I finished this way back in June and didn’t share the end product which I was really pleased with. So here it is. I love the way the grey and yellow work together.
It doesn’t look particularly square in the photo but it looked good after blocking- though I do feel the tension was a little screwy due to the variety of yarns I used.
I added a scalloped edge which again looked better after the blanket was blocked.
Yesterday, a friend asked me if I’d make a baby blanket for her. Not knowing if the baby is a boy or girl she asked if I could make it in grey and yellow (onot that the gender of the baby should matter- but some people like blue for boys and pink for girls).
I have quite a lot of yellow and grey in my stash so I made a start straight away. I really like how these colours work together. I’m using half double crochet stitched with a 4mm hook.
So I’m working on a new blanket. I’m using a similar colour scheme to the one I made for the back of my sofa (because it’s going to go on the back of the other sofa).
However, this time I’ve decided to make it out of nine granny squares rather than one large one. I’m also being all geeky and matching the numbers of rows of each color to the Fibonacci sequence, so 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13.
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.
I apologise for the lighting but it was a beautifully sunny day so a slightly overexposed photo doesn’t seem so bad.
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.
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 🙂
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.
Busy being blocked
So after a teeny tiny set back the other day, my blanket is now back on track.
The pinks and greens look lovely together and I think once it’s at the size I want I’ll attach 5 or so crocheted roses. At the moment I’m not exactly sure where I’ll be able to block the blanket but it will definitely need it.
For the next three days I’m on a course in Matlock, Derbyshire. The course sounds really interesting and it trains me up to carry out a reading intervention/programme called boosting reading potential. I’ll also be able to train others in the use of this programme.
Not being a driver (tried to learn
… gave up… at peace with this), I’ve travelled using bus and train. I love that there are so many convenient public transport links for me to use.
Knowing I’d have a fair bit of time to wait around, I threw a couple of balls of yarn, a hook and a pair of scissors in my bag. On the train, I crocheted the start of a blanket.
What I don’t get is why I felt so self conscious about crocheting in public. I was very sneaky and only crocheted when no one was looking (the train emptied out twice).
I know I can crochet, more than that I’m really quite good at it. Maybe boosting my confidence is something to work on for the next couple of days- proudly crocheting in public and not giving a second thought to what anybody else thinks! 🙂
In my post a couple of days ago, I teased with a few photos of the comforter I’ve crocheted. I intentionally didn’t show the whole thing because I wanted to take some better photographs, in natural light, with a better camera. Also, I felt, it deserved it’s own post!
I am so pleased with how it’s turned out. The (Sirdar snowflake) yarn I used makes the granny square beautifully soft and fluffy.
Attaching the head to the comforter was something I’d seen on Pinterest (I think). I loved the idea but thought that it would look better if attached at the corner rather than in the centre of the square. The pattern I used for the teddy bear head is available free here. I did, however, adapt the ears and rather than creating inner and outer circles opted for one half circle per ear.
I’m really pleased with the way this turned out and will definitely be making more… perhaps with other animal heads. My Husband suggested adding paws too, which I quite like the idea of. 🙂
Recently, I’ve been working with Sirdar’s Snowflake chunky yarn and I thought I would write a short review.
This is a fleecy polyester yarn that caught my eye as I was perusing the range at hobbycraft. I was in the market for some yarn to make baby things so this really seemed to fit the bill. Not knowing the gender of the babies I’m crocheting for, I opted for neutral cream and light brown.
The first project I’ve used it for consists of two parts: a striped granny square comforter and an attached teddy bears head (There will be a more comprehensive post about this during the next few days).
For the granny square I used a 4mm hook. The yarn crocheted together nicely and I’m really happy with the resultant square. The only issue I encountered when crocheting the comforter was when I needed to frog (undo) a portion of my crochet. The yarn seems to latch to itself and I had to be quite firm when pulling my stitches undone; at the time I worried the yarn might snap but it didn’t. The yarn sticking to itself in such a way may actually, in the long run, make it more suitable for it’s purpose. Hopefully, it will resist the rigours of little hands 🙂
The nature of the yarn makes the stitch definition poor. However, you get a wonderfully soft fluffy effect.
I used, or attempted to use, part of an amigurumi teddy pattern to create a head to attach. This was really difficult and I must admit I considered giving up at one point. As I’ve mentioned, the yarn results in poor stitch definition. I really struggled to see what I was doing. I remedied this by using another strand of dk yarn alongside thus making it a little easier to see the stitches I was working. Persevering was well worth it the finished comforter looks lovely.
Overall, I’m really happy with this Sirdar Snuggly Snowflake Chunky yarn the fluffy effect the yarn has produced is fantastic; and it was very reasonably priced. I shall definitely be using this yarn again but am now prepared for difficulties I may encounter.
Last night’s crocheting was massively unsuccessful!
That said, I did actually learn quite a lot so that’s good. I attempted to reattach the inner blanket to the outer piece three times.
Issues I encountered were:
1. When slip stitching the blanket together a visible ridge formed on the front. I didn’t like this.
2.I had done one round too many and had to undo a row.
3. When doing half double crochets and slip stitches, the round I was joining to became obscured.
So I left it for the night and went for a walk with my husband (gotta do those 10,000 steps a day -I ended up doing 14,000). Whilst walking I had a flash of inspiration. I could slip stitch the blanket together from behind.
Today, that is what I did. It worked 🙂
There are definite issues with tension and there is a ridge on the back. However, the blanket…is not falling apart and is now in one piece as opposed to two. I’m considering this a win!
At the moment I’m blocking the blanket.