‘Just Because’ – Crochet blanket inspiration and planning

Hey Tribe

Today’s little post is all about the inspiration and planning behind my new blanket which i’ve dubbed ‘Just Because’.

Anybody who has watched Episode 4 of the HGDC Podcast will have seen the finished LeeLee Blanket which I finished late December 2017 in a bid to the finish up the blanket stack. Most of the blanket stack blankets are my long time languishing WIPs. So, LeeLee blanket finished. Check. On to the next? Detour!

Whilst working on the LeeLee I had images of a girly version pop into my mind. Rather then solid granny squares of ‘manly’ colours I was day dreaming of a full on pink affair joined in light grey as opposed to the darker grey. I stash dived and then tweaked the design.

JUST BECAUSE recipe: minimalism, all the sparkles, pink everything, stash busting, creating, making and enjoying, unobligated creativity, indulgence, creativity, satisfaction, guilt free, mindful, mindless, for my bedroom, colour scheme, identify, waste not want not, frugality, gratitude.

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Squares

There are five granny squares designs which I am going to use throughout the blanket. Each square has 12 rounds.

I am using the Stylecraft Special DK in candy floss pink in each square for consistency/cohesion.

Square1: centre – rounds 1-3, rounds 4-6 in stash misc,rounds 7-9 another star misc and rounds 10-12 another stash  misc.

Square2: border – rounds 1-3 in stash stash misc, rounds 4-9 in Style craft pink, rounds 10-12 in another stash misc.

Square3: dot – Rounds 1-3 stash misc, rounds 4-10 in Stylecraft pinkRounds 11-12 in stash misc

Square4: chunk – rounds 1-7 in stash misc and rounds 8-12 in Stylecraft pink.

Square5: frame – rounds 1-6 in Sylecraft pink rounds 7-9 in stash misc and rounds 10-12  in Stylecraft Pink

 

So far the plan is a 5×7 square layout with each square border alternating between Stylecraft pink  and stash misc.

What have you made recently just because?

Heather xxx

 

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HGDC Podcast Episode 4 – 2017 Wrap up

Hey guys, this is the show notes for Episode four of the HGDC Podcast. In this podcast I wrap up 2017 by recapping on all my completed makes and show off my December haul. I also talk 2018 plans and goals. Let me know what you think in the comments and click subscribe.

Intro

Song:

YME: https://soundcloud.com/ymemusic/yme-tilt https://www.facebook.com/YMEmusicoffi… https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgCX…

Music from Soundcloud Music provided by RFM: https://youtu.be/lX9Z2dl23xM
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgCX…

Edited by me using the following

Title:

Unfocused circles clip https://youtu.be/R5jIoLnL_nE

Overlay green screens by Jan Tube https://youtu.be/XTCecbuNlZQ

Green screen animations for social media by Jan Tube https://youtu.be/h4bePhuHG8c

Chevron transition https://youtu.be/FLaO25OnrKw

Heart overlay https://youtu.be/1WGmKQAWKEA

Podcast proper

Granny socks made using the Treble Stripe Socks pattern by Simone Francis

Mini Podcast Sock Box reveal : link….

I blogged about my Granny Triangle Crochet Cowl here and the wonderful original pattern by Zeens and Rogers can be found here.

Reading Pillow: I followed this great little pattern by Fort Worth Fabric Studio which I found through Pinterest.

I blogged about my crochet journal here.

Blanket stack: 

See my pictorial on how I make my scrap yarn balls here. I use the Bella Coco YouTube tutorial on how to magic knot when making my balls as it means your work will not come undone and there are no ends to sew in!

Scrap granny stripe: you can find the info on this blanket in my previous blog post here.

Patterns by me to follow: Bunting, hot water bottle cover, LeeLee blanket, Dharms Circle Charms, Momma D’s Blanket, Scraptastic

I used the Meet Me At Mike’s tutorial to learn the Larksfoot stitch.

Haul: 

I brought my Drops Fabel at the Wool Zone in Oakham, Rutland. This shop is wonderful and I should have taken photo’s when I visited but I will be sure to return. There is a great range of yarn available and plenty of help in choosing your selection from Julie. You can fund her in Instagram as @wool_zone.

I brought Drops Fabel Uni Colour numbers 107 (navy) and 109 (pink) , Drops Fabel Print number 522 (blues), 330 (purple), Drops Delight Print 12 (purple/orange) and Grundl Hot Socks Yarn 406.

Stitch markers by Charmed Knitting who is @charmedknitting on Instagram.

M & A Stationers, Wigston is where I brought Good Old Fashioned DK in Violet.

Join me on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/HeatherGriffith

You can find my Elevation Pinterest Board here.

Find me on:

♡ Blog – http://hgdesignscrochet.co.uk
♡ Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/hgdesignscrochet/
♡ Twitter – https://twitter.com/hgdesignscro
♡ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/hgdesignscrochet/

Thanks for watching.

Heather xxx

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My Top 5 Yarn/Crochet/Knit Podcasts

My top 5 yarn/crochet/knit podcasts

When I crochet or knit I like to watch Netflix, twerk videos(!) and more recently podcasts/vlogs. I have always YouTubed tutorials and YouTube recommended Amber’s Yarn Hoarder podcast and I HAD to watch just so I could find out more about that stash.

Number one – Amber’s Yarn Hoarder 

Amber covers knitting, spinning a little crochet and sewing a Me Made wardrobe. She live sin America and has a whole range of pets, home schools her kids and is just surrounded by yarn. Bliss.

Number Two – Molly’s A Homespun House

Molly lives in Germany and has her own yarn line. She is gentle and her podcasts are so soothing. She knits the most beautiful garments and gives insights into he lifestyle. I am a little bit impressed when I hear her speak German ad then switch back to English. No biggie. Bilinguals are cool.

Number three – Ami’s A Little Tailoress

Ami has adorable baby Jack and Gaddesby the dog.  She talks about knitting and sewing. Her projects are so on point and so stylish. She is colour pallet goals and home decor goals. She also has her own yarn line and project bags.

Number four – Lindsay’s Lottie & Albert 

Lindsay is all about the colour, all about the chunky and all about the crochet. She uses acrylic yarn which I rate her for and do myself. She is also an editor for a crafty magazine and is an ambassador for HobbyCraft so she shows you all the latest must haves. She is a trend setter, like she creates the IG hypes, and she also churns out some amazing pattern.

Number 5 is Rosina’s Zeens & Rogers 

Zeens & Rogers gave me the inspiration behind my Crochet Cowl Granny Triangle and I really want to try her jumper!

There are so so many more podcasts that I am subscribed to. There is just something nice about watching crochet and getting new ideas and cooing over someones projects whilst working on your own. The enthusiasm is infectious. Kinda like a knit and natter in your own home.

These podcasts where also the inspiration and push for my own Podcast!

 What are your favourite Podcasts?

Heather 

xxx

 

Mini Break – Dorset

Mini Break – Dorset 

(Not Devon)

16.10.2017-19.10.2017

I spent a week in Dorset with my Uncle, his partner, my aunt, and their two kids (my cousins), my cousin’s partner and their seven kids. One branch of the Griffith’s in three caravans in effect.

I packed LOTS of yarn, pjs, books and warm jumpers! The journey took us around five hours from The East Midlands to Poole coast. Mega. But all that car crochet time was put to good use.

The essentials are packed – PJ’S & YARN
Travel Times

The British Weather

Because I am British and no excursion is complete without a weather report, we caught Storm Ophelia and Storm Brian. Gail force winds, moody skies, red moon, torrential rain but also beautiful sunshine and abnormal warm winds. Times for exploring and times to hunker down.

Red Moon
Gail Force Winds

Selfies and Shorelines 

We visited a few different beaches and harbours. The kids paddled in the freezing cold sea and we ate chips by the seaside. Standard. In the evenings the kids did the entertainment, the oldies did the bingo thing and I was in the arcades and then in my pjs with peach beeline’s watching ice road truckers with my uncle. Simple things.

Dorset, harbour

Crochet

I took three projects with me

A commissioned blanket.

A pair of DK knit socks.

And a Crochet Cowl Granny Triangle.

Commissioned Blanket 

#MommaDharmsBlanket

this blanket has been commissioned by the owner of my previous commission for her mum. I had been playing with swatches and colour ways and finally decided on a 16 colour repeat!

Swatching

Crochet Cowl Granny Triangle 

I blogged all about my cowl here and its’s free pattern.

Crochet and Chill
Crochet Cowl Granny Triangle Selfie
Crochet Cowl Granny Triangle Selfie

I didn’t even touch the DK knit socks! Crochet won over .

Rabbit 

Amaya, five, is my cousin’s second youngest daughter and she is ADORABLE. She became my little shadow and followed me around asking so many questions about my crochet. She was genuinely fascinated. She also squished my yarn and WIPS and snuggled with them. Kid after my own heart. She asked for a scarf for her ‘Rabbit’ as he was cold by the seaside.

Rabbit’s scarf: Chain 7, dc into 2nd ch, dc to end. *Ch 1, turn, dc to end*. Repeat from * to * until desired length. I made mine apron 30 rows.

Fringing I wrapped yarn around a paracetamol packet and cut the top and bottom so as to create equal strands (it was too hand due to a headache in the caravan) I tied two strands to each ch space.

His fringing matches his fur. Heart eyes.

Amaya’s ‘Rabbit’

Heather

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HGDC Sock Box – Mermaid

HGDC SOCK BOX MERMAID

Instalment one of the HGDC Sock Box has now been safely received by its lucky new owners which means I can reveal the surprise contents.

THE BIG REVEAL 

HGDC Sock Box Mermaid – HeyJayYarn

Yarn, Yarn, Yarrrrn

This months yarn was a 100g HGDC Mermaid skein and a matching 20g mini for the toes, cuffs and heels.

Just LOOK at that colour way. Sassy siren.

Thank you to Hannah at HeyJayYarn’s for dying up the HGDC Mermaid skeins for the Mermaid box. They are so squishy and so vibrant.

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IN THE BOX

Also included in this jam pack box is:

Mermaid scale stich marker by Esme’s Buttons

Motivational Postcard by BippityBlush

Mermaid wish bracelet by CharmOnYourSleeve

Iron on I love yarn patch by SnugglyStarsYarns

Plus discount codes and of course, sweeties. This box actually had a stick of rock in there because obvs that is what all the mermaids prefer.

A  HUGE thank you to those who purchased a box. A BIG thank you to all of you who helped spread the word, showed an interest and provided me with support. I have received so many helpful tips, and so many lovely wonderful messages from the IG community. Thank you for being my cheerleaders. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I have blogged about the HGDC Sock Box launch here and spoke about in in Episode 1 of the HGDC Podcast here.

The listing for the second HGDC SOCK BOX is now active and the theme is ‘Evergreen’. Think idyllic winter scenes, fir trees and frost. Gold sparkles and festive magic.

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You can buy your HGDC Sock Box in Evergreen, here (take advantage of the Christmas reduction).

Heather

xxx