Tag Archives: manghan

Snow, Ice and Guinness

Last weekend I went to Branscombe, Devon for a ‘Walk of Life’ workshop.

But

The Beast from the East was foretold and this Beast would clash with Storm Emma and cause all sorts of dire conditions

I wondered if the workshop would still take place, but Helen seemed very determined that it would go ahead so I decided to go a day early to get there before the worst of the weather was due to descend upon us.

I got there just in time, as just a couple of hours after I was cosily ensconced in Nestlecombe, the walk across the road to the Masons ArmsMasons Arms Branscombe was getting icy and the village was soon to be cut off for all except farm vehicles.

In the pub I found a log fire, a warm welcome and a handsome young French bartender. I ordered mushroom soup and Guinness… I do love a draught Guinness.pubGIn his strong French accent, the bartender asked me what I was doing in Branscombe.

“I’m here for a dance workshop on the beach,” says I

“I was not expecting that!” he said, we laughed!

After lunch, while the storm raged and the snow fell, I was snug back in my holiday let, happily watching ‘Shetland’ on iPlayer and doing some more of my Jurassic Coast blanket.crochet and laptop

This is currently my go to project when I just want to do rows and not have to think too much about the pattern. Easy to do in front of the TV.

I laid it on the bed to see how it was coming alongjurassic coast blanket in progress

Just coming up to half way.coastal colours, linen stitch

Keeping to coastal colours in Stylecraft Special DK, 4.5mm hook and in Extended Moss Stitch, which I think is also called Linen Stitch.

The view from the bedroom window

view

After the snow came the freezing rain and on Friday walking anywhere was lethal – lethal but beautiful icicles

so I just had to get out there with the camera – luckily I had my walking stick and Snow Grips with me. I’ve had them for years and never used them before.

snowgrips

There was a crust of ice over everything

ice and snow

which made a wonderful crunchy sound as you made your way across it

I have never seen the effects of freezing rain beforeicicles on creeper

this whole tree was encased in iceice tree

The photos don’t really do it justice as the light was so low

freezing rain

the effect was spectacular

iced fir

iced tree

I thought the pub sign had a touch of ‘Daphne du Maurier’ about it.

pub sign

and in the fieldsice on wire, freezing rain

so much beauty to be found

even the catkins were frozeniced catkins

more icy photos to come …….

Click on any photo to see it larger.

(PS. I was the only one who turned up for the Workshop! Wimps! Ha!)

Now I’m going to pop over to Cathy’s for a good ol’ Knit and Natter Friday

Advertisements

Afghan, Boyghan or Manghan

crochet blanket for a boy

At last my blanket for Master R is finished!

My daughter thinks it looks a bit wizardy – I see what she means, the designs could definitely be magical symbols used in an 8 year old’s incantations – he’s reading the Harry Potter books at the moment.

The blanket measures 1metre x 1m30cm, just right to snuggle under on the sofa, or to go over his duvet on his top-bunk bed.

Master R is now aged 8. He was 5 when I started it. He wanted a blanket in purples and greens, not colours I would choose to put together.

I usually LOVE co-creating things for my grandchildren and bringing their ideas to life, but this has been my most challenging project to date.

Back in July I wrote of the journey thus far showing some of the early ideas, experiments and samples that had been rejected by my co-designer.

Together we arrived at these Squares and colours, he knows what he likes!

On the whole I feel it is important to encourage children to make as many decisions for themselves as they can – but I have to admit this one took me to pushing past my own resistances to make something I personally did not love! It languished in the W.I.P. pile for far too long at times.

However I’m thrilled with how it turned out and to know Master R will get what he wanted is very satisfying indeed.

The square patterns are from the Nuts About Squares crochet along.

Master R’s choices:

Esme’s Winter Cottage by  Dedri Uys

Esme's Winter Cottage

and my variation

variation on Esme's Winter Cottage design

Denna by Polly Plum

Denna

Bavarian Beauty by Heather Gibbs

Bavarian Beauty, boys crochet blanket

Made in Stylecraft Special DK and a 5mm hook

Colours

Emperor, Wisteria, Violet, Khaki, Pistachio, Meadow, Lime, Cypress, Midnight, Silver, Grey

I made up the border design

crochet edging

Starting with the surface zig-zag as shown in Esme’s Winter Cottage, then a row of double crochet (US) in Emperor; a row of Single Crochet (US) in Khaki; a row of double crochet in the back loops only, in Meadow; a row of SCs in Khaki; then a row of back loop DCs in Emperor; finished with a row of Crab Stitch in Emperor.

I’m enjoying my Ta Dah! moment!

Joining Nancy Merrill’s Photo Challenge: PURPLE

W.I.P. Wednesday

Nuts About Squares Cal

Going back to the dark side!

The squares are arranged in rows of  like squares at the moment – this will not be the final placement.

I needed to crochet all this:

Mandala Madness

before I was ready to return to Master R’s colour choices.

I’ve decided to leave it at these 12 squares and do a wide border – I just know it will languish for far too long in the UFO pile if I try to make myself crochet more squares!

Are you struggling with any WIPs at the moment? Leave a link in the comments and we can share your pain!

WIP Wednesday

manghan Nuts About Squares

Embracing the dark side.

Progress so far with the Manghan or rather Boyghan I’m making for Master R aged 7.

His choice of colours.

He thinks the Square in the middle on the left is “Epic!” and the Moroccan window, middle on the right – which is a pig to crochet – caused a sharp intake of breath and a ‘Wow!” when he saw it.

Many of the crocheters in the Nuts About Squares CAL have finished stunningly beautiful blankets, and whilst it is a genuine delight to see them, I do find it frustrating as many of my squares do not end up being the right size – lots of ripping out and adjusting still to be done. By the time I’ve finished this one – please let that be not too long ahead!!! – I will have crocheted enough for about 5 blankets, with only one to show for it.

I’m not moaning (well I am, but don’t listen to me! or give me any sympathy!) the high class problem of a crafting Granny!

For now I will enjoy the gasps of joy and appreciation to keep me going.

A Bedspread for Master R

This has been my most challenging project yet! It turns out that co-designing with a 7 year old boy is not easy!

First of all he asked for SQUARES – not my favourite things to crochet. Secondly he asked for the colours to be PURPLES and GREENS – not an easy colour combination for me to enjoy.

I started this project in July 2016 when he was just 6 and in my mind young children like bright colours so I set to work creating squares that combined purples and greens with other colours (of course, now I realise it is me who likes bright colours!)

crocheted squares

I didn’t like the look of this and neither did he. I scoured Pinterest for inspiration.

So next up, a selection of smaller squares, grading the colours

small crocheted squares in graded colours

Master R did not like them, he was very polite about it and spent some time explaining his reasons …….. I knew that this idea had to be abandoned …….. so, what to do? ……

In the process I have amassed and huge pile of squares!

They will probably go into a blanket for refugees, I know Mrs Snail is contributing to the 60 million trebles project, so they might go that way.

I was at a loss to know how I was going to come up with something for Master R that he likes and I like well enough to want to make it. His two sisters have blankets they love: Miss E has this oneCrocheted Ripple blanket with appliqued daisies

and for Little Miss M I made this one, which, of course was perfect for all those occasions when you want to be a ghost, or a monster.

large ripple bedspread

Both were made with nice easy relaxing ripple stripes – but Master R is set on having squares.

How could I make the colour combination work – I looked to garden design – there was a lot of purple and green at Chelsea and now this Hampton Court Flower Show garden is a beautiful example. Photo taken from the BBC website.

p02w21nk

Then, like a knight in shining armour, galloping over the hill in February, along came the Nuts About Squares Crochet Along (CAL) 

Hurray! Something I would enjoy joining in with and a blanket made of squares.

The patterns are quite complex, I would learn new things. Some excitement about the project began to creep in.

Week 1 – Esme’s Winter Cottage by Dedri Uys

Nuts about Squares, Esme Winter Cottage

Master R’s loves this square. He tells me he loves “the design and the texture” – he knows what he likes!

I’m not so keen on the diamonds so I made this variation – thankfully Master R thinks this design is ok.

Nuts About Squares, variation of Esme's Winter cottage

Although he doesn’t really like the introduction of the Cream colour, his favourite colour after purple is khaki green – Oh lawks! Can I bear to stick to only dark colours!

He is pushing me way out of my comfort zone here.

Work in Progress! On we go!