I finished the blanket last night and I am super proud of how it turned out!
I didn’t have a banana for scale so I grabbed the next best thing – an After Eight mint.
I found out this morning that my friend’s baby is a wee girl so I’m glad the blanket looks more girlie. I will need to make a trip to Hobbycraft to stock on some more pink yarn
My order of the Stylecraft Special DK colour pack from Wool Warehouse arrived on Saturday. I bought this for the Happypotamus project but I finally settled on what baby blanket I was going to make for a work friend due later this year.
I picked the colours from the pack I was going to use and set to work on the Rainbow Ripple Baby Blanket. This was my first time making this style and I love it! Once you get going it’s so simple you don’t even need to keep the pattern nearby. I started this late on Saturday and I’m already on the fourth colour. It looks orange in the picture but it’s actually yellow. The last 2 colours I’ll use are a sort of coral colour and pink. I’m mostly trying to copy the official picture, though my yellow, orang and pink aren’t as pale as the model one so I hope it will still look ok.
This yarn is so soft! There’s going to be one cosy baby wrapped up in this.
I’ve been practising the motifs I need to make for the Happypotamus. it’s been a great way to use up some scrap yarn, so please excuse the colour choices.
African Flower Pentagon:
African Flower Hexagon:
African Flower Heptagon:
I think I’ve pretty much got the hang of these. There is an octagon to make as well but I don’t think I need to practice it now I have the general technique down.
Next up was the join-as-you-go technique. Since I had already completed these motifs I had to make something else in order to join. I decided to do something different and make some polkadots in squares. I found a great tutorial here. There are loads of pics in the tutorial so it was really easy to make them. I used the join-as-you-go tutorial from the Happypotamus pattern. After 3 frustrating failures it finally clicked!
I have ordered the Stylecraft Special DK Attic24 Colour Pack from Wool Warehouse. I’m still trying to decide exactly what colour combos I will use and whether to use white or cream or even an entirely different colour as the main background.
I was lucky enough to receive £40 worth of Hobbycraft gift vouchers as birthday gifts. Just think of all the yarn I could buy, or decopatch things!
Well I thought it’s finally time to make a Happypotamus. If you haven’t seen a Happypotamus before…where have you been?! You can check it out here on Ravelry.
I bought the pattern and I am currently practising doing the African flower designs first (they make great coasters!), then I will practice how to join-as-I-go, and once I have that nailed I will have the almost impossible task of trying to pick colours. I love the idea of having one that is all different colours, like in the main picture, but if you look at the projects gallery you can see the creations other hookers have made and the colours they pick. Some of them are themed rather than random and I just can’t decide which I like best.
I don’t think I have the flair to pick my own random colours, I’d worry I’ll put colours together which don’t go together, I just don’t have an eye for that kind of thing.
Oh decisions decisions.
I am lucky enough to be part of a group of stitchers online and throughout the year we all send each other cards and threads for birthdays.
Last weekend I celebrated my 30th birthday and was overwhelmed by all the gifts I received.
To start off here are all the cards and threads I received from the birthday exchange:
And here are all the cards and gifts from people in work:
All this doesn’t even include my non-work friends or family! I feel so very lucky to have so many kind people in my life.
I attended another decopatch workshop at Damselfly with my friend Hollie a few weekend this is what I made this time.
It finally arrived last weekend, and apologies it took so long to post about it. My Crochet-A-Day Calendar which you can buy here should give me plenty of ideas throughout the year. I’m scanning the pages and saving them on my PC each day so that I can keep them digitally should anything happen to my paper version. I’m not actually doing every project as it appears though, if only I had the time!
Each page is for two days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday are all one page), but even then some projects span more days which is probably just as well because you’d have a hard time keeping up otherwise! I’m trying to be a good girl and not look ahead at all the patterns.
So I was in Pound Stretcher last weekend and came across ALL THE YARN!
After seeing a few ripple blankets kicking about the crochet sub-Reddit I just knew I had to make one. It’s wide enough for two people to snuggle under…once it’s long enough of course. So here is my progress so far (this is the full colour order so it’ll be this pattern repeating for as long as the yarn lasts):
Oh and today is my 100th post and almost a year since I started the blog too.
This pattern is available free on Ravelry. I made this as a birthday present for Chris’ cousin David. What do you think?
Chris bought me this beautiful yarn bowl for Christmas. I love it to bits and have been using it for all the projects I’ve been working on since I got it. It is handmade from Little Wren Pottery.