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Look What I Made: Baby Granny Square Blanket

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This baby-size (pram-size really) granny square blanket is another I can cross off my to-do list. The coloured yarn is Stylecraft Special Double Knit, left over from my granny stripe and ripple blankets. The cream is Panda Magnum Soft 8ply which I think gives the blanket a warm vintage feel. I think I made all of the granny squares in 2012 but took my time weaving in the ends and adding the border. Happy to add this one to the “done” pile!

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Vital Stats:
Finished size – 60cm x 54cm
Yarn – Panda Magnum Soft and Stylecraft Special DK
80 granny squares, joined on-the-go. Two rounds of colour, one of cream.
Border is four rows of cream.

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Look What I Made: Ripple Baby Blanket

Back in November I made a pledge to finish all of the UFOs (unfinished objects) in my stash before starting any new crochet projects. This is the second half-finished venture I can cross off my list, finally.

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Why did this blanket take so long to finish? I started it Feb 14, 2010. Finished it Jan 10, 2014. Granted, it did sit in a box, half-finished, for quite a few of the months (years?) between the start and finish dates. And, I did make, um, about a dozen other blankets in that time.

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The yarn was lovely to work with, although it is the finest I’ve used. It’s a 4ply merino with a recommendation of a 3.25mm hook. I have almost a skein of each eight colours left, any suggestions on what to use it for?

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Vital stats:
Finished size – 92cm x 82cm
Hook size – 3mm
Yarn – Shepherd Baby Merino 4ply in eight colours purchased from Lincraft
Pattern –  Based on Attic24’s Neat Ripple Pattern.
56 rows, planned out eight rows at a time to ensure each colour was used equally.
Two borders, the first to straighten the curved edges.

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UFOs to be finished:
* baby granny-square blanket
* baby wool ripple blanket
* hodge podge #2
* African flowers cushion
* large granny square
* neon chevron cushion

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Look What I Made: Chevron Crochet Blanket

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It took me longer to decide on the pattern and colour scheme for this project than it did to actually make. Oh, the pressure! Oh, the self-imposed pressure to make a wedding present for one of my very best friends. The pressure to make something they love as much as I loved making it.  Oh, the commitment! Oh, the commitment it takes to start on such a big project. When you spend a fair bit of time with any crochet project it is preferable to love it. Of course I loved making this big, warm and cosy wool blanket. And of course I wanted to keep it for myself once it was done!

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Blankety facts:
* The yarn is Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 10ply in Cream and Sunflower with a 5mm hook
* The chevron pattern is by Babylove Brand
* It’s 150cm wide
* I used six balls of each colour, with a little leftover (each ball is 200gm)

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To Michelle and Tim, it doesn’t get much better than being married to your best friend. I can’t wait to see what the future brings for you both. I hope it’s nothing but happiness for many years to come. Thank you for asking me to be a part of your special day!
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crochet chevron blanket yellow white

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Work in Progress

I’m a girl on a mission at the moment. I’m on a self-imposed ban on starting new crochet projects until I finish the UFOs (unfinished objects) in my stash. This is following on from my self-imposed 10-day ban on crochet altogether. It’s a bit all-or-nothing with me sometimes, isn’t it? Anyway, I had a bit of a rest from crochet last month but am back in full swing now. I’ve actually already crossed off one UFO from my list this month.

UFOs to be finished:
* baby granny-square blanket
* baby wool ripple blanket
* hodge podge #2
* African flowers cushion
* large granny square
* neon chevron cushion

The good news is this baby ripple blanket I started in, um, 2009 is almost done. Why did I stop working on it for so long? It’s Shepherd Baby Wool Marino 4ply on a 3mm hook. I’m wondering what to do with the leftover yarn.

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And in other crafty adventures I’ve been sewing here and there, most recently this wee pink and grey quilt. It will be pram-sized when finished and all fabric is from my stash. In another case of “Katie Isn’t Quite as Bright” it took me quite a few days to work out what this quilt block might be called. It’s a combination of two half-square triangles. What about quarter-square triangles, Katie? So obvious in hindsight.

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My points are getting better the more I quilt but here’s a bit of a reality check – not everything I make is perfect. Far from it! Sometimes the pursuit of perfection can be stifling. I wish I could put that fear of failing aside more often. Or, I should say the fear of being less-than-great-at-something aside. In the spirit of not stressing about perfection here are two shots of the quilt, taken at different times so the colours look a little different in each shot. Scandalous! And those points! I guess they aren’t too bad, are they?

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Look What I Made: Hodge Podge Large Granny Square Blanket

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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.

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Do you have a granny square blanket in your house? Since I learnt to crochet four years ago I’ve noticed how many fictional homes on TV and in movies have a crochet blanket draped on the couch. Remember the crochet blanket on Roseanne? An episode was even named after it – “Home Is Where the Afghan Is” (check it out at 3:34 in this video). Don and Betty Draper have a crochet blanket on their couch in the early seasons of Mad Men, Amy from The Big Bang Theory has a blanket made of granny squares and I remember a beautiful blue and brown chevron blanket in the movie Bridesmaids.

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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.

Here’s a video tutorial to get started on your own granny squares. You know you want to!

Photographed at Free Range Living in Kurnell, NSW.

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Work in Progress – Crochet African Flowers

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.

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The colours are from my stash but inspired by my favourite scarf below.

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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.

 

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Work in Progress – Granny Square Blanket

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).

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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!

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Look What I Made: Rainbow Granny Square Blanket

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Happy birthday to my little cousin Amy, she recently turned 21. She’s smart, confident and ambitious. She’s loyal, affectionate and popular. And she loves a gluten-free cupcake with cream cheese frosting.

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Some blankety facts:
* The rainbow contains 11 colours.
* The yarn is Panda Magnum Soft and Stylecraft Special DK.
* I started it in August and finished in early December. (During this time I also worked on a baby blanket, the Hodge Podge, Mr Ladybug and Yoda)
* To keep the blanket square and stop it from becoming crooked I turned the whole blanket over after each row, before starting the next one. By alternating the side you start each row on you avoid the distortion that can happen with large granny squares.

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ETA: Here is the colour pattern I made up –

I hope this helps those who have asked!
Four rounds of colour A
One round of colour B
One round of colour A
Four rounds of colour B
One round of colour C
One round of colour B
Four rounds of colour C
One round of colour D
One round of colour C
Four rounds of colour D….
eg
pink
pink
pink
pink
orange
pink
orange
orange
orange
orange
yellow
orange
yellow
yellow
yellow
yellow
green
yellow

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Look What I Made: Amigurumi Panda

I made Smarty B. Panda a few years ago, when I was just starting out with crochet. It took me a few attempts to get the hang of making amigurumi (Japanese for small knitted toy), but once I figured out how to read the pattern properly Smarty B. was born. He is probably my favourite toy project to date, partly because he is so darn cute but also because he was a challenge to make at the time.

The pattern is by the talented Jess of Teddy Bear’s Wednesday and can be found in Pip Lincolne’s book Meet Me At Mike’s.

Here’s another cute panda pattern from Angie’s Art Studio. I’ve also made an amigurumi Yoda and a penguin.

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Look What I Made: Amigurumi Yoda

The funny thing about memories is sometimes you just don’t know if they are accurate. I think I saw one of the Star Wars movies (episodes?) when I was young. At school. While watching I was given a jelly bean for good behaviour. (It was the 8o’s). For some reason, at age six or seven I wasn’t sure if jelly beans were for chewing or sucking. So I popped in my mouth and left it there until it had pretty much dissolved. Now, I’m sure the jelly bean memory is true. It was a white one. But were we watching Star Wars on VHS at school? I’m not sure, but that’s what my memory tells me.

Certainly since that day I didn’t have much to do with Star Wars. All that science-fictiony, fantasy-type stuff has never interested me much. Until I married a Star Wars fan. And around the same time, my young cousin developed an early appreciation for the series. When he was little I’d tell him Star Wars was “yuuuuucky!” and he’d giggle his head off. I’m not sure why he thought it was so hilarious. As he got older he’d antagonise me with Star Wars talk to see if I’d react. When I did answer with the obligitory “yucky” of course he would laugh. We still occasionally play the game. He knows when I say “yucky” in that particular tone I’m talking about Star Wars; just as I know what he is referring to when he exclaims “Uh-oh, Katie isn’t going to like this!”

I made this Yoda up as I went so there is no pattern to share. The robe is a separate piece to the body, which I sewed closed at the neck. The arms are attached to the robe only. The main body piece is a dome shape. There is flat circle on the bottom to which I sewed main part of the body. If you would like to make your own Yoda try this cute pattern by Geek Central Station.

So little cousin, here is my little birthday gift to you. An amigurumi Yoda. Yucky Yoda!

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