Sunday has come around so quickly this week, pheewww, I've been in a bit of a whirlwind! My week has been one of contrasts - quite a lot of quiet solo time spent with yarn and hook, immersing myself in colour and rows of beautiful, therapeutic stitching. But also some really great social time spent in the company of good friends - I do so enjoy the creative "knit and natter" sessions that pepper my week with chat, laughter, friendship, coffee and creativity. And crumpets, mustn't forget the necessary bit of sweet stuff on the side! At Coopers Café, they serve their hot toasted crumpets with real butter and a little glass jar of home made lemon curd, and in recent months it's become something of an addiction of mine. I can confirm that crumpets, cappuccino, crochet and chatter go very, very well together, it's a wonderful mix indeed.
During the past week I've had some days where I've been crocheting at my cosy studio....
....and some days where I've chosen to crochet on the sofa instead. Both have been wonderful and I am still very much enjoying this bright, sunshiny crochet journey.
I find it easier to work on my log cabin squares in the quiet of the daytime when the light is good and I can concentrate. It's not that this is a particularly hard pattern, (it's just rows of treble crochet after all as I've made all the Sunny Centres), but somehow I just prefer to make them during the days when I am quietly alone with my own thoughts.
For those of you who are joining me with your own Log Cabin Squares, I really, really hope you are enjoying them? I thought it was worth adding a few words here to remind you to mark your top/number 1 strip on each block and leave the marker in place even after you have finished. I have misplaced my little stitch markers (I've no idea where I've put them, they could be anywhere in this messy house!), so I'm just tying a loose loop of contrasting yarn around the post of a stitch instead. It does the job perfectly and doesn't get in the way when blocking either.
You also need to identify each square after you've made it, so please don't forget to number them in some way. The squares do all look very similar but when we come to join them together, it'll be really important to put the squares in the right order, and the right way up.
This week we are working on squares 5 & 6, so without further ado, here is the colour info for you....
SQUARE 5 (pattern HERE)
♥ 1. Spice ♥2. Wisteria ♥ 3. Violet ♥ 4. Shrimp ♥
♥ 5. Fondant ♥ 6. Meadow ♥ 7. Petrol ♥ 8. Magenta ♥
♥ 9. Bright Pink ♥ 10. Turquoise ♥ 11. Lime ♥ 12. Plum ♥
♥ 13. Claret ♥ 14. Aster ♥15. Sage ♥ 16. Lipstick ♥
SQUARE 6 (pattern HERE)
♥ 1. Turquoise ♥ 2. Bright Pink ♥ 3. Sage ♥ 4. Magenta ♥
♥ 5. Lime ♥ 6. Plum ♥ 7. Wisteria ♥ 8. Lipstick ♥
♥ 9. Meadow ♥ 10. Fondant ♥ 11. Violet ♥ 12. Spice ♥
♥ 13. Petrol ♥ 14. Shrimp ♥15. Aster ♥ 16. Claret ♥
My Sunny Granny Stripe is delivering a huge amount of hooky pleasure I have to say - I think there is more instant gratification when working on a striped design as the blanket is forming in front of your very eyes as you crochet. With each and every row you get a little mini ta-dah moment, which is actually weirdly addictive and satisfying in a way that doesn't quite happen when you make a blanket from squares. The squares are more of a slow burn thing - there will come a time when those sixteen large log cabin blocks will come together and I'm anticipating a humongous rush of satisfaction then (I absolutely can't wait!)
I mainly work on my stripes in the evenings when I am in need of some relaxing, low-brain-power hooking to unwind with before bed. I find the rhythmic, repetitive motion of crocheting the same stitch over and over and over feels really, really soooooooo good. The best type of relaxation therapy if you ask me. I also love taking this blanket out and about with me, as I can chatter to friends whilst making these rows happen with very few mistakes occurring. Although it's getting quite large now to stuff into my bag (thank goodness for the generous dimensions of my Yarndale bag), I only ever need to take two or three balls of yarn out with me which is a Good Thing.
So here is the colour list for the Sunny Granny Stripe Part 4 (picture above)
You can find the pattern HERE.
The colours are listed from the bottom to the top, as follows:
♥ 55. Magenta ♥ 56. Spice ♥ 57. Claret ♥ 58. Bright Pink ♥ 59. Violet ♥
♥ 60. Turquoise ♥ 61. Sage ♥ 62. Lime ♥ 63. Citron ♥ 64. Fondant ♥
♥ 65. Wisteria ♥ 66. Aster ♥ 67. Petrol ♥ 68. Meadow ♥ 69. Gold ♥
♥ 70. Shrimp ♥ 71. Lipstick ♥ 72. Plum ♥
Remember that every stripe is crocheted in two rows.
Here's wishing you a fabulous, Sunny week ahead - have fun!
Useful links ::
♥ Sunny yarn pack - 18 x 100g Stylecraft Special DK.