Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I need inspiration...

So in light of recent events, I'm really having to take it easy at the moment (which considering I'm almost 36 weeks pregnant, probably isn't a bad thing anyway). Taking it easy = no more fietsen and a lot more time at home then I'm used to. A few weeks back, I went a little nuts with my knitting & sewing and here's some of the results (captured poorly by my iphone, excuse the pics!) - I remembered how to fair isle....

Baby sheet hat - I would've preferred to use my standard beanie pattern and just add in the sheep  pattern as it's an unusually shaped beanie. Pattern found here

'Spring chicken' softie - pattern found here

Another attempt at fair isle, this time using my standard beanie pattern but with a K2P2 cuff and adding in the elephant pattern

Matching baby beanie, mittens & socks

Knitted monkey softie - this is actually the 3rd one of these I've made but I'm keeping this one for Stroopy. Pattern found here

A bird taggie - I saw these in a baby store and decided to make up a pattern for myself!

After these efforts (and quite a few more I didn't take photos of because they either gave away baby's gender or hinted too much at our preferred name!), I seemed to have reached a dead end. I want to sew, I want to knit - but I am totally and completely lacking inspiration. Every day I get out my big tub of fabrics, read crafty blogs and search for patterns online but with no results. I just don't know what's wrong with me!

So I've reached a decision - I think I'm going to take my Nanna skills to an all new level and learn how to crochet. Now, keep in mind this isn't the first time I've attempted crochet. Mum tried to teach me once or twice a few years ago and I just couldn't get the hang of it. Like when I was learning to knit, I'm hoping I just need a bit more patience and a few more goes to figure it out.

So, for a soon-to-be (I still need to buy me some crochet hooks!) beginner crochet-er, does anyone have any tips / advice for me???? I'm motivated but have no idea where to begin!

3 comments:

  1. Remember there is 2 different types of patterns, UK and American. The UK call the stitches doubles and trebles where the Americans call them singles and doubles for the same thing. You need to work out where the pattern is from before you start it... can be a pain when you realise half way through you were doing doubles and they were supposed to be trebles :)

    This website shows what they call them hope that helps :) http://crochet.about.com/od/conversioncharts/a/termtranslate.htm

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  2. love them lu!!! enjoy the time at home resting! Love Martine

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  3. Thanks Tia :-)

    Thanks Hannah, that has saved me a lot of potential confusion. So far I've learnt to single crochet with the assistance of about.com so I'm thinking I'm learning the American way. Will see if the novelty lasts, at the moment knitting is much easier to learn!

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