Ahhh….. the happy feeling of another “ta-dah” and being able to tick one more old wip off the list! Presenting the latest triangle cushion, my “Candy Cushion”; to tell you the truth, I’m quite chuffed with how it turned out ……
I used my own tutorial to make the triangles, and crocheted 7 double ones, 6 single ones and 4 double half ones – if that makes any sense.
Making the double ones saved considerable time and effort in the sewing department (not my favorite when it comes to assembling triangles). I now “just” had so sew the diagonal sides together.
The black border is one round of single crochets (UK dc) and one round of double crochets (UK trebles). I then crocheted pom-poms in all 7 colors I used for the triangles, leaving the black out.
The cushion cover is machine sewed (using this fantastic tutorial, as always; it’s in Dutch, but Google Translate is your friend) and hand stitched the crochet part onto that.
Finally, I listed it in my Etsy-shop, hoping it will find a good home soon ;).
Other than completing the “Candy Cushion”, I managed to crochet some more “Rustic Lace Square”-hearts, a total of 12 is now waiting to get their last rounds and to be joined to the blanket.
Plus …… I’ve picked up the next old wip, my Crochet Mood Blanket that I started back in 2014. This past week I’ve joined 27 rectangular grannies to it, and have only some 80 more to go, haha!
I’m also in the process of translating one of Heike’s (MadewithLoops) most recent – and gorgeous, I can assure you – designs, to be released September 19th (more info here). All very exciting!
To add even more excitement to this week’s summary is the fact that I noticed my “Bétaille Blanket” receiving some more love on Dutch KreaDoe’s homepage, so pleased with that!
And last but most definitely not least, I want to thank you so much for your sweet comments and well wishes for Carter, here, on IG and FB – all so very much appreciated! He’s home since last Saturday, and slowly getting a bit better – meaning in less pain – and able to go short distances using his crutches and iWalk.
Have a fabulous weekend!
And yet another week has flown by ….. a week filled with lots of ER/hospital visits, and not too much crochet, I’m afraid. Luckily the hospital visits led up to Carter having his big reconstructive foot surgery today (as I type this message, actually……).
The external frame will be removed, and all things necessary to make his foot as good as new will be taken care of as well.
Despite the long road ahead of him, we’re confident he’ll eventually be A-OK again.
I was able to work a bit on two old wips, the first one being the triangle cushion cover – the second one the ” Rustic Lace Square”-blanket.
Almost all triangle pieces are done, so assembly is the next (and last) step.
As far as the rustic lace squares are concerned, I’ve finished 3, and have 4 incomplete ones. Spending the next couple of days with Carter in the hospital, I’m assuming I’ll be adding quite a few more ……
Wishing you a fun weekend,
Now this is most certainly one of the happiest “ta-dah”-posts ever ……
A close call too, to make it for this week’s “Follow-up Friday”: just a little over an hour ago I crocheted the very last stitch on this blanket and could start taking pictures (with which I’m pretty much going to bombard this blog post!).
If you’ve followed my “Bétaille Blanket”-journey over the past few weeks, you must have noticed that finishing this blanket was quite the undertaking. During the lengthy – and sometimes tedious – process I fell in and out of love with it several times.
However, as soon as I could start laying out the 600 tiny squares and began joining, the love for this project was there again, wholeheartedly.
Reading Nerissa’s comment last week – “a week of joining, yikes” – I obliviously thought it would take me (way) less than a week, but as it turns out her remark was spot on.
Joining 29 rows of 20 squares was all I did crochet-wise this past week …..
In the end I did not use all 600 squares that I crocheted, simply because the last 20 tiny grannies consisted of mainly three colors and I didn’t like that.
So, “only” 580 it is ….. I played with the thought of a colorful border – maybe by bringing back all 8 colors used in the blanket? – but decided against this once I was done joining. Tried a simple picot edging, but no ….. I think it’s pretty the way it is right now. Sometimes more really is less!
The “Bétaille Blanket”-facts:
* size: 165 x 215 cm, 580 little granny squares
* pattern: Springtime Throw by Nicki Trench (from her “Cute & Easy Crochet”-book)
* weight: 1554 grams
* yarn: Katia Capri, 100% cotton
Now to decide which old wip to tackle next ….. seems smart to pick a not too time consuming one for a change …..
Have a fabulous weekend everyone!
After a busy week, it’s Friday again – time for an update on my old wip’s, well in fact that should say wiP – because the Bétaille Blanket is all I worked on, again ….
However, I’m very happy to report, that I gave the very last tiny square its colorful border yesterday afternoon. Happy, as this can only mean one thing: it’s joining time!! At last!!
I ended up with 8 zip bags, each filled with tiny squares that all had a different colored heart, but the same colored trim. Having made sure I had at least 70+ in each bag, I ended up with a leftover stack of about 100+ squares: a lot of purple and mint hearts, and a couple of the other colors. After I divided the leftovers kind of evenly over the 8 zips, I crocheted the last colorful rounds on those as well.
I kept track of the number of squares per bag throughout the whole process and was so surprised to find I had a total of exactly 600 squares!
Carter pointed out I owed this to Mila-the-wonderdog, who actually ate one of the squares some weeks ago ……
So now I’ve started to lay out the first rows, and my-oh-my: I love-love-love doing this and the pretty pictures it results in!
Also starting to realize this blanket is going to be pretty big – love that too ……
Next step is making kebabs per row (great tip from Susan over at Felted Button), and start crocheting these lovelies together!
Hoping for a big “ta-day” in next week’s “Follow-up Friday”,
enjoy your weekend,
There’s a reason why I’ve waited this long to pick up my “Bétaille Blanket” – aka “Springtime Throw” by Nicky Trench.
Oh, I definitely have no problem in still seeing the beauty of this project, but really….. what was I thinking? Almost 500 tiny squares, three colors per square …… sooooo many ends to sew in??
But hey, it’s an old wip, I’ve put it on the “wips to finish”-list, and so last Sunday I mustered up enough courage to “attack” this long overdue project.
As it turned out, quite some work had already been done.
I think there were some 300 squares sitting in the “Bétaille Blanket”-box, waiting to get their 3rd round, then I found a bag that had about 100 white squares that only needed their ends sewn in and last but not least there was a bag holding circa 125 tiny colored squares patiently waiting for rounds 2 and 3. And, bonus: some were already finished!
Feeling the need to work on this project in a methodical way, I put all the squares with the same colored centers in a plastic bag.
Only to come to the conclusion that I needed more of the blue and dark pink ones, in order to have at least 50 of each color.
For reasons I don’t remember I turned up with way more purple and soft mint ones …… oh well.
All together I now have approximately 550 tiny squares and that should be more than enough to make a decent sized baby/lap blanket.
Yesterday I could start on the last round, a colorful one again – and I’m happy to report the pleasure of crocheting this blanket has returned 100%!
Apart from prepping two “Rustic Lace Squares”, this is the only wip I worked on this past week, and – given the amount of work yet to be done – I’m assuming that will be the case for the week to come as well ….
Wishing you all a relaxed weekend!
It’s been a busy old week, and as far as working on the wip-list it was a good week too!
Carter’s still in Canada with my in-laws – after a last medical check-up late yesterday, we’re finally allowed/able to bring him back home. My husband is flying out tomorrow to pick him up, and if everything goes according to schedule, they’ll both be back in Amsterdam next Wednesday. We cannot wait to have him home again and take-over the – beyond excellent – special care from our in-laws.
So apart from being busy with the things that were going on regarding Carter, I’ve mainly been “Crafting as Therapy”, and not just crocheting and knitting as a mad woman, trying to finish my old wips.
As I told you last week, I had the privilege to moderate the “Craft as Therapy” Instagram account this week and I have thoroughly enjoyed doing this!
Going through the “Craft as Therapy”-gallery (over 8000 posts!) has been nothing short of a tremendous pleasure – there’s an unbelievable amount of gorgeous projects living under this hashtag. The really hard part, of course, was that I was only able to choose a limited amount of projects for my daily posts.
I also enjoyed looking for quotes, and my first quote-post simply had to be this one: so true!
Due to my own “craft as therapy”, I’m able to tell you I’ve finished my blue socks! As you can see at the top of this post, I now have a short stack of self knitted happy socks and I’m pleased as punch! Who would have thought when I blogged about my first pair of knitted socks?
I also made great progress on the black shawl, the body of which is finished now too. I’m happy to move on to the real fun part of this particular wip: the border. I’ve picked my main colors and have made a small start.
In addition to this, I’m half way through a special project that’s a new design collaboration between Wollsinn and Made with Loops to be launched in September – very proud to be part of the tester team. There’s one big disadvantage …… I can’t show you the project involved…… well, maybe just a few teaser photos …..
What I am able to show you, is the gorgeous yarn I’m working with on this project: 100% organic Moya yarn.
You can find out more on this fabulous yarn and its origin here, and where to buy here.
Wishing you a wonderful, craft filled weekend!