Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Blanket solution!

 Well the shock's worn off and I've learnt my lesson.
That being, write down everything!
And thank you for the kind advice and sympathy, I think I'm not alone in my crochet dilemma am I!
The general consensus was to make two blankets which I've gone with and so far I'm delighted with the result, have a little look see what you think. 

By the way it's still going to make a large cosy, snuggly blanket.

I've really enjoyed making these little grannies.

I just kind of made up the pattern myself.

But I dare say there's a pattern out there somewhere that's the same!

Anyway I thought I'd write it out for you.
Just remember make a note of 

I'm calling it.
Daisy Granny Square
So here goes.
I'm writing this pattern in UK terms

I used Stylecraft Special DK and a 3.5 mm hook.

These are the stitches I used 

Sl St (slip stitch)  insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull the loop back through the stitch, then through the loop on your hook.

Tr (treble) yarn over hook, insert hook, yarn over, pull the loop back through the stitch (three loops on hook), yarn over and pull through two loops on hook (two loops left on hook), yarn over and pull through remaining two loops.

Htr (half treble) yarn over hook, insert hook, yarn over, pull the loop back through the stitch (three loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all three loops on hook

Chain 4 stitches, slip stitch to join, ring formed.

Round 1
Chain 2 (counts as 1st treble) tr into centre 7 more times. 8 in total. Slip stitch to close ring. Fasten off.

Round 2
Using white yarn join with a knot close to stitches and pull through to the front.

Chain 2 then 2 htr in chain space. Chain 1. *3 htr in next chain space, chain 1* 
Repeat from* to* all the way round slip stitch in top of chain 2.
Fasten off.

Round 3
Using a scrummy colour join with a knot as before.
Chain 2 then 2 htr in space. Chain 2 then 3htr in same space. Corner made.
3 htr in next space.

3 htr, 2 chain, 3 htr in same space (corner)
3 htr in next space.

3 htr, 2 chain, 3htr in same space (corner)
3 htr in next space.

3 htr, 2 chain, 3 htr in same space (corner)
3 htr in next space. slip stitch into top of chain 2 to join. Fasten off.

Round 4
With white yarn join as before then.
Chain 2, 2htr in space.
3htr, 2 chain, 3 htr in corner space.
3 htr in next space.
3 htr in next space.

3 htr, 2 chain, 3htr in corner space.
3 htr in next space.
3 htr in next space.

3 htr, 2 chain, 3 htr in corner space.
3 htr in next space.
3 htr in next space.

3 htr, 2 chain, 3 htr in corner space.
3 htr in next space.
Join with slip stitch to top of chain 2.
Fasten off.

Admire your gorgeous little Granny!
Now get in the zone make loads and hook yourself up a perfectly peachy blanket.

I'm amazed how many words are needed to explain what is a simple pattern!
Hope it all makes sense, please, please let me know if I've written gobbledegook.
Let me know if you use the pattern to make something lovely!
Enjoy the rest of your week and if I don't get back before.
Happy Easter.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Uh oh problem!

First I will apologise for the quality of these photos. It's dark but I needed to share the thrill of completion!


That's alot of squares and don't they look great.

All piled up ready to grow into a beautiful blanket.

But wait a minute.
What's this?
Different sizes!
How did I not notice this, what on earth have I done? How did I manage this!



I guess that's what happens when you take a bloomin year to make something.
(Note to self write down all your hook sizes etc when you start)
Well it's a bit of a conundrum, what shall I do? 
I have 185ish larger squares and 
283ish smaller ones.
Two blankets maybe?
Here are the smaller ones all laid out, look pretty don't they.

Oh what to do?
I'm off to imbibe a large glass of something strong to console myself LOL!

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Daisy Granny Blanket

First of all, thanks for all your lovely comments recently and HELLO to some new folk!
It's so lovely to connect with so many like minded people through the magic of the internet, and although I may not reply to every comment I do read and appreciate every single one. So thank you!
Now a bit of crochet news.
Remember these pretty little daisy granny squares........'s because I showed you these way back in September!
And that's not it really cos I started these little lovelies waaay back in June last year.

I'm using Stylecraft acrylic, lovely for a snuggly blanket.
Only 18 colours, ha ha!

Anyway progress has been slow, it's a stressbusting project, picked up and put down when time and other projects allow.
I've really enjoyed this blankets journey.

Finally back in November I finished the basic squares
468 of them..............yes that's right 468!

Next job to edge them all in white and guess what I'm nearly done!
YOU can see the bottom of the basket.

And here they are.
Don't they look scrummy.

Aren't there alot of them.
I can't wait to get them all joined together and edged.
Just one thing nagging at me.
I have some new colours of Stylecraft yarn in my stash.......
........................I am so tempted to add them to the pile, so tempted.
They're the colours I used for my Dad's Birthday blanket
See the colours in my new header, it's them, pretty colours aren't they, would look good wouldn't they.
Will this turn into the longest project EVER!
Not sure, what should I do? What would you do? Add more in or get on and finish it?

Maybe I'll lay them out and see what they look like.
I know I'll show you and you can decide for me!
Good idea.
Be back soon.

Thursday, 14 March 2013


Hi folks!
Just a quick message from me to say if my blog looks at all weird or strange in the next few days/weeks it's cos I'm doing a it of a revamp!
Now I haven't a clue what I'm doing so it's just a case of clicking stuff. Anything could happen!
Wish me luck and any suggestions gratefully received.

Monday, 11 March 2013

Getting Organised

Hope you all had a spiffing Mother's Day getting thoroughly spoiled!
Too chilly here to be mooching about outside so my thoughts have turned to a bit of organising.
After the bedroom decoration project we've had to have a bit of a shuffle round and things live in different places now. However it's put me in a bit of a sorting frenzy and I've spread around the house decluttering, emptying and generally getting organised.
In my sewing room I feared I was drowning in yarn and fabric.
I had to find a way of concealing my enormous stash and keeping it all in one place.
First I rolled up all those little ball ends and stored them on a pretty cake stand. I like this, I can see what I've got at a glance.

The bigger balls I store in the single wardrobe in two sweater hanging storage organisers which I got from Amazon

Very brilliant I think, I can see EVERYTHING! It still needs a bit of tweaking but the principle is good.
The drawers have been a work in progress for quite some time. Boxes all snuggling up together. They hold all those little sewing bits that you need to hand. 
Eventually I shall probably cover them prettily like this

For my drawers these washing powder boxes are the perfect size, just alot of washing needs to be done to get enough!

It's great as you get into tidying you start to look at all kinds of containers to use.
Pinterest is a great source of inspiration of course and I have a jolly little board just for organising gorgeousness, pop over and take a look I'm always adding to it!
So anyway as well as drawers full of goodies of course I've got jars and jars full of buttons.......
...............I adore buttons.............Oooooo that's a whole other post I shall save for a rainy day!

Hidden in the tins are poppers, paperclips and safety pins and in the gold box I keep all my ribbons.

Of course pens stored in a tin covered with a pattern from the lovely Lucy's blog.
The cup is a favourite of mine. It's a John Clappison design. I bought this mug when I was about 9 years old, it cost me 65p from John Lewis and I remember I saved my pocket money for a long time so I could buy it!
It's past it's best now and can't be drunk from but makes me smile everytime I take a pen out.

How do you organise your special things? 
Do you like getting things sorted or does it fill you with dread?
I love it I feel very calm when I know things are in their place.
 Don't worry I can cope when my life descends into chaos LOL!
Right onto the study room.............complete sort out and shuffle round, exciting!
Have a good week my friends, stay warm and cosy.


Monday, 4 March 2013

Chandelier magic!

You remember in the great bedroom remodelling I showed you our chandelier with it's strange light bulbs and I spoke about an E-Bay event........
Well I was outbid in the last moments, drat!
It turned out to be a blessing though because Lovely Man suggested we make our own glass fittings. Now I wasn't sure about it at all, what would we use, how would we cut them, would they break with the heat of the bulb, would they look good? It was all questions!

Lovely Man just told me to trust.
So I did and we adventured off to a local car boot and Hobbycraft for our raw materials.
Some old pressed glass dessert dishes, 5 for a pound. Also some rather delightful cut glass beads.

Lovely Man got out his special glass cutting drill bit and got straight onto cutting the bottoms off the dishes, he then cut a bulb holder sized hole in the dish, 
drilled some holes around the edge.
I threaded up the beads he made some nice little hooks.

And a few hours later.
One stunningly beautiful chandelier!

Lovely isn't it

We are so pleased with it, I love the effect it has on the bedroom, bling but not too much.

How could you not love it!

The other delightful thing is the cost. We have created this beauty for less than £50.
I love that we've taken an old chandelier that was languishing in our garage and loved it back to life.
I love that we've used DISHES cos they look great and I love those sparkles!

So that's it really all finished in the bedroom now.

What a wonderful place to sleep we know have. Can't wait to get started on our next project.

Of course with the decorating comes sorting and tidying I'm in full flow with that. My yarn stash has a new home, I can see it ALL none hidden away and let me tell you it looks gorgeous!
I'll show you next time.
Right I'm off to bed to relax and read this months Simply Crochet magazine.
See you very soon