One thing that I wanted to get before I left the UK, but forgot, was an embroidery hoop. Imagine my excitement when I found one (yup, just the one) on sale in my local craft store! I bought it with no hesitation and tried it out immediately. The screw is a bit faulty so I can’t close my hoop shut, which makes me a bit sad. Nevertheless, I managed to do a few (wonky) stitches!
It’s the panda-eating elephant! (see previous ‘Drawing’ posts)
If you’ve seen the drawing I based this embroidery on, you might realise that it’s missing a few things. I had to stop midway as I kind of hurt my fingers from pulling and pushing the needle through the fabric. It was surprisingly tough. This got me thinking: why on Earth do people often associate needlework, knitting and crochet with delicate women and grannies? There have been times when my hands were in pain from crocheting and I had to take a break for days. Fair enough, I tend to have crazy crochet marathons where I will not stop until I finish a project, even if I have to sacrifice some sleep. But still.
Am I the only one who does this?
I’m running out of surfaces in my room to display my crochet creations, so I decided for the wall to be my next victim. I have a clock that has stopped working for the longest time and decided to have some crochet fun with it. Another blogger, Matt, has this amazing idea of crocheting a background for your clock. It didn’t work so well with mine as my clock is much smaller (and broken), but it still makes for a cute decoration.
For my clock, I cut some white felt into clouds and embroidered eyes and mouths for them. I also did a running stitch around the border – just to give them that extra cutesy. You may have also noticed the little bird motif and the sun at the centre.
Clock turned into wall decoration.
Yup, the crochet motifs sure didn’t fix my clock, but it did make it cuter (no offence, clock).
The magical amigurumi unicorn
It’s been a while since I last crocheted (is that a word, or am I just making it up?) an amigurumi. My sister and I made a bet on whether I will land on a teaching job before July or not. She reckons I will and if she’s right, she wants me to get her a unicorn poster she likes. That, plus the fact that I missed playing with yarn, gave birth to this amigurumi unicorn. I got the pattern from Ana Paula Rimoli’s third book.
I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned this, but it was using her books that I taught myself how to crochet. She designs really cute animal amigurumi, so if you’re into cute crochet things, you should definitely check her out!
I spent the whole of last night finishing a crochet flower necklace (pattern for crochet flowers can be found here. Leaf ties use this pattern. Both patterns are written in British crochet terms and, as I learned to crochet using American crochet terms, I used this translation guide to help me). When I tried it on and showed it to the boyfriend, he had this look on his face that said ‘It looks odd and I think you’re probably the only one who’d wear it, but good job though’. Yes, I do worry a lot about making things for people, especially when it’s a piece of jewellery or an accessory of some sort. I don’t want anyone to feel like they have to wear something they don’t especially like to keep me happy. And, I do realise that I sometimes wear quirky fashion.
Thus, I disassembled the finished necklace and re-assembled the crochet flowers to make three bookmarks. These I will give to my boyfriend’s grandmother, who enjoys reading very much.
Looking at the pictures now, I do think the flowers make better bookmarks. They look a bit too big and awkward as a necklace. Good call, Ram (and boyfriend)!
After much thought, I’ve decided that I’m not going to give away an uncomfortable collar necklace as a gift. Instead, I made another one with a different colour and without any buttons, beads and other sew-on extras. At first, I used a champagne coloured yarn to make the collar tie. Then I came across this pattern and thought the tie looked way cuter.
An adorable accessory, rich in colour.
I really love the flower ties!
I’m really glad to have finally finished one gift. And now, to move on to the next one!