Crochet:: Current Project

My main project at the minute is something I started in October 2014 – a large crochet project and it consists solely of the wonderful Granny Square! Yes! You guessed it, I’m hooking up my first, large (actually extra large) crochet blanket.
It features over 10 colours all in autumn shades of red, yellow, brown and orange – as well as rusty, fox, sunburst yellow, pumpkin, chocolate and sunflower!

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I want to create something in autumnal colours, an autumn blanket, partially because I came up with the idea in late September and thought it might take me a year to complete it and would therefore be ready the falling autumn. Then i had a crazy thought that maybe i would do a blanket for all four seasons. Winter, summer, spring and autumn but right now I’m just focusing on my Autumn blanket.

So far I think it looks great and granny squares are flying off my hook quicker than I anticipated.
Here’s a glimpse of my current progress.

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I think the photo quality is poor as I took it with my phone! I’ve actually borrowed a friends DSLR and hoping to use that so you should see some improvement in my photos in the coming posts.
Anyway back to my blanket!

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It’s going to be large enough to fit a double bed and drape slightly over the edges.

I’ve been aiming to crochet at least a few squares a day, even if it’s just one! They all add up! I’m also hoping to pick up a few more colours to add in and I need enough to crochet a border but I will get to that when I get to it. For now I’m merrily hook, hook, hooking.
Dominique.

Snapshots :: Nottingham

Nottingham, as well as being one of my favourite cities, is also my home and has been for the past four years. I thought that after university I would be inclined to move on elsewhere but the city is so enticing and buzzing that I’m reluctant to leave!
I will be doing a few posts, infrequently, that are a selection of snapshots that focus on my life and experiences of Nottingham, the secrets, the cafes, the music, the people, the nature and history.

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In all the time I’ve lived in Nottingham I have never visited – though I’ve walked past it many times – the cathedral. It isn’t the biggest or grandest Cathedral in the world but it is very beautiful. The day we visited was sunny and streams of sunlight poured through the stained glass windows above our heads and coupled with the music being played on the organ it created a very beautiful experience.

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Nottingham has become a little obsessed with beer. Which is fine by me as I’m a little obsessed with beer too. This is a photo of some of the exotic and unusual beers at the Beer Cavern. I shall be popping back in this week to pick up a selection for the upcoming weekend with our friends who are visiting.

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The two photos above are from the current exhibition at the Nottingham Contemporary, it was fascinating and has encouraged me to further research the issues that were highlighted within this exhibition.

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We took a walk around Nottingham City Centre and spent a while hunting around the small alley ways and tiny streets that are hidden in and around the city centre. These secret spots are home to cafés, cute curiosity shops, micro brewries and more I have yet to discover.

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Two snapshots of the beautiful Nottingham Castle.  My house mate and I took a visiting friend to have a look around. I loved it here it was a real treat to go and look around as I hadn’t been for years. It was full of history, beautiful garments, treasures and art. At the end of our saunter around we stood out the back and had a look across the city.

Thanks for reading. These are just a few Snapshots of my life and city over the last few weeks.

Dominique

Crochet: Small Projects

Finishing a project, whatever its shape, size or difficulty always gives me a warm fuzzy feeling. A feeling of satisfaction, mixed with pride, after a creative exhalation.
Tonight I decided my bamboo plant looked a little cold, so I grabbed some scrap yarn and made her a jumper.

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The colours are quite muted but I like the deep hues of purple and the two differing shades of blue.

The pattern was super simple, I found it in #crochet, a magazine which I’m sure I have mentioned in a previous post!

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Here is a photo I took this morning as I thought the light wasn’t great yesterday! The light still isn’t perfect but oh well!

After this small fix of hooking I’m ready to tackle something a little bigger, a little trickier and perhaps finally finish one of my many, many half started projects that are tucked away out of sight.

Thanks for popping by!
Dominique.

2015 – Happy New Year

I’ve had a long break over Christmas which has been very relaxing! It has been so relaxing that I haven’t really had a chance to work on my crochet projects and consequently, blog.

For this post I wanted to take the time to say Hello and tell you a little about myself, what I like to do and what this blog is all about. Which I don’t think I have done before!

So.

Hello there! Welcome to my tiny, tiny corner of the internet!!

Let’s begin at the beginning!

– My name is Dominique and I live in Nottingham.

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That’s me! I’m wearing my favourite wooly hat that I bought in a market in Amsterdam. I think I’m on the way to meet a friend when I took this picture!

– My blog here is an outlet for my creativity, mostly related to crotchet but I like to sneak other things in here occasionally. Sometimes I write about where I’ve been on holiday or posts of Pinterest Faves, other bloggers ect. I like to change it up so I don’t get satiated with doing the same thing over and over

– Crochet is one of my favourite hobbies. I started in my second year of university, over three years ago now. I enjoy crochet for many reasons, particularly because it’s one of the only artistic mediums I have found (so far – I still have hope) that I am any good at, subjectively speaking. I was never very good at art or music when I was at school but I always had an urge to be creative and now I can, and with success!

– I love languages, culture and other countries. This summer I plan to travel for a while around Europe – how cliché – so in my spare time I’m trying to learn the basics of a few languages (mostly Spanish and Italian) as well as learn about the various cities and countries I will be visiting.

– My other passion is reading, writing and literature in general. I write short stories and occasionally poetry. My favourite books include; the bell jar, Middlesex, the woman on the edge of time, I capture the castle.. Oh I could list and list and list!

Well that’s just a little bit about me, I didn’t want to rant on and on! Perhaps I shall share a little more in a future post.

Please comment below with a little about you, it’s lovely to get to know the people who stop by and take the time to read my blog!

Thanks for stopping by
Dominique.

Merry Christmas

I ventured out today to the Nottingham Sumac centre as they were holding a winter craft fair. It’s a fantastic little community centre, you should check out there website! I really enjoyed the fair as it was all local crafter’s, selling homemade and handmade gifts. From whiskey marmalade to bracelets made with sustainable beads and hemp thread to peppermint soaps! I bought a few small gifts for my family as presents. It felt great to be buying and supporting local people.

I also treated myself and bought my one and only Christmas decoration.
Here is Jeff. Who, to be honest, will remain all year round.

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Dominique