Crocheting Granny Squares

During my break I’ve been crocheting mad, I ended up start three projects; a cushion and two hats. I’ve completed the two hats, one was for bf and the other for myself. The cushion is half complete, I’ve finished the 36 squares for the front and have nearly joined them all together, I just need to make the back. Instead of an all white back I’m going to do a rainbow effect with different colours, this is because I’m out of the white wool!

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If you fancy making yourself some crochet granny squares I’ve written how to make it below.

Instructions are in US terms as I found it easier to search online for help when I got stuck!

You need wool and a crochet hook (I used whatever wool I had but made sure the thickness were roughly the same! The crochet hook size was 4mm)

Start: Chain (ch) 4 and join into first chain then do a slip stitch (sl st) to form a ring.

Colour A Round 1: Ch 3, do 2 double crochets (dc) in ring, ch 3, * 3 dc in ring, ch3. Repeat from * 2 more times. Join into first chain by doing a sl st
Cut wool and knot.

Colour B Round 2: Join wool in one of the corner holes by doing a slip knot in wool and holding it in corner, hold tight and ch 3, work 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc, ch 3. * ch 1, work 3 dc, ch 2 and 3 dc in next ch-3 space (sp)
Repeat from *2 more times, end ch 1, join with sl st in 3rd of ch 3.
Cut wool and knot.

Colour C Round 3: Join wool in one of the corner holes by doing a slip knot in wool and holding it in corner, hold tight and ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc. * ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, ** work 3 dc, ch 2 and 3 dc in next ch-3 sp(corner). Rep from * twice and then lastly from * to **, join with sl st in 3rd of ch 3.

Make 36!

Join together pieces. I did this by putting right sides together and crocheting along the edge.

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New Purchases

A car was passed on to me by a family member recently, it’s a car that is very different to my current tiny car, for a start it’s not made in the mid 90s! It’s got all the mod cons and a radio that works! The only thing is, it’s a lot bigger than I’m used to, however this is a pro for an Ikea trip since we were unable to buy the 2m long bookcase and fit it in my old car! Pre ikea I was anxious about driving up the spiral car park as in the past I’ve scrapped a bumper of a car that was new to me. Initially I thought I could park on the ground floor but I was forced to go up a level as it was cordoned off! This forced me to conquered my fear and I managed to keep the car scratch/bump free.
We parked at Ikea but had a wander round the shopping mall on the other side, mainly for John Lewis, Zara, Apple store and Clarks. Here are some of my purchases:

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1: Not a purchase but a pic of my granny squares I’ve been addictively crocheting. 2: Bathroom hook from JL. 3: Wool from JL. 4: Flour sieve from Ikea.

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I treated myself to this Zara bag that cost £19.99. I like the slouchiness of it and the size, definitely a bag that you can just throw things into. Inside the Zara bag is a cute coin purse I got from John Lewis by Catseye London a week ago. It was in clearance for about £3.

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First week off

Instead of getting on with some work I’ve taken home to do, I have been doing fun things, why do today what you can put off until tomorrow! I’ve been telling myself this all week along with “I’ll do some work when it rains”, finally today I completed half of my work and it also rained!

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1: I made a border for my flower bed out of slate that I had in the shed, I was getting fed up with the grass creeping back and growing. 2: We meet this little kitty around the neighbourhood. 3: I invented the best toastie in the world! It consists of gouda, rocket, beetroot & mango chutney, yum! 4: This pear was crunchy, just how I like it. 5: Home made pitta burger with onion, rocket & avocado. 6: Two love birds we spotted during a feeding session. 7: First granny crochet square, I’ve now made twelve. 8: Red grape and wasabi pea snack whilst catching up on Homeland. 9: Mr Duck, love his orange shoes!

Calm after the storm

The last three weeks have been busy for me, I’m glad it’s over and now I have two weeks to rest and do things I enjoy!
Yesterday and today was spent wandering our village and enjoying the sunshine. We’re lucky to live near the water and wildlife, we don’t have sea views but it’s only a 5 minute or so walk away. The walk there is nice and we differ the route usually. Yesterday we walked through the meadow that has a brook running along side it and then headed towards the sea. We passed the plush water front pads with boats parked by it and then strolled up the street with posh Georgian houses. That’s the street that sat the VW camper van and Morris Minor. We eventually reached the sea and just wandering around the beach where there’s houses with gardens that back on to the beach. I can’t imagine ever owning a house by the sea, not sure whether I’d like the modern plush pad with the boat parked outside the back door or the house with garden that backs the beach… Hard choice! Haha!
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