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27 February 2015

The Cherry Heart Blanket Along


Bring out your Blankets!

Get that old wip out of the cupboard, unearth those buried squares, or get stash diving and start something new.  Whatever you want to work on, old or new, let's make some progress on our blanket projects in March.

In case you haven't heard, I've been talking over the idea of doing an 'along' of some kind to help us all get ourselves going on our blankets.  Cheering each other on, sharing our pretty makes and generally indulging in some blanket goodness together.  I'm so excited that lots of you have said you'd want to join in so I think it's time we officially got started...

: : CHERRY HEART BLANKET ALONG : :

#CHBAL

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The rules

1.  Get yourself a blanket project.

 If you already have a blanket started, that's great, bring it along.
If you want to start a new blanket, that's great too, come share your plans.
It can be a crochet or a knitted blanket, any blanket is welcome.
If you want to join me in making a Weekender Blanket you can.  (Weekender Blanket Details here.)
It does not have to be a 'Cherry Heart' blanket.  Really, any blanket is welcome!

2.  Make some progress on it.

The aim of this is to make progress of some kind, no matter how small, on our projects.
You don't need to finish.
You can work on a long-term project that you don't plan to finish this month.
You can work on a small project and complete it if you want to.
The aim is just to have something slightly bigger than you started with!

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Join in the fun

None of these are requirements, just ways you can join in and hopefully keep inspired and motivated as you get that blanket moving..

1.  Join the #CHBAL (Cherry Heart Blanket Along) thread on Ravelry
We can discuss our plans, talk colours, share progress etc, etc..

2.  Post pics of your progress on Instagram with the tag #CHBAL
Let's inspire each other with our pretty blankets.

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Win Prizes!

Near the end of the month I'll open a new thread on Ravelry and you'll be able to post pictures.  It doesn't have to be a completed blanket, just a picture of your progress this month.

We'll vote on each other's blankets by smooshing the 'love' button on all the blankets we love and the pic with the most votes will win a prize!

First prize
A free Cherry Heart Pattern
2 balls of some lovely squishy soft yarn
A few other pretty little bits and bobs

More Prizes
There will also be a free Cherry Heart pattern for the 2 runners up

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So that's it!

I'm really looking forward to seeing all your lovely makes and sharing our progress together.

Here's the links again for you:

Cherry Heart Blanket Along Thread on Ravelry

And don't forget the #CHBAL tag on Instagram




S x




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25 February 2015

Weekender Blanket Hexie Pattern


Thank you everyone for your lovely response to my last post about the idea of blanket alonging together.  We've been chatting away over on the Ravelry thread about it and I think it's really starting to take shape now.

It's all going to be quite informal and open, so anyone making any blanket can join in really.  But there will be a prize thread on Ravelry!  I think I'll probably be back to get the ball rolling on the actual 'Alonging' bit on Friday, but in the meantime, I thought I'd share the patterns for my Weekender Blanket Hexagons with you.

You don't need to be making this particular blanket to join in the 'along' with us, but this is just information ahead of time for those that do want to start their own.

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: : HEXIE CHARTS : :

First up are some lovely little hexie charts that I've drawn up with my nice new pens...


I hope you can make head or tail of them ok.  I thought it might be easier to draw them out rather than work on them on the computer, as I don't have any special software for the job, but to be honest, I'm not sure it is much easier for me.

Anyway, you can click on the picture to get a bigger version so that you can see everything a little more clearly.  I've included a little half hexie too, so that you can fit it into the sides, like I have in the photo above, if you want your sides to be straight.

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: : HEXIE WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS : :

I've also written up the pattern for them as well, for those that prefer working that way.  It's not a full blanket pattern as yet, just the hexagons themselves for now.  But, I've included the whole and the half hexie and I've included instructions written out with the US terms too.  A first for me!

I've made a simple PDF version of the instructions for now, so that you can download the file and refer to it offline or print it out if you'd like to.  Click the link below to download:

PATTERN LINK:  Weekender Hexagon Motifs (UK and US terms)



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: : THE COLOURS : :

Of course you are welcome to make the hexagons in any weight and colour yarn that takes your fancy but in case it's of any interest, I thought I'd share the colours and yarns that I'm using for my blanket.  Just in case you spotted a 'must have' shade that you'd like to include in yours...



Top Row - Stylecraft Special DK
1.  Raspberry - 1023
2.  Claret - 1123
3. Spice - 1711
4.  Petrol - 1708
5.  Midnight - 1011

Middle Row - Stylecraft Special DK
6.  Cream - 1005
7.  Grape - 1067
8.  Silver - 1203
9.  Grey - 1099

Bottom Row
10.  Jarol Heritage DK: Gold - 140
11.  Jarol Heritage DK: Duck Egg - 152
12.  Stylecraft Life DK: Zing - 2356
13.  Sirdar Bonus DK: Grass - 825
14.  James C Brett DK with Merino:  Pink - DM6

As is my annoying way, I've added other colours into my stylecraft mix.  Partly because I had those yarns in stash and wanted to use them up and partly because, big as the stylecraft colour range is, there are always some colours that aren't quite what you want.  Especially greens, I think they need better greens!

So those are the colours that I've gone for this time.

The trouble is, I know it's really hard to get hold of some of those yarns, particularly when you aren't in the UK.  And, even it you are in the UK, you don't want to be ordering one ball of yarn from here and another one from there... it'll cost a fortune in postage.  So, to help you out a little bit if you want to stick to just the Stylecraft Special range, here's a handy dandy colour comparison for you...

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: : HANDY DANDY COLOUR COMPARISON : :



So, at the bottom are the hexies in the colours I'm using.  At the top are balls of the nearest Stylecraft Special DK equivalents....

1.  Gold - 1709
Pretty much identical

2.  Sherbert - 1034
As I mentioned when I talked about the Painted Roses blanket, the sherbert is a lot brighter than the Jarol Heritage colour.  Stylecraft don't really have a duck egg colour, but this is their closest.

3.  Lime - 1712
The stylecraft colour is quite muddy in comparison to 'Zing' that I'm using.  Slightly more so than in this photo, as the zing really pops beautifully in real life.  But I do like that the Lime balances out the Sherbert, so that works quite well.

4.  Meadow - 1065
This is the one I struggle with most.  For me, the Meadow doesn't show enough contrast against the Lime in the stylecraft colours.  Whereas the two greens I've chosen are clearly very different.  It is the closest Stylecraft match but you may want to check out their other greens to find a shade you are happy with.

5.  Fondant - 1241   or   6. Clematis - 1390
This is a tricky one too.  Again, there's nothing quite like the pink I'm using available in the Stylecraft colours.  I think Clematis is the closest shade match, although it's a bit darker.  But I think, if it was me and I was going with the Sherbert and Lime, I'd probably plump for the Fondant pink instead.  I thought it'd be useful to show both though, so you can make you own minds up!

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I really hope that helps you get started on your own Weekend Blanket, if you fancy making one.

I'll be back on Friday to give you all the information you need on the 'alonging' so we can get started on cheering each other along and start making some fantastic blanket progress, on blankets old and new!  Not that you need to wait till then to get started of course.

In the meantime, if you'd like to pop over to Cherry Heart's Cozy Corner on Ravelry and have a chat about your plans, we'd love to see you and hear all about it...


S x




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23 February 2015

Some Things


I remember when half-terms used to be quiet and peaceful affairs.  A time for late mornings, lounging in pyjamas and some days, not stepping a foot out the door.  What happened to those I wonder?

Actually, this one was a bit of a mix of busy and slouchy.  There was plenty enough of the busy.  Children do need amusing don't they?  That means booking them in for things, taking them places, and generally providing non-stop entertainment.  So we did that.  Still, I was determined to fit some of the slouchy in this time too and we managed a bit of it.  Pj time was enjoyed, some moment of peace were found.



Half-Term Things

Making cakes, especially for birthdays is definitely a half-term requirement.  Daddy's turn at this time of year and Little Miss was the head baker for the occasion.  It was quite nice to just be the assistant for once actually as she did everything, cake, filling, icing and candle placement.  She did a good job.  The only downside is that apparently assistants get to do all the clearing up themselves.  Joy.

It was nice to get an afternoon at the park too.  We did the swings and slide thing but we also went for a lovely walk over the hills and through the trees as well, all under a lovely blue sky.  Lounging days are fab but it felt good to be out in the fresh air and in the sun too.




Blanket Along?

As I mentioned in my last podcast, I'm thinking it would be nice to do some sort of blanket alonging together.  I'm making my Weekender Blanket at the moment and as the name suggests, I'm just working on it at the weekends, so it's not exactly the fastest moving project in the world but that's ok.

Quite a few of us have some of these big blanket projects on the go and I thought it'd be nice to cheer each other along a bit, to encourage us to keep going.  So this would be an along that is more about moving our projects along a bit, making progress on them and showing we've made a difference with them, rather than actually finishing them.  Although finishing would be fantastic too.

...the plan so far is...

☆ The 'along' will be throughout March ☆
(Maybe beyond too, but we'll see how it goes)

☆ To join in you'll need to have a blanket to work on ☆
You can make a Weekender Blanket like mine (hexie patterns will be coming later this week)
Or it can be any other blanket you like.
You can start a new one, or it can be a blanket already on the go.

☆ There will be prizes ☆
I don't know what yet, but you'll probably need to be in the Cherry Heart Cozy Corner Group and post in a thread to enter.  I'm not sure how to do it otherwise...  I was thinking maybe the blanket with the most 'love' votes wins?

☆ We'll all cheer each other on ☆
There will be a Instagram tag too, another way to share and see each other's projects and cheer everyone on!

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That's all I have so far, but let me know your thoughts, either in the comments below, or pop over to the 'Weekender Blanket Along Anyone?' thread in the Ravelry group.

Ooh yes, and we need a name....

... Just 'Blanket Along'? 'Blanket Progress Project'? 'Weekender Blanket Along'? 'Boost your Blanket'?  I'm not sure, ideas very welcome!

I hope you'd like to join me, I think it could be fun!




Happy Mitts

There were a couple of other things that I mentioned in the podcast.  A couple of finished things and I thought I'd just give you a closer look at the them both here.

First up are the Happy Mitts that I made over Christmas from my lovely Koigu yarn.  I'm still loving all those gorgeous flecks of colour that are mixed up in there.

You can find all the pattern and yarn details in my show notes here.





My Kindle Cover

Here's the ill-fated Kindle cover too!  Such a shame it didn't go quite as planned.

I thought I'd just show you the bits that look ok here though, rather than dwell on the mucked up parts!

Again, the details are in the show notes.





Next time, I'll hope to have the Weekender Blanket Hexie patterns all ready to share with you.



S x




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19 February 2015

Colour Collaborative: February




Precious

Precious things are things with the most value or worth, the most enjoyed, refined or delicate, the most loved and cherished.  So this month it is hard not to talk about 'Home' again.  Because my family and my home are the most precious things to me.  No doubt many of you feel the same?

 I wasn't sure how this would equate to post about colour at first.  These are big, fundamental elements that hold my life together, my family and our little home.  What would I be without them?  But then I started to think about the little things.  The small, insignificant and quite everyday moments that I love and value so highly.  Precious moments in fact.

Moments like the clear, fresh, sunny day above when she went skipping off ahead of us as we walked hand in hand through the park.


 Moments full of the saccharin sweet colours of girls play things and being told to make sure Pony's hair is just right for the party she's been invited too.


Glittering, swirling, joyful moments and the look on her face when she puts on the much desired, often requested and long awaited for costume of choice.



Solitary, peaceful moments of quiet and calm, enjoyed in coziness and comfort.

Precious indeed.


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Don't forget to check out the other great 'Colour Collaborative' blogs
for more of today's great posts...

Annie at Annie Cholewa
Jennifer at Thistlebear
Claire at Above the River

and this month's guest poster...

Sara at Mitenska

What is The Colour Collaborative? 
All creative bloggers make stuff, gather stuff, shape stuff, and share stuff.
Mostly they work on their own, but what happens when a group of them work together?
Is a creative collaboration greater than the sum of its parts? We think so and we hope you will too.
We'll each be offering our own monthly take on a colour related theme, and hoping that in combination 
our ideas will encourage us, and perhaps you, to think about colour in new ways.



S x




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