Simple Baby Blanket

I recently finished another crochet project and this time I did a simple granny square baby blanket. I am an aunt again so I thought I would make a blanket which felt like Easter and was also super cute – luckily I have so much yarn I didn’t have to purchase anything new for this, I simply just used some Stylecraft yarn I already had.

For this I did a simple granny square and then every 2 rows I changed colour, so the blanket is a complete square. I then finished it with a double crochet (UK) border 🙂

Let me know what you think in the comments below and also let me know what projects you’re currently working on.

-Amy x

Glitter Granny Square Blanket

I am back with another finished project, I am on a role at the moment! However I have been working on this blanket for well over a year and a delay was caused by the place I buy my yarn not having it in stock for a very, very long time.

But huzzah, here is my finished pastel glitter granny square blanket! I used baby yarn as it’s the softest and all the colours used has a hint of glitter to it. I absolutely love how this blanket turned out, even if it did almost kill me in the process.

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I am a left handed crocheter so I struggled picking up my first granny square without it twisting, but if you’re looking for a good tutorial I recommend checking out Bella Coco, who does right and left handed variants of all of her stitches! Here is her YouTube and the beginners granny square tutorial.

I also recommend using a stitch which allows you to continuously add each granny square, as I chose the option of adding one granny square at a time…it’s safe to say I never want to use this process again!

What do you think of this blanket? I just finished it in time for Easter too and the colours are very Eastery!

You can follow me on Instagram for more of my crochet updates as I am working on a project too.

What projects are you working on right now?

-Amy x

Deramores – Winter Sale Haul!

I am currently trying to use up some of my most colourful yarn by creating a cluster stitch blanket – you can see the the pictures on my Instagram.

Because I’m now using up my yarn quite quickly I thought I would have a little shop in the Winter sale on the Deramores website, you might see a theme with my yarn.

I ADORE ombre yarn and I love yarn with a bit of glitter (as you can probably tell). I also picked up my first yarn cakes, both have a beautiful hue. I went for more green/blue yarns as I tend to steer towards reds or pinks usually, but I thought I’d buy some which aren’t my usual to challenge myself. One day I’ll work with some darker yarn…

Now I just need to think up what to make with the bits I’ve just purchased! If you have any ideas, please let me know. I love making gifts for other people so normally I make things and then pass them on to friends and family.

Oh, I will one day finish my granny square blanket but I’m still waiting on Hobbycraft to restock the white I need!

Did you purchase any yarn in the holiday sales? Let me know below!

-Amy x

 

Where can I buy yarn and thread?

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a lovely time during your holidays.

Today’s blog is based on a question I get a lot and to be honest there are so many decent yarn/thread vendors online now you can buy most of the well-known brands from any crafting shop online.

I have A LOT of yarn, I have two storage units full of yarn of different sizes and boxes of silks and threads, colours and quality. So I thought I would share some of my top shops to buy yarn for those of you who live in the UK this will be easier as that is where I am based and I buy my yarn from UK shops mainly, besides a few etsy store exceptions.

Hobbycraft – I use a lot of the Hobbycraft yarn, I highly recommend their baby brilliance yarn if you’re looking to make a really soft blanket. I made this giant granny square blanket with the Baby Prints 4mm yarn in this purple ombre hue. I’ve also made two baby blankets for relatives using the same baby brilliance brand.

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Deramores – this website is great if you’re looking for specific brands, they stock various popular brands and have their own too. I use their Stylecraft range quite often and I’m currently using 10 different colours to create a giant rainbow blanket (using a cluster stitch) – hopefully I’ll finish this before 2019 ends…

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Woolwarehouse – this is another website which stocks a range of branded yarn, and also they have some of the best tools, including a blocking board which is great if you are stitching squares and you want to keep them flat!

SewandSo –  I have been using this online store for the longest time, ever since I began cross stitching 3 years ago. They’re great for cross stitching supplies and recently I have began buying yarn from here too. If you are based in the UK, their delivery is so quick! I cross stitched the below using threads from here.

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Silks4u – this is an etsy shop with some of the finest and highest quality silks you can get. The only catch is that the seller is based in Australia so it’s a short wait for your product but it’s 100% worth it! Some of the dyes and ombre colours the seller uses are phenomenal, and trust me when I say you get so much for your money. Below the Fries and Guys are both stitched in an ombre hank I ordered.

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Where do you purchase your yarns, threads and silks from? I would love to know more shops available to me and add to my addition even more!

-Amy x

 

What’s in my crochet bag?

I really like the blog posts where people talk about what is in their handbags, however I thought I would do something similar but with a crafting twist and talk about what is in my crochet bag!

I am currently working on a blanket for my sister, which I will admit I have been working on for quite some time…but I will get it done before Christmas I swear!

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So currently in my crochet bag (which is a really cute tote bag I received for Christmas last year!) there is a huge stack of granny squares in different colours, I think it was around 8 of each. Half of the blanket which has already been crocheted together, a ball of white yarn and 3 crochet hooks in the size 4mm.

All of the yarn I’m using here is laced with glitter and it’s super soft (these are from the Baby Brilliance yarn collection from Hobbycraft and they are 3 for 2), I highly recommend using baby yarn for all of your blanket projects for ultimate comfort.

It’s quite a small crochet bag, but I like to keep one project in my bag at a time so I won’t stray and start working on more projects at once…although that doesn’t always work.

Do you crochet? What are you currently working on?

-Amy x

What have I been up too?

Sorry for the radio silence, but life got in the way again!

Unfortunately my family dog passed away, we knew she was very ill and that it was coming (she was around 17/18 – we adopted her so we aren’t 100% sure how old she was), but it still hit the family really hard and I lost my mojo for basically everything, I spent a week in solidarity and thinking about everything.

It’s been almost 2 months since it happened and I’m back! I have been slowly working away on various projects because who needs just one eh?

I taught myself the crochet stitch corner to corner work and have made good use of some sunset rainbow yarn I’ve been hoarding. I joined an amazing crochet facebook group which have absolutely inspired me – you can search for it ‘Hooked on Crochet UK’.

I’m not sure how big I’m going to make the blanket yet, but I’m having a lot of fun with it and c2c is SO easy, I think it’s my new favourite stitch. I think the next project will be to incorporate my love of cross stitch and crochet together to make a pixel pattern blanket for someone.

I’ve also been putting together a granny square blanket I started making for my sister in February…however we both did predict I wouldn’t be finished until Christmas so everything is fine…

The blanket is pastel colour themed (the yarn has glitter running through it, so it’s extra sparkly), and I’ve used a white glittery yarn to do the border. In total it has 8 colours and 15 squares of each colour so far so it’s looking to be a big one – it has to fit her and her cat 🙂

I also want to do a nice border so if you have any stitch recommendations let me know.

And finally I’m heading back to Disneyland Paris this year for both Halloween AND Christmas – I purchased a vlogging camera so I’ll be vlogging my trips. I’ll debut my first vlog when I take a trip to Harry Potter Studio Tours in a couple of weeks! I’m extremely nervous.

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Finally I’m also working hard on my Ghibli cross stitch project which I started forever ago but it’s the project I come back to every now and again so it’s not a big deal if I don’t finish it soon.

Are you wanting to see more free patterns? Projects? Vlogs? Let me know!

I also caught over 200 Eevee’s in the Pokemon Go event which only 8 were shiny, boo!

-Amy x