Saturday, 12 July 2014

What I've been up to...

Hey there,

I know it's been a while...I thought I'd pop by and let you know what I've been doing.

Well, I very seriously considered opening an Etsy shop to fund my yarn addiction!  And so, I've been working busily on some inventory for the shop.

First up, is the Chunky Lapghan / Baby Afhan in the most seductive chunky yarn I've worked with.  The blanket measures 31" (+- 80 cm) square and is an ideal baby shower or mature birthday gift.

I chose Elle Timber in the colourway Goldenrain.  Isn't it gorgeous?

The blanket weighs approximately 500g and it took me about 12 hours to complete over a weekend. 

Next up are some earrings I 
made... These adorable star earrings which are available in different colours.

I also made these pretty bookmarks for an order.  There were actually 6 in total, all with different coloured embellishments.  They turned out lovely!

That's all for now.  I'll share more once I've taken photos of the rest.

Till next time, stay peaceful!

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Slow blogger + Bookmarks from scrap yarn

Hello.  I'm Waheeda and I'm a slow blogger.

I've come to accept I am a slow blogger.  That's thanks to FarahLin, a fellow Instagrammer.  She keeps a lovely blog.  You should visit it some time.

I noticed a badge on Farah's site and realised there are more like me in the world.  I am not alone at all!  I blog about my projects, some complete and some Works in Progress (WIPs) and sometimes I don't blog at all, probably because I'm busy with crochet or I'm living life or I'm crocheting...  You get the idea.  (The badge is borrowed from another fellow blogger who keeps the blog Knotted Cotton.)


I've realised, the past few days, that I am in need of some bookmarks.  Two, in fact.  One for Little Guy's bedtime story books and the other to bookmark my own readings.

Here's what I came up with.  What do you think?

CrochetBTW:  Bookmarks
I used up some of my scraps for these and I think this is a good project for that.
The designs aren't complicated and I'm sure a beginner crocheter will manage just fine.

Book-Bunting Bookmark

CrochetBTW:  Bookmarks
 This is simply 3 granny triangles joined together.

Granny triangles (make 3, or as many as desired):
In a magic circle (or ch3 and join to form ring), ch 2, 2dc, ch 2 and 3dc. Then repeat (3dc, ch2, 3dc) twice.  Join to 2nd ch of initial 2ch.  Fasten off.
Round 2:  Join new colour into any 2ch space.  (WORK BOTH YARN ENDS INTO THE STITCHES) ch 2, 2dc, ch2, 3dc.  Then repeat (3dc, ch2, 3dc) into each 2ch space.  Join to first dc and fasten off.
Round 3:  Join new colour into any 2ch space corner.  Again, work all yarn ends into the stitches.  Ch2, 2dc, ch2, 3dc, ch1.  Then, in next space, *(3dc, ch1).  Then, in next corner **(3dc, ch2, 3dc, ch1).  Then in next space * and in next corner **. Till end.  Join to first dc and fasten off.

Once you have as many triangles as you need, you have to join them.  Do that by doing this:

Ch10 (only if you want to keep a tail in your bookmark), dc into one corner of first triangle.  Make sure your triangles are right side up when joining.  Then dc along that one side of the triangle. 
When you come to the end, ch3 and dc into one corner of the next triangle.  Continue in this way until all triangles are joined.
If you'd like to keep a tail at the end, make a few more ch.  Then ch2 and join new colour.  Dc back along your chain, working into the dcs on the triangles.
You could make your bunting strap as wide as you'd like by simply working more rows of dc.

There you have it!
CrochetBTW:  Bookmarks

CrochetBTW:  Bookmarks

Lollipop Bookmark

Pentagons are worked in a similar way to the triangles, except that you obviously need to work in more angles (ch2) into your starting ring.

In your starting ring, work (3tr, ch2, 3tr) five times.  Join to first treble and fasten off.
Round 2:  With new colour, join into any 2ch space.  Work (3tr, 2ch, 3tr) in every 2ch space.  Join to first treble and fasten off.
Round 3:  With new colour, join into any 2ch space.  Work *(3tr, ch2, 3tr, ch1) into the 2ch space.  Then **(3tr, ch1) into the next gap.  Then work * into the next corner, and ** into the next gap till the end.  Fasten off.

For the "stick", join yarn into any corner and chain as many as you need to make your stick the length you like.
Then ch 2, change colour, and work dcs back down your chain.  Work the final dc into the corner of the pentagon.
Then ch1, change colour back to the first colour and work slip stitches up your stick.  At the end of the stick, fasten off.

Weave in all ends and you're done!

CrochetBTW:  Bookmarks

CrochetBTW:  Bookmarks

Remember to block your project and apply a good steam or a light press for the best results.  Also remember NOT to let the iron touch your project directly, especially if you're using Acylic (like I am).  I usually use Hubby's handkerchief to protect my smaller projects.

I'll leave you with a few more pictures of the bookmarks at work...

CrochetBTW:  Bookmarks

CrochetBTW:  Bookmarks
 Till next time... Soon hopefully! :-)

Stay peaceful!

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Zig zag edging for V-stitch blanket

Hello there

I haven't done much crocheting lately. With balancing work, family and studies, I hardly find the time (or energy) any more. So no new projects...

I have completed the lap blanket Aunty Zee gave me, so there are some things to be grateful for :-)

If you remember, all it needed was a little TLC and an edging to finish it off.

I decided to do a zig zag edging to go with the V stitches in the blanket. 

Pattern repeat, as follows:
*1 slst, 1 dc, 1 htr, 1tr, 1 htr, 1 dc*

As you can see, the corners worked out beautifully.

It drapes so well, too.

And two more pictures to leave you with...

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Braided bag strap


Today I'd like to share a bag strap.

I made this to finish my Houndstooth bag.  Remember that?

I made a simple strap like this:

Once that was done, I attached D rings and stitched them onto the bag...

And voila!
My new Houndstooth bag, ready to wear.

Till next time,
Stay peaceful 

Saturday, 17 May 2014

No-Sew: T-Shirt to Handbag with adjustable strap

Hey there,

CrochetBTW:  T-shirt to bag tutorial (No-sew)

Today's not a crochet day for me.  Instead, I've decided to share a DIY project... but first, some background info...

Every year, East Coast Radio hosts The Big Walk:  a 5, 10, 15 or 20km walk along the beach / coast area here in Durban.

Last year, I walked the 5km with my brother and sister, with the intention of increasing the distance each year.  However, this year Hubby is joining us and he's doing the 5km so I decided to do the 5km with him again.

The fun thing about The Big Walk is THE GOODIE BAG!  Lots of little samples, an entrance ticket to the East Coast Radio House & Garden show next month and a T-Shirt for the walk...  Well worth the entry fee.

Now, I don't wear T-shirts because I dress Islamically with Abaya.  But, I love incorporating the Big Walk T-Shirt into my race-day outfit.  Last year, I cut up the T-Shirt and wore it as a Hijab (a head covering).  Pity I don't have a pic of that.

This year, I already have a beautiful head scarf which matches my trainers EXACTLY, so I looked for another way of incorporating the T-Shirt...

And here's what I did:

T-shirt to bag (with adjustable strap):  No sewing required

1. Fold the T-Shirt down the centre, making sure all edges meet neatly.  Note: I always request the largest size T-Shirt available so that I have more 'fabric' to play with.  This year it's a XXXL.

CrochetBTW:  T-Shirt to bag tutorial
2. Working from the bottom of the T-Shirt, mark a line +- 7cm from the edge.  This will be the bag strap.  Then, mark another line above that.  Mine was marked at 18cm from the edge.  This will be the base of the bag.  Depending on how deep you'd like you bag, adjust the placement of this mark.

CrochetBTW:  T-Shirt to bag tutorial

3.  Cut along the first marked line.  I used zigzag scissors for the cutting.

CrochetBTW:  T-Shirt to bag tutorial

4.  Working on the larger piece, slit the side seams as high as the second marked line.  This picture shows the four layers slit.

CrochetBTW:  T-Shirt to bag tutorial

5.  Keeping your slits approximately 1" apart, slit the bottom of the T-Shirt until the marked line.  This is the base of the bag, and will become the frilly bit you see in the pictures.
CrochetBTW:  T-Shirt to bag tutorial
6.  Making sure all the layers are neatly lined up on the sleeve hems, mark a cutting line about 1cm above the hem.  Cut it out.
CrochetBTW:  T-Shirt to bag tutorial
7.  Once you cut open all the little pieces to create a long strip and 2 short ones, this is what it should all look like.
CrochetBTW:  T-shirt to bag tutorial
7.  Next to close up the base of the bag without sewing, tie 2 or 3 knots on each corresponding strip.
CrochetBTW:  T-Shirt to bag tutorial
CrochetBTW:  T-shirt to bag tutorial
When you're done, check to see if there are any holes between the knots.  If there are, tie some knots using two adjacent strips so that the hole is closed.
This is what you'll end up with:
CrochetBTW:  T-shirt to bag tutorial
8.  Next, pleat the fabric from the neckline to the end of the sleeve, along the shoulder seam.
CrochetBTW:  T-shirt to bag tutorial
9.  Using one end of the longer strip, tie a secure knot (with a bow, if you like).  Do this to both shoulder seams.  You could adjust the length of the bag handle here, but I kept the handle as long as possible by using only a minimum amount of the strip to tie the knot and bow on each end.
CrochetBTW:  T-shirt to bag tutorial
CrochetBTW:  T-shirt to bag tutorial
10.  The bag is taking shape now.  All you need to do is close up the sleeves.  Do this with the 2 shorter strips.  Simply, bunch the sleeve fabric together and secure it with a short strip.
CrochetBTW:  T-shirt to bag tutorial
11.  Ta-dah!
CrochetBTW:  T-shirt to bag tutorial (No-sew)

The bag can be worn with a long strap...
CrochetBTW:  T-shirt to bag tutorial (No-sew)
Or with a short strap...
CrochetBTW:  T-shirt to bag tutorial (No-sew)
And that's that for today!
I'll let you know how the walk goes tomorrow.  The atmosphere was amazing last year.  I'll share some pics with you next time.
Till then,
Stay peaceful.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

A mandala, a WIP & some Grannies


In peace I come again :-)

I'm very pleased to see that this blog has had
over 2000 page views

Thank you for your support.  It really does motivate me.

Although I've been 'on hook' a lot this week, there isn't much to show for it... just some Works in Progress and a mandala I made following Lucy's pattern.

I'll begin with the mandala.  I really do want to send one in for Yarndale, but it needs to be one that's ME.  The pattern, the colours, the style... I want my mandala to represent ME.  Am I being silly?

It's not very often that I can say this, but
I'm running low on stash *gasp* :-O
so the colours in this mandala really AREN'T me!  But I was itching to work on a mandala using Lucy's pattern and this is what I ended up with...

CrochetBTW:  2nd Mandala attempt

CrochetBTW Mandala 2
Besides the one side being a bit wonky (it set wrong when I steamed it), it's 1" too big, I'm afraid.  My tension obviously differs significantly from hers :-/

So, I dusted off my mandala woes and spent some time with my new Mood Blanket.
The colours really do up my mood :-)

This is how far I've come.

CrochetBTW Mood Blanket in progress
CrochetBTW Mood Blanket - Loving the colours!
It measures about 1.5 metres width-wise and it's coming along nicely.  I'm using a Ridged Ripple stitch pattern.  This simply means that I'm working in either the front loop only or the back loop only, keeping all the 'ridges' on one side of the blanket.
The ridges make the ripple pattern stand out.  I'm considering doing a weave stitch in and out of the ripples, as you see at the bottom of the picture.  I thought I'd do it in a contrasting colour, but I can't decide what colour to use!  The idea is to use the contrast colour in the edging, eventually.  So the colours need to 'get married'Your input would be most welcome :-)


On another note, I've wanted to do a Granny Square project for a while now, so I started making some three-round squares last night.  I'll tell you more about these in my next post.  Here a pic of them being blocked instead :-)

CrochetBTW Granny Squares
 And with that, I'll leave you.

Till next time, keep smiling :-)

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Mandala-making (for Yarndale) - My 1st attempt

Hello there,

I think I have been bitten by the Mandala Bug!

1st Attempt Mandala by CrochetBTW

Well, I have it under control, for now, but there are no guarantees that it will not flare up again soon.

If you're wondering what I'm talking about

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Making a mark

Hi there

My regular salutation of Peace is of special significance today since today is the day South Africans flock in their millions to vote for what they stand for.  Democracy is 20 years old this year.  That's something we are very proud of here in SA.

My little family and I made our way to the voting station, just up our road, at about 8am this morning.  Not even 15 minutes later, we were back home having breakfast :-)  What a wonderful feeling.  I made sure to take Little Man with me.  I explained what 'voting' means and why everyone who can should do it.  He was thrilled, especially since he also got a 'voting mark' on his thumb, just like his dad and me.  I also let him 'post' my vote into the ballot box.  He felt very involved and thanked me for it later.

To mark the occasion, I crocheted the South African flag freehand.  If you'd like the pattern, please do leave a comment.

 After breakfast, we were invited to N's aunt's house.  It was a lovely day for a swim so that's exactly what Little Man did.  Oh, the fun he had.  And I'm also quite pleased with the progress he's made in his swimming.  The lessons have really paid off! :-)
Aunty Zee (as I'll refer to her here) is a very crafty lady herself.  I've always known she was very into scrapbooking, but I was surprised at the amount of crochet and knit she's done in her time.  She showed off some works in progress and also some abandoned projects.  I offered to complete one of her projects to give to her mum to use as a lap blanket.  See the picture.  What luscious soft yarn.  I can't wait to get started.  I'll probably do a round of dc to edge it, with a picot to finish it off, maybe.  I'll keep you posted on the progress right here on my blog. 

The yarn to complete the project +  some extra for me :-)

To end...  I've been meaning to start a 'big project'... Something that I can work on at the beach, at the park, at home, in the car, while I'm catching up on my favourite Series (Suits & Elementary, FYI), in the waiting room... you get the picture.  Winter is nearly upon us, and a blankie in the car will be much needed... so a car blanket it is... or maybe a TV blanket to cuddle up with...  Hmmm, I'll just get it started while I decide.
I couldn't decide on a pattern.  But I wanted needed to get started on something to keep my sanity!  So I went with a ripple theme.  The colours will vary, the pattern will vary, there'll probably be a twist, I don't know yet.  But I'll keep you updated.  I'll call it my Mood Blanket.
Here's the start of it:

That's all for now.  Stay tuned for both the blanket updates.  If you don't want to miss out, follow my blog :-)  Lot's of options for that on the RIGHT.

Keep well.

Peace out.
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