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Craft | Monday January 10 2011 | 12:24 pm | Comments (6) | Tags: , , , |

I was woken from my beauty sleep very early today!  7.50am!!  It was still dark!  A very jolly post man arrived on my doorstep with this box for me:

While I was very excited, it was very early for me and I was barely awake.  I was very good and put it down and went back to bed.  But when I got up again I had a real treat!

This box contains all the yarn for the Jane Crowfoot Crochet Club 2011 (from now on called the Crochet Club or CC as its too much to type every time!).  Want to see what’s inside?  Look away now if you’re in the Club, so to speak, and don’t want to spoil the surprise if you haven’t received your box yet…

How gorgeous is all that yummy, scrummy yarn?  What gorgeous colours?  How much crochet?  What have I taken on? 

I’ll post more pictures of the yarn as things go along, but was just so excited about opening the box and sharing the contents!

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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

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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

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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?

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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!!

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Crochet and Cookies

Random | Wednesday December 1 2010 | 7:25 pm | 1 Comment | Tags: , , , , , |

So the snow continues!!!  I’m resigned now to just sitting this out at my sisters and enjoying the break.  Nothing’s going to happen fast and when the snow does stop falling it will probably take a while to get the local roads clear enough to get out.

 

In the meantime I am starting to put my time to good use.  As I showed briefly last time, I have started crocheting here.  I never travel far without some sort of crochet and a few days away from home usually involves lots of options so I’m not forced to work on something I don’t feel like.  So I have rustled up a pair of wristwarmer mittens!  Just the thing for this weather obviously!  Pity they are not thermal, but hey, who needs thermal when there’s pretty!!!

The snowball is an optional extra!

I used Austerman Step sock yarn (shade 133) that I bought a month or two ago for just this job!  I did start with a 3.5mm hook but just didn’t like it so frogged it and used a 4mm which I’m much happier with.  Isn’t it funny how 0.5mm makes all the difference!  There’s no pattern, just a rectangle of crochet to fit the length and width of your hand / wrist, slip stitch up the sides leaving a gap for your thumb, then add a picot edge!

This morning the kids wanted to bake so my sister rooted around in the storecupboard and improvised a little and we made choc chip cookies.  The main improvisation was that the chocolate chips came from a left over Halloween lollipop and come Christmas chocolate coins.  They went down a treat with a cuppa when the job was done.  Happy kids, happy grown ups: and well fed too!!

From this:

… to this!  All in the space of 30 minutes!

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