In today’s post…

Craft | Friday January 7 2011 | 4:13 pm | Comments (2) | Tags: , , , |

In the mail today there was nothing scary and no bills! Just two envelopes, one large and one small and both with lovely contents!

The large one contained two things I ordered from Pavi Yarns earlier this week.  I am very jealous that fellow crocehteers across the pond seem to have so many more crochet magazines and yarns available to them, many of which aren’t available in the UK (I haven’t looked at shipping to the UK as I know that could be a slippery slope!).  However, I really liked the look of the Interweave Crochet Accessories magazine, published last autumn and found it was stocked by Pavi Yarns in the UK. 

 

I have made this collage below of my favourite projects from the magazine, which are all shots taken from the pages, showing just a few of the really lovely patterns it contains:

How much do I love all of these projects?   LOTS!!  And I have to say these are only a few of man interesting and lovely ones included.  There is a great selection of winter accessories, including a few crochet socks which I have never tried.  I don’t know which project I will chose first!!  Which ones do you like?  The only problem I foresee is matching UK available yarns with the patterns, but for most accessories this doesn’t matter too much as size isn’t critical.

Stashed in the envelope with the magazine were some tiny stitch markers that I have needed for a long time.  Until now I have used plastic split rings which really just didn’t do the job adequately, so as a result I avoided using them and often relied on guess work!  Not recommended!  These little lockable ones by Clover look much more sensible!

 

What was in the little envelope?  A homemade Christmas card with a beautiful crochet snowflake from my lovely blog friend Anca, at Happy Hang Around!  Thanks Anca xx

Share

Yarn Monster

Craft | Thursday January 6 2011 | 10:31 pm | No Comments | Tags: , |

 

Yarn Monster from toddtreece on Vimeo.

The knitters and crocheteers amongst us could probably be called yarn monsters at the rate we can get through it!  But this is a true yarn monster.  The good thing about it though is that the yarn goes in one end and out the other in a lovely ball!!  Now that’s a monster that there’s no need to be scared of! 
I first saw this on Union Bridge via Craftzine

Share

New Balls Please!

Craft | Wednesday January 5 2011 | 4:40 pm | Comments (7) | Tags: , , , |

I have now completed 5 full rounds of each colour in the growing big happy granny stripe blanket!  I knew the first bundle of yarn I had wouldn’t be enough for the size of blanket I wanted so ages ago I bought a second set!

I still have a little of each colour left from each ball but don’t want to change yarn half way through the next 19 rows, so I am starting the new balls of yarn at the start of each row when I would normally change colour.  The remainders of some of the balls have already been used for the Party Ring Scarf I made for my niece.

The blanket is going to have 7 sets of each colourrepeat overall and with the border I intend to put on I expect to have used about one and a half balls of each colour. 

Now that I’m stuck into this big project again I am really, really enjoying it.  I’ve spent all the run up to Christmas working on small projects and gifts which was lovely but I do think there’s a lot to be said for something so big and its somehow even more rewarding, particularly because it is for me to keep and use when it’s finished.

I have really enjoyed seeing the blankets like this that others have made on flickr and how the different colour orders used make such a difference.  There are lots of fantastic colourful crochet groups on there.  Here’s a couple to get you started – go have a look!

Attic 24 Granny Stripe Group

Vintage Stripe Blanket Group

Share

Does size matter?

Craft | Monday January 3 2011 | 3:20 pm | No Comments | Tags: |

I was so proud of myself for getting stuck into the granny stripe blanket the last few days until something occurred to me mid row last night…. I was using the wrong size hook!

I started working on the blanket using a 4.5mm hook but when I restarted it this week without even thinking I used a 4mm.  I’ve done several rows with the 4mm and it doesn’t seem to have made a difference.  I’m back to 4.5mm now and I am wondering if there will be a slight ‘pull’ in these rows. 

But will o.5mm really make such a difference?  I doubt it in this project but isn’t if funny how such a tiny measurement can make a difference in others!  Have you ever had an experience of this?

Share

No sooner said than done!

Craft | Sunday January 2 2011 | 4:22 pm | Comments (8) | Tags: , , |

Just yesterday I wrote about a few crochet projects I wanted to get on with in the new year and I haven’t wasted any time in getting started!  The granny stripe blanket that I began way back in sunnier days last summer has been sitting neatly folded but untouched for a few months – until last night.

I was itching to get on with some crochet but not inclined to start anything new, or in truth anything that required a great deal of thought.  Resurrecting the granny stripe blanket was just perfect.  Despite it being quite large I managed to get several striped rows done while half watching tv: I am sure my treble speed has increased since I last worked on it.  I’m now about two thirds of the way through so it might just be finished before the spring / summer comes round again, so long as I don’t get too distracted!

I have also been somewhat inspired by Ali at Snipsnaphappy!  She’s said she needed a large and easy project she can work on without much thought so has started a granny stripe blanket.  She’s called hers the ‘Big Happy’.  Isn’t that a great name?  And with so many lovely colours in blankets like this it can be quite hard to fight they happy that they can bring while hooking along.

Here’s to lots of big and happy crochet ahead!!

Share

Welcome 2011…

Blogging,Craft,Random | Saturday January 1 2011 | 12:12 pm | Comments (5) | Tags: , , , , |

Are you feeling that anticipation of a fresh, new year starting?  I’d love to say I was but I just can’t get it.  Maybe it will come, maybe not.  I’ve never been the biggest fan of new year.  I tend to think if things are to change then why wait until a landmark date.  The last few months have been pretty tough for me and my family, and will be for a few months yet, so maybe our fresh start will be later in the year.

But until then there is still plenty to do.  There’s always crochet and now that I have more time on my hands I will have more time to do the things I enjoy, which can’t be a bad thing, can it?

So what will I be doing with that time:

  • I have signed up and paid up to be in Jane Crowfoot’s Crochet Club, starting later in January.  I am really excited about this and can’t wait to get started!

 

  • I am going to finish the granny stripe blanket from which I took an unplanned sabbatical for several months.

  • I want to get more involved in the crochet ‘community’ online.  I already read a lot of sites and blogs but intend to get more active and talkative.

 

  • Speaking of blogging, I fully intend to have a more regular presence right here.  It’s my place in the crochet community after all, so I plan to use it!

 

  • I have a Folksy shop account, and I might just open for business.  Being unemployed now I will be glad of any extra funds I can bring in.

 

  • Oh, I will see if I can find time to get myself a job too!

I hope I see you somewhere along the way!   X X

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Share