Sunday, 22 February 2015

Crochet Notes - Summer Garden Picnic Blanket - The End


Here is the finished picnic blanket with fleecy backing attached - but before you see it in full here is the final journey.

15 x 13 round.



So only the two ends this time - 13 each end, meaning that the square becomes a rectangle of 13 by 15. This enables the picnic blanket to fit its fleecy backing blanket.


The border was a very simple affair - two trebles, 1 chain etc, with 3 trebles 3 chain on the corners.




Then it was simply a case of sewing the fleecy backing to the crocheted fabric.



And finally the picnic blanket is finished:)

The fleecy backing makes it feel quite luxurious. 


All I need now is a picnic basket, some lovely salad and bottle of wine:)

Close up

Another close up

Packed ready for the beach or the country park. 

I was worried it would be too big for the bag but it fits perfectly.


Friday, 20 February 2015

Crochet Notes - Summer Garden Picnic Blanket - Round 6

The 13 x 13 round





I just had room to squeeze one more round in before I complete the ends to match the size of the fleecy blanket that I bought from Aldi. One last chance to use up all my odds and ends.

Here is the work in progress:

Trying to ensure it looks like random spacing. 


Adding on a few at a time.


All the squares in position waiting patiently to be added on. 

I went to France yesterday for a day trip and so the long car journey gave me the chance to sew all the ends in and get started on the next 26 squares I need to finish (13 each end).

A close up of the four corners - you can just see the middle square in each one - the black and yellow sunflower.





Monday, 16 February 2015

Crochet Notes - Summer Garden Picnic Blanket - Round 5

The 11 x 11 round


Here it is on the fleecy backing blanket and hopefully still looking random. It is a very addictive and therapeutic project. People often ask me how I find the time to knit and crochet and I suppose the answer is simple - I watch far too much TV. I am very selective in what I watch and I find I can't just sit and watch TV, I need something to do. I guess some people will just sit and have a coffee and browse through a magazine, nine times out of ten when I'm having a coffee, I'm being crafty as well.



This time I just made a heap of inner circles and when I had over the 40 I needed for the round I positioned them, put them in order on a knitting needle and then did the white joining frame.

However I tried to make sure each row had at least two blues, two greens, two pinks, two purples and a red.

Lined up and ready to be attached. 
You can see that I'm nearly on the edge with the narrower sides of the rectangle. 

I have decided to go right round again, rather than finish and do a border, however I will attach a few squares either side and try it out on the blanket. If it does go over the edge then I won't go right round, I'll just concentrate on the two ends and the picnic blanket will be almost finished.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Crochet Notes - Summer Garden Picnic Blanket - Round 4

The 9 x 9 round.



Getting to a useful size now.

This time I built up - red, blue and green first and then added pink and purple. I'm trying to space out the colours so that no pattern emerges.




Here are some close ups.




Saturday, 7 February 2015

Crochet Notes -Summer Garden Picnic Blanket - Round 3

The 7 x 7 round.

Ends all sewn in and growing nicely.



I found a few more odds and ends and spare balls to include, including a fabulous lime green ball of Smoothie left over from Lime Spiral.

Here are the four corners in more detail.





Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Out and About - Gdansk Poland

I was lucky enough to go to Gdansk in Poland for a weekend trip.

From the shipyard to the fabulous architecture - new and old - I loved the trip. So much History and an inspirational trip along the road to democracy with the story of Solidarity.

We stayed the at the Neptun Aparthotel - which was fantastic - brand new and very friendly, with a view over St Mary's Church. Breakfast was provided too and it was a very nice buffet.

There was a sprinkling of snow and a great Baltic breeze. If you get the chance go and have a fab time.

We flew from Stansted on Ryan Air - the flight was less than 2 hours and we got cabs to and from the hotel (less than £20 each way).

Mariacka Street - good for buying Amber. 

Snowy Saturday morning. 




Mistletoe in the trees. 

Monument to the 48 fallen shipyard workers in 1970




Medieval Crane - worth a visit inside. 

Gdansk was destroyed in the Second World War. 

Marching in the 21st Century - I think it was about a need for improved leisure facilities. 


Pretty buildings everywhere. 









New buildings - a new take on an old style - I loved this redevelopment. 



Sunset



St Barnabus Church

Goodbye from Gdansk in winter:)

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