I had a few bags of colour coordinated beads, bought from a craft stall at work, and had no idea what to do with them until I saw a video tutorial from Creative Kismet and pinned it on Pinterest for future reference. See my Jewellery DIY board for this and other ideas.
Now that I’ve broken free to actually do something, voila, some colourful crochet and bead bracelets. For the first one I added some lilac seed beads bought from a craft fair and used a random cotton yarn (lilac and pink) for the crochet.
For the others I used orange cotton yarn and because I made two one of them can double as a necklace if I want to have a matching set.
I love these funky beads and hadn’t a clue what they could be used for so I’m really happy to have found a way to use them.
My most recent craze has been for fingerless gloves or hand warmers. I spent hours searching for free patterns and found quite a few that I liked. What started this off was a pair of gloves I bought from Accessorize in January and the persistent thought that “I could make these”, My favourite pattern (because I seriously wanted to avoid having to knit with 4 needles – not very practical with 2 lively dogs around) was one for a knit and crochet pair from CREATIVEYARN pictured below as they are on the site
and then as I have made them, below. I changed the bow to a flower, added a thumb and only used two wools as my stock of odd balls didn’t offer another complementary colour. Also, they are a bit too chunky as I used Aran weight wool but not bad for a first try, I will use DK for the next pair.
I should add that the pattern was very straightforward and quick to make – I managed to make this pair in one evening. 🙂