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Rainbow for Big Bro

The last of the 8 blankets I have crocheted for my Grandchildren. It is quite a relief to know they all have one now.

I am following in the footsteps of my paternal Grandmother who crocheted a blanket for each of her 14 grandchildren, luckily, I only have 8.

The brief: Big Bro wanted ripples like his brother’s blanket, but different.

He wanted bright rainbow colours and lots of blues. I made a sample in all Stylecraft Special DK yarn, but the purple, orange and some of the blues were not quite right, so we scoured the internet to find the colours he liked.

I always really enjoy the design process with my Grandchildren. They have very clear ideas about what they want and I like to encourage them. I believe it is important to give children opportunities to make creative decisions – a life skill worth having which encourages them to develop their own style.

The pattern is Attic24’s Neat Ripple Blanket using Acrylic DK and 4.5mm hook

I did a starting Chain of 213

It measures 1m 34cm x 1m 94cm

Each row of colour (2 rows of crochet) takes about 15 gms of SSDK yarn.

crochet rainbow blanket, throw
The mix of repeating colour orders and random mixes makes the blanket more interesting – well I think so. Do you agree? Or would you prefer a strict repeating pattern?

Colour Order:

You can find the colour order for the first 30 rows in this post.
Rows 31 onwards
Geraardsbergen (2011).  Scheepjes Colour Crafter

Saxe           Cygnet DK

Petrol   James C Brett Top Value Shade 846

Hayfield Bonus Extra Value Shade 0824

Turquoise SSDK (Stylecraft Special Double Knit)

Empire SSDK

Petrol SSDK

Green SSDK

Grass Green SSDK

Sunshine SSDK

Bright Orange – James C Brett

Matador SSDK

Fuchsia Purple SSDK

Orchid – King Cole Pricewise DK

Purple – King Cole Pricewise DK

Lobelia – SSDK

Royal – SSDK

Lapis – SSDK

Aster – SSDK

Turquoise – SSDK

Azure –  Hayfield Bonus DK, Extra Value (0824)

Petrol – James C Brett

Empire – SSDK

Petrol – SSDK

Bottle – SSDK

Green – SSDK

Grass – SSDK

Sunshine SSDK

Bright Orange – James C Brett

Matador  – SSDK

Raspberry – SSDK

Fuchsia Purple – SSDK

Orchid – King Cole Pricewise DK

Purple – King Cole Pricewise DK

Royal SSDK

Geraardsbergen (2011).  Scheepjes Colour Crafter

Aster – SSDK

Lapis – SSDK

Empire – SSDK

Azure –  Hayfield Bonus DK, Extra Value (0824)

Turquoise – SSDK

Petrol   James C Brett Top Value Shade 846

Petrol – SSDK

Bottle – SSDK

Green – SSDK

Grass – SSDK

Sunshine SSDK

Bright Orange – James C Brett

Matador  – SSDK

Fuchsia Purple – SSDK

Orchid – King Cole Pricewise DK

Purple – King Cole Pricewise DK

Lobelia – SSDK

Royal – SSDK

Saxe           Cygnet DK

Geraardsbergen (2011).  Scheepjes Colour Crafter

Aster – SSDK

Turquoise – SSDK

Azure –  Hayfield Bonus DK, Extra Value (0824)

Petrol – James C. Brett

Empire – SSDK

Petrol – SSDK

 

THE BORDER

rainbow blanket

The first row in Petrol – James C. Brett,  filled in the troughs of the waves, following the instructions onAttic24’s website.

The second row of single crochet (US) is in the same yarn.

Third row in Azure –  Hayfield Bonus DK, Extra Value (0824) is double crochet (US)

Fourth and last row is in Turquoise SSDK in Crab Stitch.

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Ta Dah!!!

rainbow blanket for a 10 year old

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For other crocheted blankets go to my THROWS page

 

In a Vase on Monday: Pink, White and Grey

in a vase on Monday, crochet doily

The colour combination that is floating my creative boat at the moment is pink, white and grey.

In the vases (two jam jars and an old Victorian ink pot) are Stacchys, a white perennial wallflower with a delicious scent, red campions and a pink geranium.

The crocheted doily is from a pattern by Zoya Matyushenko – oh I do love her patterns – but oh boy! you do have to concentrate very hard when making them. This one is Birgitta and has yet to be blocked. I am thinking of putting it on a wire hoop to hang on the wall.

I used a 3mm hook and Junaluna gradient yarn, which is a 3ply cotton and not the easiest to work with, but it looks fabulous and it so wonderfully soft, it would be gorgeous for a shawl.

I am joining Cathy as she gathers lilacs from her gardentoday, with lots of other locked down gardeners from all over the world – and what a wonderfully colourful lot we all are, to be sure.

Is it a Hat, is it a Wig?

chemo wig, crochet, hat, wig

My latest variation of one of my basic hat/wig patterns.

Here is the originalcrochet wig

I have added rows of DK yarn in between the main rows of the chunky yarn.crochet chemo wig

I’m thinking I might make another with multicolured yarns of all different weights – it could be a great stash-buster.

The hat/wigs have been worn for fancy dress:  a multi-coloured one, modelled here by my lovely daughter-in-law

fancy dress, crochet wig

They have been bought for wearing in college plays, as fun chemo wigs, by my nephew and his mates on a zany night out and of course Halloween

Cruella Deville anyone

fancy dress wig

Joining in with Ginny’s Yarn Along

The book I am re-reading and the moment is  Tao of Pooh

An oldie but goodie.

In a Nest on Monday

ode to March, nest, hellebore

Hellebore and Hebe in a Lost Garden.

This little hebe is the star of the show in my garden at the moment, I just love it’s pink tips.

The hellebore sits in one of last year’s blackbird’s nest found in the loganberry which is trained against a wooden fence.

The crochet mandala is a pattern by Helen Shrimpton, called Lost Garden and inspired by the Lost Gardens of Helligan. It will be a blanket.

I had a play with the photo to create a more vintage look

Which do you prefer?

Do you think either would make a good greetings card?

Pop along over to Cathy’s Garden blog and see what gardeners all over the world are putting in a Vase this Monday.

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I’m adding a close up for Cee’s Flower of the Day

birds nest and crochet

Scrap Happy February

I am having a serious sort out of all my yarny WIPs and UFOs.

In 2016 I made a blanket to send to Syria for refugees, inspired by Mrs Snail’s method of joining oddments of yarn with a knot and leaving the knots as texture in the work – with no ends to sew in!

My daughter, asked for another to throw over an armchair for her farmer husband to sit in when he came in during the day covered in all manner of mess and muck. In the box where all the UFOs are stored I found these

usig up oddments

I can’t remember what they were for – maybe I was going to make cushion covers, anyway, I decided to unravel them and make another blanket for myself. I have been unravelling lots and lots of abandoned bits – it was such a relief to come to this decision.scrap blanket

The yarns are a mixture of cotton, wool, and acrylic. some is from my Mum’s stash, but mostly it is from old abandoned projects of mine. Plus oddments left over from finished projects.

All are tied together with reef knots (left over right, right over left).

What a haul ….

upcycled

and there’s plenty more to come!

I’m using a 5mm hook and started with a few rows of chunky weight turquoisescraps pf yarn

I have been keeping my bits and pieces, left over from sewing in ends a bag in a drawer

but when we met in West Bay for our Sweet Pea Gathering, one of our group told us she is storing her ends in a glass jar and then posted a photo on FB – oh they did look pretty – so now ….

yarn ends

I’m sorting my ends into colour jars – it makes sewing in ends much more fun!

A friend I met on the Collage Workshop in November, says she uses ends like these when she makes paper out of fabric off cuts. I’m not sure what I will do with mine yet – but for now I’m enjoying them brightening up the windowsil.

Joining in with Kate and her happy band of scrappers in her regular Scrap Happy post.

Yarn Along with Ginny

yarn along

A peek at the corner of the Rainbow Amanzi Throw I’m making for my 8 year old granddaughter. Her birthday is in April, I think I will have it finished by then.  Anyone who knows the pattern will see that I have made some modifications – Jen Tyler’s designs encourage experimentation!

I’m enjoying these lively colours in the depths of Winter amd to offset the ‘noise’, I’m enjoying revisiting the book “Returning to Silence”.

It was published in 1988, I first read it, and loved it, in 1998 and now I’m enjoying it again. Like so many similar books, it is about coming back to the self, being present in the moment, knowing your peaceful centre, no matter what you are doing. I like the way it soothes me and takes me there again.

Meanwhile I keep crocheting these bright zingy colours!

Joining in with Ginny’s Yarn Along

Windows

Here we are again at the first Tuesday of the month and time to share our WINDOW photos.

We had snow here, in the South of England, last Friday and this was the view from my bedroom windowsnowy view

It is really difficult to adequately describe the joy of sitting in my cosy bed, crocheting rainbows for my granddaughter (Big Sis, aged 8 – yes she chose the Rainbow Amanzi) with Radio 4 playing The Book of the Week: Silence

I still get a warm fuzzy glow remembering the sheer pleasure, delight and gratitude for all that has brought me to this place of peace and joy.

Life has had it’s tumultuous ups and downs and in the darkest times I used to dream of a scene like this, a feeling like this. Dreams really do come true, feels good to acknowledge that and know that if things go wambly again in the future, I can always look back to this for comfort and to realign those dreams.

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I’m really looking forward to seeing the WINDOWS you have captured with your camera this month and perhaps the thoughts or stories that go with them.

Just leave a link in the Comments below.

A window on your world – or keeping the curtains cosily drawn; one photo, a group of photos, current or archive – all are welcome!

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If you would also like to join in with Jenn’s Photo Challenge : Comfortable and Cozy, pop on over to Travelling at Wit’s End.

 

There’s a Whole Lot of Crochet Going On

Hello everyone!spcal

I have been a bit quiet in blogland for a while – I’m in hibernation mode and loving it. Warm fires, stews bubbling away on the woodburner and plenty of dark evening time for crochet and doodling.

For the 4th time I’m joining in with Attic24’s January Crochet Along. The first was the Cosy Cal, second the Moorland, Third was last year’s Woodland and now I am making this year’s Sweet Pea Blanket – oh what a joy it is to be part of this wonderfully supportive cosy crochet community. The Facebook Group Attic24 Moorland and More is a great place to spend some time for crochet chat.

I love the colours Lucy has chosen, I would never have put Magenta and Pomegranate together, but she is a genius when it comes to mixing 15 colours in a blanket design. In the past I have substituted some of the colours but this year I’m sticking to her colours …. but not her order! My creative mind just has to have a play.

Part 1 completed in Stylecraft Special DK and using a 4.5mm hook

Sweet Pea Cal, Attic24

Lucy gives three options for the colour order: Posy which is what she calls organised random, Colourwash, which blends blocks of colours and Repeat which is all the colours in a repeating sequence of 15 rows. I could not decide which one I liked best so I am making a Baby Blanket size and am mixing up the Posy and Colourwash styles and hope it works.

I’m not quite sure I like the above order, so I did a sample doll’s blanket with a slight adjustment

Sweet Pea Cal, Attic 24

Here is the Doll’s Blanket order, going from bottom to top:

  1. Violet (foundation chain, sc (US) row and row 2)
  2. Lavender (row 3)
  3. Violet (row 4)
  4. Lavender (row 5)
  5. Plum (row 6)
  6. Magenta (rows 7 and 8)
  7. Pistachio (row 9)
  8. Magenta (row 10)
  9. Meadow (row 11)
  10. Cypress (row 12)
  11. Pomegranate (rows 13 and 14)
  12. Blush (rows 15 and 16)
  13. Candyfloss (row 17)
  14. Blush (row 18)
  15. Candyfloss (rows 19 and 20)
  16. Cream (row 21)
  17. Pistachio (row 22)
  18. Cream (row 23)
  19. Meadow (row 24)
  20. Fuschia Purple (25 and 26)
  21. Magenta (27)
  22. Fuchsia Purpke (28)
  23. Magenta (29)
  24. Wisteria (30 and 31)
  25. Soft Peach (32)
  26. Wisteria (33)
  27. Pistachio (34 and 35)

doll's blanket

The Sweet Pea blanket has caused such a buzz! It is exciting to be part of it.

Over 5,000 – yes FIVE THOUSAND, Sweet Pea Packs have been sold by Wool Warehouse!

It makes my heart sing to know that the world is being wrapped in Sweet Pea blankets!

I am hosting a Sweet Pea Gathering for anyone making the blanket, so on Sunday 3rd. February I will be somewhere in Bridport at 10.15am for coffee and crochet, with anyone who wants to join me! When I know how many would like to come along I will fix a venue – I have a couple in mind.

I chose Bridport as it is my old stamping ground and where Lucy grew up. She still visits and blogs about the area, so I thought it would be fun and a nice link to meet there. I’m very excited to see who turns up.

Have any of you been tempted to join in with Lucy’s Crochet Along this year?

Joining in with Ginny’s January Yarn Along

Yarn Along: Land, Sea and Sky

cosy stripe crochet blanket

I have SO enjoyed making this blanket.

I usually have 3 main projects on the go at any one time.

One that is Work, one for Rest and one for Play.

This has been my ‘Rest’ blanket that I have been making when I need a break from complicated patterns that require focus and concentration like the Karoo Vintage Mystery Along (a Play project) and the Dreamcatchers. (Work projects as they had to be done by a certain date).

I have made this ‘Land, Sea and Sky Blanket’ in odd moments, in the evenings, whilst waiting for appointments, when I have felt too tired to do anything else and when I’m out and about with the grandchildren.

Lucy’s Cosy Stripe Pattern is the most relaxing pattern to make, with just enough interest so that it does not become boring and stitches (double crochet -US) I can do without looking at it for a lot of the time.crochet blanket

From the left the stripes start with sky, then go to sea, sand, land, sky, sea, sand, land, sky.

I made up the sequence and colour choices as I went along.

Mostly made in Stylecraft Special DK yarn with a 4.5mm hook.

Colours: Cloud Blue, Sherbert, Denim, Teal, Storm, Aster, Cream, Buttermilk, Camel, Silver, Grey, Cypress, Sage, Meadow, Mocha, Pale Rose, Soft Peach,

and a variegated yarn and pale turquoise from my stash that I had used in this blanket.

This is the sort of project I make when doing other things, so it takes no time at all and is using yarn from the stockpile in my loft. I’m sad to see it come to an end as now I have to do the edging and finish sewing in the ends, so it will briefly fall into the ‘Work’ category.crochet blanket, afghan

It has been a delight.

Joining in with Ginny’s Yarn Along .

Ginny asks us to include a book we are reading. I rarely read nowadays but I do listen to a lot of Comedy and Drama on Radio 4 Extra which I believe is possible to access from other countries. This is a nice bit of silliness: Revolting People by Andy Hamilton.

Cosmic Bedspread Complete

Tah Dah!!!       Drum roll please!

At last it is finished

crochet bedspread

This has been a really fun project to make. The journey began back in April when Helen Shrimpton’s Crochet Along started and I finished the CAL back in June, but I wanted to do a few more rows to make it bigger and work out how to make a scalloped edge.

crochet picot edging

The bedspread, shown here on a 5′ wide double bed, had to wait patiently in the background whilst I made a couple of dreamcatchers for birthday presents, and then it was hard to pick it up again.

But I did it!!

I can highly recommend Helen’s patterns and this one is FREE and comes with a video tutorial.

To see other amazing Cosmics, join Helen’s Hookaholics on FB and go to the Photo Albums. If you ever need inspiration for colour combinations there is surely no better place to go.

I made this Bedspread with Scheepjes Whirl and Whirlettes and a 3mm hook:

2 x Rosewater Cocktail Whirl

1 x Jumping Jelly Whirl

1 x Citrus Whirlette

1x Blueberry Whirlette

I really enjoyed mixing up the Whirls and playing with the gradients in the colours to get the effect I wanted.

It measures 1m 41cm – 1m 35cm.           or             4’6.5″ x 4’5″

Blog posts showing progress:

Making a start. Parts 1 and 2

Parts 3 and 4

Parts 5 and 6

Parts 7 and 8

Part 9 and beyond

I am so happy with my zingy bedspread!

Karoo Vintage Mystery Along

Jen Tyler of Hooks ‘n’ Tails is another fabulously creative crochet designer.

Her style takes a bit of getting used to

Jen Tyler desing

but so worth it if you can cast pre-conceived ideas to the wind and go with her!

This pattern is a Mystery even to Jen herself, she is making it up as she goes along and each week gives us another few rows to work on. The pattern starts with a flower and then We’re OFF! on a voyage of discovery.

Karoo Vintage MAL, Jen Tyler

Texture, overlay and all sorts of avant garde instructions follow.

Karoo Vintage MAL by Jen Tyler

If it were not for the videos, I don’t think I would ever be able to follow the patterns. They are clear and well written but the stitches and methods of achieving them are unconventional, often taking a bit of working out and it makes my head spin.

Karoo Vintage Mystery Along

Even the videos are not easy to follow.

They are not tutorial videos, but more Jen racing along with her crochet hook and me scampering behind trying hard to keep up! Sometimes I re-play the video 4 or five times to work things out.

I have just arrived at the end of Part 3 and it measures 67cm (26″)  square.

end of part three

This project is like going on a Crochet Safari – you have to keep your wits about you and you never know what exciting new experience is round the next corner.

It is fun! And I have to concentrate so hard that all other worries melt away for hours on end – so therefore it also gets to be relaxing.

If you want a crochet adventure, this is definitely the right pattern for you!

There are plenty of other brave explorers who have picked up the challenge and you can see all their amazing work on Instagram, Facebook and Ravelry.

Details:

Karoo Vintage Mystery along by Jen Tyler

4.5mm hook and Stylecraft Special DK in woodland colours.

woodland colours

I loved working with Woodland colours for my Woodland Ripple so much, I was just waiting for another project in which I could use them again.

Joining in with Ginny’s monthly Yarn Along.

I rarely read books nowadays but I do listen to stories and dramas on the Radio whilst I crochet and The Little Ottleys has been a delight to listen to whilst going on safari in the Karoo.

 

Happy 6th Birthday

dreamcatcher, wall art, crochet

I finished the Dreamcatcher in time for Little Miss M’s birthday!

Hurray!

She loves it, especially as her big sister has one, she seemed especially pleased about that. I love it so much I am going to have to make one for myself as well.

It fits perfectly on a 40cm coated metal hoop which I got from Glitterwitch.

The 2ply crochet thread used is Rico Essentials with the turquoise (Tropic) from Scheepjes Sweet Treat. I used a 2mm hook.

The pattern is Tuuli by Zoya Matyushenko, a free pattern if you join her Facebook Group

Zoya’s patterns are a delight to work, at almost every row you could stop and have a finished designTuuli

crochet doily

I’m tempted to try one in DK to see what size it would be, but just at the moment it is so hot here I don’t even feel like crocheting – now that is seriously hot!!!

Little Miss M’s birthday party was yesterday – on the hottest day so far this summer in the UK (according to the News) – the theme was ‘The Greatest Showman’, there was a bouncy castle, dressing-up, a Mum brought a rainbow coloured parachute for parachute games, circus skills eqipment to play with… it was fun! It was HOT! I got out my little indoor watering cans and sprinkled the children on their heads, wrists and the backs of necks to keep them cool.

Rain is forecast for Sunday – yes please!!!

Yarn Along: Rosslyns

rosslyn lap blankets

The Rosslyns are coming along.

It is fun to make the same pattern in the same colours but in a different order.

I’m not totally sold on the pale pink (Soft peach) rows in the one on the left – what do you think?

It might look better when I have done a few more rounds.

I don’t like how the ‘roses’ turned out in the one on the right so I will be making some flowers to sew on for the other one.

This is Helen Shrimpton’s paid for pattern made in Stylecraft Special DK with a 4.5mm hook

8 colours:

Buttermilk, Duck Egg, Storm, Lincoln, Cream, Old Rose, Raspberry, Soft Peach

Joining Ginny’s Yarn Alongcrochet lap blankets

Ginny likes us to add the book we are currently reading, but as you may know I hardly ever read fiction nowadays. I do however love to listen to the Radio whilst crafting and am really enjoying the new comedy on BBC Radio 4, ‘Ground Control’, starring Tamsin Greig.

Cosmic Cal: Part 9 and beyond

cosmic cal, cotton crochet

I finished Part 9 of the Cosmic Cal designed by Helen Shrimpton

all but the final row of Crab Stitch.

At this point the bedspread has taken 2 and a half Whirls and just over half of a Whirlette. There is only a little of the Jumping Jelly Whirl left as you can see in the photo above.

3mm hook

The width is just over a metre

Cosmic cal in Scheepjes Whilr

which would be fine for a single bed, but I wanted it to go on the double in my guest bedroom – (to go with the crazy chandelier) – so it needs to be a bit bigger.

Continuing with my account of how I arranged the colours and made some additions:

Part 9

Rounds 91, 92 and 93 were worked in the Citrus Whirlette and then I continued with the Jumping Jelly to make a round or Helen’s newly invented Slanting Clusters, which she demonstrates in this You Tube tutorial video for Part 9.

cosmic cal

Row 95 was worked in the Jumping Jelly and I did not work the last row (Crab stitch) of the Cal.

Beyond Part 9

To expand the design, I added rows from Parts 4 and 5 – the Sunbursts.

This would have been quite simple if I had decided to just repeat these rows, adjusting the stitch count accordingly, but I decided I wanted to see if I could get the Sunbursts to fan out a little more – so here goes!

The tricky bit was how to judge the amount of yarn needed …scheepjes whirl and cotton 8

There was about half a Rosewater Cocktail Whirl left and a little under half of the Citrus Whirlette. The wonderful members of the Scheepjes Whirl Facebook group have been such an amazing support for this project.

I just asked the question and got immediate answers about which yarn would go with the colours already in the bedspread: Blueberry Scheepjes Whirlette and  Scheepjes Cotton 8 in Light Blue Green, Fuchsia and Sea Green.

The Cotton 8 is a little thicker than the Whirl yarn and pure cotton (the Whirls are a Cotton and Acrylic mix) but they work in well.

To blend the orange at end of the Jumping Jelly with the magenta and turquoise mix of the the next bit of the Rosewater Cocktail, I worked rows as follows (US terms):

A round of half-doubles in Fuschia,

A round of doubles in Rosewater Cocktail,

A round of singles in Sea Green Cotton 8

2 rounds to create the Star Stitch in Rosewater Cocktail

A round of singles in Sea Green

Edge

I mainly followed the pattern for Part 4 of the Cosmic Cal, but spaced the starting semicircles of the Sunbursts at 35 stitches apart instead of the 25 sts in the pattern.

To find the right positions for these sunbursts, I found the middle of each side and marked the centre of the Sunbursts with stitch markers.

To get the Sunbursts to fan out more than in the pattern I kept the stitches in between to rows of single crochets (instead of dcs) and added some chain sts between the groups of trebles and treble picots (Round 61 of the pattern)

crochet, adding to Cosmic Cal

In the next round instead of ch3 between each group, I did ch5 in the first and last gap and ch 4 in the other gapsfanning out the sunbursts

 

The Rosewater Cocktail Whirl came to an end in this Round and I started the Blueberry Whirlette.

For the sunbursts to lie flat I skipped a st before starting the sunburst and at the end, I also increased a stitch either side of the central point.adding an edge

 

crochet

crochet edge

I do make life tricky for myself sometimes.

Two more Rounds to go ……..

Joining in with Frank’s Photo Challenge : Colourful

 

 

Cosmic Cal Parts 7 – 8

With Part 6 of the Cosmic Cal completed,

timourous beasties

doesn’t it look perfect with this chair covered in a luxurious fabric by ‘Timorous Beasties‘…..

…….. on to Part 7 in which we meet the dastardly Cosmic Stars!!!

Helen’s You Tube tutorial for Part 7 is  here.

Continuing with the Jumping Jelly Whirl until completing Round 78, I worked Round 79, the first part of the Cosmic Stars, in Citrus Whirlette.

I don’t know if it is because I am left-handed and following a right-handed video, or because I was using a 4 ply cotton yarn which has no give, but I just could not get the placement of the spokes right – stitch markers to the rescue!

cosmic stars

There was much chat on the FB groups about these stars and I was near to giving up on them when one wonderful person suggested working into front posts instead of front loops and this worked much better for me. Phew!DSC_0580

By the time I had worked along one side I was down to only needing the bottom middle marker to show me the way

cosmic stars

Finding the ‘eye’ of the star in the completing row was tricky, so I employed a knitting needle to make the hole big enough to get my hook throughCosmic Cal, free pattern

Cosmic Cal, free pattern, crochet

I was so relieved to get to the end of those Stars, knowing I would never have to make them again!

However, lots of people said they loved them and are making several more Cosmics including the Stars.

Mercifully Part 8 was delightfully relaxing as I continued into the orange section of the Jumping Jelly.

Part 9 to come.

Cosmic Crochet Along

Behind the scenes I have been beavering away at Helen Shrimpton’s current Crochet Along, the Cosmic Cal 

and I have just completed Part 6cosmic cal

Currently measuring 32″ x 35″.

Some of you might have seen my progress on Instagram.

Having seen so many wonderful creations using gradient yarn, I was eager to try it and after much deliberation went for Rosewater Cocktail, a Scheepjes Whirlrosewater cocktail

You can see all the other colourways here.

It was not easy to choose so I joined the Facebook Group Scheepjes Whirl Creations! 

I could then see all the wonderful things that have been made with Whirls and how each colour looks when it is made up. What a wonderfully helpful community crochet groups are. I’ve learnt so much and been able to ask loads of questions. It has been an enriching experience.

Unsure of how much yarn the blanket would take, I bought 2 Rosewater Cocktails and a Citrus Whirlette as I already knew I wanted to mix up the colours a bit.

But a few rows in I realised I might want to add more colours and bought a Jumping Jelly Whirl.

Scheepjes Whirls, Rosewater Cocktail and Jumping Jelly

In a series of blog posts I will describe how I used the Whirls and Whirlettes together:

I wanted to have some turquoise in the centre so I wound off the dark blue of the outsidescheepjes whirl

Cosmic Cals started to appear on Helen’s Hookaholics and I tried out a couple of designscosmic cal

On the left, I used a 3.50mm hook and included some of the Whirlette, on the right I used a 3mm hook and made the centre look more like a flowerDSC_0377

the centre was made with yarn that was pure turquoise

the star was made with yarn that had flecks of pink in it

 

after the turquoise I introduced a round of Citrus Whilette, which is a burnt orange.

crochet cosmic cal

and then continued with the yellow from the centre of Rosewater Cocktail.

Wanting to define the hexagon I wondered which of the blues to use

cosmic cal

and went for the darker blue with flecks of turquoise in it

(gosh how the colours change according to the light – the photo below does not show the true colours!)cosmic whirl

and then one row of lighter turquoise before returning the where I left off with the Whirl.

Continuing with the Whirl until the end of Part 2crochet cosmic cal

More to follow ……

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You can see progress up to Part 4 in this post: Cosmic 4

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And on Fridays a treat – pop along over  to Nanacathy for a good old Knit and Natter

Crochet Progress

Rosslyn, crochet blanket

A bedspread in the making for one of my twin Granddaughters.

I am mostly following Helen Shrimpton’s wonderful Rosslyn Pattern. This is a paid for pattern and worth every penny!

It is a wonderful pattern to follow and very relaxing to make. Well it would be if only I could stop myself making a few additions, changes and adjustments as I go – the creative mind is never at rest!

The 5 Changes I have made:

  1. Surface sunrays were added over 2 rows
  2. The popcorns are closer together than in the pattern – this happened by accident, but I decided to leave them in
  3. There are some breaks in the row of popcorns, with some plain stitches
  4. There is a colour change in this row
  5. 8 colours have been used instead of 5

changes made to Rosslyn

I was wondering if I was making the pattern look too ‘busy’, but I think I will stick with my changes. What do you think?

The yarn is Stylecraft Special DK, the hook 4.5mm.

The 8 colours:

Soft Peach, Buttermilk, Duck Egg, Pale Rose, Cream, Raspberry, Lincoln, Storm.

At this stage it measures 28 x 28 inches or 72 x 72 cm.

Have you made any of Helen Shrimpton’s patterns? If so please leave a link, I’d love to see them.

And if you enjoy a good old natter, pop along over to Cathy’s place for Knit and Natter Friday.

Rosslyn

My Wednesday Wip this week is one of Helen Shrimpton’s paid for Patterns – Rosslyn

Rosslyn, Helen Shrimpton

Photo taken with my iPhone, it looks a bit harsh as if made of cotton, but it is in Stylecraft Special DK, made with a 4.5mm hook.

8 Colours chosen from the centre:

Buttermilk, Soft Peach, Pale Rose, Duck Egg, Cream, Lincoln, Raspberry …….. Storm.

This is a wonderful pattern to work with. A pattern I will be happy to make twice as I am making one for Twig and one for Twiglet, my 5 year old twin Granddaughters.Rosslyn by Helen Shrimpton

I’m loving the way the characters of each of my 8 grandchildren are reflected in the colours and patterns of their blankets. I have already made 4.

The first was Miss E’s daisies . To see the finished blanket go to the Throws Page and scroll down through links to other blankets and throws I have made.

I am joining Ginny in her magnificent YARN ALONG – she asks us to share a book we are reading and this is mine

Nudiknits

Novels take up too much crafting time for me but I have been bingeing on watching Outlander on DVD whilst crocheting

I loved the books by Diana Gabaldon in the days when I did read fiction,  now I’m enjoying the emotional rollercoaster of the DVDs.

There is a mass of Outlander knitting pattern sites on Etsy .

Happy Yarning!

 

 

Coastal Cosy: WiP Wednesday

coastal cosy stripe

This is so relaxing to make and I’m enjoying making up the colour order as I go.

I started from the top of the picture with sky:

Cloud Blue, Sherbert, Cream, Soft Peach, Sherbert, Cream, Buttermilk, Soft Peach, Silver, Cloud Blue.

Then the sea:

Denim, Petrol, Storm, Denim, Aster, Cloud Blue, Petrol, Aster, Cloud Blue, Sherbert.

Breaking waves in Cream, Sherbert, Cream

onto a sandy beach: Buttermilk, Camel, Buttermilk

and one row of pebbles in Silver.

All in Stylecraft Special DK (acrylic) and a 4.5mm hook.

Pattern: Cosy Stripe by Lucy at Attic24.

I have made this pattern before when I joined in with Lucy’s Crochet Along (Cal) and I’m loving making another.

Graphite rocks will come next and then some grassy cliffs, followed by more sky …………

and so to choose more pink for the sunrise/sunset

Soft Peach is in the first bit of sky. Do I keep it calm and soft and gentle by just adding Pale Rosecrochet blanket

Or liven it up with the corals of Pomegranate and Blush

sunset pinks

Or go wild and vibrant by adding Fushcia Purple and Pomegranatefuchsia purplecoastal colours

Which I think would require a more colourful sea beneath it, so I would add Empire into the blues. That Empire blue is much more vibrant in reality – you can see all the colours on the Wool Warehouse website here. But even there it is difficult to see the true colour. Blush is much more peachy pink than it looks on the website.

Which pinks would you choose? I’d love to know!

As Miss E would say when she was about 2 “cany’elp me?”

Joining today’s Daily Post: Lines

 

Jurassic Blanket

coastal colours, linen stitch

My Wednesday WIP.

It is now big enough to keep me cosy whilst I’m working on it, and I’m loving being with these colours in Stylecraft Special DK and Stylecraft Batik.

Linen stitch, or extended Moss Stitch is perfect for blending colours and it makes a really warm thick blanket.

There are sections that are inspired by specific places along our Jurassic Dorset coast, and then some random stripes in the coastal hues.

Still a way to go if it is going to be snuggly warm for my nephew who is edging towards 6’4″ tall. I love that even at 23 he is keen to have a blanket to curl up under.

You can see the blanket I made for his sister here.