Granny Gorgeous:: For The Love of the Granny Sqaure

For crocheters (people who crochet) the granny square is an iconic motif. It can be manipulated and modelled in so many ways. The colour schemes are infinite and wondrous. An easy pattern that can be taken to complex and convoluted extremes. Who knew a simple round of trebles and chains could lead to such an incredibly creative phenomenon.

Here are some of the best granny squares I have seen around the internet.

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This beautiful, granny square wall hanging would suit anywhere in your house. The bedroom, bathroom or kitchen. It’s simple but stands out.

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Simple, slightly retro and granny gorgeous!

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Love Love Love. Bright and colourful. I’m tempted to hook something similar up for my Juggling Clubs!

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You can do anything with granny squares. This chair would be a fab addition to any home and certainly looks comfy!

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I don’t think I could ever pull this dress off, the dress (and her) look amazing. I wonder if there is a pattern?

Comment below with any other links to Granny Gorgeous items!

Thanks for reading,

Dominique

 

Snapshots:: Nottingham & Friends

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An intense game of scrabble at the Lion Inn!

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A quick stop for Beer at Junkyard.

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Loving the sun in the Arb

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Who doesn’t love Bunting?
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The perfect day for ice creams. Big kids.
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Spending far too much time, or not quite enough, perusing books!

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Taking everyone for a hangover breakfast feast at Homemade, Pavilion.

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Enjoying the sunsets from my window.
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Ready for a night in Nottingham. That’s me on the left!

It has been a wonderful few weeks filled with fun, frolics and food. We tried out new places, met new people and enjoyed each others company.

Nottingham:: A Weekend

Last weekend my other half and I went and explored the Malt Cross market they called “Bird in Borrowed Feathers Mini Market”

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It was a lovely morning. I love seeing what the creators and designers and crafter’s of Nottingham are up to.

Sunday morning we treated ourselves to a breakfast at Homemade Pavilion but not before we had a tent building session. We have just bought a new one for our holidays so we had a go at putting it up on the forest – in very windy conditions!

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Homemade Pavilion.

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My other half arriving after a good old tent pitching session.

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I finally managed a glimpse at the Nottingham cook book! Some amazing recipes from restaurants, cafes and amazing establishments!

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The breakfast was Delicious. I will definitely be going back there.

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We sat reading the Sunday papers and attempting the crossword.

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Oh and I’ll sneak this sneaky pic of the town hall in. It’s beautiful.

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All in all it was a lovely weekend!

How has your week been ladies/gents?

Knit:: Learning To Knit

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I finally picked up some circular needles, a ball of yarn from my stash and a pattern. It’s actually going really well despite my nerves prior to starting.
I tried to learn to knit with straight needles before I learned to crochet but I just couldn’t get on with them.
However, last week I woke up and decided “I must learn to knit!” So I picked the Milanese Hat pattern (free) on Raverly and started knitting. There have been a few stumbling blocks but I am really enjoying it and pleased I have learned something knew! I shall update you all when I have progressed somewhat.

Onto my other project, my Spring Bag, unfortunately I have had to put this to the side until the yarn I need comes back into stock. Frustrating because its almost finished and I wanted a FO for once!

Happy Hooking (and knitting!)
Dominique

Spotted:: Bag patterns on Raverly

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I am kind of, maybe, sort of, OK I AM TOTALLY obsessed with crochet bags at the moment. I keep browsing raverly and pinterest for inspiration for my next venture. Here are my five favourite free bag patterns that I have found on raverly!

1. This slightly oversized purse is gorgerous. It also features tapestry which i have on my to learn list. I love the geometric style.

2. This netted market bag is a fave pattern of mine. A homemade, handmade bag for life. I can imagine toting it around on a saturday at a farmers market filled with curious and quirky veg like romaneque and weird funghi.

3. This tiny mushroom drawstring bag is so cute. I imagine my siblings would love them! This is going on the xmas present for others list! All in different colours!

4. This beach bag, don’t let it fool you! It looks like it has been knitted but it’s not! It’s actually crocheted with an unusual technique involving half trebles.

5. This purse is simply lovely. I love that vibrant, bright spark of colour across the middle against it’s two tone grey backdrop.

Thanks for free! Please leave any links to crochet bag patterns if you have any faves!

Dominique

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crochet:: Spring Bag Update

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It’s really coming along!!

But I’m facing a little problem, actually, a BIG problem. I’ve used up All The Yarn. That’s 6 balls of turquoise and 3 of yellow! I’m so close to finishing this piece that it is agonising that I have run out of yarn so close to the finish line. And another problem. It’s out of stock at wool warehouse! Devastating. I’m not quite sure what to do. My predicted deadline for finishing my bag for Friday will definitely not happen (even though I probably would have finished today had I bought enough yarn) I’ll have to order more yarn on payday and complete it for well…. Whenever the yarn is back in stock and then arrives! I guess I have learned a lesson in this… Buy more than enough yarn!

I really enjoyed hooking up the bag though. It’s a real labour of love, it took me around 4 days, crocheting probably 4 hours at a time to finish the turquoise part.

I can’t wait to wear it and fill it up with stuff! My mind is already swimming with ideas for the next bag and as PayDay is around the corner I probably shall be purchasing the yarn, and sods law ill be starting the next bag before I’ve finished the first!! But, hush hush. I’ll keep that quiet for another day.
How are you all? How are you projects coming along? I would love to see some WIP photos… Maybe on instagram? Follow me @myotherloves and use the #crochetwip2015!

Happy Hooking!

Dominique

What’s on my chopping block? Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie!

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Well, I’m not quite chopping anything!

I’ve been on a bit of a health kick recently – what with summer approaching and all – and I have been loving smoothies! Full of nutrition, tasty, natural and very filling. Today I woke up and knowing I have a busy day filled with hooking (my Spring Bag is coming along very nicely!) and juggling this evening  I needed a sustaining yet healthy snack to keep me going and stop me from snacking. (A nasty habit I want to kick) My recipe is based on oh she glows – peanut butter bomb smoothies. But I have changed and added ingredients.

Breakfast Smoothie – Peanut Butter and Banana. 

Two bananas

4 tbsps peanut butter

1 teaspoon vanilla flavour

1/2 cup of rolled oats

2 cups almond milk

Whack it all in the blender and serve! Easy peasy!

Alter the ingredients in any which way you like to suit your taste buds. Have a wonderful day!

Dominique