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Crochet Ripple Blanket

15 Mar

One of my friends at work is having her first baby and I knew instantly I wanted to make her a crochet blanket.As much as I LOVE granny squares I have been looking for a new challenge to get my teeth into and the ripple stitch seemed like the perfect fit. The amazingly talented Lucy from Attic 24 has a wonderful step by step tutorial to follow so I got cracking with a test piece. Pleased with the results, it was time to move onto the real thing! eep! I chose nice and cheap, but equally lovely StyleCraft DK wool in gorgeous ice cream colours.

Here’s a picture of the work in progress back in Devon when we stayed with Andy’s Parents. It was the perfect way to spend an evening; curled up under a blanket with the open fire after a long walk with Monty.

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Now here’s the finished blanket  What do you think?! I’m really pleased with it. The colours work so well together and the ripple stitch is just so lovely and subtle.

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I love the rippled edging too 🙂

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Next time I do one of these I’m going to try and make my stitches a little tighter, but apart from that for my firs ever attempt I am chuffed to bits! I just hope mum and baby to be love it as much as I do 🙂

Welcome to the world!

8 Aug

Today I became an aunty for the second time. Congratulations to Andy’s brother Nick and his fiancée Penny!

Today baby James John Liam Wickham came into the world. To help welcome him I crocheted a cute little baby blue blanket. Lets hope he likes!

I started off by making several small granny squares, varying the colour pattern slightly on each one.

I then had the fun of picking the order to sew them together in (my favourite bit!) and away I went.

I decided to simply slip stitch the squares together using a crochet hook. This gives a very obvious ridged seam which I really like. I know there are neater less prominent ways of fixing them together, but I quite like the way it makes a feature of the back of the blanket.

I’m pleased with the finished blanket, I just hope that baby James is too x

 

Flo & Stan Home Boutique

19 May

Flo & Stan Home Boutique is a beautiful store located on Albert Road in Southsea, it sells vintage, hand made and quirky kitsch goodness. I have always enjoyed browsing at their beautiful wares and oggiling at their window displays. A couple of weeks ago I emailed them to see if they would be interested in stocking any of my Humbug creations ( you never know if you don’t ask!) and happily they have agreed to stock a few of my crocheted granny square blankets! I am very excited to have the opportunity to sell in such a wonderful location!

I immediately set off in the direction of Anne Louise Wool Shop in Copnor to find some wonderful wool to start my crocheted creations! Here are the colours I have chosen to get me started. I can’t wait to get my hooks out!

To celebrate me and hubby went to the pub (we don’t need much of an excuse!) played a few games of pool and then headed to one of the many junk shops on Fawcett Road where I discovered this beautiful vintage curtain hiding in a bin liner. And for one pound I simply had to have it!

So all in all it’s been a rather magical day! Now its time to chill with puppy….oh and the husband!xxx

Christmas orders

24 Dec

Here are a few of the orders I have completed for people to give to their loved ones this Christmas! I have enjoyed every minute of making these as it makes me happy to think that they will bring a smile to peoples faces on Christmas morning ( well…hopefully anyway!)

This peg bag was made for a lady at my work. Her daughter’s kitchen is black and red so she wanted to give her something that matched! I’m sure this will fit in nicely!

Another order was for a crochet hook holder complete with hooks, again the the recipient loves red and black, so I cheekily used the same fabrics. The front is finished off with a bow and button detail.

This crochet blanket is one of my favourites. I absolutely love all the autumnal colours, they make it particularly cosy! This is for my friends mum. Lets hope she likes it as much as I do as it almost pains me to give it away!

 

Finally I had a request to make a pale lemon (and any other colour) baby blanket. I’m not very familiar with babies  so I can’t say this was one of my favourite projects! I think I found it hard as they aren’t colours that I would normally use, as you know I normally go for extreme colour! But in the end, I actually quite like it. I used a mix of double knit wool and some wool called ‘Snowdrop’ which gives it a lovely bobbly soft feel, perfect for a iccle baby. I think the tassels are just a fun way to finish it off. Lets hope the baby approves!

I hope all the people who receive these gifts enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them! Wishing you all a very spangly Christmas! Hope its a good one xxx

 

 

JACK MONROE

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