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January TAST

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 Another year means another Take a Stitch Tuesday which is run by Sharon Boggon over at Pintangle. I'll admit here and now that last year my TAST totally fell apart, with everything that went on from March I just didn't have the time or the incentive. Having 3 teenagers suddenly doing schoolwork from home and then a husband being furloughed and being off work for weeks wasn't exactly helpful for relaxing needlecraft! This year I thought I'd do something different, I wanted something that wasn't exactly a picture as I've done previously but something that I could just do a few stitches each week and it would be a journey through the year. In the crochet world people have been doing a lot of temperature blankets and I thought something similar but on a much much smaller scale would be just the thing. I decided that each month would be done in colours relating to the weather here in Yorkshire during that month. January has been easy as it's been chilly, grey, r

Meadow Blanket

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 Lucy over at Attic24 announced at the end of 2020 that she had a new crochet-a-long starting in January...how could I resist?   I ordered the pack from Wool Warehouse quick before they ran out of stock, Lucy has called this blanket Meadow and the colours are wonderful. Again they're all Stylecraft Special DK so easy to get hold of and great to crochet with. It seemed a long time from getting the wool to the actual CAL starting, I'm so impatient when I want to start something new!  Friday 8th January part 1 came out, kids all sat doing schoolwork via Microsoft Teams so I happily started my blanket.  Once I got the hang of the pattern (not hard and very fulfilling) I was away. I've now got into a routine so I don't fall behind as this blanket is for my mother-in-law and her birthday is 2 weeks after the last part of the CAL comes out...eek!  Mon-Fri I work on my stitching or knitting but the weekends are my crochet blanket time. I quite enjoy sitting watching tv or li

Tea Cosy fun

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 I recently bought a mystery box from The Knitting Network , inside were lots of new wools that I'd never tried before. As some were only 50g balls I decided to knit something small to see how they knitted up.  What's better than a tea cosy for using those odd bits and as we're coming into the cooler weather it'll keep my teapot lovely and warm. Here are the photos of the tea cosies that I've already made... My favourite is the one in the centre. The wool is Hayfield Baby Blossom Chunky and is so soft and squishy, it knits up so well I'm going to make our daughter a winter bobble hat and fingerless gloves with it.

Stashbuster Spice of Life Blanket

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 My Spice of Life is growing fast now and the leftover wool going down. Must admit I love this pattern, its varied enough not to get boring and it feels lovely and soft.  If you want to make your own Spice of Life blanket, pop over to Sandra Paul's blog aka Cherry Heart  https://www.cherryheart.co.uk/ My blanket is being crocheted using Stylecraft Special DK wool, all bought from Wool Warehouse

Stash-buster Blanket

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After my last 2 blankets I have quite a bit of leftover wool. Normally I'd give it to our daughter who either uses it for French Knitting or makes bracelets out of it. As there's quite a bit left I've decided to make a stash-buster blanket. After a bit of pc spring cleaning I found a pattern that I'd downloaded a while ago. The Spice of Life blanket from Black Sheep Wools by Sandra Paul from Cherry Heart . Sandra originally did this as a CAL (crochet along) so there are lots of photos of the completed blanket around.   Here's my start using the remnants... As you can see there are plenty of different stitches for you to use. Each section is separated by a few rows of trebles. The pattern is well written and there are photographs in case you come across a row of stitches you've not tried before. It's a great learning tool for crocheters.  

School Still Closed So Another Blanket

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As the schools are still closed here in the UK and I finished my Moorland Stripe blanket from Attic 24 I figured I'd do another one.  I only did 2 colours on the border this time as I didn't feel it needed anymore. Took a bit more counting to get into the rhythm of this pattern but once I got into it the blanket grew fast. Eldest son very happy he now has his own blanket for his bed.  I used the  Moorland colour pack from Wool Warehouse to make the Woodland blanket from Lucy at Attic 24 . Look at those delicious colours! It's an easy repeating pattern if you fancy making yourself one. I would recommend using some crochet stitch counters if you're new to crocheting. Again Lucy's instructions are well written and have illustrations so don't be put off.

Lockdown Blankets

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The kids finished school and the country is in lockdown so I thought it's a good time to crochet another blanket ready for winter. I've used the Dune colour pack from Wool Warehouse  (it's Stylecraft Special DK) and the Moorland Stripe blanket pattern from Lucy at Attic 24 . One blanket all completed, when you're stuck in the house for weeks it's great to see something good come out of it. Once you get into the rhythm of the waves it's a very relaxing pattern to sit and work. The colours together in this blanket look amazing all finished. Must admit it's one of my favourite colour packs so far as I'm a fan of pastel shades. If you've never tried one of Lucy's patterns from Attic 24 I highly recommend them. They're well written and have photo illustrations for the beginner or nervous crocheter.