As you may have gathered by now, I am a huge fan of Lucy at Attic24.
Yesterday, I uploaded a pic of my current WIP blanket to Instagram.
OMG – Lucy commented! Now you may think I am being daft but as an avid follower of Lucy’s blog I am over the moon she took the time to comment on my work.
I have not been successful putting colour combinations together myself, so I unashamedly admit all my blankets to date, apart from my african flower blanket, have been an Attic24 blanket. I explained in a previous post what happened when I added extra colours to my Cottage Ripple blanket…..
Anyway, I have decided it’s time to be brave. I want to put my own individuality into my work. I promised a friend I will make her a blanket this year – her favourite colours are purple and lime green!
So, I took the plunge and have come up with the following colour combination which I have called ‘Passion Flower’ – what do you think ?
I can’t take the credit for naming the colour combo though (one thing at a time!) I posted the colour combo to my Facebook page asking for name ideas. A friend suggested ‘Passion Flower’ and my Mum sent me the pic of a Passion Flower in her garden – job done!
Since my last post, I have finished my Sunny Log Cabin blanket.
As ‘it’s the law’ on crochet blogs, here is the mandatory ‘pile of blankets’ photo…
It took a few attempts to take the photo as Mr B wanted to get in on the action……
Progress on my ‘Sunny Raindrops’ blanket is coming along nicely.
Miss M gave me no choice really – it would be such a shame to disturb her…….
Happy hooking !
I love hooking blankets through the chilly months and sometimes find myself snoozing under a snuggly WIP 🙂 Mr B and Miss M also enjoy evaluating the coziness of my projects.
However Miss M does get a little impatient with my progress at times…..
– a change from ripples and stripes
– random colours
– not granny squares
– a project I could take with me to work on during my daily commute on the train
Pinterest is a great resource for ideas and I came across the African Flower. I also liked the idea of joining hexagons rather than squares.
There are lots of African Flower patterns out there on the internet but as I haven’t mastered the art of reading a crochet diagram, I needed a tutorial with easy to follow pictures and found Heidi Bears African Flower tutorial.
I played around with the number of rounds and how I would join them together. I settled on a flower with one joining round.
This project was perfect for my daily commute on the train. Each morning small balls of yarn in various random colours were popped into a bag with my hook and scissors and I came home every evening with a handful of flowers.
The flowers were joined together in the evenings and at weekends using Heidi Bears join-as-you go method. I modified this method by joining every stitch rather than joining after each set of three trebles.
Mr B oversaw a lot of the joining together…..
Progress was very quick and it took less than a month to complete the blanket. The colour combinations were completely random as this depended on the colours popped into my project bag each morning. I sometimes had to close my eyes to pick the yarn balls to stop myself being drawn to the same colours which would have ruined the whole random colour scheme I wanted to achieve !
Here is the final result….
A close up……
I love how the random colours all came together. The yarn is Stylecraft Special DK and I used Parchment to join the flowers.
BTW crocheting on the train is a great conversation starter but it usually begins with “What are you knitting………..” !
Happy hooking everyone !
What a week! I was experiencing some weird issues with my blog. Long story short, I ended up with two versions of my blog on two separate servers. What. A. Nightmare. It was all finally resolved today after hours of online chats with various support departments. I had no idea what I was doing and everyone I ‘spoke’ to suggested I change various settings and I was going round and round in evermore dizzying circles. With head in hands and on the brink of giving up, I had a lightbulb moment and worked out I had hosting I didn’t need. I cancelled it and then the very helpful happiness engineers at WordPress Support sorted the last part of the process. I am so relieved! Who knew it would be so complicated to share my crochet experiences, projects and adventures online. Perhaps I should have thought about sending a newsletter by snailmail instead 🙂
Anyway, fingers crossed all is now well and I can continue with my blogging quest.
I will leave you with a pic of my current Attic 24 Sunny Square WIP while I go for a long lie down in a dark room…………
Happy Valentines Day everyone.
After being so happy with the success of my first ripple blanket, I was hooked (!) and couldn’t wait to get started on the next one…..
I made another Cottage Ripple blanket with some extra colours added as I wanted extra length so it would go across my bed. Once finished, I didn’t like it! The colours didn’t ‘flow’ like the first one. I was so disappointed 😦
Choosing colours which complement each other is not as easy as it looks………..
So, back to Attic 24 for inspiration. I love bright colours so chose Lucy’s Cosy Stripe blanket as my next project.
Please excuse Mr B photobombing the WIP pic ! ♥
Oh my, I LOVED this one and was very happy with the end result.
My faith in hooky loveliness was restored.
This blanket is used a lot.
Oh and a friend loved the blanket I didn’t like – she thought it was the perfect Christmas gift for her sister………
Every cloud !
After having issues with my domain name, learning all about DNS settings, spending way too many hours tweaking the layout and playing with widgets I think I am at last happy with the overall look of my blog. Please do let me know if you spot any errors or find anything which isn’t working as it should. I appreciate there is not a huge amount of content as yet but I am looking forward to sharing my hooky adventures !
I have missed the calming nature of crochet this weekend. My hooking has taken a back seat over the weekend whilst setting up my blog. The housework hasn’t faired much better but I have at least tidied, hoovered and put my Sunday roast in the oven. As the fragrant smell of dinner starts wafting through the flat Mr B and Miss M have now woken from their slumber and are padding around, ever hopeful a small treat may appear in their bowls !
This blogging lark is nearly as addictive as hooking ! I best get a wiggle on or dinner will be ruined. Take care everyone.