Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Orla Kiely granny square blanket

After making a silly mistake I had to frog about 12 rows, but I'm back on track now and loving the new colours combination I've picked up. Its so lovely and very autumnal, I think I'll make this for my brother and sister in law to keep them warm this winter. But must make another for myself!

Its all Stylecraft Special DK using a standard granny square, two rows of each colour but I might change this as it grows.

Friday night catch up with my blanket

Sunday morning quick crochet fix

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

crochet granny square tee (top) revisited

Well since you last heard from me I've been mega busy finishing (and starting new projects) managed to have another quick break in Norfolk and yes, you guessed it made another granny tee! I think its fair to say that I am now addicted to this pattern!! I just love it, the best bit is turning the circle into a square and depending on which yarn you use, the stitch definition is wonderful.

So here is the denim blue version I made for my weekend in Norfolk but I didn't get round to wearing it as we had lovely weather.

This version uses three 142g balls of Lion Brand Heartland but you won't use all of the third. Why not experiment with other yarn like I did, it's great fun. Go raid your yarn stash!


my second granny tee in Lion Brand Heartland Glacier Bay


And I've started two more both in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran- I have six balls in the rusty rose colour so this will be a kids version for my Etsy shop. The purple version I bought 9 x50g balls of the same yarn but this should make a size 12-14 ladies. I'm only on row 8 and just over 25g used. I think it will need 4 x 50g per side. I'll update you as I go along so you know how much you'll need if you want to use the same yarn. Now this yarn is normally £4.95 per 50g but if you are lucky like me I got mine on eBay for an absolute bargain, and we do love a bargain!


this time in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran



I will have some exiting news to share with you next week about this pattern release by Sarah at annabooshouse.blogspot.co.uk/ and my versions. Watch this space :-)

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Birch Trees scarf

Well I've finally finished it! Yeah

I bought the wool last November and have been picking this up and putting it down. The last time I worked on it was March 2017, not that long ago really!

So here are some photos. You can find the pattern here over at Ravelry.

Here was my first attempt in 2014 here, I never did finish this one after I dropped a stitch, but it did get re-purposed into a granny snood!

Here is the old photo published in Simply Knitting magazine!


Birch Trees scarf in March 2017


Birch Trees scarf - ta dah


new winter scarf and Clarks loafers



Here are some photos of sewing in the ends last night. The pattern is so lovely that when you sew in the ends you can't see them!



sewing in the ends




Disclaimer: Please do not take my photos without my permission
Pattern credit: Julia Marsh, Hand Knitted Things.
Yarn: Fyberspates Vivacious DK (2 skeins) colour Pebble Beach

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

crochet granny square cushion

Here are some photos of what I've been making this month so far. Still time for more ;-)

First is my first granny square cushion, stripes to the back. I still need to sew in the buttons and undecided on whether to use three of my custom made ones. I've not followed a pattern, just made it up as I went along. Here are some notes I jotted down as I constructed it, not a pattern just some helpful tips.


granny square cushion

I joined both sides together on the right side (ws facing each other) using  htr. For the border I added a row of sc, ch3, sc - it gives it a vintage feel that I was looking for. But please note I left the bottom flap on the second row (sc, ch3, sc) and went around the coner, as shown in the picture. I added this simple border from Around the Corner Crochet Borders  You could use this to crochet the both sides together completely, I might try this next time for a smaller cushion that wouldn't get much use.


first row of htr missing the bottom flap where the buttons will go

joining both sides together with htr but missing the back flap 

I started in the middle bottom row and worked my way around,  I went through both the loops on the sides (not the bottom back) so that the cushion looks like one complete piece, clever? Not really it just happened that way after a little bit of jiggering around.

This makes the frilly edging hide the back piece but you should just see the buttons on the front using the holes in the granny squares. Hard to explain, I hope this makes sense. I have taken some photos, not really step by step, but this might help you.


the front with htr joining

the stripey back with htr joining


Next up is my new granny square blanket, using granny squares I had made and kept in a box (I do like looking at them from time to time, doesn't everyone?!) I've used Debbie Bliss Rialto DK from my stash of leftover bits that I keep in a plastic container.

The pattern is taken from the gorgeous book Granny Squares by Sue Pinner. I think I bought my copy last year in The Works. I wasn't sure about the colours, but I'm actually quite taken by the pastels and the bright petunia pink thrown in to jazz it up a bit.


granny square blanket


colourful granny squares

Monday, 4 September 2017

Granny square tee

I'm totally in love with this pattern from Inside Crochet issue 90 it's so clever and you can use just about any yarn substitute

the start

I've used Lion Brand Heartland for this version in this beautiful gold colour and I've also got a rich turquoise in my yarn stash to use for my next granny tee!

in the round


I hadn't planned on making one in this yarn, I'd actually started off in Debbie Bliss Rialto but ran out of one discontinued colour, when a lightbulb moment told me to use the Lion Brand in my stash.
It's come out better than I expected, a sort of lived in relaxed fit boxy kind of jumper in the softest yarn, with great drape and I love it!!

I can't give you the pattern (sorry if you've popped in expecting to find a free pattern, but I can direct you to where to buy your copy)

What I can tell you is my notes on how I put mine together if you fancy using the same yarn. Here are some notes I wrote as I was putting mine together.

1. I completed both front and back squares to row 18 of the pattern. This make a nice comfy jumper and gives the neck a feature.
2. sew top seams (shoulders) to 8.5 inches
3. sew side seams to 9 inches for the arm holes
4. add one treble row to each of the arm hole openings, the pattern suggests starting in any space but I started mine a little lower to hide the join.

That's it ......... and here is mine!


Ta dah 

Pattern: Granny Tee
Designer: Sarah Shrimpton (annabooshouse)
Magazine: Inside Crochet Issue 90
Yarn Substitute: Lion Brand Heartland (Shendandoah) (3x 142g balls)

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Granny square scarf (dreamy denim)

It's finished, hot off the hook! No idea why it took me so long to complete other than being distracted by lots of Sheepjes Whirl and other gorgeous yarns.

So here it is and the custom order has been received by my customer. I hope she likes it!

To make your own version here are some basic instructions (very basic as I haven't got round to making lots of photos but I will for the next one I make)

How to make a granny square scarf like mine

1. make 39 granny squares in your own yarn, colour combo, finishing on round 3 (you will join on round 4) I sew in the dangly bits as I go along to make it quicker at the end.
2. I've used Debbie Bliss Rialto DK in many colours that I have in my stash
3. to join I've used Debbie Bliss Rialto DK Heathers range (denim blue) I really love how this sets off the other colours. This yarn is so soft which is perfect when it will be so close to your skin
4. I used the join-as-you-go method as I find this works for me and I like the little hooks or hinges as I call them. You could use lots of colours to join which I will do for another version.
5. when you've joined all 39 granny squares finish off with one row of granny trebles to neaten up the edges or use double crochet or whatever takes your fancy.
6. finish off with a pom pom on each corner (I do love this bit!)
7. sit back and admire your work! 


Here are just a few of the many many photos I took!

You can also see the progress on my Instagram account here


coffee break in the garden




almost finished


ta dah

pom poms

Monday, 21 August 2017

Raspberry gin jam

I kept the raspberries left over from the raspberry gin recipe I posted a month ago, too good to waste. I kept them in a sealed Mason jar with some gin, shaking now and then to keep them coated until I decided what to do with them. I sieved out the gin and drank that whilst making my new recipe (a win win situation) On Sunday, I had a flash of inspiration, adult jam! Not just any jam, raspberry gin jam. Oh wow it tastes amazing!




If you are in the process of making my raspberry mint gin recipe you really must try this, its so easy and so delicious.

Ingredients

  • 1kg bag jam sugar (the one with pectin added)

Before you start, sterilise your jars (I do mine in the dishwasher) and put a plate in the freezer to chill, you will need this later. 

Recipe

Bring to the boil, then boil rapidly for 5 mins. Remove from the heat and drop a little jam onto the chilled plate. Now push your finger through it – it should wrinkle and look like jam. If it doesn’t, boil for 2 mins, then test again.
The top of the jam may look like it has sediment on it, but I find that if you stir it well as it cools, a little of this disappears. Pour into the jars and seal. It will keep unopened for a year, but I doubt if it will last that long because you'll have lots of friends asking for the recipe! Once open keep in the fridge. I plan to use a jar in a home made victoria sponge over the bank holiday weekend, yummy

Tip the raspberries into a preserving pan and add the lemon juice. You will have around 500g left from the gin recipe and you'll need to make it up to 1Kg. Although I could only manage 800g because Morrisons had run out! 

Mash the berries to a pulp over the heat with a potato masher, then leave to cook for 5 mins. 
  1. Tip the juice and pulp back into the preserving pan and stir in the sugar. Heat gently, then add the remaining whole raspberries (I left out this bit).