Monthly Archives: April 2007

Busy week

I have been having 2 extremely busy weeks, trying to juggle school holidays a very busy business and the death of our PC at home means I have not done any crafting. Sorry guys I have to take a little break until next week.

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Seamless purse – tutorial 2

I am still deeply in love with crochet I just love the simplicity of it; 1 hook 1 skein of yarn and off you go. Anyway a little while ago I crocheted this seamless bag with chunky wool and a huge hook but never wrote a pattern down. The size is 37cm wide by 31cm high)

crochted bag

See, I love crocheting but I am not really into sewing the sides up for bags. So please find below the pattern for a seamless purse. I guess it’s probably totally the wrong way to make a bag/purse but it is soo easy! Here is a view of the bottom and I think it looks fine.

bottom seamless purse

The end result looks like this and the only thing you have to do at the end is sew the buttons on and weave the ends in.

seamless crocheted purse

I used:

  • 6mm hook
  • 2 skeins of very yummy merino wool
  • 3 buttons

After it’s finished you might want to line the purse. I am not very good at sewing so if somebody has a good tutorial for lining a crocheted purse please let me know. I think this would also look very nice without the flap and a zip in it but again I struggle with zips a lot so this was the easier option.

Alrighty here we go; the pattern:

ch 40

row 1: 1 hdc into every top loop of chain then without turning go around the other side and 1 hdc in every bottom loop of chain

no chains at the end of a row just keep going around and around untill your work has the desired height, mine is about 10cm high.

No you are going to make the flap: 

sc in first 40ch of front of work to make a nicer edge and hdc in back of work turn work over

ch 2, 40 hdc turn over keep going untill you have 6 rows like this.

ch 2, 9 hdc, 2 ch (for button hole), 8 hdc, 2 ch (for buttonhole), 8 hdc, 2 ch(for buttonhole), 9 hdc

ch 2, 40 hdc

ch 1, then sc in every hdc around for nicer edge

Now sew your buttons on.

Taadaaa! The finished result. (Size is 26cm wide and 11.5cm high.)

Since I am not the greatest pattern writer please let me know if you see any mistakes or ways to discribe it better. I think I will sew some lining in mine and maybe make some pretty embroidery on the front put the plain one is rather nice too I think. And if you are going to have a go at this please leave a link in the comments section of this post so I can have a look at your purse/bag 🙂

purse and bag together

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Tutorial Try Out 5 – Anne’s no-knead bread by Posy gets Cozy

This Easter weekend I finally got a chance to try out the Anne’s no-knead Bread I found on Posy gets Cozy here.

Ingredients:

Combine and put aside:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 tsp of yeast

Heat untill warm:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/4 cup of vegetable oil I used conola

Have on hand

  • 1 egg
  • 2 -21/2 cups of flour
  • butter
  • loaf pan

First I heated the liquids untill sort of lukewarm added the egg. Then stirred al that into the flour/sugar/yeast/salt mix and turned the mixer onto low. After that a couple of minutes on medium speed. Stir in another 2 cups of flour by hand cover and leave on the bench to rise for 50-60 minutes. Preheat oven to 180C and spoon mixture into greased loaf pan. In the oven for 30-35 minutes and voila a very yummy (and easy) sweet bread. We had it with butter and lemon curd for breakfast.I think it would also be lovely to try a savoury one with bacon and onion maybe something to try out next week!

Here was my finished product:

no knead bread

no knead bread 2

Just thought that I would let everyone know that Craft Tutorials has moved to crafttutorials.net

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Happy Easter

Happy Easter everyone! I am going to make some no-knead bread for Easter, do some felting and just relax with my family. Oh I forgot eat heaps of chocolates mmmmm. As you might have seen in my last post, my computer has died at home so I will be back on Tuesday with some updates.

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Learn to knit 2

Thank you for all your comments on my post last week asking for good website’s, books etc to start me up on my knitting adventure. This weekend I have been to the local library to find some books since my computer had crashed at home and I was keen to get going. It seems that with winter coming on our side of the world everybody is getting back to knitting so the shelves were quite empty but I found “Debbie Bliss – How to Knit”

book bliss

and “Melanie Falick – Kids Knitting, projects for kids of all ages”

book falick

The books were o.k. but not very inspiring to start learning. So when I came back to work on Monday I decided to take my 4mm knitting needles and cheap acrylic yarn and went to the Knitting Help website. I browsed through some off the files and see here the result:

knit

YAY I CAN KNIT!! Only one sort of stitch so far but I am off!

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