Posted at 12:02 pm , on June 14, 2017
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 🙂
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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Posted at 6:23 pm , on June 6, 2017
Why oh, why! Did I not weave in my ends as I went?! But, I’m getting there 🙂 Twenty-five blocks completed, now working on the last round of sc (US) in white, and weaving in. Then I plan to use a continuous flat braid join, new to me and I’ll share in more detail once I get my head around it.
I discovered a great tip from The Patchwork Heart this week – if you’re not sure if a ball will make it to the end of a block, weight it! Then this won’t happen…
Nightmare! However, crochet and learn, right 🙂
Also in progress, pricing research. A much debated topic all over the place, as I’m discovering! I’d very much welcome your thoughts on this topic if you’d like to share your formula / rationale 🙂
Posted at 3:16 pm , on May 31, 2017
I was asked to make a baby blanket last week, and I instantly knew wanted to use the Willow block from Jan Eaton’s 200 Crochet Blocks. It was my favourite block when I made my daughter’s preschool blanket. It’s so pretty! The only remit is that it be made with animal or plant fibre, no synthetics. I’m using Cleckheaton Country 8ply which is 100% grown and made in Australia at Wangarrata Woolen Mills in Victoria. The blanket is headed to Europe, so this will make it extra special – completely Australian made, from sheep to hook 🙂
I’m a little over a third of the way through already – as it’s an order it’s taken priority over other wips. There will be twenty-five 15cm blocks in total; plus border this will make a good size for car seat or buggy, and will fit nicely inside a nappy bag too. I don’t usually make to sell, but I do consider unsolicited custom orders from friends and family, and this one is certainly a delight to hook.
It’s the first day of Winter tomorrow and I’m feeling the temperature drop right on time! Nights are very chilly now, but I’m still able to sit out on the veranda during the day when it’s sunny. Soon, it’ll be time for fireside hooking – which also has it’s charm, of course. However, for now, it’s not too cold to hold my hook out here, and I’m making the most of it!