Sunday, 1 July 2012

Being Indulgent !!

Well , I'm making no apologize for the simple  fact that I've had a totally self indulgent weekend !! After two weekends of illness and last weekend being devoted to voluntering to produce things for other peoples enjoyment ( I did  enjoy it too as well  ) , I had decided by mid week that this weekend was going to be about relaxing and having some crochet time . A weekend of not watching the clock and  things would take as long as they took and things would happen when they happened !!!

So Friday afternoon I started working on my youngests Dinosaur inspired blanket . I had taken it to crochet on Monday night to get their oppinion on an idea I had so I thought I would sit down and give it a go . What I was trying to do was essentially save myself some money by thriftfully  using my small amounts of wool up instead of going out and buying more wool . So we'd come up with the idea of doing small Granny's all the way around the last round .

Oh boy was this a mistake , I knew as soon as I had done six small grannys and attatched them that it just wasn't  working , the rythm of the blanket was broken . So I gave myself a good talking to and told myself to stop being tight and put my hand in my pocket and buy some wool . So Saturday afternoon  I had a little splurge which felt good and bought some more wool . Once home I pulled off the little Grannys and set too !!

I was so happy that I had decided not to compromise the deign of the blanket for saving a few pounds !! Lesson learn't. I am really enjoying the rythmic nature of this Large Granny blanket , the theraputic gentle motion of going around and around and around .I am also loving the colours , I've been looking at my sons Dinosaurs and I need to tr and fit in some purples and yellows and black . So I guess I need to buy more wool , Oh well when neeeds must .

Another little treat I gave myself was a new crochet hook , I'm finding the ones I have get quite slippy particularly when I biuld up a bit of speed !! , so I was persuaded to try this one .
The thin one is my usual sort of hook , so I'm going to givethe toothbrush shaped one  a trial over the coming week and I will give you the verdict , at the moment it feels a bit big but it has a good grip . If  anyone out there would like to let me know about their fravourite brand of hook I would be really intrested to know .


So having been indulgent with both my time and my money I've found I'm quite energized and ready for the week ahead . I have lots of plans for this week and the main one is to get on with producing my next batch of Hares . So after our evening meal I comondiered the dinning table and set everthing up , so when I return from the school run in the mornig I can set too  ( until I have to go to work !!) . I will also get a couple of hours in the afternoon to work on them too . So With some serious time management this week I'm hoping to make  big leaps in the production of the Hares .

So I'm just hoping my creative mojo is back to stay for a while as it's been missing for a few weeks . I'm enjoying feeling this amount of enrgy fizzing inside of me !! I hope you all enjoy the week ahead of you and thanks for popping by and ta ta for now . x

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  1. I have a Clover 4mm (which is pretty much the only hook I use) and I find it quite comfortable. It's got good grip but isn't quite as chunky as yours. I think it's a very personal thing though?! Good luck with your crafty mojo this week - the bunnies are looking gorgeous x

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    1. Hi Sonia , I will have a look on the internet at the Clover as I'm not sure about the addi ,so I'm back on with my old one at the moment !! My craft mojo has been slightly interrupted by work but it's nearly the weekend .
      So thanks for popping by with kind regards Tracy x

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  2. I use a Provo Craft set that has interchangable hooks with 2 different style handles. I have arthritis and they really help and give a good grip. Yours looks good also. When I bought mine years ago there were no other ergonomic hooks out there. I like mine a lot but the hook part sometimes doesn't allow me the speed that I get with the plain hooks. Let me know how you like yours. I may have to try those!
    I love your GIANT granny square...I need to try one of those. It looks like fun! I joined the Ravelry Craft Along Year of Projects today. Now if I can just afford all the yarn! Your hares look like they're going to be darling! Glad you're feeling better! I love your blog!

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    1. Hello , I think I'm going to have to track down this Provo Craft set and have a look at one , but I am sorry to hear you suffer from Arthritis. The addi hook has a really good grip and fits nicely into my hand but I've found I get a slight wave to the edge of my granny square which I don't with my old metal hook . So back to the drawing board !!
      I too love The Giant Granny , in fact I just love granny's .I just think they are such fun to do .
      But thanks for popping by with kind regards Tracy .x

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  3. OOOOh everything just looks so nice - I only have the grey crochet hooks I'm afraid, tbh I've never seen anything else but yours looks very nice. Good luck for this week, I too have been making progress on my daughters ripple blanket and hope to finish that asap x x x

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    1. Hi Wendy, I too am back with my old faithful ( if sometimes slippy ) hook . A ripple how lovely ,I am hoping once I've finished my boys blankets to tackle a ripple .
      thanks for popping by with kind regards Tracy .

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  4. Love the colours of your blanket they look almost amish. Those buunies are looking good too and I have my eye on the lovely lavender one. Can't wait for them to be shown.

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    1. Hi Shirley ,the colours of the blanket do look almost Amish . Although they do also reflect the sort of colours I am naturally drawn to I think that's why I'm enjoying this blanket . Where as I need to be in the mood for my eldest's blanket . I'm steady away in the Hare Production and really enjoying it .
      thanks for popping by Shirley and enjoy the rest of your week. x

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  5. I was lucky enough to win 3 of the addi ones recently and I find they are lovely but equally good are my fabulous ergonomic tulip hooks. With both of these I can crochet for hours and not feel a thing whereas with the metal hooks my hand was getting very sore. Can't wait to see the hares - I love them xx

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    1. Hi Mrs Thrifty ,I've not fallen in love with the addi , gone back to my old hook for the moment . My crochet started to develop a strange wave on the edges of the Grannys ( oh I did not like that !!!!). I'm going to have a search on internet for these ergonomic tulip hooks .
      Thanks for popping by with kind regards Tracy x

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  6. Your granny is looking gorgeous, such wonderful colours!
    Victoria xx

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  7. As I'm still a novice at crochet I can only say that you're new hook looks so 'state of the art' I think it could be mistaken for something from a dentists tray..but I'm sure it's lovely to work with. Love the hares and the blanket! x

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  8. Your granny blanket looks lovely! Do you find that it tends to turn around in the middle and form a kind of swirl? Mine do when they get too big. How do you get yours so lovely and straight?

    And that table full of hares! Such promise!

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    1. Hi Ali, I must admit I am pleased with how the Giant Granny blanket is turning out .But I haven't noticed any sort of turning or swirling in it's shape , but is still quite small .
      I don't know how I get mine so straight Ali ,But I do tend to pull back any trebles that I think are not at the same tension as the others it sat next to , If ones a bit too loose it's pulled back and it's done again .I don't know if that helps with your query .
      But thanks for popping by with kind regards Tracy .x

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  9. What a wonderful blanket! I am sorry to say that I don't crochet (card making and jewellery is my forte) but I think the idea of something fatter and easier to grip would seem less tiring (that's me with my professional physiotherapy hat on!)Your production table of hares is terrific - what wonderful work in progress. I hope you have a productive week it will be lovely to see them coming to life ;0)
    Jane x

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  10. Forgive me...I am new to your blog and blogs in general. I LOVE your HARES!!! I was wondering if you have a pattern for them or if you sell them. They are so beautiful and the colours you use are very nice as well!

    Your granny blanket is lovely! I love granny blankets and I think I will never tire of making them :)

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    1. Hi Stacey , It's so nice when people visit , I have only been involved in blogging for the last 8 months myself , but haven't looked back it such a wonderful place full of creativity and inspiration .I am planning on selling these Hares on either Etsy or Folksy not decided which yet . I will do a big post to launch my shop once it's set up .
      Thanks for popping by with kind regards tracy .

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  11. Tracy.....I need you email address!
    http://www.liberty.co.uk/lifestyle-fabrics/article/fcp-content
    SWOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  12. The colours of the blanket are wonderful. You were right to get more wool. I think that we forget when we make a blanket for our children it is something that they will keep forever so think of it as an investment. The production line of the hares make me smile. I tried one of the dado hooks but couldn't get used to it. There is a lady on eBay that sells wooden ones for about £1.80 inc postage and I find it better then my knit pro one also have to say I use a clover one and it stops it getting sweaty and I don't get an achey hand. What size hook do you use?

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    1. Hi Poppy Cottage , I totally agree on a blanket being an investment because we invest time and love into making one it seems so silly not to invest in good quality yarn .I do want it to and be part of my youngest's childhood .I've given up on the addi hook at the moment , back to the drawing board with that one .The size of hook I use is a 2.5mm when making the Hare jumpers and that's with 4ply wool and a 4mm with the d.k. im using for my son's blankets .
      Thanks for popping by with kind regards Tracy x

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  13. What lovely Hares!! I love the way you mix the yarn colour and fabric pattern. They look so stylish.
    The hook.. I have many that belonged my mum, all of them made of metal. Never seen one "toothbrush" like this till I arrived to Attic 24. I will ask for one the next time I'll go to the yarn shop. ;D
    And about the time we spend with the blogs.. well, we also have life "outside". Thanks for sharing your time with people who needs you.

    Hugs from Spain!!

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    1. Hello Montse Marti , I'm pleased you like the yarn and fabric combinations I'm putting together with the Hares , I do like playing with colour and pattern and textures and I do love delving into my Liberty Lawn collection and sewing with this fabric .
      With regards to the hook I'm not sure whether I like it ,I've gone back to my old hook for now .
      Thanks for popping by with kind regards Tracy .

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  14. Love your blanket - looks super snuggly and beautiful colours. I love addi crochet hooks and have found them so much easier than plain metal ones. Mine seem to rock in my hand easily and I whip along with them. Love that sage wool - really lush!

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  15. Hello Adaliza , thank you I am too loving this blanket and I am being a bit indulgent with the yarn I'm using. As It's for my 5 year old I wanted to invest in good quality yarns so it will last a long time . I am using Pure Merino wool or yarns with Alpaca and Bamboo ,very soft and luxurious. I'm not sure about the hook I've gone back to my old metal one , I've found that while the grip is good my Granny squares were developing a very wavey edge to them , which I don't like so I've gone back to what works.
    Thanks for popping by with kind regards Tracy .

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  16. Hi!

    I really enjoy your blog and the things you make. I'm a newbie in the land of blogging, about one month only. If you find the time, stop by!
    To the hooks: I know the problem with the wrong grip. My favorite brand is Prym. Their hooks have a very pleasant rubbery surface. I don't know if there's Prym in the UK, I live in Germany. But if you would like to give them a try let me know. I can send a care package to you and other interested hookers.

    Best wishes from hot Bavaria (where you really need a good grip at the moment)!

    Natalie

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  17. OMG looks like real ideas laboratory!
    and new addi hook seems to be very comfortable...it reminds me a toothbrush

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  18. It's good to hear you are feeling better! It sounds like a weekend full of self indulgence was just what you needed :-). Those last few pictures of the unfinished hares surrounded by shall-be-clothes and materials make me smile! Warm regards from the Netherlands, R.

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  19. Are those naughty hares multiplying while your back is turned?!!!
    Your dinosaur blanket is looking fabulous : -)

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  20. Glad to hear you're back on your feet ...and good for you having an indulgent day!

    Love the photo of your 'hare' factory! Oh what a great job choosing each set of fabrics and matching yarn .... heaven!

    Have a good week.
    Fleur xx

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  21. I've recently started crocheting again - and dug out the old metal hooks. I think I must be getting old as they hurt my hands if I used them for too long. I bought a couple of KnitPro hooks - quite cheap from eBay - and am really pleased. I can use them for hours - my Lucy inspired ripple blanket is coming on a treat!

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