Tuesday, 15 July 2014

:{W.I.P Wednesday}: The Next Big Blanket

The pantone-inspired-pixilated blanket (the name needs a bit of work, I know) is in the making. This will be the biggest blanket I've made yet. I have a terrible attention span so I've always stuck to baby sized blankets and throws. When I was first asked about making this my initial response was 'no, I don't make bigger blankets', but then I thought about it and the idea of a pantone inspired blanket really appealed to me. The challenge too, always great to challenge yourself and see what you CAN achieve.

44/126 squares complete. 
68/126 complete

As per usual, you can see I haven't sewn in those bleedin' ends as I go! Tisk, tisk! The plan is to make two 'blankets', join and sew in each so they're 'complete', then combine them into one big blanket... That's the plan anyway! 

In between I'm also working on another 'Mono-spot' blanket in mint & pink, and another hexi custom. I've been a bit 'head down, bum up' (is that a really weird expression to non-Aussies??) crocheting my little heart away!

Until next time,

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

3rd Birthday Giveaway!

Three Beans in a Pod is Three!! And I'm celebrating with a giveaway on Instagram. 

You could win a custom colour block blanket in up to 10 colours of your choice. The blanket measures 85x100cm and made with high quality, easy care, soft acrylic. 

Unfortunately, I've had to limit it to Australian residents only due to high postage prices. There will also be a wait time of approximately 12 weeks for completion, due to current commissions.

All you have to do is, pop over to Instagram, follow me @threebeansinapod  repost the giveaway pic, tag me and #3beansgiveaway - Easy Peasy!

1 entry per person, per day. Private users can enter but must provide a screen shot of shared pic if they win. Entries open until midnight Tuesday 22/7/4014. Winner will be drawn on Instagram Wednesday  23/7/2014.

Good luck!

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Colour Lovin

I love yarn and I love colour. So when there's great yarn that comes in great colours, I'm in heaven! When there's great yarn that doesn't have a great colour range... well that just sucks.

Ahh... Pretty, isn't it? This is Cascade 220 Superwash. I'm loving Cascade yarns at the moment, the huge colour range really sells me. There are lots of different suppliers, but if you're in Australia, and want to buy from within Aus, I can highly recommend Purlwise

Cascade 220


Biggan Design

The next yarn on my 'to-try' list is Biggan Design, it looks beautiful (and Australian, love to support local when I can!). Has anyone tried it? 

Do you have any other suggestions for great yarn with a great colour range? 

x Adele

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Emotional Stages of a Blanket

I've been doing this crochet gig for a while now and I've come to recognise a pattern emerging when I crochet a blanket (or pretty much any larger project). I thought I would share. 

1. Yay! Woohoo! Let's get this crochet party started!

2. Stop staring at me Blanket! I'll get to you..

3. I don't think we're friends anymore..

4. Come here, you! Don't leave my side for a minute!! 

5. Awww, look how pretty you are! .....So.....Um.....Yep.... I'll see you 'round.

Am I the only one with the crochet love/hate relationship?

FYI- I'm currently in stage one, just bought a truckload of yarn! Woohoo! 

Thursday, 19 June 2014

A Year On

Hey! So! It's been a year since I've blogged... Yep, a year! I don't know exactly what's been SO incredibly important in my life to not get on here... 'Stuff' probably.

I've been making stuff and doing stuff and thinking of doing stuff... You know, stuff it's pretty time consuming. 

Some of the stuff I've been thinking of is finally getting around to selling some of my patterns. I know, you probably like free patterns. So do I, who doesn't like free 'stuff'?! But original patterns take a lot of effort! Like, a LOT. Especially when you want them great. And to be completely honest I've been a bit, well sad I guess would be the best emotion to describe it, when I see lots of folks profiting from my patterns and not crediting in their listings. That's all I ask, a little line to say 'pattern by Three Beans in a Pod'... BUT anyway! Let's not dwell on negatives! Things are in the works, great things! Positive positive! 

It's winter here in Australia, so I've been busy selling the stuff I make. Below are a few of my more recent blankets. Recently I was part of Madeit's 'Designer Spotlight', if you'd like to have a read about me and my work you can pop over here.

How's your year been? Full of Stuff?
I'll try to get back here a bit more regularly from now on, promise!

Saturday, 22 June 2013

My Sunburst Blanket

When I was planning the colours for my next girl's blanket I knew I wanted it to not be too obviously girly or baby-ish. I wanted it to be a piece that will adapt with the little girl's different stages in life. 

Personally I adore turquoise, I'm definitely a blue person, any shade will do, or cool shades of purples, greens and yellows...

So I decided on this lovely turquoise as the base colour and used white, yellow, green, blue, purple & pink in the squares.

It is the 'Sunburst' granny square with a round of hdc after round 4. If you google it I'm sure you'll find lots of variations but I'll find a link to add later. 

The border was  2 rounds of sc, a round of pink puff stitches, a round of sc, elongated hdc into the missed sc of the round below the puffs (gee that sounds confusing, sorry). Followed by two more rounds of hdc in turquoise and a round of purple crab stitch. 

I'm in love with how it turned out. It's already left for its new owner & I'm hoping it will be treasured for many more years to come.

x Adele

Friday, 10 May 2013

I have a new toy!

It's a Singer Memo-Matic 321 knitting machine from the early 70's (I believe??)! 

I'm just a tad (read- super duper!!!) excited to start using it, but trying to contain that excitement for a couple of reasons. 

Firstly, I had never laid eyes on a real life one until two days ago when hubby bought it home. And secondly, to my knowledge this machine hasn't been used for decades. I bought it off eBay for $30 from someone who found it in their attic, no manual, battered case... But from what I can tell in pretty good condition still. 

I found a manual online for $5 and managed to check out the sponge bar, as I've read that it would likely be shot and not to even try to work it without a replacement. It is shot, the 'sponge' looked more like a flat piece of cardboard, so I've ordered a new one and will now sit on my hands patiently for 2-3weeks until it arrives. 

Oh, the ideas I have floating around my head!! So rad to learn new yarny things! Just have to hope and pray it works and I can figure out what I'm doing! 

But for now my crochet hook is getting a great workout making orders. Lots and lots of slipper socks, beanies and cosies heading out of late. I've also been trying to get this blanket done in between. 

There has been a bit more progress, but I'll have to take some more pics to share. And also a retro circles pram blanket in fab bright rainbow colours for a friend.

I also ordered this yarn for a blanket... what kind of blanket? I have no clue yet!

How super fab is wool? Right? The possibilities that can come from a hook/needle/(hopefully) knitting machine and a ball of wool are endless. Love it! 

Until next time,