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a whole lot of granny square goodness!

I am in LOVE with granny squares! There is something about them that is just so homely and lovely.

I think I have probably spent more time looking at pictures of granny squares, rather than actually making them, but there is just so much inspiration out there I couldn’t stop. Little Tin Bird and Attic24 have the most amazing colour combinations, just all summery and lovely. I also found some quite cool alternatives to a blanket or cushion here and here.

As nice as the swimming costume and the slippers are, I thought I’d just go for a cushion for my first attempt…

what do you think? I quite like it. The colours do match my living room, but also remind me of the scouts.

I’m very much a novice crocheter and I learnt a few things while i was making this I thought it would be a good idea to share incase you were considering getting yourself a little bit of granny squaring action…

1. Tension is REALLY important! Knitting and crocheting books say this all the time and my usual response is ‘muh?’, but when you are making something like this and you do one square slightly tighter, it just won’t fit together.

2. Tension is REALLY important! I also discovered that the tension of the join is quite important too. I pulled mine really tight because I thought that would help hold it together, but it just meant the joins were really tight compared to the squares and the squares a puffing up a little bit. This isn’t so bad for this because it’s a cushion, but if i were to make a blanket, I’d be a bit more careful.

I’ve also had a little holiday since my last post. As much as I love the UK, and there is something very British about a rainy summer, it was very nice to get to the sunshine for a few days. I really wanted to take something with me to keep my crafting fingers busy so I decided to take some thread and make a friendship bracelet. I used to make these all summer when I was little, but I needed a bit of a refresher and found this amazing tutorial here. I didn’t go for the heart pattern, I tried some little chevrons instead…

I had a little bit of thread left over and just couldn’t help myself….

I’m not quite sure what to do with them, but you have to admit… they’re pretty cool!

C.x

Welcome back…finally!!

Well… it’s been a while. Since my last post a few months ago there has been…

1 house move, still unpacking boxes

1 new job, i’ve finally got the hang of it, i think…

3 new babies, none mine, but all keeping my knitting needles busy

1 amazing new discovery, stamford cheese cellar, cheesy heaven!

1 car crash, not too serious, but quite scary, all sorted now

4 overseas trips, all for work, not for pleasure, but summer holidays are coming up soon!

1 shade darker, hopefully a new hair colour will compliment my new tan, when i finally get some sunshine!

1 marathon – my amazing sister completed the moonwalk raising money for breast cancer wearing a crocheted bra…

1 new gym membership, so toning up nicely, but all the scones this weekend won’t be helping

1 weekly crafting club, which involves as much eating as crafting

1 rugby match, and pre season training will be starting again soon, yay!

and finally, most importantly… 1 internet connection!! i’m officially back!

The lack of internet for the passed 3 months has not been all bad, it has meant I’ve had a bit more time to do a bit more crafting. With all the babies popping out everywhere at the minute, i’ve gone baby knitting crazy!! I found this amazing bootie pattern on ravelry and been busy ever since.

This is my first attempt…

With the addition of a little bow, they were beautifully modelled by their new owner…

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I also made a version for a little baby boy too. I changed the pattern slightly and, as I’m definitely not the best knitter in the world, this ended up being a bit harder than it should have been, but I’m quite happy with the results!

What do you think?

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Well, now that I finally have the internet, it won’t be another 3 months til my next post., promise. Catch you later!

update

Here is the little man modelling the little booties, cute huh?

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Project 1 :: Autumn Bobble Hat 1

Well here is my first finished project! (Technically not my first official project, I spent 4 MONTHS making my sister a scarf last year and now she keeps it screwed up in a ball under her bed, grrr…..)

It is being beautifully modelled by my translator Catherine, I gave it to her for all her hard work over the last 4 months. I’m really quite pleased with it, although it’s a little bit too small, but she seems to like it.

I didn’t really use a pattern for this, I had a little look at a few patterns just to see how the basic shape of a hat is constructed and watched some videos on YouTube to teach me how to knit in the round and then I just got stuck in! I do think the knit sticks I used were a little bit too small though. This has made it stick up like a pixie hat, which is quite cool, but it also seems to have left big gaps where I changed needles, not so cool. But I’m still happy with it for a first attempt at knitting in the round.

Autumn Bobble Hat Number 2 has also been completed, with a few changes made to make it a slightly better fit. But I can’t unveil that until it’s lucky recipient (my Mum) gets when I get back to the UK at the weekend! But trust me, it’s worth waiting for!!

I also thought I’d show you a picture of a few people I met at work this week. I’m quite lucky with my job that I get to travel to rural China and I met these guys outside the building I was staying in.I’ve had quite a crazy time while I’ve been here, but I’ve packed my bags and I’ll be starting the 34 hour (urghh..) journey home tomorrow!! I’m really looking forward to getting back and seeing my friends and family and having a CHEESE SANDWICH!! It’s funny the things you miss when you are away, most of the stuff I miss seems to be food related.

Catch you later!!x