Sunday, 9 October 2011

Year of projects (wk8)

Well, I picked some of you good people's brains this week and decided to put hook to yarn and  get on with it.  Thank you for all the useful suggestions, the most helpful suggestion was that I need to change the habit of a lifetime and ..........plan...........

As part of my YOP list I want to do a flower scarf.

I love the beautiful Japanese scarves I have seen on so many other blogs.  The bit I don't get is that the book that a lot of other crocheters have used is obviously in Japanese, and not being able to read charts that well, I wasn't confident I would get anywhere.

Anyhoo........I bought a book about motifs and was very inspired, but still unsure about working all the shapes together.  I asked about tessellating, but actually it probably isn't the word I was looking for.  If I choose a geometric shape they will fit together and I could join-as-I-go, but with flowers, I guess I had in mind that I could pick a few different designs and join each one by slip-stitching into previous flowers as I go. 
I tried this design first that I found in Rowan's Vintage Knits book from the local library.  This would overcome the joining problem, but it wasn't exactly what I envisaged.

So I used my new crochet book and tried out three different flower motifs.

I want to be able to randomly put them together to make a scarf or shawl, but as of yet, I haven't figured out how.  If I join as I go, I will have to select the design and colours carefully  and I feel that it won't fit into my haphazard style of doing things!

I have also been working on my one-a-day sunnyspread throw and my Attic 24 inspired granny stripe.  The stripe is very comforting to do now, as it is keeping me warm while I work on it. 

I have done 4 repeats, that is 68 colours or 136 rows.  I chained 240 to begin, so it is wide enough hopefully to go on a bed, and I have read somewhere, that with that width I should get 7 repeats out of each ball, so I am over half way! 

I think I will buy another Lucy pack so I have the option to add a bit more, as I'm not sure if the border is included in the one pack with 7 repeats.  I also have two friends expecting babies in the next few months so would like to make a couple of cot blankets, maybe a ripple?  Maybe a round ripple as I have seen some beautiful examples recently.

I love, love, love this project!

Anyway, I am whizzing off to watch Johnny English with the boys while probably doing a little more striping. 

Looking forward to seeing all your great progress with a cup of tea when all the littlest members of this family are tucked up in bed.

Hope you all have a very successful week!


  1. Your flower motifs are gorgeous! It's going to be a stunning scarf!

  2. Love the flower motifs. Can't wait to see it when you have it all together.

    The blanket is stunning. Love the colors in it.

  3. I love the flower shawl idea. I think it may curl a bit too much for a scarf, but heck, I could be wrong! *laughs* Whatever you make of them, the motifs are gorgeous

  4. Just seeing your flowers brightened my day. They're lovely and I can only imagine how your scarf will turn out. Happy hooking!

  5. Your projects are all so inspiring! Hope you find a good way to join all your lovely motifs. They look perfect all snugged together in that picture. Happy day to you!

  6. I can't visualise how your scarf will turn out so will be keeping an eye on your blog for the result.... The motifs are lovely. Your choice of dark, medium and light colours remind me of the patchwork i am learning to do in my patchworks classes at the moment. Until now i would never had thought to colour co-ordinate like that. Keep an eye out for my blog to see what i mean. Thanks for your kind comments......xx

  7. can I pop over for some crochet lessons? xxx thanks for my gorgeous piece of Welsh bunting!

  8. Love the crocheted flowers; they're so lovely! Good for you on trying crochet :O). It can be very addictive.

  9. I think the scarf will look fab with the different flowers mixed like that, can't wait to see how it turns out!

  10. Your shawl/scarf will be beautiful. I love what you have so far and the colours are perfect.
    I can highly recommend the round ripple, it's really good fun. Mine has stalled for the moment because of shoulder trouble but i'm itching to get back to it!

  11. Your scarf will be lovely. Have you considered making the last row of each in the same color, which would allow you to join all of them in a "join as you go" method at the very end? It will have a kind of "stained glass" look to it.

  12. Your flowers look lovely, no ideas on the joining I'm afraid as I haven't done crochet in ages. The blanket is looking great too. All these lovely blanket projects are making me want one of the stripe packs and a new crochet hook!

  13. I love the look of your flowers and can't wait to see how you go about joining them all...I think your style rocks so don't go changing it too much lol.
    Love the look of the granny stipe blanket, it looks so cosy and I can't wait to see what you come up with for the baby blankets.

  14. Hi Faith, I was so surprised to see your comment on my blog. I had only just posted about your bunting and then your comment arrived. It's such a fun swap I think. I have loved receiving my bunting in the mail and they have all been so different too.

    Thank you so much!

  15. Oh my! So much yummy yarny goodness in one post! I love the flowers and the blanket makes me want to curl up and snuggle. Wonderful stuff.

  16. Your flower motifs are so pretty... They will make a beautiful scarf!!
    Your granny stripe is coming along nicely too... and what a cutie your little one is - such a cheeky little grin!!!

    Happy hooking :)

    Louise xx


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