A Gallery of Crochet
A great many of my visitors are coming from What Not to Crochet, a site where we poke good-humoured fun at designs that are snigger worthy. We dont pick on individual’s items, as people who create blankets and prayer shawls and baby garments, do so with a great deal of love. Some things arent to my own personal taste but I respect the amount of effort, dedication and skill they have demonstrated in making those special things. Everything else though – fair game!
Another lot of my visitors are rapidly becoming friends, who I look forward to hearing from everyday, and seeing their own works and blogs progressing. I’m always ready to talk crochet.. and horses… and mining… and sometimes, the Navy.
This page is to showcase some of my old and some of my new pieces.. a lot taken at shows as I do like to enter competitions as well as give away much of what I make. I am more than willing to discuss anything you see here and provide help if you would like to make something similar!
These are some different views of one of my favourite designs. its a very simple mesh pattern, 5 rounds of dc ch dc and then a round of hdcs. (Please note: I use American terminology) This afghan was made from 1400 metres of Lincraft Mohair, Sentiments white and Sandyk11 gold angora for the border. It’s a true Autumn red colour and it has won at three shows and placed second at the huge Melbourne Royal.
You can see it here at Melbourne, Freds Pass and Darwin Shows. The Black Shawl in the corner is also mine.. a very simple crossed extended treble pattern with beads and tassels done in Patons Moonlight.
This photo shows two of my afghans and another one of my shawls (the bronze article hanging on the wall) The Afghan on the Left is the same mesh pattern but done in Patons Myth (a beautiful pink and purple yarn.) It won both Canberra 2007 and Darwin 2006 and went to the lovely girl who organises Canberra Royal (she couldnt resist buying it).
The Blanket to the right was my entry in the “Sun Sand and Surf” Challenge. It’s Moda Vera Sentiments again, and is supposed to represent the waves breaking on the sand – using the blues and aquas. This afghan won (and my bag took second) and then went to my Grandmother.
These two blankets are made from Panda Elfin, which is a limited edition mohair that I have bought a fair amount of (direct from the store and on eBay) and heartily recommend. It’s beautifully soft and has a fantastic array of colours. Again, this is the same mesh-in-rounds pattern and very easy to produce. I think the pattern does well because it demonstrates uniformity of tension as well as three different stitches. Plus in this yarn : buttersoft, warm and very pretty.
For some reason, the light in my room at Darwin, was quite yellow and it makes the colours a little more plum than purple but, just the same, I’m quite proud of it.
By accident, I bought two packets of 10 that were different lot numbers – I checked.. I swear but the variations actually were a plus. The layout has its own special story… I should call this the Morris blanket, and see if the person who first spotted the pattern in the layout remembers why.
The Alphabet blanket is my Favourite Big baby Blanket – it’s done in Puff Stitch and see if you can remember how to crochet ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ backwards and each letter from the reverse side. I used This pattern with a few modifications to make the border. It is a heavy blanket using over 2kms of yarn, however very well worth it, as our models
will tell you.
The creamy blanket with the edge is a blanket I made for Arcadia’s second daughter (Arcadia now has 6 of my blankets, plus a jacket I knitted.. a seventh is nearly finished.)
The peachy blanket I made in the Camp at Toothbrush Two and prayed would make it in time to Melbourne Royal 2007 did so and went on to win at Queanbeyan and Canberra.
I have made (at last count) 27 baby blankets for my friends’ and friends of friends’ babies. In my past life, at my life I used to be sent many sailors who were unfit to work anywhere else because they were medically unfit, disciplinary problems, the works. I had two girls sent to me because they were pregnant (they had other family issues as well). I made both of them blankets and they both cried when they received them as none had ever made anything for them.
This blanket went to Canberra Royal – and then to Sebastian. Its a very simple stitch – do a slip stitch and then next stitch is a hdc, all the way along, the next row you alternate, hdc in slip and vice versa. It makes the most wonderful cushiony fabric and with a simple white sparkly border, the judge was very pleased with it
These ladies are a great deal of fun to make, and relatively simple. Each one seems to take on a bit of a life of their own. The second one from the left was Grand Champion Crochet exhibit at Canberra Royal this year, and she then went to live with my Grandmother. Heather Irene Docwra Heaton passed away one Sunday evening in July 07, having said goodnight to her youngest son.
The second one from the Right was at Fred’s Pass Show and Winner of the Christmas designs (sorry the photo is so lousy, the phone in my camera isnt brilliant). When I went to pack up my entries I had four little old ladies who were helping me. Mostly they were folding and refolding everything (shawls, blankets, baby garments etc) that I had already put into the boxes.. and then another lady would come along and take it out and refold it.. and then another lady would take it out and refold it… it was sort of funny.
But anyway.. one woman reached up to take the angel in an almost reverent sort of way. She wasnt very tall and very frail, and when she took the angel down (they’re quite stiff ) she held her clutched to her chest. I was moved to ask the woman if she would like to keep the angel – she nodded.. and teared up. I was told later that this woman was the sponsor of the craft section, especially the patchwork/quilting side, and had been diagnosed with bowel cancer, with a poor prognosis. I hope my angel is looking after her.
I have only just started making bears and Barbie clothes, much to the shock of my mother and well… most anybody who knows me.
The Velveteen Rabbit was made from one of Bluebeary Treasures’ patterns – you can find her on etsy; just made with an 8ply Bamboo and Mohair blend – Paton’s Soft Haze and Caressa (the white bits).
One 0f these days, I am going to have to learn to embroider…
I recently went on a MASSIVE Teddy Bear making Jag which left a most disconcerting (apparently) row of bears who were all missing a limb… or head…
This is Dancing Bear, made from an economical Woolblend for the head and shoulders, Yarn Bee’s Spiced Berry for the dress and then her legs are back to the Woolbend with a strand of black thread to give the appearance of stockings. She has a partner in a Tux, and two other Glamour Bears, and their own consorts.
These bears will be making their debuts at shows coming up in 2009, with Dancing Bear making her first appearance at Canberra Royal in Feb 09, winning Reserve Champion Non-Professional Item.
As a sad but glad moment I should report that my lovely Digger bear – in the green uniform, was sold at Sydney Royal 2008.
I was never into Barbie but I am enjoying making the reproduction costumes. I like the fine details and the chance to embellish my crochet with beads and other items. Bears are also something I intend making more of… And Wipples..
.:* Shows *:.
Out and about at Canberra, Melbourne and Darwin Shows this year. The hat of course is being worn by Mother_figure and the photography is courtesy of Father_figure, Rebecca McGavin of Urban Tails Photography , an old friend Bronwyn and… me…
I have continued to do “reasonably well” as Mother Figure put it at Queanbeyan.
Castle Hill 2006 – 2nd Afghan, 2nd Baby blanket, 2nd Scarf.
Canberra Royal 2006 – Champion Novice Entry : ABC Blanket
Reserve Champion Baby’s Blanket (in Panda Sparkle, my 3×1 Mesh pattern)
Sydney Royal 2006 – Highly Commended : Baby’s Blanket (and my Beige Afghan sold)
Darwin Royal 2006 – 1st Afghan, 1st Crocheted Sculpture (my very first Angel), 2nd Ornamental Toy – Chess set. 2nd Baby Blanket
Canberra Royal 2007 – Grand Champion Crochet Section – Angel
Reserve Champion Crochet Section – Crocheted Sewing Notions Set.
Champion Open Crochet : Challenge Class – Beach Afghan, 2nd Beach Bag.
Champion Non-Pro : Angel (Creative class),
Reserve Champion : Sewing Set (Crocheted Accessories)
1st Afghan, 2nd Filet, 2nd Shawl, 2nd Baby’s Blanket
Sydney Royal 2007 2nd Shawl
Fred’s Pass 2007 1st Angel
Darwin Royal 2007 1st Baby Wear
1st Baby’s Shawl
2nd child’s Top
1st Dressed Doll
Queanbeyan 2007 Champion thread Crochet
Champion Non Wool Crochet Section
Overall Champion Crochet
Melbourne Royal 2007
Canberra Royal 2008 – Reserve Champion Non-Professional : Red Afghan and 6 first places
Sydney Royal 2008 – Highly Commended Wire Angel. And Digger Bear SOLD!!
Canberra Royal 2009 – Grand Champion Crochet, Champion Special Challenge, Champion Non pro, Reserve Champion Non – Pro, 14 First places.
Tarago Agricultural Show: Best Woollen Crochet Article, Best Cotton Crocheted Article, Best Rug or Bedspread, Best Teddy Bear, Best Felted Article, Best Jewellery made by other Techniques, Best Christmas Ornament. Oh .. and Grand Champion Photography and my sister Bob was entered (stealthily by Mother_figure and I ) in the Abstract Art and won a 2nd.
Goulburn Agricultural Show: Champion Crochet with a Lilac Baby’s Jacket, 1st Felted Item (non Wearable) 2nd Jewellery, 1st Blanket, 1 Teddy Bear, 2nd Teddy Bear. 2nd & 3rd in Photography and again – Bob was entered sneakily, and won the First for Abstract Art.
Yass Agricultural Show : First Baby’s wear, 1st Rug, 1st Felted Article, 1st Any Other Item (this was the wire Angel) 1st and 2nd in Teddy Bears.
This is the Daffodils Filet Pattern that is responsible for a lot of my depression. I worked myself into a real gloom finishing this piece.. Brooding over the number of things that were wrong in my life. But I’m getting better and I have started a new piece of Filet. these piece of filet has disappeared – I believe it’s packed!
Filet for me has always been a bit of a squeamish thing. There is much about filet I don’t like : the square look of the design, working with so much thread hurts my hands and I have problems reading the charts due to my dyslexia.
I do however adore the idea of making pieces in the traditional vein of filet but wanted my own take on it. I purchased a copy of Sandcastle design’s Crochet design software and after getting very drunk on Anzac Day 2008 and doodling on a beer coaster, I found a design I liked. This was also the pattern I chose to do for Crochetville’s Greek Games CAL.
This is it before I finished the border. And then it went to Canberra Royal 2009….
One morning, under the inlufence of waaaay to much chardonnay and the hangover from hell.. I decided to make a Christening Gown from Laceweight Merino. This pattern is the same as the laast two photos – made in 3ply Australian Baby Yarn from Patons called Dreamtime. Its a beautiful set… and one day.. I’ll finish the Laceweight version.
I started in two months ago and have made quite reasonable progress however the gown has nearly racked up 4000km on the road. The final tally will be quite something!