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Work in Progress

My baby ripple blanket it coming along slowly. I pick it up occasionally, like when I need a small, portable project to take on the train with me. I’m in no hurry with this project!

The large granny square for our couch hasn’t been touched in a while. I should probably fasten off where it is and add to it in the future, rather than having it draped over out couch with a ball of yarn attached to the end of it.

And of course as soon as I finished my big project, I started on another. Again, I have more projects on the go than I should but I can’t see it ever being any other way!

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Beginnings

A fresh batch of yarn, just arrived from the UK. A ripple blanket? Granny squares? Decisions, decisions.

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Finished

Another project finished! I’ll post about this project once it is in its new home later this year. For now, a snapshot. I started the project in December last year. It took about 106 hours and about 1.5kg of yarn. Pattern from Attic 24.

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Look What I Made: Granny Stripe Blanket

It’s two years since I was taught to crochet. Not long after my first lesson, I started working on granny squares and granny-square blankets. The first squares I made ended up being donated. The giant granny-square blanket for our couch was started around Easter 2009 and it is about 80% finished and living on our couch. The wool granny-square blanket I started last year is waiting for me to add its border. The baby blanket I started on Valentine’s Day 2010 is about two-thirds done. The top-secret ripple blanket I’m working on is also about two-thirds done and needs to be finished in about four months. Meanwhile, the rainbow granny-stripe blanket I started in January is now finished – the first blanket I’ve actually completed. As much as I love the making aspect of craft and baking, sometimes the “done” feeling is even better.

This blanket came from my recent obsession with rainbows. I wanted a (relatively) quick project but was tired of squares. Lucy from Attic 24 has a great explanation of how to make your own granny-stripe blanket. It measures about 90cm x 100cm. It’s yet to find a home but I’m confident I’ll eventually figure out where it belongs. I’m trying hard to get a few projects done before starting any more but, as always, it’s proving difficult not to embark on a new crafty adventure.

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Work in Progress

The rainbow blanket is coming along fairly quickly, it’s about half finished. I’m loving all things rainbow at the moment. I’m also loving Pinterest. I’m looking forward to a new oven, due to be installed on Tuesday. What shall I bake first?

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Look What I Made: Granny Squares

Now it’s two projects off my to-do list! First was the quilt for Lily Rose, given away this past weekend.

The second project finished is 20 granny squares for Crochet a Rainbow. The squares will be turned in to blankets and given to those affected by the recent nautral disasters in Queensland and Victoria. Actually, all I had left to do is weave in the ends. I made the squares when I first learnt to crochet a couple of years ago. My work has improved since then I’m pleased to say. These granny squares will be the post soon.

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Look What I Made: My First Quilt

Hurrah, one project I can cross off my to-do list! This is my first finished quilt. It’s a gift for Lily Rose, my friend Michelle’s new baby girl. I made it square so it could be used as a play mat or for whatever she likes really.

The fabric is Summer Song by My Mind’s Eye for Riley Blake Designs. I fell in love with the prints months ago and am glad to have had the opportunity to purchase and use them. I bought the fabric from Fabric Bee and Cherry Lane Textiles, using Etsy.com. The backing fabric is cotton, from Spotlight. I made the binding using a tutorial found on YouTube. The batting is cotton, also from Spotlight.

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Work in Progress: Rainbow Blanket

I really should try finishing one project before starting another instead of having about 16 projects on the go at once.

Click here for pattern from Attic 24.

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Look What I Made: Lunch Bag

It’s been far too hot this week to bake — a week of 30-plus degrees Celsius. The most I managed was a tray or two of kitchen sink cookies with dough from the freezer.

I have been sewing this weekend, even though my sewing machine is in the hottest room in the house. I made this cotton lunch bag for my friend Michelle’s birthday and two zip-up pouches for no one in particular. I do sometimes stress over what to make for people. Some are easier to make for than others. I’m sure other crafters go through it: What should I make? Will she/he like it? Think it’s naff? Use it? Appreciate it? Think “Not another homemade Katie gift!”?  I do take pride in my craft and won’t give away something I’m not happy with. My sewing is improving, I’m happy to say. I’m working on an (unpictured) quilt at the moment, which is testing my skills. But I love the fabric so much I’m determined to do an OK job. I’m planning on giving it as a gift; so again, will she like it? Appreciate it? Use it?

 

I do try hard to match the present to the person. I bought the spotted fabric specifically for this project. The yellow is from my stash. The original pattern called for vinyl-coated cotton but my version is all cotton.

It wasn’t until I finished the bag that I realised it is reversible.

The one on the left was made with a gathered clutch tutorial found on Noodlehead. On the right is my variation.

A peek inside.

Pattern for lunch bag by Ellen Luckett Baker.

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Crochet A Rainbow

Last week I signed up to Crochet A Rainbow in order to provide some comfort and hope to those affected by the devastating floods in both Queensland and Victoria. Sarah London is collecting granny squares from all over the world and will be connecting them to make blankets for those in need.

Sarah says:

As many of you worldwide already know, Australia has recently been experiencing floods of huge proportions. The devastation is beyond words, lives have been lost, thousands of homes have been inundated with water, many families have lost all of their belongings.

I’d like to inject some sunshine and colour into the lives of those affected by the floods as they begin to re-build and start over.

I’m asking for donations of granny squares which I will then make up into blankets to be distributed to those affected throughout Queensland and Victoria, providing comfort and colour and as a reminder that there is always a rainbow after a storm.

  

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