Monday, 13 October 2008

The one where I follow a pattern!

I know that some of you may find this shocking...but I have followed a pattern for something! Back in September, which is 'month of birthdays' for our family, I made this crochet hook roll for Ian's mother, as she seemed to quickly develop something of an obsession for crocheting after we went on a one day course together, but was keeping all the paraphernalia in a plastic bag...which I thought must have been displeasing her, being a creature that enjoys organising her supplies as much as I do.

I'd seen Joanne's tutorial a long time ago and told her how wonderful it looked at the time (do go and peep, it is impressively clear) but I'm sure that she thought I was just being sycophantic as she knows how foolish I become when faced with a pattern. But, reader, I followed it and it was such a lovely feeling to be able to just cut and sew knowing that someone else had done all the tiresome work of measuring crochet hooks, pocket sizes and seam allowances. I made a small variation to Jo's lovely pattern (only because it just felt too downright freaky to be following someone else's every word in such a way!) and turned the pocket, that was used to store the embroidery needles for threading in ends, into a small padded pin cushion instead.

I can't tell you quite how many hours it took me to track down a pair of pink scissors the same shade as the fabric...but putting anything else in there would have felt quite wrong (I know sometimes I even irritate myself with how matchy-matchy I can become!). The birthday girl came and visited us on her the day and Ian had made her a cake depicting a Boggle grid, which is our game of choice whenever we holiday together.

Oh, and shop news...poor weary Ian has now upgraded my website so that it links directly to PayPal for payment (which I'm reliably informed you don't need a Paypal account to use), rather than back to me so that I could raise an invoice...it was simply too long-winded and troublesome that way. Whoooppeeee! It feels like a proper grown-up shop now...although I know that I have just undone its new-found maturity in saying that....

x

17 comments:

  1. The crochet case is an absolute delight in pink. Now, I just need to crack on and learn to crochet... :D Loving your website by the way.

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  2. Congratulations on your new shop. I just had a peep and its really lovely and full of such gorgeous things.
    As someone who likes a bit of matchy-matchy - I fully understand about the scissors. Such things are important!

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  3. Oooh, that is so lovely. I think matchy matchy needs to be done sometimes.

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  4. Oh I am glad about teh Paypal Florence. I thought you would probably move on to this - I started mine exactly the same way as you but the Paypal makes it all so much easier.
    I LOVE that crochet roll. The colours are beautiful and the pink scissors are inspired xx

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  5. I am all agog. You followed a pattern. My pattern. I'm just going to have a look at the universe and see if everything is ok...

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  6. that crcohet case is gorgeous - I want one!!!! Hmmm, maybe I should get better at crochet first!

    April xx

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  7. It's beautiful and the scissors were definitely a must to complete the overall prettiness factor. So..... did she like it????

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  8. That is so beautiful and I have some of that fabric too so may just have to go and check out the pattern!

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  9. Thanks for the link :) I will check out your new shop arrangement.

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  10. Beautiful case! Nice work on following a pattern - it can be a nice change, don't you think? Anyway, I adore the crochet needle case not only because it's super cute, but also because it reaffirmed a recent purchase that I was totally not loving. I got both of those Amy fabrics, and sitting in my stash haven't felt so inspired, but seeing them here made me drool all over again. I'll be putting them to use soon, so thank's for the inspiration!

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  11. Your shop is very pretty and sophisticated. It must have been a lot of work to get all he stuff made for it. I notice in your profile it says 'Non-Profit' in 'Industry.' Are you supporting a charity?

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  12. Wow wow wow your shop is so very cute - I'm very impressed! You really have been a busy bee sewing lots of lovely things lately! I love the fabric you've uses in this roll. Thankyou for the comment about my labels and I hope you do get round to making something from the Zakka sewing book, I've made a couple of things now but strangely haven't posted about them - note to self!

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  13. That is so lovely. I have been strongly considering taking up crochet, solely based on Jo's crochet hook roll tutorial. I really like the stitched grosgrain ribbon - you seem to have a great eye for finding the prettiest ribbons.

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  14. Pretty as a picture as usual Florence - love those pink scissors :)

    Esther
    x

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  15. Lovely crochet case!
    And many, many for your web shop!
    It is so pretty, so easy to follow, one of the best I know, really!

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  16. How lucky are you to have such a handy IT savy husband! That pink crochet hook roll is just divine ... and pink scissors?? I would simply die for pink scissors!!!

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  17. What a lovely case I could adapt it for my beadworking tools

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