Dark evenings

Over the weekend we changed from British Summer Time to Greenwich Mean Time, putting the clocks back by an hour so that the mornings are lighter (chickens up earlier) and the evenings darker (Max wants to be fed at 5pm). The implications for me are that I’m even more tempted to snuggle down in the evenings with tea, cake and a crochet hook or set of knitting needles.

Squares and Ripples

Squares and Ripples

I am trying very hard not to start any new projects, but this isn’t much of a problem because my crochet sofa covers allow me to work on different bits using different techniques. With this in mind, over the weekend I made a start on the third of the cushion covers. The first uses Attic24’s ripple pattern and is awaiting completion once I’ve sourced some suitable buttons. The second requires 32 granny squares, of which I have made about 20 – some from my new crochet book Connect the Shapes.

Bavarian square

Bavarian square

And so, having been itching to have a proper go at it, cushion number three is in Bavarian crochet. I made a small square using this technique and following Dani’s brilliant tutorial on Teddy and Tottie for the Masterpiece and I have been wanting to make something bigger ever since. Dani sent me a square that is also in the Masterpiece, so I had a beautiful example to follow… always a help when you are learning a new stitch. I made good progress and now I have got the pattern in my head it’s going rather well.

The sofa is currently plain dark blue… I think it’s going to be much more exciting when covered with all this lot (and more):

All destined to be part of the sofa covers

All destined to be part of the sofa covers

From Bavaria – via Australia

The Masterpiece blanket continues to grow, with another square arriving from Australia a couple of days ago. I have got such a lot out of the project, including (as I’ve mentioned before) learning new skills

Another parcel of joy from Australia

Another parcel of joy from Australia

Some time ago I commented on a post by Dani (who lives in Teddy and Tottie Land) about her beautiful Bavarian crochet and she promised to post a tutorial about how to do it (you can now find it here). But more than that, she offered a Bavarian crochet square for the Masterpiece. Her lovely square arrived a couple of days ago, along with a gift of a fabulous book (alcoholic afternoon tea anyone?).

Getting started on my square

Getting started on my square

And so, having a worked example in my hand, I decided to give the tutorial a go. The instructions include loads of photos and I found them very easy to follow, but it’s always much easier to understand how to make something if you can actually look at a real example made by an expert. With all this help, I had no trouble producing a Bavarian square of my own. It’s not up to Dani’s standard, but I think that I will include it in the Masterpiece as a demonstration of an unexpected yield from the project.

Dani's square on the left and mine on the right

Dani’s square on the left and mine on the right

So, thank you Dani… I can feel a Bavarian blanket coming on!

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