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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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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 !

 

 

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Up and running

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.

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My first crochet blog!

So, I have decided to share my love of crochet with the world !

My late Granny Elsie taught me how to crochet when I was little and I took it up again in December 2014.

After making a small granny square blanket which was promptly acquisitioned by Mr B and Miss M I took to the internet to find an easy project to get my teeth into.  I came across Lucy at Attic 24 and was immediately inspired by Lucy’s creativity with colour, so promptly ordered the Cottage Ripple Blanket yarn pack from Wool Warehouse.

Tah dah! Here is my first blanket – I was so pleased with it and Mr Buttons certainly approved !

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