19 little balls of yarn sitting in a row!

Craft | Thursday June 17 2010 | 5:54 pm | No Comments | Tags: , , , |

I’ve been merrily hooking along with Attic 24’s hook-a-long for the past week or so and loving all the gorgeous colours of yarn.  And it’s a real pleasure to be making something for myself after lots of making for others and making for craft fairs.

However, Ive had quite a dilemma with the yarn.  I started off with the first few colours in the order that Lucy had started but I have a few different shades so needed to go my own way at some point.  I just couldn’t decide which order to use them in.  I’m completely rubbish at throwing caution to the wind and mixing it all up so I needed to plan the actual order.

With 19 balls of yarn that was going to take up a lot of space if nothing else,  I cut a swatch from each ball and played around with those but just couldn’t get the full effect.  Then I lined up each ball along the back of my settee and left them there for a while.  I found that living with the colours for a few days really helped.  I kept spotting something that wasn’t right and did a little jiggery pokery.  OK, a lot of jiggery pokery.  I even ripped a few rows of the blanket back when I got it wrong.

Now I think I’ve got it right and I am nearly finished my first full circuit of each colour.  For the most part the colours flow from one to the next fairly well, with a few obvious changes in direction along the way.  I am so delighted with the results so far and I’m enjoying making it so much its very exciting to have a big project on the go.

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Hook-a-long

Craft | Wednesday June 2 2010 | 7:33 pm | No Comments | Tags: , , , |

I’ve been after a new crochet project.  A big project.  Something to get my teeth into.  A blanket sized project to be precise.  And as if by magic Lucy at Attic 24 has started a granny stripe blanket hook-a-long just at the right time!  A lovely colourful yummy stripey granny stripe blanket!  Perfect!

The yarn is Stylecraft Special double knit which is 100% acrylic.  I’ve used similar before and it is a good practical, easy to work with yarn.  It’s also great value and comes in loads of colours!

So far I’ve made only a couple of minor changes from Lucy’s instructions.  I ordered a couple of slightly different shades of yarn, as I’m not keen on an awful lot of blue and there was a lot of blue in Lucy’s shade selection.  However, there were a couple of balls out of stock so I’m waiting for 4 to follow to complete the selection below:

 

I’m also using a 4.5mm hook.  I just wanted it to be a little thicker and bigger without having to add more stitches.  This will use a bit more yarn but I have a extra to start off with, when the remainder comes.

Look how much I’ve done so far…

 

Well, I only started this evening (and you can’t see from this picture that it’s actually about 2metres long)!!

There’s just one thing I don’t understand.  Why did I buy this bright orange yarn?  It doesn’t match, it wasn’t in the recipe and yes, it did look this shade on screen!  Words fail me!  Needless to say it won’t be going in the blanket but if you need any hi-vis crochet, give me a shout!

 

Now that I’ve got plenty of crochet to do, I’m away to get on with it!

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