Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Crochet Crazy!

I have really got the crochet bug at the moment, even more so than usual. Hence, I have too many projects on the go but I cannot help myself!

I have now completed Part 5 of the Stylecraft Waterlily Crochet-along and it has got to the interesting part where you start joining some of the pieces together. There are still 3 more parts to be released but for now I am happy that I am on schedule.

Part 5

There has also been a little progress on my Cottage patchwork blanket, this is something that I am working on between other projects or when I am watching something on television as these squares don't require any concentration and I can make them without thinking about what I am doing. 

Do you like the basket that I am storing these squares in? I went to Dunelm Mill in Derby the other weekend with my friend Colly and picked up this at a very reasonable price, I like the fact that it is lined so will not snag the crochet.

The next project I am working on is a baby blanket for a colleague. I am loving the way this is looking and hope she will be pleased with it as well. I am crocheting this using Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino which is a lovely soft yarn to work with.

I did actually have a finish at the weekend, I started this cushion when I was on holiday last year and joined all the squares together when I got home and started on the back of the cushion. I then promptly forgot all about it and discovered it again when I was looking for something else and thought I had better finish it. I managed to get a cushion insert when I was at Dunelm and was able to join the back and front and complete the cushion at the weekend.

Now I really shouldn't have started on another new project but I have been totally inspired by reading Heather's blog at Patchwork Heart I have only recently discovered this blog and I have been totally blown away by Heather's work, her choice of colours and also the speed at which she completes projects. The reason why I have started yet another project is that I want to try Heather's continuous joining method that she has kindly described in her blog so decided to make a cushion to try it out before hopefully using it on a blanket that I have got planned for later in the year. I selected colours that I already had in my stash and began work on it this morning.

I am making the squares for this cushion using the sunburst design which are quick to make up so that I can try the continuous join method. Did you spot the basket which is holding my wools, yes, I have been naughty and splashed out on this basket yesterday on a visit to Hungerford (more about that in a future blog post) - my DH approves though because it saves balls of yarn escaping all over the settee! I will update you on how the 'new to me' joining method goes.

And finally, you may be relieved to know, is my holiday project. Nothing like planning ahead as we don't got on holiday until August. I do like to have a different project for when I go away and I have chosen something that is portable and easy to pick up and put down. Again I am planning to make squares using the sunburst pattern, this time to turn into yet another blanket.
The colours I have chosen are:-

The edging for the blanket will be crocheted using cream yarn. 

As you can see I don't get time to be bored and wonder how I ever found time to go to work full-time, we are either out walking in the countryside or I am busy with my crafts.


  1. All of your things are beautiful!!! I love your colour combinations! xx

  2. HI Jan, I had such fun reading this blog post today. I think all your crochets projects are lovely. The water lily blanket is so beautiful as it the cushion you made. You've inspired me to look into the patterns and maybe make one myself. I'm excited to see how the latest project will look. You are so talented. My best to you. Hugs, Pat

  3. How gorgeous! How do you do it all so quickly? :-)

  4. I have just found your blog - my goodness your crochet is beautiful!

  5. So many beautiful things - you have been busy! Love the new baskets too - is that one from Inklings? Can't wait to see your holiday project underway. Have a good Sunday. xx

    1. It is from Inklings, I love looking around that shop although cannot always afford the things I like. xx

  6. My goodness, you have been productive! Your crochet is beautiful - I love the flower cushion especially. The waterlily CAL is looking amazing too. I must admit to having a bit of a thing for baskets, but they're so very useful, aren't they? :)
    Cathy x

  7. Very informative, keep posting such good articles, it really helps to know about things.

  8. Just envy you these skills as I do my daughter-in-law in Iceland who can crochet like you and knit their Icelandic jumpers on 1 round needle. They seem to do all the crafts that seem to have been lost here by not being passed down! Super as usual Chris xx