The Knitted Ends of 2016

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My home, like many others at the moment, is full of sick people – yuck!  I myself am currently trying to get over a cold, the second virus in four weeks.  Touch wood, there is no infection anywhere, so I’m assuming my immune system is just having a spot of trouble fighting it off, on account of it being suppressed by my RA medication.  You can’t take your injections when your ill, so I’ve missed three so far, which isn’t helping with the underlying condition, but it could be a lot worse – at least I’ve still been able to knit, while I’ve been awake that is ♥

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Rainbow Granny Crochet

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As you know I recently finished the last granny square blanket I’d been working on for Kye, so it’s time to start another.  Rather surprisingly, I have quite a bit of yarn to try and work my way through, so I’ve been thinking of ways to use more of it and quicker.

It’s Dina’s turn next to get a blanket, so it can be bright and colourful.  Bearing this in mind I rifled through my stash – well that’s not strictly true.  When your stash is as large as mine, it’s more like looked ‘I looked at the yarn on the shelves in the old stock room’.

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I settled on these colours and considered using each held doubled, but a brainwave hit and….

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Having looked at what I’d picked, I drew this rough sketch, very rough I know 😦

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I’m still using two colours held together, which means I get to use my 6mm crochet hook so the blanket will grow much quicker and it’s going to be so warm and cosy when it’s finished.

The colours will run as follows

  • Red & Pink
  • Pink & Orange
  • Orange & Yellow
  • Yellow & Green
  • Green & Turquoise
  • Turquoise & Blue
  • Blue & Purple
  • Purple & Red

8 colour changes in total

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I’m pretty pleased with how it’s looking so far.  As it’s my knitting group project I’m not really expecting to fly through it, they just make a lovely, easy project to work on whilst chatting and laughing.

 

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There’s test knitting happening for the next issue already, but I’m afraid I can’t tell you too much.  I can let you know that it’s going to be the beginning of something exciting for Olann and ♥ ♥ ♥ if all goes to plan.

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Last but not least, our friends are expecting their first grandchild in about 5 weeks, so I get to knit baby things.

Having cast on a Kelly Brooker Beyond Puerperium last night I just want to keep knitting.  The yarn I’m using is Stylecraft Alpaca DK, which I absolutely love.  I know I’ve said it before, but it really is surprising how lovely and natural looking this yarn is, given it’s high acrylic content.

It knits up beautifully 🙂

Back to my knitting now as I think we’ve been separated from each other for far too long.

Happy Crafting!

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Granny Square Love

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I’ve become a little smitten with granny square blankets since the summer and have been working on my second one for some time now.  I take it with me to work on at knitting group, most of the time now and its what I reach for when I don’t want to have to concentrate to hard.

I’ve a problem though.

I selected my yarn and colours before I closed the shop, making sure I’d worked everything out. So ready with my plan, I pulled out a 5mm hook and set to work.  Bigger and bigger my blanket grew as I continued to add the rounds.  About the same time as the magazine was due out I realised I’d made a mistake.  I’d deviated from my original plan, leaving me with less cream yarn than necessary and had even managed to forget to add 4 rounds of a shade, before adding the border (the navy).

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The blanket isn’t as big as I’d like and rather unsurprisingly, I’ve quite a bit of yarn left, which I’d prefer to use up.

 

You can see in the photos where I’m up to at the moment and so far the blanket is approximately 57″ square.  Its for my youngest, Kye, although he doesn’t know and it would be great to know he’ll get some use out of it for years to come. (Its OK, he’s 14 and not interested in much I do, so he’s not going to find out here).

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I can’t keep to my original pattern of 4 rounds per colour in sequence because as I mentioned, I haven’t enough cream yarn left and even if i did, it would involve ripping back around 6 hours of work to get back to my original plan.

So using the remaining yarn, I’m going to make the blanket larger, but I’m not sure which order to use the colours in.  I’m pretty sure working each colour in single rounds now will probably look better and its definitely the safer option, so as not to run short of a colour.

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I’ve weighed my yarn and would love to hear your thoughts about which order you’d choose to go with.

The yarn I’ve left is as follows

Denim 100g

Silver 180g

Cream 60g

Navy 80g

Red 120g

There is sure to be some aqua yarn floating around somewhere too, but I’ve no idea where I’ve put it.

My knitting group friends have all taken to joking about how big the blanket is getting and many can’t believe I’m still working on it.  I have the last laugh though as its lovely and toasty, sitting with it over my lap at our weekly get together.  So despite dying to get on with another one, I’m content just being snug.

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In case you’re wondering, I took the photos a fortnight ago, when the sun was high in the sky, but the wind was blowing a mighty chilly breeze.

Happy fibre crafting!

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Everyone Loves A Granny Square Blanket

 

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A few weeks back when I was sorting out the discontinued shades of Sirdar Supersoft Aran for the now de-funked Green Bin, I noticed how lovely some of the colours looked together.  As Supersoft Aran is 100% acrylic, I knew I’d be able to work with it whilst suffering from my hayfever induced wool allergy, but didn’t know what to make with the 5 shades.

Cushions?

I’m definitely not short of them for my sofa and whilst some of them could probably do with a bit of a refurb, I’ve already bought some fun, funky material that will brighten up my dark sofa.

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A chilly Sunday lead me to conclude that we don’t have enough blankets in my house.  Being old enough to remember what it was like to have sheets, blankets and a bedspread on your bed and if it was cold, an extra blanket or two, I find it quite amazing that you never see ‘proper’ blankets any more.  There’s no shortage of duvets in my house, but when you’re trying to convince yourself that it’s only forty winks on the sofa, a duvet can seem like too much of a commitment (or is it just me that thinks that?).

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So a blanket it is.

As much as I love the blankets you see on Pinterest and Instagram, with all the lovely little granny squares, I’m just not up for sewing in all those ends.

 

Conclusion – Big Granny Square (nearly typed knickers,  aka Bridget Jones).

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The centre is a bit wonky, but it seems to have straightened up

I started with 2 balls of each colour and knowing I wouldn’t have enough to complete three repeats of each of the five shade, I opted to only repeat the first three shades a third time.  As it turns out, I needed an extra ball of the mustard colour to complete the last side of the round.

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I love it, but I want it a bit bigger and there’s no more green.  Luckily, I’d put by a couple of balls of the dark grey, which I think will work really well to frame the rest of the colours and finish of my blanket.

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Now all I have to decide, is how many rounds of the grey to do, all suggestions would be much appreciated.

I was hoping to be able to hang the blanket up on the washing line, so you’d see it better, but it was awful in Lismore yesterday evening.  Instead I promise to photograph the finished blanket when the ends are sewn in and it’s washed.

Nearly forgot, I’ve been using a 5mm crochet hook.

Happy Crochet!

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Lilly Pond CAL Clue 4

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I can’t believe it’s been 2 and a bit  weeks already since the last Lilly Pond Blanket Clue was released.  I know I’ve been busy, but I’d struggle to tell you doing what 😕

Moving on…..

This Tuesday did indeed see the release of the Stylecraft/Jane Crowfoot CAL clue 4 and judging by the Facebook Group Page, there were lots of people eager to get started.  Looking again this morning loads, loads of them have already completed all 4 blocks too 💩

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Block 4 as you can see, is called Bobbles and Pin Wheels and the design is meant to represent the ripples of the water with little pink lilies at the waters edge.

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The chart above shows the colours needed if you’re making the block using Stylecraft Life on the left and the alternative shades for the Special DK on the right.

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Not being particularly fluent in crochet, I’ve struggled with this clue the most so far.  I think for me crochet is easiest when I have to make a square (going round and round), rather than working a piece that goes back and forth.  I’ve managed this much so far and now have had to allow my brain time to heal  I’ll be sure to get the rest finished when I’m back from my travels (I’m off to London later today).

Before I go and pack my suitcase, because I’m one of those last minute people (bet you couldn’t have worked that out?) I guess I should really show you my attempts at blocks 2 and 3……

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The Tiny Lilly Block from clue 2 wasn’t really that bad after I’d got the hang of it.  it’s not the best piece of crochet in the world, but it’ll pass.  It is however over 4 centimetres bigger than the reccomended 12cm square size.

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As alluded to by Jane, the blocks are likely to get harder as they go on and I definitely found the third block – Lilly Bud, a little more intense.  Truth be told, at one stage I’d have rather eaten it than continue.

The eagle eyed amongst you, will notice that my 3rd block is again larger than the specified 12cm.  Happily though it’s the same size give or take the odd millimetre to my clue 2 block 🙂 So I’m hoping everything will work out OK.

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The next clue, for block 5, is due to be released Tuesday the 2nd of June.

Happy Crochet!

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