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.

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Bookcase Makeover

Not strictly a yarn project that I have to share today, but this bookcase does hold all my yarn so I guess with a little stretch of the imagination we could pretend that this is a yarn-y project.

Let me introduce you to my bookcase

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It arrived at my house a few years ago from a local charity shop and it sits next to my work desk and holds as much yarn as I can physically pack onto the shelves (and boy am I good at packing it in!)  So firstly I emptied it, which took quite a while and lots and lots of storage boxes, here is the bookcase waiting patiently for it’s new look.

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I bought some Grand Illusions paint from a local shop, and gave it a couple of coats, then to my delight I discovered that the shade of paint I’d bought went perfectly with a roll of wallpaper I bought about 5 years ago when a DIY shop I’d visited was closing down and selling off wallpaper rolls for £1 each.

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So I spent a couple of hours cutting and gluing the wallpaper to the backboard and voila, here is the finished bookcase

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and a close up view of the wallpaper, just in case you are interested

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I’m so pleased with how lovely my bookcase now looks, I think I’ll have to go back to the charity shop and have another look for another project.

Extreme Knitting

When I was wandering around my local hardware store a couple of weeks ago, in amongst all the other things, I found a couple of broomsticks and immediately thought that what I needed to try next was a spot of extreme knitting!

I took them home and used a craft knife to sharpen the ends a little (I really need a giant pencil sharpener if anyone knows where to buy one?)

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And then holding 5 strands of wool together, cast on.

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I used a simple pattern of k2, p2 and just carried on knitting.

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I love the effect of the rib, and it only took about a week of evenings to knit a blanket big enough to snuggle under. I used about 7 100g balls of wool in the end, so I think if you were making a single bed sized blanket you’d need about 10 balls. I used Stylecraft Special DK, which is my favourite yarn for experimenting in as it’s very good quality for a low price and knits/crochets up beautifully.

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I think I’m sold on the whole idea of extreme knitting, especially because due to the weight of the broomsticks and the yarn, it also has the added bonus of toning up your upper body at the same time! A win win situation in my eyes.

I do have another project on the huge needles now, watch this space soon for an update.

One of those weeks

Do you ever have weeks where you can’t settle to anything? I’ve had one of those weeks this week. So far I’ve started a new crochet blanket design, that’s been rolling around in my subconscious for a couple of weeks,

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but only made a few squares for it before I got restless and put it to one side. Then I found a cross stitch picture that I’d designed but not yet stitched,

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so I started that, but then wondered if the design would convert to knitting so started to chart that out. But then I stopped that to design a tote bag that I’ve been asked to make for a Christmas bookazine, however I’ve got to wait for the fabric to be delivered so in the meantime I bought myself an adult colouring book and some pencils and started to colour!

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Is there really any wonder that today my desk looks like this.

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Fingers crossed for a more productive week next week.

Yet Another Yarn bomb!

Our Happy Hookers have been very busy again – it’s almost the end of term at our primary school and not only is the headmaster leaving, but several of the children of our members are leaving (including my daughter).  To mark this important occasion what could we do but yarn bomb the playground fence.

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It’s quite a large yarn bomb, we’ve filled up 5 sections of the fence, so here are some more photos of the sections:

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There is lots of bunting on this section, some crocheted, some knitted, but what you can’t see is that the small crochet bunting has the names of each of the leavers on it.  Here is a close up of one piece:

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The next section has some more name bunting on it, plus some giant flowers and lots and lots of pompoms.

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This fence section has a wolf’s head on it and it is surrounded by sheep (the school symbol is a lamb) made from fleece.
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Here is a closer photo:

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And finally the showpiece of the yarn bomb:

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A crocheted tardis for the headteacher to take with him to his new school. Check back tomorrow for a closer look at each of the elements that make up the yarn bomb.

Our latest Yarn Bomb: woodland trail

When our local primary school asked us if we’d like to do something yarn-y for their summer fete, we jumped at the chance. After a quick browse for ideas on pinterest, we settled on a Yarn trail.

First of all we staked the posts where we wanted them, we thought this would be the hardest part as it hadn’t rained for about a week before and the ground was dry, however it turned out that this was the easy part. IMG_16080127563500

Next came the fun part, we began to wrap the yarn around the stakes. We wrapped (Even Mr DitzyandDotty gave us a hand!)

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And we wrapped

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And wrapped some more

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It took hours!  Several of us spent a whole week wrapping yarn in every spare moment.  We even enlisted the help before school of some of the year 5 and 6 girls as you can see in the photos above.  After approximately 30 hours of winding, somewhere in the region of 100 balls of yarn, and 40 stakes, this is what we ended up with:

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A lovely trail all wrapped up in gorgeously bright yarn, complete with bunting and crocheted creatures hiding in the trees.

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Before I go I would just like to thank Sydenhams who donated the lovely wooden stakes, and also Stylecraft who donated a large bag of brightly coloured yarn which helped us make the trail look so lovely.  Thank you lovely people, the children were thrilled.  In fact they loved it so much we are leaving it up until the end of term so they can play in it for longer. Continue reading

Ideas for edging bunting

Continuing with my theme of bunting, today I thought I’d share a few ideas for bunting edging. Firstly a simple double crochet edging.

SmBuntingDCEdgeI started at the top right corner of the triangle and worked down each side working a double crochet(dc) into each stitch of the edge. When I got to the bottom stitch, I worked 2dc, chain 3, 2dc into that space. Then I worked back up the other side of the triangle with a double crochet into each stitch.

Another edging you could work is a shell edging

SmBuntingShellEdgeThis is quite a pretty edging, and is made by making 5 trebles into the stitch you want the shell to be in, slip stitch half way between that shell stitch and the position you want the next shell to be in, then continue with a shell made of 5 trebles. The bottom point is made of 3 trebles, chain 3, then another 3 treble.

The final edging I have to show you for today is a pompom edging

SmBuntingBobbleEdgeI think it’s my favorite edging of all time. You can find edging tutorials for these pompoms over on the blog Once Upon A Pink Moon, (click here to go straight to the page) I’ve slightly adjusted the pattern so the pompoms come out straight from the bunting edge.

Hope these photos give you some ideas on how to edge your bunting.

Next time I’ll show you some different ways to attach the bunting to the string.