Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Blanket progress

Have you ever been to Yarndale?? It's a "woolly craft fair" over 2 days in September - it takes place in Skipton in Yorkshire, which is a loooooooooong way from where I live so I've not been yet. Every year they have a creative project and put up a big display and this year it's Hearts. All the details have been posted by Lucy and can be found over on Attic24. Here's one I made, using some of the leftovers from my gorgeous leaf edged scarf (you know, the one made with the hand-dyed yarn). This one isn't actually going to Yarndale, as I made it for someone, so they're getting one in Lucy's Harmony colours.

Tina's Allsorts

It's a nice pattern and works up very quickly and easily. I posted this pic on Instagram and was chuffed when I saw the following - 

How lovely is that?? I did a happy little dance when I saw it and quickly took a screen shot before it disappeared! Not long after, the following happened -

Tina's Allsorts

You know I really can't tell you just how much I enjoy my little space on Instagram and if you do happen to keep popping in here in blogland and I haven't posted anything new, then please do pop across there and have a look. (There's a link in the sidebar.) I'm not sure if you need to be a member just to view or not but maybe you could set up your own account and then say hi?? Yes, Instagram even has a little messenging service plus you can leave and reply to comments.
I love Instagram in much the same way I hate facebook....
But anyway, I'd been watching the number of followers creeping up - sometimes fast, sometimes slow and finally it got to 500!!!! So I did the happy dance thing again, then posted a screenshot. Woo hoo!

Recently, the pics I post have centred around my large sized tooty stripey blanket, aka the tooty harmony blanket - it's coming along very nicely and on last week's cold summer days, I was able to snuggle under it while I hooked. Want to see??

Tina's Allsorts, Tooty Harmony Blanket

Tina's Allsorts, Tooty Stripey Blanket

But I've posted pics of something new recently. 
Yes, not content with having a big blanket on the go, I've started not one but two baby blankets!! There are 2 people I know who are "expecting" their first grandchild in November, so I thought it would be nice to make blankets for them. I'm using my Harmony Blanket colours as there will be ample yarn left over and I'm following the colour placement of Lucy's Summer Harmony Blanket (although not following her harmony square pattern).

At the moment I'm making the "flowers in the snow" circles that I used in my Tooty Fruity Blanket and I thought I would join one blanket with white and maybe the other with colours. Maybe!! 
Here are 6 little blue circles in a very Instagramesque photo -

Tina's Allsorts

They were followed by 6 circles in each of another 16 colours - 102 in total!!
Then they matched with their round 2 colour, as per Lucy's colour chart. Don't they look cute?? Almost like they're wearing little hats!

Tina's Allsorts

I haven't finished all the round 2 colours yet, although they don't take long at all - and I've even been really good and stitched in every single end as I go too! I can't wait to see what they look like when I start adding round 3 and then the tricky bit will happen. I will have a pile of 102 circles which were designed to make one blanket but I'm then going to split them into two piles so I can make 2. Only I need to split them carefully so I still get a good colour balance... Not sure how well that bit might turn out though. Watch this space, as they say! Or better yet, watch Instagram!!

Now if you are already on Instagram and depending who you follow, you might be aware that there is such a thing as International Granny Square Day on August 15th. It's a day when you post a pic of your favourite granny square with the hashtag #grannysquareday2017, so that when you search for the hashtag, you get a whole screen full of granny squares that form a virtual blanket. This seemed like an excellent idea, so here are my contributions - 

Tina's Allsorts, Grannysquareday2017

The one on the right is a bit of a cheat really!! I made it at work in the shop on Monday and wanted to do a large circle in a square but I just couldn't square it off properly. So I gave up and made a large plain white granny square edged with moss stitch and then laid my circle on top. I never even got as far as stitching the circle in place! When I have time, I might go back and revisit it, as I keep thinking a daisy blanket would be a nice thing to make...
I've made a few of the pink daisy squares while I've been in the shop recently but I never remember to take the instructions with me and they're all different sizes!! Ah well. They were just a little time filler.

ust before I go,  let me show you this -


This is Sally of Colourmecrochet on Instagram and she's the first person to tell me that she's making my tooty stripey blanket!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜€πŸ˜„πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜†πŸ˜‰πŸ’• Yay! That's so exciting!  I'm really looking forward to seeing her progress. 

Right, I'm off to hook a few more rows myself! Bye for now,  T xx

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Lots to show you

You know, it's been quite a rubbish week at work - plenty to do but plenty to annoy and bug me too! I was very glad to get away on Friday! Fingers crossed for improvement next week...
But the crafty things at home have kept me sane!

I've been thinking about what I could say today and realised there are several things actually, so thought it wise to make a list, or I know I'd log off then remember something else!!  -

1. My shawl is finished, blocked and beautiful
2. My Tooty Harmony Blanket is coming along nicely
3. My p*a*t*t*e*r*n has been downloaded over 800 times!
4. My cosie is in the current issue
5. My blog has reached another magic number!!

Firstly then, my beautiful Leaf Edged Shawl is finished, blocked and oh so beautiful!!!!

Tina's Allsorts, Leaf Edged Shawl

Tina's Allsorts, Leaf Edged Shawl

Tina's Allsorts, Leaf Edged Shawl

The yarn is incredibly soft but then it would be as it's 70% merino & 30% nylon. I bought it from RingaRosieYarns in Blyth, Northumberland - a fabulous wool shop with a lovely owner and I can't wait to visit again!!
And the p*a*t*t*e*r*n is quite lovely too - I'll be making this again, possibly quite soon! Next time though, I'll work the short rows in the opposite direction, ie start with the longest row and get shorter, rather than start with the shortest and get longer. I might also work moss stitch instead of stocking stitch. Might.

My Tooty Harmony Blanket is growing nicely too. I tried to get Dad to take a photo of me holding it up but he couldn't manage to take a photo with my tablet. I think maybe his skin was too dry for the touch screen, or he thought he had to press and hold rather than tap the shutter button. So here's a pic I took of him holding it!!

Tina's Allsorts, Tooty Harmony Blanket

I've made one or 2 changes to the colour recipe from Lucy of Attic24 that I'm following but they're very minor. I've worked just over 50 rows which measures nearly 20 inches long and it's about 50 inches wide. It's going to be BIG! Want another pic?

Tina's Allsorts, Tooty Harmony Blanket

Speaking of my blanket, the  p*a*t*t*e*r*n for my original Tooty Stripey Blanket has now been downloaded from Ravelry over 800 times!! Woo Hoo!! A lady on Instagram says as soon as she's finished her current project, she will be giving it a try - I can't wait to see someone elses pictures!
(And please excuse the use of the **'s in  p*a*t*t*e*r*n - it does seem to have stopped the robots picking up the links to it, although I'm sure it won't be long before I see it on another website somewhere...)

Now for some exciting news!! Remember last week I said my prize for my Tea Cosie had arrived?? (A prize consisting of a very generous quantity of yarn that arrived on Monday.) Well, yesterday my subscription issue of Crochet Now  (issue 18) dropped through the letterbox and I settled down with a cup of coffee for a read in the afternoon and look what I saw -

Tina's Allsorts, Blooming Great Tea Party

OMG!!!!  There's my cosie lined up next to the other winners and it looks like I didn't just get a runner-up prize along with a lot of others like I thought after all but that I was very close to actually winning!! Wow!! Can you imagine the size of the grin on my face when I realised??!!
I'm really glad I made the effort to take part and not just because I won but because it supports such a worth while cause. I'm still trying to find another tea pot it will fit before I offer it to the local branch of Marie Curie. There's no point offering a tea cosie without a pot - and as I've discovered over the last 2 weeks, tea pots really are going out of fashion. The charity shops have had almost none. I'm so glad I stopped making them when I did... (Take a look at the Tea Cosie tab at the top of the page to see what I mean.)
And look at the winning cosie - isn't it just the most incredible cosie you've ever seen?? It's on a theme of a Mad Hatters Tea Party from Alice in Wonderland. Just STUNNING! I don't mind coming second to a cosie like that at all. The winner's prize (a lady called Lyndsay McFarlane) included having her design in the magazine but it's so complicated they're going to run it as a series on their blog instead. I'm quite tempted to make it myself!

Tina's Allsorts,  33,333

And to finish today - and this is a really lovely way to round off a week of  crochet and knitting highlights after the crap at work  - I've just logged in to see this - 33,333 views of my little blog!! Yes, THIRTY THREE THOUSAND, THREE HUNDRED & THIRTY THREE!!! 

I do love a magic number don't you?? Til next time, T xXx

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Look what I won!

Remember I said I'd won runner-up for my tea cosie?? Well my prize arrived this week - a very large bag of wool!!

I was expecting probably 3 or 4 balls and was hoping they would at least be in a colour I liked. But no - my "yarnie goodies", turned out to be enough yarn, complete with patterns, to make 3 projects!! And it's all Sirdar Cotton which is beautiful to work with as well - woo hoo!!
Want to see??...

There is 700g of airforce blue with a pattern for a cap sleeve cardigan, another 700g in a pinky/bluey/yucky (!) variegated colour with a sleeveless top pattern. And finally 200g in a bright pink/navy variegated colour with a bag pattern.

I really can't believe how generous a prize it is!! And there might be a photo of my cosie in the magazine as well.

Quite when I'll have time to start using it I don't know but I do like the air force blue colour and the pattern with it was quite nice too. Although I do have a cabled sleeveless top pattern tucked away somewhere that would work too. 
My sister liked the look of the other variegated colour, so that may be heading her way. 

I must get in touch with the local Marie Curie branch and ask if they'd like the cosie as a raffle prize perhaps - I ought to find a tea pot that it will fit to go with it first though! Although someone might like a tea pot complete with a cosie to keep as an ornament and use only occasionally, if there's no pot with it the cosie will just get chucked in a drawer and that would be a shame.

That's all for now - oh, except to say my shawl is finished (except stitching in the ends) and blocked, I just need to take some pics to show you.

See you again soon!  T xXx

Thursday, 20 July 2017

How many??!!! .....

Remember last week I said I'd released my P*t*t*e*r*n for my tooty stripey blanket on Ravelry??
Well, as you might expect, I kept popping back in to see how many people had had a look and how many then down loaded it. There were nearly 1000 views and 162 down loads on the first day alone!!
If you were one of the lovely people who took a look then thank you so much! It was absolutely amazing and I was completely bowled over by the response! Incredible! I'm so glad I made the effort and finished the chart as it seemed to take me forever!
I don't know if anyone has actually made a start on a blanket yet but I haven't had a single complaint to say my chart is wrong or it doesn't make sense. I have had some lovely thank yous though, which was really nice.

Anyway, exactly one week on and there's been over 650 unique down loads. I don't know how many views in total as I can't find any stats for that, other than "number of views in the last 24 hours". -this morning it said 500+ in the last 24 hours!

It went up suddenly again yesterday and so I had a bit of a search to see if it was on a list of new patterns or new designers etc, and I came across this -

Tina's Allsorts, Tooty Stripey Blanket

Can you see that pic in the bottom right hand corner?? That's MY blanket! Woo Hoo!! And if you search for Stripey Blanket as opposed to Striped, then select crochet, there are only 12 patterns and mines the first! Double Woo Hoo!!

My third version of my blanket - my Tooty Harmony - is coming along really well. I'll try and pop back soon with some more photos of it, although if you follow me on Instagram you will have seen some already, and I'll be adding them to Ravelry too. Here's one quick pic -

Tina's Allsorts, Tooty Harmony Blanket

It's looking absolutely LUSCIOUS in Lucy's colours too!!

That's it for now! T xXx