Serial UFO offender!

Hi!
I seem to have neglected my blog. I haven’t done it on purpose I just haven’t really had crochet time so blog time gets pushed right down to the bottom of the pile!

I’ve been picking up my hook whenever I can. Which includes taking a WIP to weight watchers with me and trying to grab 10 minutes. And as summer has arrived the boys have been playing in the garden so I’ve tried to do some but playing with them is way higher on my priorities. ♡

So.  I finished the baby blue blanket, and I made a start on writing the pattern up for you. I got as far as drawing out a chart and a few people who are fans of my facebook page gave it a test for me and it was readable. I plan on doing a full photo tutorial to go with it (including how I did the border) but it might be a couple of weeks as I’m working hard to finish some UFOs! I will however start the post somewhere and have the basic chart on there and a brief explanation for if you want to give it a go. (I’ll try and get it up tomorrow or sunday)

Here it is all tied up ready to go. I made a little hat with the leftover yarn. Only a plain one but it seemed so small ♡

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I forgot to say, the blankets mama blogged about it *here* so sweet!!

I also finished off and posted my attic24 birdie decoration to their lovely new home. I started them ages ago and I’m actually ashamed at how long it took me to get my behind in gear and finish them off! When she asked if I could do them she gave me creative freedom. And as my mind works in overdrive with ideas I had sooo many ideas and then I *think* I got scared that I was going to screw it up. So I backed away.
I finally built myself up to give it a go. And I managed to post them just before the bank holiday weekend so my heart was in my mouth waiting to hear if she liked them! Which she did! :) Sorry the picture isn’t great I struggled to find somewhere decent in our house to hang them so had to improvise using a coat hanger!

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My cushion cover that I’ve been working on for the lovely MrsJosieK has been coming along nicely. I’m definitely going to need more yarn as I’d totally underestimated how much basketweave would use. But I love it!
It was inspired by one I’d seen made by KeepCalmAndCrochetOnUk I can’t find the picture right now but it was gorgeous. And after watching a video on the net (by allfreecrochet I think) on how to do basketweave stitch I decided I wanted to work it as one piece as much as I could. So that’s how im doing it. It’s growing and I can see me needing one for my house!

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The granny bobble spiral is growing too. Just now that it’s getting bigger it’s growing very slowly! I think if you were using colourinasimplelife’s pattern as it’s written for a potholder or to make lots of little squares they’d work up quite quickly.  I’m having to add an extra ch1 at the corners to help stop it from curling under on itself but that may be my tension!

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Oh and the cotton granny stripe ♡
I’m loving this blanket. The pattern is by attic24 and it’s being made for my friend who moved to the UAE last year and wants an all cotton blanket. I’m using sirdar snuggly babycotton dk. I had it in the garden with me last week and had to take a picture of it in natural light to show it off.

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My last bit of rambling is that I’m getting lots of hits on my how to straighten an Attic24 neat ripple blanket post but no one has commented to say whether it worked for them or not (or if I need to do a more in depth guide) the post is *here* if you need it. And if you don’t mind feeding back on it that’d be great.

Thank you for stopping by. Sorry it’s just rambling and pictures I will try harder!
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Baby blue <3

Measuring in at 64cm long….

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I’m loving this little blanket. I just hope that the baby who it’s for will love it as he grows.

It’s not quite finished yet but soon!!

♡ Mrs. B x

A bit all over the place!

Evening!
I can’t seem to settle on a project to work on. Which isn’t good!
I currently have unfinished ~
Attic24 birdies.
Frayed knots’ perfect cowl.
A Red Heart Manhattan cardigan
The spiral blanket (pattern by colourinasimplelife.blogspot.co.uk)
Frayed Knots’ Ocean Wave blanket.
The babylegs I’ve been trying to come up with a pattern for so a baby wearing friend can try them out.
A Htr little blanket for a friend who’s currently collecting them for her local neonatal unit.
A Rainbow block blanket I started last year for my mum.
The ripple I started making when mj was still a bump.
A little pink pram blanket that was for a fundraising auction. (But the person it’s for has got another blanket request in and as they’re going overseas I’ll post them together)
A playin hooky strata beanie that I started making for little H. (Then put down to make something else!)
A granny square snuggly magic blanket that I started making as a present for a friends little girl (& will be making a matching one for her twin sister)

There’s probably at least one thing that is missing from that list.

Just seeing it all written out like that makes me frown disapprovingly at myself!

Last night when I sat down after dinner to watch some Tv (we’ve just started watching the walking dead season 1) and an hours worth of crochet before bed. I knew had a voice in my head shouting at me to finish *something* (anything!!!) But the other bit of my brain is going meh! So I started something else.

I really need to take myself aside and have a word!!

Anyway.  Here’s a picture for you…

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It’s an Attic24 granny stripe blanket. Being made in sirdar snuggly babycotton dk. And as you can see I’m not using a knitpro hook! (Shockinh, I know!) The cotton was a bit too grippy on the knitpro so I’m giving my tulip etimo rose a whirl!
I like, no love the smoothness of it. And the soft grip bit is nice I do wish the shaft (insert immature smirk here) was a bit longer! (Ok another smirk!) And I do like using cottons. I loved rico’s creative cotton aran that I used for someones ripple blanket once.

Anyway,  I’ve rambled. (Sorry!)

My plan over the next couple of weeks is to finish up some of my UFO’s (unfinished objects) I’m going to start small. So probably the cowl first as I only need to do the flower and attatch it, and sew a couple of ends in. Then I’ll decide what to finish next. The blanket for the neonatal unit will get done gradually because that’s my current “do when the boys nap after I’ve done housework” project because it’s all from one ball of yarn so easy to grab!

If you’re reading this in a few days and I haven’t updated please give me a nudge.  I need to do some before it starts to feel daunting!!

Right.  I think I’ve rambled enough!

Mrs. B x

Some rippley love <3

I will start by saying I love this blanket. A lot! I do always love the blankets that I make so I know I say that with every blanket, but if I didn’t love what I make then what would be the point in making things?

I was asked to do this blanket by an internet friend when she was pregnant. But like I did she stayed team green so we waited until baby arrived before picking colours. She had a baby boy and chose white, purple and blue.
When written in words I struggle to see the colours together so I went off to the little shop in our local market and spent ages makinh sure I picked the right shades. I love it if I manage to go on the right day the little cubby holes are all full of all the colours you could want and I just spend ages lining up colours and no one cares. (Yarn shopping is the only kind of shopping I love and feel relaxed about doing!)

Once I sat down and lined the colours up I decided to change up the ripple a bit. I still followed Attic24’s neat ripple pattern but I varied the colour changes because I didn’t want any one colour to totally dominate the blanket.
It’s taken me awhile to get it all finished and she’s been so lovely an patient. But she received it today and likes it so I will share with you the pictures I took before I posted it. (Good Friday was a rare sunny day squeezed between days of snow so I got to peg it on the line!)

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I do love when a blanket is received and loved but I do feel a smidge sad that I won’t be curling up on the sofa under it (making it) anymore! And little H keeps asking for it to give it a kiss!

I’m particularly chuffed with the edge. Usually I just did double crochet (uk) all the way round, but as I’m getting braver I decided to straighten off the top and bottom of the ripple.  I was sure that I’d seen a how to on attic24 but I couldn’t find it (I’m still not sure if it does exist but I just couldn’t see it.)

Here’s a close up of what I did… (I can’t remember if I already blogged about this sorry!)

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I want to try and write how I did it but I’m not very good at explaining crochet so I apologise if it’s poorly put! (UK terms

Slip stitch in the 2 most central stitches from the ‘peak’ of the ripple. Double crochet in the next one. Half treble crochet in the next two stitches. Treble in the next two stitches then double treble in the next two stitches (these two should be in the 2 stitches at the bottom of the valley)
After the double trebles just reverse what you’ve done. So treble in the next two, half treble in the next two, double crochet in the next one and slip stitch in the next two (back at the peak)

So it’s :- *sl st, dc, htr, htr, tr, tr, dbl tr, dbl tr, tr, tr, htr, htr, dc, sl st*
Repeat from * to *

On the next round of the border I just double crocheted all the way around. (I hope that makes some sense!)

Right I best go, I’ve been writing this on and off for awhile whilst the boys play and nap. Need to make some dinner. :)

One last picture.. all packed up ready to go.

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A little wave :)

In my attempt to blog more instead of just posting pics on Facebook I’ve discovered the wordpress android app. So, here I am offering a bitesize entry of what’s been on my hook today.

It’s my current “pick up, put down” project for when I get ten minutes to just crochet. Mostly I’ve been doing it in the day when the boys have their morning nap. Little H has his nap on the sofa so any project that requires intense concentration or having scissors/sewing needles out is a no go. He goes from fast asleep to Grabby McGraberson before you even realise he’s awake!

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Pattern : Ocean Waves Blanket.
Pattern Author : frayedknot
Pattern is available on craftsy, ravelry & etsy. (She’s on Facebook too)

I’m on my second attempt of it. The first time I did the first few rows in the midnight blue and when I changed to the red I realised somehow I’d dropped 2 stitches so I frogged it and decided it was more sensible to do the first couple of rows in a colour where I could see the stitches!

I’m using Rico Baby So Soft and I love it! I know I say that about every yarn I write about, but if I didn’t love how squishy they were then I wouldn’t buy them! But as an acrylic goes its beautifully soft and I haven’t had any trouble with splitting or managing to stick my hook through the middle if the strand! I got mine from Black Sheep Wools. If you’re on the look out for a new yarn to try and are willing to take the word of an internet blogger do try it!

Right time for sleep but just one last picture… MJ & I going yarn shopping :D

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Tweeeeet

I can’t sleep so I’ve just set up a twitter account, linked it to my blog, so now no one can read it or see my tweets :p

I had a message today from a friend asking for a basic idea for how to do a kindle cover and I was gutted that I haven’t finished the one that I’m halfway through, therefore haven’t even started writing out the pattern, or seeing if it’s readable, or if people would even like how the case turns out!

I’ve got abit of a “thing” for using double crochets to join things together instead of sewing, I think it can look prettier and depending on how I want it to look either show off the top of the DC or have it show the underside of the stitch so that it looks like I’ve sewn it. I’ll have to take pictures to show you!

Tonights crocheting didn’t really happen. Little H is still out of sorts and then once I got him into bed I couldn’t settle mj but I did manage to sew some ends in, but remembered toretake pictures first, there’s something satisfying about seeing all of the yarn ends waiting to be sewn in, knowing you did all that. Although I normally get a feeling of dread at the same time, sewing all those ends in just doesn’t hold my attention, I feel myself itching to start on the next bit/something new!

Tomorrow I’m hoping to do a full picture update from the laptop thus avoiding awful iPad autocorrects!

Oh & my twitter is @CCrochetMama. What’s yours? X

A Picture Post [brief]

Sorry there isn’t really much substance in this, just afew pictures!

The Shell blanket I made for a friend’s newborn <3

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A crocheted Mei Tei I made for the same friends older daughter so she could be like mummy.. (for play purposes only, not for use with a real baby, just toys!)

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The blankets I made for the Neonatal fundraiser day…

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Organising mine & the blankets other people made for me the night before the fundraiser…

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Some of the blankets set up on the day, rain pushed us into one of the portable classrooms, I think we’d have done better if the rain had left us alone.. (we made around £80 in total but all of the blankets are going to the neonatal unit I just need to drop them off after my next antenatal appointment)

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My little “NeoTot” all worn out after a long day riding on donkeys & looking cute

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Been away (and crocheting!)

I’m so sorry for my lack of commenting recently.
We went away at the end of last week & have only returned home this evening so not even a proper update from me tonight (sorry, so so tired!)

It was a trip for a family gathering (nicknamed the summer event) & it was the first time that Mr. Me & I had managed to go, so we made a long weekend of it, and of course I took my crocheting with me as I couldn’t not be trying to do more blankets for the fundraiser day, I finished one (that was already almost finished) on the way down, and started another one, which by the time the drive home came today I was almost halfway through and didn’t put as much of the journey time into it as I should.

But here is my work in progress when we stopped at Watford Gap services on the way home today (and the packet of Haribo’s that I was responsible for feeding to the Mr as & when required!)

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Right I really must go to bed! So tired! Hopefully will do a proper update tomorrow! x

Diddy Blankets


So this probably isn’t the best image to start my blog off with, I took it on my phone in my rush to get the blog set up and running, as I can’t find the charger for the camera battery.

These are the blankets I’ve made so far for the local hospital Neonatal Fundraising Funday that is in September. 4 are completed and the blue one at the bottom isn’t too far off.
I’ve quite enjoyed making them, as they’re only basic blankets ranging from 19inch squares to I think 24inches is about the biggest so far, and I’ve only been doing half treble crochet stitches. The top two are in 4ply with 3.5mm hooks and have taken much longer than the double knit wool ones with 4.5mm hooks, but the 4ply ones are so soft and pretty!

I’ve got a few people helping me out knitting or crocheting the odd blanket for me to try and build up the numbers as the stall that I will be running is a “buy a blanket/donate a blanket” stall. So people will have the choice to either buy one for themselves to use as a car seat/pram/snuggle blanket or buy a blanket and donate it straight to the Neonatal Unit. So either way the unit will benefit.

I came up with the idea after thinking about last years fundraiser I “struggled” spending the money I’d taken with me, I brought some raffle tickets and had a play on some of the stalls and brought afew items off of one of the ladies craft stalls, but before leaving to go home I ended up buying a load of tickets for the gunge a dad stall but not using them (I had to leave to feed Little H) So I figured with the blanket stall if people had money left over they can donate the money & a blanket and go home feeling proud that they’ve done their bit (if that makes sense!)

Right, best get back to crocheting whilst Little H is having a nap.

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