27 Sep. 2012

Crochet girl's hat

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I used the same yarn (different colour) that I used for the camera bag. This is how I discovered this yarn is not suitable for clothing garments. It's too rough. The hat is ok. But not soft enough for DD1 to like it. But I still leave a record here so I can learn my lesson!

Crochet camera bag

I cannot live without my hands being busy. They can either type or make, but can't be idle. LOL.

This morning I woke up feeling I had to be busy making something. The hat and scarf set was finished. The 2nd baby cocoon and hat set was finished. I suddenly didn't have any projects going on.

I decided to make a camera bag. The last one was made over three years ago, and I'm still using it. Now that I can crochet, I can make a crocheted one!

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I even chained in the end to make it a draw string one. I used the very cheap 100% cotton yarn that I bought through http://www.yarn-paradise.com/. I feel that the yarn is not soft enough to make clothing garments. But they can be perfect to make accessories, such as a hard-wearing camera bag. I cannot use my camera to pose for pictures because I need it to TAKE the pictures. But I have tried and it fits in there perfectly.

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Finally some sewing - 4 bibs

I haven't given up sewing! I just do only small ones like mending and altering and I don't have time to take photos. But I finally made some new things last weekend:

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Due to a lot of babies are being born recently and in the next few months, the bibs I made years ago to give out as gifts were runing out, especially boys' bibs.  So I finally made some more so that I can continue giving them out as gifts. My homemade bibs have become very famous and popular among our relatives and friends. Every time we have a get together party I can see a lot of them popping up. LOL.

I recycled my old sweater to make the inner water resisitent layer. The outside is still flannel. The dots fabric is kind of terry. I like to make two sides in different fabrics so that it feels like there are two bibs in one.

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2nd set of baby cocoon and hat

There has been quite a few pregnant mums around me recently. I made my first baby cocoon and hat set for one of my colleagues. She was very happy to receive it. And I continued on making the second set. This set is for another one of my colleagues who's due early December.

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The cocoon is about 27cm across and 45cm in length.
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Crochet old man's hat and scarf

My father-in-law is turning 80 in January. We won't be able to be there when he celebrate his 80th birthday as he lives overseas. So I made this crocheted hat and scarf set for him as birthday present. It will be winter when his birthday arrives so will be perfect to keep him warm.

It cost me 250 grams of 100% Alpaca yarn for the scarf and about 100 grams for the hat. Alpaca yarn feels really soft and warm and smooth. I like it. 

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crochet to extend the skeleton baby top

Remember this refashioned skeleton top?  I recycled the skeleton design and applique'ed it onto a plain top. Now almost a year later, the top is too short for my DD2 (after it already went through DD1), I still love the skeleton design and don't want to throw it out. So I hang on to it: Photobucket Cut the sleeves off to make it short sleeves: Photobucket And then I crocheted trims to extend it to a desired length, and my 2yo DD2 can still wear it for another summer! Photobucket

21 Sep. 2012

Crochet trims for tops

One thing I like about crocheting is its versatility. It can do so many things easily that other means cannot do or cannot do so easily. And the result is so beautiful.

I bought this plain top for $2 I think. It was so plain that I never really wanted to wear it. But I still bought it because I thought my crafting skills can do some modification on it to make it better looking. It stayed in my "to modify" box for months and months, until a few days ago when I was looking for some black fabric and found it again. With my improved crochet skills now I'm quite confident about making some trims on it. I used 100% cotton yarn which is very comfortable. Photobucket
I like how it turned out. I wore it to work on the next day and felt very confident wearing it and really liked how it fitted me. I'm expecting to wear it on a regular basis.

I also crocheted trims on this other top as well, also using 100% cotton yarn. I like cotton yarns as they feel so nice on my skin and I don't need to worry about getting itchy from it.
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This top of DD2's has a very wide neckline. I wanted to make it narrower so I crocheted some trims and now it fits perfectly.
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8 Sep. 2012

crochet baby cocoon

I know I started this as a sewing blog. But working full time with two little kids makes no time to sew at all. So I was smart enough (LOL) to take up crochet as my new hobby, which means I can do it anywhere at any time and can drop off and pick up my projects all the time.

I've been thinking of making one of these for a long time because I have so many friends/colleagues/relatives having babies lately, and baby cocoons are just sooooo cute!

I did some research online trying to find a pattern that I like but haven't found any free ones. And I'm running out of time (babies are being born!) and decided to figure out my own pattern.

I found this video which became the base of my pattern. I didn't follow exactly what she did but she gave me a very good guide. Roughly my pattern is as follows:

8mm crochet hook
4ply(?) yarn

I started with 4 chains and sl st to form a ring. Then ch 2, and did 10 dc into the ring, sl st. Then ch 2, did 1 dc, 2 dc until sl st. Then chained 2, did 1 dc 1dc 2dc so it should be 40 dc by the time I sl st. Then I just keep 1dc each round, sl st ...until the whole thing reached about 45cm long. So the end product should be about 25cm wide and 45cm long.

I ran out of the white yarn so I continued with a yellowish yarn to finish the length. I don't want the baby to feel cold in the shoulder...
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I will give this one to my colleague who's due early November.

crochet items in the last 3 months

I can't belive I haven't posted any of my crochet items since 29/4/12. I did post some in my family blog so here are the photos to keep my craft blog updated!

Some decorations on a pair of pants I made for DD2:
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A vest for DD2. It was difficult to make the curves. I need to learn...I can't remember if I posted the skirt. I first made the skirt, then this.
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Extension of some winter jackets for DD2:
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Fixing up the collar of one of my tops:
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Lots and lots of hair clips for DD1:
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A scarf for myself:
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