Well, Plan B has happened this bank holiday weekend. Instead of being whisked away for a long weekend to the south coast, walking along beaches looking for messages in bottles washed up upon the sand, sea glass and interesting looking pebbles, I’ve had my leg up with ice packs on my knee and am going downstairs backwards. It seems that it is possible for your knee to go on holiday without you. You discover this when you try to get out of bed, but roll on the floor instead.
Ah well, the disappointment hasn’t lasted long since Plan A has been rebooked for another time. I’ve listened to hours of a fantastic new audio book and enjoyed the sunshine streaming into the house.
Here’s what I’ve been up to….
Now The Rainbow Granny Stripe is done and dusted its full steam ahead with The Rhubarb Ripple blanket.
Look what I’ve just bought, it stops the yarn rolling all over the place as I crochet. I might say that it also means less fluffy, bitty, velcro like yarn, but that would imply I haven’t hoovered for a while. So I won’t.
It’s a herb bucket, sooo pretty, and less than £5 from Aldi.
Then on to The Spring Flower blanket. Now this turned into a bit of a saga, enjoyable but a saga all the same today.
I’m going to start darning ends in as I go. I promise. I do like darning but it is a major faff when all you want to do is the end bit of a project as I found out last week!
Patch is right; I do have a new obsession about joining methods. If I’ve asked you 1000s of questions about your method, and you’ve answered patiently, then a big thank you to you. I’ve also watched lots of YouTube videos and scoured my magazines and crochet books. I just wanted to find the method that I enjoyed. Not necessarily the best, but the most fun. So, the above is Patch’s sewn whip-stitch method. Ho hum, the tension is bad and it was a real fiddle. I used to do lots of cross stitch, tapestry and pathwork but am out of practice and it shows.
Next I tried double crochet which I used before on the dolls blankets…
S has never been involved in my crochet endeavors so far, apart from nodding his head in a complimentary fashion (and using a piccy of The Rainbow GS on his desktop background. Now that must be high praise eh?!) but he didn’t like the green. It was just too green, he said. I tried white as I wasn’t too sure about the greenness either.
DC versus sewing is definitely the most satisfying and the tension is a perfect match too. I really like the ridge, it’s a bit different and adds a nice texture to the work. But I’m not sure about the white. It doesn’t quite make sense to me. Why would you suddenly have that white? Has it snowed in Spring?! S isn’t sure about all the random colour combinations either. I’m happy with them though. I think…
Not sure. Really not sure…
Bye, bye white. Zip! It’s gone!
How long should it be? I’ll see how it measures up against the RR. I’ll do some edging on it too. I’ve undone my original green joins and rearranged the colours into less random pairs. I think S was right and it is easier on the eye.
It’s been really satisfying deciding on a method of joining, rearranging the squares and realizing that my Dublin hotel crocheted squares are going to come together nicely to make a blanket.
PLeAse DONt TelL mE YoU PReferReD ThE WhItE.
No I preferred the green, lol! The crochetting together suits it better too. Good decisions made. I like. It’s going to be gorgeous when it’s finished.
Thanks! It’s all a learning curve and sometimes I’m sure at the end of a project you decide it could’ve been different/better but the fun is in the doing. I did appreciate the joining post TY, and must practise my whipping ;-p
I’d like to see a different shade of green…. A bit darker than the background – think stem!
I love the combinations of colours in the Spring Flower squares and especially that shade of green. However I agree with the post above about trying a different shade of green to join …. but it’s looking great already. Another inspiring project! Hope your knee is better soon!
I agree that the white just didn’t work and the green looks much better (although it’s not impossible that it would snow in spring!) I can’t wait to see the finished blanket :)
I love both of these blankets and have used this method of joining on most of my blankets. I prefer to green to the white but was wondering whether the yellow might make it look a little sunnier?…if not I think the green is just fine. Nikki
I think the green looks lovely and I love the colours in the rhubarb ripple. so sorry I forgot to answer your twitter post on joining – I’ve been stupidly busy lately and am in desparate need of a knit and crochet break. Have you tried this method – it may work well with the circle. I’ve used it and I really like it. http://carinascraftblog.wardi.dk/2009/06/granny-square-joining-tutorial.html
Hope your knee is better soon x
Thanks Lynne. I like looking at different joining methods.
I like the green better, too. It already looks fantastic! I’m sorry about your knee though, I hope it heals quickly. And for an un-knowledgeable American, can you explain the whole Bank Holiday thing? What is it?
It’s basically our term for public holidays, historically (and currently) I imagine even the banks closed and hence the name…
This is going to be gorgeous! x
Thanks for the comments and best wishes, my knee is much much better now. :-)
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