Tuesday, 17 January 2012
Anyone for Crochet?
Do you remember quite a while ago I started a blanket from that lovely book by Nicki Trench ~ Cute & Easy Crochet...
I had a stash of acrylic wool (a mixture of King Cole and Stylecraft Special DK), and started in earnest to make four hundred or so little squares...
...well it's been a while since I did any little squares, but at the weekend I decided to dig the yarn bag out and crack on.
Thing was, I felt a little bit burdened by the idea of making four hundred squares. I know I could have made a smaller blanket, I suppose you can make any shape or size you like with a pattern such as this one, but a New Idea presented itself. Just as I was thinking 'well if I'm not making my little squares blanket, what on earth can I use all this wool for then?' the answer to that question popped in my head and there was no going back.
I would make a cushion out of the little pile of squares for my little girl's bedroom, and I would use the rest of the wool to make a Granny Stripe! blanket
So that's what I did on Sunday.
As luck would have it I already had a small square cushion pad, and I had sixteen little squares already made up which fitted just right.
Sunday afternoon was spent crocheting them all together, along with many cups of tea and spontaneous games and lego building in between.
I made the cushion envelope style, and sewed on some sparkly pink buttons to fasten it together. Needless to say, my little girl is over the moon with it, and it now sits with Bunny on her bed.
But you know how it is, when you've got the seed of an idea blossoming in the recess of your mind, you want to get cracking on it. Well, I do at least. I was itching to start my Granny Stripe once I'd made my mind up to do it and once Small was in bed, I got busy.
Out came those gloriously sweet shades of wool...and out came the hook...a couple of hours of delicious hooky bliss ensued...
I confess to being in love with Granny Striping; how easy it is, how lovely and rythmical...how soothing it is to work up and down those colourful rainbow enriched rows, and how quickly it seems to grow!
I can heartily recommend doing a Granny Stripe blanket to anyone - it is one of the most satisfying things to have in your WIP basket. I've decided to make this blanket for my daughter, the colours are so sugary bright and just right for a little girl. As for the wool, I think I've mentioned before that as far as acrylic wool goes they seem pretty good, not overly greasy or squeaky, and the colours make it a very happy crocheting experience.
I'll keep you updated on my progress, if I carry on at this rate it might be finished in just a few weeks!
Before I go, I'd just like to thank you for your comments and enquiries from the last post, you're very kind and it's much appreciated :)
I hope you're enjoying a bright sunny week, thanks for popping in to see me today...
Love Julia x