2013 ~ A crafting year in review

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With one day to go this year, it’s time for our first ever yearly review. I was thinking today that I haven’t read a book in a while ~ the amount of crochet done this year might explain why! I know I’ve said this before, but it seems the more I crochet the more I crochet. With every new 3am idea completed, there are another five swirling around waiting to be started.

So, here is just a summary of 2013. Apologies in advance for the length of the post!

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January was a very busy crafting month. I seem to recall Moo and I spent the first few weeks of 2013 finding the coolest place in the house to crochet (me) and snooze (Moo).

First, there was the new peg board, then my yearly sewing attempt, my first pin cushion pattern, and a finished blanket for KOGO.

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Pin Cushion_9smlKogo_16smlFebruary Moo relaxed on the sofa with her new cushions and Christmas present ducky. I made little bowls and did a spot of office yarn bombing with a crochet tissue holder and phone cozy.

Bowl_3smlBowl_35smlTissue_21smlMarch this is my favourite crochet pin cushion so far…. and then there were MacBook covers, one for Mum and one for me.

Cushion_1smlMac_23smlLaptop_18smlApril was all about baby blankets ~ first a simple granny square in Stylecraft, then Bear’s Rainbow Blanket.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABlanket_6smlJune looking back at June, I think I lost my crochet mojo a little ~ my favourite project by far was this knitted Capelet. Yes, knitting!

Capelet_22smlJuly being winter in Australia, July was about hot water bottle covers, plus my favourite doily so far.

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September … a busy month, with the end of the cold weather in sight. First there were crochet baby hats for Bella’s babies, then my first ever crochet bag, a mandala floor rug, and a granny square scarf.

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Rug_33smlScarf_2smlMoo_47smlOctober …. this is the quickest and easiest crochet bag I’ve ever made… instant gratification!

Big Bag_28smlNovember …and Christmas preparations begin, with a trio of crochet decorations… plus an early birthday present for Moo.

Xmas Trio_32smlXmas_3smlSqueaky_25smlDecember … was all about Christmas, with crochet pudding decorations, a Christmas stocking, a crochet star garland and our very first giveaway.

3Puddings_5smlStocking_9smlChristmas Garland_1smlGiveaway_28smlWell, if you’re still reading this far, a big thankyou! I didn’t quite realise just how long this post was going to be. Thankyou for sharing 2013 with Moo and I. We have big crafting plans for 2014, so we’ll be back really soon! 😀

Love Terri and Moo xxx

Crochet Pin Cushion ~ Pattern

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Ok, here it is, the pattern for this pin cushion I made last week. I feel I need to add a little disclaimer her. I’ve never written a pattern before, so please forgive any mistakes, confusion, etc. Please ask if something doesn’t make sense.

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CROCHET PIN CUSHION

materials:
4ply yarn in three colours (I used Rowan cotton yarn)
3mm crochet hook
needle for sewing ends in
craft stuffing

abbreviations:
ch
: chain
dc: double crochet
ss: slip stitch
*** please note these are UK terms

method (make 2):

Using the first colour (I used lemon) start with a magic ring (this post here by Alice describes how to make these really well)

round 1: 2 ch (counts as first dc), 5 dc into circle, join with a ss into top of first 2 ch (6 sts)

round 2: 2 ch, 1 dc into same stitch, 2 dc into every dc to end of round, join with a ss into top of first 2 ch (12 sts)

round 3: 2 ch, 1 dc into same stitch, 1 dc into next st, *2 dc into next st, 1 dc into next st; rep from * to end of round, join with a ss into top of first 2 ch (18 sts)

round 4: 2 ch, 1 dc into same stitch, 1 dc into next 2 sts, *2 dc into next st, 1 dc into next 2 sts; rep from * to end of round, join with a ss into top of first 2 ch (24 sts)

round 5: 2 ch, 1 dc into same stitch, 1dc into next 3 sts, *2 dc into next st, 1 dc into next 3 sts; rep from * to end of round, join with a ss into top of first 2 ch (30 sts)

change to second colour (I used pink)

round 6: 2 ch, 1 dc into same stitch, 1 dc into next 4 sts, *2 dc into next st, 1 dc into next 4 sts; rep from * to end of round, join with a ss into top of first 2 ch (36 sts)

round 7: 2 ch, 1 dc into same stitch, 1 dc into next 2 sts, *2 dc into next st, 1 dc into next 2 sts; rep from * to end of round, join with a ss into top of first 2 ch (48 sts)

round 8: 2 ch, 1 dc into same stitch, 1 dc into next 3 sts, *2 dc into next st, 1 dc into next 3 sts; rep from * to end of round, join with a ss into top of first 2 ch (60 sts)

round 9: 2 ch, 1 dc into each stitch of previous row (no increase, 60 sts)

round 10: 2 ch, 1 dc into same stitch, 1 dc into next  4 sts, *2 dc into next st, 1 dc into next 4 sts; rep from * to end of round, join with a ss into top of first 2 ch (72 sts)

round 11: 2 ch, 1 dc into each stitch of previous row (no increase, 72 sts)

round 12: 2 ch, 1 dc into same stitch, 1 dc into next 5 sts, *2 dc into next st, 1 dc into next 5 sts; rep from * to end of round, join with a ss into top of first 2 ch (84 sts)

round 13: 2 ch, 1 dc into each stitch of previous row (no increase, 84 sts)

round 14: 2 ch, 1 dc into same stitch, 1 dc into next 6 sts, *2 dc into next st, 1 dc into next 6 sts; rep from * to end of round, join with a ss into top of first 2 ch (96 sts)

round 15: 2 ch, 1 dc into each stitch of previous row (no increase, 96 sts)

change to final colour (I used green)

round 16: 2 ch, 1 dc into each stitch of previous row (no increase, 96 sts)

to make up:

1. Put two sides wrong sides facing.
2. Insert hook into both sides and make 1ch, 1 dc into each st – make sure you put the hook through both sides, therefore joining them together.
3. Leave a gap to insert stuffing (insert stuffing in small pieces, but you need lots)!
4. Finishing joining with dc until fully joined
5. Fasten off and sew in any ends.
6. Using the last colour you used, sew (double strands) on yarn to divide the pin cushion into eights, then add buttons top and bottom. (Sorry, there’s no easy way to explain this part and it’s a bit fiddly, it was really trial and error)!

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Please let me know if I’ve made any mistakes an I’ll amend.

Thankyou so much, love Terri and Moo xxx