Monday, 26 May 2014

Crochet jumper

I've been growing increasingly envious of friends who are able to knit beautiful jumpers and cardigans for themselves. I can knit but my skills have so far only extended to scarfs and hats, I definitely favour crochet and find the patterns easier to follow. The trouble is that stylish and practical crochet patterns can be difficult to find; I guess crochet just lends itself better to holey shawls. However, the  Maple Falls Sweater by Joanne of Not So Granny was perfect for a first time attempt at jumper making. The pattern was produced as part of the Crochet Project and the original comes in beautiful autumn colours. I love the maple leaf design but I just don't do brown. 

I'm really into navy at the moment so decided to go for a blue version of the jumper, with navy for the main colour. After a quick trip to The Sheep Shop I was stocked up on yarn ready to go. I ended up with woolcott which is a mix of lambswool and cotton, perfect for spring!
Miss Chaela Boo - Crochet jumper woolcott yarn
I didn't manage to take many 'in progress' photos but here is a cheeky close up of the maple leaf stitches.
Miss Chaela Boo - Crochet jumper
After three attempts and one whole month I finished the jumper. I'm so pleased with it. In the light blue and white the maple leaves look more like snow flakes so I think this jumper could be a good all year rounder.
Miss Chaela Boo - Crochet jumper
I've already got my second pattern lined up so I'll be reporting back on that if I can ever make a decision on the yarn to use.

Have you got a favourite crochet (or knitting) pattern? Or are you working on something at the moment. Let me know in the comments and share your links. 

Finally, as it's Monday, why not stop by Handmade Monday and check out all the other lovely handmade blogs. 

Monday, 31 March 2014

Drawing with Sketchbook Pro

I've been using my Android tablet for blogging for just over a year now and use it a lot for photo editing. Just recently though I've started to get drawing. 

Last year I visited the David Hockney exhibition at the Royal Academy and was blown away by the iPad drawings. I downloaded various drawing apps but didn't quite get on with any of them. That was until I discovered Sketchbook Pro and learnt how to use it properly. I started with the free version and worked through a tutorial to draw this little alien. 
Miss Chaela Boo - drawing with Sketchbook Pro
I discovered that the secret of digital drawing was in using layers. It seems obvious now that by using layers you can add shading and detail without affecting the work you have already done. 

Now I'm spending much of my spare/crafting time drawing and even bought myself a beautiful Wacom Bamboo stylus in light blue.

Here's a little look at how I've been getting on:
Miss Chaela Boo - drawing with Sketchbook Pro - Little brown mouse
Little brown mouse
Miss Chaela Boo - Drawing with Sketchbook Pro - Kitties
Miss Chaela Boo - Drawing with Sketchbook Pro - Nemo
Miss Chaela Boo - Drawing with Sketchbook Pro - Mother's day mice
Mother's day mice
I have the lovely Alice of knitnrun4sanity to thank for this last drawing after she asked me to make her a mother's day card. It is also thanks to her that I have finally got around to printing my own cards (something I have been pondering for some months). It's still early days but it's a step in an exciting direction.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Round ripple baby blanket

Miss Chaela Boo: Round ripple baby blanket
At last I can show you the crochet baby blanket I made for our new niece after we finally made the trip last weekend to meet the latest addition to the family. Ellena arrived in January but due to The Mike's surgery we had to wait a few weeks before we could go for a visit. 
Miss Chaela Boo: Round ripple baby blanket
I first saw the pattern for this blanket over at meet.make.laugh and followed the link to the original pattern on ravelry. It's a pretty easy pattern which is mostly worked in trebles (note that the pattern is written in US terms) so it works up really quickly. I enjoyed every minute I spent making it and even took a break before the final row because I didn't want it to be over. I can't wait to get started on a huge one for my bed just as soon as I decide on colours. 
Miss Chaela Boo: Round ripple baby blanket
I used the beautifully soft Sirdar Snuggly yarn to make the blanket. I was surprised that this yarn is 55% nylon and 45% acrylic as it is so soft and not at all squeaky when working with it. It's also machine washable so it's perfect for small children and comes in good range of colours.
Miss Chaela Boo: Round ripple baby blanket
Originally I started with less traditional colours which included the purple and dark pink combined with turquoise as I wanted to avoid making it overly pink and girly. In the end I decided on a compromise and the finished blanket is a little more traditional in colour but bright enough to make it a little different. 

And here is the lady of the moment modelling the finished blanket.
Miss Chaela Boo: Round ripple baby blanket
Have you finished a special project recently? Don't forget to leave me your link in the comments so I can come and have a peek!

Friday, 31 January 2014

Hello 2014

Is it to late to say happy new year lovely readers? I couldn't let the whole of January go by without a quick catch up.

The last couple of months have been somewhat manic and blogging has been way way down my to-do list with time spent supporting The Mike through some hefty surgery and subsequent recovery. It was such a relief to finally bring him home, although it was tough going at first he's improving everyday and I can start to think about crafting and blogging again. Yay!
Miss Chaela Boo: Happy 2014
The lovely Nemo looked after me brilliantly during the two weeks that Mike was in hospital and we enjoyed lots of evenings watching Christmas films and snuggling under blankets.

I did manage to finish one special project during the hours spent at the hospital; a blanket for our new niece Ellena Rose. I can't show you a picture just yet because it hasn't been handed over but hopefully we'll be able to pay her a real visit very soon (we've already met via Skype!). I'll be sure to report back with an update and a link to the gorgeous pattern asap.

It can be tricky to get the blogging mojo back after a bit of break but normal service will resume shortly.

Happy 2014 everyone!!!