All of the Blankets (and a Quilt)

I have a number of large projects on the go at the moment and as I’ve not been blogging regularly, I thought I would catch you up on where I am with them. I don’t think I had shared all of them before.

Cath Kidston-inspired Granny Square Blanket

In February, I decided that I’d like to crochet something in Cath Kidston colours. In particular, the colours of my beautiful ironing board cover which is the Wells Rose print.

I wanted a mindless project that could be picked up and put down at any moment, so I chose a giant granny square blanket. 

I’m crocheting with a 3.5mm hook and the yarn is Stylecraft Special Double Knit. I did a lot of swatching until I decided on the following colours:

  • White
  • Lipstick
  • Soft Peach
  • Fondant
  • Cypress
  • Buttermilk
  • Storm Blue

It’s still not finished but I love to have a long project that I can pick up whenever I don’t have the capacity to concentrate too much.

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The start of the blanket with the inspirational ironing board cover behind it
Current progress

Battenberg Blanket

I had started knitting the Habitation Throw from Knitvent 2019 (a pattern collection from Helen Stewart) and although I liked the pattern, I wasn’t really enjoying how it was turning out.

I tend not to enjoy random colour selections. I still wanted a project where I used up all my leftover beautiful 4-ply yarns so I decided to start the Battenberg Blanket by Sandra of Cherry Heart. I frogged the Habitation Throw and used up all the yarn to make the tiny little crochet squares. I am really enjoying working on this project but it is going to take me a very long time.

I will also be using some pretty mini skeins but I don’t have a huge stash of these. I think I need around 530 coloured squares and the same again with my contrast colour which I am yet to decide on though I have a few ideas.

Cosmo’s Blanket

I have lots of leftovers in Stylecraft Special DK so I decided I’d like to crochet a blanket for Cosmo. He won’t be getting it for a while, partly because it will take me ages to finish, but mostly because he would probably chew it at the moment!

I gathered together all my blues, greens, greys and neutrals and did a long chain (no idea how many stitches) and then I’m treble crocheting (I think) to create a striped effect. I worked on it quite a bit before he arrived but as it’s a big project and dangles on the floor when I’m working, progress has halted while I teach him not to chew my projects. I’m focusing my efforts on handheld/fit neatly in my lap projects at the moment!!

Faye’s Hexies Quilt

Talking about long-term projects… this one was started in January 2018!

The first hexies

I knew it would take a long time and I have to be in the right mood to dig it out and work on it.

I think I have about 5 rows left to sew on and then I need to figure out how to do the edges. I haven’t chosen my backing fabric yet as I wanted to have all the hexies sewn together first before I made a purchase. I think I might treat myself to some Liberty fabric as this is such a special project and will hopefully be an heirloom. I’m thinking of a blue colour but will keep you updated!

So there we are, all my big project WIPs. I’m in no rush to finish any of them but I would like to get all the hexies sewn together before the end of the year and maybe finish the CK Granny Square blanket but we shall see.

Do you have any long-term projects? I’d love to know.

June, July, August 2020 Making Review

Hello! It’s been a while since I updated my blog. The summer has gone by in a blur! I was suffering with my back for a large part of it but I’m feeling much better now. At the end of August, we brought home our new puppy! Introducing Cosmo…

The day we brought him home

He’s a border collie and we are all madly in love with him. He has sort of hindered my making but in a good way!

10 weeks old

I thought I would catch you up on my finished projects this time.

If you can recall, I am aiming to knit 12 pairs of basic socks this year to fill up my sock drawer. I’m a little off track having not yet completed my August pair but I think it’s still perfectly manageable before the year is over.

My June pair were knit using ‘Impromptu’ Merino Nylon 4 Ply from Stranded Dyeworks with the contrasting toes, heel and cuff knit in West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 Ply in ‘234 Honeysuckle’. I love them!

My July pair used up some leftover West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 Ply in the colourway ‘Peacock’ and I did contrasting cuffs with the ‘Juniper’ colourway. I really love this wool. The balls seem to last ages and even with my big feet, I can get one normal and one shorty pair out of a single ball.

For Father’s Day, I made my dad a scrapbook. I had so much fun making it. Faye and I spent an entire Saturday making them (she made on for Rob too). They were very well received as well!

I finished a shawl during June and July. It is another pattern from the book ‘The Shawl Society Season One’ by Helen Stewart (also known as Curiously Handmade). The Amulet Shawl was knit using a skein from Lay Family Yarn in the colourway ‘Jack Frost’ and another skein from Stranded Dyeworks in the colourway ‘Gloom’. Both 4 ply yarns. It turned out beautifully. I love Helen’s patterns!

I’ve also joined a local community group helping out with crochet, knitting and sewing items. We have been working on Buddy Bears (free pattern on Ravelry). I’ve only made two so far and I’m not sure the little yellow one was allowed as I think he was too small for the Buddy Bears scheme but he will have been used in the ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ project.

There was also a request from the community group for face masks, so I made 59 (miscounted for 60!!). It’s been really lovely to be involved.

Faye’s birthday was in early August, so I had made her a few bits: her birthday brooch (an annual tradition); a crochet polar bear that she’d requested from Ravelry; and two Suki dresses from the latest Tilly and the Buttons book: ‘Make it Simple’. She is just about in a ladies size 6 now so I will be able to make her more things from the patterns I already have. She chose the fabric and absolutely loved them.

Faye wearing one of her Suki dresses

I have been working on a few different crochet blankets but I think I’ll save that for next week as this is getting a bit long-winded now!

Acquisitions

As July is my birthday month, there have been a few acquisitions. I treated myself to some birthday yarn from two new (to me) Indie dyers. First up is Molly from The Mimo Yarn Co. I purchased some sock yarn in the colourway ‘Mint Choc Chip’ and I couldn’t resist a few minis to go into a blanket.

The second purchase was from Sophie at Pixie Yarn. I bought a skein of lace yarn and a set of gradient minis as I want to try my first pair of gradient socks. This was the ‘Hey Little Apple Blossom’ mini skein set of 5 x 20g merino nylon sock 4 ply.

I’d love to know what you have been working lately, if you want to leave a comment below.