Sunday, 11 March 2018

Pink and Purple

Earlier this year I posted about these pink and purple granny squares which you can read more about here. Since then I've added the cream to take away the heaviness of the solid colour, doesn't it make a difference? I  joined the squares together as I added the cream rounds and completed the blanket with a simple scalloped border. I am super happy with this one because granny squares are one of my favourite crochet makes and I absolutely love, love, love these colours together :-)

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Winter Bites Back

In one way Winter seems to have slipped by quickly this year if you forget about the never ending dark mornings and evenings, the worst of which are thankfully over now. I'm enjoying watching how high the sun gets in the sky compared with only a month or so ago. Although the branches and hedgerows are still as bare as can be we've been treated to a wonderful display of yellow by a hazel tree in our garden.

Throughout February the lambs tails have wriggled and jumped about in the breeze and hung limp on still days providing the only colour around here other than evergreens.

It won't be long before colour breaks out everywhere as we turn towards Spring. That's what I thought until I saw the weather forecast at the week-end.

Winter isn't going to give way to Spring just yet as snow and biting winds pile in from the east. It's unusual to have snow so late in the season and it's pretty to look at if you don't have to travel anywhere. I'm happy to watch the snowflakes tumble down for a few days so long as the winds then change direction and bring us a taste of Spring. Ah very nearly here...

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Tuck Me In

It's a couple of years since I abandoned the idea of using these squares to make a tablet cover, you can read more about that here. I decided a few days ago to get them back out of zzzzzzzzzz land and to turn them into a blanket for a toy or a pet instead. All I had to do was double crochet them together, then add a round of double crochet followed by a round of half treble. It's so good to have finally turned them into something. :-)

The Stylecraft Special double knitting yarn colours used to make this blanket are:
Spring Green, Lemon, Violet, Aspen,
Fondant, Candyfloss, Wisteria, Clematis, Magenta,
Aster, Turquoise, Sherbet, Pomegranate,
Apricot, Shrimp and White.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Pretty Little Thing - Free Pattern

I started making this pretty little thing (coaster, embellishment, small doily, whatever you'd like to call it) yesterday and completed it this morning whilst watching the Winter sports on telly. Then this afternoon I decided to chart the pattern so that I can make it again, maybe you'd like to make one too?

If you use a 4 mm hook and double knitting weight yarn it measures approximately 12cm in diameter. I used Stylecraft Special dk and mine weighs approximately 8g.

A chart showing a cross section of the pattern follows together with a key to the symbols used. I used chainless starts, otherwise known as standing stitches, and invisible join to the complete rounds. The only exception to this being in the final two rounds. Here when I finished the first of the two rounds I made a slip stitch to join them then ch 1 instead of the first double crochet (US single crochet). Some crocheters like to make the ch 1 and a double crochet in the same stitch to start the round. Choose whichever method you prefer.

Happy Hooking :-)

UK terms

If you use US crochet terms substitute the word single for double, double for treble and treble for double treble.

The colours used starting in the middle are:
Cloud Blue, Fondant, Aspen,
Wisteria, Raspberry, Plum and Spring Green.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Seaweed Shawl

This shawl challenged me in many ways and I enjoyed learning how to make the drop stitches and broomstick lace which were completely new to me.

The pattern, Drop-Stitch Crescent Shawl by Designs By Dio, is free on Ravelry and I'm the only person who has made it so far. It is untested and I encountered problems along the way but once I'd ironed them out the lovely shawl design began to emerge.

As a one skein project I was nervous about whether I'd have enough of my Superba Circus yarn (turquoise mix) left to complete the border and it was a bit tight with only 4g remaining. Whilst I'm not that keen on the way the colourway turned out I love that it reminds me of seaweed washed up on a beach.

When it came to taking photographs I just couldn't get my camera to focus properly on the yarn and whilst backgrounds came out lovely and clear the shawl came out like a muddy fuzz. I resorted to hanging it outside on a hedge in the freezing cold yesterday and quickly captured these rather dull images.

It's unusual for me to feel so pleased to see the back of a project but, for all its enjoyment, I'm so happy to move on from this one.

On a more positive note, Ravellenics starts tomorrow (Go Team GB and Team Colourful) and I'm going to aim to finish the granny squares that I posted about last month. Surely they should be soooooo easy in comparison with this :-)

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Moving Forwards

I'm really pleased that we are heading towards the end of January and that the light is slowly returning at last. The darkest couple of months are over and soon the months will start to fly by again.

I've been at at bit of a crafty standstill over Christmas and the New Year but, like the returning light, I'm slowly moving forwards again.

I've picked up these granny squares which I'm making from the recycled yarn from a granny stripe blanket.

The 'old' blanket

The blanket was made with blues, greens, pinks and purples and I've already turned the blues and greens into another blanket which you can read more about here.

This time I'm working with the pinks and purples only and I'm trying to make each square as unique as I can as far as the round by round colour choices are concerned.

The yarn used to make the squares is Stylecraft Special double knitting in the following colours - clematis, wisteria, violet, magenta, plum, candyfloss, fondant and raspberry.

Like the blue/green blanket I plan on using a lighter colour, probably cream, to increase the size of the squares before I join them together and add a border.

I'm not planning on making anything bigger than a lapghan so hopefully this little blanket shouldn't take too long to finish.

It's lovely when you've already done the bulk of the work and can simply add the finishing touches :-)