Hello, how are you all? I can’t believe it’s been two weeks since my last post! It was my half term holiday two weeks ago, and I made the decision to just enjoy making things for a week without blogging about them. I fully intended to blog about them this week though, but life has a habbit of getting in the way. Do you find that too?
Anyway, I wanted to tell you about one of the things I did during my week off. A friend of mine had a baby that week. I was expecting a text to come through some point that week as the due date had already come and gone! I wanted to make something for the new baby, but didn’t know if it was going to be a pink baby or a blue baby. In my mind I had a couple of options to go with, but didn’t make the final decision until I had a message at 9.44 pm on the Tuesday evening to say that a healthy little boy had been born.
By 9.45 pm I’d decided what to make and started making it! I already had a stack of blue circles made (these are for another project – I’ll tell you about it some other time) and decided to make some of them into a blanket. But I wanted to break up the blues and have a bit more variety, so started making up some circles in the lovely multicoloured yarn I bought a few weeks ago. I loved how these turned out – some were solid colours, but others had two or three colours worked into them. And I loved how they looked with the blues too. Some parts of the multicoloured yarn are exactly the same shades as the pale blues, so I felt they tied the colours together nicely.
After making up 80 circles (40 in 5 shades of blue and 40 in the multicoloured yarn) I edged each in cream and made them square. I joined them as I went along using Lucy’s method here.
When they were all joined I made a simple granny border (I used Jacqui’s pattern for the first round) from three of the blues, then finished it off with a row of doubles (US singles) in the multicoloured yarn. I finished it at 11.15pm on the Thursday evening – it only took 2 days, 1 hour and 30 mins to finish – hurrah!
I stretched it out on the floor for a day. Even though it’s acrylic yarn and doesn’t block in the same way that cotton or wool do I think it helped to shape the blanket and just generally improved it a bit – although I’m not really sure if I can describe how!
And this is how it looked when it was all unpinned…
All that was left to do was add a label with care instructions and wrap it up ready for delivery.
I was really pleased with how it turned out (even though it was a little wibbly wobbly around the edges!), and I hope it will get a lot of use over the next few weeks and months!
Ever since I made my vertical garland I had another project in mind. As I put the garland together I couldn’t help thinking that it was a bit like a necklace. Which got me thinking – why not make a crochet necklace?!
I used some of my new yarn to fill a lovely bowl with crochet balls (another of Lucy’s patterns – fab!) I love how they’re all different colours, but all work so well together. And they look all seaside-y and summery. Yum! Anyway, I’m getting distracted…
I thought about making a whole necklace with crochet beads, but thought that it would probably be better with a bit of weight to help it hang properly. I ordered some plain, unpainted, unvarnished wooden beads. And they work so well together!
I crocheted a small loop which (just about!) fits over a wooden bead. I made sure that there were two very long tails to thread through both wooden and crochet beads.
When it got to the right length (approx. 52cm/20.5in) I crocheted 3 chains to create a small gap between the neckace and the final bead. Even though it’s a very snug fit (I should have made the loop just a little bigger) the loop goes over the last bead to create the clasp.
I really love how it’s turned out! I don’t really wear big necklaces very often, and had this in mind as a birthday gift for a friend. But now I’ve made it I think I might want one for myself too!
I know I’ve posted about visits to the beach before, but every time I go I just can’t resist taking more photos! It was cold and very breezy this morning, with thick grey clouds at times followed by blue sky and bright sunshine! I do love our British weather, it’s just so changeable. Here are some of the things I saw and did this morning…
…a solitary daffodil waiting for the others to catch up.
…bright blue skies over the cliff.
…listened to the lovely soft scrunch and crunch of walking over pebbles.
…caught up on some reading and journalling.
…enjoyed watching the sea and sky changing.
These photos were taken over about half an hour. I sat in the same place and took them every couple of minutes. It amazes me just how steadfast and changeable the sea and sky are. Just beautiful.
…from someone else! I’ve only just come across this blog, but Diaper Mum is having a giveaway to celebrate her 1 year blogiversary (there seem to be a lot of these cropping up at the moment!) Pop along and have a look here. (There is the option of a fancy button to link to her blog, but it always takes me so long to figure out how to get them on to my blog, and then they often don’t work, so the ablove link will have to do for now!) Here is a little peek at what is on offer…
Two years ago I started a journal. I looked for ages to find a good book. In the end I settled for one with lovely paper (thick and smooth) and an ok cover. I thought at the time of making a cover for it and now I’ve finally done it! And in the process I have made good use of some of my new fabric, ribbon and buttons.
It’s a simple design – basically a rectangle with the ends folded over for the book cover to slip into.
A ribbon stitched along the back ties at the side to keep a pen in place.
I think the pocket on the back took longer than everything else put together! But I’m quite pleased with the stitching, even though it took so long.
I loved all these buttons and couldn’t choose between them, so decided to stitch all of them down the spine!
I’m really pleased with how it turned out, and it only took a few hours from start to finish. I can’t believe it took me two years to get started on it!
Hanging the washing outside for the first time this year.
Bright cyclamen in the sunshine.
New blades of green pushing through the soil.
A delicious cup of hot chai latte in a pretty mug.
A bowl of crochet balls in seaside colours.
In January I…
…made 2 new garlands for my bookcase.
…enjoyed gates and trees in the snow.
…had a wonderful trip to a craft fair, resulting in a whole load of new goodies.
…expanded my crochet skills by experimenting with doilies (read about them here and here).
…celebrated my one year blogiversary with a giveaway (which finally arrived with Cheryl this week!)
It’s been a good start to the year!