Summer Crochet

As a contrast to my last post which was all about neutrals, here’s one to make your eyes bleed.

Do you remember this box of 50 gorgeous little 10g balls of yarn – a mix of Scheepjes Stone Washed and River Washed in all the colours of the range?  They looked so pretty in their box that I wanted to hang it on the wall like a picture.

Still, I managed to get a grip, opened the box and, mixing the little 10g balls with three full sized ones in the colour Moonstone, made a cheerful little blanket designed by Emma Varnam.

The finished measurement is just 90 x 100 cm which is fine for a lap blanket, a baby blanket or something to throw artfully over the arm of a sofa or across the back of a chair.

Mine is a bit smaller as I missed out one of the widthwise repeats and, once I realised, couldn’t bear to undo what I’d already done for the sake of an extra few centimetres but, no matter, I like it muchly.

So much so, in fact, I’ve started another in some more mini 10g balls of yarn I have found locally.  The Scheepjes yarn is a cotton acrylic mix and is lovely and soft to the touch and a dream to work with.  The new stuff I’ve bought is all cotton and so doesn’t feel as soft.  The texture and drape is different and I made up my own mix of colours but, actually, it’s very light (so far) and therefore a comfortable project to work on in these hot evenings.  Also, the yarn was about a third of the price of the Scheepjes so I can put up with it being a little less pleasant to work with.  A quick pattern that can easily be done in front of your favourite Netflix binge.

I bought the original yarn and pattern as a kit from Black Sheep Wools in the U.K.

Then I must master Loop Stitch and complete the Westie dog I’m supposed to be making for my sister’s birthday in August.  I only need the stitch for the head piece – I’ve already got the body, legs and ears made so I should stop procrastinating and get on with it or her birthday will have been and gone.

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Yes, I finished this one but that’s an English Bull Terrier and she’s got a Westie so that’s no good.

I know some of you are still managing to brandish hook or needles in the Summer heat but have some of you put them away until it cools down a bit? I used to give up yarn related activity in the Summer but now I’ve discovered crochet I find it more doable than knitting in the hot weather.  Can you tell?

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  1. #1 by nikkibnb on July 10, 2018 - 10:03

    Love that blanket!! The colours blend wonderfully.
    And that dog is very cute as well.

    • #2 by tialys on July 10, 2018 - 12:19

      They do blend surprisingly well don’t they – I was quite surprised.

  2. #3 by craftycreeky on July 10, 2018 - 10:15

    Love the blanket, the colours and the pattern are gorgeous and perfect for the pattern.

    • #4 by tialys on July 10, 2018 - 12:21

      I’m thinking people might be getting these as gifts this Christmas – just the right size to post to my sisters in Wales and Spain – and quick to do.

  3. #5 by nanacathy2 on July 10, 2018 - 10:50

    Your blanket is really nice, super colours. Currently in the heat I am mostly thinking ( usually horizontally on a sofa with my eyes closed!)

    • #6 by tialys on July 10, 2018 - 12:20

      Thinking mostly good thoughts I hope!

  4. #7 by tinaor on July 10, 2018 - 11:50

    Love the blanket – and how fab to have the beautiful selection of balls to choose from – like you, I may have been tempted to keep it and hang it as ‘art’, never opening it !

    • #8 by tialys on July 10, 2018 - 12:19

      I almost feel like buying another one. Maybe I should just frame one of the photographs I took of it 🙂

  5. #9 by katechiconi on July 10, 2018 - 12:28

    That little blanket is *gorgeous*! The colours are so soft and lovely and you’ve achieved really lovely gradients. I’m consumed with envy… almost enough to make me want to pick up crochet. Almost.

    • #10 by tialys on July 10, 2018 - 12:32

      One day I’ll get you!

      • #11 by katechiconi on July 10, 2018 - 12:34

        Look, I can do the plain stuff, up and down a row, and I’m quite quick at it. Where I fall down is stitches, and above all, following patterns. The day you visit Australia to teach me is the day I take up crochet 😉

      • #12 by tialys on July 10, 2018 - 12:58

        If I ever get over my current dislike of flying, it’s a deal.
        However, in the meantime, once you’ve done the chain and foundation row, the rest of the blanket is the third row, over and over again, just in a different colour.

      • #13 by katechiconi on July 10, 2018 - 13:22

        There was a blank bit of “blah blah blah” in the middle there, between “chain” and “over and over…” Never mind. In the unlikely event that I suddenly discover an extra day in the week, I’ll devote it to learning how to Crochet Like a Grown Up.

      • #14 by tialys on July 10, 2018 - 18:29

        That’s how I feel when somebody talks about embroidery or weaving or – well, there’s quite a list . We can’t all be doing everything can we.

      • #15 by katechiconi on July 10, 2018 - 18:52

        No indeed. How dull it would be if we all had the same tastes and skills… A little hooky mystique is no bad thing 🙂

  6. #16 by Lynda on July 10, 2018 - 14:10

    Lynn, I see your lovely work and think – GENUS! And it’s all so lovely. I look at the little bulldog and think, that pattern could easily be modified to look just like our little dog Noodle. Except that when it comes to crochet I am with Kate as regards skill and following a pattern. That, I am afraid is best left to the professionals.

    • #17 by tialys on July 10, 2018 - 18:27

      Ooh yes, just found a photo of Noodle on your blog and I see what you mean.

  7. #18 by kathyreeves on July 10, 2018 - 20:32

    Lovely blanket and such a cute little dog, I’d love to see how one crochets a Westie. I am still knitting this summer, with wool even, but they are very small.😊

    • #19 by tialys on July 11, 2018 - 08:01

      To be honest, the body and legs are much the same but the Westie will have differently shaped ears and, the thing that’s making me procrastinate, a bit of shagginess on his face made with loop stitch which I’m finding hard to understand from the instructions. I need to sit in front of a YouTube video to learn how to do it but haven’t got round to it yet.

  8. #20 by Catherine on July 11, 2018 - 01:36

    I do love that little dog! Good luck finishing in time for the birthday! Your blankets are brilliant, so bright and happy!

    • #21 by tialys on July 11, 2018 - 07:59

      He’s cute isn’t he – I had quite a job with that black patch against the white though.

  9. #22 by KerryCan on July 11, 2018 - 12:05

    As much as I loved the balls of yarn, lined up in the box, I like the blanket even better! I love that the colors aren’t all clear and bright but have some depth and subtlety.

    • #23 by tialys on July 11, 2018 - 12:13

      I was a bit ‘scared’ of those brights at first but you’re right about the colours – the yarn is called ‘river washed’ and ‘stone washed’ which might explain it and they have names like ‘Mississippi’, ‘Danube’, ‘Peridot’, ‘Black Jasper’ etc.,

  10. #24 by jendavismiller on July 11, 2018 - 15:03

    Those colors are spectacular! I’ve often wondered about knitting vs crochet, etc. How does one draw the line? But it might be fun to give it a whirl one day, if it resulted in a lovely blanket like yours. Hmmm your knitted pups are so cute. I adore the Bull Terrier…wonder if there is a pattern for a Goldendoodle? 😉

    • #25 by tialys on July 12, 2018 - 08:31

      I’ve knitted for years, since my Mum taught me when I was little. I had a stab at crochet a about 8 years ago and got really into it for a few months then let it lapse until last year when I decided to go for it again and, this time, I’m hooked as they say. I had a couple of start up lessons with a local lady, then watched lots of Youtube videos because they didn’t mind repeating themselves as much as she did 😉 I don’t think crochet will ever beat knitting for clothing but, as it grows quicker, is easier to undo if you make a mistake and is more portable due to just a small hook, it’s brilliant for things like blankets and smaller home projects. The pups are actually crocheted too by the way.

      • #26 by jendavismiller on July 14, 2018 - 22:55

        Oh goodness, this is quite the sales job. My wheels are turning, and perhaps if can find just the right yarn, I’ll drag out mama’s old knitting bag this fall. 😀

  11. #27 by Kim on July 11, 2018 - 21:04

    I love your blanket – and i wouldn’t have gone back for a few extra centimetres either.
    The dog is just fabulous! And probably the perfect dog as it won’t dig the garden, bite the postman, or leave hair all over the house 😉

    • #28 by tialys on July 12, 2018 - 08:32

      Exactly – I’ve got three of those already so I don’t want another one.

  12. #29 by claire93 on July 12, 2018 - 14:54

    that’s a gorgeous blanket, and I love your Bull Terrier – no mistaking what breed he is!

    • #30 by tialys on July 13, 2018 - 08:37

      Thanks Claire. Have you done a patch in such a contrasting colour in your amigurumi endeavours? I keep worrying the join isn’t great although I followed the instructions to the letter. I think maybe joining black and white is always going to have some ‘show through’ unless you know different!

  13. #31 by Jamie@hookthisweavethat on July 13, 2018 - 00:35

    The blanket looks great, and a lovely mix of colours

    • #32 by tialys on July 13, 2018 - 08:33

      Thank you – I was a little worried about all those brights and was surprised how much I liked the result.

  14. #33 by thecraftersapprentice on July 15, 2018 - 12:46

    What a beautiful blanket!

  15. #35 by Susan on July 28, 2018 - 17:43

    What a gorgeous rainbow of beauty!

    • #36 by tialys on July 30, 2018 - 10:58

      Thank you! I’ve just finished another one – these might just keep coming.

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