Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Crochet Lately...

It's been nothing but crochet on the creative front round here lately and it's high time I shared some with you. I've just completed another cotton baby blanket using the same pattern and colours as this one.


The only difference is that this blanket is edged in green, a safely gender-neutral colour. It's for my friend Rachel who is expecting her fourth baby in three weeks, and she and her husband chose not to find out the sex.


I am more than a little relieved to have finished it in good time, I have to say! It came out well and I do love that pattern. It looks nice on the back of the sofa. I did start entertaining thoughts about making a huge version of this blanket, in pale dove grey rather than white, to go on the sofa...I'll add that to the growing list in my head called Blankets I Want To Make, a sort of imaginary work in progress. 


I have been working on this cotton granny throw for the last couple of months, on and off, in between other things. The long rows of trebles are so soothing, it's crochet at it's most relaxing. The pattern is from issue 21 of Mollie Makes magazine. Remember how I was going to make one thing from each issue throughout my year long subscription? Well, the last thing I made was these coasters but don't worry, I have not forgotten. After this throw, I quite fancy doing some embroidery from issue 22, and making a tote bag from issue 23. 


And finally, you see that tiny cream-coloured circle hiding in the middle there? That's going to be the nose of the snake I am crocheting Angus for his birthday, which is in a few weeks. Yes, I am cutting it fine, but I am very motivated by a deadline so, once I've done the tricky increase and decrease of the snake's head, I'm hoping the main body of the snake should work up quite quickly. Wish me luck...




40 comments:

  1. I love the baby blanket and the thought of one in a slate grey with bright pops of colour really appeals to me, but I still can not hook.

    I have another day lesson in May, so fingers crossed I pick it up this time!

    Deadlines also motivate me too

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  2. Hello Gillian

    Wow, you certainly have been busy, with such gorgeous makes. I love the baby blanket, and the thought of dove grey sounds wonderful. (I can hardly wait to see the finished result LoL) I love the colours of your cotton blanket, and oooooooooooo those gorgeous colours of yarn just waiting to be used.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  3. The baby blanket turned out beautiful. Such a pretty pattern and your color combinations work really well.

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  4. All wonderful. The baby blanket is so pretty, and I love the colours of your granny throw. I'm sure Angus will be over the moon with his snake, I've never attempted anything like that.

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  5. Dear Gillian
    The baby blanket is beautiful - many congratulations. I like the sound of a dove grey blanket too. Best of luck with getting the snake finished!
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  6. Wow! what a super sonic crochet lady you are! all very beautiful indeed.
    Can't wait to Angus's crochet snake .....
    lots of love
    jooles xxx

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  7. You have been busy, and what beautiful blankets! I'm sure they will both be family heirlooms for generations yet to come. Am very interested in the snake and can't wait to see the finished product!

    Enjoy your evening

    Love Claire xx

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  8. Your granny blanket is looking splendid - gorgeous colours

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  9. Gillian,

    Ever envious of your skill. Perhaps I should stop moaning and start learning! A dove grey blanket sounds gorgeous by the way. Do it!

    Leanne xx

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  10. I am so jealous of the baby blanket. I would love to make a big one just like yours but, try as I might, I am finding crocheting hard going to teach (or reteach) myself. Might be a summer project ready for the winter. katie x

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  11. Beautiful baby blanket, love that green edge! :) x

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  12. Very pretty blanket the colours you've used are beautiful love the edging x

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  13. I'm very envious too, I absolutely LOVE your granny blanket! And that baby blanket is adorable, those colours go so well together.. So pretty!

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  14. Gosh wish i could do that, they look wondeful, well done. x

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  15. I love the baby blanket, it's so cheerful and very sweet. I think it would be gorgeous with a gray background! Wow, that really appeals to me. Come on, make it right now, Gillian. :) The snake is going to be very cute and your giant granny is looking beautiful.

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  16. Your crochet looks lovely! The baby blanket with those lovely graduated colours edged in white is fab! If the snake you are making is the same as the one I made last year, from Lois Daykin's book, Baby Crochet, once you've done the shaping for the tail end, it's very quick to hook up the stripes for the body so you should be fine on timing! I love mine and he's proved far more popular a resident of the house than I expected, despite his slightly gormless expression! Enjoy! E x

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  17. Beautiful! That's it! Definately going to get the wool & crochet hook out and start some hooky! xx

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  18. That's going to be a wonderfully colourful snake ... he'll love it :)

    And that baby blanket is absolutely stunning ... lucky friend, lucky baby!

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  19. How beautiful. You are very talented.

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  20. Oh Gillian ... the baby blanket is beautiful and I can't wait to see how the snake turns out ... Bee xx

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  21. Hi Gillian
    I typed a comment on your last post but it frustratingly disappeared! Absolutely lovely to see your baby blanket, i love making them for expectant mums. Three of my colleagues are expecting in the Autumn so i will be busy this summer. Your snake is going to be a colorful beauty for Angus, all little boys should have one x I have managed to motivate a friend of mine to start crocheting and she cannot believe how addictive and relaxing it is :0) xxx Penny

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  22. Good luck with your snake. Ughh snakes!!! We get large poisonous ones over here. Love your baby blanket and the large rug really looks nice and easy. You'll definitely be busy with all your "makes".

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  23. Oh Gillian, the blanket is perfect! It will be so cherished. And the snake will be a winner too. You'll get it done - that would be fun to make with all the colour changes for the stripes and watching how it progresses. Love the colours of your Granny blanket as well. Mel x

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  24. I love how bright granny squares look with the gray border (I even pinned some ;-)). Hope you'll make it.
    The colours in the giant granny are beautiful. And the baby blanket is so nice. What is its size?

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  25. Blanket is so lovely! Baby will feel good covered with it :) Well done! I really like white color prevalence and green border. Looking forward to see a colorful snake.

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  26. I love love love this blanket. The colours are gorgeous and definitely suited for a little baby.

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  27. Lots of gorgeous crochet! I love the baby blanket, it is so lovely.
    M x

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  28. Gorgeous! I love the baby blanket and cant wait to see the finished snake. xx

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  29. What a beautiful baby-blanket! Have you nicely done! I am very curious to your new snake. I bought at a sale in a retirement home a knitted snake. All colors. So cool! have a nice day.

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  30. Your blankets are lovely. I knit to make a few bits for my youngest's birthday in a few weeks time too, not cast on yet hope we can finish in time!

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  31. What a lovely blanket you made for your friends and I do love the colour combination of the one you are making for yourself, totally scrummy.
    Lisa x

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  32. Gorgeous blanket, so generous to give it as a gift.
    Hope the snake is progressing well...

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  33. wow, you are a machine! I love that baby blanket, it is so cute... I tried crochet once and just couldn't get the hang of it at all x

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  34. I love baby blankets and this one is an inspiration ... I HV 2 babies who I need to make blankets for ... Maye making one if this .
    Can't wait to see the snake ... Looks like it will be fun to make :)

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  35. What a beautiful baby blanket! I love the bright, cheerful colors! Such a sweet gift for a new baby!

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  36. lovely blanket, I love the colours and the large granny square, gorgeous! might have to start one!! x

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