These super cute little Mary Jane Booties are all finished and ready to get wrapped up and sent off through the mail to a new home. I hope they fit. As promised here are the details for the free pattern just click on this link for The Mary Jane Booties.
I used Sirdar Smiley Stripes in Giggly Green and Tangerine Dream to make my booties (I love using up some of my stash!). I found the pretty yellow vintage buttons at my local yarn shop (Cheer Wool on Hennessy Road, Hong Kong). I didn't have any 3.25mm needles so I used 4mm and my mary janes turned out a little bigger. That's OK, baby feet grow don't they!? I will definitely be making more of these. The were very quick to knit and oh so cute.
Now, back to my paint by numbers...
Life in Hong Kong is BUSY! I'd go mad without my crafty outlets so I've tried to squeeze a few in here and there, but I've not got much to show for myself since my last blog. I've recently decided I've got to catch up with all my friends who keep having babies, so I'm trying to get on the toy making wagon. Here is my first attempt since my last post about The Puppy For Baby P. I've still got work to do on tightening my stitches. But, making toys is so rewarding I just want to keep them and play myself!
This is a different pattern than I used on The Puppy For Baby P. It's another free pattern from the Lion Brand site, Happy Puppy. It is very similar to the last one but a smaller size. I made the arms and legs a little longer and didn't decrease the ears at the bottom. I also did not use plastic eyes, just made a few crocheted circles instead. I think he turned out very cute! Phil wanted to keep it for Minka, our dog (Yup, we have our very own real live puppy now!). I used up some organic cotton yarn (Patons Pure taupe, which I've just discovered has been discontinued click the link for alternatives Patons Yarns)for the body and some of my Sirdar Baby Bamboo for the rest.
Since I haven't much time for stitching these days I've been trying to make things that are useful and VERY, VERY, SIMPLE. I made these cushions (NOT the bright yellow crocheted one, I bought that from Franc Franc one of my fav home decor stores in Hong Kong). I found some fat, fuzzy and most of all fun wool in the sale bin from my local shop and made a few cushions for the sofa. Just knit two squares of different colours for one and stitched together. Then for the other, knit a long rectangular rib pattern and sewed the three sides together. I knit them with my 10mm needles. Purchased some very cheap pillow forms from IKEA to stuff inside and that was that.
And here are a few other crafty home decor projects I've made time for:
Here is a picture of Minka I made with the rest of the origami paper, water colour pencils, and a white dry erase marker haha! We adopted Minka from LAP-Lifelong Animal Protection here is a little blog about her (Minka from Jen Chan of LAP). We are so in love with her, she is the cutest, craziest, most loving little thing. We feel so lucky to have such a perfect little fur ball!
And a painting of Chinese lanterns floating in the sky. My first real painting in ages, inspired by one of my favourite memories of Lunar New Year that I posted in The Aeroplane Knitting Kit. Not very spectacular but something to put up on our boring white walls.
And... I also made a dishcloth, but it's plain and square... I hope it doesn't take another ten months to update again. Time to do My Ravelry Page now! Be crafty:)
A few days before we left England(for the next big adventure in Hong Kong) I had one more crafty task to complete...making my first crocheted toy:D It was FUN FUN FUN and I can't wait to make more. I bought a diaper bag for my best friend Katie, who's due to have a little baby boy in September. Before packing it up and sending it off to Nova Scotia I wanted to add a little something special to it. This free Amigurumi Dog pattern #81015AD, from the Lion Brand site was very simple to make, only next time I would have used a smaller hook to give it a tighter stitch. I was a little unhappy with the view of the stuffing through the holes, but he's still a cute little thing and will be sure to get some cuddles.
We arrived in Hong Kong about a week ago. It's been very rainy and miserable outside and Phil and I have been suffering with some serious jet lag. I've been busy with another vest pattern during the sleepless nights and soggy afternoons.
In breaks between crocheting and drinking tea I've been trying to study up on the best places to visit in Hong Kong, and trying to wrap the noggin around a little bit of Cantonese with my handy pocket guide. We are living in a tiny studio apartment while we look for our permanent digs (BIGGER permanent digs haha). Phil hasn't complained about my knitting sprawl yet, sometimes it's just hard to contain myself, I'd throw the balls around the room if it's were just me here. I'm in love with all these bright new colours(Sirdar Baby Bamboo).
I started to add the back and an armhole to my Flower Vest(seen in The Summertime is Colourtime)but I've made my petals too big/thin/floppy:( When I tried it on they sort of dangled about in a very unflowery sort of way. I'm going to frog it, riiiiiiiippp. Round two will have more petals and they will be shorter in length, maybe a smaller hook too...more on that later.
Just found a new pattern to add to the list of things I MUST make...
...it's a free pattern from Vicki Howell (FREE Penny Arcade Pattern). It's GREEN! Love it. Can't wait to wear it. Now to find some yarn shops here in Hong Kong...
You should be finished your six granny squares from The Baby Poncho Tutorial ~ Part 1. Now, it's time to piece your baby poncho together, add some trim and a tassel, here we go...
1. Cut a piece of yarn in the same colour as Row 5 of your granny square, about the length of 2.5 squares and thread it through a darning needle. Begin with two squares right sides together (your first and last stitch should be in one of the 2 chains that make the corner).
2. Feed your needle through the front loops of the chains on each side, continue until the end, break off.
4. Your blocks should be sewn together in this pattern.
5. Beginning at back left shoulder seam, attach yarn with a slip stitch into third stitch from seam, chain three.
6. Decrease evenly over the next four stitches(two stitches on each side of seam).
7. Double crochet to front neck and decrease over four stitches evenly at seam.
8. Double crochet to right neck seam and repeat steps 6 & 7 until you reach beginning, slip stitch into third chain at start, chain three.
9. At shoulder seam decrease evenly over the next two stitches, continue in double crochet until two stitches before front seam.
10. Decrease evenly over four stitches at front neck.
11. Continue in double crochet and decrease two stitches at right shoulder and four stitches at back neck until you reach the beginning, slip stitch into top of chain 3 and break off yarn.
12. Now, it's time for the bottom trim...starting at back left...attach new colour with slip stitch, chain three, double crochet in top of each stitch from edge being careful at seams to make sure you are working the stitches evenly.
13. When you reach the back corner, make five double crochet into corner, continue around in double crochet until you reach the front corner and make five double crochets into that as well.
14. Continue the edge in double crochet to the beginning and join with a slip stitch into third chain of beginning, break off. The trim in DONE!
15. TASSLE TIME...finishing touches are so much fun:) Chain 60 +/- (you may decided to make your tassle shorter or longer)in the same colour as bottom edge, weave cord through every second double crochet starting at front, make sure your cord is a good length and break off.
16. To add the tassle to the cord, cut 8 pieces of yarn 5-6inches in length, using the crochet hook pull the 8 pieces of yarn through the first chain of cord to make a loop, carefully pull all ends through the loop at once(including the tail of the cord), pull tightly and trim ends straight across the bottom of the tassle. Repeat on other end of cord to make the second tassle.
17. To finish everything off weave in all the ends, block and lay flat to dry...YOU'RE DONE...go find an adorable little baby and make them look even cuter with their new poncho.
Phewf! That took a while to complete. If you are looking for a detailed baby poncho pattern I will have a PDF available soon for download. Check back soon.
Happy Poncho Making:)
Making a baby poncho from granny squares is a piece o' cake. Directions for making a square or piecing it together might be a tad confusing, though. I made a photo tutorial for you to ease your frustration:) Thank you to a reader, Renee, for suggesting this project.
Baby Poncho Tutorial
To make a poncho you need to make 6 granny squares. Using a 5mm hook I've chosen Debbie Bliss Ecobaby cotton to make mine. I've used four different colours.
1. Chain 4 to begin a square.
2. Join with a slip stitch into first chain to create a circle.
3. Chain three(this will act as the first double crochet).
4. Double crochet into centre of circle once.
5. Chain 3, to make corner.
6. 2 double crochet into circle.
7. Chain 3, (2 double crochet into centre, chain 3) twice, join with a slip stitch into third chain of beginning.
8. Slip stitch to corner.
9. Cut thread.
10. Join next colour, pull new colour through loop.
12. Chain 3, double crochet into corner.
13. Chain three(to make corner), 2 double crochet into corner.
14. Chain 1, (2 double crochet, chain 3, 2 double crochet, chain 1) three times, slip stitch into third chain of beginning.
15. Slip stitch to corner, cut yarn.
16. Join new colour as above. Chain 3, double crochet into corner, chain 3, 2 double crochet, chain 1, 2 double crochet into chain one space.
17. Chain 1, (2 double crochet(into corner), chain 3, 2 double crochet, chain 1, 2 double crochet into chain one space, chain 1)three times, slip stitch into third chain of beginning, cut yarn and attach next colour as above. Next Row~ Chain 3, 1 double crochet(into corner), chain 3, 2 double crochet, chain 1, (2 double crochet into chain one space, chain 1) two times, [2 double crochet(into corner), chain 3, 2 double crochet, chain 1, (2 double crochet into chain one space, chain 1) two times,]three times, join with a slip stitch to third chain of beginning.
18. Cut yarn and pull through end to finish square.
* instructions added May 13th 2011*
19. Join next colour with slip stitch into corner, chain 3, double crochet, chain 2, 2 double crochet.
20. Double crochet in top of next double crochet from row 4, double crochet in top of next stitch, *(double crochet in ch one space, 2 double crochet in top of next two double crochet)*repeat until you reach the corner, 2 double crochet in corner, chain 2, two double crochet. Repeat this pattern until you've made it back to the beginning. Break off and draw yarn through loop to finish square.
21. Phewf! You are finished your first square. Now make 5 more squares, 4 of one colour pattern and 2 of the other. Or you can make any colour combo you want since it's your poncho:)
To be continued...
The Baby Poncho Tutorial ~ Part 2 click the link to continue the photo tutorial!
I made myself a little aeroplane knitting/crochet kit this evening. I was worried about taking needles on the plane and having them confiscated at security while travelling next week. I successfully made it through my trip to China (See some trip pics here) with one small metal crochet hook so I figured it should be safe to travel to England and Canada with a larger variety this time. Just to be sure I googled and found this helpful info~TSA link. Looks like I should be fine, just to be safe I haven't included any of my precious wooden needles. My traveling knitting/crochet kit consists of a few cheap sets of circular bamboo needles, some hand me down crochet hooks, a little cable needle, and some small blunt tipped scissors. Now I just need to decided what sort of project to work on...hmmmmm Something for spring?
I saw this AWESOME t-shirt(buy it here) while looking for my traveling with needles info. You can buy it from Craftster. I can't wait to explore this site a bit more, it was my first time there. I think I may have to make an impulse purchase...summer is on the way!
Speaking of warmer weather...today in Jeju, South Korea it was sunny and springy. Instead of sporting a super warm & woolly sweater it was mild enough to wear one of my ponchos I made last year. I hadn't yet photographed it and uploaded it to Ravelry~thewoollenhippy since I had joined after completing it. This photo is not a particularly great shot, but you get the idea. I used one of Lion Brand's free patterns to make this crocheted poncho. Click on the link to get the free poncho pattern Free Poncho Pattern. This was SUPER DUPER easy to make! I skipped the neck trim, flower tassel and also used a lighter weight wool than suggested. I like how loose and drapey my poncho turned out. I choose really earthy colours (the main brown is the same brown used in The Traveling Brown Wristers) and I made a different stripe pattern than the original.
Next entry will probably be from Canada, and hopefully the start of my first photo tutorial on my little granny square ponchos The Three Granny Ponchos!
Well hello there, I've had a break from posting over the holidays. Happy 2011 to all! One of my goals for this year is to keep posting regularly...guess I haven't been off to a very good start:S
I have a very easy free pattern to share today. I'm heading to China for Lunar New Year to visit some friends and it's going to be cold! I thought the best remedy would be a new scarf, a thick scarf, a scarf that would be comfy and handy to travel with, a scarf to bury my face in while watching the thousands of fireworks...a TUBE SCARF! A tube scarf won't fall off my neck. I won't have to adjust it AND if you make it big enough you can wrap it around your neck twice for extra warmth. I am not only going to China in a few weeks, Phil and I are in the midst of packing up and leaving Korea after 4 years...I've got a stash of yarn that needs attention. Perfect!
Here's how I made my Chinese Tube Scarf:
~12mm circular needles
~1 skein of chunky 0-Wool from the Vermont Fiber Co.
~scraps in DK weight. I used three colours but you could use anything really
Holding two strands together(one of the chunky and one of the DK weight)Cast on 60 stitches. Change the coloured strand every 8 rows.
1. Begin knitting in the round for two rows.
2. Start pattern.
Purl two rows, knit two rows.
3. Repeat pattern 5 times.
4. Cast off and weave in ends.
~Remember to pull stitches tightly at join to prevent loose stitches. Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each row.
TA DA! You are finished your cozy tube scarf! If you have any questions please leave a comment.
Over the holidays I've also been working on perfecting my cable hat pattern( see previous post 'The Cable Hat Pattern'). I have some work to do lining up the ribbing and creating a nice gradual increase at the crown. I still have a few things to tweak, but I'm happy with the progress. Here's a new version using 0-Wool from The Vermont Fiber Co. Phil was also worried about the cold weather in China so this extra thick and cozy cable hat will hopefully do the trick.
I've even got another hat on the needles. This one will be made a bit smaller to fit me! More tweaking...
I have two colourful ponchos finished (well, almost...I haven't blocked them yet) and one left to complete. I have three nieces in Canada that were supposed to get their presents in time for Christmas...naughty me...in true Laura style I will not have them ready. That will not be a surprise to any of my family members who have gotten many a tardy present over the years. Still I'd rather be late and give something from the heart than be on time and give a plastic toy that was made in duplicate by a machine:) I did manage to send off Christmas cards and a few little stationary treats I found here in Korea so I'm not that terrible. The girls will get their ponchos in the New Year. Sophie a tiny two year old will get the smallest, trimmed in purple(as mentioned in previous blog), her four year old sister Paige gets the pinked trimmed one and Lauren who's turning ten soon gets the more sophisticate black background with a little less colour(still a work in progress). I have totally guessed size wise so it'll be interesting to find out if they even fit hehehe. I'm happy with the colours and can visualize them on my pretty little nieces running around the house when it chilly or outside on the lawn on a crisp day, actually, I can imagine myself in one doing those very same things so I guess I'll have one more to make when I'm done Lauren's! Time to get back to the poncho...
Well...my dreams of completing my Christmas knitting projects in time to send them home for the holidays is dwindling with each day. Soooooo I thought why not make something easy and quick. This way I can still feel good about giving something handmade to my loved ones while I finish up their hats, vests, and ponchos:) Maybe I'll stick them in the Christmas cards(which hopefully will get there in time:P)...and as a present to everyone I'm making this quick little pattern available for free!
I gathered us my scraps of green and brown and set to work...
crocheting some stumps...
Here is the free pattern for you...HAPPY HOLIDAYS and HAPPY KNITTING:)
CLICK HERE-> Download The little Christmas tree pattern