Sunday, 20 April 2014

Happy Easter

I wanted to say Happy Easter to you all and to wish everyone a wonderful spring or autumn (depending on where you are!).  I hope that you are having fun with family and friends or just enjoying some alone time yourself perhaps!

I will be back again soon!

Happy Easter!


Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Confined to barracks

I hate being stuck indoors!  Today I am confined to barracks awaiting a delivery.  Last week our DVD player died halfway through playing a disk - how rude is that I ask you!  We are probably dinosaurs still playing DVD's, but we still want to be able to watch the films that we have, so we don't think that we are dinosaurs (we have moved on from playing cassette tapes and video's after all!).  So there is nothing for it, but to wait in for the delivery man.

I wanted to be out here doing some gardening, but I won't hear the door if I am.

So instead I have been fiddling around with a little of this

And a bit of this

I added some squares here

Moved some ornaments around

Played with my Easter Tree

Considered what I might do with these (no answer! still undecided....)

Finally I realised, I better get on and chase away some dust bunnies and make use of this

Which meant that I found this hiding under the bed - do you think that it is from the Easter Bunny?  I hope that it is for me!  I didn't peek though.

Its a shame being stuck indoors when the sky is so beautiful

But at least we will have a new one of these by the end of the day!

What are you doing today?


Monday, 14 April 2014

206 to go

I have crocheted all of the 210 squares needed for my no two the same blanket.  Even more exciting, I have sewn in the ends of all of the 210 squares needed for my no two the same blanket!!!!!!  All 1260 ends.  Yes, really 1260 ends (210 squares x 3 colours = 630 x 2 ends for each colour = 1260 eek!!).  I'm done though, yay!!!!

Don't they look pretty.  All different, no two the same!

Of course laying them out and working out the pattern, is not as easy as you think!

I played around with them though and got them sorted out in the end in a way that made me happy.  It did take quite a lot of fiddling around to make sure that there were no two similar ones next to each other as I wanted it to seem as random as possible.  In the end I decided that random is just that and actually you do get clumps of the same colours next to each other naturally, so even though there are some areas where some colours seem more concentrated than others I am happy with that.

What do you reckon?  By the time they are all crocheted together and I have added a border it should be about double bed sized.

The next challenge was how to keep them in order so that I can crochet them together without them getting all mixed up again.  Sleeping under the squares all laid out on the bed isn't really the most practical of ideas is it!!  I thought of laying them into a basket or box, but I wanted it to be quite portable and go anywhere and I was worried that a basket would be hard to move around and keep them all in line.

So how about this, a square snake.  No, not a snake that is square, but a snake of squares (that of course turns out to be, well, square!).  I threaded them through starting with the first square, moving towards the last one.  As long as I keep taking them off one at a time and remember to start a new row after the first 14 and if I threaded them properly it should be easy.  If I planned it all right of course.  There are a lot of if's there!

To make sure that they didn't all come adrift I added a piece of card at the bottom of the snake and tied a knot in it.

Then when I was done I tied the top end of the snake in a bow onto the handle of my bag to keep that end safe and sound!

In a bid for total efficiency I also added a bow to the very first square so that I always know which way to start from!

All that is needed now is to crochet the other 206 squares to the four that I already joined up and add a border and I'll be done (that's all.....).  I'm using the join as you go method so at least I will be done when they have their final round of white around each square and I won't have a lot of sewing or crocheting together to do.  Just all of the ends to sew in - but not as many as I have already done.

Then my no two the same blanket will be finished and ready for snuggling.  Of course I already have ideas for about 1000 other blankets that I want to make, in different colours, different patterns, sizes.  You know what it's like!  If I keep going I might get through a few of the ideas, but the house might be rather overrun with blankets.

Well, I'm off to join a few more squares together.