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Crochet – Memo

“Marvellous Memo Board” designed by Louise Smith

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I found this quick, useful and gorgeous project in issue 56 of the british “Simply Crochet”  magazine which I bought while on a short getaway just before Easter.

Although it is a UK produced print, in this digital age obtaining the materials to follow patterns are really no issue.

In this case I placed my second yarn order with “Love Crochet” – also located in the UK. My order took just a week or so to arrive in Oz. And there isn’t much that you can’t get there.

Now to the project: It uses the y-stitch, an attractive and easy stitch I only discovered because it was introduced to my by this magazine.

Here we go:

I pretty much followed instructions, I used:

  1. Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK   (100% cotton, 50g/125m), 1 ball each:                             Tea Rose (443), Duck Egg Blue (436), Candy Floss Pink (450), Bubblegum Pink (451), Dusty Rose (442), Pale Lilac (446)
  2. 3.0mm hook (US C/2 or D/3)
  3. 3 meter each hot pink & rose satin ribbon
  4. 30cm x 30cm cork board (a 3-piece set I bought at Officeworks)
  5. Fat quarter of matching fabric
  6. fabric / craft glue

Naturally, you can mix and match any colour you like.

Once the crocheted work was finished, I wrapped a colour-matching piece of fabric around the cork board to avoid the “see-through”. I glued this with my my glue-tape roller (very easy to use by the way on all sort of projects). Next I fitted the crochet piece over it, making sure the border and corners fit the cork board nicely. I did have to cut a strip of the board to adjust its size to accommodate my work.

Once the basic memo board was complete I placed the ribbon diagonally over the board and repeated the process in the opposite direction weaving the ribbons over and under each other.

Since I didnt like the look of the back of the board with all its bits and pieces glued behind it I just cut another panel of the fabric and glued it on top to tidy it up.

I decided to use my small leftover ribbon to pin it to the back and create a hanger. That’s it.

Here is the first / “wrong” (but-preferred-by-my-daughter option) which I made with a 4.0mm hook as the 3 was the only size I didn’t have but couldn’t wait to get started:

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As a side note, I am always worried that I may run out so I bought 2 balls each – trust me: that is too much if you are only making one or two. I am still using it now by making a small bag….more soon when it is ready for “Show-and-Tell”.

Until next time, as always please share your thoughts and stay safe. xxx J.

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Crochet

And finally, here is another crochet post – I have been pretty busy lately.

While I was waiting at the Doctors late in February I started a project where I just wanted to test a pattern. An easy one – but I didn’t quite know what it might look like.

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At the time the Doctor decided to book me in for a day procedure just as precaution. That happened early this month and again I knew that there was some waiting involved so I took it again. And here is the result which is a small blanket and I have no idea yet what to do with as we do not have any babies in the immediate family. I was thinking of donating it but who knows. I did lose track of the edges a little at the end so it has increased slightly 🙂 but here is the end result:

I had fun making it as there was no difficulty involved. And by using my left-over yarn I do not feel so bad when the stash gets slightly bigger 🙂

 

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Cosy Stripe Blanket (Attic24)

I am so proud of myself. Yep, this is how I am starting this post 🙂

My biggest project yet – let me re-phrase this: my biggest completed project yet is finished!

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Attic24Cosy striped blanket is here albeit not for long. It will make the trip to Europe in less than 3 weeks to help my nearly 98-year old Purzel-Oma to stay warm while thinking of us here in Oz.

I found this project while I was looking to crochet something that would take me a little longer, would be a bit bigger and completely different from all my other things I have ever done.

Yes, this is also my very first blanket and how much I enjoyed doing it.

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Lucy is the name behind Attic24 and is full of creative handcrafts and projects. I highly recommend you to check it out.

So here it goes:

I have Lucy’s website Attic24 bookmarked as I find a lot of fun projects on it. Most of her patterns are in UK terms and it is great that she actually specifies that very fact. I find that extremely helpful.

Anyway – back to the Cosy Stripe Blanket, let’s get started:

Best thing, it uses only one stitch: the Treble Crochet (or DC in US terms):

tr [treble] – yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull through the stitch (3 loops on the hook), yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through remaining 2 loops

The pattern is also step-by-step accompanied by pictures if you need some visual help.

Next we are required to have 15  x 100g balls of Stylecraft Special DK but as always I needed to find an alternative and used 4 Seasons Marvel 8 Ply Yarn from Spotlight .

The colours I chose were: mint, cerise, laguna, aqua, green, pink, orange, lemsor, flesh, royal blue, sungold, lime, purple, saxe and claret.

Before I started I needed to get my colour sequence in order. To do that I cut from each ball about 10cm and arranged the strings until I was happy with the order. I sticky-taped the sequence to the back of the printed pattern and with the recommended Size 4 hook I was ready to get started.

For you guys that started following me you will know that I learned the Foundation Single Crochet stitch which replaces the chain and subsequent first row of stitches with the Fox Fingerless Gloves.     I did use them here again and am pleased to say it looks a lot tidier for me as my chains are very crooked.

I wasn’t too worried about the measurements of the end result which actually is 145cm x 147cm; nearly square without intention. However when it came to the edging I did get quite worried about having enough yarn left, so I decided to finish the blanket with 2 colours short off completing the full sequence in the hope that it will leave me with enough yarn for the  first two rounds of edging. I knew the 3rd round was easy enough and not very yarn hungry but the last and 4th did get me worried. But as can be seen – all is well and there is still plenty left.

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There you have it; I can just imagine my beautiful Purzel-Oma (grandma, in case you are wondering is named after her most treasured late cat) sitting on her balcony with this blanket on her knees for comfort and warmth, a cuppa in her hands and thinking of us. Bliss ♥♥♥

Until then – stay safe peeps. J xx