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

Ripple blanket edging

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I posted in my Ripply love blog entry how I straighted out my Attic24 Neat Ripple blanket but I wanted to follow up with a picture illustrating it. (I’ll quote what I put in the other blog entry)

“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!)”

I’ve done a picture to try and help.
It’s not great quality but it’s surprisingly hard to write and draw the lines so that they match up. Hopefully it’s useful…

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I found that it didn’t look quite straight at first, but I did another round of just double crochet and it worked (I chained 1 and turned to start the next round) the dc’s on the right hand side can be replaced with htr (half trebles) but if you do that chain 2 at the corners.

I hope this is useful to someone. Sorry if it’s not clear enough.

♡Mrs. B x

Edit to add a thank you to Peach tree & lime jelly for the idea to do the picture like that (with the stitches written) and naturally to Attic24 for her amazing patterns!

2nd edit (may 2014) if you find this and give it a go and it works for you (or doesn’t!) Could you leave me a little comment just so I know. & thank you x

A long overdue Ta-Dah!!

I’ve been promising myself (and you!) some pictures of recent makes.
So I’ve booted up the computer and here I am.

The following two blankets were Christmas presents. Which because of my poor time management were late christmas presents!

The first was for a friends sister. She had seen one of the rainbow granny stripe blankets that I did and coveted it, so her lovely sister asked me to make a pastelly coloured large granny square that was big enough for snuggling on the sofa!
I don’t really follow a pattern for my granny squares, I used to but because of my tension or something the squares always seemed to twist a bit which really bugs me! (I’ll have to take a picture of the blanket I made when Little H was still a “flo” bump!) So I just kind of made up my own way. Which doesn’t have a front and a back so much, because I turn after each round. As always I finished up with a “Bev’s Country Cottage Granny Square Edging” (the edge is at the bottom of that page!) Which is my go to edge for granny squares. It always finishes up so neat and makes me smile. :) 
Enough with my rambling! Pictures!!!

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It was made using baby DK wool (not a “brand” its a yarn I get from the wool shop at my local market) and once it was soaked and washed a couple of times (I always soak in a bit of fabric softener for an hour or so, and then wash & dry it, then trim off any tail ends that decide to show themselves after the first wash, then wash again) it was so so soft and snuggly!
I do wish I’d have put some more thought into colour order though. When I asked if she wanted any particular colour order she said go random. So I did. But next time I’m told to go random I will put an element of thought behind it! I’m still getting used to putting colours together, thats my excuse! 

The next blanket was for a baby boy, the same friend asked me to do it for her nephew. And she had a cot mobile made to match by DottyDaisies. She requested primary colours and they looked awesome (even if I do say so myself!) And I made up a border that I can’t really put into words, but as I was doing it I had “follow the yellow brick road” going through my head (you’ll see why on the close up!) and I’m hoping to use it as inspiration for a blanket one day! It ended up being just a bit bigger than cotbed/toddler bed size but not quite single bed size, and I loved loved loved getting to the stage where it’s big enough to snuggle up under whilst making it! 

More pictures!!! (they’re not great, the flash/light made the blocks of colour blur a little bit!)

In progress (with my beloved knit pro hook!) <3
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A big picture of it in progress..

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Finished!!! (excuse the bad picture, it’s the first time I’ve taken a finished picture on a bed! The bed is cotbed size)

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More close ups of random parts of it. The border was one of my faves that I’ve come up with!!

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Well. I think thats enough from me!
I’ve got so much more I really should share with you but I haven’t got the time right now, so keep an eye out for more updates over the next few days. They won’t be as picture heavy, maybe just one or two pictures per entry. I need to work out which projects I’m missing, and I really need to finish some WIP’s and take pictures of them too!!

Oh, and feel free to pin any pictures you like if you’re on Pinterest. I love seeing my blankets pop up on there every now and then! There should be a “Pin it” button around here somewhere, or you can install the pin it thing to the toolbar directly from Pinterest.

Hope to see you back here soon :) 
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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