I've finally made a start on something I've been meaning to do for ages!
Lucy at Attic24 has been using yarn pegs for years - she may even have invented the idea, it was certainly the first place I saw it. It's such a clever way to play with colours and work out what schemes to use for new blankets and other projects. However, it was when I read this post from Sam at Betsy Makes, using pretty dolly pegs for her yarn pegs, that I really wanted to give it a go. Well... it's been two and a half years since I read that post! I finally bought some dolly pegs in the last few months of last year, and only this weekend did I actually get to work after being inspired anew by this picture on Instagram from colourandcrochet. So, it's been a long time coming. Thanks to Lucy, Sam and Clare for the inspiration that finally got me here!
The plan is to have a peg for every colour of the Stylecraft Special DK range. Then when the need comes to crochet a new blanket (as it does!) it will be easy to decide on a scheme and check how the colours look together, before buying the yarn. (I do still need to write the colours on the pegs, as that would be helpful!) Unfortunately I only had 15 colours in my stash (one is not pictured - grey) and I think there are around 80 colours in the Stylecraft Special DK range! It's a start, though.
White / Cream / Candyfloss / Fondant / Pomegranate / Lipstick / Sunshine / Lemon / Spring Green / Aspen / Sherbert / Turquoise / Bluebell / Wisteria
A lot of these colours can be seen in my waterlily blanket. I already feel some colour scheme ideas coming from looking at the pegs I've made so far - it's such a great useful idea!
[If you are looking for the Supersize Crochet Blog Hop and Giveaway, you can find the post HERE!] As the title suggests, I'm planning to bust the stash and finish the WIPs this year. I wrote about January and February here. So, let's see how I've done in March and April...
Not that well, really!
I made the cute and easy crochet eggs using left-over white cotton yarn from the Easter eggs I made for Hobbycraft, with some thin crochet cotton I had been given last year.
I also made a start on a colour-block crochet blanket using yarn given to me for my birthday and Christmas in December. No purchases were required for either of these.
Not a stitch this time, I'm afraid!
I did make some unnecessary purchases this month. I went on a great holiday to Orlando, Florida in April - I know, lucky me! About 20 minutes (very brisk!) walk away from our accommodation was a Michael's store. I've heard about Michael's from American craft blogs, so had to check it out! One afternoon my boyfriend was having a bit of a nap, so I strode purposefully out into the blazing sun to visit the shop. I bought two things which was very restrained of me. I ummed and ahhed about some other things, but decided I didn't want to buy too much that I didn't have a project in mind for... but I did want a little treat or two!
What I bought:
A tube of pretty washi tapes in mint, pink/blush and gold - no purpose in mind - FAIL.
A ball of Lily Sugar 'n Cream yarn - no purpose in mind - FAIL.
But, I think that's not too bad really - it was a holiday treat after all! I'll definitely use the yarn - I've already got some ideas in mind. The washi tape... hmm well, it will probably be added to my washi tape stash that I'm never quite sure what to do with!
I am very pleased to be taking part in this Blog Hop celebrating Sarah Shrimpton's new book, Supersize Crochet! You may know Sarah from her blog, Annaboo's House, which I have been following for many years. You can also find Sarah on Instagram here - and while you're there, you can find me too!
I received a free PDF version of Supersize Crochet for the benefit of this post, and will be giving away a PDF copy to one lucky reader too! Read on to find out more... Firstly, let me tell you more about the book. As the name suggests, it's a book full of great crochet patterns using thick and chunky yarn - and you know what that means? The projects make up so quickly - just what I like! Here are some of the gorgeous projects you can make (image stolen from Sarah's blog)...
There are loads of fun projects, but one caught my eye straight away - the hanging pouch! So that is what I made...
It was perfect, as I had bought myself some t-shirt yarn last year. There had been just one tube/cone/ball (?!) left in Hobbycraft, and it was reduced to £2.50! I'd been wanting to try t-shirt yarn, so thought it was the ideal opportunity at that price, so I snapped it up.
However, I didn't know what to do with it, so it languished in my messy craft room until I saw the hanging pouch pattern in Sarah's book! It actually calls for a cotton cord and 7mm hook. However, I just knew it was the pattern my zingy lime green t-shirt yarn had been waiting for!