Hello again crochet

There’s something wonderful about picking up a long-neglected project again. I slightly ashamed to admit that it’s been two years since I started hooking this granny square blanket for my husband. In fact, I bought the wool as an anniversary present to him for our 7th wedding anniversary. I’d crocheted myself a blanket and blankets for each of the twins, but he didn’t have one of his own so it seemed only fair. I mapped out a design, and started with great enthusiasm. The blanket has even travelled with me to New Zealand (where I picked up some yarn to…

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Styling the Seasons: January

: Styling the Seasons, by Apartment Apothecary and Lotts and Lots : “Reflect the change of seasons and show those changes in your own home, by styling any surface (shelf, dining table, mantelpiece) with something you like to reflect the new month and what it means to you” I’ve had mixed feelings about January this year – part of me loves the fresh start a new year offers, and part of me wants to hide under the duvet with a good book rather than having to entertain any thoughts of aims, resolutions or bucket lists. Christmas is such a busy…

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{Granny Blanket} Reveal

I can’t believe I’ve actually finished it. Way back at the very start of January, with a determination to be more creative in 2013, I learned to crochet and embarked on a rather ambitious project to complete a granny squares blanket. I thought it would take me 144 days, a day per square (I conveniently forgot I’d have to join all the squares and then edge the blanket), and by my calculations in reality it took me 204 days (taking into account my yarn-related false start). Some weeks I raced through the squares, and then on busy work weeks my…

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On the subject of crochet

Over the last couple of months I’ve been doing a fantastic film-making eCourse called Shooting Stories by the two Kats at Capturing Childhood. Despite being crazy busy with work, I’ve absolutely loved doing the course in my very limited free time. I’ve focused on creating films of the twins crafting and at ballet, and on a visit to Southbank, that I’ve shared over on my other blog, Young & Younger, but it really set my mind thinking about how I could use my new-found movie-making skills on home-related videos suitable for Growing Spaces, too. Watch this space. Anyway, what I…

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{Granny blanket} Tally count

I had a bit of a lightbulb moment when my crochet mentor visited recently and commented on the tightness of my crochet! It didn’t surprise me – I’m a tense person so it seems natural I’d transfer this to my hooking. Since then I’ve concentrated on loosening my stitches and the resulting squares are only marginally bigger, but sit flat instead of curling up at the edges. I figure they will all balance out when I finally come to join them, but for now I’m finding the looser hooking much quicker and easier, and unsurprisingly I’m not getting as much…

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