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

Between the lines …

30/01/2012 § 12 Comments

Gypsy Rose, my crochet blanket, is coming along …

I shared the beginning of our journey together last week (here) and I just adore the circle into square pattern that I ended up with – a variation on many trials!  Thirty-six squares later, I made the decision to stop making squares and add a border.  I came up with this one (from Crochet Bible) …

Now, it doesn’t look exactly inspiring, in my opinion.  But I closed my eyes and thought about how it could look in a myriad of colours.

Close your eyes and try it …

does it work?

You bet it does …

It’s the simplest stitch ever.  I double-crocheted a row all around the edge of the squares and then just add row on row of 1dc, 1ch – it’s that’ simple.  A slip stitch to join the end of the row and on to a new colour with 3 ch to start the row.

What I have discovered is that as the pattern grows, I need to think carefully about the way the colours work together …

See how the colours in every other row link together.

I’m so enjoying the journey of this blanket.  With my quilting, I feel driven to finish a quilt and have frequently cut out the next one before finishing the quilting, but this wool by Kristin Nicholas is so amazing, I almost want it to last forever!  Having said that, I do have a whole tub of yarn left!  In fact, I may finish this one and make another one simply using this pattern!  Decisions, decisions – eh?

So, the lesson I’m learning from Gypsy Rose, is to read between the lines – see beyond the obvious, don’t be afraid, trust your judgement and live a little!

I’ll keep you posted!

Adaliza x

UPDATE:  See Gypsy Rose finished here

More of my blankets:

Carnival  2013 – the most colourful crochet blanket in the world!

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

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

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