Sunday, 29 July 2012

It's a Girl.......!

Hi Everyone

Regular readers will remember that way back in March I started on a baby blanket for a friend.  I didn't know what flavour it was going to be, so I had to make both a girls and boys option.  A link to my original post is here.  I was convinced it was going to be a boy, and along with the excitement of the boy's pattern being a new design - Northern Star - and my all seeing eye sure it was going to be a boy, I have been steadily working on the star design, secure in the knowledge that the daisy blanket would get there eventually...  So with the star blanket almost finished I was caught on the hop when Jill appeared instead of Jack! (names have been changed to protect the innocent obviously!) 

Particularly when I realised I didn't have enough white yarn to continue with the colour arrangement I had chosen, so a rethink was needed.  Instead of the background hexagons being different colours I used up some stashed cream sirdar snuggly bamboo yarn, which actually contrasts beautifully with the white daisies.  (I can't really capture it on my pics, but it's quite subtle and looks fab).  There is also a gorgeous sheen on the whole blanket, from the bamboo I guess, and it feels amazing and is surprisingly heavy.

So, it's 60 daisies, with a border of hdcs and scs.

Not huge, but big enough to use as a cot bedspread or a pram blanket.

I'll be back soon with the star blanket tadah!!  Although I'm not sure what I will do with it now...

Thank you, thank you, thank you to those of you who leave such wonderful comments on my blog.  I really can't express how much I love to hear from you; you make it so worthwhile continuing to share my blog and patterns.  I love the lot of you!  You make me feel like a star!

Happy crocheting


Saturday, 21 July 2012

Porthole Square

Hi Everyone

So, Porthole Square... intrigued???  This is something I came up with a few months ago, and I thought it was about time to share it with you all.  I love 'em, and can think of lots and lots of uses in many different ways.  I'm planning on making a mobile case and possibly a laptop and kindle case; I also have a couple of ideas to make these into bags.  Anyway... you don't particularly care about that do you...  you just want to know what they are and how to make them right?

Don't you love them?  I adore the way the outer circle is pulled into a perfect circle when you join the top layer to the bottom...  Not difficult to make, I'll walk you through it below.


One Porthole Square...  but you don't have to put the inner circle in if you don't want to...  Just leave it out, and start with the outer circle...  you can put fabric behind instead if you prefer...

Let your imagination run away with you...  ok, I'm off now to fight my sweet cravings!

Happy crocheting everyone!!