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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Adopt a cozy blanket!

I have a few crochet (baby) blankets available. The softest 100% cotton.

They are a crazy low prize: £25 a pop, including postage to anywhere in the world!

Email me if you are interested, letting me know which one has taken your fancy. Details about (approx.) size can be found below.

1. 75 x 75 cm - 29.5" x 29.5"
2. 68 x 68 cm - 27" x 27"
3. 70 x 70 cm - 27.5" x 27.5"
4. 65 x 65 cm - 25.5" x 25.5"

5. 70 x 70 cm - 27.5" x 27.5"
6. 65 x 65 cm - 25.5" x 25.5"
7. 70 x 70 cm - 27.5" x 27.5"
8. 68 x 68 cm - 27" x 27"
9. 65 x 65 cm - 25.5" x 25.5"

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Ideas

More ideas/3D sketching... Brooches... What do you think? Hit or miss? ;-)

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scribbled by Carina 10/18/2009 03:42:00 PM


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Saturday, October 17, 2009

An idea off the top of my head

Hello! 'xcuse the terrible photo. Focus on the thing(s) on my head. An idea I am playing around with. Crocheted 'strings' in different colours. It's an idea. Maybe for the craft fair. Mix and match 3 colours to tie around your head or use as a necklace or maybe bracelets.

What do you think? Would you buy/wear that?

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scribbled by Carina 10/17/2009 06:56:00 PM


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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Ripple with patience

Oh deary me, I'm sorry! I didn't mean to burn your retina! ;-)

The huge-o ripple blanket is coming along in its own slowly rippling way. I have decided to make each 'repeat' not so repetitive. Leaving colours out here and there, adding others as I feel like it. It's the same general colours in each, but different and stuff..

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scribbled by Carina 9/08/2009 08:36:00 PM


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Sunday, August 23, 2009

More wavy stripes

Slowly adding rows to the blanket. I know you can't really tell from this picture, but there are atleast another 3 rows added since the blanket last made its appearance on the blog.. :-)

Hope you've had a nice weekend!

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scribbled by Carina 8/23/2009 06:59:00 PM


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Saturday, August 08, 2009

The cutting edge of crochet

The other day I mentioned my too big crochet blanket work in progress. It was too far along to frog it and start over (mostly because I'm really lazy like that), so what now? Well, June (someone else did too, I think) suggested that I simply cut off one end of it. With scissors. Cut into crochet! I'd never heard of such a mad notion before. But thinking about it: it made total sense!

Because it won't start unravelling like crazy just because you cut it. No, it won't do that until you actually pull at the yarn. So it is a controlled procedure. You need to cut the work a bit longer than the length you want to end up with so you have a proper length of yarn to weave in.

It is a somewhat tedious procedure, though. On a blanket like this, where you work backwards and forwards, half the rows will simply unravel when you pull at the yarn. The other half of the rows you have to unweave the stitches from the cut to the desired length of your crocheted fabric. That's the tedious part, as you can probably imagine!

Once you get the work unravelled to the desired length (or I guess that should be shortness!) simply bind it off and weave in the end. And that's about it. :-)

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scribbled by Carina 8/08/2009 01:13:00 PM


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Monday, August 03, 2009

Wip colour

Say what? Nah, I don't do cross stitch. Not me. Nope. Nuh uh. But I am trying to use up bits of embroidery thread... ;-)

Another wip. I started this several months ago, but then never really got anywhere because I had to take a crochet break because of my thumb being weird. Anyway, I did a couple of rows yesterday and this morning I tried it on the bed. Too big. Like... waaay too big, hanging off the sides of the bed with about a foot to spare on each side.

What the heck do I do now? I am considering frogging it and starting over a bit smaller. But considering that each row takes around 45 minutes..yeah, that's not gonna happen! So I am thinking that maybe I'll just fold the surplus at the side, sew it to the 'back' of the blanket and then keep going like it's a smaller blanket. What do you reckon? What would you do? Any crochet 'rescue' ideas out there?

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scribbled by Carina 8/03/2009 07:16:00 PM


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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Skinny colour

Well, whaddya know, it's a blog post and it's not even about embroidery! Because, yes, I have managed to do something else besides embroidery and sorting out our wedding and honeymoon albums. They are finished now, ordered and paid for, just have to wait for them to be delivered. Phew. Weight off my shoulders; I don't even want to think about the hours and hours I spent working on those albums.

So, yeah, crochet! Skinny scarves. I like skinny scarves, they are fun to make and they are so versatile: scarf (d'oh), hairband, belt and why not an emergency dog leash! But only for a very small dog. And you can even wear several together at once because they are so skinny.

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scribbled by Carina 7/22/2009 07:44:00 PM


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Thursday, July 09, 2009

Lucy and the Electric Rainbow

Look. Just. Look. How adorable is this? Lucy with her Electric Rainbow granny blanket. She looks mighty pleased. And so am I, it's nice to see an actual kid (not just imaginary ones!) in this.

I didn't make this blanket, though. My friend Therese, Lucy's mum, did. She tested the pattern and pointed out all the typos I'd made, heh! But judging by the result, even my attempts at tripping up her crocheting didn't work. She did a wonderful job!

Do pop over to visit Therese's blog. It's quite new, but I have a feeling it is going to be a nice place to visit on a regular basis. :-)

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scribbled by Carina 7/09/2009 12:40:00 PM


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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Granny square joining tutorial

Just a warning before we get started with the tutorial, there's LOTS of pictures and I may go into too much detail, but that's just what I do. ;-) Anyway, if there aren't enough details or if my description is confusing, please don't hesitate to email me or leave a comment.

There are loads of methods of joining (granny) squares, my method is just one, and may not even be the best. But I like this one because once you get it -and to be honest, there isn't that much to get!- you can do it without much thinking. And I also like how the joining 'seam' looks almost seamless. Especially if you use the same colour as the final round in each square.

If you have particular layout for your blanket, lay out your squares in that pattern.

Then stack your squares so you can keep track of what goes where. Unless you are fortunate enough to be able to leave the squares on the floor for the duration of the joining of your squares.

Because of how this method works, it is best to have as few squares in each stack as possible. For example, there's 70 squares in my blanket, 7 x 10, so my stacks are 10 with 7 in each. Don't worry, if this sounds weird, it will make sense later.

Take the top square and put it on the left and then the next square and keep that on the right.

Now put those 2 squares together, with the back of the squares facing each other. The one on the left is showing the back, the one on the right shows the front. When you work in rounds, crochet work does have a front and back.

Chain 3 in the corner of the front square (from now I shall refer to it as the yellow square, just because I can).

Then make 3 dc/trebles in the corner of the purple square (the back one).

It may take a bit of getting used to holding the 2 squares while you work them, but this might give you an idea. This works for me anyway.

Next make 3 dc/trebles in the next space in the yellow square.

Then 3 dc/trebles in the next spaces in the purple square.

Continue in this manner, from front to back until you get to the end. In the corner space of the purple square only make 1 dc/treble. Then bind off. Keep doing this for the rest of the squares in the stack. And when you've done one stack, do the next one. And the next one and.. you get the picture.

The squares will look a bit wonky on one side, but that will be sorted out later on.

And aren't you glad you have as few squares as possible in your stacks? It is a bit tedious joining each square - it will get better later on.

Oh, just in case you are wondering why you don't do ch 3 + 2 dc/trebles in the first corner, this is why: it would stick out in a weird way that is in no way helpful. So don't do that, m'kay? ;-)

Right, so you've got all your (short) rows all joined together? Now it's time to join row with row.
It's the same principle as joining square with square.

Lay the rows together with backs facing each other.

Then do as before, starting with ch 3 in corner space of the front row, 3 dc/trebles in the corner space of the back row. Then 3 dc/trebles in each space, alternating between front and back.

When you get to the join between 2 squares, the space created by the ch 3 in a corner should be treated like any other space, so make 3 dc/trebles in that too. Continue joining the row, front, back, front, back and so on. Ending with 1 dc/treble in the last corner space, which should be in the back row.

How fun is that? Just zooming along, joining the rows? Far better than the individual squares, right?

And there you have it, 2 rows joined. Now you just have to do that with all your rows!

Once everything is joined together, make atleast one 'granny' row around the edge, it will help straighten the edge and it will make it look more finished. Seriously, you've spent all this time making your blanket, you should take the little bit of extra time to finish it properly.

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scribbled by Carina 6/16/2009 07:49:00 PM


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My granny square blanket

My granny square blanket. Finished. Well, almost. I'll explain in a minute. First I am just going to take a minute to look at the pictures of the blanket. I love it. And looking at the pictures only makes me love it more. It's a bit silly. But there you go. And it would be terrible spending this much time on something and then not love it. Luckily, I do.

I didn't have a master plan for the blanket. Except to use up as much of my scrap yarn as possible. Which I have. But that meant that I wasn't 100% in control of the overall colour scheme. But that is ok. And I think that for a blanket like this, no colour scheme works well. A limited palette would work too, of course, but I think it should be very limited. Maybe next time!

Because I didn't pay much attention to the bigger picture, I ended up with a lot of squares with no white in them at all and a few with some white in them. And there was a dominance of squares with either cool or warm colours and a few in-between-can't-decide-what-I-am ones.. It took a bit of moving squares about on the floor to finally find a nice layout.

I ended up diving the squares into 4 piles, mostly warm colours, mostly cool, mostly warm + white and mostly cool + white. Starting at one end with the warm squares and strategically placing the cool + white ones. In the middle, the undecided squares and undecided + white. Then, you can probably guess, the cool ones and warm + white squares at the other end.

I wanted the squares to pop! But that doesn't necessarily happen on its own. You need a popping system. Cool against warm, yellow with purple, orange with blue... you must deploy colour theory for maximum popping effect. I was going to join the squares together without the cream colour around each one, but I am glad I didn't. I like how the cream colour frames each square and also helps to tie everything nicely together.

Now, I said that the blanket is almost finished. Well, to all intents and purposes, it is. However, I want to have a nice border but I haven't got enough of the cream yarn! So I'll have to wait 'til we go to Denmark again and I can stock up.

But for now, it is finished. And I am so happy with it. :-)


PS - look out for a joining method post later this week.

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scribbled by Carina 6/16/2009 11:47:00 AM


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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Granny square tutorial

As promised, here is the granny square tutorial! I am sorry it's taken me a little while to get it to you, but here it is at last! The best thing about the granny square is that you don't have to fiddle with trying to get the hook into stitches (only a tiny little bit, anyway), it is all crocheting into chain spaces. Which makes it very quick to do once you get the hang of it.

This is of course just one method of doing it - there are plenty others to be found on the interwebs and in books (and maybe from your actual granny?!). But it's the method that works for me. I hope the explanation makes sense. If not, please leave a comment or email me and I'll try to make fix it.

Also, I have included both the US and the UK terms (in italics) for the stitches. Normally, I'd use abbreviations for the stitches, but I know a couple of you might want this in other languages, so I have written it all out to make it a bit less confusing (I hope!) when it goes the likes of Google's translator. ;-)

First, make a chain of 4.

Then, make a double crochet/treble in the chain stitch furthest from the hook.

Make another double crochet/treble in the same chain stitch. Now you have the first side completed.

Chain 2.

Make 3 double crochet/treble in the same chain stitch. Chain 2 again, make another 3 double crochet/trebles in the chain stitch and finally chain 2.

Join with slip stitch/single crochet in the top of the original chain and then slip stitch/single crochet your way through the top of the double crochet/treble stitches - as indicated by the arrows. Make sure you go through both of the 'legs' of the V of the stitch.

Now you get to the chain space. If you are continuing with the same colour, as I am here, just make a slip stitch/single crochet around the chain and then chain 3.

However, if you are changing colour, make the slip stitch/single crochet into the first chain stitch, then make a slip stitch/single crochet around the chain and then chain 3. This should ensure that your second colour is fastened properly.

You should now have someting that looks like this.

Make 2 double crochet/treble in the chain space, then chain 2. Make another 3 double crochet/treble in the same chain space. That is the first corner completed. For the following corners, make 3 double crochet/treble, chain 2, 3 double crochet/treble in each chain space.

You should now have something like this. Slip stitch/single crochet into the top of chain 3 you did at the beginning of the round. Then, like you did in the last round, slip stitch/single crochet through the top (arrow) of the double crochets/trebles to get you to the first chain space.

Repeat the first corner of the previous round, then make 3 double crochet/trebles in the next space and continue like this until you get to the end of the round. Every other round will be like this one, but with an increasing number of space between the corners. You should not make chain stitches anywhere else but in the corners.

I hope the explanation was clear enough that you now have something fairly like this. Please keep going! Make it as huge as you possibly can. Or stop now and make more little ones that you can stitch together. :-)

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scribbled by Carina 6/04/2009 10:30:00 AM


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