Sunday, 6 November 2011

Want to Chat?

Just to say that if you'd like to see what I have been up to recently then come and have a chat with me  HERE

I'm doing my best to get the flower tutorials finished (the ones that go on the Victoria Frills Scarf).  I've been so overwhelmed with house renovations, a constant stream of visitors and my mum being unwell = various trips up to Lincolnshire that I just haven't had time to keep up with my blog.

I should however get some new things on here this month and it should improve from there.

As mentioned above though if you want a more dynamic and real-time CleverCheshireCats then visit me at the link above.  I know several of you have already and it allows me to see things like your versions of the Victoria Frills Scarf  - which is great fun  I wish blogger had a bit more of an interactive section where we could chat and save bits etc although I haven't got to grips with all the new bits they've added yet...

Look forward to seeing you soon.

Rachael Xx

Saturday, 23 July 2011

A quick hello!

Just popping in to say - take a look at the lovely crochet squares that Manda from manda's challenges has made. They are quite something - what a talented lady she is!

I'd also like to thank everyone for all the lovely comments over the past couple of posts and if I haven't got back to you this time it's just that I've been sooo busy.  If you have an urgent question, just email and I'll get back to you :)

I will be back next week with the flower tutorial for adding to the victoria frills scarf :)


Sunday, 19 June 2011

Victoria Frills Spring Scarf Tutorial Part 1

It's finally here!

This Victoria Frills Spring Scarf Tutorial will be in 2 parts.  Part one is for the actual scarf. Pretty simple instructions really.

Part two will be for the flowers. Of course you can put whichever flowers you like on your scarf but I will do a tutorial for a few of mine.

Info: I used a type of yarn that is mainly cotton and has a kind of thick and thin effect that varies between 4ply and double knit (you don't have to use the same). I've only used the basic half treble stitch for the body of the scarf but it looks lacy because I used a bigger hook than usual (4.50mm or a 5mm would do it).

Step 1:

crochet a foundation chain (this should be roughly the length of scarf that you want). Be careful not to make the foundation chains too tight or your scarf will end up a bit of a banana shape!

The scarf can be as long as you like. I usually start the chain and then wrap it round my neck the way I would normally wear a scarf so I can see where the scarf will end when it's completed.  The scarf in the picture was made with XXX chains and it's quite long. I used a 4.50mm hook with cotton yarn that sort of goes thick and then thin. (not sure if there is a name for this type of yarn) as I wanted the main scarf bit to be a little lacy and drape a little too.

Step 2:

Once you have decided how long you want your scarf to be, begin crocheting into the foundation chain using half trebles. Half treble = (insert yarn into work, wrap yarn over, pull through work (three loops on hook) pull through all three loops).

Continue on until the scarf is the width that you would like it to be - simple really.

Step 3:

Now that your scarf is the required width and length you need to crochet around the whole scarf for one row in double crochet. Make sure you have 2 double crochets at each corner if you want a squarish scarf. If you want one with rounded edges then you can ignore this.

This will provide the basis for the frills which are coming next :)

Step 4:

Now for the frills!  First change yarn into the one you are using for the contrasting frills. Into each double crochet make 4 or 5 treble stitches. I like the random frills (not too uniform) so I don't do the same number of stitches into each double crochet and sometimes I just put 3 for a few stitches.  Continue like this until you have gone all the way round the scarf.

Fasten off.

Well done!  You now have the basis for your very own Victoria Frills Scarf.

Cindy I hope you have a smile on your face now :)

A quick tutorial for some flowers will form part two - up next.

Rachael Xx

Saturday, 30 April 2011

Back soon.....

I know I have been away some time. 

Just wanted to let you know that I will be back very soon.  I have had a sudden rush of things to do and have also been bitten by the spring cleaning bug. 

I haven't forgotten you :)

Rachael Xx

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Hangers, Bits and Bobs

Here are a few bits and bobs of this and that for you.

Hangers - which colours?

I've made a few of these hangers and found it to be a very enjoyable project indeed.  It is quick and the results are rather fabulous if I do say so myself.  I have only stopped at 6 because I have run out of the wooden hangers.  They are not that easy to find at a decent price, well I can't find any anyway. If you have any ideas please let me know.

The stripey ones look great on their own although I am wondering if I should add a little something to cover up the join.  With the plain ones I have added a rose which covers up the join and looks quite nice but I'm not sure what colours the roses should be. I have made a few cream ones, a blue one and a pink one (I have not attached them properly yet) but wondered which other colours would go nicely. Not sure why my brain seems to have got stuck on this one but I'd appreciate your thoughts. Sorry the pics are a bit yellow but I took them at night.

Over the past few weeks I have been lucky enough to win a few awards.

Thank you to Leah from why didn't anyone tell me for the 

Thank you to Eileen from Crochet Attic  for the 

Thank you to Sarah from squiggling about for the 

Thank you to Sucrette from Le monde de Sucrette for the 

Please pop on over and take a look at their lovely blogs above, they are all well worth a peek as there are some wonderful things on all of them - as if you didn't know already ;)

You can see the 7 things about me from my previous post here as I am not interesting enough to be able to think of another 7 :)

I'm not passing on any awards again at the moment as I only did just that very recently plus I seem to be coming down with another cold (thank you wonderful children of mine) so don't really feel like any extra work at the moment and am already behind with my blogging schedule.  March Monthly Make will be coming shortly in April and so will will the Victoria Frills Scarf Tutorial (almost done) along with 3, yes 3 different types of give away - woohoo!

I'd like to mention that the lovely Maaike from one of my favourite blogs Crejjion is having give away.  It is open untill the 3rd April and she is giving away some lovely fabric as well as a few other lovelies too. I've already entered and you only have a couple of days left to enter so better be quick!

I was sent an email the other day by Hilde from ildicolor regarding a pin cushion swap. It looks lots of fun and you must leave a comment on the post (link above or click on pic) before April 3rd if you would like to take part.

A few weeks back I had a lovely email from Rhonda about kitty/craft website for people that love to show off their kitties with their crafts.  The link is here and I will be posting my own pictures very soon.  I'd love to see yours as I know many of you love kitties too!

I have finally decided to launch a shop page on the 9th May this year!  Yep I'm going for it - why not :) I hope to add lots of different bits and hopefully not just crochet by the summer as I've had a call from the sewing machine repair man and my machine is fixed - yay!

In lieu of getting the shop ready I have started a facebook page where I will be having updates of new shop products and exclusive giveaways too!  I am currently having a quick giveaway - two prizes (something cute and something not so cute, you'll have to wait and see but I think there will be at least one cute bunny)

To enter the giveaway just go to and 'like' my page

I'll be announcing the winners in about a week so you have a few days left to enter.
Lastly, Kirsty from Kirsties Homemade Home is asking for people interested in crafts and who would like to learn more crafts to send an application form to her.

Click here for the link

Phew! That was a long post.  Back soon with the Monthly Make and Scarf Tutorial.

Rachael Xx