Crochet, crochet, and Christmas crochet

Hello,

It has been quite a busy week here in this piggy’s household. Hence why I have been off of the radar somewhat. Even my faithful crochet companion has been hiding under our furry blanket. Clearly keeping me company is hard work.

Copper my crochet companion
Copper my crochet companion

Piggy Blankets UK has received a couple more sales which is very exciting, as up until now it has not been overly busy. I know a lot of it is down to the number of listings in my shop and this will take time as each listing has to be handmade. So receiving multiple sales within a week of each other has been a fabulous boost.

Terry the Triceratops now waits patiently for Tanya to come to life so that they can both go off to their new home together. Tony the Triceratops has already departed to his new home, and I am sure is being very loved by his new owner.

Tony the Triceratops waiting for his new friend Tanya.
Terry the Triceratops waiting for his new friend Tanya.

I’ve been very excited to create Tanya. She is my very first custom order and I want her to come out just perfect. As you can see Terry looks positively on the edge of his seat while he waits.

Cuddly dinosaurs are not the only thing that I’ve been making. I have also been testing out a Penguin pattern for a request from a friend. I ended up choosing a lovely pattern that I purchased off of Etsy designed by Kate Stitches. My first attempt came out looking lovely but unfortunately my youngest ‘E’, has rather taken a shine to him. So now that she has slobbered all over the little guy. I’m now making a second, but at least the original will give me the opportunity to CE test him for future makes. He has come out rather teeny tiny using DK wool so my second attempt is with a larger hook size but I still adore him. Such a cute little penguin, I’m very tempted to fashion him with a wooly hat and scarf……..after all it can get rather chilly at the South Pole.

Penguin test run
Penguin test run

One of my favourite bloggers and crochet designers is the wonderful Lucy at Attic24. Her blogging and crochet creations are always filled with such warmth, and are easy reading in a world full of horrendous news stories and critical writing. Her posts teamed with a cup of tea are the perfect recipe for five minutes of peace. Not to mention the inspiration I get from her stunning blankets. Just recently though it has been her wreaths that have made me itching to whip out the old crochet hook, and give them a go. This is exactly what I did. I ended up basing my wreath upon two very different designs. One of which is from Attic24 and the other from RepeatCrafterMe. The images below show the journey to now one of my favourite creations yet.

the very beginning of my wreath.
the very beginning of my wreath.
Almost sewn on.
Almost sewn on.
ta-dah now just for the decoration.
ta-dah now just for the decoration.
Snowball making time. I have so many left over. I guess I'll just have to make another wreath ;)
Snowball making time. I have so many left over. I guess I’ll just have to make another wreath 😉
Completed! My combination of two beautiful designs.
Completed! My combination of two beautiful designs.

Still in Christmas mode, my next trial creation was a bauble. I have seen lots of these on Pinterest and Etsy. It was The Patchwork Heart‘s images of hers that made me fall in love with them though. The Patchwork Heart is another amazingly talented crocheter and blogger that I follow. They were stunning and I just had to try them. I purchased the book Boho Crochet, which contained the pattern I wanted, not to mention the other 29 gorgeous ideas. Below is my attempt at a Christmas crochet bauble. I did have to adjust the pattern ever so slightly, so that it would fit over my baubles. It is the first time I have worked with a glittery wool and I have to say I have been rather taken.

The beginnings of my first Christmas crochet bauble.
The beginnings of my first Christmas crochet bauble.
Christmas crochet bauble
Christmas crochet bauble

A beautiful blanket has now been listed in my shop made by Beck-Beck, whose items will from time to time appear in my shop. This crocheted blanket is truly stunning and the photos do not do it justice. Using the bobble stitch, this simple and striped baby blanket has a beautiful texture. The border she created around the blanket sets it off wonderfully. I don’t think it will be long before this gem is sold.

Beck-Beck's beautiful bobble stitch crochet blanket.
Beck-Beck’s beautiful bobble stitch crochet blanket.
The exquisite border that sets this blanket off just right.
The exquisite border that sets this blanket off just right.

Sometimes I feel rather childish next to her elegant and grown up creations with my crochet toys and quirky makes. I realise that my next mini crochet make does not help to disprove my point either…….Pumpkins! I crocheted a pumpkin and it is adorable. Inspired by Attic24’s most recent post. I took the pattern link she had provided by the lovely June Gilbank from Planet June, and crocheted a pumpkin. This deviation from my Christmas crochet has been delicious and felt rather naughty as I sat there last night making it, when I should have been sleeping. It is so sweet that everytime I walk past it sitting atop my munchkins, I cannot help but smile.

Little crochet pumpkin.
Little crochet pumpkin.
Hiding amongst the munchkins.
Hiding amongst the munchkins.

That’s it for now. I am sure that I have crocheted you all out for the time being.

Speak to you soon.

Wishing you well.

Stay At Home Piggy.

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