Ruffled bootees

I always wanted to make a pair of these bootees having seen them on Ravelry a while back. Here is the first of the two. Delish. Frou-frou, frilly dilly and lovely. Like leg warmers from Fame!

I didn’t follow the pattern exactly as I didn’t want to do all the front post, back post stitches for the upper shoe and used the pattern from the crocodile stitch bootees that I like.  That made the shoe part super easy. The ruffles….. oh the ruffles.

Lovely as they are, like a southern belle’s frothy underskirt,  I found making them (I’m still only a rookie hookie, don’t forget) fiddly and very, very exacting. I got them, and me, into more positions than the Karma Sutra. What a labour of love.

 

The wool is from Elann (via Amazon) : Pippi Longcolors : ‘crystal spring’.  I love how gently the shades blend into a smooth gradation but have made each row of ruffles a band of colour.  They were made using a 4.5 mm hook. The sole length is 8 cm with a width of 4 cm. The height of the bootee (measuring right up to the top of the upper row of ruffles) is 10 cm.

The pattern can be found on B.hooked crochet page or on Ravelry – click the link below:

Crocheted ruffled bootee pattern

I shall go make a pot of tea as a reward for the effort. I will be baking lemon and lime cupcakes this afternoon (recipe). Then, after a sweet treat and a bracing cuppa, will begin the next bootee.

Crocheted elephants

Did you have a happy Easter? We were quiet (not that we are normally like Everyone’s Upstairs Neighbours) and futzed about in furry slippers and smeggy gear like we yugé do when we’re not going out and likely to frighten dogs and those of a nervous disposition.

The mantlepiece was bedecked with fresh flowers and chocolate eggs and bunnies. It was pretty much a chocolate lunch for me.

I sat and surfed and ate chocolate for a good part of the afternoon (call it an extended lunch) as well and found the sweeeetest little appliqué crochet elephant (E is for elephant) and soon had a small herd on the table.

** Oh, the aim of our patrol
Is a question rather droll
For to march and drill
Over field and hill
Is a military goal!
Is a military goal! **

Like the single leaf at the front? Another free pattern: One Green Leaf

All the photos and postings reminded me of basic layout and photography rules for blogging generally and other applications which I will write up, mainly as a reminder to myself but you might find useful, too. I get too lazy to bother and take pictures and post them with just a bit of Photoshop editing in between. Really, need to do a more, like sort out dodgy backgrounds and clean up the images better.

I came up with the following reminder to myself to up my vibrations and remember to plant good thoughts in my head. It might also be useful to you.

Until we meet again, Happy Easter Monday!

 

Crochet heart with popcorn stitch middle

I’ve been enchanted by wonderful crochet things again. I saw a  s-i-m-i-l-a-r  crocheted heart to the one above on the wormhole Pinning Place. You see a pin you like, click on it only to be hooshed along to another page of pins and it becomes a chase-your-tail endeavour. It’s very Alice in Wonderland where she falls down a rabbit hole. Just pi**ing in the wind. Don’t you wish people would put their blog address or their name on the image so you could visit their page directly? There were loads of images on That Place with no direct links. The siren call of the design would not let me give up – ‘Make me I’m Yours’ – so I was on a mission to track the pattern down. It was not easy. So, pouting with a mouth like a sink plunger, I carried on.

The end result netted me pretty much Diddly Squat though I sort of found a pattern for a similar heart but didn’t like the start. Or the middle. And, the less said about the last round the better (there wasn’t one…).

So, the morning was spent frogging (not sure if that term is the right one for unravelling crochet, it’s used in knitting) hooking and reshaping until I got the shape I wanted. Finally, I have a pattern that I think is bullet-proof – I made a few more to check and refine it and am happy with the results.

So, am tooting my horn and my halo is so big you’d see it from Mars but am so delighted with it and myself (my first ever proper reshaping and design) that I’ve got a bit of a bloaty head and excity pants! Much better than excity head and bloaty pants.

I’d share the pattern but it’s written by me for me so probably not in the convention savvy hookers know and you’d laugh at my naivete!

The side view gives a better look at the popcorn stitch flower in the middle.

And in two colours, really pops. Oooh those scrappy balls of wool are looking very attractive… much more attractive than the lawnmower and that unruly lawn…

Though plain white has plenty of charm:

But, as we all know, crochet is addictive and there’s always something gorgeous calling…

I’m starting on a small blanket gift – it’s called Butterfly Garden and the pattern is free from Chris Simon here: Ravelry.   Mine has made an 8″ square (using a 4.5mm hook and Cotton Creative yarn) which is pretty sizable and will make up a blanket relatively quickly. The close up of the corner shows  a couple of the eponymous butterflies.

Have a very Happy Easter.

Best laid plans and all that

Well, so much for my plans to have a jolly seaside jaunt. Too many things got in the way on Saturday so – as the weather forecast predicted an even hotter day on the Sunday – thought I’d postpone it till then. Huh. There must have been some huge butterfly flapping its wings somewhere to create such chaotic perturbations as to destroy a whole glorious weather system in less than twenty-four hours.

It went from Hot to Not. The sky was grey, the air was cold, the fire was on.

I went looking for a potted plant for when The Room gets done. This is how it’s referred to now. We KNOW which room we’re talking about as there’s so much to do in there.

Luckily, the day had it’s bright sides. Went into Halfords for new hub caps. The price said €42 but came up at €24 at the till. That was a nice surprise, thank you.

Went to a local garden centre – saw a rather handsome Anthurium but its price was handsome, too, at €35.00. Hmmm. Had to have a think about that. That money buys a lot of wool…

Went to B & Q and had a mosey round their garden centre. Hugely cheaper on all garden bits and, in the clearance section, was this spiffing Anthurium – reduced from €19 to €9.50. It was mine in a moment. I bought the pot there, too. That was €21.00 but the two together were still cheaper than the plant alone from the other place.  And their pots and planters were very pricey. Anyway, they look well together and when The Room is done will look lovely near the fireplace.

I popped to Lidl on the way home and bought some cut flowers. I needed some colour! The garden was so green and boring and the sky was so grey.

A bunch of red roses in the Polish pottery teapot did the trick. Tea roses, anybody?

Looks nice in watercolours, too.

Made me feel so  much better.

Along with the other couple of bunches of flowers… as you can see in the rather twee vignette below (the fade away hides the eyesores of the drop cloths, paint tins, ladder, brushes, caulking gun…)

They sit on the fireplace and give me something nice to look at in the middle of what is really Paddy’s Market at the moment.

Well, Easter Sunday next week – let’s hope the weather is good and the sun shines for the weekend. Depends  on those flapping butterflies.

Crocodiles don’t bow

“Crocodiles don’t bow.”
“They should when they meet a princess.”
Kerrelyn Sparks, The Undead Next Door

The boot is on the other foot now – got the pair finished. I’m  loving the way they look so unmatched yet are perfectly paired. A bit like a couple I know, lol. Someone suggested a bow on the front to bring together the green top of one and the pink of the other. I said “Crocodiles don’t bow”. Seriously, there’s too much going on with the colour variation and the rows of scales. It would be over-egging the pudding and we know how rich that can be. Do you think they go together well?

And now am making a matching pixie hat  – same wool and with a row of four croc scales at the front. Crocodile rock!

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