Inside Crochet have reviewed the Crochet Along in their next issue...
I've just designed this really cute Baby Poncho for Inside Crochet in issue 92, which will go on sale 27 July.
I'm really excited to have released the CAL Part 1 today.
I've also just been to the Post Office to post some more yarn packs, so people may start it a little late, but it really doesn't matter when you start....
On the way home though I stopped at my favourite garden centre and bought a pretty little Campanula for the garden. Colour inspiration all around at the moment ... already planning for the next CAL!
I've just put some packs of DY Choice, shade 50 Grey up in my Shop to buy. It costs £21.90 for each pack.
Just received a really lovely review today from Inside Crochet for Crocheted Animal Hats:
The Crochet Along Blanket is ready!
This blanket design is influenced by my beautiful garden and the gorgeous flowers now emerging and will hopefully continue to bloom over the period of the Crochet Along period. I've been wanting to design a blanket like this for years. I originally saw a vintage pattern of a Kaffe Fassett knitted blanket design, full of little patchwork squares all randomly sewn together. It makes a very powerful and bohemian look and a very special blanket for you to make and keep forever.
Please order soon so that I can get the packs out in time for the starting date.
There are some great skills and techniques and I will guide you through with step by step instructions and be there throughout the process to support and help you.
There are 5 parts to the blanket pattern, each which will be released over a 2-week period. Each part will give you instructions and the pattern for the squares in the Blanket.
Part 1 will start on Friday 19th May.
Part 2 will be released on the 2nd June.
Part 3 will be released on the 16th June.
Part 4 will be released on the 30th June.
Part 5 will be released on the 14th July.
The instructions will be sent to you by email on these dates. There will be instructions and support on Nicki's Blog and each member who joins will be joined into a private Crochet Along Facebook Group where you will receive support from Nicki and from others working on the blanket with you.
I realise that everyone has different time scales for making the blanket and you may not be able to finish each section within the two weeks. So I recommend that you do some of the squares for the current section during that period, so that you get the hang of them. Then put them to one side and continue to work on the section you're working on. You can always come back to see the comments on the Facebook Group and Blog later, and you can always contact me for advice.
The yarn pack has 8 shades of DY Choice DK yarn. There are 13 balls (100g) of yarn in the pack. The crochet hook recommended size is 4mm and this can also be bought on the Shop page. Although a tension square will need to be achieved for the correct size of the square, so the hook size may need to be changed to achieve the right tension. The large square is approx 6in and the smaller squares are approx 3in. The tension is based on my crochet and I crochet quite loosely!
I'm so excited to be launching my first ever Crochet Along and I hope you love the blanket as much as I do.
Happy Easter everyone! I love Easter weekend so much. It's lovely because my daughter was born on an Easter Monday nearly 25 years ago and she has the middle name of 'Blossom' to prove it.
Today I've been trying to get rid of the white fly off my roses, generally tidy up and clear a space around the lounge so that I can spread out all the crochet squares that are going to take some organising and sewing up.
While I was clearing out I found these gorgeous braids. I've had them for years but never found a good use for them. I bought them from a Souk (marketplace) in Muscat, Oman. Just love them, too good to waste packed away and squashed among the books on the shelf...
I thought I'd give you just a little update. I've mainly been crocheting squares for the Crochet Along Blanket and I've done just a little tango in between with the most fantastic milonga (tango social dance) that I've been spending months organising. More time now for crochet... Here's a little photo of each. I'd like to think one is inspired by the other....
Back from Seville last night and up till early hours finishing off the lining for the April Crochet Club Bag. I really love this bag. I'm going to use it as my new wool bag because it holds loads! If you're not a member, go to the Club page and join now! You will receive a past Club pattern as an bonus for joining too...
So other than dancing tango about 4 hours a day, the rest of the time I have been relaxing in the sun and crocheting squares for the Crochet Along Blanket. Here's one I'm working on today: it's a little tweed square, one of my favourite stitches, lovely and easy and very satisfying. Only another 61 to go! .... I've also put up a photo of the flowers I made. These are going to be turned into squares too. I'll take them to the airport with some wool and a hook - there's no point wasting valuable time sitting around in the departure lounge waiting for my flight home!
I'm in Seville for the week! Having a little holiday - well I say holiday - I made 26 flowers this morning for the centres of one of the Crochet along squares .... but the idea is to do some dance workshops and improve on my pivots and backward ochos ...
But it's so great to come away just to get inspired by all the colour and the culture and the everything... I love this city.... it has been raining since I arrived, so not many photos and not much chance to get out and about yet (hence the 26 flowers), but you can't fail to be inspired by the colour here ... .just look at these tiles in the lobby of my B&B and the orange blossom is out and then I found this tree with loads of oranges on it! I'm not entirely sure, but I think they must be from last season, but get the colours on this in contrast to the grafitti behind. The Spanish really know how to do bright around here...
I've now chosen all the colours for the Crochet Along Blanket. Here is the colour palette below using DY Choice DK yarns. At first I thought I would be designing a blanket inspired by Brighton Beach, but I've realised just how influenced I am by the seasons and I just can't get away from flowers right now and thinking of my garden and all the gorgeous colours that are coming soon. All being well and if I can get it finished in time, the Crochet Along Blanket should be available at the end of April. I will release more details of cost and how to buy it soon. I need to finish making it so I can calculate exactly how many balls it will take. It will be a 5-week crochet along - I know that much, because there are 5 different square designs, 1 large one and 4 small ones. Lots of gorgeous squares and with a floral theme. I'm just enjoying this SO much! Watch this space.
I'm very excited today. I'm creating a new website and working on designing the Crochet Along Blanket for Spring 2017. Now off to yoga before I spend the rest of the evening crocheting squares and fiddling with the website to make it really easy to navigate with lots of lovely pictures and details of my Crochet Club and new dates for the crochet workshops..