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my little corner of the world in South Yorkshire, England, where you will find me addicted to colour and playing with yarn!

26 January 2014

Starburst Crazy

Each weekend I am going to feature
 one of my popular blanket makes . . .

The idea came to me
 when I was reordering my facebook albums .
 I couldn't believe it
 but out of 35 albums
 I have 11 different blanket types!

So I thought this might be of interest to you
and this week will begin with
the starburst or sunburst flower.

I first discovered this sweet little starburst flower
and used the pattern by Jane Brocket
but you can find many free patterns
 also called sunburst flowers
 on Ravelry and Google

I think it is fair to say
 that I have a love affair with this
 delicious indulgent little circle

there are often piles of them
 to be found adorning the surfaces of
 Patchwork House

there is something so sumptuous
 about their soothing symmetry and tantalising textures
from the 3 different stitches used

it has to be said
 that I am very OCD 
and love nothing better than 
some good organised crochet . . .
it is more time efficient to make all the centres first

then plan the second rounds
and finally the thirds

choosing the colours is the best part

and finally that satisfying sight of a basket full
 ready to be joined

my preferred method is join as you go
and the lovely Lucy at Attic 24
 has written a great tutorial which you can find

the texture added by join as you go
adds a lovely three dimensional quality
 and makes the blankets feel so rich

they come together really fast

and once you have mastered the technique

you can join the whole blanket in one go

with the added bonus of no ends!!!

Apart from blankets
 they are great for scarves

so soft and snuggly

and pretty cushions
with different sides front and back

This week my love affair continues

as I have the pleasure
 of working with shades of raspberry and plum

to make a large throw for a bed

121 flowers made
and waiting patiently

 to be surrounded
 with rich sumptuous cream!

Come back next week for the big reveal!

Till then happy hookin girls
big thanks
 for all your lovely comments and emails

x x x

19 January 2014

Happiness is . . .

Happiness is 
days at home with plenty of ME time

new hooky projects

lazy mornings
 coffee in pretty mugs
 and delicious new colours to work with

the satisfaction of completed projects

striking blues
pretty pinks

but what has been making me really happy this weekend
 is my stripey blanket

zig zags
catherine wheels

and colour

I cant get enough of this project
but I'm being strong willed and it is rationed in between orders!
Fortunately it seems you all like it too
 and orders for stripey blankets are rolling in 
with a baby version coming up very very soon!

Have a lovely hooky week my friends
 thank you
 for all your kind words

12 January 2014

January 2014 ~ 2/52

 This week was back to school
so new pen pots for my desk
 were in order
 to brighten up the classroom

Now . . . a run through my week
 to show you what I've been up to
here at Patchwork House

a beautiful Cath Kidston inspired ripple

has been a treat to make

followed by these pretty spring colours

for a starburst pram blanket

 I always love the texture created
 by the join as you go method!

then a cheery rainbow

was to brighten my week

I'm always soooooo excited
when I get a rainbow order
 as I just love to choose
 the colours from my stash!

The first week back at school took for ever . . .
the holiday is now a distant memory . . .
the weekend couldn't come fast enough
and my weekend treat
is some selfish hooky!

I am taking part in the 2014 crochet along along on facebook
making the As-we-go stripey blanket

I chose this as a personal challenge to learn some new stitches
and I am totally addicted!

The pattern is written in English 
by Hannah Davis on her blog
and you can find it

it is really well written
 with clear instructions
 and many photos to help
but do note
 that it is written using US crochet terms,
 however the English equivalents are given!

Here is my progress so far . . .

My favourite stitches have been
 the bobble, the star and the zig zag

I am planning
 a little each weekend on this
 and will give you regular updates as to my progress!

Next week sees the start of a large bed throw in raspberry and plum

Have a good week my dears
and do pop back next Sunday for my weekly update!

Happy hookin


5 January 2014

2013 The year of the hook!

What a fantastically hooky year I've had
so so busy with new makes
orders on top of orders
 a fantastically busy facebook page
busy family life
and of course work too!

Here is just a little 
of what I've been hookin
to satisfy my crochet addiction this year

Hotties galore . . .
 some granny squares

some stripes

Granny shawls by the dozen

 and granny cowls

cushions in plenty . . .
some starburst flowers

some ripples

  coasters and mandalas 

blankets blankets and more blankets

some plain

 many baby ripples

gorgeous granny squares

girly grannies

pretty daisies

starburst flowers by the ton

 many granny ripples

and the oh so colourful

Then there were pretties

 and granny chic

 and some new makes that I know will be popular this year

a cute granny tea cosy

and stripey phone socks!

I have loads of new makes in the pipeline
and an order book full up to Easter already!

Thank you all for your custom in 2013

Thank you for your friendship and chat
especially on


This year
 I am planning a weekly blog
 on Sundays
 to round up my week

Do pop in next week to see what's on my hook
and hear tales from
Patchwork House

x x x

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