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Sweet Pea Blanket CAL

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I couldn't resist and ordered the wool for the Attic 24 Sweet Pea Blanket CAL   Thankfully Lucy from Attic 24 teamed up with The Wool Warehouse  so we could buy her crochet-along colours already in a pack - saves so much time and searching! I can't recommend The Wool Warehouse enough, never had bad service from them. This time whilst I was ordering my pc crashed, when it came back up the order said pending but nothing was in my basket. A quick phone call to the company and a lovely lady sorted it all out for me. A couple of days later and the postman was knocking on the door with my wool...  15 balls of wonderful soft wool all in a handy bag to store them and my WIP. I did do a tension sample using a 5mm hook for my starting chain then swapping to a 4mm hook as it's the recommended one for this wool. (I use a 5mm most of the time but I was itching to use my new soft handled 4mm.)  I love how the Trellis Stripe pattern works up. Part 1 has all the informatio

A New Blanket

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After making our daughter's crocheted blanket I decided that it was time I made one for myself. After seeing some amazing wool on Wool Warehouse I found a corner to corner blanket that I liked the look of and I thought would work well in the particular shades I'd chosen. The wool I chose is Stylecraft Batik Swirl in the Highland colours. I loved the blue and purple colours mixed.  The pattern I used was free from the Yarn Inspirations website. Click here to get the pattern yourself. It's a very easy pattern to follow and once I got into the flow of crocheting it off I went. There is also a video if you prefer, just click here . There are lots of videos showing you how to do the corner to corner but I've always used Bella Coco as my go-to crochet tutorial when I've needed to. Anyway, I ordered 3 of the Highland Batik Swirl in the understanding that after 1.5 balls I'd then stop increasing and start decreasing. I was amazed how fast it grew... By
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I was sat bored one afternoon looking at some wool I'd found in the bottom of my wardrobe and decided I'd like to learn how to crochet. Now I've tried numerous times over the years and failed but that was before YouTube. I didn't want to learn how to do the fantastically detailed blankets but a simple granny square one for our daughter. A lot of video watching later (wow there are some horrendous tutorials out there!) and I finally found someone who made it all make sense to me. The name of the channel is Bella Coco  and after watching her tutorial on granny squares   I picked up the wool and off I went. I did go wrong a few times on my first couple but before long I was whizzing along without the video and had completed my first 8...this was where it got interesting. My 11yr old daughter Darcy had been watching me playing around with some old pink wool and suddenly decided she wanted a blanket making out of these squares but she wanted the colour around a cent

Seeing Progress

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Sometimes when you're working on a big project it feels like you hardly make any progress no matter how long you stitch for. I was feeling like that on my Once Upon a Time , during the summer it felt like I'd stitched on it for hours but nothing looked any different.   At the beginning of October I decided to take a photo of how it looked and then not take another one until the very end. The difference shocked me.  I'm stitching this a bit differently to how I normally do. I bought some easy count 28ct fabric and am stitching 1 strand over 1. Now as the whole stitch area fits onto my scroll rods I decided to try out doing one colour at a time. I started with the colour with the least amount of stitches and then worked up. By the way I use my tablet and the app ezPDF reader pro to not only find the stitches but mark off where I've done. It's a lot easier on large projects and this is the first time I've gone solely to the app and not had a paper and pen ba

End of Another Year

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Well by the end of 2018 I'd managed quite a few finishes on the stitching front. The kids had done some amazing things and although the year started off badly when my father-in-law got rushed into hospital by the end we were looking up again. Although, I do hope for some much needed quiet times in 2019! Firstly here's a round up of my big finishes. There were a few smaller ones but I cannot find the photos (probably on my old phone!)  As you can tell I'm a fan of Heaven and Earth Designs, hoping to have another finish in 2019 :-) Then we have the kids, Lumps finally got to black belt in Taekwondo in September. All three of them completed their Get Active Challenge in the Summer.  We all had fabulous times at the coast this year, from the British Taekwondo training camp in Great Yarmouth in May to visiting Edinburgh in August during the Fringe and then down to Broadstairs in October to spend half term with my mother-in-law.  Peter has moved into his last