Thursday, June 27, 2013

Another finished project


Sorry for the terrible photo - it was taken late Tuesday night after I blocked the finished blanket.

This is one of the projects I've been working on this month.  Its a personalized fillet pram blanket which uses the filet crochet technique.  I based my pattern on a cross stitch pattern I found on the internet and made the necessary change to turn it into a crochet pattern.  The N in the middle of the bears tummy is for Nicolas, the little newborn lad this blanket was made for.

I know filet crochet is usually reserved for crochet thread and are usually smaller in size but I think its ideal for pram blankets.

What is Filet Crochet? 


As stated on Wikipedia Filet Crochet is
"Filet crochet is a type of crocheted fabric. This type of crocheted lace is grid-like because it uses only two crochet stitches: the chain stitch and the double crochet stitch (U.S. terminology; known in some other countries as chain stitch and treble).
Filet crochet is most often worked from a graph or a symbol diagram. Patterns are created by combining solid and open meshes, usually working the design in solid meshes and the background in open meshes. The size of the space is determined by the number of chain stitches between each double stitch.[2] Filet crochet may also be worked by alternating chain stitches with another type of crochet stitch such as (U.S. terminology) half double or triple crochet, and may be worked from yarn instead of thread."

If you would like to commission a blanket please email me at cpercydesigns@aanet.com.au.

Please note that I only take on one blanket per month and blankets take approx 4-6 weeks to complete.  

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Meet Nes

A few months ago my friend Fiona from Imogen's Angels honored me with a custom order of a large blanket in green.  I used Attic24's Granny Stripe Pattern with this image from The Dark Rose as my inspiration.  

I used 100% pure wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills in Celery, Guava and Hunter.  In the end it weighted over 2 kgs and I used 9+ 200g balls of wool.  I worked on this blanket in short bursts every night for about 6 weeks.  Most nights I did a few rows before moving onto another project.  Even though it was a simple blanket to crochet, it did take a lot longer for me to make than I thought it would.  

I've never made a double bed size blanket before and I don't know if I will again as it was quite heavy and cumbersome at the end.  I nicknamed the blanket Nes (Never ending story) because some nights I would think I was nearly done but after measuring it I'd realise I still had a long way to go!  

Blanket up close.

Completed blanket ready to post.  

This lovely message was left on my Facebook page.  I'm so glad they like!
"Thank you for making Imogen's Green Crochet Rug, we all love it.
Look forward to snuggling under it every night xx"

You can check out my Pinterest Crochet Blankets inspiration board here.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Market preparation - My new table cover

After my last market I vowed I would no longer use my very large damask tablecloth that once belonged to my grandmother.  Its pretty but usually its too big for my market table and an absolute pain in the bottom to iron.   Plus it always looks un-ironed when I get to the market!

A while back my friend Kasia from Ink.Paper.Cloth recommend Caspa Australia's Trestle Table Covers. After checking them out and seeing how user friendly they are, down to the cross over opening for discreet access to stored items under the table, I decided I would purchase one.

In the past I've had a Vistaprint banner which I have struggled to affix to my tablecloth or on the wall behind my market table. Usually I give up and don't bother putting up any signage, which is a shame because I know I'm missing out on some additional brand exposure.    

To avoid this struggle at my next market, Dreamers Market on 20th July, I asked my friend Christina from CC Design Management to print my logo onto my new tablecloth.  Doesn't it look good!

I'm sure I'll be saving myself at least 20 minutes in setting up time now I have my lovely new tablecloth!


Sunday, June 09, 2013

Win 2 C Percy Designs Beanies!

Digital Scrapbook elements and pages by Tracey Martin Scrapbook Designs
Photography by Whimsy Art Photography
Head on over to handmade kids to win a beanie for you and another for a friend!

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Dreamers Market :: 20th July at Parramatta Riverside Theatre


My next market will be on 20th July at the Riverside Theaters in Parramatta.  I thought it would be good head up to Sydney to do a market this winter, I love meeting creative people and I love being at markets that place value in the handmade industry. 

I hope to see you there. 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Be Prepared

My custom made birthday PJ bottoms by Little Toot Creative.

Wow I'm 37 today.  I'm in disbelief that I am now in my late 30's.  Gosh it only feels like the other day I will living in Elwood, enjoying the St Kilda nightlife and working at Pasminco. 

All this has got me thinking about the number 7 and how it is a significant number in my life. 

When I was 7 I loved Barbie and I took my Brownie Promise.  This was the start of of Guide/Scouting journey.  A journey that introduced me to so many people and adventures.


At 17 I was studying hard for the HSC.  I was dating the darling Matt, a boy who introduced me to the world of fantasy books and was the first person outside my family that truly believed in me.  I was working at McDonalds Merrylands at the time.  I spent many hours at McDonald's working, cleaning, serving and flirting. 

In my 17th year I also made the decision that I would attend the 9th Australian Venture.  Instead of  going to Queensland to write myself off I decided to go to Queensland to go camping.  This camp changed my life as I met some amazing people, one of them my dear friend Andrew. Andrew has been a great friend ever since, we even named our second born after him (and our other dear friend Andrew Edgecombe). I also met my dear friend Dianne who 12 months later introduced me to her Rover friends, one of these being my now husband Brett.

By 27 I had already been married a year and we were living it up in Collingwood with the snot brothers and we didn't have a care in the world.  We worked hard and enjoyed our newly wed life.. Thoughts of children and house ownership were fair from our thoughts.  My main preoccupation was completing my Business Degree and work.

Now at 37 my life is completely different.  Brett and I are still going strong, I finished my degree with distinction and soon after stopped working full time.  We now have 3 mischievous children, a house and a cat, the same breed as the snot brothers but no snot.  

We no longer live in Melbourne.  We now call the  beautiful South Coast of NSW our home and life is pretty good. Sure we've had our ups and downs but all in all life at 37 is pretty good.  I wonder what 47 will be like Mr J 

It incredible to think how different my life would be if not for a simple promise I made when I was 7. 

Thank you Baden Powell. 


Saturday, March 16, 2013

Dropping the Ball





Source: etsy.com via Karen on Pinterest


To be honest life has been like a roller-coaster of late. Great highs and depressing lows. I'm honestly trying to put a brave face on it but this week I just couldn't cope and the mask came off.

The tears started to roll, I started to over think things and all of a sudden I couldn't function. And with that all the balls I had been juggling fell to the ground.

To be honest I DO NOT WANT TO MOVE.

To be honest I'M SCARED TO DEATH of how the kids will go with another move.

To be honest I KNOW THINGS WILL WORK OUT but its a little hard to believe this week.

People keep saying I need to step back, but from what? My business that I've nurtured for 4 years, my blogs which are gaining traffic and earning some pocket money, the ABA, the ASD group, crochet teaching, working at the museum ... yes I am involved in a lot but I enjoy it all.

The move will kill most of these commitments as I can't do them if I'm not living here.  '

I'll keep you posted.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Flower of the month: Primrose

Source: Pinterest

Crochet Primrose by C Percy Designs

Left: {Insert}   Right: Crochet Carnations created by me. Pattern below.

The Primrose symbolises Modesty, distinction, and virtue. 

After creating an Primrose inspiration board on Pinterest I got started on making some Primroses.  To be honest I've never really studied the construction of the Primrose flower.  Its actually a very pretty flower.  I love its star shaped centre and its petals with that have a dip in the middle.



Crochet Primrose
Pattern by Christine McInerney Percy of C Percy Designs

Materials:
Hook Size: 2.50 mm
Yarn: 4 ply cotton in yellow and white

Terminology:
This pattern is written in International Terminology

Gauge:
Not required.

Level:
Easy

Stitches:
ch - chain
dc - double crochet (US sc)
sl st - slip stitch
st - stitch
tr - treble crochet (US dc)
dtr - double treble crochet
htr - half treble crochet (US hdc)



Using Yellow crochet thread create a magic loop.


Row 1: dc in the magic loop 10 times.  sl st in to 1st dc. Tighten ring.

Row 2: (1 ch, 3 tr in next dc, 1ch, sl st into next dc) repeat around, sl st into 1st st.

Row 3: Change Colour.  dc into dc from Rnd 1, (3 ch, 4 dtr in 1st tr, 1 ch, hdc in next tr, 3 dtr tr in next tr, 3 ch, dc into dc from Rnd 1) repeat around. FO.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Thoughts from the Shop


I never saw myself as a shop girl, I never dreamed of owning or running my own physical shop.  To be honest I never dreamt of having an online store either until a few years ago.   I guess it has to do with my Mum and the Nuns at school, they always wanted us to dream big.

Last week I had the opportunity to play shop, as the Owner of my local wool shop, Sew Good Knit Too, went on holidays and left me in charge.  I actually like being a shop girl, I loved serving the the crafty customers who came in and talking to them about their latest projects.

I also lernt a learnt a few things last week, these being;
  •  I’m still crap at maths and I’m so glad my girl friend popped by the store and helped me nut out how to make the ‘change’ function work on the cash register.
  • That if I did this, i.e. work in a shop all the time, I would need to keep myself busy by taking up a new craft or two. 
  • That I love chatting with crafty people, especially the oldies who can crochet.
  • That there are more young people in my area doing crafts than I thought.
  • There are a lot of large bottomed women, including myself, that are into craft.  The wool shop isn’t the place where gym junkies hang out when they aren’t at the gym.
  • How pedantic I am about organising things like wool and cotton spools.  I had the task of moving the baby wool to the back of the store, I found this quite therapeutic.  I also got a sick pleasure out of tidying the greeting cards and putting the misplaced cards back in their proper spot. 
  • Lots of people like to window shop.
  • Don’t mess with a women on a yarn mission.
  • Blokes find wool shops as daunting as Lingerie stores.
  • A customer will turn up when you are about to close the shop.
  • I need to learn to knit and get my Nana's sewing machine out so I can sew something

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Easter Show

Its hard not to dream big when your view is this.  Photo taken using Instragram

At the start of January I attended an Amigurumi workshop at Customs House hosted by the Knitters Guild of NSW.  The class was taught by the lovely Stacey Troch of Freshstitches.  I had a wonderful child free day in Sydney, where I met so many lovely happy hookers.  The merry bunch at my end of the table chattered merrily about yarn, crochet techniques, the latest TVs shows and lots more.  Oh and during all this we followed Stacey's excellent tutorage. 

Part way thru making Nelson the Owl.  Pattern by Stacey Troch

I had toyed with the idea of joining the Knitters Guild for quite some time and I have always dreamt of entering something into the prestigious Royal Easter Show. I never knew that they were link until this I got speaking to the Knitters Guild's Treasurer and some other members from the inner city group.  With their encouragement I decided to join the guild and enter not just 1 but 3 items into the 2013 Easter Show.

I'll post my creations over the next few weeks.  Wish me luck!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I crochet so I don't kill poeple

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Source: PurpleKittyYarns
Last night I made something pretty.  I'm glad I did becasue I needed to create, to relex and regenrate after a pretty toxic afternoon with the kids.

Child #1 was tired and stressed out after spending the day navigating the complex world of vacation care - I remember quiet vividly not enjoying my time spent at Beresford Road Public School's vacation care in the 1980s.  I can only imagine how hard it must be for my son who has Aspergers and his little brother who I suspect has Aspergers too.

I also had one very tired and emotional #3, who is the social butterfly of daycare and appears to have all the carers wrapped around her finger.  If only they knew that there little angel is a complete devil at home, especially when she's tired.  My #2 kid was fine, he could see that that #1's behaviour wasn't going to win him any favours or time playing the Wii.  Bless his heart, he decided to mount a charm offensive, which I must admit worked.

So last night, after I feed the mosters their dinner and handed them over to their father to bath and wrestle the "But I'm not tired" kids into their bed, I sat down to crochet. I needed to let the negative feelings of the afternoon go, I needed to let the power of crochet mend my heart, to love #1 and #3 again and renew my spirit to face another day.

Does crochet have this affect on you? 

Monday, January 28, 2013

Real Men and Redheads

Image courtesy of healingdream  / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
I saw this quote today on facebook so I decided to turn it into a pin-able image.

Are you a Redhead?  I am.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Christine's back to school tips

My boys go back to school next Wednesday - yipee!

Being a Mum of one kid on the Autism spectrum and another who has Aspy tendencies I thought I would share with the blogosphere some tips for getting ready for a new school year.

  1. If possible find out who your child's teacher and aide will be.  Its brilliant if you can introduce your child to this teacher and/or aide before the end of the school year or at least have a photo which you can show them during the holidays.  This helps ease some of the anxiety and may prevent a meltdown on the first day.
  2. If you can buy school shoes early and get them to wear them a little each day.  This is helpful for those kids who have sensory issues relating to their feet.  School shoes feel very different to the sandals they have spent the summer wearing.
  3. If the school allows this get shoes with velcro.  It is best to avoid anything that may add stress to the already busy morning routine.  By buying shoes with velcro you may avoid a daily meltdown/battle, tackle laces later in the year
    Dishwasher proof labels from That's Mine

  4. Label everything! I find "That's Mine" the best for dishwasher proof labels. I usually purchase 2 of each type of food container, that way my son won't have a meltdown due to having the wrong lunch box etc.  I don't know of a child who has not lost or forgotten their box at least once.
    Morning Routine Canvas Art by Billymac






























  5. Create a visual schedule for every kid in the house to follow in the mornings. This applies to kids with and without a disability in the household as they all need some prompting in the morning.  I think I need to make one for me too.
  6. If your kid takes medication during school hours organise them for the school. Have a special  water bottle or cup and ask the school to have a special routine or reward for them.  IDEA: Give the office lady some Star Wars stickers and the kid gets one when he has his medication at the right time.
  7. Map out the school and have a pick up spot in the afternoons. Stick with this spot for the year, I usually have it outside one of the kids class rooms. I also let the teachers know that I pick the kids up each day and for them to approach me if they have any questions/comments. That way I don't have to come to them and they don't feel that they need to find something to tell me.
  8. Always write your child's name with a permanent marker directly onto their hat, not on the label. These labels are easily removed by not so nice parents who don't want to buy a new hat for their kid who has lost their hat. Ditto for Jumpers.  Buying two hats is always handy.
  9. Go for a walk around the school or do a School Drive By.  If its possible walk your child around the school grounds a couple of times before school starts, that way they can become familiar with the smells, sights and layout before the first day of  school. Remember to talk about and look at the buildings, gardens etc, some kids get a real kick out of simply driving past their school.
  10. Create a social story.  Many kids have already attended a transition to school program and some school even have a special book they give to new kids.  If this hasn't taken place I would strongly suggest that you create a social story about school or even about their first day.  Add photos of their bag, lunch box, themselves in their uniform, how they will get to school, what the front of the school will look like etc.
  11. Serve lunch in a lunch box.  This is a fun activity to do the week before school goes back or starts.  You pack their food in their lunch boxes using their containers.  This gets them use to the idea and gives them week to work out how to open the containers.
  12. Create a calendar countdown.  Get the kids to to cross off each day until the start of school.  You can add a picture of child in school uniform on the day of going back to school.
Oh and remember C Percy Designs custom makes beanies in all school colours, all beanies are made using quality Australian wool and are machine washable.  Contact me at cpercydesigns@aanet.com.au to request your custom made beanie before the winter rush.  

Mr J wearing his C Percy Designs School Beanie
with pom pom and ear flaps!

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Flower of the month: Carination


This year I've set my self a goal to create a new flower each month based on the that month's Birth flower.

"Birth Flowers is a term describing flowers related to a recipient's birth month, and in general flowers associated with particular months of the year." Source: Wikipedia 

The flower for January is Carination.  
Left: Real Carnations (image from Pinterest)  Right: Crochet Carnations created by me. Pattern below.

The Carnation symbolises love, pride, beauty, purity, distinction, and fascination, loyal. 

After creating an Carnation inspiration board on Pinterest I got started on making some Carnations and this is the pattern I came up with.

Crochet Carnation
Pattern by Christine McInerney Percy of C Percy Designs

Materials
Hook Size: 2.50 mm
Yarn: 4 ply cotton

Terminology
This pattern is written in International Terminology

Gauge
Not required.

Level
Easy

Stitches
ch - chain
dc - double crochet (US sc)
sl st - slip stitch
st - stitch
tr - treble crochet (US dc)

Pattern 

Ch 4, sl st into 1st ch to form ring or create a magic ring.

Round 1:  1 ch, 8 dc into ring, sl st into 1st dc. (8 dc)

Round 2:  1 ch, 2 dc in each st around. sl st into 1st dc. (16 dc)

Round 3:  3 ch (to count as 1st tr) 2 tr in same st, 3 tr in each st around. Sl st into 3rd ch at beg. (48 tr).

Round 4:  3 ch (to count as 1st tr) 2 in same st, (2 tr in next st, 3 tr in next st) repeat till end.  Sl st into 3rd ch at beg.  

Round 5:  [(3 ch st st into next st) twice, (4 ch sl st into next st) twice, (5 ch sl st into next st)] repeat around.

Notes
1. Round 1 and 2 set up the foundation for the waves that are created in Round 3 and 4. 

2. Round 5 creates the uneven edge, similar to what Carnations have.  Mix up the lengths and order to create a unique edge.  

3. Change the yarn and hook size to make smaller or larger flowers.  You can also use a different colour cotton in round 5 to give



Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Valentine's Day: Crochet Heart Craft Ideas


I put this inspiration board together to show how the crochet hearts y
ou can purchase from my craftumi store can be used.  

To find out more about these images and find more inspiration simply go to my 
Pinterest "I HEART Crochet" board.  


Go to www.craftumi.com.au/cpercydesigns to purchase your hearts today!