Monthly Archives: May 2013

Bountiful bunting

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Hello! Before I get started with the amazing(!) post I promised you, I’d like to say WELCOME to all those people who’ve clicked on the ‘follow’ button over the last couple of weeks.

I’m not sure where you’ve all come from, but it’s lovely to have you here! If you are new around here (or even if you’re not so new!) I’d love to know how you found my blog in the first place. Did a friend recommend it? Or did you randomly find me when you were looking for something else? Or did you find me through another blog? However you got here, I’m glad that you made it and that you decided to stick around for a while.

Anyway, on with the post!

Yesterday I promised you something amazing. I think I may have exaggerated a little. I was just excited because it seems like it’s been a long time since I wrote a proper post. A lot of my posts recently (and there haven’t actually been a lot of them at all) have been recycled. I’ve taken pictures I’ve already shown you and written some new text to try to disguise the fact that I haven’t been working on much.

But today I actually have something new to show you! Although, if you follow Lucy of Attic 24 (and if you don’t, you really should), this may not actually be new to you at all. A couple of weeks ago Lucy posted some gorgeous pictures of Granny Bunting. It made me drool slightly. So colourful and cheerful!

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Lucy’s beautiful bunting

So this week I thought I’d have a go at some of my own. I started with a few slightly wonky looking triangles.

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But then I tried the steam magic trick (read Lucy’s post to find out about it!) and hey presto! Completely flat and beautifully pointy triangles!

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It really is like magic! I was so sceptical before I tried it. I thought ‘Hmmm, nice idea, but I bet it won’t work for me and I’ll just have soggy, wonky triangles’. But I’m so glad I tried it because it makes all the difference.

Anyway, after the first five were so successful I thought I’d make a few more – and ended up with 20!

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This picture reminds me of the story ‘The Princess and the Pea’ – they kinda look like blankets or mattresses piled high…or it that just me?

Moving on.

I had a lot of fun out in the sun this morning getting photos of them all.

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These were all made with odds and ends I had left from previous projects. Some colours work better together than others, but all together they look pretty jolly and happy.

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Forgot about the ends of these – oops!

Others had their colours more carefully chosen and these are some of my favourites…

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…and some more of my favourites!

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One more colourful shot…

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I thought I’d also try some slightly smaller 5 round grannies too.

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I was thinking ‘seaside’ when I chose these colours. I also have a vague thought about adding some cute little sailing boats

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…but I’m not quite sure how yet. I’ll let you know what I come up with.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

The best laid plans…

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I had a great post planned for today, full of colour and all the things I’ve been busy creating. It was going to be simply amazing. But when I switched the computer on…there was no internet connection! I’ve been very helpfully told that ‘yes, you might not be able to connect for a couple of days’.
And since I can’t face writing a huge long post on my phone, all my amazing and colourful updates will have to remain unwritten for the time being.
But I couldn’t leave you completely devoid of colour, so here are the buttons I’ve just added to Tamara’s cushion cover. (I’m getting my act together very slowly, but should be ready to get everything in the post really soon!)
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Cutting it fine…

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All month I’ve been planning to enter ‘May Made It’ over at Woolhogs. If you’ve not come across it, it’s a place where crafters from all over the world can show what they’ve been working on and at the end of the month vote for the items they like the most. A random person is randomly chosen to win a lovely prize.

Anyway, it’s been in the back of my mind for weeks that I really ought to just get on and do something. But time has a sneaky habit of trickling away when you’re not looking, and suddenly it’s the end of the month and I haven’t done anything! This was highlighted by the fact that Maryanne just added a post with the title ‘May Made It – The last few entries….or are they?‘ I realised that I now only have a day left to get my act together – eek!!

So I’m going to scrap what I was originally going to enter (not literally – I’ll still keep working on various things and they may well end up as part of June’s Made It instead) and go with something that’s completely finished and properly photographed…

The Riverbed Blanket!

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Scrolling through my photos this really stands out.

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I think it’s partly the fact that I managed to take the photos on a sunny day.

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But it’s also something that I’m really pleased with (wobbly edges and all).

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And my friend enjoys it too – bonus!

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Maybe next month I’ll be a little more organised.

Or perhaps there will be a very similar post in 30 days time…

#200b

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Here it is, the real 200th post! (Unless you count the 200th post from yesterday. Which I don’t.)

I’ve had a lot of fun with this blog and it’s been great ‘meeting’ others who enjoy all manner of craftiness too. Thank you for all your comments and inspiration – I love being part of this online community!

I thought I’d have another giveaway to celebrate and this is what was on offer this time:

– either a five point star or a hearts desire doily…

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– a custom made crochet and wooden bead necklace…

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– and the final mystery gift…

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a crochet cushion cover!

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I used the wonderful Lucy’s Summer Garden Granny Square pattern – so easy to follow with fantastic colourful photos for each step.

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(Please excuse the ends poking out through various holes – I only just managed to finish it yesterday and I haven’t had time to sort out all the ends yet!)

I employed my usual high-tec name generator – names in the hat of wonders!

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Here they are all folded up (so they don’t stick to each other!)

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And the winner is…

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Congratulations Tamara! Let me know which doily you’d like and the colour you would prefer. And I’ll email you with options for the necklace 🙂

Sorry to the rest of you, but keep your eyes open for the next giveaway – I’m sure I’ll feel the need for another one in a month or two!

#200a

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Hello! Officially this is my 200th post (and my birthday!) where I should be announcing the winner of my giveaway.

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However, I’ve had a crazily busy weekend having lots of fun celebrating my birthday and I’ve just completely run out of time! I’m also in the middle of a massive baking session (I have to take cakes to school tomorrow – a great excuse to bake, but would have been better on a less busy weekend!!) so the giveaway deadline will be extended by 1 day and I’ll draw a name tomorrow. I’ll also let you know what the other prize is…

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See you tomorrow!

The Blanket (at long last)

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Isn’t this just so beautiful?!

I don’t normally swim, but this beautifully clear water just looks so inviting and perfectly wonderful! So why am I randomly wittering on about a beautifully clear river when I should be showing you the blanket you’ve waited so long to see?

Well, I wanted you to have this image of different shades of blue interspersed with ripples of light. That’s what I think of when I see this blanket, and have christened it the Riverbed Blanket.

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Can you see what I mean? (Or is it just me being a little OTT?!)

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Whether you can see what I mean or not, I really like how this blanket turned out. It’s not huge (probably about 100 x 120cm, but as I forgot to measure it I don’t know for sure) but it’s just the right size for snuggling under on the sofa.

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I made (what felt like) thousands of blue circles in five different shades, and grouped them in threes. I joined as I went along, and turned the circles into hexagons – it kind of felt like a magic trick! I toyed with the idea of a random ‘pattern’ but found it far too stressful – I like order and predictability. But as the hexagons don’t line up exactly (as squares would) the pattern sort of slants to one side. I actually rather liked this aspect of it and added to the riverish feeling of the blanket, kind of like all the water is flowing towards the bottom corner.

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It almost feels like my feel will get wet at any moment!

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Anyway, moving on from my slightly strange and fanciful ideas…

The only part I wasn’t entirely happy with was the border. I did a round of trebles in cream, then two round of half trebles in two different blues. I tried several different things, but whatever I tried the border always ended up a little bit wavy. I guess that’s appropriate for a watery, rivery blanket, but a little frustrating nonetheless.

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Of course, when the blanket is in use the waviness of the border really is not an issue, so perhaps I just need to stop being picky. But if anyone has any advice on how to make a non-wavy border I’d be most grateful!

Before giving the blanket I added a care label…

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…and wrapped it in plain brown paper tied up with yarn. Again, perhaps a slightly odd idea, but the friend I gave it to also loves to crochet, so I thought she could re-use the yarn to make flowers!

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So, that’s the blanket! What did you think of it? Was it worth the agonising wait?! And now that it’s done, what big project should I get started on next?