Today’s post is a little round up of all things HEATHER. I might have spent a huge amount of time on Wool Warehouse eyeing up yarn for dream projects, might have. And whilst browsing (read as: filling my shopping basket with all the yarn) I noticed that there is a lot of Heather named yarn bands in orbit. Like, a lot.
My namesake, Heather, is a sturdy little flower which covers the Scottish moors and is happiest in the rocky and uneven places. Heather symbolises independence and good fortune.
The Urban Dictionary defines Heather as:
“Fun, crazy, beautiful, witty, sarcastic, loving, kind, stupid funny, precious, good-catch, smart, kinda psychic, loves to be looney, loves chocolate way too much, eyes the color of the carribean, empathetic, a girl you can’t live without, once you’ve met her…you can’t get her out of your mind. Once you’ve kissed her, you’re hooked. When she falls in love with someone, she falls hard and deep and will stay by you forever…unless you do some dumb shit. She loves to laugh, play, and have fun. You don’t want to ever see or make her cry. True inner beauty, loves God, babies, and small animals. Hates spiders and roaches. Loves to cook and bake…a very good mother. Total package.
Wow..that girl has it all.. her name must be Heather
I am really liking all the purple/lilac/mauve tones. It’s a colour I can pull of with my complexion and I am seeing a lot of it on the highstreet too. And FYI did you know that the Pantone colour of the year is Ultra Violet, basically a hyped version of Heather.
That’s a pretty deep description of a colour.
Heather yarn inspiration
Here is a round up of some of the yarn inspired Heather’s out there.
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.
There are five granny squares designs which I am going to use throughout the blanket. Each square has 12 rounds.
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.
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.
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.
Hey Tribe, Insta followers (my wonderful tribe) will have seen my posts about my latest crochet obsession. Stash busting scrap yarn blankets.
Why stash busting scrap yarn blankets?
Basically because, well – adulting.
I touched upon my new crochet habits in my first blog post HGDesignsCrochet – A Crochet Blog. Since moving into my own little place I haven’t had as much spare dolla to splash on yarn (sigh) and in actually having to pack up my stash I rudely realised how MUCH yarn I own. Like so, so much yarn. More adulting realisations, my place is tiny cute, so storage is sacred. There are not so many hiding places for yarn. I had an entire wall of built in wardrobes at the folks and trust me you could cram that solid!
And, I confess, I want to buy lots of new squishy yarn to start a few (hundred) colour co-ordinating blankets so I need the space for the said new yarn. It would be amazing to purchase said squishy new yarn because its actually needed and would be guilt free because i’ve depleted my stash. Imagine that. Wow. So new adulting miss independently living me became a stash busting scrap yarn boss. Yeah hashtag that.
I admit (begrudgingly) that I have a lot of yarn and I don’t need to buy more to make a million blankets (my project of choice always). How to work in all those scraps? With the #HGDCScrapBallChallenge.
Here is a mini pictutorial on how to make the #ScrapYarnBalls to take part in #HGDCScrapBallChallenge.
I collected together all my leftovers, scrap yarn, rejected abandoned half used balls, test swatches, and yarn barf. Yarn barf is the yarn that tangles in the bottom of your project bags. You all have yarn barf issues.Then I made scrap yarn balls.
Take two ends and knot together
Begin winding on your fingers to start a mini skein
Knot each end, as you reach, it to another scrap
Until you have your very own scrap yarn balls
Make a million of them
Start making your stash busting scrap yarn blankets. Just like mine.
You can follow its growth on insta with hashtag #HGDC_Scraptastic
Ready? Get set, GO!
Ready? Raid those yarn stashes and get making scrap yarn balls. Tag your pretties with #HGDCScrapYarnBallChallenge so I can shower your Insta and Twitter with love and so I can show you off in my #SaturdayShoutOuts. A special thank you to @nai_nai_makes for starting the challenge hashtag. I told you I have a wonderful tribe didn’t I.
Be sure to visit soon. In next weeks post I am showing off my first finished stash busting scrap yarn blanket, Scraptastic. Plus I will be show casing some of the tribes’ #HGDCScrapYarnBallChallenge blankets too.