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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

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, May 28, 2009

Grannies 40 - 43

Did you miss the daily squares the last few days? I have started on the next round on them, which is a cream colour and after that I will join them. Still probably shouldn't be crocheting a lot. But hey, I've stayed off the hook for 2 weeks now and that didn't make any difference, so...

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scribbled by Carina 5/28/2009 12:07:00 AM


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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Granny A Day 39

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Granny A Day 37 + 38

We're off to London right after lunch to get a couple of hours there before it's time to go to the London Studios and stand in line for another couple of hours! Eep! Luckily, it looks like it will be a fairly nice day and atleast this year we know what we're getting ourselves into and can prepare accordingly. Meaning bringing some reading material, food, drinks and maybe I'll bring some embroidery. Just because I'm a crafty geek who likes to 'do it' in public. ;-)

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scribbled by Carina 5/22/2009 11:25:00 AM


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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Granny A Day 36

This is one of my favourite squares. It's like a garden in spring. Lovely.

Did any of you notice that the blog has had an overhaul? Not a big one, just a bit of a tidy and making it feel a bit more.. airy. I like it. Airy is nice. And I even dusted down the homepage and the 'about' page, both of which really needed it! I hope you like it too. :-)

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Granny A Day 35

35 granny squares... And that's only about half of what I've made. Because, you know, I got a little bit obsessed with making them. I am debating whether or not to block the squares. Yes, that would open them up, but I am wondering if that won't happen automatically with use..?

At the moment, though, still no crocheting for me. It's been a week since I saw the doctor who told me "take these tablets 3 times a day for ten days". She didn't say what to do if the tablets didn't work... and to be honest, I do not feel that there's been any difference. So, that sucks. No crochet, man.

Instead I have been doing a bit of painting. I got some acrylic paints for my birthday and now I'm putting those to good use. It's been a looong time since I used acrylics. Takes a bit of getting used to how quick it dries. I'll show you what I'm working on very soon. :-)

On Friday we're going to London to see the filming of an episode of QI (well, hopefully, we've got tickets, but apparently they don't let everybody in!), which is sure to be a hoot. Certainly was last year!
We're going right after lunch to maybe go see a free exhibit or so I can do some drawing. Anyone who can point me in the direction of a cool place to draw that's not too far from the Southbank Centre?

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scribbled by Carina 5/19/2009 03:31:00 PM


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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Grannies Day 32 + 33


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Friday, May 15, 2009

Granny A Day 31 - A question for you

Happy colours, eh? The background really makes it pop. Shame I can't add another round in blue. ;-)


I have a question for you: would it be annoying/weird/silly if I moved the blog over to blogspot and not host it myself? As I have mentioned before, I'd like to move the blog to the new version of Blogger, with the fancy layouts and such. But as far as I can tell, doing that would be a rather fiddly operation. One that I am not entirely sure I understand. So (for the time being) setting up camp with blogspot seems like the easiest option.

But it also feels kinda going backwards - you start with blogspot and then you 'evolve' to your own domain. It just bugs me that the blog could be a bit more, shall we say, streamlined if I did move it to blogspot. I dunno. What do you think?

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scribbled by Carina 5/15/2009 11:34:00 AM


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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Granny A Day 30

Oh these squares are totally mocking me. I want to play with them so badly, but I mustn't. *sob*

Instead I have been working on the stamp carving tutorial. I am going to do it as a series of 4 or 5 posts, because doing it all in one would make for one heck of a long post! I'll probably be posting it next week. That would be a big thing ticked off the old to-do list. Yay!

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Granny A Day 29

I still need to make some more granny squares and then I am ready to put the whole thing together. But seeing as I can't crochet at the moment, it may be a while before that happens.

I sooo want to crochet - but I really, really have to be sensible so my thumb can get back to normal. Fingers crossed the drugs do their magic soon! ;-)

Speaking of crochet, that is the topic after all... ;-)

I've got too many crochet hooks! Er, ah, I mean, uhh... I have too many duplicate sizes! So, I am going to put them on eBay - but before I do that, and to save having to pay eBay fees, I thought you might be interested. They haven't been used. Cost is including postage to the UK. Email me if you're interested. :-)

£ 1.75

£ 1.75

£ 1.75

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scribbled by Carina 5/13/2009 07:17:00 PM


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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Granny squares day 21-28

Well, I've not been able to keep up to date with the granny squares over the past week, so here are 8 in one go. I have secretly been making way many lots more than just ONE a day, so there are lots to show you in the coming week(s), despite the fact that I am on a self-imposed BAN from crochet. I have an inflamed joint in my left thumb and crocheting probably isn't terribly helpful in the healing process.

So I guess it is good that I am ahead of myself with the grannies. It's like being back in school; I would work ahead on certain subjects if they caught my interest (=obsession). Like Latin. Who spends a good part of her summer holiday learning the Latin noun and verb inflections by heart, anyway? Me, that's who. Served me well in the end, got a pretty darn good grade in Latin - not that I have any use for that now. Ha!

Anyway, time to get temporarily obsessed with embroidery again. I have several new patterns in the works. And they are nothing like the Happyscape one... ;-)

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scribbled by Carina 5/12/2009 12:41:00 PM


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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Granny A Day - so far

I don't know if I need to say anything about these pictures?

They sorta speak for themselves, don't they?

There's 20 so far.






So far, these are making me very, very happy. I can't wait to see what the next 20 will look like. I am going to crochet them together with a nice cream colour.


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Monday, May 04, 2009

Granny A Day 20

scribbled by Carina 5/04/2009 11:32:00 PM


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Sunday, May 03, 2009

Granny A Day 19

scribbled by Carina 5/03/2009 02:30:00 PM


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Saturday, May 02, 2009

Granny A Day 18

scribbled by Carina 5/02/2009 12:28:00 PM


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Friday, May 01, 2009

Granny A Day 17

scribbled by Carina 5/01/2009 01:26:00 PM


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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Day 16

scribbled by Carina 4/30/2009 11:25:00 PM


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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Granny A Day 13 + 14 + 15

scribbled by Carina 4/29/2009 02:21:00 PM


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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Granny A Day 11 + 12

scribbled by Carina 4/26/2009 02:18:00 PM


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Friday, April 24, 2009

Day 8 - 10 Granny A Day

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Grannies Day 6 + 7

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

More granny squares

scribbled by Carina 4/19/2009 01:58:00 PM


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Friday, April 17, 2009

A Granny (or three) A Day

You probably had no idea that I like to make granny squares for no particular reason, huh? Well, I do. It is a lovely way to while away a few minutes, playing with some lovely yarn.

But look at this swell 'meme' started by Pip of Meet Me at Mikes: A Granny A Day. It is exactly what it says on the tin - you make one granny each day from now until the end of May. With no specific outcome in mind, I believe, so this is the perfect retro-fitted reason for me to make even more granny squares for no reason. Except that now I do have a reason! Perfect, huh?! Although...I am not sure I can actually limit myself to just one a day. ;-)

If you fany playing along, there's a Flickr group you can join. And you can read Pip's post about it right here.

These are my first three:


Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

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