Sunday, 30 March 2014

My First Crochet

I started crocheting about 3 years ago after picking up a copy of "The Art of Crochet" magazine. 

I had previously tried knitting when I was in my early teens but it wasn't for me, in the same way that I can't hold a pen in my non-dominant right hand I just couldn't grasp having a needle in each hand  and often found myself wedging one needle between my knees and knitting in one direction then swapping back over. 

Not a very productive method and there went my idea to knit a scarf for my crafting Guide Badge.

So back to crochet, I thought I'd give it ago, problem number 1! I'm left handed and the magazine is written for right handed people.. grrrr... I tried to give a go doing it the "right" way but I was all fingers and thumbs, figuring it couldn't be that hard to translate over to lefty instructions. I started again and here was that first square:

Not bad for a first attempt, my tension was a little bit off as the square was bigger than the pattern required, but it was still a square. Yay!

Having got the hang of various squares and granny squares all of which were different sizes as my tensions improved I got bored and moved on after all the squares were supposed to tessellate and stitch together to make a blanket but being different sizes it wouldn't really work.

The next project I started was a crocheted hat, simple enough crochet in the round till it fits. Tadaaahhh:

sorry about the quality

Of course I couldn't help making it more fun and adding little kitty ears, which as it turned wasn't a good idea when I was trying to make friends with some kittens in the vets who arched their backs and hissed at me, oops. It did look great at bonfire night though.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Lend me your ear or should that be your eyes

I'm Charlie and the handsome chap in the photo at the top is Teddy.

I've started a blog as I think my work colleagues may be a bit bored of me chirping on about my latest project, so I thought I'd share my thoughts and words with you lucky people who stumble across my blog.

I have tried my hand at many crafts from Cards to curtains, but my real passion is teddy bears and crochet, with a little cross stitch and baking on the side. 

Over the next few posts I will be sharing things I've already completed as well as my current cross stitch project, which has been in the making for over 10 years but that's another story. 

Teddy is my inspiration for making Teddy Bears and also the name of my blog, I've been an avid collector for as long as I remember, being someone who likes to dabble in various crafts, I thought I'd have a go at making my own bear.

This is Fleur:
Photo by Henry Kelly
She is the first bear I made and is completely hand stitched with glass eyes and mohair fur.