Juliet Blues

October 27, 2015 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | Annabel Lee, CRAFT, Crochet |

So, the battle to get going with the Juliet jacket. I decided on the blue Moda Vera Portsea Cotton  and made one sleeve and some of the flowery bits. I ordered the rest of the yarn which I needed from Spotlight online.  Well, their online service is as bad as their in-store service and it didn’t happen.  So….I decided on the colour which they call “green”, but which I call “aqua” because I wouldn’t make it in green.  I found one of the very few people In Adelaide Spotlight who is helpful and knows where stuff is and managed to get…

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Galaxy of Change Crochet Rug

October 26, 2015 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | Annabel Lee, CRAFT, Crochet |

Here are pictures of the finished  Galaxy of Change rug which I started here.  I did about 50  of the 103 rows in the pattern, plus 3 of a border which I made up.  I wanted to have points around the edge. Sadly, I am not a good enough photographer to capture the vibrancy of the colours of Bouvardia yarn in Lollypop.  I’s really weird and lovely. As I mentioned here, I was inspired to use Bouvardia by the beautiful work of Julie Salter of this Facebook group.  Look at her unfinished Galaxy of Change in Bouvardia Tokyo. But somehow mine…

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Harmony Crochet Bag

October 22, 2015 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | Annabel Lee, CRAFT, Crochet |

As All Annabels know, I am a fan of Lucy from Attic 24.  And I am not alone.  The colour-wise people at Crafternoon Treats who designed this beauty :-   Have now made a fat-bottomed bag using the Lucy’s harmony squares.  Isn’t it pretty!- I’m making my own and doing my best to use their muted colour palette.  Here is progress so far with some floral experimentation.   Now I need to block the square, gather it all up, crochet the top, add the lace and flowers and make the handle.  That’s all!!

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Crochet Crotchets

September 25, 2015 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | Annabel Lee, CRAFT, Crochet |

I admire that craftiste who, upon finding the pattern of something which she desires to make – (say, for argument’s sake, the crocheted jacket on page 10 of Margaret Hubert’s “Runway Crochet)” – opens the cupboard containing her yarn stash, frowns a bit, then says “yes, that’ll do nicely” to some skeins of something and, just like that, starts to make the (again, just as an example), close-fitting long-sleeved  Juliet Jacket.   I admire her because she has made up her mind about the pattern , she has the right amount of the right yarn, she knows the right size, her tension is good,  and she just…

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Mollie Makes

If Mollie Makes were a woman she would own “Millie’s”, a quirky organic vegan café. The cafe, her house and her daughter Charlie* would all be decorated in a quirky retro, minimalist style featuring  lots of  polka dots and woodland animals. On Sundays Mollie Makes would dye her severe bob black or  purple, pop on her quirky red-rimmed glasses and cycle with Charlie  to roller derby practice. The magazine is as worthy as that – heavy on the Scandanavian look, white walls,  foxes, deer, owls, recycled furniture and dots.  The projects are usually at the  easy skill-level.  Of course beauty is in the eye of the needle, but to this crafter the Mollie Makes projects are too often offputtingly err……

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