Last week I made my Nan some frozen meals. Just some Lasagne and Cottage pie but I wanted to make something she could just put in the oven when there are days when she cannot face cooking for one. At the moment there are family staying with her but once they have gone I think it will be a struggle for her. Family is so important to have and we are all going to be there for her as much as we can.
I've been meaning to show you my first ever crochet blanket, a Giant Granny! I'm so so proud of it!
It got big fairly quickly but once I was on the 50th round it was taking me a day to just do 1 round. I was getting a little fed up with it and stopped and then went back to it, but now it's done i'm glad I persevered.
For the edging I went for a simple double V that I found on Bunny Mummy blog. I used red. I thought red was the strongest colour I used and it brought out all the others perfectly.
I have been using it to keep warm on these rainy gloomy days we've been having recently but I think it will really be used properly in the Autumn (Eeek..can't wait!). It's perfect for wrapping around myself when venturing out of bed to get a drink when I can't be bothered to grab my dressing gown!
I am now of course thinking about my next crochet project. It has to be another blanket, you cannot have too many in my eyes : ). Since I received 'Cute and Easy Crochet' by Nicki Trench, I have been lusting after her Spring Time Throw!
I love the pastel colours used mixed with the creams. It's so pretty and I imagine it will take ages to make but if I do a square or two a day it will pile up fast.
There are lots of gorgeous things in her book and I want to make practically all of them. These are the things that are caught my eye. I like to make practical things that will get used.
Pretty swishy scarf
Summer time Shawl.
These caught my eye for when I have children. The bears are so adorable and I can imagine how much of a keep sake they would become in a family. Something to definitely pass down generation to generation!
This little girls dress is also adorable! I 'Ooohed' and 'Aaahed' over all the little baby things...so cute!
Something I really love about this book (apart from the beautiful photography!) is that the projects range from beginner, improver and Enthusiast, which is perfect for a beginner like me!
All the patterns are clearly laid out and explained, which makes it so much easier. I tend to get a bit flustered if something isn't going right when I crochet and looking at a confusing pattern just makes me even more angry! There is also a section in the book which shows you how to do a range of techniques used in all the patterns in the book, again perfect for a beginner or a quick reminder.
There was one particular pattern that I don't like the look of and that is one to make a Pavlova. It's just my personal preference but I don't see the point in making something that you can't really use for anything in particular.
Overall it's a beautiful book and it has really inspired me to carry on crocheting. I intend on making the Spring time throw next (ironic as I'm really thinking about Autumn/ Christmas at the moment!). It's the pastel shades that I love. I will of course keep you all up to date with my new WIP. Very exciting!!
It's my mums birthday this coming Monday so this weekend I will be making her that White chocolate and lemon cake I blogged about the other week, yum!
Other things planned are films,crochet,cuddles,present shopping,helping my Nan, catching up your blogs and lots of sleep.