Oh, how I love a quick project! Why don’t I do them more often? Oh that’s right, because I’m always working on some epic* blanket or another. These cute and handy bags with wide openings are from a pattern by the talented Anna from Noodle Head. They come together quickly and are the type of thing you didn’t know you needed, but will always find uses for.
I just love this grey fabric with orange, red and aqua flowers given to me by the also very talented Thouraya from Amelie and Atticus. I was lucky enough to pick up and extra fat quarter of it in Spotlight’s recent $1 fat quarter sale. Score!
Here is the small, medium and large versions with 10″, 12″ and 14″ zippers respectively. Anna has cleverly listed all three sizes here. I dare you to stop at one.
I love a coloured zipper more than I should. Speaking of zippers, where do Australian sewers buy theirs? I’m a Spotlight shopper myself. Speaking of Spotlight it’s been about five minutes since I went there, I’d better schedule another visit for this weekend to add to my collection of candy-coloured zippers. You know, just in case.
This blue and pink fabric is Sophie by Chez Moi for Moda, I think I picked it up some time last year.
I can’t line any project in plain fabric, I just can’t do it.
This dotted lining is by DS Collection Quilts. Expect to see more of it! Also expect to see a few of these bags under the Christmas tree this year.
What’s for dinner? Lasagne! And a side of garlic bread. I’m obviously not scared of a few carbs. This is my favourite, fool-proof recipe. It’s even better the next day and I get about eight serves. I don’t change anything from the original recipe, besides the buffalo mozzarella; I substitute the regular, supermarket variety of mozzarella.
The Hodge Podge blanket is officially finished. I think. In all of its crazy colour-combination madness. All of the ends have been weaved in and I’ve been sleeping under it for about a month so it feels finished. I may add some more rows to it at some point, but for now it’s done. And this blanket is just for me. It’s the twelfth blanket I’ve made so I guess it’s about time I keep one.
It’s made entirely of scraps from my stash with no thought given to colour, pattern or order. It is mostly acrylic but there is some wool and cotton in there too. It’s about 160cm x 160cm, very warm and quite heavy. I started the blanket in April 2012, did most of the work in the following September/October, then put it aside until just recently. Rather than making lots of granny squares and then joining them later, this blanket is one large granny square. I turned the blanket over after each round to avoid the shape of the square becoming distorted.
Hodge Podge number 2 is already underway, again, random colours from my stash with no plan as to the pattern or order of the colours. Since both are made of scrap and leftover yarn it makes the blankets practically costless projects right? Free craft! Some say the granny square pattern was originally designed for just that, using up leftover yarn.
Last month while visiting my grandmother I noticed a button on my coat was loose. I asked my nanna for a needle and thread so I could re-attach it. Out comes the sorriest excuse for a sewing kit I’ve seen! A small basket, with a couple of spools of thread, one pair of fabric scissors and a few needles hanging on for dear life in the cardboard packet they were sold in. The packet was so worn there wasn’t much holding the needles from escaping, never to be seen again. So I made Nanna a small needle book as part of her 80th birthday present. Something tells me she liked it; when she opened the present she giggled like a schoolgirl at me giving her “encouragement to keep sewing”. It does seem like our grandmother/granddaughter roles are slightly reversed doesn’t it?
The needle book reminds me of a story I’ve heard Nanna tell a couple of times. (Ok, so I like hearing it and ask her to repeat it at random times.) One Christmas morning when she was a young girl Nanna got up early, while her sister Beth was still sleeping, to check if Santa had been. He had, and left a sewing box each for her and her sister. Nanna saw the boxes, quickly decided she liked Beth’s better than the one left for her so swapped the tags on the gifts. I’m sure Beth received the sewing box meant for Nanna later that morning and was none the wiser. My cousin recently asked me “When did Nanna get so cheeky?!”. Well cousin, I do think she might have always been that way!
Happy birthday, Nanna.
The fabric is some leftover Summer Song by Riley Blake (still one of my favourite collections) and is partly inspired by the lovely needle books Amy from Nana Company makes.
Small projects can be so satisfying, I must remember that in future because I tend to embark on large, time-consuming projects more often than not.
If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know this week I’ve been addicted to making a new-to-me pattern called African Flowers. I figured it is about time I stray from granny squares and ripples for a little while. I think I’ll make these into a cushion, but wouldn’t a huge blanket of these flowers be amazing? If only there were more hours in the day.
The colours are from my stash but inspired by my favourite scarf below.
Thank you to my good friend Maria for showing me this pattern! I’m using Heidi’s instructions and then joining the hexagons by sewing them together, in the back loops only.
Us crafters are a funny bunch. I’m yet to meet a crafty person who doesn’t have a half-finished project or six collecting dust. Why do we lose interest in projects we began so enthusiastically? Buying fabric and yarn is so fun! Starting a new project is exciting! The planning of a new design makes us happy! I guess sometimes the buying and planning is more fun than working through the middle stages of a project. Which is probably why this blanket has been sitting in a box, unfinished, for er, about two years. It’s almost done now though, just a few loose ends to tidy up and maybe a few more rows around the edge. When it’s finished it will be the eleventh blanket I’ve made. (With probably three half-finished blankets collecting aforementioned dust).
Diary of a Crochet Blanket – A story of excitement and neglect.
August 2010 – Enthusiastically bought skeins of wool and started making granny squares. Chose Shepherd Colour 4 Me wool because of the large colour range. Blanket originally inspired by Carina.
November 2010 – Finished the 70th granny square and started joining the squares.
December 2010 – Finished joining the squares then decided the method I’d used was totally unacceptable and had to be re-done. The squares didn’t line up well enough for my liking. Took all 70 squares apart.
January 2011 – Started joining the squares again, using the join-as-you-go method.
Sometime in 2011 – Got sick of the joining with about two dozen squares left.
2012 – Left the blanket in a box, untouched.
June 2013 – Figured I should probably finish a few old projects before starting too many more. Joined the remaining squares over two nights in front of the TV. (Paper Giants – Magazine Wars, The September Issue and House Rules)
June 2013 – The blanket will be finished!
I just love equilateral triangle quilts at the moment. Only problem is triangles are not easy to sew together accurately (well, for me anyway!) and that does not sit well with my perfectionist tendencies. I did my best, and this little quilt didn’t turn out too badly. The solids are fun and modern and a nice change from using a set fabric range.
Ah, what to say about 2012? Perhaps I’ll just say it didn’t go to plan. At all. But with the new year comes new beginnings. May your new year be full of good times, sweet treats and dreams that come true.