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my little corner of the world on the NW coast of England, where you will find me addicted to colour and playing with yarn!


25 January 2015

Starburst Flowers for Spring

Pink and green 
has been a refreshing change
 on my hook this week!

Oh what a pleasure it is choosing new colours for a blanket!
My Stylecraft shade squares have been out again
 and I've enjoyed playing
 with these little samples of colours immensely.


I have chosen
in
claret
raspberry
pomegranate
pale rose
fondant
candy floss
soft peach
parchment
spring green meadow
and
khaki


My pattern is the starburst flower by Jane Brocket
 which was in Mollie Makes issue 2
 and is also in her book The Gentle Art of Knitting


To increase speed
I make all of round 1 first



then all of round 2

I find this helps my productions rate
 as your fingers and brain remember the stitch pattern
 and there is no time wasted from changing colours
 if you make in batches of the same colour


This pattern is very close
 enabling the ends to be crocheted over
 as you work on round 2 and 3


working in batches helps make sure
 there are an equal amount of each colour too


The next job is to turn the circles into squares
 and for this I am using parchment


I am using the flat braid join on this blanket 
to add more texture
do come back next week to check on my progress!

The colourful flower square blanket
 is now complete
 and waiting for its red border
 here is a lovely daylight shot


Thank you for all your lovely comments
it pleases me much
 to know that my humble little pag
e is an encouragment to many of you!

Happy hookin friends

Heather X X X








18 January 2015

Colour and flowers


Colour and flowers are 2 of my favourite things,
 so imagine my delight
 when I was asked to make a blanket of bright and colourful flowers!
 Immediately I knew which pattern I was going to use
 and set about choosing my colours.


I love to dive into my stash of
and chose
 lipstick shrimp saffron meadow
 spring green sherbet bluebell
 wisteria magenta fondant and pomegranate.

I make a batch of centres first 
and then the flower making fun begins


The pattern I am using is
 Stylecraft 9090



 which is available from Stylecraft retailers
 you can find them
 HERE

I chose my own colours and my favourite Stylecraft Special DK


I am not using the cream stripes
 as the pattern suggests
 but am making a square of coloured flowers


I'm afraid I don't do random!
I have to plan each row
 to make sure there is an equal spread of colours
 and this makes me happy!


The beauty of this pattern
 is that each flower is made
 and then joined onto the blanket.
 Then its tail is sewn in.
 So the blanket will be finished
 when I get to the last flower,
 no ends to sew in!


My crochet is always accompanied by a cuppa 
and as you know
 I have to match my mug to my work!
Its the little things that make me happy!


My blanket is now 2/3 complete.


When it is a square
 I will finish it off with an outside round
 of red flowers with coloured centres.

Do come back next in a few weeks to see the finished blanket.

Keep warm
 my hooky friends
and
 have a happy hooky day!

Heather

X X X








11 January 2015

Lucy's Blanket is complete!

Tadaa!

At last I have daylight
 for photographing the finished blanket!

Thank you for all the hooky love I have received
 over this blanket made for my daughter Lucy.

You can read more details of the
 and 
 in previous posts.



Here is a close up so that you can enjoy the detail
 of the flat braid join
and the deep lace border taken from the book
 by Edie Eckman Around the Corner crochet borders.


I hope you are all having a fabulous hooky weekend

Heather

X X X

4 January 2015

Happy New Year




So here we are at the end of the Christmas holidays.
Where did the time go?
  I has so many plans of blog posts to write!

December was a colourful month of crochet
 with baubles and stars flying off the production line

It is wonderful to have completed
 a whole 12 months catalogue of my makes
if you have missed any you can see them all 

December 2014

Its great to have time to stop and look back
time to be thankful
to count our blessings

2014 was a very productive year for me
 and I thank you all for accompanying me
 on my hooky journey

2014 makes

I have had so many orders,
 far more than I can cope with along side a full time job! 
I will be doing my best to meet the orders
 of those who have been promised a place in my order book
 although I must say much later and more slowly than expected.

This year I made 43 blankets
 and that was in between lots of other goodness
such as hot water bottles, scarves, flower garlands, 
poppies, book marks, cushions and  phone cases.

Blankets of 2014
2014 has been such an exciting adventure for me
 working with magazines, yarn shops and manufacturers

more than I could have hoped for

beyond my widest dreams

So
with new plans ahead
I have decided not to take orders any more

to enable me to create
to develop my crochet 
I will be going on a yarn journey this year trying new things

I aim to blog more and write up tips and patterns for you
and I will be selling occasionally from my




2015 has begun in a very colourful way
with my plum circle of friends blanket

the colours are delicious
so vibrant and rich
I used 28 shades of
my favourite blanket making yarn


I have now completed Lucy's blanket in 2 weeks!
If you missed the story and beginning of this you can read it 



Now I am working on the deep lacey border
 but have sadly run out of yarn 
and am waiting for the postman!

So there's nothing else for it but to start my next creation!

Do watch out on FB and IG for daily updates as I hook
and I will be back next week with details of the border.

Happy New Year to you all

Heather

X X X







27 December 2014

Lucy's Blanket

Just popping in quickly
 bring you Christmas wishes from Patchwork House


Now the busyness of Christmas is over
 I am settling down to some rather lovely jewel bright hooky.
Those of you who follow me on
 or
 will have been sharing the fun of my new blanket unfolding.

This is a blanket of
 LOVE
for my youngest daughter
 who will go away to University in September.
She is a textiles student and is very interested in colour and design 
so we have had great fun planning this together


The pattern is called
which can be found free 

do note it is written in American crochet terms
but you will find a handy conversion
 if you look at the tabs at the top of my blog!



I am using my favourite yarn for blanket making
which is now on sale at an amazing £1.59 for 100g
at Deramores.
I love this yarn as it is so soft and snuggly.
 It can be machine washed and tumble dried on low
 which actually increases the softness of the blanket.


We have chosen 28 shades of bright jewel colours


each square has 8 colours
and a beautiful 3D texture
 created by the different stitches and shapes

 

I am making a whole square at a time
 and then joining as I go
 with the flat braid join from

this is very easy but looks quite fancy
 adding yet another interesting dimension to the blanket


This blanket is such fun to make 
with all its stitches and colours
and never ending possible combinations


I am half way now
 and have another 24 squares to make and join
 before the deep lacey border.
 I will be back next week
 to show you the finished product in its full glory.

Have a lovely relaxing holiday my hooky friends

Heather

X X X


7 December 2014

Shade Squares

This week I have been playing with colour
lots of tiny squares in nearly 60 shades
have been giving me so much fun!


Oh the satisfaction
 I have had from playing with these is unbelievable!
 I have made rainbows,
 greens, blues, purples, pinks, browns and neutrals 
and all are equally delicious!

My default yarn for blankets is 
I love it for its huge colour palette of 60 shades,
 it is so soft, machine washable and very affordable.
This makes it perfect for baby blankets and throws
 and a delight for any crochet artist who likes to dabble with colour!

 I have not made all 60 shade samples just the colours I like to use.


I plan on labeling my squares with the shade names
 which will make for easy photography when I share my colour recipes, 
which I know have become so popular.

This weekend I was asked to make a hot water bottle in bright colours.
I had great fun playing with my colour squares and came up with a recipe of

spice
petrol
raspberry
meadow
lipstick
aspen
and
saffron

inspired my a favourite Cath Kidston mug!


I needed 7 shades
 so I replaced the lipstick and raspberry with pomegranate
 which is a nice half way measure
 and added cream for brightness




Just look at the fabulous stitch definition
oh so yummy
I love this yarn!



One day when I do not work full time
 I will write up this pattern for you all as I am frequently asked . . .
 but I'm sorry for now it is still in my head!

Christmas is fast approaching
 and I am busy trying out new decorations this year.
 Last week was all about baubles . . .


 if you missed that post you can read it
 HERE

this week is all about stars!


I have used a wonderful pattern
 which I bought on Etsy from ATERGcrochet
you can find it
I highly recommend it for a few pounds,
 it is very clear and easy to follow with lots of photos!

oh wow
this is new to me and I am smitten!
It comes in 42 shades
 and has a beautiful rich sheen perfect for decorations!
Im sure I will be making more!

2 weeks of school to go and then I will be a crocher queen again ... oh I cant wait ... but now Monday looms and I must love you and leave you to prepare

Wishing you all a blessed advent 
Happy hookin my friends

Heather

X X X






30 November 2014

Christmas Baubles

Christmas is definitely coming!
 Patchwork House is like Santa's workshop this week
 with dishes and bowls of Christmas baubles everywhere.
 Oh what a gorgeous sight they are too
 they would be just as nice in a bowl as on a tree!


It all began with the arrival of this beautiful yarn
I had so much trouble choosing my colours
 as there is an amazing range of 42 colours!
It is a beautiful soft yarn with a rich sheen. 
These gorgeous little balls contain 50g and 130m of yarn.


Some people use polystyrene balls
 and others use clear plastic baubles
 but I chose just a cheap pack of baubles
 which can be easily found in many shops right now!


When I started making I didn't have a pattern
so I just experimented by making 2 identical granny circles the same size
 Any experienced crocheter will be able to read a pattern
 just by looking at these circles.
 I started with 12 UK trebles in a magic loop for round 1.
 Round 2 and 3 increase as you normally would
 to keep the circle flat, but after that do not increase
as you want the circle to turn into a hemisphere.
I used a 3mm hook as I wanted the crochet to be fine and close.


Leave a long tail when you finish the 2nd half
 and then use it to sew the 2 hemispheres together around the baubel.
Finally I made a chain of 30 to use as a hanging loop.


There are many patterns available to buy on Etsy
 and if you follow this link to my Pinterest board
 you will find many pictures to inspire you and links to follow


For most of my baubles
 I have used 5 different colours for the 5 different rounds
but as you see here it is also effective with 2 shades.


Be warned these are addictive and you wont be able to stop!



Happy weekend friends

Heather

X X X



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