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Crochet-ey Doo-Dah-Dayz

01 May

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Since last October I’ve been tackling a bit of crochet.  I never was a knitter, my Mum was avid at it during the winter months and since my hands and wrists have detriorated it is even worse, but I thought I could wangle a way to crochet [after watching my best bud stitch away til steam was coming off].  In an afternoon she taught me the basic stitches and introduced me to the wonders of YouTube videos especially those by “Crochet Geek”.

An overseas pal who is a foster mum to poorly abandoned dogs asked me if I could make a few items for the charity’s twice-annual fund raising auction, so I have been working on these scarves and headbands for her.

My best bud when she came for a weekend visit in January brought a suitcase load of wool with her, with the idea of us making a friendship blanket out of multi-coloured granny squares.  I did the maths and hit upon 12 rows of 18 squares, so 24 stacks of 9 squares, a total of 216 squares.

She whizzed along in two days comleting around a dozen or so stacks of squares while I slowly trailed along.  She left the wool with me [chuckling as she went] and I continued to make the squares until we had enough.

24stacks

During her visit last month [when she turned up with a second case full of wool] we started attaching all the squares together.  Believe me, there are some time consuming tedious tasks in life but attaching squares has to be a front runner.  By the time she had to leave [snickering again as sadly the two cases of wool had to stay here] we had 18 strips stitched together and about half a dozen strips sewn together, she was going to sew the rest together and do a final frame go around.

When you start a creative project you wonder how the finished item might look, wonder whether it will match your minds eye, reflect the hard work and have something of a ‘wow’ factor from others that slightly buffs ones pride.

She posted pictures when she had done it.

Done

Not bad hey??

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11 responses to “Crochet-ey Doo-Dah-Dayz

  1. la_spice

    May 1, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    How wonderful – well done! My mum used to crochet ‘granny squares’ and made little blankets for charities too 🙂

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    • amgroves

      May 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      Thank you Spicey, I am quite proud of my stitching considering I am a novice. My pal crocheted me a riple arghan as a christmas present and I love it.

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  2. Bushka

    May 1, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    This is splendid Ann! So good to know where these will be going…..You must be tired hearing me say how ‘wonderful you are’….(I ducked there) 😉 Hugs! xxx

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    • amgroves

      May 1, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      Thank you Bushka.

      When the biscuit scarf is done I am going to be making headbands and wrist warmers, ten my Bud is going to see if she can sell them in Scotland near where she lives, between the two of us we could yarn bomb them thoroughly, lol.

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      • Bushka

        May 1, 2012 at 5:04 pm

        I like that idea….’yarn bomb’….:lalala: ;)xx

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  3. Crochet Geek aka Teresa Richardson

    May 10, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Your work is beautiful!

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    • amgroves

      May 10, 2012 at 3:01 pm

      Thank you so much for commenting Theresa … I love your tutorial videos. I am attempting the fingerless gloves right now 🙂

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  4. DogDaze

    May 11, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    That my Dear is an heirloom!! Beautiful!!

    Your overseas friend is anxiously awaiting the arrival of your hand-made with love items!!

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    • amgroves

      May 13, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      “Soon”, lol, not long now. If plans go as laid they could be in the post by the end of the week. 🙂

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  5. Living-in-a-limited-world

    May 12, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    I used to chrochet but my hands won’t do it any longer. I loved it and have to say I was like your friend I could make a baby shawl in two days and loved every stitch! Your blanket is impressive and I hope it get used and will be loved for many years 🙂

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    • amgroves

      May 13, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      I do not know for how much longer I wil manage to do the crochetting and cross stitching, it is not so much the hands, fingers and wrists but the getting into a comfortable position to do it, plus my eyes are deteriorating.

      So cruel what our diseases take from us.

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