Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Veggie Mama Projects

In between all the orders for various things, I'm also mid-everything I've seen lately and couldn't wait to start making. I've said it before, but I'm so glad crochet doesn't believe in monogamy, because I'm cheating on everything with everything else!

First up is this adorable apron:

from this adorable book:

I can't remember where I picked up this little number, but I'm pretty sure it was an antique shop. I have a couple more just like it, and they've got the cutest things! This book has patterns for dinner and luncheon (I'm bringing the word back!) sets, supper cloths, coffee table cloths, dressing table sets and a bathmat, in addition to the apron.

It turned out to be the hardest pattern I've ever followed. Which means it hasn't worked, and I've had to improvise. This is the waistband which had a bunch of picots in it and looked weird and not like the picture, so I made up a new one that looks more like what the picture says. I also got six rows into the apron skirt and had to give up and make up a new one - it took me a while to get my head around the stitches because American and UK/Australian are so different (and I'm used to American), and vintage patterns are written so vaguely. It was trial and error, mostly error, so we'll have to wait and see if the changes I've made can be pulled off!

Talk about headache. But it's gorgeous, so I'll persevere.

 Next up is this doily, which is sending me fetchingly cross-eyed. I am supposed to make 15 of these teeny-tiny thangs with #40 crochet cotton and a size 1 hook. It isn't as flat and nice as the picture, but I dare say once I wet them and let them dry and iron them, they'll work themselves out. It's just that the cotton is so stiff. Will be totally cute when done, though.

Our trip to Japan is in 7 sleeps, and Veggie Baby has grown out of all her winter hats we were given. I want to make this (very blurry) hat but in pink fairy floss with a light pink snowflake. Matching scarf in reverse colours.

Inspired by this:

Which I have pinned here.

I won't be crocheting the scarf, because this wool is impossible to see. I have to do it all by feel, and it's easier to work with by knitting. Except the needles I want to use are tied up in this:

so do I quickly finish that and use the needles? Do I take this as Veggie Baby's lap rug for the pram? Or do I take a more lightweight one and crochet the scarf instead?


Oh, and I've gotta make mittens for her teeny tiny fingers.

And I've bought the yarn for this fabulous thing, but am yet to start it - even though I'm dying to. The damn apron has thwarted me, but never fear, it will totally get done! I'm doing it in a cream/beige though, I couldn't find an orangey-yellow that I liked and would actually wear. Cream and grey I think will be the colours.

So if I put my head down and get stuck into it, I should be done by about 2014.

What do you have on the go? If you have a link, I'd love to see it!


  1. Dear lawd woman, is there anything you cannot do?

  2. http://mrsbcshouseofchaos.blogspot.com/2011/12/finishing-unfinished-projects.html
    I just posted about unfinished projects! I've just sewn some pants but I want to paint a wall.... Very jealous of your crochet talent! My attempts are tragic, the best I've been able to make is a foreskin & that wasn't even on purpose.

  3. that skirt is the greatest thing ever! make it! hurry!

  4. Oh god, I knoooow, right? The thing is incredible. I need to make it desperately.

  5. holy shit this made me choke and then laugh in an extremely unladylike fashion. I had a mistake in one of my patterns once, and someone emailed me going "um, my mum said all this made was a penis warmer"... I died, but was also a little proud :)

  6. Only 7 sleeps until you go to Tokyo, how exciting! Have you sussed out the crafty shops to go visit? Leave plenty of space in your suitcase for shopping.

  7. I have sussed out just about everything else! will have to do that now. I'm so excited, I just wish it wasn't winter so there was more room in my suitcase!

  8. I can't craft, but I pretend that I can and really like seeing the stuff people make.

  9. It's fun, isn't it? A peek into someone else's life :)

  10. Oh that fine doily is adorable! Imagine making a whole table cloth like that- hectic!

  11. I've always wanted to learn how to crochet but have yet to take the time to learn how!
    Japan in 7 sleeps??  Hope you have fun in my neck of the woods!  It has been quite chilly lately so pack warmly!

  12. Wow! You are a busy crochet/knitter bee! I've always been horrible at knitting so I think your little 'cheats' are perfectly okay! ;) I can't wait to see that knitted skirt from Australian Woman's World. It looks amazing!

  13. My head hurts just thinking about it!

  14. I am so excited! Digging all my winter woolies out of the closet today :)

  15. I'm wondering if it will be the thing that tips me over the edge, declaring I'll never crochet another stitch as long as I live! Provided the apron doesn't kill me first ;-)

  16. I adore these! I can't wait to see your finished pieces.

    How awesome are old patterns?

    I can't wait to go op-shopping in my home town over Christmas. They haven't caught on to what a treasure trove it is yet. I'll keep my eyes peeled for you, too!

  17. oh please do! I always miss out on the good op shops :)