Current Crochet Projects

It’s been a while since I shared any completed crochet projects, but I am pleased to say that August has been a month of digging into the WIP basket and finishing them!

I made this Itty Bitty Bunny from issue 2 of Simply Crochet Magazine for my cousin’s new baby, Fletcher. I used Rico Baby Cotton Soft DK which I purchased from the Yarn and Craft Shop.

Itty Bitty Bunny Simply Crochet issue 2

Back in June I hosted the Etsy Craft Party where we began crocheting baby blankets for the intensive care unit at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge. Debbie Bliss had kindly donated yarn for the project, so I used the Baby Cashmerino and crocheted the bobble stitch.

Crochet Bobble Baby Blanket

Continuing on the baby theme (I hadn’t realised all my makes were for the teeny ones!) our WI group Cambridge Blue Belles decided to enter a competition at the local fair to present a baby basket of handmade items.

I made the mitts. The other makes included a blanket, bunting, bonnet and booties. Super cute! The yarn was James C Brett Cotton On DK. Thanks to Miss Chaelaboo for the basket photo.

Knitted and Crochet Baby Hamper WI Fair

So after all the many makes for little people, I have started my first crocheted garment for an adult. I’m making this Cream Crochet Jumper from Issue 9 of Simply Crochet Magazine for me! It was my holiday project, so I shall be posting an update on the jumper soon!

My yarn choice was the light grey colour of Navi Uno (2ply) purchased from The Island Wool Company.

Simply Crochet Jumper WIP

I hope you enjoyed my crochet update today! If you would like to add me on Ravelry you can find me here. I’d love to see your latest projects and favourite patterns.

Ravelry Projects Claireabellemakes

I feel as though I have really neglected knitting lately, so I soon will be casting on some hat projects in preparation for Christmas presents. Oops I just said the C word, I better go…..

I’ll leave you with a link to my yarn projects board on Pinterest!



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Giving Handmade Gifts

Back in April last year, I set myself a challenge of giving and making handmade gifts wherever possible. I am very pleased to say I’ve worked hard at this and I thought it was time I shared some of my makes.

My dear friend Collette (of the blog Crafty Glitten) celebrated her birthday recently. After seeing this deer cross stitch in a back issue of Mollie Makes, I knew I had to make it for her. I got a kit from this Etsy seller and backed it with vintage fabric and wadding so it could remain in the hoop.

I wish I’d pressed it before mounting in the hoop though, as that crease in the middle is bugging me!! I don’t think Bambi minds though 😉

Deer Cross Stitch Hoop

Next up was a crochet baby blanket. I made this with a DK weight yarn and crocheted a giant granny square with two strands together in cream and baby blue. I like the kind of swirly effect it has. After a quick #AskTwitter request, I determined the blanket needed to be around 30″x 30″ for a baby (I’m clueless about all things kid you see).

However, my friend’s baby arrived 10 weeks early so I had to finish it at the speed of light. I’ve never crocheted so fast! A quick scalloped border and it was done. Little Jackson was poorly at first, but has finally come home around 6 weeks after he was born. He is a real cutie!

Crochet Baby Blanket

Next up, some beaded jewellery for Mother’s Day gifts. I really like the colour of the delicate glass beads, especially the dusky pink. I might have to make some of the earrings for myself too. I am wondering whether to list them all in my Etsy store or just have an Instagram/Twitter flash sale, what do you think?

Mother's Day Jewellery by Claireabellemakes

Glass Bead Drop Earrings by Claireabellemakes

Finally, these fabric button rings and hairslides are for a top secret gift which I will reveal soon! I love finding different fabrics to use, especially polka dot and floral fabrics!

Fabric Rings and; Hairslides by Claireabellemakes

I hope you have enjoyed my ta-dah’s today! I can’t wait for Spring to come so we have better light for taking photos.

What have you been making lately? Please share in the comments below!


Instalife: 2013 Begins

Happy Monday lovelies!

It’s been a while since I’ve done an Instalife post, but I thought I’d share with you my quiet January pics so you can see what I’ve been up to. Despite a short holiday break with friends at the beginning of the month, January was pretty crappy due to migraines. So, I didn’t really get up to much!

January Instagram Claireabellemakes

Sampling my Forever Nuts (pink!) tea from Canada / Starting a new book /Learning to Crochet leaves at the WI Botanic Gardens project / Winning a stunning tea set

January Instagram Claireabellemakes

Beginning a baby blanket / Finishing blanket at top speed for baby who arrived early / Topping up my pile of granny squares / A crochet coasters DIY guest post

January Instagram ClaireabellemakesTammy having a snooze / More bicycle clips from friends / A snowy scene at Trinity College Cambridge / The best tea cup ever in the kitchen at work (found here)

I don’t mind if February stays at this same pace – I’m definitely going to take it easy for a while. 2012 was a whirlwind!

What did you get up to? You can follow me on Instagram by searching for Claireabellemakes.