Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Counting Squares

I found myself counting squares. Now, when you have 140 squares to make and have done 12, that is clearly absurd. But to counteract the tendency, I'm tying squares together when I've done 10. I'm not adding to the count at the moment because I'm spinning more wool for the blanket.

Gathering Strawberries

Ninetta cleverly encapsulates the ending threads to create stems. I like her tassel, but it probably won't work for a food cover. I'm thinking of snipping the encapsulated threads and then securing the outside thread onto the fabric.

For the second batch of leaves I made, I used Stephanie's suggestion for starting CTM. I fully wound one shuttle and then wound off enough for one leaf onto the second shuttle for each successive leaf. It worked like a charm. Thanks Stephanie!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Strawberry Flowers

I've reduced the stitch count for the petals of the flower because I think (IMHO in text speak!) the flower is a bit big in proportion to the size of the strawberry leaves. The flower with the dark green centre is made with Ninetta's stitch count, the ones with lighter green centres with mine. I love the zig zag in the middle of the petals, so clever.

Friday, December 2, 2016


I considered winding two shuttles for each leaf separately so I could start each leaf CTM, but that was going to waste thread and probably time too. So I wound the two shuttles full of green thread and after the first leaf, hid the starting threads in rings A and B. I printed out Ninetta's chart, it's clear and easy to follow.

Thursday, December 1, 2016


I thought I'd make my next blanket a squares one. I vaguely visualised a flower motif in different colours to use up the yarn left over from the last blanket, but when I saw this modernised granny square, it called to me. The original pattern by Hiromi is for a bag, but there's no reason the squares can't be joined to make a blanket. I like that the main colour will be natural (undyed) and that I can use the different left overs for the 'background' round. And I like that it's a updated version of a traditional pattern.

Ninetta's Diet

I'm embarking on Ninetta's Mediterranean diet.  I started off using size 20 thread, much bigger than Ninetta used. It may be too much of a good thing. So I worked the elements again with size 40 thread. Interestingly, the pieces are not all that much smaller, but they look more delicate. I don't have the right colours in finer thread, so I think size 40 it will be. It occurs to me that I can combine the elements differently to how Ninetta combined them. Ah, that's good, I like a flexible diet.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


Well, I've finished making a crocheted blanket for my grandson. The yarn is handspun wool. The cream colour is natural, the other colours I dyed using my microwave. The pattern is here. It only took me a few weeks to make, so a blanket can be crocheted pretty quickly if I don't work on other projects simultaneously. But there are many other crafts and things waiting, so although I have another blanket planned, I do think it'll go more slowly!