Loving my blanky

I posted a picture of my green and pink granny square blanket the other week. However, it was being blocked and I wanted to show it on the back of my sofa.

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I apologise for the lighting but it was a beautifully sunny day so a slightly overexposed photo doesn’t seem so bad.

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This is the only granny squares blanket I’ve made and I really like it. When I look at it, it reminds me of starting it on the train to Matlock and building my confidence to crochet publicly. 

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I’ve realised that as lovely as these long projects are I need shorter ones too. I love that feeling of completing something.  To that end I’m currently crocheting my third (slightly larger) hedgehog :-)

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An inspired hedgehog

I woke up yesterday and the first thing I thought of was a way to do the spikes on an amigurumi hedgehog. I have no idea why this popped into my head; it wasn’t something I’d been focusing on at all.

There are some lovely amigurumi hedgehogs out there. Many use a yarn that has lots of threads coming off the main strand, this is a great way of making the hedgehog look spikey. However,  I don’t have any of this yarn.

But, as I said, I’ve thought of a way to put spikes on a crocheted hedgehog.  A different way that I’ve never seen before. Although I’m sure I wont be the only person to have thought of this.

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After crocheting and stuffing a hedgehog shaped head and body (all one piece), I crocheted on the surface of the body. I used single crochets, picots and chains to create a spikey look.

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I used a brightly coloured yarn (just to be different) and didn’t use a pattern.  I think the nose may have been a little too long, I’ll shorten it slightly for future hedgehogs.

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I’m pleased with the finished result, I’ll be making another tomorrow, tweaking things slightly. :-)

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Small granny blanket

Over the last few weeks I’ve been really busy.

One of the biggest things that has been happening is having our new kitchen fitted.  It’s taking a long time but is taking shape nicely. The whole room has been gutted; for a few days there was no ceiling and not a great deal of plaster on the walls. I’m looking forward to sharing the transformation in photographs.

Also, I took two classes of 8 and 9 year olds on a residential trip. The children were fantastic and it was amazing to see them challenging themselves climbing, abseiling, and (for some) being away from home for the first time.

Today, I’ve finished my small granny blanket. It was going to be bigger but on Friday I decided it was the perfect size to sit on the back of our sofa (I think there’s a proper name for these blankets but I have no idea what it is).

I wanted to finish the blanket off with a nice edge. I considered a scalloped edge but wanted something a little airier. Unable to find inspiration on the web I adapted a shawl edging from a magazine.

I love the way it’s turned out.

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Busy being blocked

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No posts

It’s been a couple of weeks since I last posted. I’ve not crocheted much either… Well not to completion.

I’ve a few projects I’m working on and they are coming on. I’ll take some photos when the light is better.

Today, we collected our beautiful cat Elphaba’s ashes. This being the second time I’ve done this, I was prepared for the rush of emotions. It’s good to have her back, though we both miss her terribly.

I’m feeling a little incomplete at the moment but I’ve not been wallowing since Elphaba’s death. I’ll post again tomorrow with what else I’ve gotten upto over the last couple of weeks.

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Looking after and being looked after by our three cats

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A sad post

Yesterday was a sad day.

Our beloved cat Elphaba became, suddenly, very sick and we had to rush her to our vets. After some testing, we discovered she was suffering from antifreeze poisoning.

Initially, we were livid but hopeful our vets treatment plan would work. We warned neighbours who also had cats and awaited news.

After about 7 hours from us racing to the vets we received the phone call no cat dad wants to receive. The vets said they’d done all the could and that it would be kinder to let our princess go.

We drove over to say goodbye. How Jonathan held himself together during the journey is beyond me. I know exactly how he must have been feeling.

When we arrived, we waited in the dimly lit waiting room and I could feel myself crumbling. We went through into the consultation room with a very supportive and apologetic vet and said our goodbyes.

I could actually feel the moment my heart broke.

There is no doubt in my mind that the greatest kindness we could bestow on Elphaba at that moment was to let her go.

We are here the day after remembering our beautiful little girl. All the pain we are feeling pales in comparison to the joy she brought into our lives.

We well miss you my little princess and  love you always x

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RIP Elphaba

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Where’s Wally?

So last week it was World Book Day. Working in a school we never pass up on the chance to get dressed up. All the staff were asked to dress as Wally from Where’s Wally.

In total I crocheted 4 hats and sold 3. I made up my own pattern and used inexpensive wool from a local charity shop. Had more people known I was making them, I think l could have sold lots more.

My Tshirt was £2.50 from Primark and I used red insulating tape for the stripes.

I was rather pleased with my effort,

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Where's Marky?

However, my favourite costume was one worn by one of the children. A very blue faced Smurfette :-)

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An actual sunny Sunday.

I must admit at first I was a little confused. Where is the thick blanket of cloud that has been with us for months?

I can see the Sun! Better still, with very little breeze it’s really quite peasant out.

We’re heading over to see our friends’ new house and meet their new addition Garfield (pusscat). It would be rude to arrive empty handed so I’ve made him a toy that is stuffed FULL with catnip :-)

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It was great fun trying to crochet the ball closed whist fensing off our cats.

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Pretty motif

Whilst sorting through my yarn stash, I dug out all the magazine’s I had hidden away. Flicking through the pages I’ve found some lovely patterns that I could make, now my skill levels have increased.

Perusing the pages, I’ve stumbled upon a lovely triangular motif. I’ve started to crochet it but haven’t finished yet. I think you can see where it’s heading though. :-)

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I’m now thinking of ways I could use this motif. Any ideas?

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A job well done

It’s been a while since my last blog post but I’m back. I’m not exactly sure why there has been a lapse in bloggification but hopefully things will return to normal in 3, 2, 1….

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I’ve finished my most recent creation The Staccato shawl featured in issue 50 of “Inside Crochet”.  This was lovely to make, consisting of a pattern with three repeated rows to allow the shawl to grow and a simple edging. The Rowan cotton yarn was really enjoyable to work with; I shall be working with cotton and other such lighter yarns again!

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The Shawl needed a good blocking before I was happy with the way it looked but I think it’s turned out great.  I’m loving the triangular pattern and use of chaining.

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Again lacking in willing models I did the job myself :-)

Using this lovely vibrant cotton yarn has had an unsettling effect on me. I’m now looking at pricier yarns (such as Kidsilk Haze) with great longing and enthusiasm. This may be making my husband nervous :-)

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Another hat

I’ve finished my second “Where’s Wally?” Hat. These are for costumes (pictures later this month).

My second attempt is a little more pleasing as the sides are a little tighter but both will do the job. No patterns just went with my Gut :-)

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