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My niece was 17 this month and mainly wanted driving lesson vouchers (a.k.a. cash 😜) but how could I miss the opportunity to do a crochet doodle?

First, it was very ambitious with 18 motifs arranged in a staggered form with small flowers in between but then I started on the roses (using a 7mm hook) and it evolved.
If you’ve ever started needing a certain number of motifs which aren’t immediately being crocheted into the design, my tip of the month is to keep them all in one line string. As one is finished,  pull the loop wide, 

And pass the motif through the loop to lock it. 

then start the next motif

I always lose count, then lose a motif and nothing is more irritating than having one motif too many.
So I doodled an Irish rose in a chunky yarn, then added sepals using a DK baby yarn from my stash:

The joining was fairly organic (and always using slip stitch as I’m such a stickler for motifs being joined by crochet and NOT by sewing!!!

And I ended up with a fairly standard infinity scarf….

UNTIL YOU START TO WEAR IT!

Asymmetric loops

Symmetrical loops

Twisty Loops

It is lovely and warm despite seeming insubstantial and, added bonus, doesn’t slip off your shoulders when you are running for the bus or lugging bags full of books ❤

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In the UK , Tweenie is a girl just before she reaches adolescence. My friend’s daughter admired my little girl’s eternity scarf, which I quickly knitted up using sock yarn from my stash and so of course when I got home, I put my 12 days of Christmas shelf borders into my UFO pile (there was no way I’d get from 6 swans a swimming to 12 drummers drumming in the three days I had left to Christmas 😜😬) and started this (Yes, I’m crocheting and blogging on a train again):

The Irish crochet motif theme continues with an “evolution of roses”
One layer

2 layers

3 layers

There is a cunningly hidden button hole to turn it from a hanging loop into a warm snuggly cowl, which I’m rather fond of.

Let me know if you’d like me to upload a pattern 😜

I’m sorry I’ve not been great recently at creating or posting. Basically work has been a pain at using up all my evening knitting and crochet time.

We also have a new puppy, Shadow the Manchester Terrier

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And here is an attempt to capture him in motion

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So, of course, once I’ve finished a replacement hat for the one he’s just put a hole into, I want to make him a dog cave like this

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how to make a dog bed from teeshirt yarn

Mollie makes has a fab tutorial on how to make this magical stuff that can’t be destroyed as easily by sharp puppy teeth 😂😂😂

http://www.molliemakes.com/diy-fashion-2/how-to-make-t-shirt-yarn/

Hopefully this’ll get done in the Christmas break 😆😉

So the poncho…. For those of you still awake during this saga, I started it *gasps in shame* in Oct 2015!!!!!
first written record of a poncho

So this is where we are now. It’s still wrong side out because that makes the net look nicer 🙂

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Meadowsweet and lady's smocks, gentian, lupins and tall hollyhocks

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I hope my yarn doesn’t run out!

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The net at the bottom is treble, 5 stiches treble. At the top, 3 or 2 stiches between each treble. That’s how I’ve managed to make the poncho narrow as i go upwards.

In the meantime though, I’ve finished my mum’s infinity scarf and I’ve even washed and blocked it, all ready for her birthday 😇😇😇

I know my last blog was about sewing but my crochet called me back too strongly. My daughter is very excited because I’ve finally started netting the motifs together

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The flowers are face down so this is the inside side of the poncho. As my mind is in turmoil I need to concentrate ands crochet-doodle.

Easy! – http://pinterest.com/pin/541346817685285690/?s=3&m=wordpress

It’s Easter time again. I love this season, the few days leading up to Easter Sunday with the quiet meditation that my church does so well. We are going to have an Easter egg hunt. Each sibling will help hide the other’s eggs. There is too too much chocolate so I’m trying to reduce the amounts that they will eat by not hiding chocolate (well, a few little ones!)

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Crick crack!

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Cheep cheep

It’s made as a pretty standard amigurumi staying with 6DC (Am. SC)

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The beak is made by making 3 Tr (Am. DC) , holding the first loops on hook, then pulling the loop through the 4 loops on the hook. Cut yarn, sew in the end, preserving the triangle shape.

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Continue the main colour behind the beak by chaining 3. Make a second beak the same way.

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Make the wings by making stitches in each double in the row below in the following order (the ones between || should be in the same double crochet):
|DC,HTr|Tr, dTr| Tr, Tr, Tr| chain 3 DC in next row. If you would like an American translation, please ask in the comments 🙂
On the next row, make your DCs into the bar of the trebles

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If you’d like a fuller pattern, please ask in the comments and I’ll post one.

So, following on from the debacle of showing my daughter a pansy that she confidently identified as a daffodil, I’ve decided to add one to her poncho.
I’m on the train and the reception isn’t very good so I decided to make it up as a doodle rather than finding a pattern and I’m quite pleased with the result.

First I crocheted the cone using a darker yellow

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Then I added petals using the same basic principle as Irish roses.

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Daffodils have 6 petals and they are quite pointie so I adjusted my trebles (Am. Double crochets) accordingly.

I know you are all waiting with baited breath to hear my daughter’s verdict, unfortunately she is asleep as it is well past her bedtime but I will ask her when we Skype in the morning and add a P.S. to my post.

For those of you who have cried, “My life will only be complete with the pattern!” (And I know there will be many for how could you help yourselves?)  how could I keep this from you? It is in UK crochet but I can translate on request.

Row 1 (dark yellow):
Chain (ch )6. Join with a slip stitch (ss)

Row 2:
Chain 3. 1 treble (Tr) , *1 doubletreble (dTr ), ch 2, ss into first chain. 2 Tr.*
Repeat between * 3 more times.
1dTr, ch2, ss into first chain. ss into third chain at start of row. fasten off.

Row 3:
Join light yellow wool at back of cone. Chain 3, ss into back of 2nd or 3rd treble at the base about 1/6th along the circle. Repeat 5 times so that there are 6 evenly spaced loops. Ss to join to first loop.

Row 4:

Work the following into each loop:

1 dc,  1 half treble (hTr), 1Tr,  1dTr, 1 triple treble, 1dTr, 1 Tr, 1 hTr, 1 dc.

Fasten off.

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and here is a picture pattern, which is my preferred way to get instructions

As I posted earlier, I’ve been making an Irish Crochet poncho for my 4 year old daughter and I made a pansy last week.

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Since then, I’ve spent some time in the garden dead-heading my real life pansies and violas. As I moved from pot to pot,

<<whisper>> <<I’m a bit potty about violas>>

I’ve come to the realisation that the pansy I made could be better, biologically and also more in keeping with the Irish rose, the other main flower in the poncho.

So I tried another pattern from freevintagecrochet.com and made this:

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but it still didn’t feel or look pansy enough for me.

So I stared at pictures of violas for a long time and made this little character:

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It is small but it has the fused lower petal and the 2 small petals in front of the 2 overlapping large petals and it is more in keeping with the tiny viola in comparison with the large blousy pansies that the other flowers are.

So, feeling very pleased with myself, I Skyped my daughter today (at present I work away from home during the week) and asked her if she liked this little flower. She replied,

“Yes, it’s a nice daffodil.”

If anyone would like to make a viola/daffodil, here’s the pattern:

pansy

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This is a lovely pattern from free vintage crochet (thank you crochet thread– and BTW, your crochet lantern is pretty darned groovy, but I don’t have enough time before Chinese New Year to make one!!!! )

This pansy is one of the motifs for my daughter’s irish crochet poncho. I like the way the front petals are really 3D and I’ll attach it in the irish crochet net so that they will be able to stand proud.   Eagle eyed readers will note that the motifs are no longer pink. My daughter was persuaded would like a mixture of colours which is great as I can keep with my new year’s resolution to not buy any more yarn before I have worked my way through my stash. These yarns are all the same type, bought to make a Maisy jumper for a niece years ago which looks very similar to this: