Crazy grannie squares

This grannie square is about 30cm square and Maria learnt how to do it on a craft camp the week before last . It is not the sort of grannie square you can just do but the visual impact of it is striking and different colour combinations would produce such an interesting effect. As usual, Maria’s workspace was fun and interesting and yes, it just happened to be her birthday recently. We  celebrated it just before the camp and she celebrated it at the camp. She had found this grannie square quite challenging and , given her high skills level, it was good that she could find something which would help build her creative ideas.

There is an online grannie square colour pattern generator if you are interested. Crochet Again also has some grannie squares ideas which are a bit different.

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Where did you get that hat?

 

We had some lovely hats again this week and ones which made us think . Top left is Marina’s spun wool beanie which was cosy and warm . She’d actually used the pattern from Christine’s tubular socks because she thought it would work well on a beanie and it does. It makes it warmer than if you knitted it flat and it also gives it a bit of a life visually. She then made another beanie, on the right, using the same pattern but using her spun wool batts plied with cotton. It looks quite different from the other one even though it is the same pattern. Both of the beanies look comfortable.

Underneath are Hilary’s two berets from her spun wool. The first one , to the left, has some soft green at the edge and then the bright colours in the middle. The second one is just such a glorious riot of green and other colours. Like Marjories’ beret last week it is a celebration of colour. Both of these berets are cheerful and guaranteed to beat the winter blues. Colour therapy works.

Is this a sheep?

crochet sheep Margaret had white crochet things on her workspace. We were trying to think what they were. A big white doily and a smaller circle…hmm. As is turns out it is going to be a sheep. There is a black face to go on this and it is supposed to be for a baby blanket. This is Australia. Margaret was thinking about this sheep. She was thinking it would be too hot and heavy for a baby blanket in Australia. She really liked the sheep she was making but decided it would probably look better on a bag or an adult blanket. We are now looking forward to seeing this sheep and what Margaret does with it. Creativity is a journey and Margaret constantly teaches us to think things out , to do what we want and to use our judgement to make our own creative decisions.

While we are on the subject of sheep, because Margaret made us think about them, there is the cutest little sheep drawstring bag on RepeatCrafterMe. Great pattern and great name for a site 🙂

Show and tell

Marina : 2 balls of spun yarn in muted pastel shades of blue, 1 yellow/cream mix, 2 beanies in a spiral rib orange/cream, 1 ribbed in a blue mixture.

Cathy :2 carded batts yellow with muted green & gold thread carded through. Pomegranate natural dye.

Sheila: showed us the finished jumper she was working on last week in a photo on her phone:Granddaughter wearing the jumper.

Hilary :2 berets in very bright multi-coloured greens, 1 skein of spun Ashford wool/silk mix.

John : the weaver has started a new project weave a heritage pattern for a table runner.

Peter ,John’s apprentice, is working on his ruck sack.

Maria : a sample of a colourful crazy crotchet square.