Friday, April 18, 2014

Ripples Preemie Blanket

Hello again beautiful people!

Today's pattern is nothing new. Like the small mitred blanket, its a familiar stitch, I'm just giving you instructions on how to make it prem sized (and colour ideas), as I've been asked by a lot of people if I can do just that.

This blanket is approx 26x28 inches in size, or 66x71cm, and will be a great size for prems between around 24 and 34 weeks gestation. The pattern itself is an easy one line repeat, and the striping combinations are endless.

This pattern is worked in multiples of 14+3

You will need:
DK weight yarn in 3 colours. For this pattern Purple will be colour A, White is colour B and Pink is colour C.
5mm hook

With colour A
1: Chain 73, dc in the 4th chain from hook, *dc in the next 4 stitches, dc2tg, dc2tg, dc in the next 4 stitches, 2dc in the next stitch, 2dc in the next stitch* Repeat this across all chains.

2: ch3, turn, dc in the same stitch, *dc in the next 4 stitches,  dc2tg, dc2tg, dc in the next 4 stitches, 2dc in the next stitch, 2dc in the next stitch* Repeat across

3: Repeat row 2

4: In colour B - repeat row 2

5 In colour C - Repeat row 2

6: In colour A - Repeat row 2

Repeat rows 2-6 six times

Repeat rows 2 and 3 once more.

End off your yarn and join the white to the same stitch and complete the boarder as follows:

hdc evenly down the side of the blanket. When you get to the next corner hdc into it and then across the bottom of the blanket do the following stitches :ch3, dc in the first 2 stitches, hdc in the next 3 stitches, scin the next 4 stitches *hdc in the next 3, dc in the next 4, hdc in the next 3, sc in the next 4* repeat 3 more times, hdc in the next 3 stitches, dc in the next 2, (ch3, slst and sc) into the last stitch, hdc evenly up the next side and into the corner stitch, ch1 and sc into the same stitch, *hdc in the next 3 stitches, dc in the next 4 stitches, hdc in the next 3 stitches, sc in the next 4 stitches* repeat 3 times, hdc in the next 3 stitches, dc in the next 4 stitches, hdc in the next 3 stitches, sc in last, join.

If you want to add another colour you could from here easily just hdc around the entire blanket as the tops and bottoms wont be so wavy now.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Rattie Houses from Upcycled Bedsheets

Good afternoon everyone!

Boy do I have some cute overload for you today! I would like to introduce to you Ozzie and Kinza, my dove hooded ratties, who are sisters and a bit over a year old now.

Recently I've been on a quest to find new things for their cage, and also to use up old stuff in the house. Up-cycling AND crochet, does it get any better?

Aside from adding a rat right? SQUEE!

So! To make your "yarn" take a bed sheet and just start ripping. I ripped mine in one continual piece by cutting into the sheet about an inch thick, and ripping along the side until I had about an inch left, then turned the sheet, cut into it a little along the next side and ripped along that. Just keep going like that until the entire sheet is done. I wish Id thought to get a photo but it was late last night so here is a little.. visual I guess, of what I mean.

Yup, amazing visual there, but you get the jist :) Roll into a ball as you go or it'll get tangled. For those of you who are not inclined to rip up a sheet, some super chunky yarn will work just as well or you can buy t-shirt yarn precut which I would love to try but given its pricetag, probably not anytime soon. You could possibly even use fleece if the strips are thin enough.

You will need:
Fabric Yarn. I rolled up a double bed sized sheet and only used maybe 1/4 of it.
11.5mm hook
10mm hook
stitch marker

Starting with your 11.5mm hook
1: ch2, sc 8 times into the 1st ch, place marker

2: *2sc in the first st, sc in the next*, repeat around

3: *2sc in the first st, sc in the next 2 stitches*, repeat around

4: *2sc in the first stitch, sc in the next 3 stitches*, repeat around

change to the 10mm hook

5: sc back loop only in each stitch around

6: ch1, turn, sc in the first 15 stitches

7: repeat round 6

8: ch1, turn, 2sc in the 1st stitch, sc in the next 13 stitches, 2sc in the last stitch

9: ch1, turn, 2sc in the 1st stitch, sc in the next 15 stitches, 2sc in the last stitch

ch1, join to the other side

10: sc in each stitch around (20)

11: *sc2tg, sc in the next 3 stitches*, repeat around

12: *sc2tg, sc in the next 2 stitches*, repeat around

13: sc2tg the whole way around

14: sc in each stitch around

15: sc2tg twice, chain 8, sk one sc, sl st to the next. End off and tuck in end.

The best part about this is when it gets smelly, and we all know eventually it will, you can just chuck it in the washing machine, heck you could even pop it in a clothes dryer if you wanted to!
The loop at the end is to hook the bed to the cage, otherwise it might topple over, not that my girls seemed to mind too much!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Ladybugs - A nail art tutorial

Good morning everyone!

Recently I discovered the wonderful fun of nail art! I've always loved painting my nails, but to date even tho my polish collection was impressive, the most outrageous thing Id ever done is paint them all differing colours.
One of my good friends posted me a box of bits to play with and I have to say, I am totally hooked. A lot of people on my facebook page have said they wish they knew how, have no idea how or cant do fun things because they are new to it all. Im here to say Nuh huh! Nail art for the most part, is EASY! It just requires a little practice. I had overwhelming requests for a tutorial on the ladybirds I had on last week, and so well, here it is.

The original image isnt the greatest, its the only one I took and by the time I decided to go ahead with the tutorial Id already worn them for a week and they were looking less then perfect. I really wanted to have this up earlier, but I've been out all week with a cold and haven't managed to blog a thing!

If this is something people would like to see regularly, please let me know. I'm more then happy to add up my designs when I do them. They won't be anything amazingly awesome, because hello, beginner here, but you know me, firm believer in sharing knowledge regardless of skill level. Everyone can learn from someone else!

So lets get started. These are the supplies I used. Polish remover, a base and top coat, black, white, red and green, a thin brush, a dotting tool and my handy dandy remover pen (best invention ever!!)

Start with a base coat. I used Ulta3 for this.

Do one coat of white, this will help your green pop if it isnt quite opaque enough. I used BYS white from the white/red duo, which I picked up in Kmart for 50 cents! Bargain!

One coat of green. I used Ulta3's Tahitian lime.

I didn't have a pastel green colour, so I mixed some of the Tahitian lime with a little white to make one. We'll be using this for the leaf veins.

Using your brush and the green we just mixed paint on one stripe across your nail, for the leaves main vein. I used different directions on each nail.

Add the rest of the leaf veins using your brush, starting from the middle line and dragging the brush outwards.

Add a large red dot for the ladybugs body. I actually just dotted this on with the end of the brush. The red I used has a glittery look to it, and is a Revlon polish, but the bottle is so worn there are no other details. Its one Ive had since I was a teen.

Using the larger end of the dotting tool add the head with black. I did 2 dots super close to each other and used the end of the tool to join them.

Using the smaller end of the dotting tool put some little black spots on the ladybug. I did 4 on some, and 3 on others, depending on how big its body was.

Using white, dot on the eyes with the smaller end of the dotting tool. Now, rather then trying to re-dot again with an even smaller black, I found if I pushed the white dots on with a little force then when I lifted it up, the black from the layer below showed through in the very centre of the white dot. Of course you could also gently add black dots to the top if you have a small enough tool or toothpick.

Then just a top coat once its all dried. For that I used Seche Vite Fast dry top coat which I love! Then just give them a bit of a clean up with a cotton bud or remover pen, or even a brush in polish remover, whichever way you like to roll.

Thats it, repeat for the rest of your nails. Told you it was easy!