Owl Obsession Crochet Blanket

Hi! Well i can’t believe just how quick this blanket worked up, i have finished! Was lovely to sit and work the motifs and dip in and out of when I felt up to it.

The pattern is by Marken of the Hat & I and can be found here- http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/owl-obsession It is a truly lovely pattern, very unusual but a real pleasure to crochet. I would say its a pattern suitable for intermediate crocheters as bits of it are a bit tricky, there are lots of lovely pictures which really help if your a bit stuck but i say its a tad beyond a beginner unless you are extremely determined!

The only think i did differently from the pattern was not continually fastening off my yarn and starting again for the partial octagons, i did a couple like this but i hate sewing in ends and this method gives you a lot of extra bits to sew in! So i just flipped the work over and followed the instructions for the next row but did them in the front loops rather than the back loops, it gives the same affect but less work for me!

I used one ball of Ice variegated rainbow yarn for the coloured section and two balls of style craft special DK for the white. Both really nice acrylic yarns (i’m slowly over coming my aversion to using acrylic) The colour changes in the Ice yarn aren’t as bright as the chroma recommended in the pattern but i couldn’t really afford to splurge on more yarn so used what i had in my stash. This yarn crochets up on a 4mm hook so the overall size was small than the blanket in the pattern but i didn’t mind this, it would be super easy to make it bigger if you wished by adding a few more blocks 🙂 

So here are all my bits sat out waiting to be pieced together! Always such an exciting moment i think!

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I then laid them all out to try and make sure i didnt end up with too many of one set of colours in one place. I wanted them to look random so just threw them down but then rearranged one or two until i was completely happy 🙂

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I joined my motifs together using whip stitch in the back loops only, i tried slip stitching as recommend in the pattern but this method doesn’t seem to agree with me.

After joining i then crocheted the boarder which really added something to the blanket, its nice and simple but really makes the difference!

So here is the finished blanket-

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A close up of a couple of the motifs-

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And a couple of action shots with my littlest man who took a real liking to the owls!

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The back of this blanket is super beautiful, i think if you just crocheted the blanket up minus the owl motif (so just used the basic octagon instead) it would look just as beautiful, maybe as a big bedspread. Here is a quick shot with it folded so you can see the back-

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Then i couldn’t resist a slightly odd arty shot, you can tell i’m new to this but i thought it looked pretty laid out next to the wee lemon tree on our balcony with the sun shining down on it 🙂

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So i hope you like it 🙂 highly recommend the pattern to anyone who is interest it is worth every penny! Please pop over to Markens page and show so love for her amazing work and say i sent you!

Ciao for now

WEM x

 

Cloth nappy adventures abroad!

Hi!

Thought i had better do a wee post about something other than crochet lol (though to be fair i could sit and talk about it all day!)

I have always used cloth nappies, started with big wide eyed boy as loved the idea of saving a bit of cash and being kind to the environment. We didn’t use cloth all the time and we stopped for a bit when he was around 18months due to a house move and the fact i was pregnant with little wide eyed boy and felt rotten! 

We got back into cloth not long before L.WEB was born due to discovering cheeky wipes. For those of you who have never heard of cheeky wipes i urge you to check out their page- http://www.cheekywipes.com These babies changed my life! so so easy to use even for mamas not cloth nappying, seriously give them a try. I can’t use disposable wipes now as they are just not in the same league! One cheeky wipe can clean up an explodanappy (two at the absolute max; then you know its a bad one lol) compared to pulling out endless sposie wipes. They saved us a small fortune as we were going through a pack of wipes a week. So when the little man was born i knew i wanted to get back into using cloth.

When the little dude was born we started out with sposies as we had a lot to get to grips with (he had feeding issues and barely slept to start with!) and to be honest we got lazy, we kept telling ourselves we start at the end of the pack of sposies and never seemed to get round to it, i think in part this was to do with big wide eyed boy being a handful more than anything else lol. But one day the issue was brought to a head… having outgrown the newborn nappies we had to change to the next size up in regular nappies and the poor wee man had the most awful allergic reaction, his whole bum broke out in blisters and was absolutely raw. I felt terrible, that day i threw the pack in the bin and pulled out all my cloth nappies and we never looked back! He has been full time cloth since that day and i can honestly say we never looked back!

Anyway i digress 🙂 When were made the decision to travel there was some debate as to whether we should bring the cloth or try him in sposies again. For me it was a no brainer! 

First of all size- we traveled here by car so space was at a premium however the nappies only took up marginally more space than a pack of spouses, probably about the same as a box of sposies. Which i don’t think is bad considering i had a nappy bucket with two mesh bags, all my nappies, a few wet bags for when we were out and about and all my cheeky wipes plus their box! The other thing to bare in mind is that you will never need to replace them you just was and reuse, how long would the box of sposies last? A month max? Then you would have to go out and find some more and the brands do differ from at home so it could end up costly finding which ones work best. So for me cloth def wins that round!

Next washing/disposal – Another argument i regularly hear against cloth is the extra washing and having to store the dirty nappies. I can honestly say this has not been an issue for us. We use an airtight bucket lined with a mesh bag which we chuck the dirty nappies in (after flicking off any mess into the loo). They stay in there until we are ready to wash them. Pulling them out in the mesh bag means you never need to touch the dirty nappies. Bung them in the washing machine and away you go. Due to the fact its super hot out here they dry in a tiny amount of time and then we are ready to go again 🙂

my nappies drying in the sun-

 

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The view from my balcony where the nappies are drying-

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Compare this to sposies which you can just throw in the bin. You might say thats easier, however the bins in the apartments tend to be small so you would maybe get a days worth of rubbish and nappies in, this will sit in the apartment all day and most of these bins are the kind hidden in a cupboard so not airtight… mmmmm bet it smells nice! You then have to pull the bin bag out and carry it out of the apartment (not easy if its just you and the kids as you would all have to go) again with the smell following you all the way. Then you have to throw you little bag into a big outside bin. The smell of that alone is not nice but imagine putting sposie nappies in it every day having 30c+ heat on it all day and then opening up the next day to add more nappies… yuck! So i def think cloth wins that one!

Thirdly on the go- This is a tough one to argue i think… on the one hand sposies are very convenient in that you can throw them away BUT when your travelling you never know what facilities are available to you, there is certainly not as many baby changing facilities or public bins etc here as there are back home so regardless of cloth or sposie you still may end up carrying dirty nappies around with you.

Thinking about this was one of the reasons we started using two part nappies- an outer wrap and an insert that sits inside it (we mainly use flips and blueberries) these are quite slim fitting and if the insert is only wet you can reuse the wrap reducing the amount you need to take with you so they don’t really take up much more space. I think on this one sposies and cloth draw!

Finally pretty factor- Im sorry but cloth wins hands down lol! nothing cuter than a squishy butt in a cute wrap 🙂 we have had lots of compliments from people who have seen little man flashing his fluff im keeping my fingers crossed that we can spread the fluffy love over here too!

This is a piccy of all the wide eyed guys after enjoying a gelato, the littlest dude was such a mess we had to strip him down to his fluff until we could go back to the car to get his spare clothes 🙂 you have got to admit he looks a cutie 🙂

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And here is another of him flashing his fluff in the apartment, its nice to strip him down when he gets hot and the extra squishy padded bum certainly comes in handy when he falls down on the hard tile floor (he is trying so hard to walk at the moment, so lots of bumps and bruises!) 

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So for anyone thinking of trying it i say DO IT! 🙂 It was one of the best decisions we made ❤

I would love to hear your thoughts on using cloth and travelling and would be more than happy to answer any questions 🙂

Ciao for now.

WEM x

Satisfaction…

There is nothing more satisfying than coming to the end of a big project, the moment you step back look at what you made and think “wow, i did that!” However every now and then i feel like i need a bit more of a quick fix if you know what i mean? You feel ace completing those big projects but sometimes you just want something quick for a wee boost!

Since having my boys i have suffered from carpal tunnel quite badly, particularly in my right hand, ive been experimenting with different hooks and holds to ease the pain but sometimes i just have to have a wee rest and take it easy.

I seem to have hit a bit of a wall with the Bavarian blanket (all those shells have taken their toll on my hand lol) so i decided i needed a quick and easy pick me up… and what better than granny squares?

I will admit i had fallen out of love with the basic granny square, it just seemed so old and dated to me so i have been on the hunt for something more modern and fun! I have found a few interesting things which i have added to my ever expanding pinterest list

(which you can find here- http://pinterest.com/wideeyedmummy/crochet-things-i-want-to-try-x/ if you fancy a nosey)

but i particularly fell in love with this ace pattern- http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/owl-obsession  Owl Obsession by Marken of The Hat & I, ok so i know its not technically a granny square but yo can work each piece separately for that little boost of satisfaction but at the end you get that big boost for finishing a big project 🙂 win win 🙂

so i started crocheting away and im pleased to say the motifs work up super fast 🙂 its a beautiful pattern too 🙂 this was the result of one afternoons work-Imagevery satisfying 🙂 and the colours are just so pretty!

i will keep you up to date with my progress!

Ciao for now.

WEM x

Settling in :)

So we have been in italy just over a week now and started to settle in 🙂 me and the boys have been out exploring though in this heat not for too long!

Being in a small apartment without a lot to do has given me the chance to really catch up with my crochet 🙂 its so nice just to sit and chill in the evening when the boys are asleep with my hook and yarn, hubby calls it my crochet therapy and i have to say i agree with him! i always come away from it feeling a sense of pride and peace 🙂

heres what i am woking on at the moment- ImageIts going to turn out huge when im done but i am loving the yarn- its my first foray into using acrylic yarn (i will admit im a yarn snob and usually stick with cotton) but its gorgeously squishy and will be super snuggly. Its an amazing colour pack of style craft yarn from the wonderful Sconch textiles (link here- http://www.sconchtextiles.co.uk/yarn/stylecraft-yarn/stylecraft-special-dk-packs ) please check her out, she is on facebook too and just lovely, fab products and ace service highly recommended to you all!

as if to prove my point i put it down for five minutes and came back to find biggest wide eyed boy had stolen it for a snuggle 🙂

ImageIts a slightly modified bavarian crochet style blanket inspired by the amazing Mad Mad me blanket link here- http://032ad8a.netsolhost.com/madmad/2012/02/04/bavarian-crochet-blanket/ it was one of the first things i pinned to my pinterest board so its nice to finally be able to sit down and have a go! i will post a wee tutorial to how i did it when its done 🙂

Signing off for now to do a bit more crocheting in the sun

ciao for now!

WEM