Monday, June 2, 2014

First Prize

I won first prize at the country show at Wingham NSW Australia!
Most of the squares are samples from the Block of the month I did last year
This blanket just came together as it went.
The centre started as a mistake from another blanket,
it was either too big or too small, so I came up with the idea of adding
the border until it was big enough to add the squares around it.
I was asked how long it took to make and that is a very difficult question to answer.
I probably spent as much time planning as crocheting (if not more!)
It is amazing what you can make when you have no plans in mind and just see what is possible.
I must say the colours are much nicer in person.




Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Crochet hook preferences. Is this OCD?

I thought I would share a picture of the 2nd April Block Of The Month blanket
that was made using squares donated from K4C (knit 4 charity) members all over Australia.
While I was doing the border, it occured to me that with the colour
changes I found I was seeking out the same coloured hook.
When I looked back, I realised that I have been doing it for awhile without realising it.
I have several positioned around the place so I always have one on hand
and I do pick the one that is closest.
I'm really NOT THAT OCD, that I will keep searching until I find the same coloured hook!
But if they are all together, my brain automatically chooses the same colour.
I really like these hooks, they are all Clover brand, just in different colours.


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Square and Ripple Blankets

I thought I would share some blankets I made for my local Nursing Home.
I worked on them while spending some time keeping a friend company
while she was in hospital having tests done.
I'm happy with them and enjoyed making them, it made a change from making squares
and joining them. I even had a staff member ask me where I got the pattern.
I got the inspiration from a scottish lady who donated one to SIBOL
The pattern is called Square and Ripple and can be found on Ravelry.
This is the first one, made from wool in my stash. I found the fill in rounds a bit fiddly to get right.
This is the second one, made in pastels, all from my stash except the pale green.
The fill in rounds were easier to work out but I found I had to fudge it a bit to on the blue rounds.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Block of the Month 2013 review

 Here are the whole 12 months of the Block of the Month 2013 I put together,
with links to the original posts.
                                         

August

September

October
November
December






Saturday, December 14, 2013

Block of the Month - December

This is the final block of the month,
It is a graph pattern by pertinitaco called graphic curly flowers

Pattern translated using AUS/UK terms (with slight changes)
Using 8 ply wool & 4mm hook

Round 1
Using yellow, chain 4 and join, ch3, 15 treble into circle, join, break wool

Round 2
using light/medium yarn, join to top of treble,
ch1, dc into same stitch, ch2, skip next tr, dc in next tr, repeat 7 times

Round 3
slip stitch into next ch2 space, ch3, 8tr, ch3, slip stitch into same loop, rpt 7 times

Round 4
working behind the petals, ch5, dc in between next petal, rpt 7 times, break yarn

Round 5
using medium/dark yarn, join to 5 ch sp, *ch3, 13tr, ch3, slip stitch into same loop,
rpt from * 7 times, break yarn

Round 6
Using green yarn, working behind petal, join to petal, *dc around petal, ch5,
repeat from * 7 times, join

Round 7
slip stitch into next space, *3tr, ch2, 3tr (cnr), 5tr in next space,
repeat from * 3 times, break yarn

Round 8
Using cream, join to corner space, *2tr, ch2, 2tr (cnr), tr between each treble (10tr)
Repeat from * 3 times, break yarn

Round 9 to 12
repeat as for round 8, using whatever combination of colours you wish!


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Block Of The Month November

this month I got inspired by a pattern here
I made the pattern C "spring daisy" and mine looked nothing like the picture!
UK/ AUS Terms used
 4mm crochet hook, 8ply wool in favourite colour and green
dtr= double treble ttr = triple treble

Round 1 - chain 3 and join, ch1, 6dc in ring, join

Round 2 - ch1, 2dc in each dc join (12dc)

Round 3 - repeat round 2, (24dc)

Round 4 - working in front loops of dc (back loops are used for next row of petals)
slip stitch into next dc, *ch3, 1tr in same stitch, 2tr in next 2 stitches, 1tr in next stitch,
 ch3, slip stitch in same stitch (1st petal) slip stitch in next stitch repeat from * 5 times

Round 5 - slip stitch to back dc loop in centre of petal ( 2nd lot of 2tr)
*ch4, 1dtr in same stitch, 2dtr in next 2 stitches, 1dtr in next stitch,
 ch4, slip stitch in same stitch (1st petal) slip stitch in next stitch repeat from * 5 times

Round 6 - working behind the petal, slip stitch to centre of petal ( 2nd lot of 2dtr)
ch5 (counts as dc and ch4) *dc in centre of next petal, ch4, repeat from * join to beg ch5

Round 7 - slip stitch into ch space,
*ch5, 6 ttr in same stitch, ch5, slip stitch in same stitch (1st petal)
slip stitch in next stitch repeat from * 5 times

Round 8 - ch7, (each dc for this row is in between the following 6th and 7th sts)
*ch4, dc, ch6, dc repeat from * join to 2nd ch in beginning ch7, break yarn, weave end in

Rouind 9 - join green to ch 6 space, (ch3, 2tr, ch2, 3tr) corner,
*ch1, 3 tr in next ch4 space, ch 1, (2tr, ch2, 3tr) corner, repeat 2 times,
ch1, 3 tr in next ch4 space, ch 1, join to beginning ch3, slip stitch to corner space

Round 10 -   (ch3, 2tr, ch2, 3tr) corner,
*ch1, 3 tr in next ch space, ch1, 3 tr in next ch space, ch 1, (2tr, ch2, 3tr) corner, repeat 2 times,
ch1, 3 tr in next ch space, ch1, 3 tr in next ch space, ch 1, join to beginning ch3, break yarn

Rounds 11 - 14 join favourite yarn and continue as in round 10 for a granny square
for the squares below, the left sq i made using yellow for the first 3 rounds and for the last round
I used green and tr in between each stitch. the right square just used 2 colours for the last rows









Sunday, October 13, 2013

Block of the Month - October

Hope you like this months square, it's fairly easy but looks effective.
4mm hook, 8ply green and your favourite colour
UK/AUS terms used
Using your favourite colour, ch 2 and join.
Round 1
ch2, 8dc into centre and join

Round 2
ch 9 slip stitch into next dc, repeat 7 times (8 petals) join to beginning.

Round 3
ch 3, work behind the petals slip stitch into back of next slip stitch of previous round, repeat 7 times, join.

Round 4
*slip stitch into next ch3 space, ch 9 slip stitch into same space 3 times. Repeat from * 7 times, join.

Round 5 & 6
Repeat rounds 3 & 4

Round 7
ch 4, work behind the petals slip stitch into next slip stitch of previous round, repeat 7 times, join

Round 8
Using green, (3tr, ch3, 3tr) in each ch4 space, join

Round 9
tr in between each tr, (1tr, ch2, 1tr) in each corner, break yarn.

Round 10
using favourite colour, dc in corner space, *(3dtr, ch3, 3dtr) in 4th (middle) tr,
dc in next corner space and in each stitch to next corner, repeat from * 3 times, join to beg

Round 11
slip stitch to corner, (2tr, ch2, 2tr) in each corner and treble in between each stitch

Round 12 & 13
repeat round 11

different variations