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Baby Granny No. 3

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Greetings my friends. I warned you that these cups would be reappearing soon! The Little Man and I have been baking so grab a ginger nut and let’s do a bit of blanket loving.

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This journey started four years ago when I first picked up a hook and began learning how to crochet. You can read the story here. My grannies quickly became square and I was hooked (excuse the pun!). Fast forward to just before the Little Lady was born and I found my original practice granny along with the King Cole Chunky and decided to put them to good use.

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It wasn’t long before I had a reasonable sized square (1 m x 1 m) in these fabulously vibrant colours.

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Next came the fun part – the border (#10 in Edie Eckman’s ‘Around the Corner Crochet Borders’). Made out of popcorn stitches separated by 5 chain stitches and a treble it is fun and frilly and I love the effect. There is nothing subtle about this blanket! Beware though, this edging is time consuming and eats yarn like nothing else so be prepared before embarking on a large border!

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Ta-dah! There we have it. A super thick and warm baby blanket, perfect for wrapping a little one in on frosty walks.

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The chunky yarn gives this blanket a really tactile quality that the Little Lady really enjoys. It makes me so happy to see her pulling on those little bobbles, all warm and cosy in her woolly nest. The King Cole is not as smooth as the Stylecraft feeling somewhat more ‘plasticy’, especially when wet, but blanket is soft, snuggly, rich in colour and washes well.

So there we go. A simple project that has been an excellent stash buster as well as putting a practice square to good use. Win win! I know you have seen my final picture before, but it is so cute so you will have to humour me. Be back soon! 🙂

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Baby Granny No. 2

Hello all! I promised you crochet this time so here we are.

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Just as with the Little Man, I made 2 new blankets prior to the arrival of the Little Lady. I had always intended to create another baby granny like the one that I shared here. So, with the arrival of my baby imminent, I reread that post and set to work as instructed – whip up 6 squares in each of your 6 colours and border with cream. Excellent.

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Although we did not know what the gender of our child was to be I was inspired by the autumnal colours around me so went for seasonal browns, yellows and pinks and got started. 36 completed squares later I decided that there’s no point in reinventing the wheel and began to copy the original colour placement. It did not take me long to realise that my previous post was wrong. The first blanket did not contain 6 shades of blue/green but 7. Whoops. I blame baby brain. I will revisit that post and amend the details! Never mind, onwards and upwards.

However I was not going to start crocheting more squares at this point. So Baby Granny 2 really does only contain 6 colours and cream but I do not believe that it is any the poorer for it!

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Ahh, my two blankets for my two little munchkins. As you can see, there is a slight disparity in size despite being the same yarn on the same hook. This is simply because, as the years have gone by, my crochet has become more relaxed and even giving it a softer texture and resulting is a slightly looser weave.

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(Excuse the clutter but this one’s just so darn cute!) There is an extra special reason why this granny means so much to me. It was the day before my due date and I was desperate to both finish hooking and have the baby! By lunchtime the blanket was done. A few hours later I went into labour and out she popped on her due date, clever girl. She’d just been waiting for mommy to finish before she arrived.

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Blanket Stats:

Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK

Hook: 5 mm (H)

1132 : Shrimp
1114 : Sunshine
1064 : Mocha
1035 : Burgundy
1123 : Claret
1029 : Copper
1005 : Cream

Pattern: 4 round Granny Square then Bunny Mummy’s ‘chain round a granny‘ before the final round

Size: 90 x 90 cm (36 squares)

Edging: Double V Edging

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New Arrivals

Tree Skeleton Well hello there my lovelies, how long it has been! It has been the usual story of life snow balling and something has to give. I do apologise and can assure you that I have missed you all so much. And now I return to share the exciting news of a new arrival at Rosy Hill – the Little Man is now a proud big brother to our lovely Little Lady. image These last few months have been a magical journey as our family of 3 has expanded to include this precious new bundle. The Little Man has been amazing and has taken everything in his stride showering his sister with love and affection and always including her in his conversation. image So there we have it – life has changed completely and yet is still the same. Happy, busy lives full of family, fun and, of course, as much crochet as time allows. I am excited about sharing it again here! x image

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Crochet Mood Blanket – Week 7

Crochet Mood Blanket

Evening all! Here we are, Tuesday again and time for Hazel’s Crochet Mood Blanket link party. Very exciting this week as we actually have photographs taken in the daylight. Whoop whoop!

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I am so pleased to finally show you the true blanket so far. You can appreciate the subtle differences in colour: the purples (usually school days) from the bright, cheerful shades for happy work days to the dull, lifeless tones for the tired, stressful days. The pinks showing happy days with family and friends and the blues indicating how the weather has affected my mood.

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A happy pile of colourful squishiness.

Ends

Tonight I made an effort to deal with some of those pesky ends, sewing and snipping to secure them firmly. So boring but a very satisfying job. The overall appearance will be improved ten fold when it is complete.

Happyland Play

Today has been a cosy, homely day with lots of cuddles and familiar play. Many books have been read, toy boxes emptied, the track has been carefully assembled and spectacularly demolished. All good fun.

Ripple Blanket

To top it all I even managed to hook a couple of rows on my sister’s ripple blanket (see, my dear, I have not forgotten!).

Pizza Soup

As well as a lot of stay at home time, we’ve also been living life al-fresco this week, dodging the grey skies and making the most of any break in the weather. Today I chanced upon a notice on the Birmingham Museum and Art Galleries website announcing a visit from a mobile zoo at Blakesley Hall. A cheap, easy outing which would allow us all to have a breath of fresh air and enjoy a spot of outdoor dining.

Tea and Scone

We demolished the rest of yesterday’s Pizza Soup before tea and scones for dessert (not homemade but you can’t have everything!). A lovely little outing before bedding back down in the warmth of home. x

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Crochet Mood Blanket – Week 6

Crochet Mood Blanket

Ah, there it is. Never ending, squishy goodness. I am totally in love with this blanket! Due to its size and bad lighting, I admit that it is proving somewhat tricksy to photograph but never mind. We do our best!

Crochet Mood Blanket

Unfortunately I missed Hazel’s link party last week as my granny making slowed somewhat after a mistake in the joining. Pressure got to me and I took a few days off. It was such a relief when I had caught up and we are now fully back on track.

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Oh dear, just look at those ends! I was doing so well. By next Tuesday, I intend to have them all weaved in and snipped. I cannot bear to leave them for long or I’ll never do them!

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I am still fascinated about what I have learned regarding my relationship with colour. Take the purple in the photo above. I have two almost full balls of it as I was never overly keen on including it in previous projects. It is not particularly offensive but lilac does little for me. If I think about my mood colours, however, that colour strongly represents my feelings after a good day at work. How strange that a colour that I am not particularly fond of can symbolise such positive emotions.

Anyway, enough of my musings for today. Back soon! x

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365 Project – Week 6

Sunday Morning Lake

Good evening! It has been wonderful to see so many of you around at the moment. I hope that means that you are not bored of seeing my little snapshots. I really love sharing them with you, reliving happy times and remembering forgotten moments.

Sunday Sky

Sunday 2nd February: We shall begin with a sunny Sunday morning, the start of a lovely day. Nothing much happened. We didn’t really go out anywhere exciting. But it was me and the Little Man and that does not happen very often. I ducked outside soon after breakfast to take the pictures above but I was not quite ready to leave the house yet. It was too warm, too comfortable. I was having too much fun!

Duplo

Amusement came in the form of the Little Man’s Duplo. Oh how I love these colourful blocks. We have a bit of a mottled collection. There are some old Duplo-style bricks that came with some rather strange farm animals, which were purchased from the charity shop, a Duplo farm and a Duplo zoo. Altogether they make quite a pleasing collection. It makes me so proud watching my Little Man exercise his imagination. He places the pieces so carefully – just look at the tiger in the top right corner, his foot placed gently on his giant slab of meat. And the giraffes and the elephants are always left in close proximity to a luscious green tree. He’s such a clever boy!

As well as the happy memories it is the randomness that really pleases me – the giant giraffe and the huge tractor ready to trample any lonely animal that gets in the way. It reminds me of such games when I was a child – animals and people who bore no resemblance to reality in terms of scale or colour. As if this matters when you are transported to an imaginary world!

Inevitably our fun came to an end as the Little Man grew restless. Fresh air beckoned. We decided to visit the ducks and make the most of the sunshine which was to disappear by lunchtime.

Play Area Tree

Our path took us, as usual, to the play area. Whilst there I love gazing at this tree. There is nothing to spoil its sculptural quality – it just sits against the vast sky, the branches weaving their way towards the clouds.

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Love it!

Mood of the Day: Deep blue – I wanted my favourite bright blue but I cannot bring myself to have two identical blocks next to each other whatever my feelings that day. I have to like this blanket!

Jigsaws

Monday 3rd February: A rather last minute photo of the day but these do represent my favourite part of the day – playing with the Little Man before bedtime. His smiles and cuddles make everything worthwhile.

Mood of the Day: Charcoal grey – wet, tiring, rather miserable day.

Sunrise

Tuesday 4th February: Not a great deal to say about this day but I did at least manage to take this moment to calm myself and marvel at the beauty of nature before work.

Sunrise on the Lake

Mood of the Day: Plum – dull, tired, stressed.

Toy Car

Wednesday 5th February: I wasn’t really sure what to photograph today but the sight of this little car sitting on the kitchen worktop made me smile. Probably left by the Little Man as he tried to snaffle some tasty morsel off the side!

Mood of the Day: Deep pink – a definite lift in spirits after a good day at work. Feeling very content.

Tea and Chocolate

Thursday 6th February: Sometimes tea and chocolate is just what you need. 🙂

Mood of the Day: Teal – a rather wet day but feeling happy.

Bathing with Candles

Friday 7th February: Relaxing in the bath, sipping Sambuca and getting rid of the cares of the week. Wonderful!

Mood of the Day: Deep red – feeling warm and snuggly as I relaxed into the weekend. x

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365 Catch Up – Week 5

Morning sky

Hello my lovelies, I hope that you are all well. I have been trawling through my albums, selecting my favourites for my daily snapshot. I do love this project, I love seeing how my life evolves day-to-day, bobbing along quite contentedly with regular moments of excitement. I have split this post up to help keep the size down so will just do a few days at a time. I have also decided to merge my 365 Project and my Crochet Mood Blanket by including which colour matched my ‘feeling’ for that day.

Cake and Crochet

Wednesday 29th January: Being treated by my husband – a custard slice and a crochet hook brought a smile to my face and gave me a bit of peace before resuming work for the evening.

Mood of the Day: Beige – warm, comfortable, calm.

Cuppa and Crochet

Thursday 30th January: Cuppa and crochet – me time. I have said it before but I am loving this enforced hooky time of an evening. It is so good for the soul!

No Knead Bread

In other news, I am still continuing my No-Knead Bread journey, although it has somewhat slowed for the moment.

Mood of the Day: Ice blue – cold, tired.

Sponge Cake

Friday 31st January: A slice of sponge cake baked by my husband’s fair hands. What a lucky girl I am! (Do also note the beautiful, warm and furry cardigan covered in stars. My favourite item of clothing at the minute!)

Mood of the Day: Light blue – another day at the end of a long, tiring week. Lightened by the fact that it was Friday.

Splashing in the Mud

Saturday 1st February: I love my Little Man dearly but, if I am honest, this was a difficult week for him and therefore us. The world can be an infuriating place for a nearly-two year old. A lot of frustration. A lot of screaming. Sometimes I did not even know what the crying was about. Where had my wonderful, happy-go-lucky boy gone?

Forge Mill Farm

My solution to tetchiness is always to get out of the house so a trip to the farm with my sister was on the cards. Blue sunshine, lots of mud to splash in and animals to entertain. What could go wrong? Let’s just say the journey around the farm lasted under 30 minutes, 25 of which involved moaning and screaming. Argh! Get me out of here.

Indoor Picnic

We decided to escape the biting wind and take refuge in a little barn fitted out with tables and chairs for indoor picnicking. Within minutes peace descended. Smiles returned and there was much laughter and chatter, especially as we were quickly joined by two dogs and their owners who were also seeking a bit of warmth.

Play area

As good spirits had been restored we decided to burn off a bit of steam at the play area before we left. A lovely way to end a rather awful outing.

Mood of the Day: Shrimp – bright, cheerful, love and cuddles. Even a bit of moaning does not stop me being grateful for my weekends with my amazing boy.

p.s. I am glad to say that, as all such phases, Little Man’s mood had lifted by Sunday so peace and harmony has returned to our household. x

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Crochet Mood Blanket – Week 4

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Good evening all, Tuesday’s here again – time to join Hazel’s link party and update on my Crochet Mood Blanket. Boy is it getting big! Already longer than I am and still 4 more triangles to attach. Hey ho, it’ll be a weighty finished item. I always like to veer on the side of caution as I worry things will be too small – this is why I do not sew!

I am looking forward to some sunny Spring snaps so that you can see the true colours as they are much more vivid, but also softer, than these images imply. I love the fact that I would not choose these colours for a blanket but they work so well. I do miss my yellows and browns but I do not feel ‘yellow’ so it cannot appear in my mood blanket. As I have discovered that the weather affects what colour I ‘feel like’ on any given day, brown may start creeping in during the course of the year.

Crochet Mood Blanket 2014

It has been a revelation that I feel so pink for positive days full of family and friends, whereas the working week tends to lean towards various shades of purple depending on stress levels. Beige and greys are for those dark, Winter days, although they do not necessarily imply a dip in mood, just weather conditions! The blues come out when the sun is shining and my mood soars – finding myself outside for at least part of the day definitely lifts my spirits, even if it is just for P.E.. My moss-green day stands out as when I felt most connected to nature this year at the Birmingham Nature Centre (read about it here), though I envisage more green creeping in as the trees begin to leaf. The colours definitely dulled to match my mood towards the end of last week so I am pleased to see the brighter shades return as I regain the spring in my step.

If you are taking part in the Mood Blanket 2014 party, please leave a comment so that I can see how yours is coming on.

Back soon! x

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Crochet Mood Blanket – Week 3

Crochet Mood Blanket

Good evening all, lovely to see you here. It’s been a busy, happy weekend round here so blogging has slipped. I’ve got a few photos from the 365 Project to catch up on but will get around to all that soon.
Today, however, is time to update on my Crochet Mood Blanket. I am linking to Hazel’s Tuesday Updates in the hope that this should keep me on track throughout the year. It will be wonderful to have a record of how the project develops week by week.

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Awful as these pictures are (daylight would help) I have to say that I am loving how this blanket is coming along. I am so proud of the those diamonds joining together my little triangles. Eeek! I cannot wait to see it in a month or two.

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Tonight’s square was hooked whilst eating an amazing shortbread buttercream biscuit baked by my lovely mother. They were made on request in lieu of a birthday cake for yours truly and were as incredible as ever. Yum yum!

Well I must love you and leave you as it is past my bedtime. If you are also creating a Mood Blanket, please leave a comment with a link do that I can see how it is coming along.

Take care! x

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Crochet Mood Blanket – Week 2

Crochet Mood Blanket Week 2

Hello and welcome, it is Tuesday Tally Time! Today’s post will update you on the progress of my Crochet Mood Blanket. Hazel over at Hazel’s Crochet is creating a link party for people to share how they are getting on so I am going to post how it’s going every week (to join or have a nosey, check it out here).

I am still loving my enforced crochet every evening.

Crochet Mood Blanket Week 2

I especially enjoy choosing which colour I will be hooking that evening. Having not assigned a colour for each mood, I just rummage inside my bag and pull out the colour that I am feeling that day. Wouldn’t want to end up with tired/stressed for Monday-Friday every week! Crochet Mood Blanket Week 2

I love the way that the triangles are already beginning to tell a story. Moss green for Saturday as I was feeling relaxed and going ‘back to nature’ with out trip to the Nature Centre (read all about it here).

Crochet Mood Blanket Week 2

Pink for Sunday as I was buzzing after attending a wedding fayre for my lovely friend’s upcoming nuptials. Beige for today as we had a Victorian School Day today and I was seeing the world in sepia. Such fun!

As I did not have a pattern to go by I had to botch together a plan but it seems to be working out okay. As this involves turning the triangle each row I will do the same with my granny squares – it adds pattern and texture, okay?! After a couple of days I decided to change the yellow centres to cream. The look of the yellows with the colours did not look like it did in my mind! As you can see, I still have the maroon triangle to redo. Other than that and a couple of stray ends, I feel we are relatively up to date on progress.

Crochet Mood Blanket Week 2

Yes, I am loving  my granny patches. There will be 14 triangles to make until progressing onto the squares for row 2. 26 rows of 14. This blanket should be some size!

If you are making a Mood Blanket, please add a comment so I can come and see how yours is getting on. 🙂

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