Good News, Bad News

A few days with nothing to do but lounge on the sofa in pjs, watching tv/dvds, crocheting and eating ice-cream. Sounds perfect, doesn’t it?

Duvet + tv + crochet = perfect lazy day?

Not when it is enforced due to a horrible throat infection/tonsilitis/etc šŸ˜¦ According to my GP in December, the only way to prevent getting so many bugs is to stop teaching four-year-olds! I am preferring the nhs direct advice of “go back to being a child and eat ice-creams and ice-lollies” since Mini-Milks seem to be the only thing I can consume pain-free.

I had a bad temperature and spent yesterday at home dozing on and off all morning, but by the afternoon I started feeling well enough to sit up and do some crocheting (and had seen the same episodes of The Big Bang Theory on e4 too many times!) and managed to finish a few squares I have been working on.

Scottie Dog square

My favourite! A little scottie dog wearing a bow šŸ™‚ So cute, I’m wondering what else I can apply the design to… around the bottom edge of a cardigan?

Log Cabin square

Bow square

The bow square didn’t come out as planned. Maybe it was the choice of yarns or hook sizes, but the bow doesn’t sit properly. It is made by crocheting a strip (with some shaping around the loops), tying it into a bow, and crocheting around it and in the gaps to create a square. The picture in the book looks lovely and neat, so I’m not sure what went wrong.

All these sqaures were made from 201 crochet motifs, blocks, projects and ideas by Melody Griffiths – stay tuned for my thoughts on it soon and another project inspired by it.

p.s. apologies for camera phone pictures, too much effort to get the real camera out

Crafty Resolution 2012 update

It feels like years ago, but in January I set my self a project for the year – to crochet two squares a week so by New Year’s Eve I have a full sized blanket to snuggle under. Well, due to bad time management (and too much couture sewing) I got a bit behind schedule, but I am pleased to say I am back on track.

January, February, March, April… first 40 squares.

Looking at all the squares together I think I need to make some more back-and-forth squares since most of them are crocheted in the round (although it is much easier to get the correct size when going round in circles*). I also think I have enough regular granny sqaures for now.

The square above was plain until I added a small flower motif. I definitely need to so more of these now I have two books to teach me how to make a range of flowers and butterflies.

After filling a bag with squares I thought it was probably time to start putting things together so I don’t go crazy in December. I started in the centre with some carefully chosen squares, and am now adding the rest in rounds semi-randomly. I am hoping that any future squares will look right, or if not then I can plan future crocheting accordingly.

Sewing the blanket together

I’ve just read my original post and it mentioned “using up yarn in my stash” – oops, that is one major FAIL already! Popping into a shop and buying just a couple of balls of yarn seems so much easier to justify than buying fabric on a whim. (see above picture and the bag of yarn that is bigger than when I started the project, although lots were sale bargains, honestly!)

Anyway, I am off to get some bias-binding to finish something I am super excited about šŸ˜€ Fingers crossed it will be finished to show you tonight… And fingers-crossed I wont get tempted by any yarn on my way!

*technical information – each square measures exactly “the size of my red and white polka dot box lid.” I had to throw a couple of squares into a hot washing machine to felt them down to size, but the texture is great.