A little bit of crochet

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!

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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?

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Above are the blocked blocks!

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You can really see the difference when they are side by side. Scrumptious colours, don’t you think?

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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.

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Rippling ripple

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.

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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.

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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.

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Edging the hexagon afghan

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.

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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. 

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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

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I love it now and if only I hadn’t ran out of wool I would be hooking now instead of blogging!

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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.

Whatever you do enjoy your weekend!

A lucky find

I am almost embarrassed to admit this…

On our walk to school the other day, it was bin day (rubbish/garbage collection), and in amongst a large pile of bags there was a lovely wicker basket. After dropping the children off, I went back and rescued it from ending up at the rubbish dump. There is nothing really wrong with it, except for a small area on the handle which has come unravelled and I suppose if you wanted to use it for your groceries it would be compromised – but I had other plans for this beauty.

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I gave it a good wash, then lined it with some pretty fabric I had left over from a bag project I really must show you. I am a novice at this kind of thing so I’m not too sure how long this will hold out but it does look pretty and it holds my wool whilst I decide on what i can use all the leftovers for.

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The hexagons are coming along

 

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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. 

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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?

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Until next time….

Hexagon Addiction

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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.

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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. 

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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.

Until the next time…..

It’s taken a long time

About a year ago I made a couple of scarves for my Mum and Sister. I bought enough wool to make the same scarf for me, but after knitting the 2 for them I gave up on mine. Well the weather is getting colder and I am a slow knitter so I am dragging the knitting bag out of the dusty corner in my bedroom and having another go at it. Maybe by Christmas…..

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Yesterday we went to see our new puppy. They are only 6 days old and we have to wait another 7 weeks to bring him home, but one of those gorgeous velvet chocolate pups is coming to live with us. Yeah!

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