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Commuter crochet…..

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…..

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Having completed the Cottage Ripple blanket, the not so successful second ripple blanket and the gorgeous Cosy Stripe at the beginning of 2015, I started looking for ideas for my next blanket.

Requirements:
– 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.

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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…..

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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….

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A close up……

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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 !

 

 

 

 

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Technically challenged…..

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.

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Blanket love…..

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 ! 

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Oh my, I LOVED this one and was very happy with the end result.

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My faith in hooky loveliness was restored.

This blanket is used a lot.

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Oh and a friend loved the blanket I didn’t like – she thought it was the perfect Christmas gift for her sister………

Every cloud !