Saturday, 23 April 2016

A New Blanket

                                   

It has been gloriously sunny here lately. It feels like we have spent more time outside this week than during the last few months put together. We've sat in the garden, been at the park, fed the ducks, enjoyed fish and chips by the canal and had a walk in the woods.

I have also started a new project. 
It is less than two years since I bought my (one and only) crochet hook. I had been drawn to the beautiful colours of the Cosy Stripe Blanket on the Attic24 website. Using just the one stitch and with, in Lucy's words, very little counting or pattern reading it seemed like it might just be something I could manage as my first attempt. So I bought my hook, ordered my yarn and with the help of Lucy's excellent photographic tutorial I did it!!


With having a small person taking up all a lot of my time I, unfortunately, haven't managed to do much crochet since. I did complete another blanket for Lily using candy coloured stripes, a few baubles for my Christmas tree, the eggs for our Easter tree and a cushion cover. All very simple but enjoyable to do.


I have now decided to try doing some granny squares. Again, following various online tutorials, I have managed to make a four colour square with a solid border. The idea being that when I have enough squares they will be joined together to create a small blanket/throw to keep in the car for when we go out and about on our adventures. The first being our travels in Scotland following the wedding.


From today onwards I am going to attempt to crochet one square each day over the next few weeks.
I have twenty squares so far so I will just see how I get on. Obviously, I will also need time to join the squares and crochet the border but I'm really looking forward to seeing how this one turns out. More importantly, I'm looking forward to the memories we will be creating while we are using it.
J.X



22 comments:

  1. Exciting times, a wedding to look forward to. I am sure the blanket will evoke some beautiful memories to treasure as you take it on your trips out.

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    1. Oh, I really hope so. I just need to make sure it gets finished. X

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  2. Enjoy your crafting I am sure it will be beautiful, exciting times ahead for you xxx

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    1. Thank you. Yes, very exciting. X

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  3. oohh only 12 weeks to go. That'll fly by, but not too quickly, just in case you're panicking lol.

    The blankets are gorgeous. I only have one crochet hook as well but it's done me 3 blankets so I don't feel the need for more. Your squares are perfect. I'm not that good at them myself no matter how many times I try, but yours look very professional. xx

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    1. I'm not panicking Suzanne, although I did dream I'd left the price tag on my dress! It's not going to be a grand affair. Yes, I may just make do with my one hook for now until I have more time to try new things. I'm trying really hard to keep my crochet squares nice and even. X

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  4. wow, your crochet is gorgeous! the new blanket will make the perfect build up to the wedding, and will have all your happy memories stitched into it xxx

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    1. Thank you. That's a really lovely way of putting it. X

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  5. Wow, congratulations on everything!

    I love Lucy's Attic24 site but have so far resisted the lure of the crochet hook, I already have far too many hobbies which don't get enough time. Your blankets are gorgeous and the Honeymoon Hug Rug is very, very pretty.

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    1. Thanks Jayne. I do find crochet very relaxing but I know what you mean about not getting enough time. I'm hoping the blanket works out ok. I'm not sure yet how I'll put it all together. X

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  6. Twelve weeks to your wedding - how exciting! Your blanket will be a lovely thing, I'm sure. You do live in a lovely part of the world - I'm from Liverpool originally, and know the Lakes a little. Mum has a timeshare (she's there this week!) at Newby Bridge. I hope you have good weather there!

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    1. Thank you. I do love a good walk in the Lakes. The weather has been beautiful, if a little cold, this week. X

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  7. I love your crocheting your blankets look lovely. I do hope the weather warms up a bit for your wedding it is so cold at the moment isn't it! I am sorry I hadn't realised you were blogging again, I have added you to my feed once more ;)

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    1. Thank you. It really is quite cold at the moment. X

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  8. Love all your crochet especially the colours in your car blanket.
    xx

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    1. Thank you. I'm not very confident in my own choice of colours so I really appreciate that. X

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  9. You have such a lovely blog :) lovely blankets!!

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