Creative snippets

Some little snippets here, in between planning longer posts.

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Pale pink peonies in the living room…

 

Half finished blanket projects making me feel guilty and happy at the same time…

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Hoping to share some more makes soon…

Jx

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Little hexies

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One of my tasks for the New Year were to go through and organise my yarn stash. A truly herculean task involving pulling out several different boxes and bags of yarn that I have stashed in random different places around the flat – under the bed, on top of the wardrobe, in the living room. I really have way to much already to be buying it as often as I do!

I always start the New Year with a stash-busting resolution and then fall of the wagon by February. I suspect that this year will be no different, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t try! So, my stash re-organisation was in aid of this years busting effort. Also I was inspired by some lovely blankets I saw in Green Letter Day’s Instagram feed over the holidays and suddenly felt an urge to use my own odds and ends of things like Madeline Tosh yarn.

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I decided that maybe I could help myself to be more efficient in my use of said stash if I had things organised by weight. That way, I could easily pull out a box that contained all the bits and pieces of, for example, DK weight, and see exactly what, and how much I had that I could potentially combine together in to some sort of project.

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So off I went hauling boxes into the living room, empyting the contents out and sorting. Fortunately S was off paiting a wall elsewhere in the flat at the time, so didn’t witness the full magnitude of the stash spread out on the floor. I think I might have been in serious trouble if he had!

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Anyways, I am part way through turning all this gorgeous scrummy yarn into a cushion cover made of little 2 round hexagons stitched together. I think it may take a while, especially as it’s now been displaced while I have a temporary burst of enthusiam for returning to my second version of Joji Locatelli’s Boxy sweater. I don’t think I have a shown a completed picture of my first Boxy, which I finished ages ago in October, and made from Madeline Tosh Merino Light in Log Cabin. This second version is a sea-green version, made in Fyberspates Vivacious 4 ply, and I plan to make the sleeves 3/4 length rather than half for extra cosiness. Maybe I will get to showing the progress on this next time.

Happy Sunday all.

 

Roses granny square progress

My granny blanket is progressing slowly…very slowly (or at least it seems that way!).

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So far I’ve made it to 14 x 13 rows of small granny squares. The amount of ends I will have to fasten off at the finish is terrifying…and the blanket still looks teeny to me!

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It just seems to be growing at a snails pace. 13 x 14 rows of squares means I have made 182 squares so far, and I feel like it needs to be at least twice as big to be of a decent size. Is it ok to admit as a crochet blogger that I am kinda sick of granny squares right now?! Well I am!

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I may have to put this to one side for a little and come back to it when I’ve got over my granny square inertia. Either that or I’ll have to consider making this small granny square square the centre of the blanket and giving it a really deep border make up of rows of granny square stitching going right the way around. It wasn’t my original plan for this blanket, but…Hmmm. I think I’ll mull it over for a little while while I work on something different. Maybe I should work up another one of those mats which I showed in a recent post, with the lacy edging. I was asked about a pattern for that and have been meaning to share some details. I will try and do it soon, promise! I am just too lazy and procrastinate-y at the moment.

Apart from that I’ve been enjoying the end of summer. We’re in the middle of a mini heat wave here this week, 30 degrees. I’ve also treated myself to a little sparkly something, from a local store.

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I love costume jewellery and I love finding things in independent stores rather than the big chains. I don’t know why, but the kinds of things I see there are so much more me than most of what you find in the high street names. Independents seem to stock more delicate, classic things as opposed to on trend stuff. I am really not a trendy person and have no pretension or desire to be!

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Have a great end to your week, enjoy the sun!

Roses granny square blanket

First things first…I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend. Thank you to the people who commented on my last post so kindly. I’m pleased to say I’ve been having a deliciously selfish weekend, lolloping about the house crocheting and drinking cups to tea. Yesterday, my wish to lay on the grass and watch the clouds pass by was granted as S and I headed to the park for a picnic, and I was able to do just that. It was bliss!

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A couple of people commented on the lacy mat that appeared in the photos on my last post. I will share some details of how I made that soon – I need to go back and make another mat first in order to remember exactly what I did! I’ll get to it later this week hopefully.

In the meantime I wanted to share my current crochet obsession, which is this granny blanket. littlesquares2

I’m using Stylecraft Special again. I think I am developing a minor obsession with this yarn. I’ve been making little shade cards for myself by winding bits of yarn around luggage tags. They are so much fun to play around with to develop colour combinations – but maybe more on that another time.

The inspiration for this particilar blanket came from the pages of some of my books. I have a beautiful french book about Roses, which S bought from when we were on holiday in Paris once, years ago. Sadly I am not a fluent french speaker, but it’s one of those books that is really more about the pictures anyway! It has lots of reproductions of Victorian and pre-raphelite art and William Morris prints involving roses – that kind of thing. The colours are all very deep and rich pinks, reds and greens. I think this blanket and colour combination had been lodged in my head for a while, and then last week it suddenly because an itch that had to be scratched, and so the Roses Granny Blanket began.

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I am loving making it so far. It’s been a while since I’ve made a granny squares blanket, and I’d forgotten how much fun it is, and how good those little squares look when they are all neatly joined together. At the moment I am supressing the thought of all those ends to fasten in, which is always the least fun part of granny square blankets!

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Well, I’m heading back to my blanket and bag of yarn…enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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