Sunday, 26 August 2012

Catch up

I can't believe its been more than a month since my last post! Now I have a camera and I'll be moving into my new place soon my posts should become more frequent. The picture above is a beautiful pink/purple orchid on my mum's kitchen table. I've loved watching the petals slowly unfurl every day whilst I've been studying. Even though I've been busy I've fit in a lot of crafty time and over the next few posts I'm going to try and bring you up to date.

If you check this post from the wonderful Lucy of Attic24 you can see two granny blankets at the top. This was my inspiration for my "Summer Granny Blanket". I wasn't that keen on the Sweet Flower blanket but her Blanket Statement is beautiful! I've tried this pattern out a coupla times with Rico Essential Cotton DK and James C Brett's Kool Kotton but I never really loved what I was creating. It just didn't match up to Lucy's creations or what I imagined it would be like. I was thinking about having another go with some Stylecraft Special DK until I saw Debbie Bliss Prima reduced to £1.98 here. If you haven't visited Black Sheep Wools yet you should. They have some fantastic deals sometimes, including some Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk for just £2.50. I love finding yarny bargains on the internet.

Left Column:
Dark Blue 21
Pale Blue 11
Periwinkle 39
Aubergine 23
Lavender 40

Middle Column:
Sea Green 34
Mint 20
Moss Green 29
Light Green 33
Yellow 19

Right Column:
Magenta 37
Red 06
Coral 32
Carnation 38
Pale Pink 17

So anyway back to the yarn, it's 80% bamboo and 20% merino and its is lovely to work with. It has the beautiful sheen pure bamboo yarns have but is less slippery and is warm and squidgy just like merino. It is definitely a blend I will use again. I picked up a few extra shades on eBay from this brilliant seller for £1.75. So now I have 21 shades to play with. After I made some squares I found two of the colours just werent blending in with the rest. The Coral 32 and Bright Pink 26 were just too bright and almost garish. So I ripped back a few squares and now I am so much happier with it. I don't know what to do with this leftover yarn, maybe another Amineko or some wrist warmers for a gift? I'm sure I'll find a use for it.

Left to Right: Jade 15, Bright Pink 26, Pink 07, Pale Lilac 25, Cornflower Blue 16, Reddish Orange 30

And as of today my total square count is 7/9 large and 20/64 small. I did want to make it the same size as Lucy's Sweet Flower Blanket but I don't think I'll have enough yarn.

So, what do you think? I am so completely head over heels in LOVE with these beautiful grannies.

Well, I suppose I should get back to my revision (my exams are in less than 2 weeks!!)
Thanks for reading,
Em xx

PS. I've got my very first pattern along with a photo tutorial for my next post :D


  1. So pretty. I love your yarn choices. Have fun crocheting.

  2. The photo of the yarns were just so tempting I had to head over to Black Sheep Wools. I'm now nearly £35 poorer than I was an hour ago :D I can't wait to get them though!

    1. Sorry for the money loss but yay for the yarn bargain! You'll love the yarn, its lovely to crochet. Send me a link of what you make with it :)