I happened upon this bracelet in a recent purchase of a random bag of beads from someone on Facebook. In between the silver bands it had a big horrible metal sticky-up thing with a plastic pearl stuck on top. I asked Andrew to remove it, knowing he’d have some sort of tool perfect for the job (his double garage is more of a workshop, it’s fabulous).
The cream fake-snake stuff was coming apart on the inside but I liked the shape and I really liked the metal clasp. I decided Something Could Be Done With It.
And so – after some wrapping using craft glue, strands of DMC embroidery cotton and some silver Madeira ribbon, and with the clever manipulation of a toothpick (so as not to get glue all over my hands and the desk – I have something rather attractive and wearable. I’m quite pleased with how it turned out. #colourmehappy Stay safe and sane out there, everyone :)
I have it on excellent authority that head wraps are THE BOMB right now. The height of fashion. The in look for the in crowd. The Moët & Chandon of crocheted headwear. The cold season hasn’t arrived here yet, but come June…..hoo boy you’re not going to want to leave home without one. So says trend spotter at Yarnchick40, and who am I to disagree?
You’ll see from her blog that she came up with a really really nice one, so I followed her pattern and made one for Grommit.
I used a 6.5mm hook and 2 strands of DK special something-or-other. Took me about 1.5 hours, accompanied by a bit of Banshee. No hardship there.
Thanks for the heads up, Lisa. Where would I be without you?
Here is an example of what happens when an idea crosses my mind and loiters around for a bit…and I start making something without thinking about the end result.
I was trying to come up with a shrug-type garment, crocheted in one piece, and where I could use a whole lot of different yarns together. I did a bit of sketching but didn’t get very far, then I did a bit of measuring of existing shrugs and also didn’t get very far, so then I just started. After a couple of rows, I’d already changed my mind about the end product and had a vague memory of something else that might work better:
I love this idea. I don’t know why I haven’t made it already. The pattern comes from a UK magazine called Bits and Pieces (no designer name listed). I thought perhaps the Thing That Doesn’t Know What It Is could become one of those. As I was weaving the ends in, I decided it wouldn’t look right either – so eventually I just stuck a pin in the front and christened it Shoulder Wrap Thingie.
Bit odd, but I like the colours. When I was expressing my doubts about it during the photo shoot, Alex said, “I think it’s lovely and it would be perfect for a creative, middle-aged person.” Right.
[Note to self: stick to other people’s patterns in future.]