Friday, 20 January 2012

Crochet Colour

Today it is grey and rainy here so i decided it was the perfect day to show some colourful crochet projects....the bliss of crochet for me is the way you can use LoTs of colour in one project, often the more the better in fact....i showed you the project below a while ago when i'd just begun....i was learning to crochet the granny squares together instead of sewing them together, which i now much prefer......i loved the cornish blue wool and thought it worked well with the squares which had a red or pink flower in the centre and a row of white surrounding it....
 ....i finished it, apart from an edging,  a while ago and then had to work out how to do a picot edge as that's what i really wanted it to have so that held it up for a bit longer, and then i made some cushions as presents which held it up even longer....but finally it was all finished and here it is......
 .......if my first blanket was a BiG one then my second is a small one, but still very cosy and nice to snuggle under.....and i do like this edge too and will use it again on another one i think......
 .....and then the next plan was to make a granny stripe after all those granny squares.....i had seen so many beautiful ones made by so many of you that i was really looking forward to beginning this.....except i didn't actually know how to begin.....but i found an excellent tutorial by Lucy at Attic 24 and soon i could crochet a granny stripe too :-).......
                                                     ......the colours make me think of spring......
                                                      .......lots of fresh floral shades........
 ....i used some of the yarn i already had and ordered a few more shades that took my fancy.......the colours remind me of spring bulbs and pots of primroses, a real colour fix on a grey day like today.......
 ....i shall be doing a bit of my granny stripe this evening and maybe making a block for my quilt too....
......but now it's back to working on sewing top secret projects....with a nice cup of tea i think too....
Thank you for popping in here, it's always lovely to see you ......wishing you a wonderful, happy, colourful and cosy weekend....back soon xxxxxxx

58 comments:

Emma/The Log Cabin said...

I love that blue you've used, is it Stylecraft? The granny stripe is gorgeous, I'm in the middle of making one too. xxx

faith76 said...

Your post has certainly cheered me up on a very dull grey miserable day. Love the bright colouring the edging works very well.

♥coco rose♥ said...

What a beautifully, colourful and cheery post today Helen! I ADORE your granny squares blanket. I love the colours you have used.....so spring like and lifting. Your granny stripe blanket is a feast for the eyes too! GORGEOUS! It's such a lovely feeling to be snuggled under layers of your own crafting!

Have a fabulous weekend Helen

Love Vanessa xxx

birdie blue said...

beautiful colors, helen. your granny square blanket looks amazing, love the bright, fresh, happy color.

and your primroses do provide a real color fix. spring seems a long way off, we're in the middle of bit of a snow storm (ten plus inches of snow).

xo
molly

Miss Holly said...

What a perfect way to start my readings!!! WOW! The cornish blue is just gorgeous!!! I think I am going to go directly to my hoolk!

Bee happy said...

Gorgeous work Helen, wish I could crochet you are great at it! :) have a wonderful weekend.

Bee happy x
Have a delicious day!

Cindy said...

Such beautiful colors! Very uplifting and springy, just what I needed.

Μαζί... KaPa said...

Amazing colours....very happy!!Beautiful work!!

Jill said...

Lovely bright colours, my wool arrived today to finish my crochet rug which seems to be taking forever!! you are very inspiring.
have a great weekend.
Jillx

notes of sincerity said...

Hi Helen. :o)
Your granny square blanket is precious! I love your choice of colors. Thanks so much for saying that you prefer to link your squares as you go. I have not tried that yet and wondered.
Your granny stripe is so pretty. I have not made that either and admiring yours greatly. :o)
Have a lovely cozy weekend.
hugs, Trish

Pink Milk said...

I love this post Helen!!! Your crochet is looking so beautiful - my favourite is definitely your granny stripe. Those colours are so pretty I could weep! The perfect antithesis to such a wet and grey day.

Have a super weekend.

Hx

gillyflower said...

What lovely bright cheery colours on this dull and rather cold day!
Loving all your crochet projects, they are so pretty!
Gill xx

Angie said...

Gorgeous blankets Helen i love the granny square colours, your right it does cheer you up on a horrible dull day. I'm new to crocheting and have done a few thing and keep finding more projects to do, now i will have to add the granny stripe blanket to the list, not seen this before but i love the bright colours.

Hugs Angie x

bellaboo said...

Oh,scrummy,yummy!
Where did you find your gorgeous red spotty crochet hook?
I want one! :0)

Madelief said...

Dear Helen,

Your granny square blanket looks lovely. Love your crochet hook. I haven't seen anything like it in Holland!

happy weekend & good luck with the sewing.

Madelief x

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

It sounds like the perfect weekend to me. I will be joining you I hope, as I am nearing the end of my craft studio project. I am hoping to actually be able to play in there this weekend. Your quilt block fabric looks beautiful. Can't wait to see the progress on that one as well. Patty

Teje said...

Dear Helen, your crochet is so beautiful with those lovely colours! I miss crocheting - haven't done any for a long time, even today I posted about my crochet coat. Your colours are really bringing spring to our minds!
I wish your wonderful weekend!
x Teje

MelMel said...

Have a super weekend!

Is that a spotty crochet hook I spy?
Makes me want to give it another try, if I had one of those!

Melx

Natalia Glazacheva said...

Thank you, Helen, I need some spring so much :o) Love your crochet. It`s beautiful and colorful like spring flower.
Hugs from Russia
Natasha

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Oh Helen your post is like a breath of fresh air, just beautiful!
I love that shade of blue and the edging is so pretty. As for the granny stripe the colours are stunning, I'm particularly drawn to the gorgeous greens. :)
Happy weekend,
V x

AshTreeCottage said...

Absolutely charming Helen. I am in love with all that you create and you are an inspiration to me.

Big Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Jenny said...

Oooh Helen, so pleased you have joined the granny stripe club, it's looking fab! :) I better get a move on with mine really - I've kind of lost my crochet mojo at the moment though, I'm sure it is not too far away though! The lovely spring colours in all your pictures are perfect for this grey time of year, and those pretty fabrics in your last picture are just gorgeous - looking forward to seeing your quilt. Have a great weekend, Jenny xx

my4lilgirls said...

Beautiful Helen, absolutely lovely, they are all my favourite colors, flowery & springtime, sweet!!
Have a wonderful weekend
Lol Karen x

Rustic Vintage Country said...

That cornish blue granny square rug with the amazing edging has just toppled me over now! I've been contemplating doing granny squares for some time and kept putting it off (think I got squared out a long long time ago when I used to do them) but seeing yours now has got my little fingers a twitching! Suzy x

flowers on my table said...

Cornish blue, just the name alone is wonderful isn't it. It's like paint colours I just love some of the names like, elephant ears, and pantry white, it makes you want to buy them! Your finished blanket is gorgeous, the blue really makes it sing!
You are very busy with all your projects, have a relaxing weekend. Love Linda x

Annie said...

As always your corner of Blogtopia is so vibrant and colourful ... popping in here is always such a cheery thing to do.

I am in awe of your having crocheted so much so quickly ... I still most definitely have the training wheels on my crochet bike, but I'm getting there.

Have a lovely weekend Helen :D

Barbara said...

Hello Helen, wish I could just pop over to your studio which looks so adorable with the repainted Ikea little cupboard and the little quilt blocks (the Farmer's Wife is very popular here too!), perhaps a cup of tea while I gaze at the Cornish blue crochet rug - all so gorgeous ...
happy creative weekend, love Barbara

ps your name is in the blue vase!

happy little cottage said...

What a colorful, cheery post. Love the grannies and I adore the granny stripes!! Have a happy crochet filled weekend!

Tina said...

That is a gorgeous rug Helen, love the colours especially the blue.. :)

koralee said...

Everything is so pretty...that blue colour is stunning. Love your cute tea mug...I must of had 5 cups of tea today. xoxoxo Happy weekend

by Teresa said...

Helen.. another pretty, bright and colorful post! You rock! I'm so glad I found you. I'm enjoying my colorful crochet to brighten up my winter, too. It's flooding badly in Oregon. Frozen rain is happening up the road from us. The pretty colors of the yarn is as sweet as April flowers. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

sew said...

Crochet should always be accompanied by a nice cup of tea!!
Your choice of colours is lovely - as is your spotty hook. Lucy at Attic24 has one too and there was much interest in it when it appeared on her blog.Her tutorials are second to none - she, like you, is an inspiration.
Thanks for cheering up the dull days - at least the evenings are getting a bit lighter :)

A tale from toadstool house said...

What a lovely colourful post Helen,full of spring happiness ,(It will soon be here) ;) Love your blanket it looks so pretty,I've just been teaching myself to crochet together My mums wip. I'm finding it a bit fiddley but I'm sure it will get easier...
Hope you have a lovely weekend,xxx

moleymakes said...

Gorgeous blanket. Such uplifting colours. Ditto what others have said about the Cornish Blue. It's such a glorious shade. You'll have to come clean about the yarn ;)

Jane said...

Hi Helen, you are coming along leaps and bounds with your crochet. I love that cornish blue and white edge, it finished off your blanket perfectly. What a gorgeous blanket, it will certainly bring some colour into a very dull winter day. Enjoy the rest of the weekend,
Jane x

Scented Sweetpeas said...

ohh I am rather jealous, I have bought the wool but still haven't started my ripple blanket! I will do it one day I am sure x

Lori ann said...

dear helen,
now you are making me want to crochet too! your blanket is SO beautiful. it is always bright and cheerful in your lovely space. enjoy your weekend, stay dry!
xox

Simone said...

You always brighten up my grey days Helen. Considering you are fairly new to crochet you have advanced considerably in such a short space of time. Well done! x

My Little Home and Garden said...

Ohhhh, I love the colours, the picot edge and the flowers, both real and crocheted!
-Karen

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

I sure do like the idea of just one tool in your hand, and one hand free. Such pretty, happy things you've made.
xx
julie

Kentish Keg-Meg said...

Such bright colours crafted into a beautiful blanket. Just looking at your photos has brightened up my day.

Bluebell Woods said...

I just love the colours and the striped one especially. Makes me want Spring to come so much.
Janice

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

What a pretty baby blue color. Blue and yellow are a favorite.

delia hornbook said...

oohh your blankets are beautiful love the colours of your ripple one. I have to learn how to join the sqaures together and do an edge love yours. dee x

paintdropskeepfalling said...

Your post and the bit of sun out of the window make me hopeful for Spring soon. I noticed yesterday that we were getting longer, lighter days by just a little bit. Beautiful blankets and I love the edging and you've given me hope that I might one day read a crochet pattern! Have a great week on the secret project :)

Apple Blossom Barn said...

Hi Helen

what a lovely spring bright and cheery post, your blanket is just wonderful, oh and your tea cup is so pretty,

Have a lovely Sunday

Denise

T's Daily Treasures said...

Your work is always so lovely and colorful! I'm working on a baby granny stripe at the moment. Sure is nice to just go back and forth, back and forth, without a lot of thinking involved. Much needed after a full day of work at school. :) Wishing you a wonderful day. Tammy

Wendy said...

Beautiful crochet. I second the comment about the teacup (who makes them please? :o)

Hariett said...

Lovely! I too like the cornish blue.
I am working on my first granny stripe and find it very relaxing just like granny squares are for me.

Rhona said...

After seeing all your wonderful creations I finally gave in and bought some wool and a crochet hook....you've got a lot to answer for!!! lol I can see another stash addiction coming on!

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

I just found your lovely blog and want to compliment you for the beautiful granny squares you crocheted. The color are absolutely gorgeous. I enjoy crocheting although I haven't completed anything recently. I would REALLY love it if you would show some of your work at my party on Tuesday. Details are on my blog but anything about the home is what it's all about. Please come if you can!---------Shannon

Mia said...

Lovely post, Helen, like screenful of sunshine to these gray days! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful creations!

Have a wonderful week and happy crocheting!

Yours,
Mia

Poppy said...

I LOVE everything about this post, the colours, wool, crochet.....just everything. :0))))))

Lou xxx

Gem said...

Lovely, lovely colours :)

What yarn have you used? The colours are beautiful!

Gem x

Little Susie Home Maker said...

I absolutely love, love, love your crochet! The colors are so pretty. You really have a way with color palettes!
Blessings,
Susie

flowers on my table said...

Hi Helen it is cold and blustery here today! Many thanks for your very encouraging comments, they are greatly enjoyed and appreciated. Have a lovely day, despite the weather! Love Linda x

handmadebyclairebear.com said...

I love the colours you have used in your crocheting, they turn what could be "just a bit of crochet" into a beautiful blanket.
Claire from http://handmadebyclairebear.com

Lori Jones said...

I just love the granny stripe blanket and would really like to make one. My problem is I am terrible at combining colors. I would love to know the colors you have used and the order in which you used them so that mine will look like yours.