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The Cromium blanket

I once read a short essay about knitters and crocheters and how most have a disproportionate view of the level of difficulty of the work they do. They make something, that the rest of the world looks at and thinks “wow that looks really difficult” and the knitter/crocheter is dismissive and says that it’s not that hard, it’s just stitch x, or a small baby thing etc. They’re not being smug or whatever, they just really don’t see it as something difficult. Generally I’d agree with that, and it relates to anything anyone does – whether it’s computer programming, painting walls, crocheting, lawyering. It’s not hard for the person who is in the field.

Except for this baby blanket. I look at it, it doesn’t look hard. I look at the pattern, it doesn’t look hard to follow.

I then proceed to spend days trying to figure out the first 3 rows.

Finally, with the aid of this helpful tutorial, I figured it out. Then it’s easy peasy lemon squeezy from there!

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Pattern: Chromium Star Blanket by Laura Lynn Hanks
Hook: 4 mm
Yarn: Panda cotton blend and Sullivan’s coton-a

Baby cradle blanket

This was the fastest blanket I’ve ever made, and the easiest. A very simple repetitive pattern that I’ve used a few times already and yet it hasn’t gotten boring – probably because it’s a mindless tv job. I used a lot less cotton than I thought I would – 3 and a bit yellow balls, and almost 2 of each of the white and grey balls.

It might be time to give the ripple pattern a bit of a break – thankfully this is the last one in the queue – I was planning to use the green and grey yarns for a grown up version, but it seems that’s no longer necessary, so I’ve saved myself quite a few months of work and some very sore fingers!

Now to decide what next… I’ve been thinking it might be time to embrace some nana crafts and make a tea cozy. I would have loved to do an Alice in Wonderland tea party theme for my wedding, but sadly I didn’t have the lead time or the spare time to make gorgeous tea cozies, wacky doilies, mad hatter fascinators, comb op shops for eclectic crockery and sugar bowls, and all sorts of cut crystal champagne flutes. Maybe something to work towards for my 40th birthday party, which is sadly only 6 years away. Plenty of lead time you might say!

Pattern: Easy Ripple Afghan by SusanB
Hook: 5.0mm
Yarn: 10 ply Wendy Fiori cotton, 5 ply Coton-A cotton

a blanket for dolly

I bought a dolls cot from the op shop last week for a whopping $9, and it matches the furniture in my son’s bedroom perfectly. So I had no choice really but to make a little blanket that matched his crochet blanket – which I don’t think I ever wrote about finishing!

It’s just 3 x 4 granny squares with 3 rounds for each square, and then edged with a simple treble crochet stitch. Only took about a week of evenings to do, and it really helped that I knew it was only going to be small!

 

Ripple rug for the couch

Currently the walls in our family room are forest green with rust red trim, which I only recently figured out was meant to look like wood. One day, when we’ve put the new kitchen in we will paint the open plan area that encompasses the kitchen, dining and family area – hopefully in a nice pale grey.

In a bid to influence my husband on this upcoming paint decision, I have started hooking a ripple rug for the couch. I’ve decided on no set pattern of colours, but a mix of cream, pale grey, charcoal and black (and any more greys that I can find in the next few weeks), in random order. I’m also adding a few red ripples in for contrast – it sounds odd but I think it will work.

13 ripples down, 67 to go! I estimate I need about 80 ripples, based on Attic24’s ripple rug. I’ll see how I go.

Pattern:
Easy Ripple Afghan by SusanB  (CO 130)
Hook:
5.00mm
Yarn:
Assorted 8 ply acrylics

Finished – baby blanket!

It’s finally finished and out of my life! It feels strange not having it to work on anymore 🙂

Granny square rug

granny square rug

granny square rug

Baby rug and the impending deadline!

I have been slaving away at a baby rug for my friend, who is due in July, but of course I would like to give it to her at her baby shower… which actually brings the deadline up by a month! The past few months have been highly unproductive for me, mainly as I’ve been lying on the couch sick as a dog with morning/noon/night sickness. Which is exciting in it’s own right, but has left me a bit behind in the old present making task!

So I now have 43 of the 48 squares done, but haven’t done each border in white – so I’m thinking it’s time to start the craft circle at work again. This is a risky business – as previously working in IT people are very curious but accepting of people doing strange things in the tea room, but now I’m in HR… well, they seem a little snobby here, a bit too cool for school.

I am thinking with this rug I will join the squares by crocheting – as Attic24 describes it. I have previously sewn them together, but this takes forever and the corners get a bit weird.

connecting colours in granny squares

This is something that’s been bugging me for a while – how do people add their next round of colour to their granny squares?

Some blogs describe it as ending the first colour entirely, knotting off and then starting the new colour in the same spot – eg the second chain space from the left, by tying a knot on the chain space.

This is how I do it:

At the end of the first colour I attach the chain space to the first lot of chains and then slip stitch the new colour in. I then flip it back to front, chain 3 and continue with the pattern.

This means that every second row is technically back to front, but to be honest it doesn’t look any different. I’m also left handed, so I don’t know if this has anything to do with anything.

Dealing with all the loose ends is a bit of a conundrum as well – though I just tie a double knot and cut it very short. I’m not really up for weaving and I feel like all the bits could still come out later.

The pattern I use:

chain 4, join into a circle

Row 1: chain 3, then create 2 tr, * chain 2, then 3 tr, *repeat x 2 (so 4 wedges and 4 chain spaces)

chain 2, then slip stitch into 3rd loop of original chain 3

Row 2: slip stitch the next colour in, then chain 3, create 2 tr, *chain 2, then 3 tr,  *repeat x 7 (so 8 wedges and 8 chain spaces)

chain 2, then slip stitch into 3rd loop of original chain 3

Row 3: slip stitch the next colour in, then chain 3, create 2 tr, *chain 2, then 3 tr,  *repeat x 10 (so 12 wedges and 12 chain spaces)

chain 2, then slip stitch into 3rd loop of original chain 3

and it just keeps going as large as you like!