Willow Baby Boy Blanket

My last Willow blanket was for a baby girl and, loving the design, I wanted to see if I could put a little bit of a masculine twist on it and create a baby boy blanket.

To this end I chose Baby Soft Steps by Red Heart Yarns in Aqua, Grass Green and Elephant. Then, instead of a pretty scalloped edge, I chose a slightly more angular border. I’m really happy with the end result and I’m looking forward to sending it to its new home πŸ™‚

The Willow square pattern is by Jan Eaton and can be found in her book 200 Crochet Blocks. I’ve crocheted 30 unique blocks from this book, including probably 50+ Willows by now – yes that one’s my fave πŸ˜€

The border is by the fabulous Edie Eckman. It’s #25 in Around the Corner Crochet Borders, a firm favourite in my crochet library.

I have developed a bit of a thing for squares and am now getting stuck back into another afghan with about 40 blocks in total, all different. I’ll share more next time. It’s very satisfying completing a small, intricate piece of work and I think it will make an excellent Spring/Summer project with a view to joining and bordering come Autumn. 

Do you like big projects made of little pieces? 

Until next time, happy hooking! πŸ™‚

Wip Wednesday – a List as Long as Yer Arm!Β 

So many wips, so little time! However, I remind myself that it’s not a race; it’s all good – just gotta prioritise sometimes. So, instead of digging into some Lincraft Cakes (because you can never ever ever have too many wips, not really!) today I returned to the Willow baby blanket I started at the end of June. It’s very close to completion now and I hope to be able to post it off to a special someone very soon πŸ’™

Last post I mentioned I started a bag which I’d gone right off as the variegated cotton worked up. I was so undecided about whether or not to stick with it but in the event, I did. Perhaps partly because I’ve not had a lot of crochet time during the day recently and the bag, worked in a simple single crochet (US) spiral was the easiest thing to pick up of a sleepy evening to get my fix! I don’t have a more recent pic, but I’ve added a lot more rounds of solids, and I’m up to the handles now – and still a bit hopeful it’ll turn out reasonably well. We shall see!

Right now, I’m going to reply to your lovely comments of the past week, and then join a few more squares. Here’s to getting stuck into the border tomorrow – love that bit!

Until next time – happy hooking!

Granny Squares are the New Black!

This past week it’s been all about squares around here. Maybe my crochet subconscious is getting excited about International Granny Square Day next month? 😁

First up, I returned to the 2014 Look at What I MadeΒ Block a Week CAL, which I started way back in 2015. After seven blocks I lost momentum and as there are over forty blocks in total, returning to it got a bit daunting! Dipping my toe back in withΒ Popcorn ParadeΒ by Melinda Millar. I’m encouraged to note that my skills have improved a lot over the last couple of years, and it worked up really quickly.

I’ve also finished all the Willow squares for my latest baby blanket, twenty in all. Regular readers will know that I am a huge fan of this pattern (from the excellentΒ 200 Crochet BlocksΒ by Jan Eaton). I weaved as I went – lesson learned! – and it was so great to be able to just get stuck in to the joining! Hope to finish up within the week.

Finally, yesterday I designed my own granny square! I’m so drawn to create my own designs and always have ideas roaming my mind, but I tend to overthink and wait, then wait some more. This time, I just grabbed my hook on impulse and this is what happened. So chuffed with it! Will write up the pattern in the week and share. It’s called ‘Winter in the Glen’ as I was just back from a walk in the village with my daughters and my original colours were inspired by it (we went for ice cream ahhhh too funny in winter – as a relatively recent Scottish immigrant I still find subtropical winters a huge novelty and delight!). I then worked through my notes in rainbow hues and it made me smile. Crochet makes me very happy 😊

One last thing – what is the difference between a ‘block’ and a ‘granny square’? Is it just the size or is there some more precise definition of each? I must research in preparation for the big day next month πŸ˜€ Do you have plans for International Granny Square Day?

Wip Wednesday – Sophie, Willow & a Beanie

It’s the first week of the school hols and so far we have a good mix of home days and excursions going on – and there has been crochet, hurrah!

First up, a Sophie’s Universe update. I’m into part five now and still loving her soooooooo much! I’m really glad I bought the book (from Wool Warehouse – for some reason it’s not yet listed in my usual store, Book Depository), it’s just beautiful. 

I’m also making pleasant and steady progress on my new Willow baby blanket (pattern by Jan Eaton in 200 Crochet Blocks). Six down, fourteen to go!

Lastly, I ordered some Cleckheaton California 8ply on a whim last week while purchasing some Lincraft Cakes to try. It’s beautiful 100% wool and last night I started a beanie – the colourway is ‘Circus’ and I love it! I took it to the play centre today and got a few rounds in while my girls worked off some of their boundless energy with friends. I got chatting to another woman with wool in her hands – not a common sight! – who was doing Afghan crochet, which I’ve never seen before. So interesting! With a giant knitting needle with a hook on the end, which I assumed was a Tunisian hook but apparently not. I must google. Great to see public crochet and enjoy some impromptu yarny chat!

I’ve never actually made a beanie before, not wearing them myself. If it works out ok I’ll share the pattern I found. I plan to donate it to a charity silent auction that’s happening up the coast later in the month, in aid of brain cancer research. I’m not sure of the origins of this event but there seem to be several going on – search Facebook ‘Beanies for Brain Cancer’ for information local to you if you’d like to be involved.

And that’s it from me for now. Must get dinner on. If hols allow, I’ll be back Friday. Meantime, I wish you happy hooking πŸ˜€

Wip Wednesday – (Another) Willow Baby Blanket

I’ve decided to make another baby blanket, this time as a new baby gift. It was a tough choice as I browsed through 200 Crochet Blocks, but I finally settled on the Willow square again. It’s just such a great pattern! My other Willow blanket was for a girl and this one is for a boy – I thought it would be interesting to see how I can make this pretty block more traditionally boyish, and I’m curious to see how the two will compare when finished.

This time I’m using a heavier weight yarn – Red Heart Baby Soft Steps in Elephant, Aqua and Grass Green, with the recommended 5mm hook. I’m really pleased with how the colours are looking in this first block. I’m not sure if I’ll alternate the green and blue yet. I’ll probably make 16 blocks, or maybe a rectangle of 20, I’ll see how it goes. For the border, I’ll be referring to my trusty copy of Edie Eckman’s Around the Corner Crochet Borders, but I’m thinking something quite angular instead of pretty scallops or similar. Maybe this simple edging which I think would look good in this chunkier Elephant:

There is a small possibility that I’ll have started another project before the day ends or at very least I’ll be in the throes of planning before bed, as I received a surprise parcel this morning from a lovely Aunt in Europe! Behold, ten gorgeous balls of Cool Wool Big Melange by Lana Grossa in six fabulous colours! It’s Italian worsted merino and I am just thrilled πŸ˜€ I’m pretty set on the Lost in Time Shawl by Johanna Lindahl, who has very kindly already responded to my question about using worsted in her pattern, which calls for any yarn but those listed are all lighter weight. She advises I should definitely use a larger hook so as to maintain appropriate drape but has not used worsted weight for this pattern herself. I have since found a lot of other hookers on Ravelry happily completing the shawl in Caron Cakes, and as that’s an Aran weight, I figure I should be fine. I think I will go up two hooks sizes from the ball band recommendation, so I’ll start with a 6mm and see how it goes. Can always frog and change. Will report back!

It also occurred to me that the Lost in Time Shawl would be the perfect project for my remaining Scheepjes Stonewashed stash ahhhhh decisions, decisions!! The deciding factor this time round is that it’s winter, so I’ll go heavier, and then if I do decide to make it again later in the year, the Stonewashed, which is Sport weight, will be more appropriate for the season.

Have you made the Lost in Time Shawl? Which yarn did you choose?

Corner to Corner Crochet

It’s Friday, and I finished a project! Woot! So glad I left my colour zone and got all impulsive in the yarn section of the dollar store. It doesn’t match anything in the house, but as I said to my husband, we can always redecorate… Anyways it’s looking all bright and buzzy on our bed right now and I love it! Took some pics outside earlier – weather is still horribly overcast, so rare for there to be so little sun and blue sky in this part of the world (subtropical), but these colours still zing and fairly cheered me up. 

I’ve had a lot of fun learning Corner to Corner Crochet, or C2C, for this project. I used this You Tube tutorial and I loved it. Crystal clear instructions from both the spoken and visual perspective, and I absolutely recommend it if you’ve never tried C2C.

Briefly, on the making of the cushion cover: for the front, I made nine Willow blocks from the fabulous 200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton – of course you could use any square. I joined them using sc (US) worked from the front, then added an sc edging. For the back, I simply made a C2C square the same size as the front, allowing for an sc edging. For the edging, I worked 3 sc into each C2C block. Then I joined back and front using sc.

Tip: I struggled to determine which C2C side is right side. Let me save you the googling – C2C is fully reversible πŸ™‚ It pays to pick your sides straight up though and put a stitch marker (or paper clip, or loop of yarn) into the back of your work – makes it quick and easy to see which side to weave into (as you go, right? Right? lol).

C2C is easy to learn and opens up a wide and wonderful world of design opportunities, particularly in terms of pixel art – my head is bursting with ideas for new projects! Much to research and much fun to be had!

Do you like C2C? Have you created any pixel crochet?


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Wip Wednesday – Willow Cushion Cover

My love affair with Jan Eaton’s Willow block continues, this time in experimental (for me) colours. I recently bought these neons on impulse in a dollar store, just for fun. So chuffed I did! As I hooked, they became evocative of something I couldn’t quite put my finger on. Eventually I realised that the colours were reminding me of my travels in Southeast Asia – Hindu temples, Buddhist offerings (below, Northern Thailand), Little India in different places…Happy memories of adventures and places I hope to return to one day πŸ™‚

Corner to Corner Crochet has been on my list for some time, and my current plan is to learn it by creating a C2C square for the back of this cushion cover. I will report back!

I’m so glad I opted for something different and grabbed these brights! Perfect for a wet and miserable long weekend!! Do you like hooking with neons? Do you stay in your colour comfort zones, or do you like to experiment? 


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