Carole's Crochet

Re: Carole's Crochet

by Carole » Sun Sep 18, 2016 10:12 am

I've been plodding along with this and have some more squares done.

Week seven - bobbles - Stars colourway

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Week eight - waffle stitch - Stars

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I struggled for ages with the tension on week nine when doing the Rain blanket so abandoned it to catch up with Stars. When I went back to it, there were no problems at all. It came up the right size first time. Bizarre, but I'm not complaining.

Week nine - Rain

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Week nine - Stars

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Week ten is the latest to give me problems. I can do the stitch, I just don't want to. It's fiddly and time consuming and I feel it's too much time and effort for a 'meh' finish. I'm doing shell stitch instead as I feel it fits in with the theme, it looks good, and is easy enough to do.

In the meantime, (sigh) I seemed to have signed up for yet another CAL. Obviously having three blankets on the go wasn't enough :roll: :shock:

This one is the Carousel CAL by Stylecraft and I'm doing it in their new Batik yarn which is quite yummy. I've completed part one and am champing at the bit for part two in a few days.

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I really should update this more often rather than suddenly flooding it with hundreds of photos, but the problem I'm having is that every time I try to type anything, it attracts Rosie's attention and she climbs onto my lap for a cuddle, usually arranging one arm around her so that I have to type one-handed. Not complaining, you understand, just explaining :lol:
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Re: Carole's Crochet

by kandifloss » Sun Sep 18, 2016 11:36 am

:whoop: :applesauce: :applesauce: These are great Carole, well done. Lovely & neat, like the colours. You have done very well with these :)


Glad Rosie is OK, how old is she?

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Re: Carole's Crochet

by Carole » Sun Sep 18, 2016 1:11 pm

kandifloss wrote:
Glad Rosie is OK, how old is she?

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Rosie is about 5 1/2 months now. She's a little darling :wub:
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Re: Carole's Crochet

by rcperryls » Sun Sep 18, 2016 2:22 pm

:applesauce: :applesauce: I love these and for the first time in years have thought about crocheting. That was my craft for years until I discovered cross stitch. The squares you are making are wonderful and yes, if it is between typing or cuddling a kitten, kittens always win. Laverne does not like my new scroll frame for some reason (probably because I prefer to use it in the Lowery which she doesn't love) and will claim my lap, especially in the evenings when there isn't sun shining and doors open. She wins. And I either stop stitching or have discovered some strange ways of holding a big frame with a cat in my lap. I can't think how she'd be with yarn!

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Re: Carole's Crochet

by wendywombat » Sun Sep 18, 2016 7:55 pm

Wow! These are amazing patterns!
I can crochet but my tension is rubbish ! ! :doh: I once made a rabbit for my daughter. Supposed to be 8" tall.......mine was 15" tall and all the stuffing came out of the holes :lol:
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Re: Carole's Crochet

by Squirrel » Sun Sep 18, 2016 11:21 pm

Carole those squares are amazing and so interesting too. Love the little motif too, great colourways you have used. As for dear Rosie of course she has to have a cuddle so just post when you can, we enjoy them either way. In fact I think seeing a bunch together is nicer. :D
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Re: Carole's Crochet

by Mabel Figworthy » Tue Sep 20, 2016 9:58 am

These are absolutely beautiful - makes me want to pick up crochet again! (although I probably won't - too much stitching to do...)
My favourite is the bobble heart, that is just so gorgeous :wub:
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Re: Carole's Crochet

by Carole » Wed Oct 12, 2016 10:24 pm

Thanks for all the lovely comments. It's amazing how many of us do several crafts, isn't it.

I've finished part two of the Carousel CAL. It consisted of 16 strips that were joined to the centre motif. The joining stitch was a new one to me and took a few goes to get the hang of, but I love how it looks.

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Close up of the join

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Re: Carole's Crochet

by Squirrel » Wed Oct 12, 2016 11:24 pm

WOW Carole, that is awesome and such lovely colours too. WELL DONE :whoop: :whoop: :whoop:
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Re: Carole's Crochet

by Mabel Figworthy » Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:10 am

What a great design and the joining stitch looks really interesting - is it done with a crochet hook as well or is it sewn with a needle?
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Re: Carole's Crochet

by Carole » Thu Oct 13, 2016 3:50 pm

Mabel Figworthy wrote:What a great design and the joining stitch looks really interesting - is it done with a crochet hook as well or is it sewn with a needle?


It's crocheted. You do a Double Crochet (US = SC) into one piece and Slipstitch into the other one, all the way down. You insert the hook from the top with the pieces flat and side by side. It's fiddly to start with but once you figure out the best way to hold the work, it flows nicely and it's easy to match the pieces together.

Part three is pentagons and they're joined to the main piece, and each other, as you go along using the same method.
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Re: Carole's Crochet

by Lulu22 » Thu Oct 13, 2016 4:53 pm

I'm still wishing I could crochet I would love to make a blanket, they look amazing :applesauce:
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Re: Carole's Crochet

by rcperryls » Thu Oct 13, 2016 6:59 pm

This is absolutely beautiful! For the first time in years I could see myself getting back into crocheting. For now, though, I am content to watch you. Keep the updates coming!

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Re: Carole's Crochet

by Carole » Mon Oct 17, 2016 8:52 am

Despite crocheting away like a mad thing on the new Carousel CAL, I've managed to get some more done on the Last Dance blankets. I can't see this surge of activity lasting mind you as I'm off on holiday in a couple of weeks so have a lot of holiday prepping to do on my days off.

I'd decided to replace the squares for week ten as I wasn't keen and found a shell stitch that some of the other CAL-ers were using. I used it for the Rain blanket.

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It was ok, but I didn't love it so I found another shell stitch in one of my books and used that for the Stars blanket.

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I liked that one much better. Finally, I managed to get all the squares for the Rain blanket, week eleven done. It's a bit boring to hook, but it's ok.

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Just twelve more squares to go and I can start joining them together. There's a distinct possibility that one or both blankets will be finished this year :shock:
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Re: Carole's Crochet

by wendywombat » Mon Oct 17, 2016 9:31 am

I just love that Carousel!! Amazing colours and so clever how the radiating strips bring it all together. Now it looks like the roof of a Carousel! :applesauce: :applesauce:

Bet you can't wait to get those squares put together....I'll get settled down on the Magic Bench to watch that!! :whoop:
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Re: Carole's Crochet

by rcperryls » Mon Oct 17, 2016 4:57 pm

wendywombat wrote:I just love that Carousel!! Amazing colours and so clever how the radiating strips bring it all together. Now it looks like the roof of a Carousel! :applesauce: :applesauce:

Bet you can't wait to get those squares put together....I'll get settled down on the Magic Bench to watch that!! :whoop:

Save a place for me, Wendy. I'll pop into the Stash & Grab and get us some drinks (do you prefer :coffee: :tea: or :wine: ) and :cake: while we watch!

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Re: Carole's Crochet

by wendywombat » Tue Oct 18, 2016 8:54 am

rcperryls wrote:
wendywombat wrote:I just love that Carousel!! Amazing colours and so clever how the radiating strips bring it all together. Now it looks like the roof of a Carousel! :applesauce: :applesauce:

Bet you can't wait to get those squares put together....I'll get settled down on the Magic Bench to watch that!! :whoop:

Save a place for me, Wendy. I'll pop into the Stash & Grab and get us some drinks (do you prefer :coffee: :tea: or :wine: ) and :cake: while we watch!

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Depends on the time of day!! :coffee: in the morning, :tea: in the afternoon and :wine: any time!!! :lol: hic!
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Re: Carole's Crochet

by Carole » Sun Oct 23, 2016 9:46 pm

Next part of the Carousel is finished. It's made up of 16 pentagons. It was a bit tricky taking a photo as it's getting a bit large now :)

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I'm busily hooking hexagons for part four at the moment. It's slow going though and I probably won't be finished before we go on our hols.
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Re: Carole's Crochet

by Squirrel » Sun Oct 23, 2016 11:23 pm

OH WOW that is looking absolutely amazing Carole. Love the colours you are using too. It is going to be really gorgeous - any idea what you will do with it when it is all done?
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Re: Carole's Crochet

by xstitchalanna » Mon Oct 24, 2016 2:31 pm

Very beautiful!
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