Picnic on the Beach Blanket – Week 4

Happy Saturday hope you’re all well and safe?
That’s another week done and how much fun was this , creating Sand Castles, kites and shells. Three key things on the beach right? Can you see them? was a fiddly week but well worth it.

I think I can figure out what’s coming up next week, can you? If I’m right then OMG all those ends x 4 *sigh*

Even so I cannot wait, roll on Friday, we seem to flying through it this year which is good as I am so looking forward to finishing and getting it ready for camping trips as soon as we can again.

I hope you are enjoying the journey as much as me, thank you for reading, enjoy your weekend.
Take care, Marie x x x

Picnic on the Beach Blanket Week 3

Evening all, I was late starting this weeks instalment. Had emergency vet trips all weekend so didn’t get chance to print off the pattern until Sunday to make a start.
Doggie is all well and on the mend now, thankfully, in case you were wondering.

So week 3 is all about picnic food and who would have thought you could create food with yarn in a blanket. Thank you Coastal Crochet you really do excel every year.
We have apples, blackberries and cupcakes, can you see them?

Absolutely loved creating this weeks delicious delights, doesn’t it look fabulous?
Roll on Friday for week 4 can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next.

Take care and thank you for reading.
Marie x x x

Picnic on the Beach Blanket CAL Week 2

Well I made a right hash of this week, don’t know what’s wrong with me. Long story short I did one of the side panels waves in the back loops of each row rather than just the colour change rows.
What a muppet, It wasn’t till I started the second side that I realised so then I had the mental battle of shall I re do it all?

I decided to carry on with the second side panel and see how bad it would look, turns out it’s more noticeable on the reverse of the blanket so I decided to leave it.

Teach me for wizzing through it like I know what I’m doing won’t it ha ha.

It’s week 3 already tomorrow so lets see what I can bugger up this week, nothing I hope.

Thank you as always for reading, take care and have a lovely weekend. I will be back with week 3 very soon.

Marie x x x

Picnic on the Beach Blanket Week 1

I am a little late on my blog catch ups on this one this year, yes it is that time again for the annual crochet along with Coastal Crochet. I love Eleonora’s CALs because I always learn something new and week 1 was no exception. This year the option of colours was summer or Autumn so I opted for Autumn as it has my favourite colour in, can you guess it?

Just look at this Tunisian Entrelac crocheted gingham square to start off this years CAL. So yes you could say I learnt something new straight away.
I was a little worried as I have never really tried Tunisian crochet until recently with not great results I have to confess. I shouldn’t have been, She always does great tutorial videos to support each of her blankets, so I watched studied and off I went.

I looks so effective doesn’t it? But oh my goodness look at all those ends, I think it took longer to weave all those in than it did the whole square itself.

I did make quite a big error on one row but by the time I’d noticed it I’d almost done so I wasn’t frogging it. I wonder if anyone spots it?

Basket Weave (Ugh) love the effect, it hates me. I always lose my way with it and forget to change direction and always end up re doing it and yes this time was no exception. Looks great though and week 2 is already complete so blog will follow soon.

Thank you for reading and watch this space for week 2.
Love you all
Marie @cosycrochetbymarie

More Baby Blankets

With yet more BnM baby yarn.

So I couldn’t resist, yet more baby yarn spotted and brought from BnM (UK) so I just had to make my favourite baby blanket again.
I got home and wound it into cakes straight away not knowing how this would turn out I made a start.

This yarn was so nice to work with and as you know I do love this pattern so I wizzed through the first bobble heart section and looked at the way the colours started to build and loved it.

Of course there was enough left over to make an Octopus to.

What do you think?

Beautiful isn’t it? It didn’t last long and is now on it’s way overseas awaiting the arrival of a new bundle of joy into this world. Cannot wait to see pictures of baby all snuggled.

Thank you for reading, take care and stay safe
Marie @cosycrochetbymarie

Dodo Number 2

You may remember the baby Dodo I made a while back, well I decided to make a little girl one hatching from her egg.

They are popular gifts for babies due with a Mauritius link so she didn’t last long either and is on her way to her new owner as I type this blog.

I do love making these though so I should imagine you will see more soon.

Beach Combing Cushion

Remember the blanket I did in lockdown? The Beach Combing Blanket CAL from the amazing Coastal Crochet?

Well I had lots of cotton yarn left so I decided to do a matching cushion to sit alongside the blanket on my bed.

I did a simple C2C backing for the cushion and lined it with a old pillow case then stuffed it with fibre fill.

I decided to add a scalloped edging, regretted it once I started but glad I persevered with it.

I picked my favourite square from the whole blanket and and to juggle the colours around a bit but very happy with the outcome.

Thank you for reading

Marie @cosycrochetbymarie x

Mandala

Hello everyone me again, I’ve had a weekend of catching up and finishing projects off. One of the things I’ve always wanted to do is a Mandala and as soon as I spotted this pattern I knew I had to get it and start it for a Christmas present.

I picked a bunch of colours which I know are the recipients favourites and off I went. I really enjoyed each round and watching it develop.

I love seeing all the colours together I think the bright orange really pops. I only wish I’d gone up a hook size on it to make it a little bigger.

I do plan to make another one so I will increase the hook size or maybe even double up the yarn to make it chunky.

Anyway what do you think?

Oh I cannot wait to make another, I hope the recipient likes it.

Thanks for reading

Take Care Marie @cosycrochetbymarie

Beach Combing Blanket CAL

Week 3 – Buoys and Fishing Nets

Hi Everyone, all still sane? Getting into this lockdown situation now?

Well, that is week 3 completed and what a challenge that was. Had a few mental blocks on this one, and a few harsh words muttered but got there in the end, Phew!

Had to do two squares again this week, but this time I did each round together so both worked up at the same time.

This weeks inspiration came from the buoys and fishing nets washed up on our shores and you can really see that come through in the squares. I absolutely loved it this week Coastal Crochet, but I am a little concerned these squares seem larger than the last ones made in week 1 and week 2. I’m sure it will all come together in the end.

So here it is week 3’s instalment, roll on Friday for week 4, can’t wait.

Thanks for reading

Take care and stay safe

Marie @ CosyCrochet

Powerless

I look at crochet as my stress reliever, no matter what happens or how bad your day has been I can pick up a hook and just do 1 row or 1 round of whatever it is I am making and my mind will calm itself. I think it must be the focus you have to give to follow a pattern or keep your tension it just makes everything seem more rational. I do believe my craft keeps my demons away, anyone else feel the same? What is your choice of mental fulfilment?

It’s so very hard to see a loved one decline into a dark world and feel absolutely powerless to help them. Have you ever watched someone decline so bad and not be able to help? Did you feel powerless?

I believe one of the hardest illnesses we have to deal with is mental health, we are scared of it happening then unprepared to deal with it when it does, And there is not enough being done to help  on all levels, for the individuals and their families.

If you notice the smallest of signs in someone then offer a hand, encourage a craft or exercise something that will engage or focus the mind elsewhere. Or just simply get them to talk, you may never even know how that small step could save someone.

A small sign is a cry for help do what you can.

Stay Strong and focused people, it’s a harsh world out there.

Take Care

Marie x