I have totally fallen head over heels for ….


What a beautiful, colourful book of gorgeousness from Sarah London. And it was ready and waiting for me under the tree this Christmas.

Granny Square Love

I love making granny squares, but there are only so many blankets you can make and places you can keep hiding them before the other half gets suspicious and starts strongly hinting that maybe you ought to see if you can get some help. This book is most definitly the answer to your addiction. Gone are the days where granny square just means lap blanket (or in my case, rather enormous bed throw), say hello to cushions and embellishments and teacosies and OH! so much more.

There are lovely pictures all the way through and stunning use of colour that really has me itching to get to my local yarn shop and part with some cash. Must …¬†Remain … Focused …

I really like the colour commentary she has running through the book, explaining the colour combos that she has used along with some advice for alternative colourings.

If you have never crocheted before there are instructions at the beginning, all with pictures, for your basic stitches and a tutorial on how to make a granny square. This is no excuse not to get hooking!

Now, if you will excuse me, I have an ottoman slipcover and a stool cover to make … for an ottoman and a stool that we don’t have … yet.


Chapter 2 – The Time I Thought My Arms Would Fall Off

Ok, picture the scene, it’s January 2012. The weather is manky, everyone is being miserable and staying indoors and I am getting the itchy knitty fingers. I am bored, bored, bored, boreditty bored… with an extra added helping of bored. SNORE!

I know I want to do something I haven’t done before but I’m not fancying anything in the countless books and magazines I have. So, I snuggle myself up on the sofa with a cup of hot chocolate and set about trawling the interwebs for some inspiration.

And that, my friends, is when I found Lucy at Attic 24. What a wonderful ray of sunshine on a dreary January day. I immediately fell in love with her granny stripe blanket and just HAD to have one.

As if by magic, the postie was a-knock-knock-knocking on my front door and 17 balls of DK in a gorgeous variety of colours was being thrust into my arms (he wasn’t very happy as it was a really bulky package and he’d had to lug it up the stairs, he may also have been a little taken aback by the overly excited shriek I greated him with). Oh and you can’t crochet such lovely colours with out a coloured crochet hook, and seeing as one coloured crochet hook would be very lonley by itself a 12 pack of multicoloured hooks arrived with the yarn too. Hurrah!

I wanted it to go over the top of my double bed so I dutifuly went and measured the bed and worked out that I’d need something that was at least 68″ wide and 80″ long.

And so I set to work.

Then I sat down. I got up, made a cup of tea, sat down again and contemplated the fact that this would be the biggest project I had ever done. Given that I normally get a bit bored about half way through a child’s hat, I wondered whether I had bitten off more than I could chew. I uuuummmed, I aaaaaahed, I cast on. Well, chained some.
And by the end of Jan, it looked like this:rainbow blanket

And then, well, it all went a bit quiet, life took a couple of very interesting and enjoyable turns and the blanket was forgotten …. Until half way through October.

I had a sudden mad urge to get this finished before the cold crept in. I was in the zone. My lovely boyfriend provided some much needed shoulder rubs at regular intervals, along with copious cups of tea.

It took two weekends, a few nights after work and 41,500 stitches, but it was finally finshed. Ends woven in and edging done.

granny stripe blanket

And that is when I thought my arms would fall off.

Aaaand then the cat claimed it as her own.

granny stripe blanketK

****Coming up: The Day I Realised the Sock Knitters Secret ****