The Park This Week

It turns out that the lure of conker photos was too much and so a few of them have sneaked their way onto my blog today. But I included some yarnbombing too! And that makes it ok. These are all things that we saw in the park this week: Yarnbombs, a pretty spider’s web covered in dew, conkers, beech nuts, oak galls, lichen, trees, lots of leaves, tree bark, and ducks and a crane although technically these were just outside the park.

Autumn is just wonderful and we are so lucky to have this park nearby. We’ve been 4 times this week!

x

More Granny Squares

When I looked through my photos from this week, I discovered that I had about 65,000 that related to conkers: finding conkers, TTB holding conkers, conkers with flat edges … and nothing of any actual interest to anyone other than me and my conker-obsessed child. Happily though I remembered that I joined a load of granny squares on the spur of the moment the other day. I was looking for something else during the day and emptied out my (ahem, one of my) project bag (s) and found 17 granny squares that I made back in June, plus that will-someday-be-a-blanket that you can see above.

Usually when I make a blanket out of squares I like to make them all first and then spend ages organising them in a way that looks pleasing to my eye. But then I thought about how much fun it was to join that will-someday-be-a-blanket just for the sake of it and I just grabbed my yarn and went for it! (Links for those other squares here and here.)

There’s one square (3rd one in and 3rd one down … pomegranate centre, lavender outer) that is a bit bigger than the others and it’s making it a bit puffy but it probably won’t matter in the long run. The rest are fine.

I wrote a bit about how I made these squares here, admittedly not in wonderful pictorial detail but if you can make granny squares normally you can probably figure it out. 8 spokes made of 2TR, then ch1 on the first round and then just the rest like a normal granny square but with no chain spaces at the sides.

Colour scheme wise I’m really just using up odds and sods for the first three rounds, but I wanted a pinky, purpley, bluey feel for the overall blanket so the outer rounds are all in those colours.

Now all I need to do is make many many more squares like this and I’ll be done! Easy! Hah.

x

Seaside Baby Ripple

I’m soooooo close to finishing this little blanket! I haven’t really taken any photos of it as I’ve been working on it as I’ve mainly just sneaked rows here and there throughout the days but nowhere in a place that’s suitably photogenic for blog photos. (So you’ll have to make do with photos taken on my garden chair this afternoon as it tried to blow away in the wind!

I suppose I should introduce you to it really. A few weeks ago I posted this post which featured some super soft Rico Baby Classic dk from The Homemakery. I did end up returning the two light blue colour balls and making this blanket just in three colours. My cousin and his wife are expecting their first baby in March and you know I can’t resist an opportunity to make a new baby a blanket. I asked them if they had any colour preferences and they suggested pastel blues and yellows to match the curtains in what will be the baby’s room. Initially I was a bit deflated because I prefer brights to pastels, but I am really pleased with the colours I’ve picked. They make me think of sand, sea and sky! Seaside colours, which is also apt as they do indeed live by the sea. I was a bit apprehensive about putting so much blue into a blanket for a baby that is not yet confirmed to be a girl or a boy, but then why would that really be a problem? Blue is a lovely colour and it’s not solely reserved for boys.

This blanket is the first time I have attempted to make a straight foundation row and then create the ripple by using the different height stitches. Do you see what I mean?

The practice bit I made turned out ok (the notes are just my workings but if you can understand and follow them then feel free to have a try!) but when I did it on the actual blanket, it did make a slight carbuncle bulge at the start! You can just see it in the picture above this one. It’s ok, I’ve been able to disguise it with the border and you can’t see it at all. I need to work out why its going like that though, perhaps I counted wrong or perhaps it was caused by the increase at the end. Who knows?

Oh and one other thing, I find it easier to work out of just one loop for the foundation row. It makes it feel a bit loose when you’re working it, but it then gives you two loops to work out of when you come to do the border and it just makes that part (which is usually tricky and frustrating) so much easier.

The top end looks really smart as well; this yarn works up very neatly. I’m working it on a 3.5mm hook as although I usually do dk weight yarn on a 4mm hook, Rico yarn (and also Katia yarn, they are both European) tends to be a bit lighter than the UK branded dk yarns like Stylecraft etc.

I’m working on the border tonight and then hopefully I’ll get the ends darned in tomorrow. And who knows, maybe I’ll be able to photograph it and post photos on here before the baby is born? Stranger things have happened!

x