Keeping Warm this Winter

In these dark and dismal days of winter, it’s nice to think of brighter things – of sunshine and daisies and warm summer days.

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But until we get there, I’m making this brightly coloured granny square blanket to snuggle under. I just couldn’t resist the wool when I saw it in Hobbycraft..

It might take me a while – and a lot of wool! – but I’m finding it very therapeutic for an anxious mind, all these trebles and sets of three. Nothing complicated and I can nip along a line quite quickly.

For the interested, the yarn is by James C. Brett, called Party Time, shade PT4, and I’m using a 6.5mm hook. Oh, and it’s 100% acrylic.

Crocheting Christmas

Crochet is terribly addictive. (I so want to say I’m hooked on it but I can hear the groans from here…)

I started less than a week ago and I’ve been carrying a hook and yarn with me everywhere since.  Admittedly it helps that I’ve been curled up on a sofa sneezing and feeling sorry for myself.  Mostly, I’ve been making granny squares, of a solid pattern suitable for beginners. I think I’ve got that pattern pretty well fixed in my memory now. Patchwork blanket, here we come…

Only, of course, continuously making granny squares is a bit boring, so I found a more festive pattern. A snowflake. Sort of. I think I need to have another look at the pattern and try again.  More of a star really. Might be the yarn, though. Probably not the most suitable for this pattern. Or the hook was the wrong size.

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But otherwise not bad for a first attempt.

 

The Art of Yarn

The other year – was it last year? Maybe the year before. Long enough ago that I can’t now remember when – I intended to learn how to knit and crochet properly. I kept seeing lovely yarn patterns and wishing I could make them.

I therefore collected together sets of crochet hooks and knitting needles and added various balls of yarn to my Stitchery stash, and then failed to learn either. I can just about knit, as long as it’s nothing more complicated than a square, but I completely gave up on the crochet. The diagrams never made any sense.

But recently, a lovely colleague who does crochet gave me a crash-course in basic crochet stitches, and I’m finally using my brightly coloured hooks…

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I’m not following any pattern, just practising the stitches, but I’m quite pleased with how it’s going. If I made it bigger, or perhaps lots of different coloured squares like this one, I think it would make a nice blanket.