Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Gypsy Blanket

My gypsy blanket - formerly known as 54 shades of acrylic is finished!! And I am so happy how it's turned out!

I actually finished it Sunday evening, and can't believe it's taken this long to get round to sharing it with you, but I've been busy as usual! Monday is a work day for me and when I come home and have a quick slurp of tea and then head off to Pilates. By the time I get home and get some dinner for myself (everyone else has eaten while I'm out) I'm too tired and good for nothing, so not feeling in the mood to sit at the computer.
Then yesterday after taking my daughter to her orthodontic appointment, which was running late, I then did a food shop and came home and attempted to get my house in some sort of order - a task indeed!
Washing, cleaning, sweeping, tidying - it all takes so much time doesn't it? With my messy lot the housework always seems to be on an industrial scale. You'll have to excuse me, I do enjoy a good old moan about my constant battle with the housework :o)

I also spent time getting ready for the crochet workshop I held last night, and I enjoy my workshops so much! When I first started doing them I would worry so much that I wasn't any good at them and that would stress me out. But after doing a fair few I now feel more comfortable, and as I get regular lovely people coming back again and again I figured I must be doing something right!
Thank you to all my ladies that come to the workshops, it's always so lovely to catch up with you. I will be emailing out soon with the date for the next one.

Anyway, back to my gypsy blanket. Yes I've finished it all and love the way it's worked out. I often start thinking about the border long before I'm ready to work on it, and this was no exception. Even though my thoughts changed a few times along the way, I pretty much ended up with my first idea. The plum colour I used for the border was the obvious choice as it seems to totally bring all the other colours together and frame it nicely. With all the squares joined I worked 4 rounds of htr (UK term, the US term is hdc). On the 2nd, 3rd and 4th round I made the stitches in the 'third' loop at the back. This meant the 2 front loops are forced forward and you get the nice rows of 'v' shapes that look a little bit like rows of knitted stocking stitch. Thank you to Wink for this excellent idea, she has used it on her gorgeous bag pattern that you can see here.

I then finished off with a block edging (find pattern here) which suits it well don't you think?

I've put the blanket straight on my bed and adore how it looks, with all the colours it's such a happy sight. I was a bit worried that by using so many colours it would look a mess but actually I don't think it does at all and am delighted with my scrappy, happy gypsy blanket!


400 x 3 round granny squares using a 4mm hook, joined using the join-as-you-go method.
yarn is mostly Stylecraft Special dk, with some other random acrylic thrown in.
Border made with Styecraft Special dk in colour 'plum'.
Border pattern as described above using a 3.5mm hook.
Size: 160cm x 160cm

Thank you to Sandra who started off the CAL which I took part in meaning this blanket was born :0)

Have a great day my friends,

'till next time...

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Happiness on a rainy day quilt

Hi everyone, I hope you are all well? Have you managed to get any hooky time in lately? I've done a few more squares on my gypsy blanket, but haven't had that much time really. Still a small amount of progress is still progress...

Anyway I'm here today to show you my Happiness on a Rainy Day Quilt. This is a bit of a lost leader as I actually finished it quite a while ago. I remember it was around the time I was finishing my Petal Patch blanket and was very focussed on getting the crochet pattern written up and uploading the photo tutorial to my blog. So although I obviously found a minute to finish the sewing part of the quilt, I didn't follow it through with doing the pictures and the write up. Trouble is now I want to get it done I'm struggling to remember all the details and information about how I made it and what materials I used. Still maybe you will still enjoy the pretty pictures and I will put in as much info as I can.

This is a granny square patchwork quilt and I followed Jolene's brilliant tutorial here. The design is based on crochet granny square blankets so of course appeals to me. The fabrics for the coloured squares are mainly Pam Kitty prints from lovely Jessie's shop, (I think that is some Lecien in there too) with the plain fabric for the sashing and the chevron print I used for the backing and binding here

I always appreciate help when I'm doing a photo shoot :o)

Size wise it measures 158cm x 130cm and as you can see I used little scraps of the printed fabrics to do a narrow stripe in the border. Following the tutorial meant it was easier to achieve accuracy with seam matching, so I found it very useful indeed.

The name for this quilt comes from the colours I've chosen, the bright , happy prints against the grey background. And also because it always seemed to be raining outside when I was happily sewing this indoors. Bad weather is one of the best excuses to have a crafty crafting day!

There was even grey rain clouds present when I was taking my pictures in the garden, quite poetic I thought!

I'm glad I've got round to showing you my quilt, I love it so much and had lots of fun making it in the first place. It's always a joy to share it here with you too, the icing on the cake of the project journey.

Have a lovely day,

'till next time...

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Mission enjoyable...

I've just come upstairs to lay my gypsy blanket out on the bed to gauge the size and how it's going. I'm pretty happy with it now, but a few days ago I felt that although I was working on it every day no progress seemed to be happening. So, I stayed up past my bedtime last night, adding in more squares and suddenly it feels bigger. It pretty much feels the size it should be.
I am still very much enjoying making this blanket, especially now it's in it's grown up state but at the same time I'm itching to get it finished so I can crack on with other stuff I want to make. I can't leave this though, the mission is on to get all the grannies done so I can have a play around with the border.

Mission enjoyable.

'till next time...

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Hexagon Haze Cowl

You can really see how soft this cowl is in the last photo can't you? Wonderful Rowan yarn, in soft feminine colours.
The Hexagon Haze Cowl was 'ordered' by my eldest. She asked for a cowl in these colours, the rest was up to me. I like commissions like that!
The hexagon pattern was something I made up at least a year ago whilst on the journey back from Bristol ( husband was driving) and filed away in my mind under 'a possible thing for sometime in the future'. The future is here I guess :o)
The pretty flower centred hexagons are joined with the 'join-as-you-go' method giving the cowl a lovely drape, it drapes well anyway, thanks to the light as a feather yarn.

I'm really loving creating my own patterns, and working out the puzzle of how to get the image in my my mind to turn into reality. Sometimes it doesn't work but when it does I get a real sense of satisfaction and achievement! I scratched my head a few times when it came to straightening the edges of the cowl. I needed the stitches in a ascending and descending order to fill the gaps between the hexagon points so I ended up making up a different version of an existing stitch to suit the pattern. I'm certain that this stitch that I used to make the edges straight has been used at some point by somebody, but I have never come across it before, even after a quick Google search. It's basically between a UK treble and a UK double treble, so I called it a UKSDTR - UK short double treble!
Anyway, all is explained in the pattern, that if you like, and are tempted to make, you can get here.

My daughter loves her cowl. I love seeing her wearing it. I loved making it, photographing it and even writing up the PDF pattern including charts and a made up stitch!

I'll touch base soon with you with progress on my Gypsy Blanket, formerly known as the 54 shades of acrylic blanket. I'm still square making at this point, but I have had a few ideas for the border. Thank you so much for all your fantastic comments on the blanket, you guys are great and I really appreciate all your support

take care and have a good day,

'till next time...