Crochet Doodling

Crochet doodling, is that even a thing? Does anyone else do it? Or just me?  Let me explain what I mean. Often of an evening if I’m trying to relax, I’ll get out my basket of leftover yarn and let my imagination run free. It’s so refreshing to pick a random colour and to just crochet whatever comes into my head. No final destination in mind, just a random bunch of stitches and colours thrown together in no particular order. I find my mind drifting and my hands just getting on with forming stitches. 

Often I start with the first round of a granny square as that’s one of the first things I learned to crochet, but then it just takes on a life of its own. Sometimes I like the doodle I’ve created and start to refine the colours and the stitches until eventually get to a motif I want to make into a blanket, however just as often I don’t like the designs enough to take them any further, and they’re discarded into a basket of rejects. I don’t begrudge the time I spend on the rejected designs though, to me no time I spend crocheting is ever wasted.

Here are a couple of my recent crochet doodles

These have been consigned to the rejects bin! I don’t think the pattern holds together. Whether they’ll ever get fished out and adapted I’m not sure.
I do however like this doodle

I think these might stay out of the rejects bin and with a bit of tweaking, feature in my next blanket design, but I guess that just depends on what I doodle tonight.

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Blanket love

I’ve been away from this blog for quite a while, but with very good reason, I had to have my second hip replaced, which means that at 43 I’m now fully bionic!

The one good thing about being forced to stay indoors is that I found I had lots and lots of time to crochet. To be honest it saved my sanity, after all there is only so much daytime TV that a person can take. I am now officially a Countdown genius and as for Pointless, I think I can name every tiny country in the world that nobody else would ever think of! I even found myself watching the adverts for mobility scooters and stairlifts while all the time fretting over the “poor faithful donkeys who just need a friend!!! (Apologies to my non UK readers who won’t have a clue what I’m talking about, but I’m sure anyone in the UK will sympathise!) Anyway I digress, back to the crochet that I did while recuperating.

These are the first two blankets I have to show you. 

The one on the right is a motif I found online, but the one on the left is my own design, which I plan to share with you at a later date.

This is the one I designed, not a great photo I’m afraid, I was still using crutches when I took it and have you ever tried doing anything other than walking while you are using crutches! 

This is the only reasonable photo I took of the other one before it went off to its new home, as an 18th birthday gift for a lovely friend of mine. 

After making these blankets with their muted colours I needed more vibrant colours for my next project, and I ended up using very vibrant colours!!!

I love this blanket, it reminds me of summer evenings at the local fair, with all the noise and coloured lights and decorations on the rides, and it really satisfied my need for colour. Until I made this blanket I’d never really liked that gold colour, it’d sat on my shelf gathering dust for ages, but when I put it with the other colours I found that I fell in love with it. It really brings out the vibrancy of the blue edging. One of my friends saw it when she visited and loved it, so it found a new home even before I’d finished it.

And finally here is the last blanket I have to share today.

My Nan wanted a blanket with all the colours of autumn leaves, so this is the blanket I made for her. I used the blanket design from Attic24 for this one and I love the way the colours look together. My Nan loved it too and that’s the most important thing.

Enough sharing for today, hope you like the blankets I’ve shared and I’ll be back soon with another post with more colourful crochet.

Craft Table Makeover

After the success of my bookcase makeover, I decided that my craft table needed a bit of a revamp.

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Here it is, very practical, but not very pretty.

My daughter has a bit of a love affair going with the shop Paperchase, and while I was in there with her last week I spotted some fantastic art papers that I thought would be just perfect to jazz the table up a bit.  So I bought 6 papers, which amazingly enough fitted perfectly on the table, with no waste at all.

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The table has a folding section in the centre, which stores away when it’s not needed, so I had to cut a couple of the papers up so that they’d fit around this.  I mixed up some PVA glue and water, about half and half, glued the table, and then the back of the paper and began to stick them down.

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It was quite tricky to get the papers stuck flat, and to work out any air bubbles before the glue stuck down, but with the help of my husband I managed it.

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This is the middle folding section of the table, the papers were just the perfect width to cover it.

And here are a final few photos so you can see the papers close up.

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We added a couple of coats of clear varnish to the table top once the glue had dried, just to make sure that it’s strong enough to cope with all the crafting that will be happening on it.

I absolutely love it, and can’t wait to find another makeover project now.

 

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However I have found one small snag with using such busy papers – I’ve put 6 pins down and just can’t find them anywhere!

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Blanket Colour Schemes

As I use a lot of Stylecraft Special DK yarn, I often end up with a lot of scraps hanging around waiting for a project to use them on.  And while I love sorting through the scrap box just looking at all the lovely colours, I decided that I really must do something with them.  So I grabbed the box, cast on 125 stitches and just begun making a blanket.

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I’m using rows of trebles with each following row worked between the trebles of the previous row.  Each time I finish one of the scraps I just grab a random ball, tie it in and use it until it is finished.  This blanket is still a work in progress, however what I have discovered while crocheting this is that there are so many gorgeous colour combinations, some of which I would never have dreamed of putting together. So I thought I’d pick out some of these colour combinations and photograph them so when I’m stuck for a colour scheme later on I can nip back to this post and find one I like.  The only problem I’ve found with using scraps is that I didn’t label them so I’m a little confused with which colours I used, but to the best of my knowledge these are the colours.

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Pomegranate, Pale Rose, Magenta, Violet, Petrol, Sherbet

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Lipstick, Magenta, Wisteria, Cream, Fiesta

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Candy floss, Pomegranate, Turquoise, Petrol, Citron, Lime, Lipstick

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Candy floss, Aspen, Lipstick, Dark Brown, Turquoise, Gold

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Fiesta, Spice, Lime, Grape, Sherbet, Pale Rose, Citron

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Lipstick, Cream, Turquoise, Clematis, Violet, Magenta, Sherbet

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Lipstick, Citron, Pale Rose, Sherbet, Violet, Lime, Spice, Fiesta

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Spring Green, Aspen, Lipstick, Dark Brown, Turquoise, Gold

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Candy Floss, Cream, Sunshine, Spice, White.

Hopefully those are the right colours, I really must add a shade card to my next order of the yarn or at least get a little bit more organised and label my scraps.