A blanket, and a giveaway!

This is the latest blanket commission to be completed. I love the rich colours that were chosen for me to work with – it looked really vibrant when finished.

I’d not made such a detailed blanket before – each square had 7 rounds, there were 15 colours in all, and I wasn’t looking forward to weaving the ends in! I decided to crochet batches of 10 squares, then weave the ends in as I went, which seemed like a very slow process but had to be better than spending 5 days at the end sewing them all in – I ended up with over 200g of leftover ends!

Halfway through the blanket I needed to order more of a couple of colours I’d run out of, and while waiting for them to be delivered I played about with making some bunting. It has 6 triangles, with pretty pointy edging on each, and although the photo of it up at the window hasn’t captured the colours properly, it is the same colours as the blanket.

I think if I had a little girl there would be lots of this bunting about her room, but as I don’t, I’m offering this as a giveaway 😀

Just comment if you’d like it! (There are no rules such as RT or ‘Share’ but if you’d like to, that would be great :D) I’ll draw a random name in a fortnight or so.

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered 🙂

Another blanket?!

crochet granny afghan

crochet granny afghancrochet granny afghan Soo.. I mentioned I have a thing about making blankets right?.. once or twice maybe?!

This is the latest blanket to be completed. It didn’t take long at all, and I really like the way it’s turned out. There are more pics on my Ravelry profile.

It’s made with good quality, soft acrylic, so very practical and easy to throw in the washing machine, without having to worry whether it will be felted to the size of a washcloth when done!

The yarn stash is slowly going down, don’t have quite enough left now for another blanket, so I will attempt to use up the rest of it with a few cushions.

I really like this pattern on Ravelry, may try out a cushion using it (though would really like to make another blanket).. Another blanket?!

Can one house have too many blankets? 😀

Baby it’s cold outside!

colourful crochet blanketBrr.. it’s getting a bit chilly lately isn’t it?! It’s been blowing a gale here for a good few days, under the doors (need to make more door stops!) and the hens are getting blown everywhere! There has been lots of soup/stews cooked, the freezer is stocked, leaves are gorgeous reds and oranges and it is definately Autumn – my favourite season!

The Boy has had new bedding – flannelette, light blue with dark blue stars – and so have I, stripes, lots of stripes, loves me some stripes..!  I also ordered lots of yarn to make him a new blanket. Am using good quality acrylic, as apart from being a blanket, I know it will have to also double as a den/be dragged around the house etc, so it needs to be easily washable!

There is something so beautiful, so soothing, about a quiet night, with children snuggled up, fast asleep, while I crochet blankets, each stitch filled with love, ready to warm them further, as the nights get colder..

Colour in the garden, and crafting on the go

celtic knotwork designs

This is the latest ‘in progress’ piece – a celtic knotwork design on a long tray/dish/thingy.

I used to do a lot of knotwork designs, on strangely shaped things like guitars, and could whip up pieces of celtic to fit the curvy shapes fairly quickly, so although it’s been a while since I did a guitar, I figured a piece to fit the simple shape of this tray would be very quick and easy to do..

Wrong..

I’m so rusty at this knotwork lark, it took 3 attempts and numerous hours, and a bit of flouncing before I was finally happy with it, but here it is in progress at last!

It still needs a thicker ‘finishing’ outline added, and shading on the knotwork, but it should be done within the next couple of days.

Once finished it will be available to buy through my FB page.

And a few shots of the colour in my garden – as the majority of it is filled with vegetables, it’s nice to see these few brightly coloured flowers appear.

There is also an enormous poppy growing, at the last count there were 30+ buds on it, looking forward to seeing them start opening up 😀

As always, pics are clickable to view them fullsize.

Days full of colour.

rainbow cake, balloons, smarties, presents

This day in particular.

Balloons, banners, presents, new and exciting plastic tat, sweets and E numbers galore. A riot of colour and excitement, and a bit of wall bouncing 😀

And The Cake..

I follow ‘HomeBakedOnline’ on Twitter and her profile picture made me really want to make the Rainbow Cake.

I changed a few things, owing to my lack of preparation and having to work with what we had in the cupboards – I had to stick it together with buttercream instead of the gorgeous sounding white chocolate ganache, and I also had a layer missing (due to burning it..!)

It was a bit of a faff, and my food colouring wasn’t quite bright enough for my liking – I had serious doubts as to whether it was going to work at one point, but I think it turned out ok – and was certainly well received 😀

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