It's been nothing but crochet on the home front lately. Oh, and cooking - there's been a lot of that too - as I replace my wine calories with cake calories. I've been making, among other things, two crochet garlands. This one here is my favourite. I love this pattern, the way each square is a solid block of colour edged in white, and that dense, intricate design. My mum is making a blanket from about 200 of these squares (it's going to be gorgeous) and I wanted to try out the pattern. So I made one, darned in the ends, blocked it, admired it, and didn't know what to do with it. Then I saw Sandra's post and thought yes, a garland, so I made four more and strung them together.
Aren't they pretty? I love these muted shades. The pattern is from Susan Pinner's book Granny Squares, a book I am loving and coming back to again and again, for the patterns as much as the projects. And it's for you lovely lot, as part of a giveaway I'm planning for the end of the month. More on that later. How exciting! I will be sad to part with it actually - oh well, I'll have to make another for myself.
And here we have garland number two, and my mantlepiece one again doing a serviceable job of being a prop for photographs.
The pattern for this one is by Emma Lamb from issue 24 of Mollie Makes magazine. (still working through that challenge...nearly there...)
This one is a birthday present for a friend so I chose the colours for her, not me. I thought about what she likes and the colours she has in her house and went with that. It was actually a lot of fun working with shades that I wouldn't necessarily choose - like red - and I like the way it works with the grey and white.
I was struggling to think how to present the garland so that it didn't get tangled. Wrapping it around this postcard works well and made it easy to wrap.
The yarn for both these garlands is Debbie Bliss cashmerino. Goodness, I bought that yarn in April 2012 when my friend Rachel and I went on a learn to crochet course. I've added another ball of pink and one or two of cream to it, but that original stash of yarn has made a this cushion, this scarf, these two garlands and a scarf for my niece, which I just finished tonight and will photograph tomorrow. It's expensive yarn but I feel like these balls are never ending and I still have a little of each colour left. If only they really were never ending, now that would be the perfect yarn.