christmas and a second one in blue just last week, for the same girl - I hope they keep her toasty and warm. :) Tivoli Aran weight wool is machine washable on a gentle cycle, these ponchos should be dried flat to keep their shape.

I'll soon be on the hunt for some lightweight yarn to make some more ponchos for those chilly spring and summer evenings; we get plenty of those here in the West of Ireland! Maybe I should add a hood...we do get the odd sprinkle of rain too...;)

Sorry about the picture quality, will try to upload a better version soon!


Admitting your wool addiction is the first step...

So here's the reason I've decided to start this blog. Having crocheted a few Christmas presents, including a VERY long scarf for my dad (which nearly divested me of the will to live), I put away all my wool and hooks until a couple of weeks ago. I knew I had a few projects to finish though, so I decided to face the music and sort out THE STASH. Having piled it all onto our little dining table, I realised I had developed a bit of an unhealthy addiction to wool. But then, there are worse habits!

Since then, I've made a tiny dent in the dreaded stash. But I've also had to buy more wool for new projects, sigh... ;)

So this blog is my way of motivating myself to keep on top of the wool mountain!

Here's a couple of the items I've put together in the past week:

This baby matinee coat is for a mum-to-be. I used Sirdar Snuggly DK in snow white - it really is snuggly soft!! I chose these sweet yellow teddy bear buttons, so it will suit a boy or girl:

I finished this cute pink smock top last night - it took about 2 days. It's for my friend's little girl Alexia, who's 2 years old. The pattern is taken from "Crochet for Babies and Toddlers", by Betty Barnden, published by New Holland Publishers (Available at eason.ie).

It still needs two buttons for the shoulders, which means I have to go shopping, aw shucks... ;D

A Close-up of the flower motif:

I also completed a girl's poncho for a lovely lady in County Mayo, but sadly forgot to take pics before I mailed it to her. Will try to upload photos of one I made previously, stay tuned!

Thanks for reading, I'm new to this blogging lark so I welcome your feedback and queries! :)


Hello All!

Hi all!  I'm Marie from Galway, Ireland.  I've recently rediscovered the art of crochet, thanks to my fiancĂ©'s lovely mum Mary.  She teaches crochet classes with a friend and neighbour, Anne, in Galway city (find them at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=269902317782). 

And crafting obviously runs in Mary's family - check out my future sister-in-law Aideen's gorgeous scrapbook and card creations here!: piecesbyaideen.blogspot.com

When you're done ooh-ing and aah-ing at her beautiful mini-scrapbooks, don't forget to check back in here, where I'll be posting pictures of my crochet work - I'd love to get your feedback.