Pastels

You’ve probably noticed that I don’t often ‘do’ pastels, but I might just give these a try. Stylecraft have introduced four new colours.

I used them to make some squares for #365crochetsquares2019

Working out from the centre the colours are: Cornish Blue, Powder Pink, Spearmint and Toy. They certainly fit well into the range, and I’m thinking about a colour scheme using one or more. I’ll tell you more about that another day, but I wanted to remind you that Deramores have 10% off until the end of the month using DERAS10.

Spring!

So, here we are at spring! The blossom is in full flow, and the blue skies are an encouraging promise of better days to come.

That’s ignoring the Brexit issue, but leaping straight into the mess that is the Brexit Blanket

And what a mess, too! What began as a straightforward process has become a random collection of squares denoting my interpretation of the negotiations and more so far. The theory was that day 100 (today) would see the beginning of the edging, but …

There are squares covering all aspects, including Remainers, Brexiteers and every other opinion in between. The so called Irish problem is there, and the helpful, and not so helpful, comments and steps by certain Europeans.

So, what now? I have an idea, but I’d also love to hear your opinion. Shall I continue? Call it a day? At the moment I’m waiting until this evening to decide. Maybe there will be a miracle…..?

Right but not quite.

The temperature blanket is progressing, but not as fast as I would have liked due to a variety of unavoidable circumstances. I’ve mentioned before how handy it is to be able to crochet alongside invalids’ bedsides etc, but it really does help if you are prepared!

The next square was easy, only two colours for the first four rounds, so I grabbed them and tucked them into my bag with a hook. In truth my heart wasn’t really in the crochet, but it kept me occupied.

Daylight, a couple of days late, however, revealed that I’d made an error in bad light, picking up Cypress instead of Sage!

I have to admit that I almost cried when I realised. Such an unimportant mistake, really, but it was just a step too far it seemed. As you can see, the correct square has now been completed, and finished with … Cypress!

As for the original – it’s been converted.

It’s now another square for the charity blanket.

Gone!

February is now well established. The freshness of the New Year is over and we are thankfully able to look forward to spring. It hasn’t been a springlike weekend here, though, with unwarranted snow, something that is very rare here.

This was the view from what I euphemistically call my ‘workroom’ on Friday. Saturday’s view was similar but at least the sky was bright and blue.

New this year, this little blue gem was a pleasure to behold, but his purple neighbours disappeared. They are visible again this morning as the last of the snow vanishes. It arrived on Friday and Saturday, stayed still on a beautiful Sunday and was almost all washed away by drizzle overnight. I hope you are all enjoying safe weather. Continue reading “Gone!”

Stashbusting Stone, the block!

An email and a comment yesterday have prompted this post. The questions were similar in that they wanted the name of the block. In truth, I have no idea. I didn’t follow a pattern but just played around with a conventional granny square, and this was the result. You must bear in mind that I was using scraps for the centres, so that partly played in the construction.

Here are details of how the final block was made. All details are in UK terms.

I began with a magic loop and then 4 chain stitches. Now a sequence of 2 trebles and 1 chain was repeated, into the magic loop, 7 times. One more treble made and slip-stitched into the 4 chain gap completed the circle making the equivalent of 8 small blocks interspersed with a chain. Gently pull the centre loose end to close the hole (see the note* below) and weave in the ends.

* This may seem obvious, but some blocks, like this one, are better if the hole isn’t closed tightly. To regulate the size of this centre I inserted a crochet hook into the hone before pulling tight.

I’ve included finished blocks in the above as a reminder of where we are heading.

Turn the block over before each new round.

The new colour is joined into one of the 1 chain spaces of the previous round. Once again make 4 chain.

For this round clusters of 3 treble sand 1 chain are made into the next 7 spaces. Lastly 2 trebles made just before the 4 chain and the round completed with a slip stitch into them.

At this point I weave in the ends almost to the end, but then secure them with the next round before trimming. If you do it differently it really doesn’t matter.

Now the block just needs squaring up.

Join your new colour in any one chain space. Start with 3 chain (not an error, 3 chain) followed by 3 trebles into the same space. (This is the first part of one corner. Note – no chains between clusters now, except in the corners. )

Now work 3 trebles into the next space, followed by a corner into the next one. Corners are 3 treble, 1 chain, 3 trebles, all made into the same space.

Complete all sides in this fashion until the last middle 3 chain block. The last corner of this round is finished with 2 trebles and a slip stitch into the first 3 chain of the round.

Don’t cut the yarn, make 3 chain and turn the block around for the final round.

Begin with 3 trebles in the same space as the 3 chain and then the final round is just like a conventional granny square. Begin and end as described above, corners worked in the same way, 3 trebles, 1 chain, 3 trebles, a 3 treble cluster goes into each gap of the previous round and a final 2 chain to link in the last corner.

Written in haste, so let me know if these are too scanty, but have fun and let me know if you try it out. I’m sure at least one other description of this will appear shortly on another blog. I’ve noticed that that has happened a few times. Just remember that you saw it here first!