A week of wool

Today is the final day of UK Wool Week, a celebration of all things woolly and a good excuse to go out and buy some local yarn. In fact, I have rather a lot of British wool in my stash, so I resisted the temptation and, instead, made a set of British wool squares, destined to become part of the covers for my sofa (it’s a rather long-term project):

Six squares in New Lanark Wool

Six squares in New Lanark Wool

I’d already made quite a few traditional granny squares to use, but then I was tempted by a recommendation from Phil over at The Twisted Yarn, and so bought this wonderful book which has instructions in it for the six squares photographed above:

Connect the Shapes: Crochet Motifs

Connect the Shapes: Crochet Motifs

What is particularly good is the instructions are both written and in the form of charts. It’s great and I can see that quite a lot of my crochet sofa is going to be based on patterns in this book.

So my UK wool week has been very productive… anyone else made anything interesting?

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  1. Loves your grannies!It seems that the book is quite good…is ti worth purchasing?

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    • I think the book is worth buying – it covers a whole variety of shapes, plus it includes lots of ways to join them together. I don’t often buy books like this, but I’m glad I got this one because it’s given me all sorts of ideas for projects of my own.

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  2. Love the colour combination

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  3. Pretty! Perhaps you should put out a call for other contributions and get your sofa cover done in double quick time?

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  4. Really good patterns. One of them reminded me of the portcullis on the old threepenny bit.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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  5. I was also influenced by Twisted and purchased that book – it hasn’t arrived yet, so I am glad to hear you also think it is a good buy. [Books are more expensive here.] Your sofa is going to be beautiful! You sent me some flowers in that lovely blue/grey yarn [which is much nicer in real life than photographs I think] and so I can really see where you are going πŸ™‚ I am working on your square. I have been working on your square for weeks. I keep undoing it. I wanted to design something special but it always comes out too big, too small or just plain horrid. You may well get a square from that book if it turns up soon! But it will be made in lovely New Zealand wool πŸ™‚ When that is finally made I shall turn my attention to my ‘dangler of international happiness’ and then I shall start work on a Bavarian blanket for my daughter and then I might finally get around to creating my crochet version of Twisted’s mandala……………… I have my evening crochet sessions planned for the next ten years πŸ™‚

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    • She’s a temptress, that Phil! I’m sure that you’ll love the book when it arrives.
      Remember, you can’t make the square for me too big or too small… it’s going to be a lovely random combination of contributions.
      I’m very much looking forward to seeing your dangler(s).
      Oh and this is Max: https://thesnailofhappiness.com/2014/06/27/not-quite-the-big-reveal/#jp-carousel-3664, but before a hair-cut. I’ll try to find a good one of him just after he’s been groomed just for you πŸ™‚

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      • “Oh!” I said with a happy smile as I looked at the lovely Max ……. just like my Siddy πŸ™‚ I am thrilled to know another version lives on the other side of the world – aren’t we lucky!! πŸ™‚

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        • He’s 9 years old and still looking like a pup… just rather deaf now, but quite content after a rubbish start in life – we got him as a rescue when he was 2 and he was quite poorly and cross… once we sorted out his colitis, stiff joints and infected ears he became a different and happy dog.

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  6. That’s a lovely, soothing combination of colors!

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    • Since the aim is to cover a rather large piece of furniture, I thought I’d better choose something that wouldn’t be too exciting! Originally I was going to do the whole thing in a ripple pattern, but then I decided that it would be much more fun to use lots of different patterns and techniques.

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  7. I made a mess, does that count? πŸ˜‰

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