I am so happy to report that after years (!) of work on it, Clark’s quilt is finally finished! Well, to be fair it has been finished since July but I never seemed to find the time to post about it. I’ve really loved working on it, it was very slow as I’ve hand stitched pretty much the whole thing (except for the back of the binding). The best thing about this quilt is all the memories it holds. It has travelled all the way down from brisbane with us when we moved to Melbourne. It also has some fabrics in it that have come from Belfast when I went there for a conference, some fabrics that were gifted to me, and the back fleece that my mum bought when I was pregnant with Clark.
The best part is that Clark actually loves it, he has been carrying it around the house on some occasions and really likes cuddling up under it.
I have a new quilt idea already, this new one will also be very special but I’ll make a separate post to share my planning and progress with you 😊
I hope you’ve enjoyed the journey that this quilt has been on, and I’m so happy to be back blogging!
I have exciting news, my thesis is due on Sunday but I have started the submission process today so I am officially done writing my thesis! It is really a great feeling and I’m so glad it’s done.
But of course you’re here for the crafty bits and I also have something quite exciting to share. Slowly but surely I am tackling the end of the LOTR blanket this year, and I have finished another square, Aragorn!
This means I only have 2 more squares to go before I can join my blanket. After over 2 years in the making I’m almost going to be as happy to finish it than I am to finish my thesis!
I have had issues staying motivated for such a long project, which is a shame because I love graphs and I would love to make more in the future. Do you have a secret to stay motivated on huge projects?
I hope you’ve had a great weekend, it has been productive here! I have told you before about the Lottie and Albert vlog that I watch on Youtube. I’ve had my eyes for a while on her chunky rainbow blanket and I took advantage of a sale at one of our craft store to buy heaps of acrylic yarn for $2 each! Lindsey recommends 6 balls of yarn and I also got myself a 20mm crochet hook before happily starting my blanket!
I loved working on it, it was just super fast! This is a baby size blanket, but you could easily adjust it to make it bigger by starting with a longer chain. I’ve decided to make tassels instead of pompoms too, I love how they turned out.
How cute is it? This is definitely a good size for a baby blanket, but it may be a bit small otherwise, except maybe for a lap blanket (that’s what I’m using it for, as we don’t have a baby 😅)
As promised, here is a picture of the ornament I’ve made for my nana too, I think it turned out great! I had lots of fun making it, so it was a complete win in my books 😊
I hope you all have a great week and that your Christmas preparations are going smoothly too!
I have finished it, my ripple blanket is all done! And it was delivered yesterday night too and my friend loved it 🙂
The fish appliqué I used was the Angel fish from this website and the starfish was from here. The shark and the turtle were freehanded. I did also manage to attach them all without the yarn showing through to the other side, which I was quite proud of.
And here it is! It is actually quite big, probably around 1.2m x 1.5m.
I hope you guys have a great weekend, I know I will as it’s our first wedding anniversary on Sunday and we have planned to go out 🙂
Just a quick post today, I’ve only been working on my ripple blanket lately so not much else to show. I’ve finished 3 skeins and I have 5 more to go and finish before next Monday! This will be a challenge but I think it’s feasible! I was afraid it wouldn’t be big enough but now I think it will be the perfect size.
I’m loving the colour changes and it’s nice and warm as I work on it.
I’ve also been desperately looking for a shark appliqué that I like but couldn’t find anything so I will have to wing it. Maybe I’ll write a free pattern for it too 🙂 I’m very excited with how this is coming along and I can’t wait to get started on a few nice sea creatures.
My best friend’s birthday is coming up in a few weeks and I really wanted to make him something special. He was a bit depressed because we are leaving the “youth” age group, so I knew I had to make something happy and bright.
I’ve settled on a marine themed blanket, so I’m using the ripple stitch to imitate waves and I will have 4 different shades of blue, with smaller amounts for the lighter blue and a lot of the darker blue to imitate the different depth of the sea. I’ve already finished one of my skeins of yarn, the lightest blue, and just started on the second one. I think that I might need to go buy some more at that rate but I’ll see once I’ve finished this second colour.
My idea is then to apply appliqué fish, shells and other marine creatures to make an underwater scene. It’s been working up quite fast (I’ve started on Monday) so hopefully I can get the base blanket done, block it (it will need it!), and still get some time to play around with appliqués!
This is what I’ve freehanded so far, I’ve made the shell in crocodile stitch to give some texture.
Do you guys have a favourite marine themed appliqué that you think I should really include? And do you have any suggestion on the best way to attach them to the blanket once it’s finished?
Today was Good Friday, which meant no work and more crochet time! I’ve finished the PDF pattern for Arno the Escargot, and you can find it in my Ravelry shop. I’ve also started a few new projects, which I’ll talk about next week.
But what I was most happy about is that I’ve finished another LOTR square!
I was really happy to finish this one, I got super frustrated when I started as I knew I wouldn’t have enough yarn for the background, so I went back to spotlight to try to get the same colour and I could not find it at all. So I got another purple and decided to split the background in half. I didn’t know if I would like it but I think it ended up looking quite good! Only 5 more squares to go!
Yes, you read the title right! I’ve taken back my mandala madness! I am starting step 4 (I have done 2 row in red already) and I’m hoping to grow it more in the next few months.
I’m using scraps for this, so the colours are a bit random but I really like it so far. I have lots of blues and greys left over so it will likely grow in those colours in the next few rounds 🙂 I’m really looking forward to blocking this at the end, as I think it will really bring all the details out.
See you all on Friday for the giveaway winner announcement!
I hope you had a great time last week, the break was very welcome for me. We did heaps of stuff with my brother and his friend and I’ll post some pictures on Wednesday. I also (surprisingly considering how busy we were) managed to get some crafting done!
I have finally finished the centre square for the Lord of the Rings graphghan! yay! I’ve made the maths, there are 3,600 bobbles in here, crazy!
Hopefully, the rest of the squares will go fast compared to this. I’ve already started Sauron and I really hope to have him done next week.