All posts filed under: Crochet

Secret Valentines Exchange

Things have been a bit hectic in the Thimberlina household.  I really need to update you with the final details of #SEWDOWNDEWSBURY but my Valentine’s post has just jumped the queue! The meet up post will be here before the week is out I promise, but last Sunday’s Sunday Sevens won’t be – I’m afraid it’ll have to be a double bill next week instead! If you’re on Instagram you may have noticed lots of posts popping up with the hashtag 2017SVE.  This the Secret Valentine Exchange organised by Sanae and Ute.  Over 400 people in 30 countries took part in it!!  And I was one of them! I received my recipients details in plenty of time and began stalking her on Instagram.  Well, not really stalking, just having a good nosey.   I really wanted to put some thought into what I could make.  As well as receiving their name, address etc, participants were asked to state their favourite colours.  Pink was one of the colours mentioned by Niemandszeit.  My thoughts immediately went to the heart themed shawl I’d …

The Octopus Scarf

You’ll just have to humour me.  I know they have 8 tentacles and my scarf has a lot more but it still does remind me of one!   A few of you were interested in how I made Mo’s scarf in last week’s Sunday Sevens so I thought I’d buy some wool and make another, taking a few pics along the way. I’ve only been crocheting a couple of years and I think I’m somewhere between a novice and an intermediate sort of crocheter. I’m hoping this makes sense! I much prefer to crochet and knit with variegated yarn (stripy!) as I find it exciting to see what’s coming next! And with this scarf it also makes the tentacles different colours or shades depending on the subtlety of the colour change. This yarn was also different thicknesses.  I wasn’t sure how it would turn on so it was kind of an experiment.  Click HERE to see it on the Sirdar website – there’s some gorgeous colours.  2 50g balls cost me less than £6. The label recommended a …

Yarn Bombing in Taunton

Yarn bombing, yarnbombing, yarn storming, guerrilla knitting, kniffiti, urban knitting or graffiti knitting is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk. I think I need to get out more as of up until last Saturday I’d never even heard of it! We were having a stroll around town before heading off home when we turned a corner and entered a small alley way. I was so excited! Everyehere i turned there was gob smacking creations! I wish I could take you there, but I’m afraid you’ll have to make do with photos, sorry!        The         i    It really was amazing! Stumbling across this alley gave a holiday our lovely happy ending. Have you heard of yarn bombing? Can you share any links to any other places that have been yarn bombed?!

Me-Made-May ’15 and what’s on the hook!

Wayhay!!!  It’s nearly here!  I so enjoyed seeing everyone’s MMM posts last year and now I’m taking part!  I won’t go into the nitty gritty, but if you haven’t heard of it (mum….that might be you!) see So, Zo… What do you know?‘s blog to read all about it and see who else has signed up. We’re looking at nearly 500!!! So here goes, “I, Ali of Thimberlina.wordpress.com, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’15.  I endeavour to wear at least one me made item every day and NO rtw tops at all except work uniform and Golf Team T shirt on match days (there’s only 2 in May).” Good luck to all you Me-Made-Mayers out there.  Looking forward to reading your posting already. Oh, and something not related, but hopefully it will be finished well before the end of May, I’ve started to Crochet another bag.  I made the orange, pink and white one last year after only 4 months of learning to crochet.  I’ve just struggled to find the above photo of it and for the …

The Chunky Headband Pattern

In yesterday’s post I told you about my first ever crochet pattern! Here it is! Free! I used 1 x 100g ball of Sirdar Denim Ultra Chunky & a 10mm hook for the blue one, but with the pink one I used 2 strands of a chunky wool & a 8mm hook (no bobbles – I just used row A) The blue one is 6″ wide and the pink is 5″ wide.  The finished width will depend on your tension, hook and yarn.  I’ve also made not so chunky, narrower ones and they look good too! Chain 15 Foundation row: skip first chain, SC in 2nd chain and the remaining chains – 14 stitches in total. All stitches from now on will be worked into the back loops only – this creates the rib effect. Row A: chain 1. SC into the back loop of all 14 stitches. Row B: chain 1. SC x 3. TC. SC. TC. SC x 2. TC. SC. TC. SC x 3 Here’s another way of looking at row B: …

I’ve Made a Crochet Pattern!!

Now I don’t know what to do with it! Last weekend we stayed in a cottage in Seahouses, Northumberland to celebrate my mums birthday.  I couldn’t take my sewing machine so I took my crochet hooks instead! I made another head warmer (my 3rd I think) and I’ve used the band as the ribbing on a hat too. On Tuesday I wore my blue one to play golf and one of the ladies asked if I’d followed a pattern.  I hadn’t. I’d just made it up as I went along.  I’ve written a proper pattern out now, so if anyone wants to have a go it’s really easy.  Leave me a message and I’ll email it to you.  I need to put it somewhere like Ravelry but I’ve not worked out how to do that yet!  Watch this space!! PS I’ve only been crocheting just over a year and I love it!! UDATE! PLEASE CHECK OUT THIS BLOG POST FOR THE PATTERN!

TMS – Pants Challenge

Phew! Talk about Cutting it fine.  February’s challenge for The Monthly Stitch is to make pants. Or trousers, or slacks depending whereabouts in the world you might be. So here’s my moleskin Manhattan Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick trousers. I bought the PDF version of the pattern for $12 (about £7) as I didn’t want to wait for it to be shipped from the USA. This pattern company designs patterns for petites – I’m 5’4″ so not too small but not tall either. Neither am I a skinny bitch or a curvy chick, but hey ho, I loved the free Tonic T pattern that I made here, and here for my mum in law, so thought I’d given the Manhattan pants a whirl. Sticking together the PDF pattern pieces wasn’t the easiest of tasks. Not sure if it was my printer but I lost some of the lines near the edge of the paper and had to draw them in where I thought they might go….. Once I started sewing they were a dream to put together. The instructions …

Happy Birthday Mum!

A little belated Birthday wish for my lovely mum, and introducing my niece to sewing! It was my mum’s birthday at the end of January but unfortunatley whilst my sewing mojo has been in overdrive I’ve had writers block with the blogging!   Think it’s due to a combination of finding the time candy crush saga and also having some decent photos to add to it. So here we are, I’ll share with you what I made for my mum: The scarf can be worn a few ways: The scarf who really easy.  The only challenging part was counting the chains for each length – over 100!!  I also made her a top which is on an earlier post here. Just after my mum’s birthday my brother and his family came up from Southampton for a long weekend.  It was great to see them, and I was able to spend some quality sewing time with Ebony, my niece. She loved the fabric I used for my 1950’s outfit and ‘we’ made her a zipper pouch with …

Crochet: my new addiction

As if sewing, and the odd bit of knitting, wasn’t enough to fill all my spare time.  Thanks to Emmely over at Infectious Stitches I now have a new addiction!  This is all very good and positive – it gives me something to do when I sit down on an evening with the family and watch TV.  Usually I’ll get bored and sneak off to my sewing sanctuary, which my hubby thinks is unsociable (he’s never said but i just know!). First of all I enrolled on the Craftsy course that Emmely did, and by the end of the evening (in front of the TV with the family!) I’d learnt to chain, single crochet, double crochet and made a granny square – from now on referred to as Nanny squares as my mum’s a Nanny not a Granny.  I used a ball of yarn which was cotton with no loose fibres, and a 7mm crochet hook. Here’s what i managed to make in my first evening: The next day, though only less than 24 hours into my …