In Progress: “Cottage” Squares blanket.

A few weeks ago, after dropping TTB off at playgroup my feet led me to the yarn shop and I came home with nearly all of the colours from the Attic24 “Cottage” colour selection. I already had some of them, and two (Khaki and Magenta) the shop didn’t have. I’m ordering some Magenta today but I’ve decided to omit the Khaki for the time being as I’m not keen on that colour. It might turn out that I need it to make the colours work properly and if so I’ll give in and get some but at the moment I like it how it is.

I do like ripples. I really do. But I’ve already made a big ripple blanket this year (that I completely ballsed up the border on which is why I haven’t posted the finished thing yet. It’s in the corner of shame!) And you know me, I really do like squares. I wanted to see how the colour pack would translate to a square blanket. (Big Elmer Squares, of course. My favourite.) This has the bonus of not needing to worry about colour order until right at the end and I can just work away making squares in whichever colour takes my fancy at the time, without much actual thought.

The other bonus is this: I will know exactly how many balls of yarn it took to make the blanket. I get asked a lot about how much yarn a certain blanket has taken and my answer is “I don’t know!” because I never keep track, I work on several projects at one time from the same stash of yarn and if I run out I just buy more of whatever colour as I need it. But this time I am using one ball of each colour (bar khaki as stated above) and then, THEN I will be able to tell you how much yarn I used. Incidentally if you are wondering how much yarn you’ll use … just buy one of each ball to start. Then see how you go. And then buy more if you need it.

I’m just doing 4-round squares this time rather than five because variety is the spice of life, right? And it means I finish each square faster ;-)

This is by no means the final order of the squares as I just laid them out a bit randomly to show you them but you can sort of see how it might look. You know, it’s a beautiful sunny day today, the sky looks gorgeous and the leaves on the trees are illuminated perfectly. But none of that natural light is in my house and so the colours look dreadful but I think I’m past caring about that, you all know what Stylecraft looks like and if I waited for perfect light I’d never get any blog posts done. This is real life and quite often the light is dreadful!

I didn’t really mean to start another blanket, this is a completely accidental WIP. Whoops.

Well, thank you very much indeed!

(This picture has nothing to do with the blog post but not having a picture feels strange.)

Aww, you guys. Thank you for all your fabulous congratulatory comments, you’re just lovely and it’s made me smile a great deal to read them all. It feels good to finally tell you about the pregnancy! Which sounds daft as it was my own self-imposed time limit that I was waiting for, but honestly, there’s always so much that can go wrong that I just wanted to wait until the 20 week scan before I said anything. Not that that itself means that we are home and dry but you know what I mean.

Yes! Baby two. We’ll need another nickname for using on here then (I did not think things through last time did I?). There will be 2.5 years between TTB and baby two, give or take a couple of weeks. I swing between being really excited and then panicking about how I will ever cope with TWO. The latter is usually during TTB’s more challenging moments, of which there are a lot lately. Challenging is a nice way of putting it, isn’t it? While I love him and he’s great and all that, oh my GOODness he can be hard work: some days even when I’m trying my best with him everything I try, say or do results in a stroppy, grumpy, moody toddler. I’m sure it’s just his age but it’s mentally exhausting trying to cope with him sometimes, and trying to give the right response to his behaviour when really I am quite tempted to put him outside in the yard and shut the door for a bit! I have been wanting to blog all day today but by the time he’s in bed I just want to turn into a heap of jelly on the sofa. Did I tell you that we dropped his daytime nap a few weeks ago? He goes to bed like a dream now (compared to the 90 minute showdown previously) but I do really miss that two hour naptime when I could clear my head, have some quiet and do some blogging or crochet. I miss naptime but I DO like the easy bedtimes.

I don’t think I’ve had a general chatty post for a while, have I? I am unsure sometimes what you all want to read about and I don’t want to post boring waffle but then if I just post walking photos or crochet projects that’s a bit impersonal and one dimensional isn’t it? But also I feel cautious about putting eeeeeeeeverything on here nowadays! I don’t know why, maybe I just go shy. Or, possibly, it’s not always clear where “I” stop and TTB starts and I don’t like oversharing about him on here. It’s my blog, he can get his own when he’s older! haha.

(Warning: I’m about to talk about Strictly)

Have you been watching Strictly Come Dancing this year? I was so excited for it to start! But … it just isn’t as good this year and because we don’t have a TV (or a licence – don’t worry the licencing company know), I have to watch it the next day on iPlayer and there is so much filler and boring bits between all the dances I just don’t have time to sit and watch it, or scroll through it and try to find the dances. I don’t like the cringey judges dancing at the start, they seem to be judging with their bottoms this year and I just can’t stand Tess Daly! When she was presenting with Bruce it was like she was very long suffering and could do better without him. Well she can’t! She’s awful! Patronising comments, awful jokes and can’t ad lib to save her life. In contrast, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Claudia! She’s brilliant. And well, there’s Pasha. I always use my free votes to keep him in as long as I can ;-) I don’t really care who the celebs are, I just like the pro dances but it seems like they’ve cut some of them this year too, I’m sure the Saturday show used to open with a pro dance too. Perhaps I’m misremembering. Let’s not even talk about the horror that was Donny Osmond.

Strictly chat finished!

Can you believe it’s November already? Already?! As in, next month is December? Crazy stuff. Over the last two months, I went to visit my family, then the next week my mum and sister came up, then two days after they left my mother in law came up, then the week after that my mum came up, then two weeks later  (last week) I went down to stay with them again and this weekend my father in law came to stay. It’s been wonderful but mega busy! TTB is a bit bored with me now all his lovely family have gone. And so before I knew it, November has arrived. Beautiful sunny weather so far though, I would love that to continue although I’m sure it won’t. I’m considering putting the 10.5tog duvet back on the bed tonight, brrr. I’ve had to start wearing my giant stripy red and white pyjama trousers already, two or three weeks ago in fact, (I pretty much lived in them during my 3rd trimester last time) which should give you some idea of how bumpy I am already. Although the fact that I’m wearing last summer’s dresses as maternity dresses with room to spare should show you how much weight I lost between stopping breastfeeding and getting pregnant. (ARgh breastfeeding. I’m trying to come to terms with doing that again!) I bought some Christmas reindeer pyjama trousers from Tesco the other week, in a rather giant size. Well why not eh.

We are actually making good progress on the living room now. It’s been a long time since I posted about house stuff as Andy is quite private about it, but it looks like we might even actually have a working living room before the end of the year. Hurrah! It’s only been 4 years in the making ;-) Of course, true to form as soon as we get one bit working another needs replacing and everyone is so booked up already this time of year. I need a new roof dammit! (Oven is still broken too, 10 months and counting…)

I hope I get some time this week to take some crochet photos for you, I’ve got a little ripple that’s finished (been finished for ages actually but I only sewed the ends in last night, I’m so lazy), and a whole bunch of granny squares to show you as well. Bet you can’t wait for that, what a novelty seeing granny squares on my blog!

xx

 

 

News

 

Hello! I have just returned home from a rather relaxing and enjoyable week with my family and, now that our second scan has shown that all is ok, I am very excited to share our news with you all. As you can see I am somewhat pregnant! Our baby is due in March 2015 and we are very excited to meet him or her. I’m a little alarmed at just how big my bump is already, I don’t remember being this bumpy this early last time round, although I suppose my stomach muscles are probably not very good any more!

I always intended to announce this pregnancy with a knitted garment or a blanket or something but that hasn’t happened! Sometimes there isn’t any time for crafting or making things and you just have to go with it and enjoy the other things you’re doing. I’m sure this baby won’t be wanting for blankets though!

There are lots of emails in my inbox that I desperately need to reply to, I’m so sorry that I haven’t got back to you yet and I’ll try my best to get on it this week. Thank you for all your sewing advice and tips as well, the quilt is on hold for the moment until I’ve bought a rotary cutter and board – I really want to learn how to do a layered quilt with backing and wadding rather than a fleece backing although that does sound like a good way to do it. I’ve got some fabric for a border (just need to figure out the best way to do it), and I would like to use a natural fibre wadding although I haven’t gone and looked at the ones in the fabric shop yet. Maybe even this week, who knows!

Now, I really should go and unpack our things and bath my boy and put him to bed! Lots to do :-) Love to you all xxx