Crafty in the Med

I am here to enjoy meeting other bloggers and to share my love of craft ,mostly crochet, my thoughts and my daily happenings here in Alicante,Spain, my adopted country. I belong to a local choir because singing and music makes me happy. Flea markets and book shops are two of my favourite places to be. I read lots......sci´fi/fantasy,buried treasure, and off world adventures. I have a passion for history! I walk and walk and walk for about 10 months per year during the hot months I swim.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Finishing this and that!

I have NOT been distracted you know ......even with all the excitement of hunky firefighters at my door (ok I'm exaggerating a teeny weeny bit...they were under my window) as related in my last post and what with the irritation of a second fire in our apartment block.
Actually could I just comment on this for a moment .Many of you remarked ,in your always welcome comments ,and rightly so .... how was it possible that the grandparents did not supervise the child adequately.  I have since then gathered a little more information about the situation from those here who know!   It seems the little angel,the grandson, (and he is ...a little fair blue eyed angel; pretty as a picture) loves to touch everything and particularly the hob & oven knobs and dials. The grandfather is in charge of the child while Mum and Grandma are out to work. Now it seems Grandad ( a young Grandad by the way) doesn't check what little angel face has been up to before they leave the flat for their morning stroll. Hence this is the second time he has come back to find his kitchen on fire. Incredible really, you would think he would have learnt the first time!
If it was me once I had that babe strapped in his pushchair I'd be checking every switch and plug in the house before I left.

as I was saying  I haven't been too distracted and have managed to finish the following makes :

This poncho is for my little six month old great niece who lives in Devon. I hope it will be too big for her as it is for autumn.

 The basic pattern isn't mine ...I know it isn't .....I think it was given to me by someone but I have no written pattern anymore. I did it from memory.
 I did design the extras though the neck,the soft trim around the neck and the bow .

It is a stash buster too. I used up some SMC Coats Bravo yarn and added Katia Bombon in white and mauve for the trim and bow. As SMC Coats Bravo yarn is a little harsh for babies´ skin I decided that the super soft Katia Bombon yarn would be ideal for the bits that would be in contact with little E´s skin. Incidentally can I just add Katia Bombon is useless for crochet! It is a total nightmare to use but it is my own fault because it does indicate on the label it is only for knitting.
 I had plans to add a third row to the edging but got so exasperated with it I gave up! I've sent all what I bought to my sister who is a knitter. It is a shame because it is really lovely and soft.

I was asked by a neighbour if I could make her a pincushion jar cover like the one I mentioned in this post here. Now as I tell everyone I do not normally make the same thing twice. Actually I don't think I could do another one anyhow as that first pincushion jar cover was total freeform. I have no pattern and I designed it as I went along. I told her I would do the same for her that is whatever came to mind ..that is freeform.....I don't think she really understood what freeform is though.
Anyhow I made this:

 I call it the Agra pincushion jar cover.    She said she liked it but I got the impression she thinks I'm a bit weird!  It may be weird but that is what came out of me or rather what was transmitted from my thoughts to my crochet hook!

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  1. You would think the Grandfather would have learned his lesson the first time, he is so lucky more was not damaged and that no one was hurt. My goodness, sometimes men are so dense. Love what you have made.

  2. Your poncho and pincushion jar cover are really wonderful. I'm sure your niece, or her Mom anyway), will love it. The bow is especially super cute! I also think Grandpa needs to fasten that boy in his stroller and then check EVERYTHING!!!!

  3. The poncho is delightful and perfect for a little one in Autumn. Have a great weekend.

  4. Love that poncho and pincushion
    Julie xxxxxxxx

  5. Oh I do sooo love that little poncho - lucky little miss, I'm sure she'll feel very special wearing it in the autumn. And I happen to think freeform usually produces the most fun & unique things, so well done you - that little pincushion is adorable!
    Have a happy weekend :-)

  6. Love the poncho...And, especially the pin cushion...!
    Does it come in any other colour...! HeHe! :>).

    Message to the lady above...'Mereknits'.
    Please don't judge a 'dense' Grandfather with the rest of us...
    After all...Some ladies are ugly....Does'nt mean they ALL are!.

  7. How satisfying to get two projects finished and two gifts at that !

    Jean x

  8. Love the trim on the poncho, lovely! I adore the pincushion, makes me smile!

  9. Adorable poncho!!
    Beautiful,very cute pincushion!
    Have a nice weekend.:*

  10. Your poncho is really, really cute. My daughter also wants one for autumn/ winter, she already decided which colours she would like. I have to see if I'm able to finish it so quickliy, she is nine years old, so it has to be much bigger than the one you did. I added a 'follow me' link on my blog, so if you have the time... Viola

  11. Your poncho is so pretty and fuzzy and girlie, I know it will be a huge hit! Hope you can share a photo of it on it's new little owner. Scary about a 2nd fire.. we had a kitchen fire and it's pretty awful with all the smoke.
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  12. The poncho is adorable and I like the jar cover. I feel the same way....I never make the same thing twice when I sew. Even when I use the same pattern, I change it up a little! I like to be creative! And I know you do, too! Hugs!

  13. The poncho is darling and I especially like the edging you put on it. It will look cute on your great niece. Yikes, a fire and then another. How scarey that had to be for you and the people involved. I had a skillet on the stove once, reheating left over casserole and forgot about it. I went outside and came in and it had burned to the pan and the house was full of smoke. What a mess! It took me forever to wash down stuff, even in the cupboard. The ac was on and how it kept from getting into the bedrooms and living room I have no clue. The insurance company paid for people to come in and do the scrubbing, but I told them I would do it myself, and I did. It was a lesson learned. I was so mad at myself, but believe me, it was not intentional. If it would have been possible I would have kicked my own butt. No one wants to clean up that kind of mess, nor have their house smell like smoke.
    (((HUGS))) Susanne :)

  14. Your poncho is too sweet-a fire-wow I would be checking everything twice for sure-

  15. The pin cushion jar cover is awesome! XOX


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