Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Finished at Last!

It has been just over a year in the making but my my Knit a Block a Week Blanket is finished at last.... 

You must forgive me for the picture overload but I'm trying to get a photo of each angle

I can't tell you just how pleased I am with this blanket.  I had no idea if it would work or not.  My original plan was to place a plain cream block between each patterned one, but I got bored making the plain blocks and decided to make a sampler blanket instead.

Some of the blocks didn't turn out six inches square some were bigger and some smaller, knitted blocks don't sew up as well as crochet ones either so I thought there was no way the blanket would look good when it was sewn up but it does!

It's so interesting to look at too, of course I had to take it to the Day Unit to show the ladies because they have seen me knitting the various blocks throughout last year and have been asking me to bring it in to show them, they loved it so much I had to leave it with them for a while just so they could admire it.

and stroke it because I lined it with fleece which is great idea for hiding all those ends it means as long as they are tied off securely you don't have to be quite as meticulous and neat with the weaving in or really you don't have to bother because the fleece hides them all and...

It feels so cosy and warm

I cut the fleece to size and then zig zagged around the edge with my sewing machine, folded it over one cm all around and then crocheted sc around the edge of the fleece through the two layers using a thin metal hook, tricky but entirely doable.  

I added a sc border around the blanket then I crocheted them both together with three rounds of sc.  For the final round I used crab stitch or reversed sc.

So there you have it...

My two favourite living room throws, both lined with fleece and super warm to throw over your lap on a chilly winter evening.  I need to make one more because my daughter and daughter in law grab one each when they come to visit and I need one for me :) 

You can find the tunisian crochet throw how to here

I used Marriner DK yarn which I had in my stash in shades of cream - emerald - mint - saxe - sky - turquoise

Made with blocks from the book 200 knitted blocks by Jan Eaton you can see details of all the blocks I used here. If anyone would like to know the exact blocks I used and the layout please let me know.

I hope you like it as much as I do, has it inspired you to make one too? If you can't knit it's a great way to learn or perhaps you would like to join in with the 200 crochet blocks challenge which I'm hosting this year.

Hope your week is a good one :)

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Friday, 23 January 2015

How has your week been?

It's been a busy old week here at the crafty corner, my youngest son went back to Uni on Monday so I have been trying to clear up the holiday aftermath in between working days that is.

You know I've heard that some people actually like housework in fact one of my friends has a set regime and sticks to it rigidly, she has a set day for each task and won't allow herself to play until set task is completed, what discipline! but I could never be like that I'm afraid, she even irons her knickers I mean to say life is really just too short.

I have made a kind of resolution to be more tidy and slowly get rid of rubbish even if it's just bit by bit at least I made a start with the little bedroom, I will try but I'm not holding my breath I'd much rather crochet wouldn't you? 

Is your home immaculate like my friends? actually I have two friends like that their homes are like showrooms but do you know what I prefer mine even if it is untidy and there is a wool trail all over the house.

Craft wise I'm feeling quite pleased because I have finished sewing up my Block a week blanket from last year and I will be showing you that as soon as I can get some decent photo's.

Meanwhile here is my Mini Rings progress for this week.

This week we did rounds 11-14

Round 11 I used Stylecraft special chunky in shade 1425 Emperor

Round 12 I used bonus chunky in shade 884 neon

Round 13 in stylecraft special chunky shade 1064 meadow

Round 14 shade as above
The pictures aren't great because they were taken with my ipad under a daylight lamp but they have turned out better than I thought they would and the colors are true.

I made a mistake in round 11 and couldn't get round 12 right..obviously, it took me ages to realise what I had done wrong and once I had frogged round 11 and did it again it was easy.  I'm not that good at reading long instructions in a pattern I tend to miss bits out, thats why I prefer to have a chart as well then you can see at a glance how it should be.

I'm still loving it! 

The mini rings of change Cal is hosted by Kate and you can find out all about it here

 What are you all up to this weekend? I'm thinking a trip to Ikea may be on the cards for me and I want to try this recipe and this 

Oh and Kate has nominated me for the Best Friends Blogger Award thank you Kate! 

Whatever you are doing have a great one and stay warm! xx

Linking with 

Planet Penny Happy Friday

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

I need a pat on the back!

It may be no big deal to some of you but believe me for me it was.  

I'm talking about the first block for the Moogly Afghan CAL 2015 This was no walk in the park I can tell you! not so much because the pattern was difficult it is very well written and there are lots of photo's and videos, no it's those darn quad treble crochets! these are needed to make the jacobs ladder stitch.  

Now I have used the jacobs ladder stitch before when I made this crib cover here but this block takes the jacobs ladder stitch to a whole new level as you have then running diagonally and horizontally and I just couldn't get my qtr's neat or the same size for that matter. I think that my tension must have been too tight as the block turned out 10 inches square instead of 12 so I may have to add another round of stitches, I will see how big the others turn out.

For those of you who are following this CAL how did you find it ? I know many have sailed through it judging by all the lovely blocks on the ravelry page.  I'm looking forward to the next block which will be revealed on Thursday but I'm hoping that it won't be quite as much a challenge :)

Hope you are all having a lovely week, it's freeeeezing here! keep warm.

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Friday, 16 January 2015

A challenge a CAL and pizza!

Thank you for all your lovely comments about the cowls I made in my last post, I try to answer most of your comments by email but for those of you who are noreply bloggers I'm giving you my thanks here I really appreciate each and every one.

Now as I mentioned here earlier in January, because I enjoyed the block a week challenge using the book 200 knitted blocks by Jan Eaton I intend doing the same this year but this time using the book 200 Crochet Blocks
This time I want to make as many projects with the blocks as I can rather than a set number....

Granny with a Twist
Block 40
This is the first block I have made from  the book it's supposed to be intermediate but I found it very easy.  I intend making a baby boy blanket using 4 different blocks from the book and I will need to make twelve of these.

Once again the ladies from Loving Hands are joining me with this challenge so I can show you their blocks and projects too.  Join us if you like it's fun and there's no pressure whatsoever because you can make as few or as many as you like and it's ongoing so no deadlines.

moving on....

Here is this weeks progress for the mini rings of change cal hosted by Kate

This week we worked rounds 8-10

 Round eight I used Stylecraft Special Chunky shade 1061 Plum

 Round nine I used shade 1023 Raspberry

Round ten I used shade 1241 Fondant

I'm still enjoying this challenge and I am loving the way it's developing, it's hard not to just keep going but really I shouldn't I have so many other things that need my attention.

I would still like to join in with the moogly cal but the first block is quite challenging and needs a bit of concentration I'm hoping I will be able to at least give it a try this weekend.

and finally...
Would you like to make some really yummy pizza

I know what you are thinking! hang on didn't she just say she wanted rid of her chocolates and she's going to the gym! and now she's eating pizza!

Okay I know, but hey we have to live a little and homemade pizza has got to be better than bought right?  so on a Saturday it's either pizza or pasta especially when my youngest son is home I have to indulge him he's going back to Cambridge next week :(

I want to share this recipe with you because I have had it for ages, my friend and I created it when I lived in Syria and we used it all the time.

The dough is so easy because it's not a yeast dough and the recipe makes quite a large quantity easily enough for two large pizzas. Just half all the quantities if it's too much.

3 cups of plain flour
1tsp salt
3 tsp baking powder
half cup of yogurt
half cup oil I use olive oil but any veg oil will do
quarter cup of melted butter
1 beaten egg.

2 tins chopped tomatoes
2 large onions
Garlic 2 cloves or more if you like
salt to taste
Then any topping you wish I used
grated cheddar cheese

Sift flour, salt, baking powder together then add all other ingredients and work into a dough a little water may be needed.  Lightly Knead and then cover and put into the fridge to chill.

chop onions very fine I used a processor and then fry until translucent in a little olive oil, add the tomatoes and grated garlic, simmer until the sauce thickens to spreading consistency.

Remove dough from the fridge and roll out thinly to desired shape, I used an oblong grill pan but you can make them round if you like. 

Prick the pizza base all over with a fork (but not all the way through) and place into the oven at 200 C for 8 minutes, then remove from oven and spread tomato mixture evenly over the top and then add what ever topping you like, sprinkle oregano to taste.

place in the oven until cheese is golden brown approx 10 to 15 mns on 200 C

There you have it, it really does taste good. :)

What are you making and baking this weekend ? whatever it is have a good one!

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