Friday, 16 January 2015

Hi...and a blanket

Thanks for your warm welcome back to blogland, I really appreciate all the comments and new visitors to my page, all thanks to the generous Vanessa over at Coco Rose Diaries, undoubtedly one of my favourite blogs. One of things I'm really enjoying this week is having my comment form back! I couldn't manage my comments with the Etsy template- so do bear that in mind if you're thinking of buying a pre-made template. I've been spending a lot of time on Pinterest lately, really gathering inspiration for the year ahead, and also connecting with hundreds of you over on Instagram. One thing I have been rather lazy about during my break from blogging has been properly visiting favourite blogs, however. It's so nice to connect with people like this! And I'm so grateful that you visit me and comment here, too. I've been using Bloglovin' lately, a great app version on my phone, in fact. It's good for reading blogs and discovering new ones, but you can only 'like' rather than comment. Do many of you use Bloglovin'? I really must gather all my blogs on there and add them to my sidebar list here. Also, I am loving my mustard background. I just love mustard, LOVE IT.

So anyway. Yesterday I gave this FINISHED OBJECT (yes! I know!) away to some friends who just had a baby...





Hi, baby Elliott. Welcome to the world. 

His mama and papa asked me to make this ages ago, inspired by a picture my friend had seen on Pinterest (where else?), so I duly ordered the yarn then completely avoided making it for about two months. Mainly due to deadlines, but also black yarn avoidance. 

Working with black yarn is a lot easier if it's chunky (like this), and in daylight. If you're thinking of embarking on a black project, make sure you're choosing a yarn that doesn't split easily, and perhaps invest in a hook that lights up! 

I kind of made the Hi baby blanket pattern up as I went along. 

BUT. I used chunky yarn and a 6mm hook. 
6 x 100g balls of black
2 x 100g balls of white
Foundation chain was worked until about 105cm long. Work in htr for about 16 rows. 
Then on row 17, 20htr in black, then change to white for 15 sts, change to black for 11sts, then back to white until you get to the last 20 sts, which are worked in black again. Turn. 
Row 18 is worked in reverse, then repeat the rows until you've worked 15 rows in total for your 'i'. Then switch back to black for 15 rows, then construct your 'h'. You basically work as for the i, matching the crown of the h with the long stroke of the i. it's all worked by eye really! the top of the h matches the top of the dot of the i, so it's nice and neat, and the posts of the h are the same width as the i. Then 16 more rows of black! It was 88cm in width for the edge- just 2 rows of simple dc around the edge to finish it off nicely. 

It's cot-size, as you can see here, modelled in George's cot bed, so in the end worked out about 90 x 107cm- an ideal lap blanket! Relatively quick and simple, too. 

See you soon hooky amigos
xxx

18 comments:

  1. I think this is brilliant.....I'm enjoying being back in blogland too :) xxx

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    1. Thanks Amanda, it's great to have you back :)

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  2. Aha, so that's why I couldn't leave a comment, I thought it was my Ipad's fault... ;-)
    Anyway, a while back I wanted to thank you for the slipper pattern I used!
    So thanks! They were fun to make and are still great to wear...
    Love from Mirjam.

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    1. Oh yay glad you like them! And so glad we can chat again with the comments :)

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  3. I will pass on hooking with black for now but it looks fab Kath x

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    1. Thanks Ginny, I'll definitely think twice before I do it again ;)

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  4. An oh-so stylish baby blanket. I think I too would have been putting off working with black wool... though I have a Toothless to crochet with a deadline of next weekend. No more delaying!

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    1. Wow a toothless! Not sure I have it in me to crochet a dragon ;) my sister did knit my eldest a triceratops though.

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  5. That is such a cool baby blanket - I love it ! Haven't tried crocheting with black yet , but I can't say that I haven't be warned now !!
    Have a lovely weekend Kath,
    Kate x

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    1. Thanks Kate! It does look really effective I must say. Have a great weekend x

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  6. Lovely blanket, really striking, I know they will love it. I use Bloglovin to follow blogs, and now I'm used to it I really like it. CJ xx

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    1. Thanks CJ! Yes blog lovin is great for catching up and reading lots of blogs in one place isn't it? X

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  7. This looks fab. What a great baby blanket. I think the cream and neon pink in the knitted one that we loved looks more doable to me! Colour wise I mean, not knitting wise!! Love that you're blogging again. I may even dust my blog off if I can think where to start as it's been over a year!! X

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    1. Yes I love the neon pink and cream! That would good in DK for a pram blanket I reckon! Next time I'll do that I think...

      And yes definitely start blogging again! The world needs your colour xxx

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  8. What a lovely blanket! I have a pregnant friend who might be getting one of these now :)

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  9. Such a sweet blanket! And I'm loving your new blog design. Oh my gosh, Bloglovin is the only way I can keep up with blogs. I persevere and tap through to 'view original post' to leave comments x

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  10. What a fabulous and very stylish baby blanket, I LOVE it!
    Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog, what a gorgeous lady Vanessa is ..... now I have found your wonderful blog!
    Happy new week
    love Jooles x x x

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  11. Mmmmmm loving it as usual cos I love your sense of style...soul sister!!
    (also loving the new blog look too) Mustard always reminds me of you these days...the colour of course...bestest d x

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