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Aptly Autumn

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Yes, finally, that long hot summer ended (yes, I know it was lovely but I just can’t do sweaty heat) and the season of snuggly blankies is upon us once more (hurrah!) so my Yorkshire Dales Delight ripple stitch blanket has already been put to good use for sofa-snuggles…

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It was crocheted using Stylecraft’s dk yarn in shades of khaki, meadow, cypress, mocha and grape in a ripple stitch to echo the rise and fall of the delightful Dales. Of course once that little beauty was complete, I was straight on to the next…

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… another ripple blankie (oh I do love ripple stitch, can you tell?) this time very much on the theme of autumn leaves with a fiery palette of Stylecraft dk yarn in walnut, copper, spice and burgundy; Deramores’ mustard and paprika and finally King Cole’s amber. Love autumn…

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And yes, you’re right dear reader, as soon as that snugglesome beauty was finished yet another was begun: in autumnal woodland shades obviously…

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You can’t beat a good old granny square blanket, can you? I find them so therapeutic to work on as the nights draw in and I’m simply loving this combination of colours: parchment, copper, walnut, mocha and grey, all Stylecraft dk shades. It’s so very nearly finished so more pics next time! In a nod to Christmas, which is just around the corner, I have also been working on a festive-inspired granny blanket in Stylecraft shades of lipstick, bottle, meadow and cream…

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Isn’t it fabulously festive? I think the shades of yarn give it a somewhat vintage air too and I have to confess it really gets you into a Christmasy mood working on it; I can almost hear those sleigh bells jingling…

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Remember last September I sent a little crocheted charity contribution off to Yarn Dale in Yorkshire? Well, this year the theme was butterflies which were to be sold to raise funds for Pioneer Projects, a charity that helps those living with dementia, so I crocheted up a few for this jolly worthy cause…

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Let’s hope they helped to raise lots of donations for such a lovely charity.

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Yes, well spotted dear reader, the above pic does indeed show another block for my autumn colour block blanket, loosely based on Jo Allport ‘s mystery autumn blanket pattern in Knitting Magazine. I say loosely in a very loose sense, as I have completely changed all the colours and opted out of a few of the suggested stitch patterns, which had too many strands on the reverse, as I find them too easy to catch and pull on a blanket. The section above is block number 3, knitted using Stylecraft dk yarn in bottle (such a gorgeous jewel green) in a cosy cable stitch and I had quite forgotten how much I adore cabling, it is just so textural. Next on the needles was block number 4…

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… in a tweedy slip stitch weave pattern, using Stylecraft shades of walnut and mocha. Then came block number 5…

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… in a gorgeous gold shade using a beautiful basket weave stitch pattern. Next came block number 6…

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… a lingering lace pattern in copper, so divine. After that, block number 7 (I do hope you are managing to keep count dear reader)…

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…cables again (mmm…) this time in beautiful burgundy, so sumptuous. Block number 8 was to follow…

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..a rather festive Fair Isle number in gold and graphite. Following that one, block number 9…

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… in jolly juicy bramble Berry shades of bottle and burgundy using a textured stitch pattern and finally block number 10…

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… a cable cacophony in walnut, simply sublime. Once that one’s complete it will be time to join the bounty of blocks together in a pleasing ensemble ready for the border – ooh, the anticipation!

Well, I had better get back to my blanket, or should I say blankets? I will leave you with a few autumnal pics from my wanderings dear reader and remember: keep on crafting…

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Summery Stitcherings

Well hello there dearest reader! How are you coping with this rather sizzling heatwave we’ve been experiencing? I find any temperature over 22° a bit too sticky for me but I do love the happiness-inducing sunshine. As you can see from the pic above, I have completed the Granny Goes Large crocheted blanket from a pattern by Cherry Heart using double knit yarn from Stylecraft and isn’t it truly glorious! I just love how it lifts my mood whenever I glimpse its joyous colours. True to form dear reader, I have indeed begun another blanket…

It’s my summery ripple blanket in a delightful mix of many colours of Stylecraft double knit yarn: pomegranate, petrol, teal, empire, stone, silver, cream, soft peach, candyfloss, sage, duck egg, sherbet, turquoise, raspberry and cloud blue. Phew! It’s a cacophony of colours composed by myself and the darling daughter who is the excited recipient of said blanket for, guess what, it is already complete…

…and darling daughter is smitten with it, particularly the border in a petrol shade which really grounds all those riotous colours. Fear not dear reader, another ripple blanket is already being hooked as we speak, a little something I’m calling my Yorkshire Dales Delight in Stylecraft double knit yarn shades of khaki, cypress, meadow, mocha and grape…

Can you imagine the delightful Yorkshire Dales as you gaze upon it? I had the added joy of actually working on it right in the middle of the Yorkshire Dales in our holiday cottage this month, bliss.. Pics to follow at the end of this post, promise.

As you can probably guess, despite the humid heat, I also have a pair of knitted socks on the go although they are a rather lacy summery sock from a pattern called Valentine Socks by Emma wright in Knitting Magazine which I’m knitting in a delectable duck egg shade of blue-green…

Can you see the little sweetheart pattern emerging? So cute… I have also been doing a spot of embroidery, just experimenting with different stitches over fabric…

It’s such fun selecting different shades of embroidery silks and drawing patterns with thread; I can highly recommend it.

A little charity knitting has also been attempted again, this time for The Sailors’ Society in the form of knitted hats. The charity is an international maritime one that supports seafarers and their families…

I used various shades of double knit yarn doubled to create my own chunky yarn to knit the hats with, as combining two different shades of yarn together makes for interesting mottled effects, very pleasing.

Finally, with a nod to the onset of autumn next month (yes really) I have begun knitting an autumn block blanket based upon the pattern by Jo Allport in Knitting Magazine called Mystery Blanket but I’ve just changed all the colours for a more autumnal selection. I guess it will still be a mystery for you dear reader, as the colours and patterns of each block will only be gradually revealed to you as I work on them. I hope you can bear the suspence! To help you out I have two blocks for you today (I spoil you, you know!) the first one in mocha…

…with a geometric effect and the second block a lace pattern in graphite grey…

You’ll just have to wait to see the patterns of the other blocks and the shades I have selected! Enjoy the rest of your summer dear reader and remember: keep on crafting…

As autumn arrives…

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…it’s obviously time to crack out those autumnal shades of yummy yarn again, which I am happily crocheting into a cuddly cushion cover of the circular variety, as shown in the pic above. I must try to slow down a trifle though, as crocheting in speedy spirals can make me a little dizzy dear reader! Such fun! Still on the cosy cushion covers theme, I have also started to hook up a granny square style one in shades of graphite, silver and mustard, mmm…really liking that mustard colour right now, particularly with grey…

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Expect to see more mustard yarn around these parts in the future! Apart from creating some rather grown-up items for the home, a few fun fripperies have also been rolling off the parental production line to keep my darling daughters delighted, commencing with a trio of crochet cacti from a Simply Crochet magazine pattern (yes, you did hear that correctly: crocheted cacti!) …

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Practically perfect pricklies, are they not? My other rather jolly creation, which will definately bring a smile to your face dear reader, is Baby Groot, an adorable Marvel character from the film ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (pattern from Twinkie Chan) …

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Such a cheerful chappy isn’t he? A little more cheerfulness will be filling the household soon once I have finished hooking up my latest crocheted creature – a delightful daschund!

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Of course she will have a super stripy section too as you can see. Ooh, talking of stripes, following a long-awaited rummage through my yarn stash mixed with a bit of sorting out, I managed to gather together a whole bounteous basketful of balls of yarn ends, simply crying out to be crocheted into a scrappy blankie, where each row is a different colour yarn…

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Super stripy and such fun to work on! It’s not the only blanket I have on the go at the moment though ( you know what I’m like) as I’ve been meaning to get going on another ripple blanket, this time in shades of kiwi and cream…

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Well, that’s a fair bit of creativeness for to peruse dear reader, I will bid you farewell and leave you with a few favourite pics from my wonderful week in Wales this summer…

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Beautifully Bashful Blossom Bunny♡

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Hello there craft lovers! Yes as you can see, I finally plucked up the courage to embroider the facial features of the bunny I have been designing. I think she looks quite pretty and thankfully I didn’t spoil her with scarey-nightmare-inducing features! I also designed a fancy frock for her too; no off-the-peg fashion for this little diva! I’m really pleased with how she has turned out and am planning to use said pattern to crochet more bunnies with different dresses on (couldn’t possibly have two bunnies in the same frock, that just wouldn’t do!) and even a mouse, as I would just have to change the ears and swap the pom-pom tail (yes Blossom Bunny does have a perfect pom-pom tail but I couldn’t possibly show you, for she is far too bashful for that) for a long one. Oh and a pink nose too. Watch this space…

I also decided to hook myself up a little summery phone case: a stripy number with a decorative edging…

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It’s crocheted from a cool cotton yarn and I chose grey and pink simply because I’m loving pastels with greys right now. Talking of pastels with grey, I am also knitting a baby blankie in peach and grey. I’m making up my own pattern for it, which is based on decreasing odd numbers of the four row pattern repeat for double moss stitch towards the centre of the blankie, then the stripes increase in odd numbers towards the opposite end. I’m quite pleased with the stripe effect so far and I’m calling it my mathematical blankie…

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What do you reckon? I’m working on a couple of other blankies at the moment too; you could say dear reader, that I’m having a bit of a blankie-fest here! One of them is a black and white striped number I’m crocheting in treble stitch, which is destined to cover the headboard of my daughter’s bed to match her new bedding…

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I just love working with black and white, I think I just like the stark contrast. Mind you, I’m also loving muchly the ripple blankie I’m crocheting. I chose some blue and green yarn from my stash and didn’t realise until I had crocheted a few ripples, just how much it resembled the ripples of a warm, tropical sea…

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See what I mean? Are you feeling that warm, tropical sea vibe dear reader? Fab isn’t it and I have to say that I am well and truly hooked (pardon the pun) on ripple stitch now, so expect to see more rippled wonders emerging from my yarn stash in the future!

I also have a bit of a ‘thing’ about mandalas and have crocheted a few before from the wonderful Wink’s patterns in Simply Crochet magazine and they can be found in my crochet gallery. Here’s my latest mandala, also from a Wink pattern. I just love all the different crochet stitches you get to try out and all the pretty colours always make me smile. I must doodle a mandala sometime too…

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Talking of doodling dear reader, here’s my latest ink artings: a random patterning of summery orange, pink and green…

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I do so hope you are having a lovely Summer so far dear reader, but don’t stay indoors with your makings, go forth and craft in the sunshine!