I thought it might be time for an update on this blanket of mine, especially since we're nearing the end of our time here in New Zealand. These photos were snapped early this morning, while the rest of the crew slept soundly but I was awake with the itchiest of itchy bites that I've ever had in my life. The mosquitoes here show no mercy!
Excuse my crumpled up piece of paper and messy scrawl, but I'm keeping this blanket plan of mine tucked in my crochet basket and it's hopefully going to help keep me on track with the 'Weekend in Stockholm' blanket. Originally I was planning 99 squares (9 rows X 11 rows) for this project, but I'm now doing 100 squares instead - 10 rows X 10 rows.
I'm making a commitment this year to not whittle away my extra hours in the day, by trying to fill in any spare pockets of time with something creative. I think I've made a pretty good start with my 'Weekend in Stockholm' blanket (update post coming soon!) and the snake that's on my needles, but they're both long term projects that I plan on taking my time with so that I don't tire of them too quickly.
Yay! A few of you were keen to join in and make a Weekend in Stockholm blanket with me, which is great news because it will help keep me motivated and hopefully I can help keep you excited about this project too. From what I can see on here, my facebook page and instagram, there are 6 7 9 of us definitely doing this and heaps still toying with the idea. Today I did a few measurements and sums on how many squares I'll be making, what size blanket and I also made a couple of notes on how I'll stay on track. I thought I'd share these details with you too, plus I like having a reference of everything in the one place, so the blog seemed like a good spot to note everything.
Since finishing Bella's blanket in July this year, I really haven't done a lot of crocheting, it's all been pretty much knit, knit, knitting. Lately I've been thinking about my next 'big' project and two things have been playing on my mind - crochet and cotton. I've been wanting to use some cotton in a blanket for quite a few years now, but haven't really found a range of cotton that has grabbed my attention colour wise, so the idea has never really come to fruition.
I really had to push myself to get this crochet bag finished in time for today's bloggy post. It's not that I wasn't enjoying the project, but I was at that icky part of having to sew the handles and flowers on and well, that's never very exciting, is it? So, last night I sat and stitched everything into place and this morning I decided that I also wanted to line the bag. After looking through my tiny stash of fabric, I found a lovely plain aqua and whipped up the lining. It really only took me a good half an hour to line and I think it adds a different dimension to the bag.
My friend Helen is a clever cookie, especially when it comes to crocheting the most beautiful blankets. She's a bit of a super star at finishing them too. I've already shared a couple of her completed designs in this space - here and here - so long term readers of my blog might remember hearing about Helen before.
Over the last few days I've been accumulating quite a few crochet food patterns and thought I'd share the links with you too, incase you would also like to make some. A couple of years ago on the blog, one of my regular features was a 'My Top Ten' series and I've been thinking of reintroducing this - not on a weekly basis, but just when I have some exciting things to share with you. It's a great way to do a round up post with lots of links to click on.
This wonderful book (I love you, Blue Kangaroo!) and a mini crochet ripple blanket have finished off my niece's Christmas gift nicely, don't you think? A lovely reader (thanks so much Liv) mentioned that it might be a great addition to go along with Kira the Kangaroo, and it couldn't have been more perfect. After a read of the book on youtube, I ordered it online and started work on the tiny ripple blanket while I was waiting for it to arrive. The internet is such a wonderful resource, isn't it?
I live with my husband and 2 children in Tasmania, Australia. I love to make nice things, spend time with my family, travel, bake yummy treats, read pretty craft books, give handmade gifts, toast marshmallows in our wood fired oven & live a lovely life.