I made 3 different flowers from the simply crochet magazine issue 73. I was pleased with how they turned out especially as I didn’t find the patterns completely easy to follow. I’m not sure if there was a misprint in the instructions or if I was just confusing myself, but anyway they turned out OK. I wish I’d done a different colour in the middle of the turquoise flower, but as that was the first one, I learnt from it and changed colours on the next 2.
I was bothered by the fact that the petals were curling, and having just been camping I had a camping mat handy and decided to see if blocking helped. I guess I’ve not really blocked before because I couldn’t believe that spraying a bit of water on things and pinning them out would really have any effect, but I am converted! I made do with a selection of safety pins
And here’s how they turned out!
I’m so pleased with them and am especially thrilled with how the daisy looks. Just got to hope they survive traveling to the States and don’t curl up again on the journey!
Ooh, and just so you know, I ordered the cute mini skeins
from twist loop turn on etsy. The turquoise and another one that I haven’t got with me have a bit of sparkle in them. She’s a fellow blogger (check out her blog here). Her mini skein surprise set came with a free stitch marker and look how cute it is 🤗
Plus, while I’m mentioning etsy shops, do please go and check out my next door neighbour’s shop blue cardigan art. She’s just recently opened and sells really cute pot holders /heat mats that she’s made on a vintage loom. She’s also called Julia!
12 thoughts on “A bit of blocking magic”
!!!!!!! I love them, they’re adorable 😀 And how low-tech your blocking was, it really is amazing how well it works
Is blocking meant to be more high tech then? I might need to invest in some pins so I don’t rust my safety pins!
That stitch marker is adorable! Blocking really does make things look so nice, unfortunately I rarely have the patience for it, lol.
Likewise! That’s why I’ve never done it before!!
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I didn’t even know what blocking was!! I know they block felt hats…..sum total of my knowledge. Love learning from you, Julia, and watching you have fun making stuff!
OK… I don’t know what blocking felt hats involves! I’m so happy you enjoy reading my blog 😊
blocking does work wonders! The link to Twist Loop Turn is a link to your WordPress feed. you need to open the blog proper to get a link that people can read.
Thank you for letting me know.I’ve gone back and changed the link now so hopefully it will work properly
The flowers are lovely Julia!
The little penguin is super cute. A friend of ours from college gave my son a stuffed penguin when he was an infant, and he has loved them ever since – even at 14, they are all over his room 🙂
I happen to be stenciling and cutting out paper flowers for an art project that I will stitch together with the old sewing machine I have been neglecting. If that goes well, I will be moving on to fabric as well. Your happy approach to crafting and willingness to try and share new techniques is so inspiring!
Penguins are great! Ooh, I’d like to see your flower art project… That sounds interesting. Thank you for your lovely kind words
See, it’s magic! Who knew water and pins could make such a huge difference
Indeed! Totally worth doing 😊