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Another UFO Finished!

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First published on Woolymoss.comIMG_1481IMG_1366IMG_1484This “Heart of Hearts” felt appliqué cushion has joined the ranks as a finished project. I first purchased this kit by Michaela Smith during my visit to Yarndale last year. The kit was of good quality English Felt. I hand stitched the whole cushion cover using mainly blanket stitch. Most of the individual squares were made whilst I was on a cruise in December. It was an ideal travel project as it was broken down into small manageable pieces.

I wasn’t too pleased with how I worked the Felt squares together at the corners. This is where the buttons come in as I used them to disguise the untidy corners. So onwards we go! Bring on the next project! Maybe I should continue to work through my pile of un finished objects.

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Focusing at Yarndale

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A great visit to Yarndale in Skipton a few weeks ago. This is One of my favourite days out of the year. Of course I didn’t go to buy any yarn, after all my stash is beyond measure! I just went to enjoy the woolly experience. Well, enjoy it I did! I enjoyed buying some beautiful four ply Merino wool. Well it was a bargain and it would have been rude not to buy it. I checked out all of the stalls, which are incidentally, located in a the animal pens of an auction mart. I enjoyed squeezing lots of wools and admired the rainbows of colours. It’s the colours that are the main attraction. I enjoyed buying a wool felt cushion kit. A girl can never have too many cushions (although when I will make it I have no idea!)IMG_1366I  did also buy hessian, now I REALLY needed this! Also a roll of Tweed scraps just because I could!

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Done It!

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Yippee! I’ve finished my crochet blanket, or is it an Afghan? I have worked this blanket in front of a roaring fire all winter. The colder the weather became the faster the blanket grew. I am delighted with the end result. It’s very fortunate that it is complete as I was making this for my campervan. We go away in Damnvan1 tomorrow so hooray.

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I bought this crochet kit to make a blanket way back in September last year at Yarndale. I bought the yarn from Attic24 and intended to make their Coast Ripple Blanket. This colour scheme is so representative of the sea, beach and cliffs it is perfect for a camper-van. The yarn pack is Stylecraft Special DK.

I started the pattern provided but WOW! As a fairly inexperienced crochet girl I really struggled with the “wave” or ripple pattern. My waves didn’t ripple at all. Obviously a major problem with my technique. After multiple attempts at the waves I abandoned hope.  At this point I stumbled across “Spice of Life” crochet blanket by Sandra Paul. Sandra is also known as Cherry Heart http://www.cherryheart.co.uk

 

 

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This Spice of Life pattern was perfect for me as it was like working a sampler. There were multiple stripes using many different stitches. I worked my way through the pattern ( a little slowly) and built up my stitch repertoire. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The yarn is soft and warm, the pattern lovely and the end result very satisfying.

I deliberated long and hard about whether or not to do a border but I’m really glad that   I did. The border was a further learning experience and really finishes off the blanket. The blanket didn’t need blocking.

The finished blanket is made from the Spice of Life pattern by Cherry Heart and Black Sheep Wools. http://www.cherryheart.co.uk  www.blacksheepwools

The wools and colour sequence are from Attic24 at http://www.attic24.com

I think that now I would be able to work the ripple blanket. In fact I noticed that Attic24 have a new kit, so maybe at Yarndale this year……

Crochet Project Mix

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Way back in September last year I attended Yarndale 2015 and I’m already looking forward to Yarndale 2016! I have GOT to finish at least some of the projects that I purchased before returning and yes, you got it! Purchasing more.HardWorkAheadSign_thumb

One project that I invested in was a crochet throw ( or afghan )  from Attic 24. It is called Attic 24 Coast Ripple Blanket. I adore the colours with the sand, sea and surf tones it’s gorgeous.

The instructions for Coast Ripple Blanket were clear and precise but I couldn’t get a grip of it. I’m a fairly novice crocheter never having followed a pattern. I decided to abandon the Coast ripple and try a pattern that I had my eye on from Sandra Paul at http://www.cherryheart.co.uk in conjunction with Black Sheep Wools, old friends of mine.

I made a colour chart card before I started the work and this has proved an invaluable aid to sorting out the colours. It’s also a good use of one of my hundreds of postcards!

This pattern is called “Spice of Life” and is  a great way to learn new stitches. It is rather like working through a sampler of crochet stitches. I am making very good progress and love the “Coast Ripple Spice of Life”  throw that is emerging from my crochet hook. Cozy days ahead!

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New Project

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New Project

imageI’m just starting a new project. I’m really good at starting new projects, just really bad at finishing projects. This one is different. I’m going to make a blanket for the Campervan next season. Well, maybe the season after!

I purchased a kit from Attic24 when I was at Yarndale in September. The blanket is called “Coast Ripple Blanket”and is in shades of blueish. I was immediately struck by the colours and squashiness of the yarn. Don’t you just have to squeeze wool whilst feasting your eyes with the colours?

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I have never followed a crochet pattern before so this may be something of a challenge. Anyhow I have sorted out the wool, planned the project and typically haven’t got the correct size crochet hook. I seem to have DOZENS of hooks, needles and pins but have never got the one that I need. Well maybe I have if I had the patience to sort out my so called stash chest. But that is another project for another time.

I have started by being very organised (it won’t last!) and sorted out the various colours into a chart. So I’m ready to crochet. Just need to buy the hook.

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Wordsmith Wednesday – crochet

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Crochet is a process of creating fabric by interlocking loops of yarn, thread, or strands of other materials using a crochet hook. The name is taken from the French word “crochet”, meaning small hook. These are made of materials such as metal, wood, or plastic and are manufactured commercially and produced in artisan workshops. The salient difference between crochet and knitting, beyond the implements used for their production, is that each stitch in crochet is completed before proceeding with the next one, while knitting keeps a large number of stitches open at a time. (Variant forms such as Tunisian crochet and broomstick lace keep multiple crochet stitches open at a time.)

At Yarndale 2015 last weekend I met dozens of crochet experts. The end products were beautiful including some stunning shawls. I intend to “have a go” but am wary of the Lacey patterns as I always seem to get into trouble with “holes”

I have many pieces of crochet but they are mainly cloths, or doilies. Much too intricate for my patience!

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As an aside many of the ladies who crochet call themselves “Hookers” very tongue in cheek!

More Yarndale and P.I.M.s

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imageOn my recent trip to Yarndale 2015 I must say that I did leave rather loaded with projects to make, ideas to mull over and enthusiasm unbounded! However, rather than allow these projects to join my UFO (Unfinished Objects) or PHD (Projects Half Done) pile I have decided to call them PIM (Projects In Mind) I have a lot of these elusive projects all in my mind!

I purchased this lovely, colourful pack of wool from Attic24, which will become a crocheted Coast Ripple Blanket one day. Take a look at http://www.attic24.typepad.com

imageI was delighted to meet a fellow blogger Christine Perry who blogs under the name of “Winwick Mum”. She has recently published a book “Super Socks” which she very kindly signed for me. One day I will have a go at knitting socks (another PIM?) and join her on line sockalong. It was fab to put a face to a name of someone I have followed on line for some time.

I also found some fabric exactly right for Nanna Amy’s Vintage Tea Party. This will be used to up cycle a vintage leather case. Phew ….. More work!

If I was to change one thing about Yarndale It would be to have a bloggers meet up. It would be wonderful to meet for a coffee for a blogging natter!

still more about Yarndale 2015 to follow….

Yarndale 2015

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imageThis weekend I visited Yarndale in Skipton North Yorkshire.This is an annual  festival of creativity, celebrating all things woolly and wonderful!  We were staying in Grassington not too far away, in our Campervan. It seemed like a good idea to go into Skipton on the bus ( very eco friendly etc!). I spent a LOT of time on Saturday waiting for buses but I had a great time!

When I eventually arrived in Skipton there were vintage buses provided especially for Yarndale. The buses were the old “London style” and dressed in knitted bunting. It’s a long time since I travelled on one of these buses!

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Yarndale was held in Skipton Auction Mart which was beautifully decorated for the occasion. There were more than 6000 crocheted triangles organised into a awesome display of bunting. The triangles were created by the readers of Lucy’s blog at http://www.attic24.typepad.com and they came from over 31 countries.

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The individual animal pens within the auction mart were converted into shops, seating areas and provided a knit “n” natter lounge, coffee shop and an Oxfam Bag Crèche.
More news from Yarndale tomorrow!