I made stuff pre-blog too; pretending to be a crafting blogger. When you’re not. Yet.

Made in K Town. Free crochet mandala pattern.

I’ve spent years being inspired by other bloggers work. It became something I really wanted to do too. It looked fun and it looked like a good way to keep on track of what I was doing creatively. I was lazy and procrastinatey and used several excellent excuses as to why I hadn’t just done it.  I’m still so new to it all, but if I had started when I first I had the notion then I would have been being bloggy for six or seven years by now! In my head, I have been doing it for six years or seven years. I’ve spent much time taking pictures of crafty projects and each time I’ve thought that maybe they would end up as a blog post. So, I’m going to put up some pictures of work that was done in the six months prior to hitting Publish for the first time. (I was going to write a post about yeasterday’s [relevant unwitting typo, that applies] kitchen endeavours but that was such a disaster that I need a few days to recover :/).

Crochet mandala. Free pattern from Made in K Town.

I went through a mandala phase. These two are both Made in K Town using Rico Creative Cotton. Cheap cotton, very splitty, lovely colours. This has led me towards doilies, which I still need to make more of. Soon.

Single bed crochet ripple blanket.

I made my eldest boy an Attic 24 Ripple for his bed. It’s Stylecraft Special. Everyone loves a bit of Stylecraft rippling.

My boy's ripple blanket.

The boy chose the colours. So off I went. It was reasonably speedy once the first few rows were out the way. A repeating colour pattern was a weeny bit boring though. Next time, it’s random colours, like it’s supposed to be.

Dolly's crochet blanket

I made teeny niece the mini version for her dolly. I didn’t use the same pattern. This version has more ripples so looks better scaled down. It’s actually adapted from a cushion cover pattern from Cute and Easy Crochet by Nicki Trench. When I say “adapted” I mean “added a few more rows”. The edging, I think is the one that was on the Granny Stripe made by Lucy at Attic 24.

Alpaca baby blanket

This one was a special request for a baby blanket.  My Sister in Law chose the colours. It’s Stylecraft alpaca DK. The blocks were from 200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton. Don’t go thinking that all the blocks end with the same stitch count though. They really don’t. Hmm. I really liked how this one turned out but I only blocked the edge (which is from Edie Eckman’s Crochet Borders book) and not the individual squares. Next time, I will try super hard to block stuff.

Little squares baby blanket.

One of the quickest little blankets ever. It was so much fun. The squares were done in a few days and it was the first time I used a continuous-join-as you-go. This was for a baby girl born in early spring. I’d make one of these again for sure. It was inspired by a picture I saw on Pinterest and it led me to Katie’s Kitchen.

So many made things.

There are six handmade things in the picture above. Six! I am responsible for five of them but the cream knitted blanket is a Mother in Law job. Three blankets, two cushions and a dolly. Huzzah.

felt cherry blossom. Hand sewn needle case.

Sewing has been worked on too. I’m better than I was but there is definitely room for improvement too. Having said that, the cherry blossom needlecase is one of my favourite felty sewn things I’ve done.

A mermaid's purse

And a Mermaid’s purse! Well, another needlecase… She was lovely to make. After Christmas I plan on making more of these sorts of things and giving them a go on Etsy. I’m not entirely sure what the demand is for needlecases and such, I guess I’ll find out. I will obviously shout very loudly on here if these sorts of things head towards my Etsy shop.

Phew, I feel a bit better now. I’m off to have yesterdays’ leftovers for lunch, which thankfully, taste better than the experience that I had in the kitchen.

17 thoughts on “I made stuff pre-blog too; pretending to be a crafting blogger. When you’re not. Yet.

  1. There’s so much great inspiration in blogland. Attic24 was my first discovery and still my favourite. I’m on my second Attic24 blanket now, I’m yet to attempt a ripple. Your creations are lovely 🙂

  2. I can so relate to this! I found attic24 about 5 years ago now and was very inspired to start blogging. Only started in January this year, better late than never. Lovely blankets, one day I hope to make some as gorgeous xx

  3. I love your creations! I understand about wanting to share things and just never doing it. That’s kind of why I made my most recent blog, Unigurumi (thanks for following, by the way!)
    Hoping to start sharing things that I’ve done over the years. Been a crafter since I was little and also went through a selfish “I don’t want to share with the world right now” phase, haha!
    Love your work! It’s very nice!

    1. Thank you! I don’t think I’ve got many pictures from any really early makes, which is probably a good thing. It really helps to see how skills progress though. My amigurumi things from just 3 or 4 years ago are terrible!! Well, anything I crafted wouldn’t have been that great and I’ve still got loads to learn. Thanks
      again! 🙂

      1. I understand that. I still don’t think my stuff looks that great but I know most is definitely an improvement compared to the beginning! I’ve seen some people remake some of their first dolls with their progression and take pictures comparing the two; old and new. I’m thinking of trying that and hopefully the new ones look better

      2. I would love to do that! It’s never ocurred to me to do it but I’m sure there would be a difference. Whilst I know I must have improved just by keeping at it, it can be hard to see it sometimes. It’s all fun, whatever happens.

  4. Love the mandalas and the beautiful baby blanket! I’m making a baby blanket at the moment but wasn’t planning to block it – will definitely consider it if it makes a big difference.

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