Well that’s it, it’s all done for another year. Apologies for the delay in my blog but since finishing the blanket I have moved home so it has been a little hectic shall we say.
The final two weeks was the border of the blanket working in rounds to bring it all together and finish it off. And a new stitch for me Pom Pom Bobbles, a little fiddly shall we say but very affective in bright orange.
And here it is, 12 weeks of lockdown and a very emotional roller coaster for me. This blanket was made through a separation, pandemic, lockdown, furlough, back to work and a new home move. Never going to forget making this blanket am I?
Well this isn’t like me but I’m a bit behind this week, it’s been a bit to warm to work on this beauty this week but managed to get it finished last night. Finished just in time for the penultimate week being released tomorrow. Wow week 11, and what a crazy 11 weeks it has been.
How have you spent your lockdown? Made something you are really proud of? Then please do share.
Week 10 was a fabulous combination of stitches and once these rows were completed all the colours just popped.
I still have quite a bit of yarn left so do we think the final 2 weeks will be rounds? I guess I only have a few hours to find out.
Good evening everyone, I hope you’ve had a good weekend, It has been very hot and sunny here in the UK and I hope you have made the most of it safely.
Well this weeks rows, inspired by waves, 12 puff stitch waves continuing on the top and bottom edges of the blanket. Sounded a breeze this week, how wrong could I have been.
I could not get my rows to line up, no matter what I did, I frogged so many times and had to turn to the group on Facebook for help. Turns out I was right on the first go, GRRRRRR #annoying #lol.
Not many more weeks to go now cannot believe how quick it has gone to be honest, seems like only a couple of weeks ago that we all started. I cannot wait till it’s all finished now though and it’s in my new home.
Roll on week 9, wishing my life away on a blanket here lol, ahhhhh crochet love.
Blimey I’m half way through already, no small squares this week, we just made a big one. This weeks is inspired by seashells and saw us all making up all the squares and one edging.
Had quite a bit of frogging this week though, only through my own stupidity frustratingly. Firstly I almost finished the 2nd row of the edging and realised it was the wrong colour, then I ended up with way more shells than I needed on another and realised I clearly cannot count.
Got there in the end though, I laid it out once I’d finished to take the picture for today’s blog and had to marvel at the amount of work involved so far. You don’t realise when you’re making it because you get lost in the pattern. The colours just hit you and pop.
It’s starting to get heavy now it’s all coming together and can’t wait for next week, Loving it.
Hi Everyone, all still sane? Getting into this lockdown situation now?
Well, that is week 3 completed and what a challenge that was. Had a few mental blocks on this one, and a few harsh words muttered but got there in the end, Phew!
Had to do two squares again this week, but this time I did each round together so both worked up at the same time.
This weeks inspiration came from the buoys and fishing nets washed up on our shores and you can really see that come through in the squares. I absolutely loved it this week Coastal Crochet, but I am a little concerned these squares seem larger than the last ones made in week 1 and week 2. I’m sure it will all come together in the end.
So here it is week 3’s instalment, roll on Friday for week 4, can’t wait.
Happy Sunday, I hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather safely.
So Friday saw the second week released of the CAL I started last week. I was up and out of bed straight away as I had something to get up for, PC on, E-mail opened, Pattern Downloaded, Printing in process. I don’t think my eyes had even opened properly.
A quick read through the pattern revealed “No Crab Stitch” phew, also I need to make two squares this week YAY!
What a great start to this week, ammonite, and as you are working it round then start adding colours you can literally visualise it on the beach.
I won’t bore you anymore and let you look at both my squares, loved this week and cannot wait till Friday. I might do another one alongside it made up of my yarn stash, maybe it will clear out some bit’s and bobs laying around.
Enjoy the rest of your lovely Sunday, Thanks for reading and Take Care.
Afternoon everyone, hope you are well and safe? It’s starting to get to everyone now I know it is but hang in there we can do this together.
On the 10th April 2020, amidst this very strange and surreal time, this years CAL started by my favourite designer over at Coastal Crochet. I love her design work and this one looked quite a challenge. Unfortunately I didn’t order my pack in time and had to wait for it so come back in stock but thankfully it arrived on Tuesday.
There are 2 different kits that are available from The Knitting Network, one in cotton and one in acrylic, I decided on the cotton on this time which it the more expensive of the two packs but I have to say I am loving this Scheepjes Catona cotton yarn.
I thought it looked challenging and it certainly was, I didn’t get far till I had to flog a round and start again (the importance of counting hitting me like a slap in the face) I got to the end of round three and thought hang on a minute that’s not right? I had to many stitches, in my defence it was my first ever time doing popcorn stitch and clearly got carried away with it.
More popcorn stitches in round four and I suddenly realised that I was finishing them wrongly, DOH! the eagle eyed ones among you will see the difference between round two and four, I was not flogging it all again, no thanks.
I gained more stitches as the rounds went on and I kept flogging, swearing, re doing, flogging, swearing a little more then sod it I will lose them in the next round which I did.
CRAB STITCH – my new hate stitch, wow, took me an hour to do this round of crab stitch and I seriously do hate it. This stitch goes against everything you have been taught as you have to DC backwards and my fingers and brain just could not get around it at all. As feared there was more crab stitch at the end of week one. I used a larger hook this time and it was a lot easier to control the cotton yarn from splitting so the final round wasn’t so bad.
And that’s it, Week 1 complete and I’m ready for Week 2 being released tomorrow morning, no more crab stitches please Eleonora (false hope on my part there)
What do you think? great start to a new emerging blanket, challenging but going to be worth it I’m sure.
Well I’m not doing as well as I’d hoped from my last diploma blog, in fact I have been very lazy this Christmas, like very lazy, Anyone else?
I did module 10 and its all about Afghans (blankets to you and I), who has a favourite blanket? Why is it your favourite? My favourite is my Changing Tides Cal Blanket I completed this year, Love it so much.
It covered all the different types of afghans, a size guide for each and the best yarns to use for each, which was really useful as we all tend to opt for our favourite yarn to work with and that’s not always the best, depending on the type of blanket.
Types of Blanket
Afghan / Throw
Scrapgan (who knew lol)
And there you thought a blanket was just a blanket right, how wrong a statement that is lol.
The module covered the types of construction, back and forth in rows, motifs, join as you go, Pictures and guided you through your own design process from how to start out to get the right dimensions (UGH Maths) through to construction and writing up your own design.
I really should adopt the calculation method more when starting my blankets, I tend to just pick up a hook and my favourite yarn and away I go and tend to gauge it by sight rather than actuals, anyone else do this? I’m not alone on this surely?
The final part of this module was a pattern for a lapghan for you to make up yourself, this has been added to my ever growing “I MUST MAKE LIST”
Will I ever get through them all? who knows maybe one day.
Have a lovely day, remember to share your favourite blankey with me would love to see them.
Good afternoon everyone, I am so very happy to report that on this miserable rainy Saturday here in the UK that I have my Crojo back. I completed two wonderful projects this week and started a third and I just had to share them with you ASAP.
Firstly as it’s that spooky time of year I made an Halloween Bear and he is just so cute, I purchased the pattern from EmmyToysDesign through Etsy. After spotting it on Facebook I just had to get it. What do you think? He was the one to ignite my hook again, thank you Pumpkin (yes I literally just named him pumpkin right now quite fitting I think)
My second project was The Late Summer Sunsets Blanket, pack supplied by the Knitting Network using their new DK Go yarn which is just amazing to work with, and the pattern supplied by the super talented Eleonora Tully @coastalcrochet. This is my second blanket from Coastal Crochet this year she is such a great designer.
I love these colours and on such a miserable day like to day it just adds that summer smile to my face, just beautiful.
Anyway I had to share them both with you and I hope you like them?