Hello my Lovelies! Some crochet talk today :: is it me or does it seem like an aaaaage since we chatted about crochet?? Truth of the matter is, my hooky activity has been quite minimal of late, almost to the point of being non existent some weeks. And that's a sorry state of affairs for sure. However, last night once the Little Ones were tucked up in bed, I managed to get all my chores done in double quick time. I zooooomed around the house tidying up toys, sorting laundry, clearing the kitchen, ironing J's shirts (yes, I know, if I could include icons in my text I would've inserted a big fat YaWny one right there). And by 8.40pm I was all done and ready to flollop on the sofa for a spot of crochet time.
I began working on this blanket back at the end of July, it's a granny square blanket for Connievan. But not an ordinary bog-standard granny square blanket (much as I LOVE the traditional squares), no no, these are my new extra-special granny squares which I designed myself. Called the Sweet Flower Granny Square, they do indeed start out as a sweet little flower. Awwwww!! Cute eh?? I've been producing these dinky little Sweet Flowers in any spare bit of time I've had available (like I say, almost non existent) as it's been quite easy to sit and make them without having to think too long and hard about colour choices. The idea is that I can then have a pile of flowers to dip into when I have time/brain power to turn them into squares, cos it's the square-making that requires colour-combining skills.
This morning I managed to find both brain power and time, it was a major event. Little B was sleeping soundly so I grabbed the opportunity and set to work.
Sweet Flowers became Sweet Squares, which in turn were worked into the blanket. Joining on-the-go of course.
I'm using Stylecraft Special DK (an acrylic yarn) which is of course the same yarn that I used for the Granny Stripe. So I had seventeen colours already which were left over from the striping, but I got to thinking that seventeen wasn't quite enough. Not enough balls in my basket I thought. I need a few more. Just because. Because yarn shopping is So. Much. Fun. So off I toddled to my LYS and I bought five more, so twenty two colours in total now. The above balls are my new additions, as follows.........
Top row ::
1302 :: denim
1062 :: teal
Bottom row ::
1277 :: violet
1123 :: claret
1425 :: emperor
You can find info about the other seventeen colours in this post.
So although this latest blanket has begun slowly-slowly, I am liking it very muchly. There's still a weeny bit of uncertainty as I've not perhaps made enough of it yet to really get a feel for how the design is working and how the colours are coming together. But first impressions are good.
This is where I'm up to..............................................................................................
Its a blanket of large and small squares, see? The large squares are worked in eight rounds, the small ones in four rounds. I think it's going to work out, don't you? Here's hoping.
Right-oh, been lovely sharing this with you....7.30pm now and I need to go get my things together ready to head to the pub. Yes, I go out to the pub every Monday night now, I started up a Crochet Night in my local hostelry. Beer 'n' hooky. Natter 'n' slurp.
It's a wonderful thing, this life of mine.