This and That

Lately I’ve been thinking that I haven’t really accomplished much with my blog. After all I only have 60 followers on email (I don’t know how may of you read this who aren’t email followers).
Anyway, so I opened Ravelry last week and remembered that I had started adding some of my patterns to the site and I decided to add the rest of the pattern tutorials too. That made me feel quite a bit better.
Since I started this blog in September 2012, I’ve published 6 photo tutorials for various items, as well as a number of tutorials with tips on stitches, doll making and turning doilies into scarves 😉
So if you think about it, I”m not actually doing too badly.
Is my crochet a steady income generating business yet?
However, It is slowly getting there. I’ve been freelancing for Your Family magazine since last year September, which I’m not only being paid for but it’s also giving me better exposure in South Africa.
I have some exciting ideas for this year, most of which include turning this passion into a viable business.

For now I thought I’d show you some of the things I’ve been working on. I can’t show you the Your Family things yet. All I can say is they’ll be in the April issue and they are far too cute. I’m sitting on my hands to stop myself from sharing!

Up first is a teeny tiny Christmas star.
I made quite a bunch of these and used them as decoration on the gifts I gave at Christmas time.

Then I decided to frog a longterm project that just wasn’t working and turned it into a lovely blanket, which Eliana immediately decided should be hers.

Cheeky monkey!

Well, having finally completed my first crochet blanket (of which I was quite scared!)
I decided that this year would be the year of the blanket.
The aim is to give each family member, and a few other special people, one crocheted blanket by December. That’s quite a few blankets to make but they are actually so fast, especially if you use granny squares and use a join-as-you-go method. They tend to end up making themselves since you learn the square off by heart after having made about five and then you just go auto-pilot 😉

Anyway, here’s what I’m working on at the moment:

It’s a present and needs to be done quite soon!

I’m using my Spring is Sprung Granny Square, which is so nice and easy to do and looks great in multiple colours!

the last round of the square will be a lighter green and I’ll be adding a chain-join-as-I-go method.

I can not wait until this is done. I think it’s going to look stunning!

The yarn is a 100% cotton called Raeesah Cotton Soft which I bought at my new LYS Kismet.
I’m using a 5mm hook for it, since it’s a bit thicker than a normal DK.

Oh, I almost forgot!
For those of you who don’t follow me on Instagram or Facebook, here’s a photo of Eliana in her rainbow crochet dress.

And last but not least….
During my Ravelry visit of last week I discovered that one user (picofemto) had made my Overlay Crochet Heart and posted a photo of the finished project.
Here they are.













This is what she gad to say about the heart:

‘Thanks 🙂 I really enjoyed this pattern. It makes such pretty little hearts and it was a good intro to the overlay crochet technique. I can think of so many cool colour combinations.

You are welcome to use my pics on your blog – I’m afraid they are not great photos but I am very happy with the little hearts. I now have a very cute pincushion, and the Christmas decoration is backed with fabric and stuffed with lavender. When I get around to taking the tree down I will hang it in someone’s wardrobe :)’

So, that’s it for today.
I hope you all have a great week!
Don’t forget to send me photos if you’ve made any of the items from my blog 😉
I’d love to see and share them.

20. January 2014 by Stephanie Davies
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