Thursday, 6 March 2014

No two the same

Although I have not been blogging I have still been working on my crochet in between times and making little squares is fairly straightforward thankfully.  I have now got up to 120 squares, so I am over halfway with the making of them at least.






Of course there is still a lot of other work to do on this blanket.  I had a go at joining a few together to see how they looked and to get an idea of the sizing.  I have added another row of clusters around each square and then joined as I go using Stylecraft DK in White.


What do you think?  I am happy with the look, as I had considered doing two rounds of white, but I thought that it might take away too much from the colourfulness of the blanket which is what I wanted the focus to be on.


I think that I made a mistake in what I said before about the size, I am making 210 squares in total and that of course will give a blanket of 15 by 14 squares, but I said before that it would be 15 by 10 squares - 150, not 210!  Sorry if it confused anyone, you probably worked it out for yourselves though.

The rhythm of making the squares, starting with the middles and then adding the different colours as I go and sewing the ends in as each square is completed is very relaxing and soothing and is giving me great enjoyment.

The only downside is that it is not very portable as I am working to a strict system and with so many colours.  So I have started a little something else - I now have 3 WIP's!! -  a pair of wrist warmers to go with my crochet cowl.



After a bit of fiddling about I have decided on 24 stitches in each row and then doing rows of DC.  I have never written any kind of a pattern, but I will write out the full details for you when I have finished and got it all sorted out.  One thing that I know for sure is that starting off with the foundation chain using a hook a size larger than I am going to use for the rest of the work makes it much easier to do the first proper row of stitches.

Do you remember this square of crochet? 


It has been a while since I shared it with you.  I was not in love with the yarn and was just using what I had from years ago.  My thoughts were to try and make it into some sort of blanket and then donate it to charity.  When I mentioned this plan to my hubby he got upset and said that he thought it was being made for him!!  So, although it still isn't done - must finish it, must finish it!! - it will be staying with us when it is done to do foot snuggling duties for my hubby as he gets very chilly toes!

It has grown a bit since I last showed it to you and I am nearly there.  It is hard working on something that you don't really like though isn't it!!

 

I had also been fiddling around with some flowers that I realised that I hadn't shown you, so here they are!  No idea what I will do with them though at this stage!

 



That is my little crochet update, still no FO's to share, but getting there slowly.  I am joining in with the CAL over at Ladybird Diaries with Marianne and Chrissie Crafts with Chrissie.

Amy

59 comments:

  1. Oh you're getting there nicely with your blanket aren't you! Aww that's so sweet about the blanket your husband has claimed, very manly looking colours, I caught Mike with his toes wrapped in a blanket I made last year! The flowers look great I haven't tried them yet, I might join in next month with one of those link ups, I've been promised some new wool in time for Mothers day.

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  2. Lovely squares Amy, you have certainly been crocheting hard ! Its going to look beautiful when its all finished.
    Have a good week
    Kate x

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    1. It is amazing when you aren't doing anything else how much you can get done, I expect that progress will slow now!! Glad that you like it. xx

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  3. You've been busy! I really like how the squares look edged in white. That's probably my favorite type of granny blanket, actually, just bright colors tied together with one dark or light color. It's nice of you to continue making the blanket you don't like; you're a wonderful wife. :)

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  4. It looks like you've been busy. Your afghan is coming along nicely. All those little squares are so much fun to do. I just hate weaving in the ends. If only a little fairy could come down and do it for us while we sleep. :)

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  5. Wow, all those little squares, you've done so well getting so many done in such a short space of time. I think they look fabulous edged in white. It's lovely that your hubby has claimed the blanket you're not so keen on. Just goes to show how our tastes differ, he obviously loves it.

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  6. Those beautiful flowers would make a lovely spring wreath. The squares edged in white are stunning it really makes all those beautiful colours pop.

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    1. A spring wreath would be lovely if only I didn't already have so many other things on the go!! Great idea though, thank you for the suggestion. xx

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  7. Your little square look so cute all in a heap like that, I know I'm sad but I love to play with them when they are like that. I like your joining idea, it's going to be a very pretty blanket when it's done. I'm still enjoying mine too, it's getting quite huge now and I can see the end is in sight. I think your hubby's little blanket is lovely and it's so nice that he wants it for himself, it means he appreciates your work which is great. Love your flower too and you will find a use for it, I always like to have some flowers made up, you never know when you might need one. :)

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  8. What a lovely pile of yarniness your squares are I really must get on with mine I made 0 in febuary not good, the little flowers are sooo cute too
    Clare x

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  9. I love your squares...your blanket is going to be gorgeous!!! Sarah xo

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  10. Wow - lots of WIP's - you've certainly been busy. I love crochet granny squares - all colourful and edged in white! It sets them off so beautifully! Hope you make good progress over the coming days - it's so rewarding seeing it all coming along! J9 x

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    1. Lots on the go that is for sure!! I wasn't sure if I would like the white, so I am glad that it actually looks quite good! Thanks for your kind comments. xx

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  11. I love your squares - and how sensible to sew in your ends as you go! I know what you mean about being reluctant to work on the blanket when you don't like the yarn - I have the same problem. You could put put a pretty button in the middle of your stack of flowers and make a brooch.

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    1. You might be one step ahead of me there on the flowers! I wondered about that when I stacked them up, they are quite thick though as they are made of aran yarn, so perhaps three brooches!! I hate sewing in ends, so I have to do it as I go otherwise it would sit there for ages waiting for me! xx

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  12. You have been crocheting up a storm. The tiny squares are gorgeous and the flower is fab. I think it is so funny that something you are not feeling the love for is being lusted after by your hubs for his chilly feet. I was always a bit bemused when something I was finishing just for the sake of it was being squabbled over by the prospective new owner.

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  13. Hey Amy,
    Look at all those squares! I don't know where you find the time. It's all I can do once Olly has gone to bed not to fall alseep in front of the tv!
    Leanne xx

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  14. You've been keeping busy Amy! Yous stack of squares on your table reminds me of my quil squares. I have finished sewing them in pairs now and started to sut them apart last night - there are a lot of them!! Now I have to sew them into rows. I love crochet blankets as they are nice and heavy. I have one in our family room which I picked up at a CS for only $3.00. Someone didn't realize the work that had gone into it!

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  15. Wow squares squares and more squares! Looking brilliant. The crochet flower is lovely too x

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  16. Goodness you've been busy. Hope you've had fun too. Xx

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  17. Your squares are coming along a treat Amy, that blanket is going to have a real wow factor when it's finished. I really like the lovely shade of blue yarn you're using for your wrist warmers and the little flowers are cute too. Have a lovely weekend.
    Jane x

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  18. Oh how fun, I love all the squares it will be wonderful when it is done! I've been working on a yo yo quilt, same thing lots of pieces. Laura

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  19. Gosh Amy, what a huge pile of gorgeous colourful squares, and don't they look great edged in white - this is going to be one lovely blanket! How sweet that your husband wants your 'unliked' little blanket for himself, and I think you might just start to like it once it's finished, but yes, it is a difficult task working on something you don't really like - good for you for persevering! Your little flowers are sweet and I'm looking forward to seeing your wrist warmers finished, lovely shade of blue! Keep well and enjoy your weekend, hugs, Joy x

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  20. I love the granny squares, Amy, it is going to look fantastic. I think the white is perfect to frame the colour, can't wait to see it when it's finished. Your stitchwork looks so neat. Do you have a tutorial that you are using for the join as you go method? I need to investigate this technique further :).

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  21. Oh boy have you been busy ! All looks wonderful love the colours ! Thanks for sharing ! Have a good day !

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  22. Amy - you've been so busy with crochet - which is the most wonderful thing to be busy with!!!

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  23. Wow! Have you ever been busy, Amy!
    I could never sew those all together....I would go mental!
    Keep up the good work!
    Enjoy your weekend.....
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  24. No two the same? Wow...we are on the same wave length! haha.

    Beautiful...it's going to be gorgeous when you're finished!

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  25. Very productive! I cannot crochet and whilst sometimes I think I must learn, I am mostly just happy to admire lovely work like yours from afar, as it is clearly addictive stuff! I love the little flowers, the beautifully even knobbliness of the wrist warmer and all the colour in your squares - and also the one you don't like! Have fun as you finish these projects.
    x

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  26. Wow you have been busy, such a huge pile of lovelyness. I think its rather sweet your hubby wanted the cozy toe blanket to use and appreciate your hard work. Cute little flowers too, I recently up cycled an empty bean tin to use as a container and one of your little flowers would have been ideal adornment. Happy stitching x

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  27. What beautiful projects! I love the granny squares, I agree that less white makes the other colours brighter :) Going to be a lovely blanket! The flowers could be used for curtain tie-backs? Saw some lovely ones in a magasine the other week. And I have to confess I like the blanket for your hubby :) Helen x (a new follower :))

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    1. Thanks Helen, glad that you like them. There are lots of great flower projects around aren't there! Thanks for following along, I will pop over to yours when I get a chance. Looking forward to seeing you again. xx

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  28. Wow Amy, you are a busy bee with your crotchet. I really like the pretty blue flowers; I'm sure you will put them to good use in some way. The granny squares will make a super rug, we must see the finished product!

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    1. I'm sure that the flowers will find some use - or not!! Glad that you like the squares, I am enjoying the making and will enjoy the finished product too I hope! I will share with you of course. xx

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  29. Perfectly done! and so pretty - love the colours:)
    Mary x

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  30. Lovely little squares! The story about the blanket is great :) xx

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  31. Such beautiful products, Amy! I must weigh in on your flower blanket: I almost think that by adding that extra white around the edges it would highlight each flower square and show them off even more. There is enough color that I don't believe you'd be taking away from that at all! I cannot wait to see if finished, and have no doubt that whichever way you go with it, it will be spectacular!

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    1. Whatever I decide I will be sure to share it with you Nancy, don't worry!! xx

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  32. Your pile of grannies looks like something out of a sweet shop. Lovely! It wil be a beautiful blanket! And well done for taking care of the ends as you go! Anna x

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    1. They would make very high fibre sweets!! I have to do the ends as I go otherwise I would never finish them!! xx

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  33. My goodness Amy, you have been busy. Everything looks wonderful.

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  34. Your little square are certainly multiplying. Isn't it funny sometimes when you see a yarn and fall in love with it only to be quite disappointed when you use it and it doesn't quite have the same appeal as when it was on the shelf. I'm sure hubby will enjoy his blanket.

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    1. I think that I was seduced by the squishiness of this yarn - although I bought it so long ago I forget! - rather than the colour. It is easily done though isn't it, especially with a multi colour yarn! Hubby will like it whatever I think and that is the important thing! xx

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  35. Hi Amy! Your dainty little fingers have really been busy! I love all of your multicolored squares and what a pretty afghan they'll make. You do beautiful work too. The little flowers are so sweet. I recently made some pincushions and crocheted some little flowers similar to yours to put on the top center. Keep on keeping on and thanks for popping in to see me and I'm glad you liked Anika.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  36. Good grief, your hook must be smoking with all those pretty squares! They look lovely with the white border. Oh, and you know what I'm going to suggest you do with your flowers...does your fridge need to be prettified? ;-) Chrissie x

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  37. Love how the granny squares are working up ... the blanket is going to look so colourful! I actually like the yarn you're making into a toe "cozy", but I know what you mean about not liking the yarn you're using ... you just can't wait to finish it. I think the 3-D flowers would look great as a little brooch, or as an embellishment on your scarf or wrist warmers. Wendy x

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  38. Wow!!!! Ok let's start with your squares!! They are awesome friend!! You have gotten so many done and they looked stunning linked together!! I can't wait to see this blanket...well I can't wait to see them all! And the blanket you are making for the hubs though you don't like it... I am quite fond of! I happen to love that yarn... The colors just speak to me in all of their brightness!! And those flowers... Oh!! I would use those on my Easter baskets or strung together for a decoration or as an add on for a sweater or headband.... The list goes on! You are very talented pal! I hope that you have a wonderful weekend! Nicole xoxo

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  39. So much crochety goings on! I love that huge heap of little squares, they will make up into a most beautiful blanket!
    Enjoy it all Amy!
    Gill xx

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  40. I love the beautiful colours of your squares - so pretty! Can't wait to see them all come together!
    Maria x

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  41. You have been busy, amy! Love the granny squares, they look great all heaped up together, and will be a wonderful blanket. The little flowers are so pretty....and can be used in so many ways, I love them added to gloves and wristwarmers or on a granny square cushion.
    Happy weekend!
    Helen xxx

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  42. The granny squares are wonderful! I like your join (Is that the proper crochet term?) using the white. If I only had 3 knitting WIPs I would be doing great. Ha!

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  43. Amy, I love those little squares....and those flowers, I can never seem to crochet flowers, think its because I'm not brill at following patterns :) xxx

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  44. You're doing so well with your blanket and such lovely colours. I started one and have made about 100 squares but I've got bored and am not sure I like the colours now. At some point I'm going to join them together to see if it looks as bad as I think and it will be ok for a dolly blanket if it is! x

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    1. I hope that you work out what you want to do with your squares! xx

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  45. Hey busy bee! Looks like you've been having a lot of hooky fun lately. My granny square project has ground to a halt... I don't think I've chosen the right yarn - so annoyed with myself. But you know how that feels - soldier on with your large granny blanket - I think it all looks great. X

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  46. Even though you don't like it, I hope hubby gets his foot warmer soon! You have been so busy and everything looks just lovely.

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  47. Loving your crocheted squares. I remember how much I enjoyed working mine, albeit not as many as yours. I still have to share mine even though I actually finished it in the first week of feb. Loving the look of your arm warmers too. You clearly gave been a super busy gal xxxx

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