Monday, May 25, 2009

Taxi Tote


Taxi Tote
Originally uploaded by MandyMade
I finished it, yay. It's such a great feeling. This is the first time I have done bias binding. Made way too much so now i'll have to find another project for it!!! It was relatively quick to make. The longest part being the patchwork, and having to resource the lining material cos I didn't buy enough!! I added a bag base using Nicole Mallalieu's tutorial found here. Had lots of fun. I didn't use template plastic as I have a contact in the plastic card industry!! so I pinched some print rejects as you can't see the print. Worked a treat. Thanks Nikki, and thanks Anna Maria for the lovely pattern.


Taxi Tote
Originally uploaded by MandyMade
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Anna Maria Horner's Taxi Tote from Seams to Me. Handmade by MandyMade

Day 20-25 Granny Blanket


Day 20-25 Granny Blanket
Originally uploaded by MandyMade
Granny Blanket progress, 40 down 40 to go. Getting a lot faster on the train and I'm now kinda used to some of the looks I get. For more progress photos go to my flickr.

Doll Quilt in progress


Doll Quilt in progress
Originally uploaded by MandyMade
I decided to make a quilt. I've been itching to do one for ages but very daunted at the prospect. Then I thought maybe I could just make a small one. I noticed one of my flickr contacts was in a doll quilt swap and I thought fantastic, just the size I need to start. Not going to dive in and make one similar to this expert I did a google search for doll quilt tutorials and came up with http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=697 perfect for my first go. I wanted to make an accessory for another gift (not giving anything away!!!) So here goes quilt making!!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Look what came in the mail

I got a lovely pressy from my lovely husband for mothers day. He ordered a Nicole Mallalieu pattern for me with an added surprise of a Mix Tape mag. Thank you hubby, now I must go material shopping......

WIP Mr Rooster


WIP Mr Rooster
Originally uploaded by MandyMade
Just sharing. I've had this on the go for a long time. The red comb didn't attatch the way it should have so I put it down and walked away. Will get back to it one day.

Day 7-15 Granny Blanket


Day 7-15 Granny Blanket
Originally uploaded by MandyMade
I'm getting there. I decided to add another row around each so the count is kinder off now but I have bought more balls. Looks like I'll make it 10x10 at this stage and will finish it with a dc on top.

Day 7-15: May 6 - 14

Wool Ball Count:
Latte - 1
Ecru - 2
Chocolate - 2

Pattern from Meet Me At Mikes new book, Project by Pip Lincolne, Handmade by MandyMade

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mothers Day


WIP Taxi Tote
Originally uploaded by MandyMade
Happy Mothers Day to all the mothers out there.

My hubby asked me what I would like to do on mothers day, one of the options was a craft day, who could resist that? So what can I make....

After my fabric buy on Friday I descided to make Anna Maria Horners Taxi Tote out of her Seams To Me book. I looked at the fabric and how much I needed, alas not enough. Haven't got used to the whole imperial way of measuring. So I decided to take two of the fabric pieces and piece them together to make enough fabric. Never done it before. Seems to be working so far :-)

He is also going to order a Nicole Mallalieu pattern for me, can't wait.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Mum's mothers day gift


Mum's mothers day gift
Originally uploaded by MandyMade
Whipped this up this morning. Not too difficult just a bit fiddly. If you ever get that chance to learn Anna Marie Horner's method of super circles I recommend it, I'm not going to divulge it here, it's in her book.

Pin Cushion Caddy from Seams to Me by Anna Maria Horner. Handmade by MandyMade

Friday, May 8, 2009

A Trip to Spotlight


A Trip to Spotlight
Originally uploaded by MandyMade
I took myself for a spot of "looking at fabric" at spotlight. Well this was the result of just looking, I knew that wasn't going to work. I have lots of projects in mind so at least that should count for something!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Day 6 Granny Blanket


Day 6 Granny Blanket
Originally uploaded by MandyMade
Day 6: May 5

Wool Ball Count:
Latte - 1
Ecru - 1
Chocolate - 1

Pattern from Meet Me At Mikes new book, Project by Pip Lincolne, Handmade by MandyMade

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Day 5 Granny Blanket


Day 5 Granny Blanket
Originally uploaded by MandyMade
Well on the way now, and only doing one colour on the train was the way to go, much quicker, don't have to juggle scissors and balls of wool, just the little taggy things.

Day 5: May 4 - 9 complete, 22 Latte's complete, 1 Latte and Ecru complete.

Wool Ball Count:
Latte - 1
Ecru - 1
Chocolate - 1

Pattern from Meet Me At Mikes new book, Project by Pip Lincolne, Handmade by MandyMade

Day 4 Granny Blanket


Day 4 Granny Blanket
Originally uploaded by MandyMade
No train journey again today so bad tv watching makes good crotchet time. Sadley the turtles have been a bit neglected. I decided to do heaps of the one colour, this may make it easier on the train, juggling too many balls might be interesting, yay for the little taggy things that hook onto the end of a row.

Day 4: May 3 - 9 complete, 10 Latte's complete

Wool Ball Count:
Latte - 1
Ecru - 1
Chocolate - 1

Pattern from Meet Me At Mikes new book, Project by Pip Lincolne, Handmade by MandyMade

Day 3 Granny Blanket


Day 3 Granny Blanket
Originally uploaded by MandyMade
No train rides today to make more squares but I did have baby sitting so I completed a few more. Starting to think about how I will join the squares. I think I want to crotchet them not sew but I need to find the right way to do it. Any links would be greatly appreciated.

Day 3: May 2 - 9 complete

Wool Ball Count:
Latte - 1
Ecru - 1
Chocolate - 1

Pattern from Meet Me At Mikes new book, Project by Pip Lincolne, Handmade by MandyMade

Day 2 Granny Blanket


Day 2 Granny Blanket
Originally uploaded by MandyMade
3 more made, think I'm getting faster. I'm now joining the colours between a tr and chain so it will be covered by the next round. Seems to be working for me.

Day 2: May 1 - 5 complete

Wool Ball Count:
Latte - 1
Ecru - 1
Chocolate - 1

Pattern from Meet Me At Mikes new book, Project by Pip Lincolne, Handmade by MandyMade

Day 1 Granny Blanket


Day 1 Granny Blanket
Originally uploaded by MandyMade
I received some special news from a friend and thought this requires a gift, but what gift? As I was inspired to make more granny squares and needed a new train project, I decided that a granny rug was in order. So after only 2 squares I think I've come up with the colour pattern. Latte, Ecru and Chocolate using 8ply 100g ball Cosy Wool from Lincraft.

Pattern from Meet Me At Mikes new book, Project by Pip Lincolne, Handmade by MandyMade

Day 1: April 30

Wool Ball Count:
Latte - 1
Ecru - 1
Chocolate - 1

Finished hat, need a model!!


Finished hat, need a model!!
Originally uploaded by MandyMade
On my second attempt I think i got it right, not that this photo does it justice, may need to get someone to take a photo of me in it!! It's still a little me tight around the head but it will do. Now I just have to try it out. Wow a finished project, what to do next.....

You can find the project here.

First attempt at hat, too tight

Cos its been so cold i need a new hat. I saw this pattern in the lincraft catelog so thought I'd make it. You're supposed to use Angora Plus yarn from Lincraft but it was too expensive so I decided to use bamboozle yarn from Lincraft instead. This is my on the train project. Something I have decided to do seeing as my journey is about 45mins both ways. On my first attempt I have crotcheted it too tight. Hang over from making amigurami at the same time. So I have started again.

Turtles in progress


Turtles in progress
Originally uploaded by MandyMade
Ok, so I took a few craft books away with me, and I found myself having to at least attempt something from each one!! I love crotcheting amigurami but my fingures get a bit sore, i think I hold everything so tight. This is my night time project at the moment which I have to get finished by Sunday!! Better take it off the on hold list then.

sgt. pepper's turtles: design by Amy J Shimel from 'more softies' Penguin Books. Handmade by MandyMade

Very first Granny square


Very first Granny square
Originally uploaded by MandyMade
When I was away I also took the Meet Me At Mikes book with me. After my attempt in the last post I thought I'd try Pip's Project. I think I succeeded. Joining the colours I found a bit tricky but I guess that only improves with practice, which I intend on doing.

Pattern from Meet Me At Mikes new book, Project by Pip Lincolne, Handmade by MandyMade

Attempt at pattern in Homespun

It has been very cold here in the last couple of weeks, unusually cold for April, so I've been avoiding the study which has the computer and sewing machine in it, instead I have been curled up in front of the heater in the lounge crotcheting.

When I was away on holidays recently I took the latest Homespun Mag with me. In it is a lovely crotchet table cloth. Me being me and couldn't wait until I found a yarn store decided to try it with what I had. As a result it looked more like what we found on the beach than lovely uniform flat piece. Needles to say I used the wrong yarn for the needle. I will try again, one day so stay tuned.

Lovely crotchet pattern

Check out this pattern, it is now on my next to crotchet list, not that I don't have enought to complete first!!

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