Thursday, July 26, 2012

Colour me... rainbow

A rainbow scarf has been on my to-do list since I discovered granny stripes a couple of months ago, but this month's Colour Me Happy challenge actually made me start one!

I am always looking for shortcuts and it turns out that granny stripes are SO much easier than granny squares (i.e. less threads and sewing!) The Attic 24 blog has great instructions for stripes (and lots of other crochet projects too). The only change I made was to do clusters of two stitches instead of clusters of three, because that is what my Nana does on her stripey blankets    :)

I decided there would be no new yarn for this project so I ended up with multiple yellows and greens where I ran out of my first choice, but I think this fits with the rainbow theme.

I like long scarfs so I made the foundation chain approx 220cm, and then did two rows of each colour (except for only one row of indigo because I wanted to emphasize the violet).

This scarf was for me because my daughter prefers things to be green, green and green, but a kid-sized one would work with a 140cm length and one row of each colour.

See more rainbow projects on Colour Me There, and more makings on Creative Space with Kirsty.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

100 Beanies

My first beanie is a biggie but was so easy that I will have to try some minis soon. I found the pattern through Colour Me There and was inspired to make one for the 100 Beanie Drive.

Jess from Epheriell Designs is usually known for her beautiful silver jewellery, but she has started the Beanie Drive to help out chemotherapy patients over winter. If you can donate a beanie, scarf or mittens, all the details are here.

This pattern is free from the REVolution blog, and is actually for a child's rainbow hat. I just added an extra increasing row to make it a bit bigger - which was probably unnecessary as now it is even loose on my huge head! But maybe it will fit someone else perfectly.

See what else people have been making this week at Creative Spaces.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

The New Girls

Have you seen Girls? It has had a low profile here in New Zealand but I have just finished watching the first series and laughed a lot. It is smart, funny and great looking with a cool Brooklyn/vintage aesthetic.

Shoshanna's apartment

I feel a bit topsy-turvy having watched Sex and The City in my twenties and now watching Girls in my thirties... while Carrie & Co. had careers, their own apartments and killer wardrobes, these four girls are not long out of college and figuring everything out 'one mistake at a time' - and they aren't all Size 0. But like SATC (which is referenced several times), production value is high and there are some great sets and parties (more on Shoshanna's pretty apartment here).

Charlie's apartment

This apartment belonged to one of the boys in the show but I LOVE it and daydream about living there. Production Designer Laura Ballinger Gardner also worked on films like Garden State and Brokeback Mountain, and has made all the apartments look real and lived in.

Hannah (Lena Dunham), Jessa (Jemima Kirke), Marnie (Allison Williams)

The clothes vary from lead character Hannah's retro brights to all-American beauty Marnie's crisp classic lines, but a highlight was the hand-modified looking outfits of Jessa - this feathered party dress was a standout.

Creator/writer/director/lead actress Lena Dunham is only 26 and getting a lot of attention in Hollywood right now... and Series Two will be coming early next year.

Do you like it too?

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