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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Winning Ticket!

Hello friends

Today is winning ticket day!
If you purchased a Charity Kit at any point in January please check your ticket.
The winning number is.....
If you are the lucky winner please send me an email
christine.emberson@blueyonder.co.uk

Your prize is a box of lovely Spellbinders products, adhesive and
embellishments.  I promise you it is really nice!

Remember if you buy any Charity Kit at any time there will always be
a ticket inside for that month's draw -
so you never miss out on a chance of winning.

Remember yesterday when I said I would be cleaning, tidying all day,
well...I slightly deviated from that plan! 
I opened my diary and saw that Elliott's medication delivery was due, 
that means a refrigerated van stops by any time between 8am and 6pm, 
necessitating me staying indoors. 
So being house bound, I decided it would be a further opportunity to 
work on the Blanket of Love (I could have done housework but that would just be silly!)

Janet (Kopi Kat Cards) asked if I could demonstrate how I join the squares
together.  Of course Janet - here we go....although firstly:
if you are a professional crocheter -
LOOK AWAY NOW!
I suspect my way of crocheting is knitting style and breaks a few rules!

Firstly get comfortable, pop something good on the telly - 
I went with Call The Midwife recorded from Sunday night.

To begin you cast on a chain stitch - there are some very good instructions here
Place the edges of your squares together, right sides outwards.
Insert your crochet hook through both edges of the sandwiched squares.
Wrap your wool around. 
Pull the looped wool through to the front - you now have two stitches on the hook.
 
Wrap the wool around again. 
Pull the looped wool through the lower two stitches on your hook.
 
You will then be left with one loop to start the process again,
reinsert your hook just along evenly spacing your crochet.

Believe me that looks and sounds more complicated than it really is,
within a short time you get into the swing of it.
I am very basic at crochet, I want to progress further and plan to start making 
flowers...it's on the list!

Elliott and I did eventually get to the shop mid afternoon so the clearing up
has started.  I will post photos when it looks spick and span!

Take care friends.

24 comments:

Lynn Hardy said...

At least you can still see the table and floor in your studio - mine are buried under piles of craft supplies and other stuff that was dumped in my craftroom over Christmas! I need more space I think!

Lynn said...

Morning Christine, my 'space' looks a bit like yours, I did tidy a bit between Xmas and new year, just enough to get into the room and sit at the table.

Thanks for the demonstration, I was going to ask how it was done, my grand daughter saw the squares I was making for you, and asked for a blanket for baby Annabel (her doll). Have a good day. Lynnxx

Maggie Phillips said...

Hi Christine.I think mess and craft room/space go together~mine never stays tidy for long, however good my intentions!I can understand how working on the blanket took precedence over housework~easy decision! Enjoy your day,hugs,
Maggie x

Carole Z said...

hI Christine, well your studio still looks tidier than my craft room, where, after a big post Christmas clear out and tidy, I am back to not being able to find anything or move again! Congrats to this month's winner, even though I was only 4 digits away from the prize this time! Hugs Carole Z xx

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

Morning Christine good luck with your tidying up! Your crochet looks fine wo me, very neat! Susan x

Sue Yorkshire said...

Morning Christine

Your craft space is tidy compared to mine so shouldn't take too long to get spotless
Love the crochet edge to the blanket, I can only do basic crochet did do a blanket once years ago but don't think I could remember how to do it now

xxxxx

hazel young said...

Great demo on joining the squares. glad you got some time at the studio but meds delivery is more important. Have a great day xx hazel

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine,
The way you are joining the squares looks really great.
Congratulations to the winner.
I am sure it will not take to long to get your studio ready for opening your shop,it does not look to bad.
Have a good day. Take care. x.

Jean Z said...

Hi Christine, Your craft room looks like mine, but so long as I can get in it is ok. so glad you showed us how to join the squares together always handy, Have a good day love Jean Z xxx

Valerie said...

Morning Christine, I do have a few squares to come to you, well one, but I am taking the needles and wool away on holiday with me to add a few more to your stash. Hope you have a big fridge for Elliott's stash. Take care. Valerie xxx

Wendy L said...

Well done 34, so jealous!!!!

Love how you do the blanket Christine, that is how I would do it, not that I,m a professional. I do flowers and they are in my Etsy shop. Like you say, it is something you can do while watching telly. xxx

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Christine, looking forward to see the finished blanket, I love the white your use to join the squares. Good luck with the shop sort out. I will try and track down my ticket, the package went in a box when I had to move everything when they replaced the ceiling! Emma xx

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine
My keyboard has gone mad and will not print any punctuation
I am with you why do housework when you can do something nice
The studio does look quite tidy to me
Have a good day
Lydia
X

Lacelady said...

If you don't feel like a great crocheter, your tute was great, and its working for you, so don't worry about how you arrive at it. Well done!

Mrs B said...

Hi Christine. I would love to have the room to make a mess and be able to leave it! I have to craft in our (small)bedroom or on the dining table, so I have to clear everything away each night : (. Glad you were sensible and joined squares rather than house work : ) Congrats to no. 34. Take care.

Carolyn H. said...

Thank you Christine for blanket crochet tutorial, I too wondered how you were joining the spuares!
Congrats to who holds Ticket No34!!!
Good luck with the clearing up, I am in the middle of sorting my Sewing/Craft Room out. I'm afraid I've got side tracked because I've been playing with a new toy I had for Christmas ---- Janome Overlocker.
Carolyn x

ros hodgkins said...

Hello Christine, I have just read your how to, and it does read like knitting to me, but as it looks so good does it matter?
X Ros

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Christine, So glad your delivery was early giving you chance to get to the Studio, and here's hoping you managed to get things organised.
Boohoo, I didn't win, but Congratulations to the girlie with the Winning Ticket.
I am going to learn how to crochet one of these days, your 'joining' tutorial was great.
Enjoy your day.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

LoraineC said...

What a wonderful excuse to sit and watch the telly!! X

Janice said...

Hi Christine
Your crocheting skills are extremely good in my opinion as I can't crochet! Lovely way to put the squares together.
Congratulations to no.34, I was only 16 out!
Janice x

Laura O said...

well done to number 34 ,only received mine today and didn't take me long to make ,{So cute they look when they are finished }your room doen't look too bad ,mine is like a bomb hit .{I'm sure like 99% of crafters .}Laura O

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Elizabeth said...

Hi Christine, is there no end to your talents, crocheting too.
There must be something in the air as I am tidying my crafty space too. I am having a good clear out - to make room for new purchases, hehehe. Your shop will look wonderful when you have finished clearing up, I have no doubt about that.
Elizabeth x

Janet said...

Thanks so much Christine, you explained it very well. It's easy and looks much better than my previous efforts. I'll just keep on knitting and when I've done enough then I'm joining them up your way in future!
Thanks again.
Janet.

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