Just a quick "show and tell" regarding some crochet that I started a few weeks ago, when I felt the urge to hook after finding a large mixed bag of wool and wool/acrylic mixes at the Boot Fair for £1!
In the bag was a huge unused 400g ball of cream Aran (60% wool) together with a started one with probably still about 300g left; some dark grey wool; some very pale pink; and a few other bits and bobs.
So I had to start something new of course!
After a quick flick through one of my favourite standby crochet books, I decided to have a go at this Gothic Square design with a view to making a cushion cover for the bedroom.
This crochet book is a must for any crocheter to my mind, offering a huge variety of granny sqaures, as well as edgings, and even for a beginner the instructions are easy to follow, with clear illustrations on how to do different stitches.
The patterns are graded into levels of difficulty which is useful.
I have worked each centre in dark flecked grey, then pink, then white, then the outer rows are worked in the cream aran.
As I'm using a combination of weights of wool here, some aran, some DK amd some 4 ply, I have switched hook sizes to allow for this - my usual ad hoc approach!
Using pale colours in crochet is new to me, and I'm quite pleased with how its looking, although until the magic has been worked by blocking the squares, they will look a bit raggedy.
I usually prefer to use brighter colours.
The first thing and the brightest thing I ever crocheted after making a few granny squares, was a bag from Attic 24.
The first weekend after my Mum taught me to crochet, I jumped straight in the deep end and crocheted like crazy for a whole weekend until I had finished this bag.
It started out looking like the biggest rastafarian hat you have ever seen, and as i was pretty poor at keeping track of the number of stitches I had done in this vast bag, it is very higgledy piggledy, and baggy, but very capacious and excellent for storing wool!
i had no wool other than the scraps and odds and ends that my Mumhad bought with her, and after sorting through all my craft bags and coming up with a few more odds and ends i just crocheted away for England.
I had a ball!
And I was so thrilled at my new found skill!
Making this particular pattern also meant that I attempted flowers, made straps and added edges, as well as working a huge circle, changing colours and increasing and decreasing (supposedly!!).
Logan also likes messing around with wool.
Twice in the last few weeks I have found him having great fun with a ball of wool, which he sneakily steals from the lowest shelf in the sewing room then takes onto the landing to "play" with.
A couple of weeks ago he managed to completely unravel a ball, and I am still in the process of untangling and re-winding it.
Then again, yesterday afternoon he found a small ball of wool and managed to get it all tangled all round his legs so he could only hobble!
Logan just being de-tangled!
Well, on that note I'm just off to do a bit of crochet before I pick Bella up I think - too late to start any painting, and that's one of the joys of crochet - you can just pick it up and do a bit whenever you get a spare moment!
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