Sunday, February 21, 2010

Leg Warmers




I've been working on leg warmers for a while now, and finally can show you my two latest styles. The mustard ones are knee-high and lace-up at the side. The black ones are a shorter style in a lacy pattern. These are going to be my favourite accessory this winter!

I've finished writing and testing a pattern for the ankle length warmers, and it is now available from my etsy store as a PDF file that I email to you upon purchase, so you can make a pair of your very own!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Book Swap Fundraising Party




These photos are from a media swap party I attended yesterday. The idea is awesome if you want a fun way to raise money for charity. Everyone brings 3-5 unwanted CDs, DVDs, books, cassette tapes or records to donate, a plate of food drink to share, and some gold coins to purchase/bid for items. Any 'gold' goes straight to the auction table, and less sought after items to the $1 table/blanket. Get a confident and amusing friend to be the auctioneer to auction off the 'gold' items, and you go home with some new media and raise money for charity too.

Money from this media swap party went to Ganesha Books’ in Bali, a very wothtwhile cause. Well done to Adam and Michelle for organizing this!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Free Crochet Pattern - Pea in a Pod




Materials

Small amount of dark green yarn

Small amount of light green yarn

Small amount of black yarn

4mm (G) hook

Polyester filling

scissors, tapestry needle, stitch marker


Instructions

Pea Use light green yarn and 4 mm hook.

Rnd 1: Work 6 sc into a magic ring (6sc) Tighten ring so there is no middle hole.

Rnd 2: 2sc into each sc around (12sc)

Rnd 3: *2sc into first sc, sc into next*, repeat to end (18sc)

Rnd 4: sc around (18sc)

Rnd 5: repeat Rnd 4 (18dc)

Rnd 6: repeat Rnd 4 (18tr)

Rnd 7: *sc, sc 2tog*, repeat to end (12sc) Stuff pea firmly.

Rnd 8: sc2tog around (6sc) SS in next st. FO by weaving through each stitch and pull to tighten

Pea Pod Use dark green yarn and 4 mm hook.

Pod Bottom

Rnd 1: Work 6sc into a magic ring (6sc) Tighten ring so there is no middle hole.

Rnd 2: 2sc into each sc around (12sc)

Rnd 3: *2sc into first sc, sc into next*, repeat to end (18sc)

Rnd 4: sc around (18sc)

Rnd 5: repeat Rnd 4 (18dc)

Rnd 6: repeat Rnd 4 (18tr) FO. Weave in ends.

Pod Top

Rnd 1: 3sc into magic ring. (3sc)

Rnd 2: sc into each st around (3sc)

Rnd 3: 2sc into each st around (6sc)

Rnd 4: 2 sc into each st around (12sc)

Rnd 5: *2sc into first sc, sc into next*, repeat to end (18sc)

Rnd 6: sc around (18sc)

Rnd 7: repeat Rnd 4 (18dc) FO. Weave in ends.

Finishing

To connect pea pod top and bottom, thread needle and join to edge of bottom. Whip stitch 4 stitches together. FO. Weave in ends.

To make pea face, use pictures as a guide to sew on face with black yarn. Or else you can use felt pieces or plastic eyes if you prefer. FO. Weave in ends.

This is my own original pattern. I give permission for you to create as many as you like! :-)

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Oxford St Market




If you're in the neighbourhood this Saturday 6 Feb 2010, I will be having a stall at the Oxford Street Market in Leederville, WA. The markets run from 9 -4 and stalls are all fair trade and hand made by local artisans. It should be a great day!