Crochet Earrings and Fingerless Gloves

Happy New Year!! Was going to go out and catch some Pokémon but decided to stay and clear up some old posts since it’s raining, (as well as crochet more of my t-shirt yarn, which is quickly finishing after two days of receiving it). ^_^
I was running out of Christmas present ideas and decided to look online to see what people would make by crocheting. I saw some pictures online of crochet earrings and made these for The Travels family in France… I really hope they liked them. I bought the earring loops from eBay and the yarn is leftover yarn and yarn I haven’t used yet.
I made Mr Travels a tie, but forgot to take a picture!
Ms Vegan has been waiting a very long time for me to make her these fingerless cotton gloves… they were too big for her so I had to amend them. Her hands and arms are really skinny. I just have to remember she has kids hands. >_<"" I kind of followed a YouTube video for this but went off tangent and did my own thing by adding a few more rows here and there.
I made myself some too using leftover yarn which I had used to make my hat. I also had to amend these too to make it tighter! Think I have to use the remainder to make a scarf!
Need to plan ahead for this year’s Christmas (already?!), but I think I know what to make a few people. 🙂

Crochet Bag, Little Sweetie Dress, a Bib AND a Sleeveless Cardigan

One has been a busy Geek crocheting for her life.
Started on a project a couple of months ago which I thought I would never finish.,, a bag for Mrs Hen! It’s her birthday in about two weeks so I thought it would be best to start early. 
I made 18 squares, one side was all corner to corner squares, and the other was all sunburst flower style. Used 3 types of yarn all bought from B&M Stores on the Old Kent Road.

Bought some creamy looking lining and sewed the endings then sewed it into the bag. That took forever! Then I crocheted in the handles by adding a small extension of the white yarn onto the top and then pulling it over through the handle’s gaps. Just hope Mrs Hen likes it. ^_^ Took me a month to complete.

Since I had some leftover yarn, thought I could try out the Little Sweetie Dress for a 2 year old designed by Red Heart… Pretty easy! But I didn’t do the edging. Too lazy. Think it might be a bit too big for Baby B… 

Miss Pinky said she was running out of bibs… constantly being cleaned… so I attempted an easy version of a mini bib… Have to make big ones now!

Miss Pinky also mentioned she needed more cardigans, so I attempted this pattern which said it would take 2 and half hours, but it took me 5 and a half hours!!!! It’s such a pretty cardi. ^_^

Spring is almost coming to an end, so happy I took a picture of this before the stormy weather on Monday. Happy British Summer!! Rain, rain and more rain to come methinks.

Christmas Knits and Crochet Gifts

What did I get myself into this Christmas?

Knitting and crochet?! I seemed to have bought loads of yarn from the 99p Store. It was 3 for 2, so I had to take a gamble and buy a lot.

Here’s just a selection of the things I have made this year… these are for Mr and Mrs Travels and their three girls…

Presents for the Travels Family in France

I made this bag just by looking at pictures online… Just wanted to make a bag for Mrs Travels and this looked so easy to make! Just 13 large granny squares.

Granny Square crochet bag

A scarf for Mr Travels. This took me a week to make (in between parties). ^_^

A Christmas amigurumi monster for Missy A. She’s only 1 year and 4ish months. Blimey.

Finally (I actually started making these first with lots of remaining cotton yarn) I made these crochet bags for Missy I and Missy S. They took a week each to make!!!

I’ve made a sparkly white hat for Miss Money, a bag for Mrs Hen, and I’ve got two more amigurumi’s for Mr Smiles and Mr Bear to make plus a pink granny square bag for Miss Pinky. Humph… Christmas holiday seems to be a busy one catching up with presents. :p
Must remember for 2016 to start early!!!

Granny Square Nightmare! へ(´д`へ) 口口口

Crochet. Why did I start learning to crochet?!!! ლ (#`ロ^;)>

And now I have started to learn how to make granny squares (this was after talking to Miss Pinky who wants a blanket for Baby B…  I was already thinking about it!)… And with the power of YouTube videos I started learning. Started off with a British video, but the woman went a bit too fast for me, so I switched to an American who went really slow – thank you!! My first granny square was awful… :p
My first ever granny square

Eventually I knew what I was doing and went for a pattern that was in this book which is almost the same as the one in the video.

2nd version – a better one!

After 4-5 weeks, 100 granny squares (with some small mistakes and two confused coloured rows) and a border later (need to make another round of this border), making it 101 squares,..

100 granny squares in a bag

So many to join together

 I made this lovely blanket…

Made a mistake somewhere…

Have to tidy the back

I even spotted the mistake I made with the two rows that had double colours. Spot the difference? ^_^

so where did I go wrong?

tidied up the back!!
I’m going to increase the border every year so the blanket is going to get bigger and bigger for Baby B. Maybe one day I’ll teach her how to crochet too!!
But this has been crochet torture!! I think I want one for myself now! Just a small one for the cold days to cover my legs – and a different version. ^_^

Baby Knitting c(・o・)ɔ Waaaah~~~~~!

Uh. I knit. Yes. I knit (a not-so hidden skill of mine). I started from a young age and my primary school friends at the time thought I was an old granny knitting stuff… stereotypical moment. ¬,¬” I only started learning because MummyGeek was teaching Mr Stingy at the time and being a want to know it all at the time I wanted to do what Mr Stingy was doing. Sibling rivalry!!
I started knitting a bright yellow scarf. It was horrible as I increased the stitches instead of making a neat grid. 😦 But as time passed I became better at it although I did become frustrated at times because all I could do was make scarves and I even threw away my first ever knitting book – I regret that. So I bought another book called Knitty Gritty by Aneeta Patel many years ago – it was colourful compared to all the knitting books I went through. Need to get her next book!!
Baby knitting 

So as Miss Pinky is expecting soon – we’re all counting down to the final weeks, which feels like forever at the moment, it is time to do some baby stuff – this I never expected to write on my blog about! Miss Pinky was expecting me to knit her some stuff in which I said no at first… but after talking to people about knitting in general conversation and seeing knitting wool in the shop I developed an itch to do something, plus I was getting bored because I’m not getting anywhere with the 3D origami.

First thing I made were these baby mittens. It had taken me five attempts to remember how to knit one purl one. How hard is that? Not hard, I just needed to remember to put the string at the front/back. ¬,¬ sigh. Geeks get things wrong too.
Baby mittens

Next I made this baby hat – think it might be a bit too big for a new born, so hopefully when Miss Pinky’s baby is a little grown up, her head will fit into it.

Baby hat

Made this headband with some of the remaining wool using this website.

Baby Headband

Whilst writing this post, I bought the second book Knitty Gritty – The Next Steps. I had a bit more wool after making everything above but needed some more to finish this project…I made an amigurumi, a soft knitted toy which is a popular type of toy in Japan for decades before the Western world developed an interest. Wow.

My first amigurumi

Then I went back into knitting the baby boots from the first book.

Baby Boots

Hoping to make a little cardigan for Miss Pinky’s baby to match with everything above soon!

This has gotten me back into my knitting unfortunately. So watch out in the near future for more baby knit stuff or amigurumi… then eventually children and eventually adult stuff (oh deary me). 
p.s. Miss Pinky knits too – I taught her ^_^