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Granny squares galore!!

So, big news, my sister is up the duff (she hates it when I say that, but what’s she going to do?)  This news is SOOOOO EXCITING!!!  I still can’t believe it and it’s going to be popping out in November, not long to go!

As this is the first baby of the family I wanted to make something very special, but she has refused to find out if this little sprog is a boy or a girl, my money’s on a girl.  As much as this is a nice idea, it has made it VERY difficult to decide what to make, but I think I’ve cracked it!

granny square baby blanketTo cater for all eventualities I had to pick a fairly mixed colour palette.  The last thing I wanted to do was go from cream, or yellow, or green, or orange on their own, so I thought I’d go for all of them, and throw in a bit of pink and blue for good measure.

granny square baby blanket

 

Unfortunately this meant breaking my only remaining new years resolution and buying more wool.  But as this baby was not anticipated at the time of setting the resolutions, I believe this is entirely justified, really it is.

granny square baby blanketI cannot stop smiling at the (nearly) finished article!!!!  A baby blanket fit for a Queen (because it will be a girl).

granny square baby blanketI spent a LOT of time trying to decide how to join all the little squares.  I could have joined them as I went, Lucy at attic24 has a good method for this,  but I really want to get all the squares done and play with the layout.  Lucy has a good method for doing this too, but I decided to do it like a seem and sew the little v’s together, if you know what I mean.

granny square baby blanketI LOVE the effect, it makes a really cool little ridge between all the squares on the front, and the back is very neat and tidy.  I have to add more photos of the back…

The 4-way joins were a little bit more complicated, I had to make them tight, but not so tight that they made the blanket inflexible.  The last time I tried joining granny squares I made this mistake at the finished piece was all warped and just not right.

granny square baby blanketI was just going to add a few granny square rows around the outside, but if I do that I won’t get this nice ridge around the outside.  So I’m experimenting with a little bit of granny square stripes and then attaching these to the outer edge in the same seam join, hopefully this will work, I’ll let you know.

crochet granny square border

 

I just LOVE this blanket!  I’m quite tempted to keep it for myself, but I suppose I should give it to my brand new baby niece, when she arrives, so I should get a month or two longer to look at it, before it ends up covered in baby vom.

granny square baby blanket

 

 

 

 

 

What was I thinking

I seem to have made that fatal mistake, again, and set ridiculously over the top New Year’s Resolutions. Why do I do this to myself?

Usually my will power wains by about 24th January, I have a second wind for the first few weeks of February, then it’s all over by March and everything goes back to normal.

This year I’ve added a twist and challenged my Mum and Sister to give up chocolate for the WHOLE YEAR!!!!

*head hits keyboard in despair*

chocolate

It seemed like a really good idea at the time, appealing to my excessive competitive nature to ensure I stay on track, but really, what was I thinking?  To make it even worse, I’ve also challenged my boyfriend to give up crisps instead of chocolate, as they are his biggest vice.  I should have just stuck with my Mum and Sister, they are far more forgiving and I reckon I could have tricked them into eating chocolate sooner or later.  But my boyfriend? the competitive rivalry between us, particularly over childish bets, is off the scale.  And to make it worse, he’s now decided he LOVES chocolate!! grrrrrr…….

In addition to this I’ve also set myself 3 other challenge (I prefer the word challenge, it just makes it so much more exciting!!!!)

Not to buy anymore wool until I make a serious dent in my stash. (I did manage to squeeze in a sneaky little splurge on the 29th December, but seriously, this has to stop now)

the stash!!

To complete the equivalent of one hexipuff a day to create the amazing Beekeepers Quilt by Tiny Own Knits.

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To write down everything I spend everyday in the hope that I can learn to budget a little better and be put off buying things I don’t need because I have to write them down.

So far, I’m 5 hexipuffs behind, I have no money until I get paid at the end of the month and there’s a wool sale on at John Lewis, I’m screwed….  but I’m NOT going to eat chocolate!

 

 

 

 

Day 21: oh deer oh deer!

Remember I when I mentioned my amazing project here but didn’t want to show you til it was done?  Well, it took longer than I thought, but worth the wait I think…..

MEET BURT!

Isn’t he handsome!  I’ve been looking for a decopage deer head for months and finally found one when Hobbycraft got their Christmas stock in.  There was no real pattern or plan, I just started crocheting around his neck and just kept going.

What do you think?

I think my next project should be some photography classes to use my camera in low light, but you get the idea!