December 2014

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Artfully Simple Infinity ScarfWith all the time and effort that’s required to make a blanket, it makes a refreshing change to make something quick and simple. Almost instant gratification. I bought some Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable months ago. At the time there was nowhere in the UK that sold it (although Deramores recently started stocking a few of the colours) so I ordered my 3 balls from the US. I have taken it out often, looked at it, stroked it, then put it away again. It was almost too nice to use. I dithered for a long time over what to make out of it. I wanted to be absolutely certain that not only would my project be gorgeous but that it really would use only 1 ball, as my balls were 3 different colours. Running out shortly before the end is a common problem for me as my tension is on the loose side. Read the rest of this entry »

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So Near, And Yet…

I have 2 WIPs that are about 10 minutes from being finished but I can’t get on with either of them.

Cowl-Necked PonchoThe first is my poncho. I love the ribbed cowl; it’s so thick and squishy. I found all those post stitches hard work. I could really feel it in my elbow and shoulder and had to stop every 2 or 3 rounds to take a break. I was a bit worried that I’d pay the following day, but I dosed myself up with ibuprofen before bed and my arm didn’t feel too bad at all. If I did this again, I’d probably work the neck over 2 days. I’m not entirely happy with my colour placement in the main section. I’ve done more granny stripes than the pattern as I’m going to put a border on it instead of a fringe. I was trying to follow the colour placement of the original pattern but have managed to end up with 2 very distinct bands. Not what I was hoping to achieve at all ūüôĀ Having said that, it feels thick and warm and I will wear it. I have managed to run out of navy blue on the very last round of the border. As soon as my solitary ball of wool turns up I can get on and finish it. Read the rest of this entry »

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I reckon I have easily enough yarn to keep my busy in 2015. Some I only have tentative plans for, but most of it has already been assigned to a project, in my head at least. I won’t necessarily be making these in the list order, and at least 3 are CAL’s, so will be ongoing through the year.

Giant Granny Square Blanket – for Jamie. I’m using Vanna’s Choice in Cranberry, Mustard, Honey and Terracotta.

Giant Granny Square Blanket – for Ewan. I’ll be using Vannas’s Choice in Sapphire, Dusty Blue, Taupe and Beige.

Wendy Blanket¬†– for Mum. I’ll be using Stylecraft Special DK in blues and greens.

Cowl-Necked Poncho – for me. I’ve ordered Drops Nepal with nay blue as my main colour, then 10 other colours for the stripes.

Scrapghan – I’ve already accumulated quite a collection of Stylecraft Special DK oddments. I’d like to use them all in a blanket. Maybe something as simple as a granny square blanket, although I’m leaning towards using some of Jan Eaton’s blocks. I particularly like her Willow block

CCC 2015 CAL – I haven’t decided what I’ll do with this when it’s done. I already have most of the yarn I’ll need, but have ordered a couple of other colours. I’ll be making this in Stylecraft Life DK, a wool/acrylic mix. I’m hoping to achieve a cottage garden effect.

Moogly 2015 CAL¬†– I’ll be making this in Stylecraft Special Aran with wool. I’ve chosen, Charcoal, Aran, Wild Rose and Garnet as my colours.

Block A Month CAL – I lurked in the forum for the tail end of the 2014 CAL and considered starting late, but it would have been a rush to get all the squares done. Hopefully, being in at the start means I’ll be able to keep up.

Road Trip Scarf – for Jamie. I already have the yarn for this (Caron Simply Soft), I just need to crack on and do it!

I also want to have a crack at some of Frank O’Randle’s designs. I bought the Rings of Change pattern when it was released, but am holding out for his Depths of Change to be released. I adore the shape. I have it in mind to do it in graduated blues using Stylecraft Special Aran. I’ve also volunteered to be a tester for the Blocks of Change that he’s currently designing. The first few blocks look fabulous, I can’t wait to see the rest.

I also need to finish my Mystery Afghan CAL. I’m so far behind, it’s no longer a mystery, but the completed afghan is lovely.

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Wool Frenzy

David asked me what I wanted for Christmas. The answer was easy – vouchers for Wool Warehouse. He expressed concern that the vouchers were only valid for 12 months. Would I be able to spend ¬£100 on wool in that time? I did laugh! Well, I did once he’d left the room. I actually managed to keep a straight face and assure him, that I probably could. I blew the first ¬£50 voucher last night. Some of it went on wool for the Giant Granny Square blankets I’m making for the kids. I’ve started Jamie’s and completed the first square, then weighed my wool. I realised that I need another ball in 3 of the 4 colours, which means I will need the same for Ewan’s. So, I’ve ordered them. I wanted to make something for myself. I’ve had my eye on the poncho Lucy is making for a while. When I saw the end result, I really liked the changes Lucy had made, so went ahead and ordered the wool for it. Mine will be navy blue with coloured stripes. I don’t have Lucy’s eye for colour, so I may end up looking like an explosion in a paint factory! Read the rest of this entry »

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My Cosy Blanket has generated a lot of interest. The pattern for the Giant Granny Square is a free pattern I found on Ravelry. The pattern page directs you a Russian blog, where you can pick up the pattern chart. A lot of people are quite daunted by a chart (I admit my heart sank when I saw it, I’d never worked a pattern from a chart before) and have asked me for some instructions. I have messaged the pattern designer, Daria Nassiboulina, via Ravelry, but have had no response. I will go ahead and put my instructions up here, but want to make it quite clear that this is not my pattern.¬†The designer, Daria Nassiboulina, is happy for me to share my notes on her pattern. I did not design this square, Daria did and any credit should go to her. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cosy Blanket

Cosy Blanket

Cosy Blanket

As soon as I saw Lucy’s colour scheme for her latest blanket, which she previewed on Ravelry back in October, I was besotted. I adored the colours (yes, I’m always a sucker for autumnal colours) and knew that I wanted to make this blanket for myself. As soon as the packs were available on Wool Warehouse, I ordered two of them, even though I knew I had to finish Ewan’s Coastal Blanket first; I wanted a huge Cosy Blanket! I was a model of restraint. I was dying to get started on this when Lucy started publishing the pattern and her colour sequences. Instead, I plugged away at Ewan’s blanket and occasionally gazed longingly at the new balls of wool that were calling to me. Read the rest of this entry »

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Autumnal Ripple

Autumnal Ripple

Completed Autumnal Ripple

I have finally finished the first blanket I ever started, although I have made¬†a couple of others in the meantime. When I started making this, I’d planned on including more colours. I wanted some blue in there and picked what I thought was quite a subdued shade of blue. It turned out to be more like a kingfisher blue, which actually looked quite green, like teal, in some lights. I initially thought it would work. When I placed it next to the other skeins, it looked fine but once I started to make up the blanket, the blue totally dominated, even when placed between the strong orange and red. So, I frogged it and started again. I’d also initially included cream, too. I didn’t hate it, but it wasn’t adding anything and when I decided to continue without the blue, I left out the cream too. Read the rest of this entry »

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