Saturday, 5 December 2015

Winter Project

Linking up with Jennifer from Thistlebear


I really need to up my game with crochet lark - well all of this crafting malarkey as I've amassed quite a lot of stuff over the past couple of years books & magazines too. 

If I'm honest the terminology scared me with regards to crochet instructions, I find knitting easier although I've come to a standstill with a cardigan I'm working on when the next instruction started with 'AT THE SAME TIME' I've put that away until after the Christmas festivities I'm sure I will be able to concentrate then. I think the 'AT THE SAME TIME' instruction is quite easy - my mind keeps on going blank when I see it.

I joined in with the Cherry Heart Spice of Life blanket cal as I wanted to be able to crochet more than just a granny square/stripe. It's been very enjoyable so far the instructions are easy to follow& I can now crochet a stacked granny & a shell. More importantly I know how to crochet a row of doubles & trebles.

My second blanket is just simple granny squares using up some yarn from my granny stripe blanket, always satisfying to use something up isn't it. A random blanket if you like as I pull what ever colour out of my basket & crochet the squares together when I have enough for a row. 

Both are easy to work on in the evening curled up in front of the TV & at this time of year very cosy projects too. 

Take care all xx


20 comments:

  1. Two lovely projects and yes it's always very satisfying to use up stash left over from another project
    Jackie x

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  2. Lovely blankets. I love a project that involves a "lucky dip" with the colours - it feels so unpredictable! You seem to be making good progress with your crocheting skills and of course, amassing books, yarn and other paraphernalia is all part of the crafting tradition. Keep up the good work.

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  3. Your blankets are looking good! I have just finished my spice of life blanket apart from wobbly sides I love the way it's turned out. Have a great weekend. :) xx

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  4. I can crochet, but not follow a design or pattern, it looks scary

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  5. Hi Jo, the blankets look great and I love the white with the colours, I made one like that a long time ago and had it hanging on the line only yesterday as it was covered in fur ( Can't think where that came from ha ha )
    I'd say don't be scared of the crochet, jiust dive in. I find youtube videos really good if you're a bit confused.
    Have a lovely weekend whatever the weather.
    Briony
    x

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  6. Well done, I need to link up myself and get back in yarn action.
    Meredith

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  7. And "at the same time" WHAT?! I've never seen that instruction, and you've got me curious. At the same time, make a sit-down dinner for six? At the same time, count from 100 backwards by 3s? I dunno. Your blankets look beautiful, and I'm ashamed to say I haven't knit a single stitch since Jennifer's last link up. If I get all my ducks in a row today, I may be able to manage a couple of rows (not that anyone would notice a difference!). Good for you for keeping at this and using up your stash. Enjoy!
    Wendy

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  8. I too am crochet blind! I don't think my brain can't understand the pattern instructions!

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  9. Both blankets are looking good. My Spice of Life blanket has come to a bit of a standstill whilst I work on other things but I'm hoping to get back to it very soon.

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  10. Your granny square blanket is going to look beautiful and a great way to use leftovers. As for the CAL, mine has been very slow over the last few weeks, as I find on a warm night, it gets a bit heavy and hot over my lap now that it has grown somewhat. I'm one row away from the last stacked grannies and treble rows to finish it. The border is going to stress me out as mine is a bit wavy already. Have loved learning all the different variations. Also, it's very "bright". Happy crafting and take care.

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  11. I cannot begin to imagine what "at the same time" might mean, but it sounds terrifying! xx

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  12. I am struggling with "at the same time" too . or maybe its too early in the morning. Love the idea of random colours and using up oddments so satisfying.

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  13. Jo they look great. Don't blame you for putting the knitting away. I think at the same time instruction will need clear head space. At this time of year there are not many people with clear head space. Lovely crochet

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  14. Oh wow, they look fab! Like you crochet terminology is baffling which is why my granny squares are not actually how they should be, I missed a crucial word in the instruction not realising what it meant. At the same time always scares me as well, I can only concentrate on doing one thing while knitting, If I have to pattern and decrease at the same time I get very confused.

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  15. When I see AT THE SAME TIME my mum taught me to write out that part of the pattern line for line on a separate bit of paper with the increases and decreases written on and it is now a doddle. Great to stop by. Jo x
    http://joeveryday19@blogspot.co.uk

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  16. Hi Jo, thank you for joining in with link party! Your blankets are both beautiful. I love them. I find crochet technology a bit confusing too. I think I'm not great at reading patterns, it's almost more of an intuition for me, do you know what I mean? I know what it needs to look like, how many stitches will fit in a place, etc., and I try to go from there.

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    1. terminology, not technology! Haha.

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  17. Your blankets are lovely Jo, I find some patterns confusing and put them away until later too. Hx

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  18. Lovely blankets . Crochet is my thing knitting now that scares me. I'm stopping by from the the linky .have a lovely day

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  19. I have yet to master crochet it has totally defeated me, I can just about do a chain and then? It all unravels literally. I don't think I am holding everything properly. I love your blankets they look great, they will be finished, slow and steady is best :).

    At the same time usually means two things at once in a pattern, like Jo I write that pattern line out. I would expect that you are following a particular pattern for each row and that you have reached a point for increasing or decreasing, so you are continuing with the pattern for the particular row, plus increasing or decreasing, hence at the same time. Hope that makes sense!

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