dear diary,

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Out with the old and in with the new…a new year heralds a new beginning, and I am looking forward to lots more creatively colourful adventures in 2014. I hope you will join me!

Having been away over Christmas, there was a lot of catching up to do when I got home. You know…the boring stuff like washing and housework etc. On top of that my back has been playing up a little and this hampered the sprint to the finishing line for my ‘homely blanket’. I have not been able to crochet it all together, and the great ‘ta-dah’ moment will have to wait a little while longer…keep watching this space.

I managed to lay it all out roughly the way I think it will look when finished…

31 Dec 2013

 

…as you can see I will have to crochet some ‘fillers’ to make it even all around and I have still not decided on the border. I am however really happy with the way it is looking so far and in no particular rush to get it finished as ‘my girl’ is not leaving home for a while yet 🙂

So, that’s the old…how about the new!!!

Sometime in December one of my friends on Instagram had a great idea for a new crochet along. As my diary is already full with commissions, translations, workshop preparation, travel to venues, pattern creation and much more, I thought it would be lovely to join someone else’s idea for a change. The crochet along can be found on IG by #crochetmoodblanket2014, and so far there are some 470 people from about 25 plus countries taking part, there is even a FB page dedicated to it.

As I kept looking at everyone’s colour vis. mood selection photo’s popping up, I thought I’d better get myself organised. I made rough notes on colours and the moods they meant to me and here is the result…

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Image from Google Images

I want my blanket to be 120cm x 200cm when finished, so I have decided to make 20cm x 20cm squares = 60 squares in total, roughly one square a week and some extra during the holidays. The centre of each square is one of the designs from my ‘homely blanket’ which I extend with extra rounds. My aim is to crochet together as I go, but I haven’t yet decided which colour I will use for this. My new year’s resolution is not to buy any yarn, unless it is for workshops or specific designs. This means I am using a mixture of yarns for this blanket, but mostly it will be Stylecraft Dk, as my stash of this is pretty large.

Today I made my first square…

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…grey/aqua/jade – calm and serene!

Why not join in with this crochet along…such fun and not too ambitious even for the most novice of crocheter’s 🙂

Wishing you all a healthy and happy 2014, full of inspiration and colour! x

dear diary,

We have come to the end of our ‘homely blanket’ crochet along, well almost. Today I give you the last square, number 35 to do, and then all you have to do is crochet all of the squares together.

So far I have crochet about half of my squares together…

homely blanket as at Oct 2013

…as you can see I have used cream coloured DK yarn and I am crocheting together using simple double crochet. I might need to do a few ‘filler’ squares at the end if there are gaps, but that should be easy enough. I would just make some simple small granny squares for that. As for the border…I am not sure yet. I am going to try a few different options and will let you know my decision and let you have the pattern, in case you want to do the same.

As I am away over Christmas I am crocheting my squares together when I get back, ready for the big ‘TahDah’ moment on New Years Day, so watch out for that!

But now, without further ado…square 35 – A Christmas Star…

Quest Square 35

Ch 6, ss to form a ring

Rnd 1: 6ch (counts as 1tr, 3ch), [3tr, 3ch] 3 times into ring, 2tr into ring, ss to join.

Fasten off A and join B at any 3ch (corner) sp.

Rnd 2: 3ch, 2tr in same sp, *1fptr round each of next 3tr, **[3tr, 3ch, 3tr] into 3ch corner sp; rep. from *twice and from *to** once more, [3tr, 3ch] in last corner sp, ss to join.

Fasten off B and join C at any corner sp.

Rnd 3: 3ch,2tr in same sp, *1tr in each of next 2 sp between tr’s, 1fptr round each of next 3tr, 1tr in each of next 2 sp between tr’s, [3tr, 3ch, 3tr] in corner sp; rep. from *twice, 1tr in each of next 2 sp between tr’s, 1fptr round each of next 3tr, 1tr in each of next 2 sp between tr’s, 3tr, 3ch in last corner sp, ss to join.

Fasten off C and join A at any corner sp.

Rnd 4: 1ch, 2dc in same sp, *1dc in each of next 5sts, 1htr in each of next 3sts, 1dc in each of next 5sts, [2dc, 1ch, 2dc] in corner sp; rep. from * twice, 1dc in each of next 5sts, 1htr in each of next 3sts, 1dc in each of next 5sts, [2dc, 1ch] in last corner, ss to join.

Fasten off A and join B at any stitch.

Rnd 5: Work 1dc in each st around, working 3dc in 1ch corner sp.

Break off B and join C.

Rnd 6: Work 1dc in each st around, working 3dc in middle corner st.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Happy Christmas and enjoy the last square. x

dear diary,

3rd Advent

It’s the third Advent weekend and time for the second last square of the ‘homely blanket’ quest. Only one more square to go…almost impossible to believe I know, and then comes the dreaded sewing up.

I thought we stay with the festive theme for this week’s square. I have called it “A Christmas Rose”, I do so hope you like it. The square is made up of two separate pieces, this gives you the opportunity to make the Rose in different colours and use as a brooch, or use to decorate your Christmas gifts.

Quest Square 34.1

The Square:

Using A ch 4, ss to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch5 (counts as 1tr+2ch), [3tr, 2ch] 3 times into ring, 2tr into ring, ss to 3rd of 5ch.

Rnd 2: Ss to 2ch sp, 7ch (counts as 1tr+4ch), *2tr in same sp, 1tr into each tr across side of square, **2tr into next 2ch sp, 4ch; rep. from * twice and from * to **once more, 1tr into last 2ch sp, ss to 3rd of 7ch.

Rnd 3: Ss to 4ch sp, 7ch (counts as 1tr+4ch), *2tr in same sp, 1tr into each tr across side of square, **2tr into next 4ch sp, 4ch; rep. from * twice and from * to ** once more, 1tr into last 4ch sp, ss to 3rd of 7ch.

Rnd 4: Repeat Rnd 3 – Fasten off A

Rnd 5: Join B at any tr of prev. rnd. – 1dc in each tr across sides of square, [2dc, 2ch, 2dc] in each corner – Fasten off B

Rnd 6: Join C at any dc of prev. rnd – 1dc in each dc across sides of square, 3dc’s in each corner – Fasten off C

Quest Square 34

The Rose:

With B ch48

Petals 1-3: Miss 3ch, 1tr in each of next 2ch, 2ch, ss in next ch, [3ch, 1tr in each of next 2ch, 2ch, ss in next ch] 2 times

Petals 4-8: [4ch, 1dtr in each of next 4ch, 3ch, ss in next ch] 5 times

Making up: Starting with smaller petals and stitching as you go, coil the row of petals and sew into shape. Attach to square by stitching it down or attach a pin.

Have a lovely crafting weekend. Enjoy x

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