Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Crochet update

 
 
Hello Peeps!!
 
So you thought I'd given up, didn't you?
Well, you don't know me very well then,
I am a stubborn person so...
 
Went back on that crazy adventure of mine to learn to crochet.
 
 
OoO
 
 
This time, I tried to make a granny square.
I have always loved those!
 
I found a really good tutorial on
Heather's blog called Little Tin Bird
 
All I can say is thank you sweetie for the perfect explanations,
I have finally made my first square :)
 
 
 
 
Ok, it's not perfect but I've made it!
So then I tried another one, of course.
 
 
 
 
That was it, I was on a roll!
 
 
OoO
 
 
Went back on the beautiful baby stripe blanket tutorial
from Rachel at Maybe Matilda
 
I was so impressed with my start that I've decided I was feeling confident enough
to give it a go with the real stuff
 
 
 
 
So off I went for a quick trip to Hobby Craft
to purchase a posh hook & 100% cotton DMC Natura wool
 
This is my start.
 
 
 
 
To all the expert crochet ladies, please do give me your opinion
Good or bad, I won't be offended!
I need all the advice I can get
(how to get rid of all these tails of wool)
 
 
OoO
 
 
Apologies, cross stitching is on hold for now.
I have found a new hobby
 
Toodles,
Mii
 
 


69 comments:

  1. Ah Mii,quelle joie,c'est parfait,parfait pas de soucis!
    Parole d'experte en crochet!
    C'est superbe,grandiose!je suis contente pour toi!
    N'est ce pas que c'est agréable,tu m'en redonne envie!
    Et des couleurs superbement assortie.
    Alors,il n'y a plus qu'a préparer une corbeille pour le crochet et la laine!
    Bises a toi

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    1. Lo! Merci!
      Je suis plutot fière de mon travail jusqu'a present!
      Je pense que la finition va être "intéressante" :P

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  2. You are doing great! Good job on the squares and the blankets look perfect. It's all about practice and perseverance. This will be second nature to you before long.

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    1. Thank you Annie.
      Stupidly happy with my progress, let's hope I don't mess it up now :)

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  3. Well done you clever thing I knew you could do it!!!! :D Heather has great tutorials, also have you checked out the tutorials on Attic 24? Those are what set me off on this blanket obsession of mine ;-) Your work looks great, no one would guess this was your first granny stripe & I love the soft colors you have picked :) A couple of little tips which might help you - I would count your stitches every so often as it is easy to miss a stitch off the end here & there on a granny stripe & you want to end up with a rectangle not a wedge shape lol. Also when counting along a great long blanket row I mark every 20th stitch with a stitch marker or piece of waste yarn because it is a pain to get to 147 & lose count!! ;-) Sewing in the ends is the worst bit of making colorful blankets & there are a few different ways of doing it. There is a decent video tutorial here http://www.redheart.com/learn/videos/weaving-ends-crochet and a bunch of different ways here http://crochet.about.com/od/finishing-techniques/tp/weaving-in-ends.htm. If you really can't face sewing the ends in there is always this option http://littlewoollie.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/cal-update-11-edge.html. This last way is now my all time favorite (I used it on my mixed stripe blanket last year & it has safely gone through the washer about 4 times now) but it might be a little bulky for a baby blanket? Most of all have fun with your new hobby, I can't wait to see the finished result! :D
    Helen x

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    1. Thanks so much Helen for the advice!!
      I will go home tonight & count my stitches... I hope I haven't added any!!! OMG, what if I have? Especially the end bit is a bit confusing with the finish with 2 or 1...
      My sister will have to forgive me, it's my first go after all :D

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  4. It looks amazing to me! I'm so impressed. Great job sticking to it and figuring it out! :D

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  5. Well done you! - but be warned, it is VERY addictive, lol
    I learned to crochet a year or so ago and am so glad i did, trouble is there are
    so many wonderful things out there to make i need more hours in my day now :-)

    have fun

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    1. Thank you Maggie!!
      I already feel like this with all my cross stitching & now I'm adding crochet to the mix :D
      Will have to grow extra pair of hands!!

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  6. Great job! It looks perfect to me and I love the beautiful colours you chose. Your niece is going to love it.

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    1. Thank you Justine!
      Looks like Raspberry & Chocolate, yum :)

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  7. I know nothing about crocheting, but these all look wonderful to me :)

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    1. Thank you Carol, you're so kind :)

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  8. Woo hoo! You did it! You rock! Love, love, love your color choices. :D

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    1. I thought you might say this!!
      When I chose the wool in the shop, it reminded me of a cross stitch project you were working on :)

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  9. Very well done. Your stitches are all so even :)

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  10. Hi ! Du crochet:! Je suis super contente que tu tentes cette aventure. Maintenant ils font plein de trucs sympa et pas compliqué avec de superbes couleurs !bonne n=continuation. j'ai hate de voir ce que tu vas en faire, bisous

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    1. Merci Céline!
      Je commence simple avec une petite couverture... après on verra :)

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  11. Well done it is addictive. I learnt from a tutorial at Attic 24.
    Love the colours you have chosen to use.

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    1. Thank you Julie
      I will check Attic 24!

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  12. Your starts looks good.
    Wonderful colours.
    Greetings, Manuela

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  13. Looks great to me so far! I don't crochet or knit but I lie your color choices. Especially the pink and grey!

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    1. Thanks Heather!!
      Colours are Ombre & Amaranto.. or chocolate & raspberry :)

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  14. Congratulations, you made a great start!
    But be careful, crocheting is very, very, very addictive!
    I'm looking forward to see your progress.

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    1. Thank you Tania!!
      You make wonderful work so a compliment from you is truly appreciated :)

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  15. Well done Mii your hooked ha.

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  16. Ingrid, I think it's very good!
    Congratulations !!!
    Greetings!

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  17. So glad you went back to the crocheting (I knew you could do it!)....but beware, it's addictive!!!! :)

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    1. Thanks!!
      Everyone is telling me this :D
      I still miss my cross stitch needle!

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  18. I think you are doing a great job Ingrid. All it takes is practice.

    Linda

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  19. Perfect start!! I try to weave ends as I go so I'm not left with such a daunting task. You could play with carrying your yarn up the side especially if you will be adding a border.

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  20. You are doing great Ingrid. Well done!
    Enjoy hooking, LOL

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  21. Yes! You made it! Have much fun while crocheting!

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  22. Yay!! :) you have done a wonderful job on crocheting and your blanket is already looking gorgeous !!:) I love your color choices too.
    I think one of the comment from a blogger already pointed some links for weaving-in the threads . I usually do weave-as-you-go so that it doesn't turn a big job in the end. For blanket, some people just tie the adjacent threads and create tassels but I am not sure whether that is good for baby blanket.
    Another thing is about blocking the crochet motifs, there are various techniques. It gives a proper shape to the piece, especially align the corners. I haven't made a blanket so not sure how they do for it.

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    1. Thanks for the tip Preeti.
      I will look at tutorials about the weaving-in the threads & give it a go at the weekend :)

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  23. Un grand bravo !!!
    Bonne journée,

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  24. uh che belli, io non so lavorare all'uncinetto

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  25. Your crocheting looks wonderful Ingrid! I admire your perseverance! I also recently decided to try crocheting instead of just picking up the knitting needles like usual... it does take a bit to get the hang of! There are some great video tutorials on you tube. They are handy because you get to see exactly what you need to do and can bypass reading a pattern if you want (almost cheating I know). Some videos also have links to the written patterns (or show have the written pattern on the screen in conjunction with the stitch) which really helps if you wanted to learn to connect the written pattern up with a visual :)

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    1. Yes you are right Megan, the video give you a better idea of what to do :)
      I keep playing, pausing & trying :D

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  26. YAY, see you can do anything with practice right! :D I loooooove the blue starts. :DDD

    My little tidbit if others haven't already said it... pay attention to where the pattern originated! When I was first starting out I did not know US terms were different from UK terms (and the rest of Europe? I do not know for sure yet.) If I switch colors, I usually stitch over the little tails unless I am very unsure about the pattern. I'm still learning too! Ravelry has a bunch of tempting patterns. :D

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    1. Oh yes, I've noticed there is a difference between UK & USA.. rolling eyes!
      Everything to make my life more difficult :D
      I have now started to carry on with my thread when I change colour instead of leaving tails. I think it's a bit too lose but it should hide ok when I come to crochet the border... ooh, that will be fun too!

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  27. HELLUP some one is addicted!!!!
    You made so many pieces!! you go girl.. they look so beautifull!!

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    1. Lol!! Thanks sweetie!!
      I am so determined in making this little blanket... It will be done :D

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  28. Practice makes perfect, look at you now! Oh my, pretty additions to your wonderful works, keep it up!

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    1. Thank you, you are so so kind :)

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  29. So great that you stayed with it. And what you started with looks so good. Congratulations!

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    1. Thank you Brigitte :)
      I can't wait to finish it so that I can go back on my cross stitch!
      But, I thoroughly enjoying this new hobby.

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  30. BRAVA!!!!
    but not chain between double crochet.
    Only 2 chain between double crochet in the corner ;)
    I'm very happy to learn the crochet!!!!!!
    A big big big kiss
    Sonia

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    1. Yes, I know, 2 chains in corner for granny squares :)
      I am now focussing on the blanket and it's coming along really nicely!!

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    2. Yes!!! It's very nice! A good good work!
      Sonia

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  31. Thank you for the lovely comments you have left over at my new blog. Xxx I know I have left it to the "witching hour !!'" But I can't resist, please can I join in the Halloween fun. Bye for now Maria

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    1. Hi Maria, thank you for deciding to join the Halloween Mail Art.
      I will email you shortly :)

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  32. Yay! I am so glad you kept going with it ^_^ Your makes look perfect. XOX

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    1. Thanks Steph! Coming from you, the Crochet Queen, this is truly a compliment :)

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