Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Old, new, borrowed and blue

Nothing to do with weddings, but instead an old WIP, a new experience, borrowed ideas and the blue speaks for itself.

Would like to try something new so I've decided to join Daisy's sew-along, although I think I've arrived a bit late to the party.  I've cut out and marked the pieces and now I have to re-acquaint myself with my sewing machine, which hasn't been used for a while, and I haven't made an item of clothing since I was about 15 so feeling a bit nervous.  I bought a plain fabric as I wasn't sure whether there would be any problems with patterns (it looks dark grey in the photo but it is, in fact, a dark denim).


My first ever post was about a patchwork blanket of knitted and crocheted squares that I'd made for my eldest daughter.




When it was finished I promised to make one for my younger daughter and started knitting blue squares in earnest, but was then distracted by various other things.  


Feeling a bit mean now as I should have finished it a while ago so the squares are back out.  To make it different from the other one (apart from the colour that is) I'm going to use more crocheted squares than knitted ones - my cunning plan to speed up the process (I seem to be able to crochet squares far quicker than I can knit them).  For the little flower motif in the middle I followed Just Pootling Kate's daisy blanket tutorial here.



My daughter is back from uni in about 4 weeks so the race is on.  


Not that much to do then :o)

Hope all is well out there ...
Jane x

21 comments:

  1. Oh Jane !!! Wowsers ! I LOVE your giant patchwork blanket ... that's it..I am inspired all over again. I love it ! And I love your blue one just as much, and so chuffed to see you are using the daisy square pattern. Is the first blanket edged with a crochet border ?
    I'm so excited to see how the blue blanket develops. Have you checked out Mias Landliv blog - she has made the most amazing grey patchwork blanket.
    Happy blanket making,
    Kate x

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    1. Thank you so much Kate. Yes, the pink and grey blanket is edged with a crochet border. Apparently it is possible to pick up the stitches around the side and knit the border, but I'm not a very experienced knitter and it seemed like a mammoth task so I stuck to what I know and just went round with double crochet until it looked right. Yes, I am a regular visitor to Mias Landliv and it was her grey blanket that inspired this one. I love all her quilts too - one clever lady. Enjoy the rest of your week.
      Jane x

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  2. Looks like you're going to be busy Jane! The crochet squares with white centres are lovely.
    Have fun with the sewing!
    See you soon
    Gill xx

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    1. Thank you Gill. Sewing going ok so far! See you soon.
      Jane x

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  3. What a gorgeous blanket that is. I'm sure the blue one will be just as lovely. Hope you enjoy your sewing...the bug has bitten me too!
    Marianne x

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    1. Thank you Marianne. I love the little skirts you've been making for your daughter. Enjoy the rest of your week.
      Jane x

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  4. That's going to be a lovely blanket, I like those shades of blue very much. I have to say I also loved your Nordic shawl. I keep seeing these everywhere in blogs and the more I see the more I want to make one! They are gorgeous. I love the colours you used for yours. x

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    1. Thank you Gillian. I really enjoyed making the Nordic shawl, it didn't take too long and Annette's pattern is really easy to follow. Enjoy the rest of the week.
      Jane x

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  5. There's nothing like a deadline for getting things done :-) I'm sure you will achieve your goal and your daughter will treasure it.
    Tracey xx

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    1. Yes, I think you're right Tracey, although I can see a few late nights coming!
      Jane x

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  6. What a great idea, I hadn't thought about mixing and matching with knitted and crocheted squares. I could be in trouble now as I'm with Kate E above it's got me to plotting another project and I already have so many things that are WIP. Can't wait to see how the blue one turns out. I'm sure younger daughter is going to love it.

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  7. Thank you Mitzi. This is a link to Mia's lovely grey blanket and the one that inspired mine: http://miaslandliv.blogspot.no/2010/07/grey-blanket.html
    Jx

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    1. Thanks Jane I have been and had a look. Oh my goodness she has some lovely things on her blog doesn't she. What a clever lady. I can see where you got your inspiration from. Its not just her lovely quilting and crochet is it, it's all the little touches she has around her home.

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  8. I've just made the skirt too! I love your blankets, the knitted and crocheted squares together look great! If I make something for one of my children I have to do the same for the others as well - whether they like it or not! Sam xx (thanks for visiting me over at betsymakes...)

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    1. Thank you Sam. Look forward to seeing your skirt on Daisy's show-and-tell post? Jx

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  9. Hi jane!
    re your zip foot dilemma, I have sewn without a zipper foot like this:
    ...you can attach the zip the same way, but open it first....and just sew down each side in turn and accross the bottom, when you get to the bump in the zip move the needle down into the fabric and raise the foot whilst sliding the zipper up or down past the needle, enabling you to stitch closely....hope this makes sense?
    bestest daisy x

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    1. Thank you so much Daisy, it makes perfect sense and will give it a go.
      Jane x

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  10. You are very busy Jane - like you need me to tell you that!!! I love that blanket and wish you the best with completing the lovely blue one - I also find crochet quicker than knitting! I also am wishing you the best with your sewing and look forward to seeing your lovely new skirt - there'll be no stopping you once you get back into sewing, I'm sure of it! Joy xo

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  11. Thank you Joy. I'm enjoying making the skirt and it's moved on a bit since I took the above photo. Have a lovely weekend.
    Jane x

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  12. Your blanket looks sooo beautiful, what yarn did you use if you don't mind me asking. xx

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment. It is a mixture of yarn makes but it is mostly Rowan Pure Wool DK with Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK (now discontinued I think) for some of the dark grey and silver squares. Jx

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