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Blanket Progress

I’ve made a bit more progress, I was hoping to be further along by now but it takes me ages to decide what to do each time I start a new row πŸ˜€

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Sunday, 27th May 2018 at 12:04 pm 1 comment

From The Middle

I need a new blanket and don’t want to follow a pattern, I want to be a bit more creative. I decided on a row of granny squares then was going to do rows of various stitches in various colours. So I made eight squares and joined them together by slip stitching through the back loops

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I always turn at the end of each row when I’m making a blanket but I’m doing this one all on the ‘right’ side, for no other reason than I haven’t done it before. The first row is half trebles, with two trebles together across the corners. The second row is half trebles. So far, so good

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There are 121 stitches per row, but now I want to do something different – block stitch. And this is where it goes wrong. If I’d done the maths it would’ve worked out perfectly but for that to happen, I’d have to plan the whole thing. It’s supposed to be random, I want to decide which stitch to use next as I finish a row. So I’ve ended up with rows of 121, 122 or 123 stitches, depending on what I’ve chosen.Β  I’m hoping the numbers don’t change too much as I carry on πŸ˜€

The next couple of rows are block stitch with half trebles, then block stitch with trebles

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The squares were supposed to be the beginning of the blanket, with maybe another row of smaller squares as the blanket grows. But I’ve decided to turn it and repeat the same stitches on the other side of the row, so the squares will be in the middle.

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The edges may not be perfectly straight by the time it’s finished (though they look fine so far) but they will be unevenly even so that’s OK πŸ˜€

One last thing – I’m pleased to announce that my Easter cactus finally has one fully opened flower!

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Sunday, 20th May 2018 at 11:42 am Leave a comment

Beach Hut Beginnings

I’ve decided to turn the spare room into a beach hut craft room. I love love love Cornwall and would move there right now if it were possible, but it isn’t. So I’ve flicked through my holiday photos from the past few years for ideas on how to make the room feel a little bit like Cornwall. I’m still not exactly sure how I want it to look but Talland Bay Beach Cafe, Polperro, my money Box, lap tray, treasure chest and Cornishware have inspired me.

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I can’t decorate yet, the walls have to chased out for electric cables first, in the meantime I’ve made a start on some bunting and a blanket

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Wednesday, 14th February 2018 at 7:16 am 2 comments

Christmas Round Things

Round Things, because they’re too big to be called coasters and too small to be called placemats. To make a coaster, I really need cotton yarn. But all I have is acrylic DK, so that’s what I decided to use. But I liked it so made five more, they’re going to grace my coffee table. Then I decided I needed six for the kitchen table so I’ve made a start on them. I have a solution to the size issue – I just need to find somewhere that sells enormous wine glasses and they’ll fit perfectly πŸ˜€

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Thursday, 7th December 2017 at 3:23 pm 2 comments

Choosing Colours

Each time I bought a new yarn, I’d snip a bit off and tape it into a folder with the colour name and number. I soon realised that this isn’t at all useful when I need to shuffle colours around when choosing what to use for a project of more than one colour πŸ˜€

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So I did this instead.

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But it didn’t really work, it was as if the colours changed slightly once they were crocheted into actual stitches and they didn’t really work together (does that only happen to me?!). I also tried winding yarn around pegs, that seems to work for plenty of people – but again, not me. So I sat and crocheted a small sample of each colour.Β  I find it much easier to see what works and what doesn’t.

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I’ve also realised just how many colours of my favourite yarn are missing, so I’m obviously going to have to put in a lovely large order πŸ˜€

Thursday, 30th November 2017 at 2:18 pm 1 comment

Catching Up

I’ve whined and moaned a lot over the summer – mostly to Scampi Dog πŸ˜€ I’ve quite often wanted to rant but he still gets nervous when he hears angry voices and is still reactive sometimes so my moaning is done very cheerfully – β€œOoooh Scamps, do you know just how annoying this shoulder is? And my hip is sore today too. People are getting on my nerves lately, me and you should move to Cornwall – just us. I think a biscuit might make things better, let’s have a Bonio”. He runs to his cushion, sits in his best look-at-me-being-good-and-sitting-nicely position, gazes at the Bonio box and waits patiently for me to give him his treat πŸ˜€

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The garden has been a bit productive this year but nowhere near as good as previous years. I’ve had enough to freeze some so I can make stews with homegrown veg but it definitely won’t last all winter so I’ll have to BUY SOME which I’m not at all happy about! What did manage to grow is actually very tasty so I won’t complain too much. I like to take photos of what has been harvested but after taking these, I lost interest. My Garden 2017 photo folder on my laptop is almost empty and I now wish I’d carried on capturing snapshots of the year.

 

 

My shoulder is still twinging occasionally but there’s no pain so I’ve been crocheting again for the past few weeks. I was halfway through a blanket for myself – I ran out of yarn so ordered more, I couldn’t wait for it to be delivered so I could carry on. But when it arrived I decided I needed a holiday project so it was tucked into a bag to take to Cornwall at the end of September. Halfway down the motorway, I realised I’d left it at home πŸ˜€ Had a great holiday but I missed my yarn and was happy to be back, crocheting again. And I’ve finished the blanket

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I started some Christmas cushion covers months ago then abandoned them, I’ve been working on them again lately

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I’ve started some cushion covers to match my grey blanket

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Now that I’m back in full swing again, I’ll be crocheting my way through my list of ideas and posting them here – disasters or not πŸ˜€

Thursday, 23rd November 2017 at 11:15 am 2 comments

Busy

Not with crochet, unfortunately 😦 I’ve finished a few things, but haven’t really got stuck into anything new.

We’ve been decorating. I say ‘we’, I actually mean Mr MB. We ripped out the old bath and installed a shower cubicle – I love it! Obviously the bathroom needed painting after that. The kitchen and hall, stairs and landing walls just needed a clean and I was ready, armed with sugar soap. Mr MB wanted to repaint so I told him he could do it himself then, lol. And he did – all three areas at once and he took his time over it – halfway through I was seriously considering moving out forever. It doesn’t sound too bad but I have no wall units in the kitchen, there’s a lot of stuff on shelves and hanging from rails – which all had to go somewhere else. Not tidily of course, it was shoved wherever he could find a space. It was chaos, I think he forgot about the three other people and one dog that live in this house πŸ˜€

I put things back when it was finally over, flinging things away as I went. By the time I’d finished, I was in full decluttering mode so went through everything in the house, flinging, rearranging, cleaning, tidying. I saved yarn-sorting til last, that was my reward – along with chocolate.

A few things I have had time to finish, the photos aren’t great though

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Working on a blanket to match the above two cushions

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