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End of the rainbow

A quick update on my blanket…

I’ve finished stitching it together and have started to add the border now. I’ve decided to work backwards in the colour of the rainbow in the different yarns I have used in the blanket. This means I will have blue, turquoise, yellow, fuchsia pink and I plan to finish with purple (as I thought the colours would look nicer this way!)

Here’s the beginning of the end of the rainbow! I am doing the stitch in half double crochet to give them a bit of height so the rows are visible:

Granny square blanket border Granny square blanket

What do you think?

In other news, our wedding presents arrived yesterday. It was like Christmas only better! All we need now is to get our photos back (hopefully next week) and we can get some thank you cards made.

Kate x

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Granny Square Blanket: It’s coming together

Granny Squares

Hello everyone, I hope you’re having a great weekend so far.

I was off work yesterday and I decided it was finally time to put my granny square baby blanket together. I have to admit, I made all of the squares ages ago then got nervous about crocheting/stitching them together. Ridiculous, eh?

Anyway, after being pointed towards Attic24’s simple method of crocheting the squares together with a slip stitch (thanks to the lovely ladies who read my initial blog post!) I got stuck in yesterday.

I’ve now stitched all of the squares together and have crocheted a half double crochet border in the same colour as the yarn I used for the joins.

I’m thinking of adding a colourful border with the wool I used in the squares to give a mini rainbow effect. What do you think, or do you have any top tops for finishing off a granny square blanket? I would love to hear your ideas.

Kate x


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Wedded Bliss

Hello everyone, I’m back!

I hope you’re all well. So what did I miss?!

I’ve had a mini-blogging break as I have been otherwise engaged… or should I say, married!

Wayne and I tied the knot last month and then jetted away on honeymoon for 10 nights in Malaysia. The whole wedding whirlwind was amazing and we had such a fantastic day, followed by a brilliant honeymoon on the stunning island of Pangkor Laut. I feel like the luckiest person in the world!

My craft-related posts are going to resume very soon, but first here are some pictures from our wedding if you would like to have a sneaky peak!

Please click here for more professional pics!

Kate x


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Granny Square blanket update

Hello everyone, I hope you have all had a great week.

I’m sad to report that it’s been slow progress on my granny square blanket. Last week flew by in a flash and when I’m not working I seem to be doing wedding-related stuff. Who knew planning something like that would take so much time?!

Anyway, I have made some progress with my granny squares. I have decided to use Attic24’s really great and simple method to join my squares, but as they are a rainbow of different colours I felt like they needed tidying up a bit first.

I decided to single crochet a border around them in an off-white colour yarn, which I will then use to stitch them together. I’m hoping this will give me a neater finish as the joining stitches won’t show.

Here are the ones I have done so far:

Granny squares with white border

A comparison of a square with a border and without a border. I think with a border looks neater:

Border and no border

I managed to do eight squares today after a morning of chores and before going to work for a late shift and hopefully I will be able to do some more in the coming week. I hate not having time to craft!

Slowly, slowly makes a blanket!

Kate x


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Monday Morning Matters

Or Monday Afternoon Matters as this post is slightly late!

Hello everyone and welcome to a new week. I hope you all had a great weekend and got up to lots of exciting things!

I was on my hen do this weekend and had the best time. A day and night at a spa hotel in Sheffield with my friends , a fantastic back massage and lots of time in the steam room, sauna and pool followed by a lovely three course meal, lots of chats, a good night’s sleep and a fry up the next day. So relaxing and really good fun – especially the cupcakes one of my bridesmaids brought with her that heavily featured my fiance’s face!

Hen do cupcakes

This was my reaction when I saw the cakes with Wayne's face all over them for the first time

This was my reaction when I saw the cakes with Wayne’s face all over them for the first time!

The hotel we were staying at was the Mercure Sheffield St Pauls Hotel and Spa which was right in the centre of Sheffield and joined on to the famous Winter Gardens. This was pretty cool for me, as a bit of a sport geek, this is where the BBC film stuff when the World Snooker Championships are held at the nearby Crucible and I had always wanted to go. It’s a really impressive structure.

Sheffield's Winter Gardens

Sheffield’s Winter Gardens

I was really impressed with Sheffield in fact. I had never really been before and the city centre is lovely. There are so many pretty water features, fountains and mosaics dotted around – at least in the area where we were – which made it a lovely place to walk around on a crisp winter’s day.

 

It was so nice to go and spend some quality, relaxing time with my friends. I had some problems with some girls (who turned out to be anything but true friends) this time last year which upset me a lot, and I did feel a bit weird and emotional about having people want to spend a weekend doing something to celebrate with me. I just really appreciate the people who care and was touched that they care too.

Ah, there I go getting all soppy so I will stop! So what did you get up to at the weekend? I MUST get on with my granny square blanket this week. Maybe I can start tomorrow after I pick up my wedding dress (eek!) and have my wedding hair trial?

Kate x


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Crazy about Crochet

My world has been taken up with wedding-related stuff for a while now, especially when it has come to crafting. I have to say I have really enjoyed making things for mine and Wayne’s big day – not only does it add a really nice personal touch, but the things I have made are unique to us and a bit special. It’s also helped to save us a bit of money too, which is a bonus!

Anyway, now I’ve finished decorating jars with lace, making the table plan and a few other bits and pieces I’ve finally had the chance to have a proper look at a lovely crochet book I was bought for Christmas. All I need to do is find the time to make something from it – or finish the granny square blanket for that matter!

I was given Cute and Easy Crochet by Nicki Trench, and I’ve got to say, there are some really lovely things in it which I can’t wait to start making.

I’ve just seen by looking on Amazon that Nicki has a book out called A Passion for Quilting. If I get on well with her crochet book then I might well be buying this for myself! Just got to decide what to try and make first…

Have you followed any crochet patterns by Nicki or have this book? Would love to hear from you and see what you have made.

(This is not a sponsored post! I’m just looking forward to start crocheting again :)) But first, my granny square blanket…

Kate x


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Time to Stop Being a Square

When I’m learning something new I want to try as many things as possible, all at once. This generally means a few projects tend to fall by the wayside and remain unfinished. Is it just me or are you like that too?

When I first picked up a crochet hook and some wool in the autumn of 2012 I started, as probably most people do, making granny squares. I found making them really addictive as they got me familiar with using the hook, how to work with the wool and I could make them fairly quickly.

Granny squares

Except then I was bought a book on how to make amigurumi, so I ditched the granny squares and started making cute little animals instead.

The piles of woolly little squares were consigned to a draw and there they have stayed – until now. I think it’s about time I have a go at joining them together.

I’m a bit nervous about doing this (as I’ve never done it before) which is another reason why I never did it at the time.

So now, more than a year on, I’m on the lookout for an easy and foolproof way to join my little squares together and make a nice little baby blanket. Any top tips anyone please?

Hopefully I will be able to give you an update with the full stitched-together blanket soon…

Kate x