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

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Rainbow Block Blanket Ta-Dah!

So today it was received so I can reveal my final pictures!
The pattern was from LeisureArts.com called “Rainbow Block Crochet Afghan”
When I first purchased it and just glanced over it I thought there was no way I would be able to do it! Luckily the crocodile stitch cowl had introduced me to the front post double crochet (fpdc) so I knew what to do when I saw “fptr” in there, but I always go through this stage where I look at a pattern and just feel like o.O and my brain just exits the building. But once I reminded myself that it was written in US terms all the pattern actually is is treble crochets with the odd double treble giving that drop down in colour.

Enough waffling here it is….

I started it on the 8th May and I posted on Facebook that it was on the line drying on the 25th, so quite quick really, but those last few rounds felt like they were taking forever. And I always get nervous near the end because I know its coming to the point of actually sending it to the person who’d asked for it and I do worry that its not good enough, but she’s received it and happy with it! (yay!) The final measurements for this had it at about 39 inches square!

I think my fave thing about doing baby blankets is bundling them up. The last three blankets have been for ladies who are team green, so they don’t know if they’re having a boy or a girl. So after the first rainbow granny stripe I got some reels (spools? not sure whats the right word!) of ribbon, so the last two blankets have been tied up with green ribbon. Just a little thing but it makes me smile knowing that its a blanket that will be used by a squidgey baby!

Oh, I almost forgot, here are a couple of pictures of the 2nd Granny Stripe Rainbow Blanket, that one went all the way to Sweden!

Without getting my notebook I *think* the final size measurements for this one was 38 inches wide and 42 inches high. It washed up so soft and snuggly I almost couldn’t part with it!!

Right. I’m going back to crocheting before bed!
Night x

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