Wednesday, 31 March 2010

And now on to the next blanket

I have started on a new blanket.
I knew that I wanted to do an hexagon blanket but how and what?
I had found loads of ideas online and tried loads of different patterns out.
Well I found a wonderful idea online that really pulled at me.
It was a hexagon blanket that when all fitted together and finished formed a big hexagon, great idea.
But which hexagon pattern I was going to use was a bit of a problem because there were loads I like.
And I had even made up my own bobble stitch hexagon which also looked great.
However, after revisting Lucy's blog Attic 24 (for the edging of my other blanket), I decided to give her hexagon another go in the new yarn.
Well, that's the one.
So here is what I have done so far.
Now I don't know if you can see it in the foto, but I joined the first couple together like I did the granny squares.
Then last night (it was quite late) I went over to Attic 24 again and read about how Lucy joins them together as she goes.
Well this must have somehow gotten into my sub-conscious mind, because when I woke up this morning I knew how to do it.
So the last couple I've joined that way.
Great, once again thanks Lucy what would I do without you!!!

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

There You Go!!!!!!!!

Well, there you go!!! it's finished!!!
So you can see I did undo my curly edging and I did Lucy's edging (see blog links Attic 24 Granny Square edging).
It took a while to do the edging but I kept at it and I'm glad I did, thanks Lucy!!!
I think it turned out a lot better than I first expected when the yarn arrived and I saw that the colours were different than I had in mind.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Granny Square Blanket

Having worked on my blanket Monday afternoon and evening, I came home and measured it up on the chair that I'm making it for.
Well I had fitted 7 of the 10 rows of 6 squares together and decided that it would be better to do one more row of 6.
That would make it 6 granny squares wide and 11 long, instead of the 10 long that I was first planning to do.
On Tuesday afternoon and evening I was able to do loads.
So I had then finished the 6 extra squares and I had 9 rows fitted together.
Yesterday (Wednesday) I got it all fitted together.
Then came the edging.
I had gone around the whole blanket 3 times with three of the colours used in the blanket, and it looked good.
Then I decided to try out a simple sort of curly edging, which looks great.
However today I am thinking about undoing the curly edging and going around a couple of more times with the plain edging, just so it will fall over the chair better.
I feel that I need to do this because it has to be done right.
You know the old saying, "Do a job properly or not at all."
So it is taking a bit longer than I thought.
However, when you come to think of it, tomorrow it will be two weeks ago that the yarn arrived so I still did it quick. (Even if I do say so myself)

The photo shows the blanket how it is now on the chair.
But there will be more photos when I have really finished.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Hexagons and get this... a Bobble Stitch Hexagon

Having made these granny hexagons yesterday evening.
I thought about this pattern for a while and I thought of doing it differently.
Instead of doing the six spikes in the middle using six sets of three trebles with one chain in between like the first ones I'd made.
I decided to try one out doing six sets of two trebles.

And then I went on to do something really different.
And get this.
A bobble stitch hexagon!!!!!!
I love it.
I don't know if there already is a pattern for this or not, but I just had the idea to try it this afternoon, and I'm really pleased with the way it turned out.
Maybe I'll just write down the way I did it anyway in a later post

Granny Hexagons

Although I love the hexagon over at Attic 24 and I've tried a few out in earlier posts.
I really wanted a more granny looking hexagon.
So I took a look online yesterday evening and found a few patterns.
However they were just not quite right somehow.
Then I saw a picture of one I liked but there was no pattern.
So I decided to just figure it out for myself.
And here they are, I love em.
They even look cute as little mini hexagons of two or three rounds.

Hexagons and Grannys

So I tried out some hexagons and grannys using the new yarn.
I love them, and I've still got more colours to try out.

New Yarn

When I discovered that my blanket would be finished earlier, I thought lets order some new yarn.
Well I told you about the yarn I ordered online for the blanket, firstly that it took so long to come, and then the colours were different than online.
Well I found another online shop that looked good, so I decided to give it a go.
The yarn was cheap and the colours looked great, so Wednesday I ordered some.
And to my amazement the parcel came on Thursday!!!
And the yarn is wonderful to work with (because I've tried it out of course).
The colours are great and it is much soft than the other yarn.

I've been doing loads!!!!

I have been doing a lot since my last post.
First off about my granny square blanket, the one I was making to put over my chair.
Well I thought I'd need 80 square in all, but after measuring up again I discovered that I'd only need 60 squares in all.
Because I want to make an edging too which would make it all hang on the floor if I did 80 squares.
So Friday I finished my last squares for the blanket.
So far I have joined three rows of 6 square together and I've joined the squares for rows 4 and 5 to form the 6 acrossed.
And I've even started to try out the edging around the three rows.
Today I plan to join rows 6 and 7 to form the 6 acrossed (there are 10 rows all together it is 6 by 10).
But tomorrow and Tuesday evening I will be working, so I can take it with me and do alot of joining together there.
Hopefully I'll have it finished Tuesday evening.
Althought the edging will take a while.
In the photo above you can see just how far I am and it is over the chair that will be it's home in future.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010


Yesterday evening after I had already finished my eight granny squares (I have decided to do at lest eight a day), I went over to Attic 24 for a visit.

Attic 24 is a wonderful blog (see my blogs list for the link), I love the way she (Lucy) uses colour.

And I came acrossed an Hexagon tutorial she as on the site, so I just had to make one.

Not bad for my first one I must say.

I might make the blanket I'm planning to make for the living room from hexagons now instead of granny squares.

Granny Squares

And here they are.

Buying Yarn Online 2

Now having taken a photo's of the yarn myself, it looks lighter here too.

So it will always be a different colour online than in real life.

But anyway I'm busy making Granny Squares for the blanket.

Buying Yarn Online 1

A while ago I wrote about the fact that I had ordered yarn online, and that I had to wait for it because they were waiting for a couple of the colours to come in.
Well it came last Friday.
But the colours are a lot different than online.
I ordered, Light Green, Beige, Light Brown and a Peach colour.
And I'm sure I ordered more Beige because that was to be the main colour.
Well I got more of the Brown which isn't that light at all.
And the Green and Peach are much darker than I expected.
So I was going to make a blanket for the living room, but I am now making it for over the chair in my room.

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Granny Heart

Granny hearts are fun to make too.

Hearts and Flowers

I made these hearts for a pattern and tutorial on the, Bella Dia blog (see my great blogs list for the link).
The little flowers I got from another tutorial at attic 24 (the link is also on my list).
I plan to make a chain of these to cheer up my book cupboards.

Really Hooked Again

After trying out all this stuff I decided to go to the local yarn shop again yesterday.
I bought more of the cotton yarn I bought Saturday but in these wonderful colours.
And also a silver coloured yarn for the granny stars.

Other Stuff I Tryed

I then went on to make these cute little mini granny's.
And for the first time in my life I did two colour granny's the half one colour and the other half another colour.

Christmas in March????

Well I just had to try out these granny stars and this granny christmas tree.
I got the patterns from the, The Royal Sisters blog (the link to which is on my great blogs list).
They have wonderful tutorials on the blog that are great and easy to follow.

What I've Been Doing

In my Saturday post I said I was going to pop round the local yarn shop.
Well I did and I bought four balls of wonderful cotton yarn.
And I made granny squares.
Just to get started and to see if I could still do it.
This is the result a 12 square mini afgan.

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Things to do

I now have so many ideas about projects I want to do.
However the yarn I ordered hasn't come yet, I got an email yesterday saying that it won't be coming until next week because they are waiting for two of the colours I ordered to come.
Now the plan is to just make granny square with that yarn and make them into a blanket.
However, I now have another plan, and that is to try out all of the crochet stitches I use to be able to do and make covers for the cushions in the living room.
Well may be I might just pop to the local shop and get some yarn for that, because to be honest I can't wait to start.

It's a wonderfully sunny day here today although it is still cold.
But from the inside looking out it looks like spring.


I have been truly inspired.

Yesterday I found a blog that really inspired me.

And not only the crochet that is on the blog but the colours.
And when I say the colours then I don't just mean the colours of the crochet.
But all the colours of all the stuff on this blog, and the style of this wonderful lady.
The blog is call, "and so I whisper" and the link is on my Great Blogs list.
I went all through this site twice yesterday it is wonderful, made me feel all fuzzy and warm.

Great stuff

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Surfing The Net

Back in the days when I did a lot of crochet there was no internet (now that's showing my age LOL).
So I'm loving all this crochet stuff that is on the net.
I found loads of wonderful crochet blogs, some of which I am adding to my list of blogs.
They are so inspiring.
And I am getting enough ideas and inspiration from the net.
What I really love are the crochet star pattern that are about.
I found this picture of them that I love while surfing yesterday evening.
There was no pattern for these but I think I can figure it out.
Roll on Christmas, or should I say November because that is when I'll be making these.
So I've got loads of time to think about yarn and stuff.

I love em!!!!!
I'm truly getting hooked again

Getting Hooked (again) part 2

So when I moved to Holland I just couldn't believe all the wonderful crochet patterns and books they had here.
They also had a lot of German ones too.
So I filet crochet curtains which I taught myself to do.
One of the patterns I used for the kids room was something like in the picture.
Only my curtain had quite a few elephants all facing the same way holding each others tails.
That was over 25 years ago (doesn't time fly) so I haven't crochet for years now.
So now that I have more time on my hands I want to start again.
So I have ordered yarn and a hook, which will hopefully arrive tomorrow.
I am going to make Granny Squares which I love by the way.

So I will keep you posted how it all goes.

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Getting Hooked (again)

I am starting this blog today because I have been inspired to do so by all the great blogs I've discovered online over the past few days.
I learnt to knit as a very young child, (can't remember how old I was to be honest) because my Mum, Nan and Aunts always knitted.
But learning to crochet was another story.
My Mum couldn't crochet, it was my Dad who helped me figure it out when I bought a magazine.
I was about 12 or 13 at the time and the magazine was called, "Golden Hands."
And guess what? I found a photo of the magazine online.