Happy New Year everyone, I do hope you are all staying safe in these scary times? Lockdown number 3 is under way here in the UK and the current facts and figures here are very frightening.
With that in mind, apologies for not posting for a while but I have had a somewhat troublesome commission to work on over the festive period.
A Momma Sheep giving birth, yes you heard correctly, and boy did she I’ve me some headaches. She was very fiddly and I struggled to keep the right number of stitches in each round and felt like I was redoing each one four or five times.
I finally finished her and her babies last week and she has now safely been shipped to her new forever happy home.
Pattern by Laura Sutcliffe and can be found on Etsy and Ravelry.
Thank you for reading as always and enjoy the remaining part of your weekend.
Happy Sunday everyone hope you’re all well and safe and going to get out and enjoy this rare November sunshine here in the UK today. I certainly will be as soon as I’ve submitted this blog it will be a nice long walk in the woods for me and the schnauzers. What are your plans?
That’s it, it’s all complete, 6 weeks gone just like that but what a journey it’s been. The end result being this beautiful Christmas blanket that can be enjoyed year after year. The pictures are taken on a king sized bed so will easily cover a single bed to add that Christmas touch to any bedroom.
I say this every week but I truly mean this, thank you @The Wee House of Crochet, @The Crochet Sanctuary & @Lynda’s Craft room for such a wonderful design that’s kept my mind so very occupied during another lockdown alone. It has been the best therapy I could’ve asked for to help me through the end of this god awful year. I have so much yarn left over that I must make something to match or maybe some hats?
I have enjoyed every single stitch and sharing this journey with everyone each week. I am a little sad that it is over but I have plenty of other things on my ever growing list to do.
I know it’s early but Merry Christmas everyone, time to snuggle under it and hibernate. Thanks for sharing this journey with me and taking the time to read my blog each week the support is much appreciated.
When I started the Christmas CAL I was downloading the introduction before part 1 was released, I noticed they also had a baby blanket in the files that I couldn’t resist. I planned to start one as soon as I finished the Christmas CAL but a few days after downloading and printing ready I got a request for a baby blanket. No particular request for type, no specifics other than colour, which wasn’t to be traditional but autumnal. Oh this was so meant to be I couldn’t wait I had to start it as soon as I could.
I planned to use my stash as I had odd bits of all the colours I required but then I saw my favourite yarn on offer through The Knitting Network, so I picked 5 colours, paid and true to knitting networks form it arrived the next day. Yarn was quickly wound into cakes and that was it I did as much as I can in-between waiting for the new parts of the CAL to be released.
It was beautiful to work up, the soft yarn of Style Crafts Special DK and the amazing pattern that kept you wanting to create the next section because they all just stood out and popped with each different colour that was added. The only thing that I changed on the pattern was the final round of the border, and that was only because it didn’t sit right with the colours chosen so I simply added rounds of single and half trebles to finish.
What a beauty it is, and was nice to make a baby blanket away from the norm of pinks, blues, lemons and mints. I will be making more of these that is for sure. Thank you The Wee House of Crochet, Lynda’s Craft Room & The Crochet Sanctuary for creating such beauty again.
Well that’s all the the body of the blanket complete and it’s huge. It will easily cover a single bed when it’s finished. Giant snowflake bobbles again this week and I have to say with the weight of it now I was glad to get past this section. Worth it though look how they stand out they look so good.
Friday will see the final part of this CAL release and will be the border and then that’s it, it will be done, wow where has that 6 weeks gone? it’s gone so quickly and I’m so happy that I have been able to stay on track and not fall behind. Cannot wait to finish it now, Roll on Friday.
As always thanks to all the ladies involved in designing this beautiful blanket, I love it 1) The Crochet Sanctuary 2) The Wee House of Crochet 3) Lynda’s Craft Room
Take care everyone, Stay safe & thank you for reading.
Oh its so big and snuggly now, 2 more weeks to go and I can’t wait to finish it and see it in it’s full glory. There is a bonus to making blankets this time of the year though they do keep you warm whilst working on them.
It was back to the mountains, trees and christmas kisses from part 2 again this week. I do love this mosaic work that creates the trees, I have never done this kind of crochet before so glad we got to do another set of them.
I was a little late completing this week due to illness over the weekend and first part of the week but as soon as I could I wanted to crack on with it ready for part 5 being released in the morning.
I finished it late on Tuesday night but wanted to wait till we had some sunshine before taking the pictures of it today, I do think it makes my work so much better in the sun.
Thank you so much ladies I am loving each row
The Crochet Sanctuary
The Wee House of Crochet
Lynda’s Craft Room
Thanks for reading, take care and stay safe everyone
Wow we are half way through already and its getting big and heavy to work with now, but keeps you warm in the process, bonus at this time of the year.
This week was one huge snowflake of bobbles, which I’m a little disappointed in to be fair they seem quite flat and I keep pushing them back through, plus I miss counted on one of the small ones and now can not see past it.
Debating whether I should frog it and do it again, will it bug me too much or can I get past it, that is the question, what do you think?
As another lockdown looms over us this week the remainder of this CAL will be completed during it so I am so thankful that I will have it to keep me sane. Not sure I would get through it again without my hooks and yarn, anyone else? Starting to feel like it’s never going to end now.
Stay safe and take care everyone, and as always thank you for reading.
Thank you as always to all the ladies below for writing an amazing pattern
Who doesn’t love this little guy? I’ve been on the hunt for a pattern for a while now and as soon as I saw this one I had to click on that buy now button.
I was going to make him bigger using the relevant size hook for the yarn but after reading through the pattern I decided to follow the designers guide. This did make it quite tough to work with especially on black yarn with a 2mm hook. I don’t think I’ve ever used a hook this small with yarn before.
So glad I persevered but by the time it came to the eyes I decided I didn’t want to use felt, nor did I want to do any more black crochet so I decided to hunt though my button mountain to see if I had 2 large enough that matched. Turned out I had 3 matching pairs so happy days.
I was making Jack for a dear friend who sadly passed at the weekend so she never got to see him and add him to her stash of makes she’s had from me. It was hard to finish him but I know she would have wanted me to so here he is. He will now stay sat here with some memento’s that she gave me and I will pass him every time I go upstairs.
Designed by: – Monster Hook
“Sleep well my beautiful angel I will miss you and our chats so very much but you are now at peace and pain free. Thank you for being my rock this year and you will always be in my heart”
Have a lovely evening everyone, thank you for reading Stay safe and Take care
Happy Sunday everyone I hope you have had a lovely weekend so far?
Friday was part 2 release day over on The Crochet Sanctuary’s facebook page and I couldn’t wait to finish work and start it (turns out I couldn’t stop either ha ha)
The first few rows where crisscrossed trebles and how beautiful they are, little did I know what scene they were setting as I as doing them (more on that later)
Then followed by some beautiful Christmas Trees (come on Marie you can do this) was my only thought at this point. I have to confess this is a section you cannot leave and pick back up, you need concentration and counting aloud is a must for this section, I was getting some very strange looks from the schnauzers in the room that’s for sure.
I have never worked this method before so it was new to me and did need to watch the video when I started. It does leave rows of chains on the back of your work, which I will secure with a few darning stitches when the blanket is complete (of before if they start to bug me).
I was very happy for the extra hour we gained last night, due to the clocks going back here in the UK, because I couldn’t put it down and didn’t realise the time when I finished. I needed something to occupy my mind after some devastating news received yesterday and part 2 of this beautiful CAL was perfect.
I weaved in all my ends this morning and as I lay it in position for today’s blog pictures it came to life before my eyes. Those beautiful snow capped rolling mountains the backdrop to a forest of trees and fallen leaves and trodden in snow all mashed together, No? just me?, Well that’s what I see anyway ha ha.
Thanks again to all the ladies designing this beautiful pattern, you helped me immensely yesterday so thank you, Also is it Friday yet?
Enjoy your Sunday, thanks for taking the time to have a read. Make the most of the daylight today we won’t have much of it now for a few months, does mean more cosy crochet nights for me though (every cloud).
Last Friday saw the start of another CAL I wasn’t going to do but then couldn’t resist. I finished Part 1 last night but wanted to wait until today to take the pictures for today’s blog.
This may sound weird to you but straight blankets done in rows scare me a little, I always mess my counting up and lose or gain stitches and get quite a few rows in thinking I’m doing really well then I lay it flat and see the wavy sides. I spend more time frogging than crocheting.
So stitch markers at the ready, yarn arrived and wound into cakes ready, pattern downloaded and printed – lets do this!
Knitting Network supplied the packs for the cal, there are actually two CALS running Christmas Eve and Morning, Eve in Stylecraft Aran and Morning in style craft DK. I opted for the Eve pack purely on colour choice.
Alas the stitch markers didn’t help with less frogging, UGH, plenty of frogging, tears and a few tantrums where had BUT I persevered through and counting is key on this CAL that’s for sure.
What a pattern though and I now have a new favourite stitch, tiny dc popcorns they’re so cute I love them. And those giant bobble snowflakes were certainly a challenge but don’t they look great?
So happy with it and cannot wait until Part 2 tomorrow.
Look at those tiny silver bobbles, love them, fabulous pattern.
Pattern collaborated by
The Crochet Sanctuary
Lyndas Craft Room
The Wee House of Crochet
Have a lovely evening / weekend everyone and thank you for reading I do appreciate you taking the time too.