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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Woolyness

Right, so I wasn’t going to do two posts today.. but Mr. Me will be off work for the next few nights so I probably won’t be on the laptop in the evenings (hopefully we’ll be off to the Trafford Centre on Saturday night yay!)

So once I put Little H to bed I got out my “downstairs stash” not a rude stash, but the wool that is currently living in a box next to the sofa downstairs. & I wanted to do a run through what I have, and what I’m hoping to do, and hopefully in a few months I’ll actually have done some of what I have in my head right now!

First.. the most expensive wool that I have brought “for myself” Sirdar Snuggly Smiley Stripes

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I normally only buy the more expensive stuff when I’m making for other people as new baby presents. I’m really hoping it works when crocheted, I’m not 100% what I want to do with it yet, but I’m thinking maybe Attic24 Granny Stripe. Will have to see if it works!
Then my “bargain” that I just can’t resist picking up when I see it. BlackSheepWools have had it in-store for £1.50 a ball (off the top of my head) but its not listed on their website. Its Rowan Luxury Cotton DK, and it makes me smile.
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I think that I will turn it into a Hexagon blanket, I’m sure thats what was going through my head when I picked the first few balls up, and I’ve added a few more since then! I just love how it looks and feels. I just hope I can do it justice!!

Now.. the wool I forgot that I had. Its so snuggly! Rico Baby DK

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Its so yummy and soft. I’ve made a 2 coloured Attic24 Ripple Blanket out of this, and I’ve just finished another blanket in this wool too and they’re the softest snuggliest blankets ever. I picked these 4 balls up at the same time as I picked up the wool for the blanket I’ve just finished and only re-discovered them whilst on this photo taking mission.

Next my mixed bundle of acrylics which is what is being used for my neonatal blankets…

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There’s 4ply in there that was given to me by one of my mums friends who had bags of wool from when her mum passed away and she gave loads to me (literally 2 bin bags full) and the 4ply out of that is in amongst this. Sounds silly but I figured that the lady would like to know that her wool had been passed on and was being used for good. (I just hope she likes them if she’s watching how they turn out!) The DK that is in there is stuff that I’ve picked up at the local market just stuff that I’ve liked how it feels. There’s something re-assuring about me working with acrylic wool, if I mess up I don’t feel so bad!

And finally, the 2 balls of wool that made me smile.
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These were brought for me by my brother and his girlfriend for my birthday earlier this month, they were so chuffed with their purchase. I didn’t have the heart to tell them that you don’t have to go to John Lewis to buy nice wool. But I have great plans for these 2 little balls. Hopefully I will manage to turn them into a wee hat for baby #2 who is currently cooking away in my tummy! I just need to feel brave and do it!

& yes, that is a white plastic bag I have used as my backdrop.

You can buy yarn, but you just can’t buy class!! =P
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