Hello and welcome to my fifth weekly update!
This week has been all about getting my heart and spot squares finished. I have completed all the blocks for four of the colours. Sewing in the ends has been a long long job! I laid out the finished blocks in the order I want them to sit in the finished piece and I am preparing to start joining them up. I plan to join them using the mid shade in each colour way but I might change my mind on that after testing a few styles. Here is the layout I am working on.
The picture shows almost all the squares in a row and there are are another eight rows to complete! I was given a single ball of every colour of Paris Drops cotton yarn for Christmas and this is the project I came up with for that yarn. The pattern would be great for using up oddments though and the design would look very different with random colours instead of these single colour stripes. I am planning to make it again mixing all the colours up as an experiment 🙂
Yarn Review – Drops Paris – this is a strong cotton yarn that works up using a 5mm hook/needles. The yarn comes in a wide range of colours – 47 available at the time of writing. Some of the colours say that they are made from recycled denim and those tend to be more harsh in texture. In general the yarn is relatively soft for cotton. Drops Paris is made up of many thin strands and does have a tendency to split. This means you have to watch carefully as you work but if you do find it splitting it is easy to pull back out and correct. One really big plus for me is that I have hardly found any breaks/knots in the yarn. It is very reasonably priced – I am picking up odd additional balls as required for around £1 per 50g ball.
Stash buster project – Even though this blanket project is a stash buster itself, using small bits of yarn, I am still finding that I have oddments left over. As a break from sewing in the ends on all these blocks I came up with a use for those oddments. This is a hair accessory I made.
I have put up a separate post – hair accessory instructions in case you want to have a go at this. It is soooo quick and I am really pleased with the results. I am using fairly thick cotton per the review above, but if made using lighter, softer acrylic yarn the strands form lovely spirals which you can mix and match with the straighter ribbons.
In other (non-crochet) news, I have been working on two knitted blanket patterns which I will be sharing next week. One of them is a chunky, soft and cosy blanket made with some lovely 100% merino wool (shown below) that I picked up at a craft show. The other is a much lighter baby blanket with stripes and hearts. I am looking to back the baby blanket with fleece and put some crochet edging round it but at this stage the blocks are waiting to be sewn together.
I think that is all I have this week – back to sewing in ends and sewing up blocks for me! Happy crocheting!