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Gelato Fans ‘Pram Snuggle’ Blanket.
100% Cotton, Crochet.

This little blankie really is just perfect to snuggle bubs up in the pram or car seat.
It’s little… light… airy… pretty… pastel… soft… delicate…

Found this gorgeous vintage fan pattern here via the lovely blog ‘Meet me at Mikes’.

I have plans for another blanket with this pattern already! It may look tricky but it’s really a very easy pattern to follow. I just love how such simple crochet stitches can make incredibly effective patterns.

Back to the honey & lemon drinks and hook for me… happy day to you.

Chunky Love

Chunky Love Blankie.
White – 100% wool, Green – 30% Alpaca and 70% wool. Crochet.

I know – another heart blanket! I can’t help it. I love hearts… and could they be any more appropriate on a baby blanket? No, I don’t think so.

I edged this blanket with a couple of rows of granny stitch, followed by a single crochet row in the white… and I felt soft rounded corners seemed to suit the pattern.

The Green yarn was super thick and chunky and I couldn’t find a nice clean white in the same thickness so I crocheted two strands together of a finer white yarn. This then made the white chunkier than the green but the overall effect worked nicely making the green hearts look a little more delicate in this chunky Chunky Love Blanket.

Hope you find some love in your day, chunky or not!

Winter Cheer Lap Blanket

Winter Cheer Lap Blanket
100% wool, crochet.

Looks very cheery don’t you think?

This little beauty has served it purpose well…bringing me cheer whilst I crocheted it sipping honey & lemon drinks and coughing like a madwomen. (don’t worry I will hand wash it, like all my goodies, in some earth friendly eucalyptus wool wash before I sell it!)

It’s a great size, covers ones lap nicely without room for drafty bits and without the bulk of a large throw blanket.

It’s such a lovely rhythmic stitch to work, this sweet granny ripple stitch. And I love the random patterns these colours have created.

I do hope it will one day bring someone Cheer and Warmth in the midst of a wintery moment.

Looking for Winter Cheer?

I am!

I’m fighting a pesky cold at the moment…left work early today and feeling doubtful I’ll make it into the office tomorrow. It’s nothing if not really annoying!

But, always looking for the silver lining, I can still manage a flick of the wrist and a twist of the yarn ’round my crochet hook! And this little lap blanket is just the ticket to cheer me up.

It’s the early stages of creation for my Winter Cheer Blanket. I’m loving the colour combination. It’s cool and wintery but not to drab and depressing. And it’s vibrant and colourful, but the brightness is muted somewhat with the grey.

It’s also a comforting familiar pattern – the granny ripple stitch. Very different to the delicate little number I did previously with this pattern.

My Winter Cheer is also keeping my legs warm so is therefore helping me get better. That’s my logic and I’m sticking to it!

Hope you find some winter (or insert your season here) ………… Cheer in your day.

Blue Belt

Blue Belt
90% cotton, 10% silk, crochet.

I made my first belt!

I found this neat little V stitch pattern here and thought it would make a great belt. Big thanks to Jill for the pattern!

I pinched some silver rings from my hubby’s crafting stash (he uses them for belts then spanish laces them with leather). We did try to spanish lace the yarn but it didn’t really work. So I just crocheted around them. Similar effect and the rings hold the belt in place really well.

And my lovely daughter wore the belt beautifully, and patiently held a teeny posy of flowers from the garden while I tried to get better lighting angles in the garden. Sweet hey?

Hope you are all having a lovely happy Sunday.

Caramel Apple Blossom Scarf

Caramel Apple Blossom Scarf
50% Silk, 50% Wool, Knit & Crochet.

So I was feeling a little hungry when I named this scarf! The yarn colour is officially called linen – which is nice and all but I really felt like it was a yummy creamy caramel colour.

It’s deliciously silky soft and cuddly – just like the last scarf I made with this gorgeous yarn.

As I mentioned in the last post, this scarf is sporting some super cute buttons – all wooden. A couple of apple buttons (which I’m very partial too – see this post for evidence!), a couple of butterfly buttons picked up at the Mansfield Bush Market, and two very special leaf buttons. They are special because my dear daughter gifted them to me, bringing them back from Japan on her recent trip there. I really had to think hard about whether to use them – but the luxurious silky soft yarn is from Japan, so it felt right. Besides, it just didn’t look quite finished without them.

This yarn is so beautiful, even the tags are worth keeping for their sweet little inspirational quotes. Cute. Very Cute.

The unique bit about this scarf is the ‘Apple Blossom’ keeper. I designed it so you can tuck the other end of the scarf through this keeper to make sure it stays together…and in place. For those windy days when you feel like that next big gust will rip the scarf right off and take it whirling through the air. Tis not often this happens but felt like a nice way to add some pretty details to a scarf whilst also adding some practicality. (It’s a weird photo I know, tea canister tucked into the scarf!? What the? but I wanted to show you the keeper/loop bit and couldn’t think of another way.)

So, that’s it for today… off to contemplate the next project – or maybe finish a couple of others still waiting for my return!

I really need to work on that, but finishing stuff is just not as much fun as starting it! Don’t you think?