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Day One: It ain’t easy being green

Green Leaf of a Bio Plant in Nature
Image by, creative commons licensed.

I’m attempting Knitting and Crochet Blog Week again, this year. Today’s topic is Colour Lovers (3KCBWDAY1), which is quite apt, given that I remarked to Jam recently that one day I would crochet something that didn’t involve cream and green but I didn’t know when that would be. Technically, the giant crochet blanket of doom did not include cream but I immediately launched into the secret blanket I’m working on at the moment which features cream and green as two of the main colours and the the first blanket I crocheted was, yes, green and cream, so I think the balance is firmly in favour there.

Green features in my knitting as well, a quick scan of my Ravelry project page flagged up at least four hats (not all knitted for me), two pairs of socks, a shawl, a pair of baby shoes and a baby cardigan. I just, I like it. It can be so many shades and moods, it’s gender neutral for babies and it makes me happy. I associate it with spring and freedom and outside. And I’m in good company there, Karie is also a green fiend!

Oddly enough though, I haven’t yet made a garment for me in green yet but I doubt that will last long. The full sized garments I’ve made so far have been neutral – Coraline is camel, Owls is dark brown – but I am definitely contemplating something green for the summer.

All hail the Great Cthulhu!

The Great Cthulhu goes to the beach

Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtag! (“In his house at R’lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming”) Or, in this case, the Cthulhu went to the beach, with a friend. T’bf is a geek (see the Dalek Cake) so I made him a Cthulhu using some of the leftovers from my Granny Stripe blanket, using the pattern from Creepy Cute Crochet (a very fun book, although do bear in mind that it uses US crochet terms) and brought it with me to Brighton over the Easter weekend, hence how the Great Cthulhu had a chance to visit the beach.

Oh, and his friend?

Brain Slugs on the beach

A brain slug dropped in from the Brain Slug planet. As you can see, I was briefly occupied but it shortly decided that it would rather stay in Brighton, so it took over control of t’bf.

Brain Slugs on the beach

The brain slug is also made from leftovers from the Granny Stripe and you can find the pattern here. Both Cthulhu and the Brain Slug were very quick to do, although I definitely recommend watching the Cthulhu head and tentacles video in order to get the tentacles right.

Rav Details: Braaaaaains & Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtag!

Giant Crochet Blanket of Doom

Giant Crochet blanket: Finished!

I am pleased! As part of my copious free time, I am tackling the WiP pile. The majority of this blanket has been done since November but as I am known for my loathing of weaving in ends, it mostly got used throughout the winter as a computer blanket without the ends being done and thus no border. But, I sat down this month and wove them in and started the border and now it is done, in all its rainbow glory.

The pattern is a basic granny stripe, I used the one from Attic 42 and also the same yarn, which is a Stylecraft special DK, an acrylic (which for a blanket that has already had tea dripped on it, is ideal) as Lucy from attic 42 had organised a colour pack, which was an excellent price, had a lovely selection of colours and arrived really quickly. I set a colour pattern for the first repeat of the 17 colours but once that was done, I just went for random colours, trying to space them out from previous repeats (although I did stick with the dark pink and light blue together).

It is big enough to cover my double bed, I started with 240 chains – using Carina Craft Blog’s no foundation chain tutorial, which frankly, without that, I probably never would have started – and did three repeats of all 17 colours. The border is also from Attic 42, her granny square border as I liked it more than the one she finishes her striped blanket off with. I did it in four different colours but you can only really see three.

I have about 100 yards of each colour left over, aside from the border colours. I did have to by another skein of the final border colour to finish it off. Also, despite being acrylic, this yarn was a joy to work with. Not squeaky and not harsh to the touch, it has a very soft hand. I’ll def. be using it again.

I am very, very pleased with it. :D

FO: Crochet Baby Blanket

Granny Square Blanket

About a year ago I learnt to crochet and turned into a lean, mean granny square making machine but then they lurked, quietly in a bag with possible plans to turn them into a lap blanket that never quite happened. Then, a coworker at my old job announced she was pregnant.

I pulled them and the extra yarn out and set about joining the squares up until I could start crocheting around them. And then I just did that, round and round and around at every given moment until I ran out of yarn. And then I wove in all the ends, something that took me so long that I didn’t get a chance to take a blocked photo before I gave it over to my coworker before she went off on maternity.

The yarn is Rowan Handknit Cotton and it took about 9 and half skeins using a 4.5mm hook. The joining method was Carina’s Craftblog: Granny square joining tutorial.

Cthuhlu wants a hug [jam]

cthulu completed

Originally uploaded by jamjarring.

Cthulhu is a bold little beast. Brash, almost. You can’t see his wings so well in this picture, but they’re pretty neat in a straggly, eldergod kind of way.

Crcoheted using sock yarn and a 1.25mm hook, rather thanthe yarn they suggest. This picture doesn’t show it so well, but the eyes do gleam red at you. Took about a day or two to finish. If I do it again, I’ll probably do the tentacles on a bigger hook so they come out looser.

I do like crochet -I like the movement of it, the nice dense fabric it produces- so I hope to find more things I want to make.