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Hello!

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Just thought I’d pop by to say a quick hello and see how you all are. I’m sure this is a busy time of year for most of you too, so I’m sure you’ll excuse my absence recently.

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I’m afraid I don’t even have much to show you today – most of the things I’m working on at the moment are for Christmas presents. However, I can tell you that I’m in the middle of making a couple of minion hats, a star garland and several warm and cosy things. The doily in the photo above was made on the spur of the moment just because I loved the pattern. I now have no idea what to do with it! Any suggestions? (This feels like deja vu…)

Anyway, I’m just off to town to see if I can find some essential supplies for more Christmassy crafting. Have a lovely day 🙂

Edit to add: the doily pattern can be found here. There is also a link to it from this page, along with lots of others that I want to try!

#200b

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Here it is, the real 200th post! (Unless you count the 200th post from yesterday. Which I don’t.)

I’ve had a lot of fun with this blog and it’s been great ‘meeting’ others who enjoy all manner of craftiness too. Thank you for all your comments and inspiration – I love being part of this online community!

I thought I’d have another giveaway to celebrate and this is what was on offer this time:

– either a five point star or a hearts desire doily…

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– a custom made crochet and wooden bead necklace…

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– and the final mystery gift…

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a crochet cushion cover!

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I used the wonderful Lucy’s Summer Garden Granny Square pattern – so easy to follow with fantastic colourful photos for each step.

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(Please excuse the ends poking out through various holes – I only just managed to finish it yesterday and I haven’t had time to sort out all the ends yet!)

I employed my usual high-tec name generator – names in the hat of wonders!

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Here they are all folded up (so they don’t stick to each other!)

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And the winner is…

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Congratulations Tamara! Let me know which doily you’d like and the colour you would prefer. And I’ll email you with options for the necklace 🙂

Sorry to the rest of you, but keep your eyes open for the next giveaway – I’m sure I’ll feel the need for another one in a month or two!

#200a

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Hello! Officially this is my 200th post (and my birthday!) where I should be announcing the winner of my giveaway.

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However, I’ve had a crazily busy weekend having lots of fun celebrating my birthday and I’ve just completely run out of time! I’m also in the middle of a massive baking session (I have to take cakes to school tomorrow – a great excuse to bake, but would have been better on a less busy weekend!!) so the giveaway deadline will be extended by 1 day and I’ll draw a name tomorrow. I’ll also let you know what the other prize is…

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See you tomorrow!

#196

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I noticed when I posted yesterday that I am getting very close to my 200th post – how exciting! It’s also getting pretty close to my birthday – something else that’s very exciting! So to celebrate these two exciting events I’ve decided to have a giveaway! So many exclamation marks!!!

The winner can choose between a Hearts Desire Doily…

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…or a Five Point Star Doily.

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This can be made in red, cream, white, pink, pale blue, pale green or pale yellow – is that enough choice?! (Read about the first time I made these patterns here.)

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In addition, the winner will also receive a custom made crochet and wooden beaded necklace, similar to this one.

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The winner can pick the colour and length of their choice.

There may also be one or two other goodies added over the next couple of weeks – watch this space!

If you’re interested in joining in, simply leave a comment at the bottom of this post.

Things to do with a dozen doilies

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Since posting about my doilies I’ve had several people ask what I’m going to do with them. Tricky question. All I’d really thought about was expanding my crochet skills and not what to do with the end product.

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At the moment my delicious doilies are all just hidden away in a box to keep them flat. Bur they really need to be used, not shut away. In search of inspiration I googled ‘repurposing lace doilies’. The first link I clicked on took me to the most amazing place. Dishfunctional Designs has a whole host of ideas for doilies! This is one of my favourites…

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Isn’t it just beautiful?! And I love this idea too…

In fact, I pretty much love most of the ideas on the page! My brain is buzzing with lacy and doilyish ideas – it’s going to be really tough getting back to maths planning now.

A deluge of doilies

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Since the first doily turned out so successfully (with only one or two small mistakes) I have been in a bit of a doily frenzy! I ended up making four more over the weekend, churning them out one after the other.

This is doily #2, the Petit Pineapple Doily.

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This is the biggest and laciest doily. It was quite ripply after I finished, so I pinned it and sprayed it with starch. The edges are not quite as rounded as in the pattern picture – any tips on how to pin rounded edges without ending up with pointy bits?!

This is doily #3, the Hearts Desire Doily.

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This is quite a tiny, dainty one. The colour hasn’t come out very well in the picture – the cotton I used is a fair bit darker. This was a lovely, quick pattern to use and I can see me making more.

This is doily #4, the Five Point Star Doily.

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Again, a super quick make and a similar size to the heart doily. I’m glad I didn’t start with this one – most of the instructions are clear enough, but rounds 5 and 6 are a bit vague. Because it was a similar technique to the heart doily I could figure out what needed to be done, but I think it would have a little frustrating if it had been my first attempt at a doily.

#5 is the Daisy Doily.

There is no link to this one as I sort of made it up as I went along! It’s based on one that Mum has…

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Mum said it was a family heirloom – meaning it’s old and well used! So well used it’s starting to fall apart in places.

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I like the flower pattern in it and thought I’d have a go at making my own. I made less outer rounds than the original, choosing to finish only a couple of rounds after the flower part was finished. On the whole it’s not too bad – some of the chain bits are longer than they should be, and one of the last rounds was a bit tight (meaning that the edge curled up – oops!) but nothing that a bit of blocking and spray starching couldn’t fix.

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And of course I didn’t write the pattern down as I went along, so if I attempt another one it’ll all be guess work again!

Doily #1

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For Christmas I got an amazing present. A whole set of crochet hooks ranging from 0.5mm – 6.5mm. I’ve only ever used big yarn for crochet (i.e. DK or bigger), so the small hooks presented me with a challenge. I ordered some crochet cotton which arrived a few days ago, then searched around for a pattern. I came across the Starfish Pineapple Doily pattern and thought I’d give it a go. It actually turned out pretty well!

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I found it a little tricky to start with. The cotton and hook being so tiny took a while to get used to. I started following the pattern on the screen, but as each row is fairly similar I soon got lost! Printing it out so I could cross off each round as I went helped a lot. I also managed to miss a couple of stitches in a couple of places, which I didn’t realised until a couple of rounds later. Not being a perfectionist (and not wanting to unravel all my stitches!) I just worked around the mistakes. That seemed to work out fine, and I’m really quite pleased with my first attempt.

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So pleased in fact, that I’ve already started my second one!