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

22 April 2014

Willow Blanket tadaa!

A few weeks ago
 I shared with you the delightful willow blocks I was making

Using the pattern from
I set about making 49 of these 6 inch squares
in beautiful shades of Stylecraft Special DK
using a 3.5mm hook

I have used
1 each of claret, copper, spice, gold, mocha,
 meadow, teal, plum, grape and raspberry
with 3 dark brown for joining

The pattern was easily memorised
 and soon I was making without the book!

Loving the lace pattern
 which shows so clearly when the blocks are made in a single colour
I decided on a very simple join ...
working in dark brown I used dc with wrong sides together
 as I wanted the join to be minimal allowing the blocks to shine!

then for the border I chose something deep and lacey
which you can buy from Amazon

I am absolutely delighted with this plain blanket
which has been made as a wedding gift.

It was lovely to have the opportunity
 to create something new and different
 which I know will inspire future orders.

I hope you like it too!

happy hookin
x x x

13 April 2014

Colour is everything

Oh how I love starting a new project
choosing the colours
is the best part!

this weeks delight has been a toddler snuggle blanket

in the most gorgeous bright shades
of saffron shrimp fondant magenta and spring green

Oh how I love Stylecraft Special DK!

my colour inspiration
 came from a colour palette by the wonderful

and I have been delighted with the results

I have used a 4mm hook to make these starburst flowers
 using the Jane Brocket pattern from Mollie Makes issue 2

arranging these beauties is always such fun
as I ponder where they will sit

edging is always a favourite part as it makes the colours sing

I use the continuous join as you go method
 and love how fast the blanket comes together
with the bonus of no ends to sew in!

and finally
to complete this order
 is also a cute little matching dolls blanket!

To help those of you who are wanting to try this pattern
 I have made a collage
 showing the life cycle of a starburst flower
it uses 3 different stitches which makes it fun to make
... beware they are addictive!

I find the quickest way to make a blanket
 is to work in batches
 making all of round 1, then all of round 2
 and then round 3 ...
 this way your hand and brain remembers the stitch 
and I find that it gives me a better production rate
 and it is easier to plan equal amounts of colours too!

I hope that my work continues to inspire you!
Thank you to the many lovely ladies who write
happy hookin!



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