Finished!

It’s been a while since I started this blanket, and it went in ups and downs, but now it’s finished: my Weekend in Stockholm throw. And I like it. Future heirloom.

Weekend in Stockholm throw
I lost count of the amount of series I saw while working on this. A lot. Conclusion: crocheting blankets are the best couch potato excuse. Time to start a new one 😉
Weekend in Stockholm throw
Downside? The number of ends that needed to be woven in. And I really don’t like weaving in ends. But I persevered. And I kept all the ends. I can still use them to stuff some animals.
Weekend in Stockholm throw
So, it’s finally summer, and it appears that I’m already ready for winter 🙂

Granny on

Remember these? I started them last summer, during our holiday in Normandy.
Granny on
Meanwhile, I’ve seen 4 seasons of Southland, the miniseries Pride and Prejudice (Colin Firth!) and a couple of episodes of Homeland and The walking dead. Converted to granny squares, that’s 44 done. Only 12 more to go.
Granny on
I love that I have a reason to be a couch potato 🙂
Granny on
As does the cat.
Granny on

Grannies in Normandy

Things have been pretty hectic here at home. We’re still in the middle of huge renovations, and will be for a while longer. Since we try to do most of it ourselves, we only have evenings and weekends to actually do something. And now that we have a brand new baby, most of the work is down to my hubby. So it can get stressful, at times.

To clear our heads and get away from it all, we rented a little appartment near the coast of Normandy.

We went for walks on and near the beach.

Normandy
Normandy
Normandy

Visited the American cemetery.

Normandy
Normandy

And the Memorial museum.

Normandy

Saw the Bayeux Tapestry.

Normandy

And Bayeux’s cathedral, just in time to escape the rain.

Normandy

And in between, I crocheted some granny squares for my Weekend in Stockholm throw.

Grannies in Normandy

13 done, 43 to go!

Grannies in Normandy

Life is good, like that. Now let’s get that throw finished. It might come in handy this winter!

Flower power

Yesterday there was a big fair here in Ghent, organized by the Flemish recycling stores. Theme: retro 60s and 70s. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who had heard about this fair. By the time I arrived, people were already leaving with fabulous lamps. I’d told myself not to buy anything that I didn’t really need, but that’s quite hard to do when walking through rows and rows of cool retro stuff. One of the things I came across (apart from shoes, glasses and an old electronic projects kit) was this small granny square afghan.

afghan

I loved the flowers it had, so I couldn’t resist buying it.

flowered granny square
flowered granny square

Of course, that means that I now have this small afghan without a specific purpose. I think I’m going to make a cushion out of it. Once that’s finished, it will look great in my rocking chair.

afghan

Granny’s no square hand bag

A girl can never have enough bags. Nor shoes, for that matter, but that’s a different story.
Feeling crochety, I thought I’d make myself one. Pattern of choice: Debbie Stoller‘s Granny no square handbag. Basically, you just need to crochet a number of so-called granny squares. I used the pattern described in Debbie’s book, but it goes without saying that you can use just any pattern, as long as they are squares. You can make as many squares as you want to get the bag as large or as small as you want. I did just what the book prescribed and made twelve of them.
Once you have all the squares, you only need to crochet them together. Inside out, it then looks something like this:

crochet bag

That’s the less fun part of granny squares, a lot of loose thread that needs to be tucked in. It takes a while and can get rather tiresome, but once this is done, the only thing that’s left to do is the shoulder strap. And that goes really fast.
To decorate the squares, Debbie advises to get some rivets. Not knowing what rivets were exactly, I asked the shop lady for them. Unfortunately, the only rivets she had were with holes in them, like the ones that are used in belts. And having holes in my bag, no matter how small, is not exactly something I wanted. So instead, I used the upper half of press on buttons. And now it looks like this:

crochet bagcrochet bag
The crochet part is now finished. Now I still want to make a lining for it. Something that just went on the to do list.

crochet bag