A few weeks back I introduced you all to my mother (Vivienne) and her shop 'Greta's Handcraft'. After some brainstorming I thought why not let her lose on this blog space once a month to share with you all 'What's in the Basket'. A little round up series each month to show you what she has made and share her creativity and knowledge.
Hope you Enjoy :) x
Hope you Enjoy :) x
Hi, my name is Vivienne and one of my key roles in life, is being mum to my 5 children, 2 beautiful daughter-in-laws, and I am the very proud Grandma to 8 Gorgeous grandchildren.
In my spare time, I have the pleasure of owning my own business "Greta's Handcraft Centre" which is located in Lindfield, a northern suburb of Sydney. The shop has been running for approx 48 years, of which I have owned it for a bit over 10 years. Greta's is a place where you can purchase yarns to Knit and Crochet as well as Quilting Materials. We do lessons in all 3 crafts and are available at all times to listen and help you with your projects.
There is nothing more satisfying than finishing your own handmade project. Whilst I love my Knitting, Crochet has been making a huge return over the last year!! Not a lot of people wearing it, (still considered a bit Granny), but it is so popular for Toys, Amigurumi Toys, Blankets, Cushions, Face Clothes, Pot Holders, all sorts of Homewares!!
I want to share a few of my recent Crochet projects, and where possible, I will supply pattern links for you, some are Free, some cost a couple of $$$, but so worth it!! I spent the weekend 'whipping' up some fun Donuts for a special granddaughter to play with in her kitchen - mind you, I think Bec's Axel was a bit put out he couldn't eat the chocolate one, lol!! To make these donuts I rummaged through my bits of wool in my stash - they are all 8plys, and I hand stitched the decorations on the donuts, keeps things safe for little ones.
The pattern can be found here : Ripple Blanket. Lucy's Tutorials are accompanied by clear photographs, which make life a bit easier!! Here is the written pattern for those of you that are experienced crocheters -
To make a blanket with a width of 110cm (single bed size) chain 213 to begin.
:: ROW 1 :: 1 tr into 4th chain from hook 1tr into each of next 4 chs, tr2tog twice, tr into each of next 4 chs, *(2tr into next ch) twice, 1tr into each of next 4 chs, tr2tog twice, 1 tr into each of next 4 chs*
Repeat between ** ending last rep with 2 tr into last chain, turn.
:: ROW 2 :: ch3, 1 tr into same stitch, 1tr into each of next 4 chs, tr2tog twice, 1 tr into each of next 4 chs, *(2tr into next ch) twice, 1tr into each of next 4 chs, tr2tog twice, 1 tr into each of next 4 chs*
Repeat between ** ending last rep with 2 tr into the top chain of the chain-3 from previous row.
:: ROW 3 :: Change to a new colour and repeat Row 2.
:: ROW 4 :: Continue with the same colour as Row 3, repeating the ripple pattern as for Row 2.
:: ROW 5 – 168 :: Repeat row 2, changing colours every alternate row. Work a total of 84 colour stripes (2 rows for each stripe). Fasten off and darn in all ends.
I have enjoyed sharing a bit of my Crafting passion with you, and remember, if you have any questions, I would love to hear from you, all contact details can be found on Greta's Facebook page. Looking forward to next months Handmade Series.
A note to my fellow bloggers, creative peeps...If you're interested in a guest space here to share what lovely handmade things you have created, I would love to hear from you and help share your creativity. Shoot me an email. x Bec
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