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Mad Marchness

March, well the whole of 2015 to date, has been pretty mental! I’m finally sat down with my laptop now but only because I’m supposed to be writing a presentation and this is great procrastination!

I’ve finally updated my etsy shop and had a bit of a change around because my making is now much more than just knitting and crochet – I’ve been sewing too so I decided to change the name to Stitched to be a bit more all-encompassing.  There are some greetings cards and bunting on there if you’re looking for something non-woolly!
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I don’t know if any of you have heard of swap-bot but it’s a great place for finding woolly and sew-y people to swap things with.  I’ve not long posted off some crochet squares for 2 swaps I’m part of.  If you fancy having a look check out Crochet or Knit 12″ Square – Part 4 and Special Squares -April .
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I’m also going to shamelessly plug my UK Yarn and Fibre group on their Yarn & Fibre UK. There are a range of different swaps available there that only incur UK postage.  If you’ve not come across the site but are that way inclined I’d recommend taking a look.

Other than that there has been a lot of cross stitching as I’ve been trying to catch up with my Frosted Pumpkin Story Time sampler… i’m now only a month behind until tomorrow when April’s frame gets released! Oh well, maybe I just try and fit too much in.
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Enough from me for now.  I hope you’re all tucked up warm and enjoying the lighter evenings 🙂

xxx

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Great Weekend Mittens

I’ve finally got my knitting mojo back. I don’t know where its been but it obviously decided to go for a trip somewhere. Fortunately at the weekend it reappeared.

Having accidentally purchased five balls of Louisa Harding Amitola in Fairy (122) I thought I should probably find something to do with it. The five balls below are the same dye lot and colourway, just one of them seems to have been balled in a different way!

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I decided that first I would make myself some new mittens as my other pairs are looking a little tired and well worn, after some perusal on Ravelry I decided on Great Weekend Mittens by Thea Eschliman.  They’ve been in my queue for a while and I still liked them so I decided to give them a go.

imageI’m really pleased with the first one and have cast on and started the second – I might even get it finished this evening.  It’s a great pattern if you’ve happy with picking up stitches – but I don’t see why you couldn’t knit the button band separately and sew it on if you’d rather.  If you’d like to follow my progress my project page is here: Great Weekend Mitts

As for the other 4 (and a bit that will be left over) balls, I was thinking of maybe making this: Speculation. It’s a shawl pattern by Mary R White and is knitted in the round.  The yarn is so amazingly soft and lightweight I’m going to use it for things for me!

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Really useful cast on

Just a quick share today.

I’ve been looking for a super simple super stretchy cast on for mittens, hats and socks, and I’ve just found this one by Tillybuddy on youtube.  If you’re happy with a two needle cast on then you’ll find this super easy too! Enjoy!

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Talking about the weather….

Humans love weather.  We love everything to do with it.  Complaining about it. Celebrating it.  Making it break records.  Trying to predict it.  As long as we’re talking about it we’re happy.  We can even talk to complete strangers about it.  It’s the one thing we all have in common.

2015 Weather Blanket Day 4

2015 Weather Blanket Day 4

For a few years I’ve been looking at peoples blogs and pictures of the beautiful blankets and scarves they make each year celebrating the different weather that occurs, and this year, FINALLY, I remembered in time to start one of my own on New Years Day.

2015 Weather Blanket Day 1

2015 Weather Blanket Day 1

I made a plan.  I bought a little diary.  I ordered my yarn.  Then I was ready.  I actually had to wait a few days to start.  I almost made a square for December 2014 to have as a cushion in my impatience.

The wonderful thing is – you’re not too late to start you’re own and they’re super easy to set up.

For me the most rewarding thing is that there is no pressure to “get it done”.  You just do a round or a row or a square a day and that’s it.  You can’t rush it to get it finished because you need to wait each day to see what the weather is.

I’m using Stylecraft Special DK because it’s got a great colour range and because it’s cheap.  Fortunately it’s lovely to work with too and isn’t scratchy or hard.  My “recipe” is below, you can use it as a guide or copy it exactly, I don’t mind at all.

Weather Blanket 2015 – Colour List:

2015 Weather Blanket Colour Chart

Sunny no clouds: Stylecraft Special DK “Sunshine”

Sunny with clouds: Stylecraft Special DK “Citron”

Cloudy and dull: Stylecraft Special DK “Grey”

Cloudy and light rain: Stylecraft Special DK “Denim”

Raining: Stylecraft Special DK “Turquoise”

Thunderstorms: Stylecraft Special DK “Petrol”

2015 Weather Blanket Day 2

2015 Weather Blanket Day 2

Snow/Icy/Sleet: Stylecraft Special DK “White”

Foggy/Misty: Stylecraft Special DK “Silver”

Instead of doing stripes or individual squares for each day I decided to do a square per month that could then be joined to the the other squares to make a throw. My squares consist of 35 rounds, 4 of which are complete rounds and 31 of which are half rounds.  I didn’t want my squares to end up ginormous so I decided to make them asymmetrical.

Using Stylecraft Special DK in Parchment I have made the initial corners of my squares.  Later I will embroider a Roman numeral to show which month it is.  Each square has 35 rounds so that all 12 months end up being the same size and all “non-day” rounds will be in the parchment colour. This means that January has 4 rounds in parchment and February has 7 parchment rounds.  A month with 30 days will have 5 parchment coloured rounds.

Hopefully this all makes sense.  But as it’s so personal to how you choose to do it you can literally make it up as you go along!  And if you don’t fancy recording the weather for 2015 – why not the temperature? Or your mood? the possibilities are endless!

2015 Temperature Blanket

2015 Temperature Blanket – Day 5

You can follow my progress on instagram: @annabrookman and on my facebook page.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask! I would love to see your pictures so please, if you’re on instagram, use the hashtag #crochetweatherblanket2015 or #weatherblanket2015

I have an ideas board on Pinterest: Weather / Temperature / Mood Blanket

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Hello :)

It’s been really hard to post lately because I’ve been doing designs for people that i have really been able to talk about. Makes it pretty difficult to blog anything.
But… I have seen the lo-res images for the new Artesano yarn book and it looks AMAZING. I’m really excited to have had the opportunity to have a piece in there.

At the beginning of last month i went to Ally Pally with Wibbling Wools to represent Bergere de France. Lots of fun was had! But was it exhausting!!

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Since then I’ve been working on a few new ideas, including Nigel the Rabbit, so colourwork and neons in crochet blankets:

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And tonight, as my lovely new 2mm lacework addi’s have arrived, I’ve made a start on Russian Lily’s Four Seasons Summer Symphony Wedding Ring Shawl… The tiniest yarn I’ve ever worked with, and a pretty intense pattern!! 3 teeth in to the edging… So far so good!! 48 to go before i pick up 400 odd stitches. Sometimes things seem like a really good idea!!!

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Hope you’re all snuggled up warm!!