Evening everyone, are you all well? It’s been absolutely beautiful the last few days with record breaking temperatures here in the UK. Perfect weather for this blanket.
As predicted it was back to the Tunisian gingham squares x four this week to fill in those corners. I struggled to get them big enough gotta be honest. Several attempts with increasing hook sizes to get there eventually.
I did need to stretch them to make them fit the blanket but I managed and think they look ok. Put it this way I wasn’t doing them again after all that so they were going to fit no matter what, ha ha.
I do love this effect though, if it wasn’t for all those ends I would consider making a large gingham blanket.
Thank you for reading today, enjoy the rest of your week Take Care Marie x x
I am a little late on my blog catch ups on this one this year, yes it is that time again for the annual crochet along with Coastal Crochet. I love Eleonora’s CALs because I always learn something new and week 1 was no exception. This year the option of colours was summer or Autumn so I opted for Autumn as it has my favourite colour in, can you guess it?
Just look at this Tunisian Entrelac crocheted gingham square to start off this years CAL. So yes you could say I learnt something new straight away. I was a little worried as I have never really tried Tunisian crochet until recently with not great results I have to confess. I shouldn’t have been, She always does great tutorial videos to support each of her blankets, so I watched studied and off I went.
I looks so effective doesn’t it? But oh my goodness look at all those ends, I think it took longer to weave all those in than it did the whole square itself.
I did make quite a big error on one row but by the time I’d noticed it I’d almost done so I wasn’t frogging it. I wonder if anyone spots it?
Basket Weave (Ugh) love the effect, it hates me. I always lose my way with it and forget to change direction and always end up re doing it and yes this time was no exception. Looks great though and week 2 is already complete so blog will follow soon.
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.
I wanted to make a cushion to match the mandala blanket I made, colourwise anyway. I came across this free pattern to download on facebook and thought it looked very effective.
The pattern was easy enough so why did I struggle with it to start with? I kept either losing a stitch or gaining one on each round and had no idea how.
So I made a few notes on the pattern, started again and it was a breeze and flowed like a flower in a sunny afternoon breeze. It was so therapeutic to make up that I had to stop myself continuing round and round and round. I had to think about stuffing it that’s the only reason I stopped (TeeHee)
The back was very simply rounds in the same colours to match the back of the front (make sense? good!) using the same increasing rows to keep the size consistent.
I’m just loving these seasonal colours at the minute they feel so warm and cosy. Once I’d finished it I found myself sat with it on my knee stroking my hands over the petals it feels amazing. It would make a great 3D blanket which is something I may have to consider at some point, as well as many more cushions as I can in different colours scattered throughout the house.
Ahhhh so many things to make and very little time it seems again, loving having my crojo back and sharing with you lovely lot again.
Pattern Designed by – Attic24
Purchased from – Free Facebook Download
Thanks for reading, Happy Friday everyone, I have something very exciting to start this weekend so watch this space.
Love them or hate them there is no denying that you cannot beat them for a quick, easy and effective blanket. So with this lockdown nightmare continuing, combined with having a clear out, I came across some yarn I brought from a pound-shop on a lodge holiday last year. I loved the colours but was unsure what to make so as with the rest of my stash to the back of the shelf they went.
Out it came a couple of weeks ago and a square was formed and grew. I only had 6 balls of it so had no idea how big it would get, so using a larger than recommended hook, I just kept going until I knew I wouldn’t have enough yarn to go around anymore. I also found a ball of the same yarn in a nice bright orange colour which would be excellent for a border.
It has made a decent enough size at 35inch square so would be great for a pram / pushchair / cot or Childs lap blanket. The colours are amazing you get that warm summer to autumn feel from it, and it washed beautifully soft. Planning a stash buster one to get rid of all the odd pieces of yarn, who knows how that will turn out or how big ;-).
Whilst I was making this blanket a close friend was stating to learn to crochet. Great to see lockdown and furlough going to some good use. She didn’t just attempt to learn she went all in and decided to try her own granny square blanket, Look at what she achieved in a week for her first crochet project.
Just amazing, having passed my Crochet Diploma recently I felt like a proud tutor, mentor, mum, big sis and best friend all rolled into one. Not only did she make this blanket she also made her very own stitch markers and sent me a couple as well. Love them Millie well done and keep going I cannot wait to see what you produce next.
Hope you’re all being productive in these uncertain times.
Thanks for reading, stay safe, stay home and take care
Every crafters dilemma, what to charge for your makes?
Is it to much?
Is it enough? (never)
Is it worth it?
Is my work good enough to warrant it?
A couple of days ago I completed my second Baby Yoda but I did a little experiment on him this time. I wrote all my times down that I worked on him. I never normally do this as I have never really thought about it but you always get a few people that screw their faces up when you say a price OR just never reply to you again once you have messaged them with the cost.
He took me a total of 12.5 hours, give or take a couple of minutes, which may not sound a lot but when you multiply that up by the National Living Wage in the UK that’s over £100. That’s without adding any materials to this.
No one in their right mind would pay you what its worth ever, so it begs the question is it worth it?
Of course it is we do what we do because we love our craft no matter what that craft may be. It does show you how much effort, time and love does go into my makes though.
So the next time you ask someone how much a quality handmade item is, and you don’t like the response they give you, just remember what went into making it.
We do our craft because we love it so will never complain but it does make you think when its down on paper in black and white.
Love your crafters, they love what they do for your enjoyment in most cases.
Anyway, have a lovely evening it’s Friday already, Happy Weekend