Doilies in Glenlyon

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I have just come back from my weekend in Daylesford, which was a great success. I also managed to catch up with an old friend, Magali, who runs an art gallery called Stockroom in Kyneton.  We had dinner with her family in her country farm in Glenlyon, which is not far from Daylesford.

She was the one I was making the red doily for (see previous article). I ended up making a second one, as I got into the swing of it and because it’s much nicer to share with someone else. She was really pleased with them and immediately put them on her dining table to use as coasters. She also told me how she would like to learn how to crochet. So, this could start another crochet addiction! I have recently taught my niece how to make granny squares and she is also hooked and bursting with her own ideas for various projects. So, I think it’s going to be hard for me to stop this wave of crochet love!

I used a 2 mm crochet for this and a pattern from Le Monde de Sucrette. So, let me know what you think.

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Poncho girl!

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Tadaaaa!!! I’ve finally finished my daughter’s poncho. Just in time for the cooler months here in Melbourne!!!

She’s super happy with the results. She originally thought she would like fringes as a finish. But, I ended up doing a different kind of edging, as the wool we picked did not work well with fringes. I’m not sure how this type of edging is called, so I call it petal edging, since I usually use it to make crochet flower petals. If anyone knows the correct term for it, please drop me a line in the comment box.

The pattern for this edging goes like this:

Row 1

sl st, ch 5, sl st at the end of each cluster (so every 4 stitches)
Keep going around and sl st at the end. It looks like semi-circles all around the edge.

Row 2

dc around your 1st semi-circle, tr 5 times, dc. You have made 1 petal.
dc directly around the second semi-circle and keep going until the end. Fasten off.

If anyone gets inspired into making their own take on this poncho, please, please, please post a photo of it and send me a link to it. I’d love to see your work!

An owl moment

Owl moment by Queenandfox

…is what my daughter, Lana, was having yesterday. It’s school holidays here in Melbourne, so she is getting her little fingers busy with different crafty projects. She has a few on the go, just like me – telle mère, telle fille!

Anyway, yesterday afternoon, I turned around and here she was handing me over this gorgeous little cross-stitched owl. She did this all by herself and given that last time she had any cross-stitching instructions was back in January, when my Mum was with us, I WAS very impressed. It puts a smile on my face when I see my little girl, following in the footsteps of her grandma. So, we put a nice light-brown piece of yarn through the top and she now wears it as a necklace.

If you are interested, you can pick up these wooden frames in any Spotlight stores in Australia. They are made by Make it. And I reckon they make a lovely birthday gift, don’t you think?

How to crochet the perfect poncho

Poncho-project by Queenandfox
Poncho-project, a photo by Queenandfox on Flickr.

This is a little project which I have started a few weeks ago. My little girl is hanging out to wear this deliciously comfy and colourful poncho. I have decided to use a multicoloured type of yarn, so I don’t even have to change colours for each row. Wasn’t that cunning of me? It’s not that I’m lazy, but what the hell, a little bit of time-saving doesn’t hurt, does it? Plus, I just fell in love with this wool.

This pattern is really super easy to follow and was passed on to me by my lovely crochet buddy, Jacinta. All tyou have to do is create a chain, then slip-stitch it. This creates your head opening. Then, you carry on with your pattern of trebbles (or double-crochet), until you reach the desired length. You can make a nice little edging at the end to finish it off. Or, if you are into fringes like my daughter is (she’s a bit of a Pocahontas afficionada), the go for it!

You’ll find all the instructions and a super handy pattern chart on this article by Le Monde de Sucrette. Very worth browsing through her other articles too. And in case you ‘re wondering, I have used a Cleckheaton California yarn (colour Storm) – 100% wool.

Hope you too have a lovely time making this. I’d love you to send me pictures of some of your creations. Ariba, ariba!