Time for teddy to make another appearance with my first baby blanket for 2018, and a resolution:
It is of course a granny rectangle, and this one is made in Drops cotton merino white (which is in fact a lovely warm cream colour), and Rico baby classic dk light grey, smokey blue and mauve (discontinued). I think the colours are quite calming and (in my view) also gender-neutral.
I am a little late with this year’s resolution and it might sound somewhat strange at first, but my aim is to crochet less. Before you all fall off your collective chairs I should explain a little. Last year turned out to be a year of frenetic trebling for me – baby blankets, scarves, dishcloths, you name it. I have to admit that I found the whole making thing very therapeutic, but I feel that this year less might be more.
I am not saying that there will be no more baby blankets this year (I am not even sure that would be possible) but that I will make an effort to improve my skills by trying different things. This will inevitably decrease my productivity but I think that might be a good thing.
So if you feel that I am blogging a little less, it will not be because I am neglecting you, or my crochet. It will hopefully be because I am trying something new and interesting and perhaps a little more time consuming. Wish me luck!
I have had four crochet squares made up to a Rowan pattern for ages, with no particular project in mind. Then looking through my stash recently I realised that two of them together would make one side of a twiddlemuff. A quick trawl through youtube found this short video on joining granny squares, and the result is here:
I also managed to join the two raw edges of the twiddlemuff ‘tube’ in the same way:
Made in Drops cotton merino grey, light grey and beige.
Now why has it taken me so long to learn this very useful method?
It seems a long time ago now, but some of you might remember my Candy Crush baby blanket (here). Well I had some ends of yarn left over and managed to make some teeny tiny squares from them:
And there was just enough to put them together to make a cushion. I am quite pleased with it actually.
I love these colours – hot pinks muted to a lovely warmth with a charcoal background….
Made in James C Brett DK with merino DM23 (charcoal), Rowan wool-cotton Flower and Drops cotton-merino Lavender and Heather.
You might remember that we have two dolls, saved from when our children were small, called Jack and Kerry Anne. Since I took up crochet they have provided me with some wonderful opportunities to try things on a small scale and find out if I like them.
So here, in the spirit of trying new things, is a blanket for Kerry Anne.
Made using a V-stitch, in Drops cotton merino on a 4mm hook. The colours are: pistachio, light grey, white, powder pink, lilac, and coral (left over from my https://iamsimplyhooked.wordpress.com/2016/02/28/candy-crush-blanket/).
I should say at the start that I have never actually played the game this blanket is named after, but the bright colours remind me of sweet wrappers, and the name seemed to stick in my mind.
Made in Drops cotton merino dk on a 4mm hook, using Coral, Lilac, Powder pink, White, Light grey, and Pistachio.
I love the colours, and will happily use this combination again. It was nice to have some sunshine to photograph it in too:
The squares were no trouble at all to do, but the joining up was a trial, and I really must learn to join as you go….
Some of you may remember my baby ripple blankets in Sirdar simply recycled cotton:
Well the yarn for these blankets has been discontinued and, as my stash was almost gone, I felt a replacement was necessary. I had some Drops cotton-merino in stock and came up with these possibilities:
I am reasonably pleased with the blue colourway
But less sure about the pinks.
What do you think?