Monday 30 June 2008

Recycled Plastic Bag Crochet Patterns - Little Bowls

1-3 (depends on size and type of bag) plastic bag/ s cut into 2.5cm/ 1inch pieces (for how to cut and make plastic bags into yarn and other recycling patterns including little pots pattern go to nezumiworld home site)
8mm/ L hook

Stitches used/ abbreviations:
ch - chain stitch
dc - double crochet UK / sc-single crochet USA
sl st - slip stitch
st - stitchsts - stitches
rnd - round
beg - beginning

You may find you prefer to use a smaller or larger crochet hook, use the size you feel is right for you. Depending on the brand/ type/ size of plastic bags used, you may find you need more or less bags then stated in the pattern.You can also use cotton twine, jute, string experiment, torn fabric pieces, twisted paper (good for cheap seedling pots)

Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 dc (6 sc USA) into 2nd ch from the hook (the 1st ch that was made), join with a sl st to top the 1st dc (sc USA), 1 ch (you should now have 6 sts}

Rnd 2: 2 dc (sc USA) in each dc (sc USA) all around, join with a sl st to top the 1st dc (1st sc USA), 1 ch (you should now have 12 sts}

Rnd 3: *1 dc (1 sc USA) into the next dc (sc USA), 2 dc (2 sc USA) in the next dc (sc USA)** repeat * to ** 5 more times join with a sl st to top the 1st dc (1st sc USA), 1 ch (you should now have 18 sts}

Rnd 4: *1 dc (1 sc USA) into the next 2 dc (2 sc USA), 2 dc (2 sc USA) in the next dc (sc USA)** repeat * to ** 5 more times join with a sl st to top the 1st dc (1st sc USA), 1 ch (you should now have 24 sts}

Rnd 5: *1 dc (1 sc USA) into the next 3 dc (2 sc USA), 2 dc (2 sc USA) in the next dc (sc USA)** repeat * to ** 5 more times join with a sl st to top the 1st dc (1st sc USA), 1 ch (you should now have 30 sts}

Rnd 6: 1 dc (1 sc USA) into the next dc (sc USA) to end, join with a sl st to top the 1st dc (1st sc USA), 1 ch

repeat row 6 for 5 more rows or until desired height (for a smaller bowl just skip rnd 5 and go straight to rnd 6)
Weave in all ends to finish.

© Michelle Ryan For personal use only

Sunday 29 June 2008

John Lewis sale

John Lewis sale or more importantly their yarn sale started yesterday. Lots of cottons, yummy kid silk haze/ spray/ midnight, noros, alpacas and lots more
Yes I bought a few balls of yarn in the sale :) I am saying no more............

Friday 27 June 2008

Let's Knit

I bought a copy of Let's Knit magazine as it came with 3 bamboo crochet hooks and a crochet booklet and in the booklet I found web watch and NezumiWorld was there eek eeek :)

Friday 20 June 2008

The Marylebone Village Summer Fayre

Sunday was The Marylebone Village Summer Fayre, I had a look around I had not been before, there was lots of interesting things going on including a farmers market (I do sometimes go to this but normally in a different place) lots of market stalls with tasty foods, live music, salsa dancing and very happy people.
I helped friends selling Jasmine Flowering Green Tea Balls, which sold really well so it was a very good day.

Saturday 14 June 2008

WWKIPD or World Wide Knitting in Public Day

Today as WWKIPD or World Wide Knitting in Public Day I enjoyed the The London Knit Crawl organised by Stitch and Bitch London last year so joined them again this year with the London Crochet meet-up group.

We started at Westminster Abbey which had Morris dancers a traditional English folk dance troop. They dance with sticks and handkerchiefs, it is the first time I also saw Morris women dancing too. I watched for a while and joined in with knitting and crochet (yes I brought both) on the grass. It was also the queen's official birthday (she has a real one in April and an official one on another day this year June, I am not sure why) so the Abbey bells were ringing as we knit.

From Westminster Abbey we walked to beautiful St James Park, it has wonderful flowers and ponds. There was a fly over again for the queen's birthday as we arrived. The weather was great (no rain) and the knitters/ crocheters numbers increased greatly. So many interesting things been made, lots of people had knit there own cushions to sit on, yes this year I brought a cushion with me I learned from last year.

Next stop was Trafalgar Square and the whole of it was taken over by the Thai Festival wonderful food, dancer, painting yes and more knitting :) and the knitters numbers had increased

I left after this to catch up with my lovey aunt Myra who had come to see us and for the day :)

Tuesday 3 June 2008

Pulse 2008

Today I went to Pulse by Topdrawer at Earls Court1 London. Its the mid season trade show highlighting new trends, ideas, products and companies mainly in the gift and accessories market. It was a large show with over 700 suppliers (yes I remembered the flat shoes, my feet are happy) of which 300 where new suppliers to the show. This year an interesting new section called Launchpad was added showing the new young designer-makers, all of a very high standard with row after row of brand new items.

The show always has a lot of jewellery and bags and this year was no different, but I did notice lots more scarves. Crocheted, knitted, felted, beaded, devore, pleated and lots of shibori (Japanese tie-dyeing) scarves, lots of textures. It really stood out how many suppliers had added scarves to there ranges, it will be interesting to see if the retail shops pick this trend up in their Autumn ranges. Texture was everywhere on fabrics, bags even on wrapping paper. Most scarves were multicoloured, with the colours blending into each other, purples, black, blues what I would describe as jewel tones. Lots of hand work.

An enjoyment refreshing show.