It has been a bit chilly around here and we have been keeping warm with our blankets and jerseys. How nice it is that with the cold weather comes the opportunity to slow down a bit with a nice cup of tea and take out my favourite yarns and needles. Come to think of it, I would love to make some cup warmers, the tea gets cold so quickly …… any pattern suggestions for that?
I have been learning to make shoes, crochet shoes and what fun this has been!
It has been a few weeks now since I started working on this new project and I have managed to finish several pairs of shoes so far. Some are slip-ons and some are a bit like pumps, I also want to make a moccasin style shoe, but my favourite so far has definitely been the boots. These are super soft, warm and very comfortable. One might even wear it as a cosy slipper.
With this style of shoe the crochet work all gets done onto rubber soles, so they make for a nice house shoe, but can also be worn outside if you like.
It took time to learn how to do this. I have had to rework certain parts of it several times . The working of the yarn onto the sole is perhaps the most challenging part, my hands get quite sore from it, but I was determined to learn how to do this and am glad I did not give up on it.
With a bit of practice, it has become easier to make and has been a rewarding process in the end. I have had some orders for these shoes and really enjoy making this.
I have been making some mask mates or ear savers as they are also known. They help relieve the pressure on the ears when wearing a face mask and is especially useful for people who have to wear a mask continually for long periods every day.
Even so, if you just need to wear a mask for short periods at a time, it really helps to make it more comfortable. I would like to share the crochet pattern with you.
Approximately 10 g of Double Knit yarn, a 5 mm crochet hook and two medium sized buttons.
Chain 20, half double crochet into third chain from hook, hdc in every following stitch. Work 3 hdc into the last stitch, then work a hdc into every stitch going back along the other side of your original chain row, when you reach the last chain, finish off by working 2 hdc into that stitch and finish off.
Sew the two buttons on to either side of the band.
If you would like to adjust the size to make it either a bit larger or smaller, simply reduce or increase the original amount of chain stitches by one or two and apply the same method to make as of the pattern.
I have also made a crochet chart for this pattern should you prefer that to the written instructions.
I hope that you find this useful and enjoy wearing your mask mate.
With things looking so different these days with not going out of the house and so on, we have enjoyed making all sorts of yummies to snack on and this one is by far one of our favourite treats. So today I would like to share this simple recipe with you.
These cookies don’t require any baking, but you do need to prepare some baking sheets or trays lined with wax paper to lay them out on as they cool.
1 cup Butter
2 cups Sugar
1 cup Milk
1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
1/2 cup Peanut Butter
3 tsp Vanilla Essence
6 cups Oats
Combine the first four ingredients as listed, ( butter, sugar, milk and cocoa powder) into a large size pot. Over a steady heat on the stove top, allow the butter to melt, bring to the boil and then hold it there for just one minute.
Remove the pot from the heat and carefully stir in the peanut butter and vanilla essence, until the peanut butter is all melted into the butter mixture.
Next, you will add the oats to this mixture, cup by cup, making sure to stir it all through first before adding the next cup.
When all is well combined, drop spoonfuls onto wax paper and allow to cool. I usually use two tablespoons to scoop up the mixture and that makes approximately 2 dozen cookies of about 4 cm each in size. You could also make them a bit smaller if you prefer.
This beanie that I recently made for my youngest son was so much fun to make. As far as handicraft projects go, it did not take long at all to finish and this was a really nice pattern to follow, by Tin Can Knits.
It took a little while to find the right colour combination at first, but since green is his favourite colour, it made the final choice quite easy. I am now working on making some gloves for him, perhaps to match the beanie.
With stranded knitting, it is always so interesting to see the colour pattern develop as you go along, I am really enjoying learning this new knitting technique.
With so many fair isle patterns available, it is hard to decide which one to use for my next project. Although I have my eye on a simple grey and black plaid pattern for another beanie already.
Looking forward to working on more knitwear for the family over the next few weeks as we draw near to the close of summer.
I am reading the book Longitude and made the following entry of this week’s reading, into my Commonplace Book.
“Even when the bulbs of the hourglass shatter, when darkness withholds the shadow from from the sundial, when the mainspring winds down so far that the clock hands hold still as death, time itself keeps on.
The most we can hope a watch to do is mark that progress.
And since time sets its own tempo, like a heartbeat or an ebb tide, timepieces don’t really keep time. They just keep up with it, if they’re able.” — from chapter 4 (Time in a Bottle)
Butterflies were to be seen all around a few days ago. They came out in great numbers, millions of them, as they travelled in a northereasterly direction across our skies here in South Africa.
It was such a beautiful sight, I could sit and watch them for hours. Yet, now they have all moved on, so a simple sketch will have to suffice.
A Butterfly Lights Beside Us
A butterfly lights beside us, like a sunbeam… and for a brief moment it’s glory and beauty belong to our world… but then it flies on again, and although we wish it could have stayed, we are so thankful to have seen it at all.
Recently, I have seen quite a few memes about baby Yoda on social media, and that got me thinking about making a little Yoda doll.
I was excited to get started on this project after I found a lovely crochet pattern online by Amigurinos. It took me a few hours to complete, he is a tiny little guy fitting in the palm of my hand. I especially like the little hooded cloak that he wears.
I gave it as a present to my son and he really liked it.
This has been a fun project and I am happy with the result.
It was so nice when a dear friend got me a lovely new journal at the end of last year and I have been excited to set it up in a bullet journal style and use as my 2020 planner.
Keeping journals such as these allows me to make things pretty as well as functional, and that is important to me. I am deliberate in making time for creative outlets such as these in the general busyness of life, setting aside a few minutes for it every week or so.
There are some really nice layout and design ideas over at Shayda Campbell’s site, I am using some of it in my book, amongst other things.
It feels good to be creating some nice content for the pages of my journal this year.