2012 in crochet

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It seems a little bit silly writing this now, in the third month of 2013, but it’s time to (finally!) reveal my 2012 Sky Blanket!!!

It seems ages ago since I first started this as a scarf only to then rip it out and restart it as a blanket a few days later…once I’d done a few tension calculations!!!

If I think about 2012 I mostly remember rain and grey skies. In actual fact there were quite a lot of blue skies, or blue with clouds. There were also some amazing skies. Here are my favourite pics from each month…  

Concept crochet Sky Blanket using Attic 24s Ripple Pattern and Shrinkie Dink Buttons by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

It was a very eventful year: from a craft perspective, I started dress-making and quilting which has been the beginning of what I think is going to be a very long and enjoyable journey! On a personal side, most of the year was spent building up to moving over a hundred miles: we bought a new house off-plan in April and because of all the bad weather didn’t move until the end of September. Despite the upheaval, everyone seems to have settled in to our new home/life really well and I’ve been enjoying being closer to my parents, especially as my mum has been quite poorly since August.

It’s been really interesting for me to ‘journal’ the year in crochet. One of the things that I came to realise was that my progress on the blanket was very much a barometer or how calm/hectic my life was at that point in time. Case in point being that when we moved I got about a month behind with myself!!!!

Concept crochet Sky Blanket using Attic 24s Ripple Pattern and Shrinkie Dink Buttons by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

When I first started the sky blanket, one of the things I was very keen to do was to mark each month. Quite early in the year, I came across a tutorial for making your own buttons out of shrinkable plastic, which seemed the perfect solution as I could personalise them however I wanted! I don’t know if you’ve ever used this but it’s so much fun!!! I initially thought of drawing a picture to symbolise each month but eventually decided that simplicity was key and just wrote the month on each button following the instructions in the tutorial and ended up with 13 (mostly round!) buttons

So, enough of my rambling and retrospective musings……would you like to see the blanket?!

Ta-dah!!!!

Concept crochet Sky Blanket using Attic 24s Ripple Pattern and Shrinkie Dink Buttons by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

It’s fair to say that it is a huge blanket, and one that I don’t feel I’ve been able to fully capture in photos. The last seven days of 2012 make up the border, and each border row took about 2hrs!!!!!

Concept crochet Sky Blanket using Attic 24s Ripple Pattern and Shrinkie Dink Buttons by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

I only used six different colours, but got lots of variation from using a couple of varigated colours which helped to keep it interesting. I kept the border quite simple, doing a little picot edging to break up all the monotony and because I felt that it complimented the ripple waves.

So, details – and I’ve gone all out here because I’m a bit of a numbers geek at heart! – as well as including details of all the yarns and I used and what sky they represented to me;

Yarn

Pattern: Attic24’s ripple pattern

Amount of yarn: 17 balls

Size: 42″ x 75″

Approx. number of stitches (!): 37,500

So there we go, 2012 is finally wrapped up!

Thank you all so much for following me on this journey – it’s been so much fun and I love all the memories that I have woven into my diary of 2012.

See you all soon,

S x

Today’s sky ● overcast. Meh!

Happy New Year!


Welcome 2013! Happy New Year to you all!

I’m still feeling slightly reflective about 2012, can you believe that another whole year has passed?! A lots happened in the past 12months…

…I started this blog…

…we moved over 100miles to a new house…

…I started adventures into dressmaking and quilting and had lots of fun making stuff…

…I did lots of sky watching and crocheting (and still got a little bit more to go) and the finish line on the Sky Blanket is in sight…

Thanks to everyone who’s joined me on my journey into blogging in my first year – it’s been great getting to know you all and I’m looking forward to meeting lots more people in 2013 so I’m joining in with Lynne’s Small Blog Meet Up and will be visiting lots of new-to-me blogs which is exciting!

Lily's Quilts

I hope you’ve all had a lovely first day of the New Year,

Sx

Todays sky ● blue with some clouds. Beautiful!

Patchwork cushion

It’s a ta-dah post today! I started this cushion quite a while ago now, back in July when I started basting the hexagons on a train journey into London.

Patchwork cushion - attempting a modern design with traditional colours by fabricandflowers

I have noticed that there is quite a debate about modern patchwork and quilting, and what makes it so: is it the colours/contrast within the quilt? the layout? or something else?

I am equally drawn to both, I generally tend towards the more muted colours (I’m just not brave enough to play with lots of bright colours/contrasting prints, I worry too much about it just looking wrong!) but I like the modern spin on things. So I thought I’d give it a go.

I used a charm pack that I’d picked up on holiday to make my hexagons, which is quite a muted palette and I was keen to have a go at some hand stitching too. After a bit of pondering, I got to thinking the hexagons in the shape of a heart motif could look good. But it didn’t work out…

Patchwork cushion - attempting a modern design with traditional colours by fabricandflowers

In retrospect, if I’d rotated the hexagons it would have been much easier to make a heart shape, so it might be something that I revisit at some point, but by the time I’d realised that I’d fussy cut some of the pieces and sewn too many together to consider unpicking it all!!!  

After putting it in the naughty corner for a little bit I eventually kept adding hexagons until I had a rectangle before appliqueing it on to some backing fabric and doing some running stitches around the outer hexagons in a dark brown perle cotton.  

Patchwork cushion - attempting a modern design with traditional colours by fabricandflowers

This took me a l-o-n-g time! I’m still not sure that my stitches are completely even but I did my best and I think that it really is a case of practice makes perfect so I’ll just have to keep on doing more sewing!  

I don’t know what it is with making cushions, but I always feel that they look more finished if they have piping or something around the border. I still had over half the charm pack left and looking at the measurements of the cushion a scrappy binding seemed to be the perfect solution.

Patchwork cushion - attempting a modern design with traditional colours by fabricandflowers
Patchwork cushion - attempting a modern design with traditional colours by fabricandflowers

So the other Sunday after a big roast dinner and with miserable weather outside, the Littlies were more than happy to sit and watch a film. This gave me the perfect opportunity to sit at the dining room table, piece together my binding and sew my cushion together. Ohhhh, it was so lovely: listening to the Littlies giggling at the film (Puss in Boots) whilst sewing and looking out at the garden.

It didn’t take long to do the binding and have it all finished…..Ta Dah!!!

Patchwork cushion - attempting a modern design with traditional colours by fabricandflowers

I need to get a bigger cushion insert to make it a bit more pouffy, but am so happy with how it’s come out. The colours are definitely truer in the pictures below. 

Patchwork cushion - attempting a modern design with traditional colours by fabricandflowers

I fussy cut some of the hexagons, especially as some of them say ‘buttons’, ‘threads’ and ‘spool’ which seemed somewhat appropriate! 

Patchwork cushion - attempting a modern design with traditional colours by fabricandflowers

So there we go. My attempt at a modern patchwork pillow with traditional colours. I’m not sure that it’s necessarily achieved true modernism but I think it has a little bit of a modern spin, what do you think?

And just to let you know, I’m finally all caught up with my sky blanket (if we ignore all those pesky ends!). Yipppeeeeee!!!! I did do a little dance and for the past couple of days I’ve only had to do one row at a time…. unfortunately, they’ve been mostly drab and miserable colours!

Patchwork cushion - modern design with traditional colours by fabricandflowers

See you soon,

S x

Today’s sky ● grey, wet and miserable again

A bit of knitting – the Mara Shawl

Did you all have a good Easter weekend?

We had fun catching up with relatives (more on that tomorrow). I just wanted to pop in and say ‘Hi!’ And also to do a little show and tell on a shawl I finished a little while ago and finally got around to blocking this week.

I got the wool a while back and got a bit scared when it got to the increase row which would mean going up to about 400 stitches! I’m sure that for a lot of you knitters, that’s not too scary but it’s not something I’ve done too often it has to be said. The rows did take a long time, but I am really pleased with how it came out. I even managed to block it successfully which really helped with the drape of the fabric, so this felt like a project of many firsts for me!

The Mara Shawl knitted by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence
The Mara Shawl knitted by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

So, details;

Pattern::: Mara shawl
Needles::: 4mm
Yarn::: Trekking XXL
Modifications::: I knitted the body of the shawl in stocking stitch instead of garter stitch as I was only using the one ball and wanted it to be as big as possible!

I’ve gifted it to my friend who was really pleased with it, which was a bonus. And am now wondering if I should make myself one someday?!

Catch up with you all soon,

S x

Today’s sky ● grey with rain. Meh!

New Year, New Blog!

Ummm. How many of us new blog newbies are there do you think?!

Hi there. I’m Sonia and I hope to write here about life, sewing, knitting, crochet and the general madness of trying to get through each day with three young children!!!

I’ve got lots of crafty plans for 2012: have a play with the Polymer Clay kit I got for Christmas and make buttons/beads, have a go at sewing some clothes (something I’m a little bit terrified of!) and to find some time to work on all the ideas I’ve got buzzing around my head.

And as of today, I’m starting a years’ long project!!! Have any of you heard about the Sky Scarf project? You knit a row a day based on the colour of the sky so that by the end of the year you have a whole scarf…..how cool is that?! Mr f&f obviously thinks I’m a little bit mad but I think it will be a really nice memory of 2012. I was browsing the Ravelry group the other day and some people are adding on beads for rain which I think would look really nice.

Starting a new blog and new crochet project by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

The yarn I’ve picked is a Stylecraft Special DK: ivory for snowy/cloudy days, grey for stormy/cloudy days, mottled blue for cool days, sky blue for the bright spring/autumn days and for a bit of colour red for those really hot summer days. Based on normal British summers I’m guessing I’ll have quite a lot of that ball left at the end of the year!!!

Starting a new blog and new crochet project by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

I’ve decided though that I’m going to crochet a row a day in Attic24’s ripple pattern as I’m hopeful that the soft ripples will add to the idea of the changing weather, and I also think it will be easier to fit in around the littlies.

So, so far in 2012 I’m right on track! I hope your first day of the new year is going well,

See you next time,

Sx

Today’s sky • Grey