Crochet and bead bracelet

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.
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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.

Purple crochet and bead bracelet

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.

Orange crochet and bead braceletsI 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.

Fingerless Gloves

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. 🙂