Monday, 24 August 2015

The Pantone Blanket

Pantone Blanket



On the large sofa

All pretty for its new home

Notebook plans



Original Inspiration, supplied by Meredith

Millions of squares!

Helloooo! True to  my usual blogging style, its been almost a year since I've written a new post. Ooopsie! This post has been sitting in my draft file for the longest, according to Instagram 44 weeks (!) so I thought it was time to introduce-


This is the largest crochet project I've completed and took me 14 weeks to complete. I was commissioned by the awesome Meredith of DeeDubDesigns, who is responsible for my logo and a good part of my branding and marketing. Usually I wouldn't take on a commission of this size, because... well, to tell you the truth, its difficult to have such a large project going if you aren't 100% into the creative aspect of it. But, I've been working with Meredith for so long now that she understands the work that I do and gave me quite a bit of freedom to make this the way I saw fit. Thanks Meredith!

The brief that I was given was an Ombre coloured blanket inspired by pantone colours, working from pink to blue and was supplied with a photo of paint swatches for inspiration (above). We came to the decision we would make it pixelated using solid granny squares, 126 in total (you can find a pattern to follow by Shelley from Spincushions here).  They were joined by slip stitch, working in back loops only (I'll try to get a little tutorial up for this, but if you have a google you should find something). The yarn I used was Cascade 220 Superwash, the colours you will find in the photo below. I used 14 colours in total, 12 are listed, however I also used Alaska Sky (1914) and Iris (840). Each square was 7 rounds of DC (UK=TC) and the blanket was 14x9 sqaures, with 6 rounds of SC for the border. 

Cascade 220 Superwash, also not listed Alaska Sky and Iris
It was a HUGE achievement that I absolutely LOVED completing, however it took a lot out of me and was a a couple of months before I was game to attempt another blanket, I was well and truly blanked out! There are even whispers of another Pantone blanket soon... eeep! :)

What"s the largest project you've completed? Are you a large project crochet-er or a bit more of an ADD crochet-er (like me!) who prefers something quick so you can make something new all over again?

Until next time (hopefully before a year!)
Adele xx

Saturday, 15 November 2014

'More than a Granny' WINNER

Congratulations Eva (comment 31)!! Shelley will be in contact with you in the coming days. 

Thank you to everyone who entered & remember Shelley's eBook is available for preorder now.

x Adele 

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

'More than a Granny' and a Giveaway!

I love granny squares, any squares, motifs... All of them. Now that my big blanket is finished (post to come) I've been on the look out for some inspiration to make another big blanket, for myself this time!

So, when I heard the lovely Shelley from Spincushions was busy designing squares for her new eBook I was just a tad (well, really REALLY) excited. FINALLY some new, awesome crochet squares! It is available now for pre-order, visit Shelley's blog for all the links and info.

Available in both U.S. and U.K crochet terms

I've been lucky enough to receive an advanced copy and I LOVE it. There's 20 originally designed, clearly explained square patterns to try and love yourself. There is also a comprehensive Stitch Dictionary with links to 'how-to' videos for those that need a little extra help. I've already decided which squares to make my blanket out of, 'Quadrille' and 'Dogwood'.



Aren't they gorgeous?! I think they will work beautifully together. I'm thinking shades of grey with a pop of Aqua...?... Yellow...? So many possibilities!

If you need any more persuading (I mean, really... do you? These squares are fantastic...) I asked Shelley one question,

Why Squares?

'Well I love being able to finish something in one sitting. so a square a night or even a week soon turns into a blanket quickly without much effort. Much more doable than rows of huge blankets. I also have an aversion to doing the same thing lots of times, so lots of different patterns keep my brain entertained. I love sampler blankets for these reasons - I've made a couple in a single colour that still show great variety in pattern.'

SO! Are you a bit bored with the standard crochet squares? Do you want to challenge yourself and try something a bit different? DO YOU WANT AN ADVANCED COPY OF THIS AWESOME EBOOK? 
Yes? Well... leave me a comment below and you could WIN a copy of your own. Just tell me if you'd like the U.S. or U.K. version. Don't forget to include your name! Entries close midnight Wednesday 12th November, the winner will be randomly drawn on Thursday 13th November and announced here, Facebook and Instagram 

Good luck!
x Adele

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Mono-Spot Baby Blanket

It's REEEEAAAADY! Whoop whoop!

My first pattern for sale is up, ready to be instantly downloaded. The Mono-Spot Baby blanket pattern, in both U.S. and U.K terminology is in my Etsy and Ravelry stores. 

I'm just a tad (read: super duper) excited.

Hope you like it & as always, I love to see your interpretations. 

x Adele 

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Crafting for the fun of it: Weaving

When you have a creative business it's really easy to forget that crafting can be FUN, it should be fun! There's always a list of things you NEED to make, then there's the things you pin to your pinterest boards in the hope of making one day, when you have the time.

This past weekend I made the time to try some frame weaving. And I'll tell you what, it was awesome! 

I had purchased a little el-cheapo frame off eBay a while ago, so I cracked open the box and gathered up some scrap yarn. I had found some great online tutorials, this one from Honestly WTF is super great as it talks you through making your own loom too. Also have a search through YouTube, if you need a visual.

My awesome laser cut wooden swallows (you can find them at DeeDub Designs) arrived the day I finished my second wall hanging, they are a match made in heaven!

Give it a go, you will love it! Weaving not your thing? Try something else, just for the fun of it!

x Adele

P.S. I'm at Stage 4 with the Pantone Blanket.... CANNOT WAIT TO FINISH!

Friday, 29 August 2014

:{W.I.P Wednesday (on a Friday)}: My first pattern is coming!

I finally sat down in front of a computer and began writing my first pattern for sale! I'll be starting with the Mono-Spot Baby Blanket. Still a little way to go as I write a final draft and organise testing, BUT it's happening! I'll fill in all the where/how's a little closer to release date. 

Also I've been busy, busy crocheting up a storm with lots of 'Brads' and 'Lucys (Plural of Lucy, Lucies?)' heading out lately. 

And my Pantone inspired blanket is getting there!



Do tell. What are you working on??

Until next time,

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,