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Back on track April 10, 2014

Filed under: Crochet,Family,Holidays,Mood Blanket 2014 — vintagehomespun @ 2:03 pm

I think this could be my theme for April, getting back on track. I feel like things have been unravelling, going astray, rolling away from me even! So, now the holiday is here, it’s time to gather my thoughts, and projects, and get things back on track!

In March, there were so many things happening that my mood blanket took a back seat. Weeks went by and no more squares were made so now I am four squares behind. I’ll have to make 2 per week in April, to catch up. But here is the first square for April, and happily the first Wednesday in April was the 2nd, my daughter’s 15th birthday. So to celebrate I chose to make a square with a flower in the centre, and using colours left over from the ripple blanket I made her a few years ago. So, here it is…


The pattern I used can be found here

I think it’s a really lovely square, don’t you? I’m sure I’ll use this pattern again.

So, more squares to make, and I’ll post them as I go. Plus I need to update you on the two KALs I’m currently working on, and the two other blankets on the hook… Busy, busy, but April is the month to get it all back on track!

Happy Thursday xx


Crochet Mood Blanket – Square 6 February 8, 2014

Filed under: Crochet,Mood Blanket 2014 — vintagehomespun @ 6:09 pm
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So, the first February square. I chose a silvery grey colour to reflect the colour of the sky and the effect this weather is having on my mood generally. Oh how I long for sunshine!


I’ve joined together the squares from January, using a flat braid join. It’s the first time I’ve used this particular joining method, and I really like it.


I think it looks quite effective, although it took me a while to decide between cream or a dark blue/black colour for joining. I think this was the right choice though.

The stripy blanket is coming on, but I’m also now trying to crochet an amigurumi man – it’s fun and I’m enjoying it so far. And I’ve got one or two WIPs to finish, and hopefully that will happen during the Ravellenic Winter Games, but we’ll see…

Happy Saturday xx


Crochet Mood Blanket – Square 5 February 2, 2014

Filed under: Crochet,Mood Blanket 2014 — vintagehomespun @ 7:09 pm
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So here we are at the end of January already, and 5 squares completed, one for every Wednesday of the month. The fifth square had to be a dark colour, as the mood has definitely been dark, lots of ‘things’ to deal with. But not entirely laden with doom, so I chose more of a jewelled shade to reflect the sense of promise I still feel. I’m always more of a glass half-full girl really.

So square 5 is a deep green but a lovely rich shade.


And so on with February…

Happy Sunday x


Crochet Mood Blanket 2014 – Square 4 January 24, 2014

Filed under: Crochet,Knitting,Mood Blanket 2014,Socks — vintagehomespun @ 2:32 pm
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It struck me today how moods can change so many times within a day, never mind a week. The idea of making a square to reflect the whole week is therefore slightly unrealistic – every square would need to be multi-coloured, with stitches missing, knots, mistakes and all. So my squares instead will give more of a general impression, rather than a detailed explanation of the past week.

This week has been, all in all, fairly cheery. My step-daughter and her little girl returned from their travels just in time for us all to celebrate the little one’s fifth birthday. We all got together for a meal, and cake, of course, and a chorus or two of ‘Happy Birthday’. Family, singing, presents and cake – very cheery indeed!

So, on Wednesday I sat down, looked in my box, and found a lovely cheery pink shade of yarn called Pomegranate. Even the name makes me smile! And here it is…


Had I chosen to wait and make the square in the evening, it would have been a very different colour, as some news I received from my son’s college about his exams made me extremely angry, in fact probably too angry even to crochet. I’m glad I had made it in the afternoon!

I’ve also been fairly distracted recently with socks once again, of all sizes. I’m currently making two pairs, different sizes, for two little girls. Almost finished now, and then it will be socks for the boys. I really like the Regia sock yarn I’m using – that added to the cheeriness of the week too!


The stripy blanket has, in the meantime, been on hold. But I’m hoping to get back to it soon…

Happy Friday xx


Crochet Mood Blanket – Square 3 January 17, 2014

Filed under: Crochet,Mood Blanket 2014,Seasons — vintagehomespun @ 2:38 pm
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Well, the third Wednesday of January already, and so the third square of the mood blanket. On this Wednesday I ventured out, took a little stroll, and saw the beginnings, the very first signs of spring, or that’s how it felt to me . Of course, we are still having a lot of rain, and high winds, but there some beautiful and bright moments in between.


It made me feel hopeful 🙂 So I chose a soft pink colour for this square, for Wednesday 15 January.


Happy Friday xx


Crochet Mood Blanket 2014 January 14, 2014

Filed under: Crochet,Mood Blanket 2014 — vintagehomespun @ 3:39 pm
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And so on to square 2.

This is the square for Wednesday 8 January. Not such a great day for me, feeling a bit down, a bit under the weather, and zero energy. You could even say I was feeling a little bit ‘blue’!

But then January 8 is also the birthday of David Bowie, which led me to ‘blue, blue, electric blue’.

So here it is…


And posted before I need to make tomorrow’s square!

Happy Tuesday x


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