Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Back to granny squares

granny squares

Last week I was poorly with a sinus infection (one illness after another and everyone has had this!) so I was trying to get well and what better way to cheer myself up with good old granny squares. I know I harp on about it frequently but I do love granny squares. They are so satisfying to make and to look at a whole pile of them, with their ends sewn in are little works of art. So whilst sitting under my granny stripe blanket I made a few of them. I've had to stop to finish the baby blanket I was working on and then I got a commission to make a little girls blanket, so I've been colour planning, which I never do and now I'm stuck on how to start. I'm torn between a heart granny or flower. To be honest I tried the heart and couldn't do it, maybe I should try again.

yarn pegs and Stylecraft Special DK

I did however get round to making some yarn pegs over the weekend, totally in love with them and looking forward to making the blues, greens, browns and creams from my stash. You can find the helpful tips on the Attic24 blog.

Sue Pinners flower granny square pattern
yarn pegs in Stylecraft Special DK


Monday, 13 February 2017

Traditional granny square blanket

Anyone that knows me, know I am just crazy about granny squares. I think I even dream about them! You can't beat a humble granny square blanket in my opinion. Since learning to crochet them straight, that's all I''ve been doing!

just 8 more rows then its border time!

The neat trick is to flip over after each row, simple! Oh and start in the right hand corner. I found this great tutorial over at ThePatchworkheart blog, Heather is very helpful and has always been an inspiration to me.

My latest creation is an up-to-date on trend baby blanket with a vintage feel to it. Its crochet in beautiful Debbie Bliss Rialto DK that's so soft and warm. I've chosen soft grey, oyster, rose, duck egg green, vintage pink, pink and petunia. There is one other pink in there, but because its been discontinued I can't find the colour. I told my nieces about this colour scheme and they told me its so fashionable now, funny how you just pick up some colours and you're on trend, I like that.


this is how it started in early January 2017

This one is destined for another niece, a great niece on my husbands side of the family. We don't actually know the sex of the baby yet, neither does my niece, but I'm going with a girl and will start a boy version next week just in case. Any excuse to crochet. Enjoy the rest of your weekend whatever you are doing and wherever you are in the world. Amanda

Friday, 10 February 2017

Orla Kiely inspired crochet granny square blanket


Would you look at these colours, wow aren't they just so bright and cheerful! I'm trying to go a little vintage 1970s style (my era and childhood) I'm sure we had one of these, maybe not quite as bright but I just love the Orla Kiely colours and this is going to be another huge snuggly blanket sure to brighten everyones day! And its so cold I can really get on with this over the weekend and add lots more colourful stripes. Have a fab weekend and keep warm and snuggly and maybe do some crochet too.



Monday, 30 January 2017

Orla Kiely crochet flowers

I love the designs by Orla Kiely and I have a lovely ceramic herb planter that my sister bought me for my birthday a few years ago, it has a money plant in it. I'm still not feeling too well today and spent the morning in bed, fed up with this awful cold, so to cheer myself up this afternoon I raided my yarn stash for colours to match the planter. A lady who lives in the village has an invitation company and now and again she saves some card samples for me, they make lovely gift tags or small cards. Glue gun ready and a few vintage buttons from my button jar and here they are finished. I'm going to crochet more in bright Cath Kidston colours next.



If you want to make the flower, the easy to follow flower pattern can be found here at Lusciouslyloopy

Saturday, 28 January 2017

granny square, happy square

I'm feeling under the weather today, the lurgy finally got me, well so many people surrounding me have it so it was inevitable I'd have a weak moment! Still in my pjs doing some chores but not over exerting myself today. My weekends nowadays are very relaxed and laid back, must be my age.

I'm getting over this brief drop in energy levels drinking tea, resting and crochet; colour and crochet (making more granny squares) are not only therapy and good for the soul but your general well being. Its good to be surrounded by colour and yarn, keeping your hands busy and your brain active. A win win situation, oh and you get a finished product to keep you warm for cosy Sunday afternoons napping on the sofa watching an old movie. I like this, I like this a lot. You take a small plastic box full of yarn scraps and turn it into a useful object. Its also a work of art if you think about it, a timeless piece of history too. No two blankets are ever the same (unless you go out of your way to do that) but thats the fun part, grabbing pieces of yarn and making colourful happy squares, joining them together and adding a cute border.

granny squares and Fiddly Bits cowl 

Here are some photos from last week, a little record of my week in colour. Enjoy your weekend what ever you are up to in your part of the world. Amanda


a new yarn delivery
Moss keeping me company under my blanket

another cowl on my Easy shop




Friday, 20 January 2017

Fiddly Bits (using up your yarn scraps)

January is a long cold month, Christmas is a distant memory and I find myself wishing for Spring to hurry up and make an entrance. I'm trying to be good, not spend too many pennies and not be tempted into buying more yarn (very hard!) So when I came across this pattern on Ravelry by accident it was the best find ever. Fiddly Bits by Hipknitizer. I have a whole box of yarn scraps I keep in my craft room and a bag in my loft, maybe some in my desk at work too! All Debbie Bliss Rialto DK merino yarn in yummy colours and this box was screaming out for a nifty project like this. All those colours, some discontinued from various granny square blanket projects all put to good use in a colorful cowl to keep me warm. All you do is knot them together, all those bits of  cut offs or end of ball and then knit to watch the stripes emerge. So easy but I did have to learn provisional cast on using a crochet hook, so I'm learning new things too.  Oh and kitchener stitch for the grafting of the two ends.

I'm loving the way its knitting up and its so easy, a totally brilliant pattern to take to work and keep with me for when I get a spare five minutes and want to keep my hands busy. Trouble is its very addictive and that's all I've done for the last two nights! I'm posting my progress on my Instagram account if you want to follow me or join in the pattern can be found here


look at all those stripes

a little lunch time knitting at work

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Brrr its cold!

It was another cold start this morning, -2! Hat time, ice scraper in hand and even gloves on to de-ice the car this morning. If you are a hat lover, I have two hats for sale in my Etsy shop with a whopping 25% discount during January, bargain! Two colours available denim blue tonals range and luscious purple (they won't be available for long)

blackberry stitch beanie hats
I've been busy making lovely granny square cowls for Mother's Day and two are also listed (the first one sold straight away) so soft in Cashmerino charcoal and Merino grey yarns both by Debbie Bliss. The colours are so pretty too and some are now discontinued. I sold my first granny blanket a couple of weeks ago, such a pleasure to make and the new owner is totally in love with it and bought it just in time for this cold snap. So I'm busy making another one, this time in Cath Kidston colours, its looking lovely and will keep me warm whilst I add further rows.

Thinking about doing a spot of gardening, but I think that will have to wait a bit longer until the ground is soft enough to dig and I can empty my compost bin. I have some seeds (courgette and tomatoe) to get me started in March but still lots of planning to do on my little patch that I neglected last year.

Keep warm. Here are some recent projects, I will add the pattern for the granny cowl this weekend. Amanda


vintage inspired granny square blanket

Charcoal grey granny cowl

grey granny squares being joined

grey granny square cowl in merino yarm (Debbie Bliss)