‘Very V’…a very happy blanket.

This is my latest finish.

WP_20160811_20_01_00_Pro I’ve called it the ‘Very V’ blanket, as it uses the very beautiful and very simple ‘v’ stitch throughout. 

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The yarn is stylecraft special dk and the colourway…

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It reminds me very much of the Happy Ripple blanket I hooked a few years ago. 

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This blanket was a thank you gift for someone that has helped me enormously this year and each stitch, like the Happy Ripple before was hooked with love and prayer. 

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It makes my heart sing when I am able to gift something like this and know that it is appreciated. 

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I received a card in the post just this week from the owner of the Happy Ripple telling me of the enormous comfort the blanket has brought to both her and her family in the midst of heartbreak recently…

and that…

well that just blows me away.

xxxxx

 

Alpaca All the Way

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So if you are a regular here you will know that I didn’t have much to show you in terms of photo’s of progress last week, but had things in the pipeline as it were.  Well, this week has seen the completion of the Happy Ripple which I was really pleased with… and actually had a hard time parting with it, but part with it I did on Thursday, when I gifted it to my friend who had been made redundant.  My friend immediately burst in to tears and said that she would cherish it forever and would cuddle under it even when she was 80 years old, to which I replied that she would be the envy of the nursing home!

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I also completed my first ever tutorial, the bobble edge tutorial which is a step by step photo heavy, how to.  I do not know who to attribute the technique to, I wish I was that clever to have come up with the design myself, I had so much fun hooking it though, that I just had to show you guys how to hook it to!  If you have a go, let me know what you think of the tutorial, as I say it’s my first… On my original list I wanted to make a tutorial for broomstick crochet and now I have completed 1 tutorial, I am feeling more confident about the process… so watch out for that in the near future!

alpaca yarn - Louisa Harding yarns - Orielle
alpaca yarn – Louisa Harding yarns – Orielle

I took the alpaca yarn down from my bed post and started my summer scarf… a rare project that I’m making just for me and one that I think will occupy me for the rest of August.   The yarn is divine and has little flecks of gold metallic running through it, which gives it a very subtle shimmer

 

glorious alpaca yarn
glorious alpaca yarn

Here is my progress so far

infinity cowl
infinity cowl

 This gorgeous  8 row repeat geometric pattern is working up with an almost Argyle look.  The pattern is by the Queen of lace… Anniken Allis.

So, that’s my progress… slow but steady.

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It’s all in the ripple…

Rippley, colourful, squishy, gorgeous, playful, bright, fun…

all of the above could be used to describe my Happy Ripple.

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neat ripple by Lucy – Attic 24

I am so thrilled with it!  I don’t want to gift it.

wish I could keep it!

happy ripple in progress
happy ripple in progress

it was so much fun to hook

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bobble edging makes this blanket fun

and the bobble edging just gives it that extra special something!

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such a rhythmic pattern to hook

all of the pattern details can be found here and here is the link for the bobble tutorial.

xxx

 

 

 

 

 

Messing about on the River

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Well, not much done this week in terms of anything to show you guys, but there has been some work in the background that shall bear fruit very soon.

Instead this week has seen a lot of this

sun cream
sun cream

and lots of this

and lots of ice cream!
and lots of ice cream!

and some messing about on the river with friends…

lazy days with friends
lazy days with friends

We spent the day in a gorgeous little place called Hampton Loade, not too far away and splashed the whole sunny day away!

serene
serene

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how far do you think I can throw it!
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boys, boys, boys!
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Mr R
 

I so nearly completed the Happy ripple… honest I did, just gotta weave those ends in!  I cant wait to show you… It’s such a playful blanket and has the most amazing edging on it, that was so much fun to hook.  I have learnt a new technique with this edging and am putting a tutorial together for it, because I think I need to share the joy I had hooking it with you all… so watch this space, I will pull it together over the next few days!  So for now I will leave you with a picture of my al fresco crochet corner…

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my little spot!

and the yummy alpaca yarn that I have for my next project… a summer scarf

too lovely to hide away while it waits to be hooked!
too lovely to hide away while it waits to be hooked!

xxx

 

Roses and Posies tea cosy

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Roses and posies tea cosy

 

So this week has seen the start of the Roses and Posies tea cosy by Nicki Trench.  It is the tea cosy that you can see on the front of this book….

Nicki Trench book
Nicki Trench book

So here is my progress this week…

components for roses and posies tea cosy designed by Nicki Trench
components for roses and posies tea cosy designed by Nicki Trench

I really enjoyed whipping up these roses and hooked them all over the place this week, mostly in the car, whilst waiting for one or more of my Little Robins (as their social life is so much better than mine!!).  

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naked tea cosy

 

these little roses are gorgeous to hook
these little roses are gorgeous to hook

 

 and here it is my second Finished Object

 

roses and posies tea cosy by Nicki Trench

 

If you knew my friend, then you would know that she is just going to love this tea cosy!!

Tea Time x

 

 I have also made a start on my scrappy afghan… I want this to be huge at least big enough for Mr R and I to snuggle under together, so I’m not even going to do the maths and work out how many squares… as that may be rather disheartening to know!  But, this is the width and I’m x3 rows in, so I’m a happy Robin.  It’s a long term project always in the back ground, but always a joy to hook.  It’s a bit like having an old friend that you get excited to see, you know you can always pick up where you left off from, easy and relaxing and just a pleasure to be with, well that’s this blanket!!

 

tiny little granny squares
tiny little granny squares

 

I love a simple granny!
I love a simple granny!

 

The happy ripple is almost done too, no pictures this week, but there will be some next week… About x5 more rows and a border and it will be done ready to gift at the end of this month.

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A Happy Ripple

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A Happy Ripple

Progress this week has been good… despite a trapped nerve!  I have started the ripple afghan, which I am making for a friend at work who has just been made redundant… that bit sucks!

I have chosen happy colours, so that she can snuggle under a rainbow and remember that she will be missed greatly, but also that their is a bright future ahead of her.  So with out any further ado here is the proof of my progress!

happy ripple in progress
happy ripple in progress

 

ripple so far
ripple so far

I have also made a start on the headbands for bowdazzling a charity for young girls undergoing chemotherapy….

basket of headbands
basket of headbands
Nicky Trench flower
Nicky Trench flower
circle headband
one dot headband
pastel band
dotty headband
bow headband
bow headband
small bow headband
small bow headband
turban style headband
turban style headband

So there you have it week 2 wrapped up x