the story of a blanket – part 1

You remember a little while back I was trying out a beautiful yarn from Holland by a company called Scheepjeswol. The lovely Stone Washed Yarn came to my attention in my Instagram feed earlier this year, and I knew immediately that I wanted to try it. The beautiful colours reminded me of vintage dyes and I could see many possibilities for this stunner of a yarn.

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Thanks to some lovely friends on Instagram, I found out that the yarn is now available to purchase from online retailer Deramores, so I sent off for some colours to trial. I was immediately hooked (excuse the pun!) and my brain went into a spin thinking up all sorts of fabulousnesses to make. First up I used it to make a baby blanket for a friends soon to be born grandchild in Australia, you can download the free pattern for it here.

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As you can guess, I am totally in love with this yarn!!! It is a great yarn for many projects, but I think it is absolutely perfect for blankets. The yarn is super soft, comes in sixteen beautiful shades, and is a total pleasure to work with. As soon as I had finished the above baby blanket I knew I had to make another…

…I pondered and swatched, and then chose shades to make my ‘Vintage blanket’…

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…what do you think? Does it have potential?

I hope you will enjoy following my progress with this blanket over the next few weeks. I will give you an update on the growth with all it’s trials and tribulations every Friday. Fingers crossed the journey will be a smooth one.

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Happy weekend and happy crochet!

Enjoy! X.

 

a week of making

It’s been a busy week for us here at Made with Loops…

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…filming in Snowdonia National Park.

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Sorting out and starting new…

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…preparations for a surprise…

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…Valentine’s day bunting for ‘my girl’.

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Who say’s romance is dead…Valentine’s day flower’s from ‘my man’.

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A little gift for a special hooky friend…

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…a lovely lunch with my friend Heather from The Patchwork Heart. We met last year via Instagram, and now meet regularly to exchange new crochet ideas, have lunch and generally enjoy time together.

Today it’s back in the studio working on some new ideas which will involve quite a lot of this…

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I hope you are all having a lovely week too.

Enjoy! x

crochet mood blanket 2014 – update

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Almost two month’s into our crochet along, so I thought it was about time I gave you an update on how it is progressing here at Made with Loops.

You recall, I am doing one square per week at 20 x 20 cm, and my goal is to make 60 squares. This should produce a decent sized blanket of about 120 x 200 cm at the end – above is the first strip of six squares assembled, and I am pretty pleased so far.

First three


from left: starflower – sunbursts – tricolore

Second three


from left: traditional – celtic rose – sochi

Initially I thought I would do four or five different patterns and then repeat those, but so far I have crochet a new pattern each week, and it now looks as if I will be doing at least twelve different designs.

I am sharing all the patterns with you for free! Just find Crochet Mood Blanket 2014 at the top menu bar which has two drop-down menus. One shows close up photos and a short mood story behind the design, the second drop-down is where you can find the patterns. I also have a dedicated album in the Crochet Mood Blanket 2014 group on Facebook, come and join if you haven’t already done so.

The second strip is now under way with the first square done…

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I have gone back to basics with this square, using the traditional granny square pattern but jazzing it up by boxing the groups of treble’s in with rounds of double crochet. I chose Earth tones – warm and cosy!

This has been a dreadful week weather wise. We have had rain rain rain and 108 miles per hour storms were recorded. It was very scary!! The earth is totally soaked with water standing almost knee deep in the fields around us and there is only one thing one can do at times like this…keep indoors and stay warm and cosy.

I hope you enjoy making these squares…

It would be great to see some photo’s in the Facebook Group Album…

Happy weekend! x

blanket love

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Today is yet another day of wet wet wet and storms, which has been on the weather menu here in the UK for weeks now…it’s getting really REALLY boring now and we are all fed up.

There isn’t much one can do on days like this. Far too awful to go for a walk, and even Max sticks his nose out of the back door and makes a U-turn to go back to his cosy bed by the radiator. Trust me…you wouldn’t sent your worst enemy out in this!!!

Thank goodness for blanket’s…

…we have a few in our house…

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afghan knit along blanket 2012

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there are also not quite finished options…

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‘homely blanket’ crochet along 2013

…and just started options…

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You may recall that I have promised not to purchase any yarn this year (sigh!), but will try and use up as much of my stash as I can during the coming month’s. Apart from the Afghan knit along blanket (photo above) a couple of years ago, I have never had the patience to knit a blanket, so I thought no better way to use up a lot of odd balls of yarn.

I rummaged in my stash and pulled out all the single DK yarn balls I could find (amazing what you find when having a clear out). I also remembered a bag of 10 balls of Rowan baby merino silk in a beautiful jeans blue colour which compliments all the other shades perfectly.

Simple garter stitch is perfect for this and so far I am really pleased with the way it’s going. This is also the most perfect Olympic Games TV watching project ever…I keep you posted with photo updates during the making process.

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right now I think I go back and snuggle under this one with a nice cup of tea…

…maybe you should go and find a blanket and do the same…

Enjoy! x

happy creative new year

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…

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…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