January 2015

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Jamie’s Blanket

Jamie's BlanietWhen I posted the other day, I realised that I’d completely forgotten to post about the blanket I finished for Jamie. This blanket uses the same giant granny square pattern as the Cosy Blanket I made, but each square is identical. I used a heavier yarn – Vanna’s Choice, which is an american worsted weight yarn. This is similar to, but slightly heavier then, a UK aran weight yarn. I originally bought the VC for a CAL, but when I first tried it, it felt very thick and heavy and I wasn’t sure I liked it. Having made my Cosy Blanket in DK, it felt the same way but I persevered and quickly got used to it. I had eight colours in all. I’ve used 4 for Jamie’s blanket and will use the rest to make a blanket for Ewan, but that one will have to wait for a while; I need a change from squares. Read the rest of this entry »

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Penelope ShawlJanuary has been a busy month on the crafting front. I recently splashed out on some Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable when I discovered that Deramores have started stocking it. This has been difficult to get hold of in the UK and the one stockist I’d found was expensive and then, when I ordered some, proved to be unreliable. Deramores don’t carry the full colour range but maybe, if the yarn proves popular, the number of colours they carry will increase. I decided to buy some of the Echo colourway based on projects I’d seen on Ravelry as the yarn photo on Deramores does it no favours and I’m so glad I did. Read the rest of this entry »

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