Wednesday, 29 March 2017

traffic jam (crochet granny shawl)

I got stuck in the office on Monday night, not the best of situations but this estate I work on does get congested frequently and not helped by lorries breaking down blocking one lane of two. Anyway all was not lost because I'd had a new yarn delivery that morning and I needed an excuse to stop and crochet. And this is how this granny shawl got its name. Isn't it gorgeous? It's crochet in the new Sirdar Colourwheel DK yarn. On first inspection I wasn't that taken with it, but now I love it. No more colour changes, yipee.

If you'd like to know how to make this I'll find the link and share. Happy crocheting!


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

glorious granny square blankets

I started making this one in January and finished it last night (more pics to follow!) I'm really pleased with the way it turned out, a little vintage twist with the border. I've made this for a friends litttle girl and I'm delivering it tomorrow night after work. Just enough time for lots of photos tonight and then the wrapping and writing out the wash care instructions.


The large colour block one was sold last week, my customer sent me some great shots of it in its new home ............. a new camper van! I love the fact its going to be well traveled.





Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Back to granny squares

granny squares

Last week I was poorly with a sinus infection (one illness after another and everyone has had this!) so I was trying to get well and what better way to cheer myself up with good old granny squares. I know I harp on about it frequently but I do love granny squares. They are so satisfying to make and to look at a whole pile of them, with their ends sewn in are little works of art. So whilst sitting under my granny stripe blanket I made a few of them. I've had to stop to finish the baby blanket I was working on and then I got a commission to make a little girls blanket, so I've been colour planning, which I never do and now I'm stuck on how to start. I'm torn between a heart granny or flower. To be honest I tried the heart and couldn't do it, maybe I should try again.

yarn pegs and Stylecraft Special DK

I did however get round to making some yarn pegs over the weekend, totally in love with them and looking forward to making the blues, greens, browns and creams from my stash. You can find the helpful tips on the Attic24 blog.

Sue Pinners flower granny square pattern
yarn pegs in Stylecraft Special DK


Monday, 13 February 2017

Traditional granny square blanket

Anyone that knows me, know I am just crazy about granny squares. I think I even dream about them! You can't beat a humble granny square blanket in my opinion. Since learning to crochet them straight, that's all I''ve been doing!

just 8 more rows then its border time!

The neat trick is to flip over after each row, simple! Oh and start in the right hand corner. I found this great tutorial over at ThePatchworkheart blog, Heather is very helpful and has always been an inspiration to me.

My latest creation is an up-to-date on trend baby blanket with a vintage feel to it. Its crochet in beautiful Debbie Bliss Rialto DK that's so soft and warm. I've chosen soft grey, oyster, rose, duck egg green, vintage pink, pink and petunia. There is one other pink in there, but because its been discontinued I can't find the colour. I told my nieces about this colour scheme and they told me its so fashionable now, funny how you just pick up some colours and you're on trend, I like that.


this is how it started in early January 2017

This one is destined for another niece, a great niece on my husbands side of the family. We don't actually know the sex of the baby yet, neither does my niece, but I'm going with a girl and will start a boy version next week just in case. Any excuse to crochet. Enjoy the rest of your weekend whatever you are doing and wherever you are in the world. Amanda

Friday, 10 February 2017

Orla Kiely inspired crochet granny square blanket


Would you look at these colours, wow aren't they just so bright and cheerful! I'm trying to go a little vintage 1970s style (my era and childhood) I'm sure we had one of these, maybe not quite as bright but I just love the Orla Kiely colours and this is going to be another huge snuggly blanket sure to brighten everyones day! And its so cold I can really get on with this over the weekend and add lots more colourful stripes. Have a fab weekend and keep warm and snuggly and maybe do some crochet too.



Monday, 30 January 2017

Orla Kiely crochet flowers

I love the designs by Orla Kiely and I have a lovely ceramic herb planter that my sister bought me for my birthday a few years ago, it has a money plant in it. I'm still not feeling too well today and spent the morning in bed, fed up with this awful cold, so to cheer myself up this afternoon I raided my yarn stash for colours to match the planter. A lady who lives in the village has an invitation company and now and again she saves some card samples for me, they make lovely gift tags or small cards. Glue gun ready and a few vintage buttons from my button jar and here they are finished. I'm going to crochet more in bright Cath Kidston colours next.



If you want to make the flower, the easy to follow flower pattern can be found here at Lusciouslyloopy

Saturday, 28 January 2017

granny square, happy square

I'm feeling under the weather today, the lurgy finally got me, well so many people surrounding me have it so it was inevitable I'd have a weak moment! Still in my pjs doing some chores but not over exerting myself today. My weekends nowadays are very relaxed and laid back, must be my age.

I'm getting over this brief drop in energy levels drinking tea, resting and crochet; colour and crochet (making more granny squares) are not only therapy and good for the soul but your general well being. Its good to be surrounded by colour and yarn, keeping your hands busy and your brain active. A win win situation, oh and you get a finished product to keep you warm for cosy Sunday afternoons napping on the sofa watching an old movie. I like this, I like this a lot. You take a small plastic box full of yarn scraps and turn it into a useful object. Its also a work of art if you think about it, a timeless piece of history too. No two blankets are ever the same (unless you go out of your way to do that) but thats the fun part, grabbing pieces of yarn and making colourful happy squares, joining them together and adding a cute border.

granny squares and Fiddly Bits cowl 

Here are some photos from last week, a little record of my week in colour. Enjoy your weekend what ever you are up to in your part of the world. Amanda


a new yarn delivery
Moss keeping me company under my blanket

another cowl on my Easy shop