Saturday, 23 February 2013

Scrub-a-dub-dub . . . and other crafty stuff!

I've been busy getting my little house in order the last week after enjoying a lovely, relaxing (but productive!) long weekend off with the boys.   I got into cleaning (and decluttering) mode so thought I'd better continue while I was 'in the zone' so to speak!  Now that the website is ready to go with some new softies and  a variety of other new 'tweedie' gifts, I want to be ready to make up some stock.  

But first, cleaning and clearing out!!!  I was getting a little frustrated through the week that I had so little time for crafting, so took a notion to make some crochet washcloths to fill the creative void . . . 


. . . they do look lovely against the white ceramics in a bathroom . . .


I'm showing them in the best possible light here, and although the stitch pattern turned out OK - I used a 6.5 mm hook to get a stretchy, nubbly, effect fabric which I love - they DID NOT turn out perfect squares which infuriated me!  So they look lovely draped over the sink but are not quite good enough as gifts eg. with a nice soap, smellies, etc.  Never mind, I have two serviceable washcloths for myself!  

I'm still coveting these lovely neat piles of hand-crochet washcloths I see everywhere online which I'm sure ARE perfectly square!   This stitch is called Grit Stitch - it certainly made me go Grrrrrrrr!! (only because of my own crochet inadequacies though, NOT the pattern's fault - it's lovely!)  I used this free Ravelry pattern.   

Talking of Grrrrrrr!,  I've reinstated my 'tweedie'  dinosaurs, with a little patchworky effect too . . . 


I hope he doesn't frighten off my 'tweedie' Scottie dogs . . .


They don't look too bothered though LOL :)

Looks like I'll  be ready to go by the end of this month to start stock-making - so nice to get going again!  I'm looking forward to making some different versions of my Harris Tweed  matryoshka dolls - lots of doodles in my notebooks, here's the one on my website which can be made to order . . . 


Onwards and upwards -  might have made a few more more crochet washcloths yet before I've finished my 'early' Spring Cleaning - I'm striking while the iron is hot, hehe!

Have a lovely weekend :)
Alison x

6 comments:

Alessandra said...

....You have been really productive Alison!!!
Your matryoshka and the dinosaur are so beautiful!!!!
xxxxxx Ale

Marion said...

Not been visiting for a while Alison, no time these days. But I dropped by tonight and am mightily impressed with the way your crafty business has developed. I love your dinosaur. And I checked out your website which is looking fab and very clean and professional. Well done! X

BigLittle said...

Hi, Loving your tweedie dinosaur - so cute! I'm most impressed by your washcloths though. I don't really crochet and they look amazing to me... :) Lisa xx

Biba said...

Oooh, I love all your tweedy creations, but the dogs are definitely the cutest :)

june at noon said...

There's nothing better than a crocheted or knit washcloth! I'll be honest: mine aren't usually perfectly square. I just figure they'll stretch around once they get wet anyway. :)

Emma (My Red Wellies) said...

Love that tweedie dinosaur. So cute :)
Those crochet washcloths look really pretty too
x