Friday, November 21, 2014

Ripple Blanket Reveal

I started a ripple blanket this summer, yesterday I finished it and today I can show you some photos:
 
 

 
I used the Neat Ripple Pattern by Attic 24 for this blanket. You can find the pattern on her blog: http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/neat-ripple-pattern.html
 
 
In the original pattern the ripple are just two rows thick. I tried that:
 
 
 
 
and in the colours I was using I decided they needed to be thicker to get the effect I wanted so I ended up doing 6 rows before changing colour:
 
 
 
Now, this wasn’t the first time I’ve used a ripple pattern but this is my favourite one so far because the stitches are close-knit, or should I say close-crochet? :), and I really wanted a solid blanket with no open stitches. You can easily adapt the pattern to any size you want and change the thickness of the ripples like I did to get a project you’re really happy with.
 

 
Now for some maths….there are 140 double crochet per row, each ripple is 6 rows wide making a total 840 stitches in each ripple stripe. There are a total of 15 stripes so that makes a grand total of 12600 stitches! Twelve thousand, six hundred stitches!! That is a LOT of crochet! I loved making this blanket though, the pattern is so simple and it was the perfect project to work on when I was watching tv and wasn’t paying much attention to my crochet project. In the beginning before it got really big I even took it with me and worked on it outside of the house
 

 
In total I used 6 skeins of Caron Simply soft, 2 of each of the colours: white, soft pink and neon pink. This yarn has quickly become one of my favourites to work with. I’ve used 11 skeins of it so far and I’ve not found a single break or snag in any of them and the colours are amazing. It’s 100% acrylic but it’s really soft and doesn’t hurt my hands at all.
 
 

 
I’ve made this one for me for when I’m working at my desk. I get so cold when I’m sitting still; it’s 21ºc right now in my house and I have two pairs of socks on and my feet are still cold! So, this blanket is for me to snuggle under when I’m working on computer.
 

 
I have a little yarn left over, there wasn’t enough to get another ripple of each colour but there is enough to make a cushion so my next project is going to be a cushion to go with my new blanket. I’m trying really hard to reduce my WIP mountain before the end of the year and not start new projects but I’m going to make an exception for the cushion :)
 

 
I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week and have a happy, crafty weekend!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Candle Doily

I ordered some festive Yankee Candles online a couple of weeks ago and before they arrived I wanted to make a mini doily to put under them when they are alight; this is what I made:
 
 
 
I used size 6 cotton thread and a 1.75 mm hook.
 
 
 
I love these candles and we've bought 3 festive ones: Christmas Eve, Snow in Love and Christmas Cookie. Our home is starting to feel really festive already! They are in huge glass jars and weigh 22 oz / 623 grams so I think they'll get us through the season ;)
 
 
The pattern was from a magazine and was for a much bigger doily:


 
 
I love the pattern but I like my smaller, coaster sized version too!
 
 
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And the winners of my pattern giveaway were comments number 2 and 7. Congratulations to Brenda and Meredith! If you can let me know your email and if you prefer US or UK terminology and I'll send your copy to you right away!

 
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Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone!
 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Lest we forget

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them
 
 
I am wearing my poppy with great pride remembering my great great grandfather.
 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Fuchsia Shawl

It's really starting to get cold now and that means it's perfect weather to start wearing snuggly crochet shawls!
 
 
This shawl is my latest pattern; Fuchsia Shawl.
 
 
 
You can find the pattern on my designer page on Ravelry. The pattern is available in both US and UK crochet terminology and has charts for both the shawl and the flowers.
 
 
It's a top down shawl made with two skeins of Caron Simply Soft Yarn.
 
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This is the first time I've self published a shawl pattern and to celebrate it I am going to give away a PDF copy to two readers of my blog!
 
If you would like to win, just leave me a comment here and tell me what you favourite flower is. I'll draw the winners on Tuesday (11.11).
 
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Have a wonderful weekend!

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