After I made my bracelet I became even more obsessed with finding jewellery patterns, if that's even possible. I was constantly searching for patterns and also crocheting like a maniac. My boyfriend called my constant evenings of crochet being in a "crochet coma" but that's way too passive, it was more like I was in a crochet trance. I couldn't stop once I'd started, I'd just go for hours. I mistakenly got the idea that Mother's Day was coming up in March, so I decided I had to made something for his mom and my mom. And I came up with my first original piece! A necklace for my boyfriend's mom :) (the leaf is obviously not my own, it's that wonderful pointed leaf from my previous post.)
I really like when I chain with a thin, soft yarn and it does this:
For my mom's present I found a great pattern for a decoration http://glor-crochetgalore.blogspot.ca/2010/11/victorian-motif-free-pattern.html, one of the uses is as a window decoration and I think she'll love that.
I wish this was done with a thicker thread and bigger hook so that I could just use smaller thread and a smaller hook to make a pendant. I love this pattern, but it's already a size 10 thread and a 1mm steel hook, so no smaller can it go. As it is it's roughly the size of the palm of my hand. Maybe I'll just wear one as a huge pendant :P
So, even though Mother's Day isn't actually until May, I've got the presents covered.
My jewellery obsession carried on with a necklace for myself using a similar chaining method to my first, but with three graduated strands and my favourite flower pattern, and some leaf earrings using the oh so wonderful pointed leaf pattern.
I also made a necklace from this wonderful pattern http://createbellacreate.blogspot.ca/2012/01/finally-i-am-back-to-writing-posts-for.html I used a size 10 thread and a 1mm steel hook so it made a much smaller version. This is just one way I've worn it:
The weather was nice and sunny for a while so I did a lot of balcony crocheting, with my kitty to keep me company. She LOVES being on the balcony. And the natural light means I get some nice, clear pictures of her!
And I can also get come clear pictures of my crocheting :)
Not a bad February day at all.
I really wanted to make something with a chunky fuscia yarn I had, and a belt seemed like a good project, so after some searching and decision making, I chose this pattern
But, after trying it on for a while, I didn't like how the shells kept curling outwards. I felt like I was wearing a tutu or something. So, it has become a sort of neck decoration, not quite a scarf but also not quite a necklace.
Then, at the beginning of March, a friend of mine got me excited about making a pair of fingerless gloves for her, and of course I whipped a pair up for myself! I completely forgot to take a picture of hers, but I definitely didn't forget to take pictures of mine. I fell in love with this pretty pattern http://bethsco.blogspot.ca/2011/11/ripple-lace-fingerless-gloves.html
And used my favourite green yarn to make a pair.
Then I wanted to make something quick and easy, so I made an apple cozy! I used the basic pattern from this site, but without the angry face http://vegancraftastic.blogspot.ca/2009/06/angry-apple-cozy.html I love the face, but the cozy is for my boyfriend who takes apples to work a lot, and he preferred it sans face. And I also added a little leaf, of course.
Now, this apple was also a monster of an apple, and the cozy did pretty much fit a more regular sized apple once we had one. But with a little stretching and a lot of insistance, this cozy went on this apple.
I finally got around to making a pair of earrings to match my bracelet after this.
I'd been meaning to get some white crochet thread for a while, to make a little edging for a shirt. A strange stain appeared after washing a white shirt a while ago, the stain was right under the edging just under the bust. And I was so excited when I started crocheting and realized I could probably crochet something to cover it up!
For most of the patterns I've found using size 10 crochet thread, they use Aunt Lydia's Bamboo crochet thread. And I thought to myself, "what's so special about this stuff?". Well, the store I went to had one colour of Aunt Lydia's, the first time I'd ever seen it in the store, and it was white, so I figured, why not? As soon as I picked it up, I knew why everyone loves it so much! It's SO SOFT!!!!!!!!!!!
So, I need to figure out what else I can make with it, but for now I have my edging :)
Now, what to do with those pretty little leaves? Make a bracelet? Okay!
And on a not so distant evening, I decided I needed to make a long, multi-strand crochet necklace with this thread. So I set about mindlessly chaining while watching The Mentalist, made a very long chain, and then got a little artsy with the photos again :P
PHEW! I'm all caught up to myself now! No more marathon blog posts hopefully. The sun is now up, it's been two hours and it's only 7:57am and I'm probably going back to bed now.