Saturday, November 9, 2019

The Hexagon Project: Blocks 25 and 26

I didn’t make as much progress as I would’ve liked with my English paper piecing project this month, but I still made progress. Two more hand sewn hexagon flower blocks are done, bringing the total up to 26.

Angled view of two overlapping heaxagon flower quilt blocks, one in red and blue and the other in yellow and white, on a white background.

If I’m remembering correctly, even though I’m using all scrap fabric, the yellow block is the first EPP block to have a scrappy look. While the overall colors and values are similar, two of the hexies in the outer ring are a different print than the rest. There will be more blocks like this as I use up various fabrics.

YTopview of two overlapping heaxagon flower quilt blocks, one in red and blue and the other in yellow and white, on a white background.

I like that the red and blue block has an Americana look, in contrast to the 1930s reproduction look of the yellow block. I can’t wait to see all of the blocks come together — and, yes, I’m still planning to separate the flower blocks with pink sparkly hexies.

This Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt is going to be amazing!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Ghost Doily

If you’ve been reading my blog recently, you know that I’ve been engrossed in crocheting Halloween-themed amigurumi.

For those just joining us, those posts are: The Three Amigurumi and More Halloween Amigurumi.

Anyhoo, I had one final Halloween project on my hook. The pattern is Boo! by Marsha Glassner.

Angled view of off-white crocheted cotton ghost-motif doily on a dark background.

I used undyed Aunt Lydia’s Classic Crochet (Size 10) and a 2.25 mm (B) hook. I had just as much fun with this table topper as I did with the amigurumi.

The pattern worked up quickly. The directions were a bit unclear to me in a few spots; that may reflect my level of crochet (in)expertise rather than how the pattern was written. In any event, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the ghosts emerge as I crocheted.

Top view of off-white crocheted cotton ghost-motif doily on a dark background.

I think I can now say that our home is well-decorated for Halloween. And we still have one more day to enjoy everything before we pack it all away for another year! I’m ready to get back to the other projects that have been languishing while I indulged in these whimsical decorations.

Oh, but I just saw that Marsha Glassner designed a Santa doily. Christmas will be here before we know it ...

Monday, October 28, 2019

More Halloween Amigurumi

Last week, I was having fun crocheting amigurumi Halloween decorations. I’m still at it!

Four amigurumi spiders lined up on a white background. Each has a different colored body - red, green, blue, purple - with black pipe cleaner legs and black crocheted web.

I started with the Sheep(ish) Spiders pattern by Allison Hoffman. For the bodies of the spiders, I used Lion Brand Bonbons from the colorway Crayons, held double, with a 3.5 mm (E) hook. For the web, I used some sport weight black yarn from my stash with a 5.0 mm (H) hook.

The web is a loosely crocheted chain; I attached a piece of black yarn to each spider then tied them onto the web. I left a long end where I connected the yarn onto the web, then wove and tied the yarn end at angles to make it more web-like.

Purple amigurumi spider with black pipe cleaner legs and loosely crocheted web on a white background.

I had a little trouble at first getting the pipe cleaner legs through the spider bodies. Maybe I stuffed them too firmly? What I found worked best was to poke the crochet hook through the spider, bend the end of the pipe cleaner over the tip of the hook, then pull the hook and pipe cleaner back through the spider.

As I was finishing up the spiders, my daughter requested a bat. She chose the Spooky Batty Bat pattern by Crafty Bunny Bun.

Amigurumi bat made from dark gray yarn with hints of metallic sparkle on a white background.

I used Red Heart Shimmer in Pewter, which has a hint of metallic sparkle, with a 2.75 mm (C) hook. And, oh, what a challenge! Between the subtle fuzziness of the yarn blurring the stitches and the dark gray seemingly absorbing all of the nearby light, I struggled to see the stitches.

While this was a simple pattern, it was the fussiest of the amigurumi patterns I crocheted because I had to make the ears and wings separately then sew them on. And totally worth it, based on my daughter’s reaction when it was done!

As I write this, there are a few days left until Halloween and I have one last spooky project on my crochet hook. Will it be finished in time? Stay tuned!