I bought a beautiful bunch of irises from the supermarket yesterday, they were slung in the "reduced" bucket with a load of tatty carnations and were only £2. The buds were all tight shut at the time, but in the cosy warmth of my studio they have begun to unfurl.
That flash of yellow amongst the purple is surprisingly lovely - I have been thinking a lot about the colour yellow of late as I deliberate over a particular new colour scheme. To include yellow or not? A rich golden yellow, or maybe a pale butter yellow? My current Harmony blanket has no yellows, and weirdly I kind of miss it a little. I think my next blanket will be back to full-on happy brights in all the colours of the rainbow plus a few extras thrown in for good measure :)
I love taking pictures in my studio, it's very photogenic with such a joyful, colourful, creative atmosphere. Every single day when I put the key in the lock and open the door, I am full of gratitude for this room, being here makes me so happy. I stood on the chair to take a photo of my table, I've got a few things going on at once at the moment and I am teetering on the edge of making some big decisions. Well, that's to say that they feel big to me, the choosing of colours for a new project is pretty epic in my crazy little crochet world.
I've been asked quite a number of times about the small crochet squares that you often see in my studio pictures. I've made these to represent the blanket packs that I've designed - in the picture above you can see all five of my current colour palettes, including the new Harmony colour palette which will be available in a month or two once I've finished the blanket and written up the tutorial. These miniature blanket blocks help a lot when I am pondering on new colour schemes, they allow me to easily see what I've already got going on.
The pattern for these squares is very straight forward, a variation on a simple granny square. Sometimes called a "solid granny square" or a "target square". When I make each one I leave a 30cm tail end dangling, then use these to stitch the squares together. It's a nifty joining technique (if you don't mind a bit of simple over sewing) and makes an invisible seam. Let me know if you would like me to write up the pattern and show you how to join, I'd be happy to share - these squares would make great cushions/blankets don't you think?
I've been working on a little something for a magazine this week, a new design which I decided needed a bit of a pretty beaded finishing touch. I looked everywhere in local shops to find suitable beads (with holes big enough for dk yarn to pass through), but no luck. I ordered two packs of beads online, but when they arrived the holes weren't quite big enough and one set of beads was too small, the other too big (but still with small holes).
And then - I had a pure light bulb moment - PING!!!!!!!!!!! I suddenly remembered the beaded jewellery that I used to love buying for Little Lady when she was much littler, the sort made from colourful wooden beads strung onto elastic.
The holes are big enough for me to thread them straight onto the cotton yarn I'm using, and the colours are gorgeous, so bright and cheery. The combination of painted wood and cotton yarn pleases me enormously too.
Can't wait to show you what I'm making, it's my favourite sort of pretty-but-useless decorative crochet. I've even remembered to write pattern notes as I go along, crikey, wonders will never cease.
Oh I really love love love my studio so much! I've been there every day this week either working at this middle table with yarn and beads and pattern notes....
....or sat at my little desk in the corner working away at the computer. I've managed to tick off my to-do list rather pleasingly this week and it feels really good I must say.
Tomorrow is Friday and I've got our fabulous Creative Coopers group to look forward to, it's one of my most favourite times of the whole week. If you are ever in Atticland on a Friday morning (9.30-11.30) or a Tuesday afternoon (1-3) you would be most welcome to join us upstairs at Coopers Café Bar. Be warned, it's a pretty noisy affair (lots and lots of laughter, you'll definitely hear us before you see us) but it's a super friendly group. Just come and get yourself a yummy drink (and maybe a delicious home baked treat), pull up a chair and be prepared to do more nattering than crocheting/knitting/stitching.