Granny Square Sunday #10

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Here we have Daisy Chain. It’s been such gorgeous spring weather here the last two days, that Daisy Chain seemed rather appropriate.

Of course, it’s crochetted using Rowan Cotton Glace (no eye-rolls please!).. and also some left over Rowan Cotton (discontinued). I really do much prefer the Glace, it has such a lovely shine to it, and just glides beautifully through the hook.

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Cozy Tea ~ A Sip of Spring

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And here is what I’ve been working on this week, that I couldn’t talk about until it had winged its way to its new home with Suse. Now that she’s received it (and likes it, yay!), here it is!

I’m rather ridiculously pleased with it. Firstly, because it’s the first proper thing I’ve ever made without a pattern. Secondly, because even though it didn’t turn out exactly as I’d envisaged, I think it’s really simple but still so cute!

So, here it is, A Sip of Spring.

Using Rowan Cotton Glace (of course), and discontinued Rowan Cotton in the pale lemon.

Suse originally sent me dimensions of the tea pot, and a photo, but I just wasn’t quite getting it. So, I went and bought a pot to build it on, so that it would be exactly right. Of course, now I end up with a spare tea pot… which will just have to have it’s own little cozy for meeee!

Here are some (lots!) more pictures. I couldn’t quite help myself…

The flower and butterfly I didn’t design myself.

The pansy is from a great little book called “100 flowers to knit & crochet” by Lesley Stanfield. And it was hard to crochet. It was in the section called “Advanced”. Well, I thought I was advanced, but it took a whole evening and quite a few swears (Moo had to cover her ears with her paws)… but we got there eventually.

The butterfly is from a book called “75 birds, bees, butterflies & bugs to knit and crochet” by Lesley Stanfield. Thankfully, it was much easier than the pansy.

Now, Moo has only met Suse once, when she came to stay for a lovely long weekend. Moo loved Suse, of course, and just couldn’t let A Sip of Spring go without a good-luck lick.

Granny Square Sunday #9

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Please meet Old Vienna.

Another of the trial squares for the Spring Blanket (which I’m pleased to report is coming along nicely with a quarter of the squares completed).

Old Vienna is made using Rowan Cotton Glace in Shoot (colour 814). I’m not sure how I’m ever going to be able to crochet using any other yarn now. This really is the loveliest to work with.

I started a new project last night… but it’s currently a little secret, as it’s for a friend who reads this blog. I’ll hurry up and finish it, and post pictures as soon as it arrives on her doorstep (don’t want to ruin the surprise)!

Granny Square Sunday #8

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Ok, it’s no longer Sunday, in fact it’s Tuesday ~ ooops!

Please meet Lacy Cross, number 8 in the Miscellaneous Granny Square Collection.

This was one of the trial granny squares for my mother’s Spring Blanket. In fact, we nearly decided to do half Lacy Cross / half Willow, (see yesterday’s post). But then we decided it was just too much pink, so Lacy Cross has been added to the Miscellaneous Granny Square Collection.

Spring Blanket

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Last week I got a text from my mother, asking me if I’d knit or crochet her a throw rug / blanket to keep her warm during evening telly-watching. I was rather ridiculously excited about this proposition, I’m actually a little bit thrilled that Mum likes my crochet. She’s a rather Modern Mother, and not normally into all-things-granny.

Of course, as Mum wants this throw rug sometime this century, knitting was not going to be an option, ha!

After many discussions, yarn store visits and cups of tea, we decided that the only way to proceed would be two blankets – a Spring / Summer Blanket, and a Winter Blanket.

Our original plan was to choose a colour pallet, then choose 3 or 4 different granny squares, and make a mix and match blanket. But after a  late night of furious crochet last Saturday, it just wasn’t coming together how I’d hoped.

Of course, this called for more tea and mother / daughter discussions, and this is what we decided on. Just one square, repeated 8 x 8.

We’re using Rowan Glace Cotton Yarn, in Ivy, Shoot, Black and Bubbles (aren’t those names delicious)? And the square is called Willow.