As promised here are a couple of the half decent pictures of the ripple (Another Attic 24 pattern). I’m not sure what it is but the colour seems a bit weird. Anyway it is all finished up and sitting on the back of the chair waiting for the colder evenings which I fear are getting close.
Be assured the colour is delightful and it is such a lovely blanket, all soft and snuggly and suprisingly heavy.
This last shot shows the blanket sitting next to the hexagon (Lucy from Attic 24’s pattern). Gorgeous crochet side by side.
Hello again. Sorry for the long break, but things have been busy around here. There have been birthdays, visitors, severe back pain, holidays to Normandy and the remainder of the school holidays. The time has flown really quickly, I can’t really believe we are in September.
I thought I would give you an update on my crochet. I finished my ripple blanket at the beginning of August, I will show you that soon. I can’t seem to capture the true colour though.
So I quickly ordered some new yarn, I love Rowan wool, and set too on a blanket, just like the gorgeous Lucy’s at Attic 24. I feel like I am her afghan stalker, she makes a new blanket, then so do I. I can’t help it. It’s an addiction!
Above is a pile of squares waiting to be blocked. Never blocked before, I love the result though, but I have found it to a bit fiddly. I wish I had one of those blocking boards, but we can’t have everything though can we?
Above are the blocked blocks!
You can really see the difference when they are side by side. Scrumptious colours, don’t you think?
I’m not sure how many more I need to make, but one things for sure I am going to need to order some more yarn. Yippee! Off to the yarn store, well the virtual one anyway.
As you may know I have fallen in love with crochet and spend many an evening with hook and yarn. I am sure my husband thinks I’m mad, but I don’t care, it’s fun and relaxing, and a girl needs an excuse to sit in front of the TV of an evening.
I have the Vintage Crochet book which has a ripple pattern in it, but I found it quite difficult ot get in a smooth rhythm because it requires you to go into the back of each stitch. Not easy.
Then the fabulous Lucy at Attic 24 came up with a step bt step tutorial, which didn’t require any fiddly hand maneuvers and the berry ripple was born.
I have decided that my hexagon blanket is big enough to cover me and keep me cozy so I have moved on to edging. I am so excited that it is nearly finished, nothing like the end of a project in sight to get you motivated.
I had originally thought that I would edge it in the yellow that was in the centres, but when I came to it I wasn’t sure.
I tried the scallop edging from the Vintage Crochet book but felt it was too big.
I asked a couple of bloggy friends and slept on it (not the blanket – the question of what to do) and then had a go at edging with purple.
I checked out Lucy’s hex and her edging was neater and smaller so I tried making it smaller and I am happier with the result
I love it now and if only I hadn’t ran out of wool I would be hooking now instead of blogging!
Oh well, the blanket will have to wait because we have a busy weekend. My little girl is 5 on Monday and we are having 10 of her girlfriends round to make necklaces and play games on Saturday. My parent are flying over tomorrow for a fun filled weekend of celebrations, so not alot of blogging, sewing or crocheting for me this weekend.
Yesterdays weather was pretty disgusting. We got so wet walking the dog it wasn’t at all pleasurable especially because doggy training has started in earnest and he just isn’t getting it. We had our first puppy class on Saturday and my brain ached by the end of it. The trainer said “Oh he is such a lovely dog but strong minded” Mmmm we will see if she sees any improvement on Saturday because I am not so sure.
Today however is bright, I wouldn’t quite say it is sunny but it is a lovely dry and bright day, and it has made me think of spring. Maybe because my friend gave me these yesterday
Or maybe because I treated myself to these the other day
I was cold this weekend. I spent all morning on Saturday sorting a load of no longer wanted and outgrown toys to either be sold or given away and as I am coming down with a cold, all I wanted to do in the afternoon was to sit on the sofa with a cup of tea, a biscuit and watch tv. My daughter wanted to do the same, omitting the tea for a cup of water though. So we sat and watched 2 halfs of 2 movies. We watched the first half of Lady and the Tramp until little girl got bored and wanted a change, so we switched and watched the second half of High School Musical 2. It was really nice to just loll about and relax, and snuggle under the blanket, the hex blanket just covers my legs. My daughter had to make do with a cheap ikea blanket!
Well I sit in this chair, mainly at night, because I like to sew during the day. ( I will show you my sewing room another day). This spot gets lots of light from that large lamp and there is also a lamp on the side table, so I can see what I am doing. I am still not sure how big I should make it, I just think I will keep going until I am satisfied that I will be snugly and warm on a chilly night. I also don’t think the hex blanket will live on the back of this chair when it is finished but at the moment I love walking into the lounge and seeing it’s splendid colourful self staring at me.
Speaking of colourful things – this pretty drawstring bag was a hit with my daughters 5 year old friend the other day. It was her birthday and I made a headband and some hair bands in the spotty fabric.
We are back with the hexgaons again today. What do you think? A slow start? Ah, but what you might not realise is that gorgeous Cath Kidston knitting bag above, is hiding 50 of the circles which just need the final round adding to them to make them into hexagons.
I was going to carry on and just make the circles for a while and then have one big go at adding the final round. However I ran out of wool for the centres the other day, so whilst I waited for the yarn to arrive, (which it did today) I started crocheting them together. I love them, and they go so well with my Laura Ashley footstool, don’t you think?
To say crochet is my new and most favouritist thing is an understatement. On New Years Eve the jolly postman popped a lovely squashy package in the mailbox and it was full of wool from here YAY. I have been dreaming of making a crochet afghan ever since I had seen this. Before Christmas I had spent a few evenings using up some old wool making these.
But now this is what I have been up to during the past few evenings whilst catching up on all the TV we recorded over the holidays. (A girl has to keep up with Eastenders!) I hope to make them into a blanket like this, by Lucy at Attic 24 where she incidentally has a super easy tutorial on how to make the hexagons.
So 23 down, rather a large number to go. Lucy made 159, which sounds a heck of a lot but I am loving them at the moment and lets hope the love affair continues.