Carnival time …

31/12/2012 § 4 Comments

There’s nothing like a bit of colour, to cheer up winter days …

Kristin Nicholas Yarn now called Color by Kristin

Kristin Nicholas Yarn now called Color by Kristin

Here’s my leftover yarn from Gypsy Rose, the first blanket I made in 2012. You can read all about it here and here and I’m delighted that Kristin’s yarn is now available again (Julia yarn was discontinued, but now available again and called Color by Kristin).   Do pay her blog a visit too – inspirational patterns and tales from the farm in Massachusetts – there are pictures of snow and newborn lambs this week!

Oh, those colours – they positively sing and shout and dance about and spread joy and happiness.  I don’t have enough of them to complete Carnival, so I’m supplementing with other pure wools, but there has to be at least one Julia row in each square!

Here’s Carnival in progress …

Simple Granny Squares

Simple Granny Squares

A riot of colour

A riot of colour

Happy colours - or what?

Happy colours – or what?

A total riot of colour.  There’s some method – simple 4-row granny squares, joined-as-you-go into a block of 4 squares.  Each block of 4 has a border of either Mustard & Scarlet, or Fuschia & Blue Thyme.  Then the large 4-square blocks are joined-as-you-go.  I can complete a large square most evenings, without much of a problem and I’m not in any hurry.  I’m enjoying the journey with this one and have no idea about a border just yet.  I’ve almost completed 3 rows of large squares.

It’s huge, and it needs to be – over 2 metres wide!  Whilst Ripple and Misty Morning are lovely, neither drape over the sides of the bed and my feet are getting chilly some nights!!

I can’t resist wrapping up in it for a couple of minutes, before I fold it up each evening – then I drift off to sleep and dream in colour!

What are you working on at the end of the old year and start of the new?  Mega project, or mini makes?

I’ve just read my ‘end of year’ blog report.  Lots of facts & figures that I find interesting, but I won’t bore you with!  I’d just like to say a huge Thank You for popping by.  Adaliza blog is 2 years old in January and I’m having lots of fun.  I love sharing my hopes and dreams and really love your comments.  If you scroll down to the previous post, there’s a 2013 Calendar Giveaway, open for just one more day.

Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Lots of love

Adaliza x

Gypsy Rose blanket …

11/02/2012 § 39 Comments

Wow – I’ve finished!

Gypsy Rose crochet blanket details:

Yarn: Julia – designed by Kristin Nicholas  About 14 balls I reckon – all different colours. Wool, alpaca & mohair.

Purchased from : Webs, USA (beware the import duty that you pay when it arrives in UK)

Kristin’s blog Getting Stitched on the Farm is well worth a visit if you like farms & yarns, collies & sheep + all sorts of other really interesting stuff!

I had the yarn shipped over last Autumn and have gently created circles in squares over winter.  The border is the simplest double-crochet – a different colour for each row.  Then all around with the shell border and a splash of Fuschia.  I love it – it kept my knees warm on a mammoth journey yesterday as we took it in turn to drive and doze (whilst not driving)!  I don’t just love it –

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this blanket!

It’s heavy, warm and vibrant – it make me feel happy and is a perfect size for lap, shoulders or over a chair.

I have loads of wool left – over 30 balls!  Yippee – I can start another one now!!!!!

By the way, Cornwall is amazing today.  I must finish some other projects this week so that I can make the most of this amazing light.  Good thing I brought my little portable Elna machine, 2 bags of fabric and a tub of wool!  Wouldn’t be a holiday without some designing & creating, now would it?  The collies have just returned from their second walk along the beach, digging, chasing ball and paddling!

Misty on lookout!

Flora is at home with the boys.  This was the cottage that we stayed in when I found her – it brought it all back when I passed the gateway where I first saw her as a tiny chick.

Adaliza x

Read about that BORDER and how I chose the colours Between the Lines

Enjoy that?  See my latest blankets :

Carnival 2013 – the most colourful blanket in the world!

Ripple One 2012 – the joyful colours of Spring and early Summer.

Misty Morning 2012 -subtle shades reminiscent of mist in the valley

Strawberry Moon 2017 – soft crushed pinks with blues and greys hooked by the seaside in Cornwall

GYPSY ROSE TUTORIALhere

A little bit of hooky …

27/01/2012 § 6 Comments

Maybe it’s because there’s a chill in the air …

would that explain my sudden desire to crochet?

Or could it be this most delicious collection of yarn, that’s got me in the mood?

Last October, or thereabouts, I happened across Getting Stitched on the Farm – Kristin Nicholas’ blog.  I was hooked (excuse the pun) and am a regular visitor, sharing in the highs and lows of farming life in Massachusetts.  On this particular day, the very first time I visited, Kristen’s yarn Julia – a heady mix of wool, alpaca and mohair – had just been discontinued and was being offered for sale at a discount from Webs.

Now, anyone who’s anyone from over-the-pond will doubtless be familiar with Webs, but I had to know more!  There I found the yarn, in glorious technicolour,  the colours made me swoon!  It was cheaper to buy it and get it shipped than it was to buy the equivalent yardage from a local store.

I purchased a box full and could hardly contain my excitement when it arrived (despite having to pay the import duty which I wasn’t expecting)!  Then, in December, my great friend who lives in NY popped over for a visit and brought me some more for my collection!

I’ve uummmm’d and aarrrrgh’d over what to make and a while ago I settled on my pattern …

My original choice of colours included a vivid scarlet and a couple of others, but this stuff was selling out as I was clicking on my basket!

I’m making a blanket – for me, well us – the family!  It’s my Gypsy Blanket – those hot, tangy hues are full of character and charm.

I’ve been hooking away in quiet moments now and then, but want this to be a gentle make.  No deadlines to meet, or market date for this one.  I’ve put together 36 squares but I’m thinking I may stop there and work outwards with a border, to give maximum drape.  What do you think?

As usual, when in doubt, I dug out one of my crochet books …

I love this book and use it as a reference so often.  The projects actually interest me less than the stitch library.  I think I’ve settled for this stitch …

a textured tweed that requires little brain power and will enable me to interlock colours all around instead of simply working in stripey rows.  What do you think?

Have you used this stitch?

Will it drape well?  Let me know your thoughts.

Now, I’m off to walk the dogs, dodging the downpours, hopefully!  What happened to the glorious sunshine from this morning when I was still in work?

Note to self … must get on with planning early retirement!

Enjoy your weekend …

Flora’s loving the rain!

Adaliza x

PS Just added in the link to Webs yarnstore, in the US.

Crochet love …

25/11/2011 § Leave a comment

Hooky glam is all the rage …

Classic squares with flowers

Crochet has that retro 60’s/70’s vibe at the moment and it’s really making a comeback.  In those magazines from the 50’s, crochet was still about lacy collars, chair backs and tray cloths, but then in the 60’s granny squares grew into ponchos, tank-tops and bags.

Now, with the retro revival, vintage glamour and a resurgence of interest in ‘making’, crochet is back into the big time!

I still have to feel the wool though – acrylic yarn does nothing for me, in the hand.  It has to be pure wool or maybe with just a tad of something extra for easy washing.

4-ply hexi

Hexi cushion

Don’t you just love hexi crochet?  I used 4-ply yarn for these 3 projects – they took ages but are SO delicate.

Hexi glam

Summer colours above – all pinks & lilacs with a delicate green added in for a bit of a lift – it’s now a completed square, ready for a large cushion.  It hangs over the rail at the bottom of the bed so that I can see it when I wake up each morning – makes me feel happy!  I’m definitely not parting with this one!

Hexis and pom poms

How about this one for a classic combination then?  Hexis and pom poms, again all in 4-ply!  This one went off to live in a new home on Saturday – hope you’re enjoying it!

Pop back next week to see the most amazing yarn that I had shipped over from the States.  It’s the most beautiful wool that I’ve ever worked with and it’s a project that will take me months to complete – that’s part of the fun though isn’t it?

Have a great weekend

Adaliza x

 

 

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