Crochet blanket

Homemade blankets always seem to find an owner and a home. They are always in use. Homepsun ones are particularly warm and then are totally original. We all liked Karin’s homespun crochet blanket because of the visual effect and the colours. Homespun loves being crocheted. You can make blankets from crochet afghans but his one is a once piece blanket and it looks lovely.

There are some good, free crochet blanket patterns on Favecrafts.

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Field Mouse Slippers

Field Mouse slippersWe all loved the little mouse slippers Pam was making. They would make any child’s feet warm and cute. The Field Mouse Baby Booties is a free pattern by Olivia Kent on Ravelry.

Field Mouse Slippers

Show and tell

showntell24April

A warm thank you to Maria for bringing a belated birthday cake which was a beautiful Black Forest, which we all enjoyed very much, also thanks to Wendy, Marina & Jan for also supplying cakes for us to enjoy.

Sonya brought in some Yarn mags to give away to any members who would like to take them.

Marina crocheted a pink cotton shrug, 2 beanies and a ball of spun ball of alpaca plied with linen.

Cathy  shared a beanie with a woven thread from her first core spinning effort, & a much loved upcycled alpaca jumper in blue beautifully re-crafted & re-spun from her own wool. Also a ball of her latest green/brown core spun wool. 

Wendy mastered the art of Navajo plying & produced a beautiful ball of autumn colours.

Janette found a lady who takes white wool socks & tie dyes them in very interesting patterns & colours.

Marjorie crocheted a long beanie in many colours mostly from homespun wool & finished spinning a large skein of dark brown corriedale X wool

Alexis knitted a very special gossamer shawl for her future daughter-in-law – a  traditional ring shawl in fine white wool.

Picnic blanket

crochet blanket

Marina had bought a huge picnic basket to keep all her yarn and fleece under more control at home. It inspired her to get out her oddments and start crocheting a picnic blanket or two – the really colourful one on the right and the muted fawns and lavenders on the left. The colourful one was just going to come along as she had time to do the motifs but she had arrived at a point with the muted colours that she had run out of suitable fawns, purples, lavenders and so on. She used her display to help us help her think of what other colours she could add or whether she should spin some wool up specifically for her blanket. This was great for us. We were loving imagining how you could finish that blanket.

The African flower motif Marina has used is very popular right now and there are so many things you can make with this motif from stuffed toys to jackets, blankets, bags, soft balls. It is a versatile and striking motif and great for oddments and stash busting.