Saturday, 29 June 2013

20/50

After lots of hard work last night, I have brought my daisy square total up to 20, and they are looking fantastic!


These squares are supposed to be a lot less pink in their colour shades, which I think I've managed so far. I want to add a little in there, which I've done in a couple of squares. I love how sunny these look though! I'm even more pleased to know that I'm on 5 squares away from the halfway mark, already!

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Twinkle Toes

Nothing beats the feeling of grass underfoot!


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Daisies

The next phase has begun. Actually, it's been restarted. My first daisy square came up a bit bigger than my roses, so I've adjusted my tension and come up with something that now fits. I always struggle with tensions. I think it's due to having worked tightly with amigurumi for so many years, that now I find it difficult to gauge what I need to do. The new squares look lovely though!

Seven summery daisies

The colours of these will steer away from the pinks of the roses, although I've decided that I will still include a few pink centres, just for variety as much as anything else. I want to get lots of yellow, orange and red in there, and make them really funky where I can! So, I am now 7 down and have 43 to go. Now going to see how many I can finish this afternoon, before meeting my friend Kirsty for dinner!

Sunday, 23 June 2013

49 Roses

I've finished my roses! A complete set of 49 granny squares, ready for my Roses & Daisies blanket! And they look fantastic...

A beautiful bunch of flowers

So there they are! The finished 49. I'm really happy with them, and although I do have my own personal favourites, I think they all look great. I also managed to finish my first daisy square.

1 down, 49 to go!

So, I've reached the halfway mark and am feeling really good about it. This blanket is coming along beautifully and I can't wait to see it all stitched together and finished!

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Monochrome

Everyone knows that I am obsessed with bright colours, so I thought I would use this week's Treasury to showcase how beautiful a monochrome palette can be. Definitely something to think about, for future projects, because all of these pieces are incredibly striking!


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Monday, 17 June 2013

Better Than Expected

So, I wanted to achieve a total of 25 squares by the end of the weekend. I smashed that and now have 34 overall, which I'm really pleased with!

Which is your favourite?

I think they're looking great so far! I want to try and get a few more done tonight, and maybe even get to the 40 mark (although that really is optimistic!), which means that in a day or two, I will be able to start the daisy sections of the blanket. It's coming together so quickly and I'm really enjoying putting this one together. I can't wait to see how it will look when it's finished!

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Another 5 Squares

I crocheted to my heart's content last night at work, and was lucky to have a quiet shift to enable me to do so! I managed to finish another 5 granny squares for my blanket, all of which turned out really nicely.

The top row are the newest!

All of the colours are so cheery and happy ^^ I've reached 21 squares in total now, which means I'm almost at the halfway mark for the rose squares! Hopefully I will be able to pass 25 by the end of the day, or at least by the weekend. Finger's crossed!

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Stitching Away

Progress on my new blanket is going really well, although I'm gutted I can't do any tonight due to poor light conditions. Never mind! I'm pleased to say that I now have 16 squares, out of the 49 needed from the rose pattern, so I'm getting there slowly but surely. They look so pretty and I love being able to play with different colour combinations. Last night I finished 3 while I was at work, which turned out nicely.

14, 15, and 16

I particularly like the colours of the central square - I think they complement one another really nicely. I like the others as well though! With any luck, I will soon breach the 20 mark and will be almost halfway through this batch. The square situation currently looks like this...

16 lovely granny squares

I'm just so happy with how they are all coming together, and how each individual square looks completely different. In the finished blanket, these will be alternated with a daisy pattern, so they won't be so bunched up, but to be honest I quite like them this way! The colours all look so cheery (I am following a predominantly pink and purple palette for these) and I can't wait to see it when it's all finished!

The hardest part for me, is starting a new square. I sit for ages trying to work out what colours to use for each one. According to the pattern, the roses should be mostly pinks, purples, and other pastel colours (I've added the odd flash of orange and yellow into them), whilst the daisies will centre more around red, blues, greens and oranges. They'll be a lot more earthy in colour, but will complement these squares nicely - that's the plan, anyway!

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

50 Years

On Sunday, I was lucky enough to attend a ceremony and celebration of 50 years of marriage. It was a lovely event, and I thought I would share some gold with all of you!


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Thursday, 6 June 2013

Paton's 100% Cotton DK

I have just embarked on my first project using 100% cotton yarn. Now I am wondering why I have never done it before, because it's an absolute joy to work with! The weight is amazing, the texture is lovely, and the brand I am using comes in some awesome colours.

Heaven!

Well, I say "brand", but I am actually combining two different ones, mainly because the store I visited didn't stock the colours I wanted for my project. The larger skeins of yarn are Paton's 100% Cotton DK, in 100g balls. I have since had an extra cream, and four more colours delivered. The balls underneath are Rico Design Essentials Cotton DK, and are 50g each. These came in much brighter colours, and I particularly loved the yellow and blue, and thought they would set off the other colours well.

One down, forty eight to go!

So what am I making. It's another blanket from my Melody Griffiths book, and is titled Roses & Daisies Throw. At the moment I am working on the rose squares, and currently have 9/49 finished. Then it'll be on to the daisies, for another 50 squares. At this point I will decide whether or not I would like to expand the finished blanket even more, or whether to keep it at it's original dminesions.

I'm having a lot of fun with this pattern so far. It was a little fiddly and difficult to grasp at first, because I'm not used to crocheting this kind of thing. Thankfully, I soon got over it and have really gotten myself into a rhythm now! Now I jus have to keep my fingers crossed that it all stitches up ok!

More pictures soon!

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Sunshine & Shadows

My second finished project post for the day! After a year of work, I finished my Sunshine & Shadow throw, from my first afghan pattern book by Melody Griffiths! I'm really pleased with how it turned out, although it is a little wavy. I made a mistake on the edging stitches but was beyond the point of no return by the time I realised. However, I don't think it's too much of a problem!


Despite the massive timescale this took me, I'm happy. I actually finished all of the squares ages ago, but found myself getting bored on the edging. It's my classic problem of repetition and becoming distracted! But I gave myself a date to finish and finally got it done, and destroyed my backlog of projects! I have donated this blanket to the Weldmar Hospice, in Dorchester.

Onwards and upwards, I am now working on another Melody Griffiths project! Blog post coming soon!

Melman the Giraffe

Last week, I finally got my act together and finished two projects! The first of which was the Janice Cyr giraffe pattern that I've been working on for the last year.

Melman

I can't believe this took me a year to complete - shameful really! My problem was the legs. I get bored and distracted so easily, so repeating the same thing four times over is a real struggle for me. I set myself a deadline last week though and finally got him finished, and I'm so happy with the outcome!

I was so glad he stood up!!

I used Sirdar Snowflake yarn again for this one, like I did with it's sister project "Zippy the Zebra". It's a beautiful yarn when it's all finished and worked up, but it can be a bit of a pain to use - especially when you mostly crochet at night and can't really see what you're doing!

Hello!

I finished him with oversized orange buttons on his leg joints (yes, he does sit), brushed up the yarn a little and voila! Finished! Melman, as he has been named, now lives with Oliver, who apparently really liked him. It's always nice to know that your effort has been appreciated.

A New Project

I've just started a new floral afghan, so thought I would use this week's Treasury as an opportunity to get some inspiration. I definitely wasn't disappointed!


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