No mojo

This year has not started out as I mean to go on. I’ve not blogged at all and that’s partly because I haven’t touched a hook or needle for weeks. I have no reasons, or even excuses; my mojo has just vanished.

The last thing I did finish was my Roses for Grandma blanket. After more than two years of working on it in dribs and drabs, I finally crossed the finish line at some point between Christmas and new year 2020. And here it is:

The pattern is (Rav link) Roses on Lace by Pat Gibbons. The roses and forget-me-nots are mostly Eco Cotton yarn, with some Ricorumi for the leaves. The cream is a little bit of cotton I had leftover in my stash with no label on, but mainly Women’s Institute Soft & Smooth acrylic. And every last bit of it is infused with memories of my Grandma. I never could forget about her, but it’s comforting to have something physical that I can wrap around myself and be warmed by as I remember.

Hannah

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Memories

On Sunday I was in the kitchen sifting icing sugar into a bowl. I took out a teaspoon to push the last few clumps through the sieve, and was hit with a crystal clear memory of my Grandma standing in her kitchen, teaching me to use a spoon so I would stop using my fingers.

Losing someone never hurts any less; it just hurts less often. This particular kick in the heart reminded me why I started my Roses for Grandma blanket, and got me digging through my WIP pile to find it and get going again.

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I have a few more squares to make so that’s going to be my focus this month. I’ve pretty much decided on the layout so once they’re all made up I can get straight to joining them together. It’s a somewhat fancy, lacy crochet join so it might take me a while, but I have decided that this blanket will be finished this year.

Hannah

xXx

Brick by brick

When me and my siblings were younger, Dad used to lay a duvet down on the floor and empty out two crates of Lego onto it. We would sit on that duvet for hours at a time, building and deconstructing and rebuilding over and over again. My favourite was making a house with the bricks in proper bricklaying formation, with one red and yellow window that opened and clicked shut.

So there’s always been a strong connection in my mind; when I see Lego I think of my dad. Of course I had to translate that into crochet. I present for your viewing pleasure one finished Lego blanket.

This project is particularly special to me (aside from the fact that I made it for my dad) because it’s entirely of my own devising. I designed the bricks, I created the layout, I worked out the border. It’s all mine! I mean I’ve designed things before obviously, but nothing on this scale.

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It’s made of 198 individual bricks, joined with the magical mattress stitch. I even included some little half bricks.

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The border is an extension of the brick pattern, to try to make it look like one of those big base pieces I always used to build my Lego houses on.

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As much as possible I used up bits and bobs of acrylic from my stash so it’s difficult to say exactly how many skeins went into making it. They were apparently all chunky yarns, but the thickness varied so widely that I had to double up with some of them.

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One day I’m going to make another one using just one yarn brand, and oh how easy that will be!

Stats:

Size – 90cm x 150cm

Yarn – Paintbox Simply Chunky, Hayfield Bonus Chunky, unknown deep-stash

Material – 100% acrylic

Hook size – 5.5mm and 6mm

Stitches – hdc and bobble stitch

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: Hemp

Hemp is in the spotlight this week, because it reminds me of my Grandma.

You can find the tutorial here, and if you’re interested in the story then read on.

Grandma had a wooden puzzle/pattern thing (I really don’t know the technical term) made of triangles and diamonds in bright primary colours. I spent hours and hours sitting on the floor, shuffling those shapes around to make different patterns.

My favourite was putting all the red diamonds together to make a 6-pointed star, and filling in the space between the points with blue and yellow triangles.

As soon as I saw Hemp, it brought back those memories in full technicolour. Hopefully my cards using Hemp will go to people making new memories of their special days.

What do you think of Hemp? Anyone know the puzzle/pattern things I’m talking about? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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