Square Decisions

The last couple of days have been filled with work, and while I sit in the office (or sit in a pub – you can’t go wrong when your office is situated between two of them!) and plug away at documenting nature-based playspaces I’ve been thinking about crochet and Christmas.  I skyped my mum last night and when she commented that Christmas was less than a month away, I got quite a shock.  I’ve been so busy in my own little world that I didn’t even realise how close the end of the year it was getting.  I wanted to get some cool little Christmas crochet projects done, but I already have too many works-in-progress at the moment that I can’t possibly start yet another without finishing something first.

So!  Mission Complete-A-Bloody-Project-Before-Christmas begins!  I am still rather enthusiastic about my granny square blanket project, so I’d like to finish that up before the end of December.  Below are some images of my latest squares, I think the colours are looking quite nice together (ie, one bright feature colour amongst the coffees/beiges).  Please excuse the ends not being tucked in yet!

flower square 2 plain square 2 all squares

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Weekend Crochet

Since my sister and her family left last week I’ve turned into an anti-social hermit and only left the house for work.  My partner and I are both a bit like this – we don’t need to see / interact with people much to be happy!  Consequently I managed to get quite a bit done over the weekend.

Firstly, it turns out that I can’t get one of my lovely blue wools that I was working with anymore.  While I am a bit sad that I won’t be able to do any more squares with those colour combinations, I still have about nine finished blocks and will be able to make them into a lap blanket.  This also means that I can now switch to acrylic (which is machine washable, great for blankets obviously) and crochet a blanket in the squares that I’ve liked during this crochet-along.  I’ve decided to use a lot of bright feature colours (one per square) but link them all with neutral beige and brown tones.  Below are the first two squares – what do you think?

Flower Square 1 Flower Square 1a Plain Square 1

Square One Completed, Square Two Not So Much

During the last couple of days I have realised that I just don’t have enough hours in the day to crochet a whole square every night.  I crochet in my work lunch break, I crochet on the bus, I crochet when I can at night – however this just doesn’t seem to cut it and I’m falling behind in the crochet-along!  Thank goodness that they do not release any new patterns over the weekend, because I need to have the completed five patterns done by Monday, ready to start all over again!  I’m REALLY enjoying it though; I love the colours I’ve chosen and am loving seeing the pictures of everyone else’s squares on the facebook page, and joining in on all the crochet conversations 🙂  Below is my progress so far.Squares 1 and 2

Square 1

Square 2

Crochet-Along Adventures

I recently decided to be a part of a Blog Hop Crochet Along and since it officially began on Monday I have almost finished the first afgan square and should be able to get going on the second square during my lunch break today (who eats at lunch anyway?!)  In the image below, my first square is still missing the last three rows of double crochet.  Although the intstructions suggested using worsted weight yarn (in other words, 10 ply in Australia) I’m using 8 ply 100% wool for this since 10 ply is so much harder to come by, and double the price.

If you’d like to follow along in the Crochet Along, go to Persia Lou’s site for more information: http://www.persialou.com/2014/10/the-blog-hop-crochet-along.html

Afgan square 1

The next image is an earlier progress photo of my orange lace scarf.  This was taken about ten days ago, and it’s about four feet long now.  I’ll take another progress shot of it in the next couple of days – it’s looking great and I’m really happy with it.  The yarn is AMAZING to work with, would definitely recommend!

Orange Scarf Progress 1

Tangerine Delights

Every pay day I always like to buy a little bit of yarn, just to slowly increase my stash – and because I can’t seem to help myself when surrounded by all those yummy colours.  I mean, you can’t go into a yarn store and NOT come out with something?!

The gorgeous tangerine hues of my new Madeline Tosh hand dyed yarn is actually going to be made into something for myself – I seem to be always making things for others so it will be a nice change.  Orange is also my favourite colour – convenient!

MadTosh Yarn

Going Slightly Crochet Crazy

While the last couple of days have been hectic here, I’ve still managed to get in some crochet time – mainly during my work lunch hour and at home while watching TV.  I’ve been crocheting in black for so long I decided to go crazy and do something small in a bright colour.  I chose a coaster pattern (slightly harder than the vintage one I have previously blogged about) and a bright cyan 100% cotton.  Unfortunately it was evening when I took the photos below so the cyan has turned into more of a grey 😦  I guarantee you though – it’s a gorgeous colour!

Crochet Coaster Crochet Coaster

A Crochet Headband

After weeks of telling me that crocheting was so ‘uncool’ and ‘daggy’, my sister has finally given in and decided that it might be fun.  The headband below is her first proper effort at crochet, and by the looks of it, it won’t be long before she’s better than me! >.<

Liv headband1

Liv headband2