Friday, 26 November 2010

And the winner is…………..

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Okay as promised my blog giveaway is complete. Here you all are popped into a vase (I used recycled paper Smile)

I had to wait for children to return from school so that my youngest could mix them up and make a choice.

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Here he is mixing you all up!

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And the lucky winner of $50.00 of patterns from either my Etsy shop or my Ravelry store is Simply Me congratulations. I will leave the good news on your blog but hopefully you can email me direct at thesunroomuk@googlemail.com so we can sort out the giveaway.

Of course everyone who took part is a winner and I will be emailing you all with your free exclusive PDF crochet pattern as promised. Hopefully you have all emailed me your email addresses.

And finally the figure for total visitors to The Sunroom blog at 12pm GMT was 1,051,126 so I will be going through all emails to see who came closest to that figure. I will let the winner know over the weekend. Thank you all for taking part and have a fabulous weekend.

Congratulations everyone.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Granny Smith Granny Squares and Last Call for Entries.

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Here we are 60 of my apple green granny squares all finished with ends sewn in.

And then there were 90.

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100 squares in total each made up of 5 colours that means I sewn in 100 ends so far and haven’t even begun to crochet it together.

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Arranging the squares before I crochet them all together. I so love this apple green colour.

A final reminder to those of you who haven’t entered yet I’m giving away $50 worth of my patterns to one of you lovely people, your choice in my giveaway. Click here for details.

Everyone who enters will receive an exclusive pattern PDF via email, which I’m working on at the moment and no it isn’t hexagon related. Enter here.

A Happy Thanksgiving to all of you across the pond – I hope you have a good day.

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I wonder how many of you have been visited by snow – it started to fall here yesterday. I haven’t managed a photograph of the snow yet but here’s what the garden looked like in February this year with snow.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Hextastic

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This week I’ve been busy with hexagons as you can see. Here is my rainbow hexagon granny blanket. A quick reminder to those of you who haven’t entered yet I’m giving away $50 worth of my patterns to one of you lovely people, your choice in my giveaway. Click here for details.

Everyone who enters will receive an exclusive pattern PDF via email, which I’m working on at the moment and no it isn’t hexagon related. Enter here, 

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Below another flowery floral hexagon blanket.

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Thursday, 11 November 2010

Lest We Forget

In Flanders Fields

by John McCrae, May 1915

Poppies (©greatwar.co.uk)

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

The Great War 1914-1918

Free Remembrance Poppy Crochet Pattern here.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Pink Posy Cushion Cover

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Another pink crochet cushion cover completed :-)

One Millionth Visitor Giveaway

It’s difficult to imagine what one million people look like or for that matter what one million pounds would look like.

A year ago I said that I would have one million visitors to my blog in this year and here I am at 996,909 visitors to date. I have no way of knowing who will be the 1,000,000 visitor but thought I should celebrate with a giveaway.

Next problem what to giveaway. . . . . Okay the winner will get a $50.00 gift voucher to spend in either my Etsy Store or my ravelry store. Everyone who enters will also be a winner as I will email everyone an exclusive crochet pattern PDF.

To win the bonus ‘mystery’ prize which will be a package of indulgent goodies you will need to leave an estimate of how many visitors will have been to my blog on Friday 26th November at 12.00 GMT.

So what do you need to do to be in to win.

1. Visit either of the above stores and have a browse and leave a comment here telling me which is your favourite pattern and why.

2. If you wish to be entered twice, if you link from you blog to this post, again leave a comment and I will enter you twice.

3. To allow me to send you the exclusive pattern please email me at thesunroomuk@googlemail.com in the title mark it as ‘one millionth giveaway’ and let me have your email address to send the pattern to.

Best of luck to everyone. I will let this giveaway run until Friday the 26th November, 2010 to allow as many as possible to participate.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

A new take on Granny introducing Grandad.

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For the past couple of months I’ve been thinking about how to adapt the wonderful granny square for men. There are times when men and boys need to be comforted but I’ve been informed, the humble granny square just doesn’t cut the mustard, according to my youngest son. I’m fairly certain the most men in need of comfort or healing would not be the happy recipients of a prayer shawl etc.

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So a couple of months ago I began to play with different ideas and decided the design should come down to either colour or texture or both. My first Grandad blanket, shown here, was made in bright colours but I still think it’s rather special and very adaptable to all manner needs and uses.

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You can get the pattern at ravelry and Etsy.

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This pattern has been designed to be a more masculine version of the wonderful granny square. It’s ribbing and texture are lovely to behold and quite tactile. A very adaptable pattern for various applications blankets, throws, cushions covers, lap blankets etc.

The nature of the square means that it is quite dense and produces a thick and warm blanket.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Let’s Make a Gift of a Healing Blanket – Ravelry Group

Hello everyone I thought I’d just let you all know about this wonderful ravelry group. Working together all members use crochet energy and skills to produce gorgeous healing comforting blankets for people in times of need. The group is moderated by a lovely lady named Channelle and her ravelry username is goodbody.

Members will be required to send in at least one 5” x 5” Granny or knitted square a month. You can send in more if you like. A healing blanket will be made from all of the squares that members send in and made with love. At least one blanket a month will be made and sent to a person who our group members feel needs it the most. Group members can nominate family members or friends who are ill or in need of healing. How special would it be to have a blanket made from all over the world…

To join the group click here.

If you’re not already a member of ravelry click here to join.

Jim's Blanket

Ronnie's Blanket

Thomas's Blanket

Carol’s Blanket

Monday, 1 November 2010

Approximate Yardage Chart Crochet

Afghan Baby 20" x 30" Adult 60" x 60"
Lace/Sock 1760 4500
Sport/DK 1500 3835
Worsted 1300 3450
Chunky/Bulky 1100 2500
Hat Child 18" Adult 20"-22"
Sport/DK 230 230-360
Worsted 230 230-360
Chunky/Bulky 162 195-210
Scarf Child 6" x 40" Adult 8" x 54"
Lace/Sock 572 860
Sport/DK 455 845
Worsted 247 495
Chunky/Bulky 163 325
Sweater Child - 24", 28", 32" Adult 26", 40", 44", 48"
Lace/Sock 675 - 1300 - 1885 2340 - 2730 - 3250 - 3510
Sport/DK 715 - 1040 - 1430 1820 - 2080 - 2470 - 2730
Worsted 650 - 845 - 1300 1560 - 1820 - 2080 - 2340
Chunky/Bulky 360 - 650 - 910 1170 - 1300 - 1560 - 1690
Vest Child - 24", 28", 32" Adult 26", 40", 44", 48"
Lace/Sock 520 - 715 - 975 1235 - 1465 - 1642 - 1885
Sport/DK 390 - 520 - 780 910 - 1175 - 1235 - 1430
Worsted 325 - 455 - 650 780 - 975 - 1105 - 1235
Chunky/Bulky 228 - 325 - 520 585 - 715 - 845 - 910

*Note: amounts are only approximate, based on average size projects, and will vary depending on type of
stitch, gauge and differences in individual crocheters. To find out how many skeins/balls/cones to purchase, divide the total yardage needed by the chosen yarn's amount per skein/ball/cone. Be sure to round up to the nearest whole skein/ball/cone.

Source: Lion Brand Yarn