September Inspiration

September Inspiration

September Inspiration
The four of us went to the beach the other day for some inspiration, and ended up collecting a few treasures that we’ve been having fun with ever since. Small pieces of driftwood, feathers, broken shells, beach glass, those kinds of things. We originally went to collect a few smooth rocks. I wanted a few more to crochet around. One of us wanted rocks to paint into dragon eggs, and another one wanted an interesting rock to use a door stop. Whatever the reason, we were all game for a little beach combing.

That same afternoon, I started painting tiny patterns on smaller pieces of driftwood. It was so fun just letting my mind just wander and “play” with a little paint, not really thinking about what the outcome would be. A little neon paint here and there seemed to be the perfect touch.

Here’s what I’m working on this month:

– I am speaking at School House Craft on Saturday (9/22) at 2:45. In our “Blogging 101” class, Marie LeBaron of Make and Takes and we will be sharing the ins and outs of why blogging is an important and fun aspect of running and promoting your handmade business. (My husband, Peter, will be speaking too!) This is a very inspiring weekend, a great way to kick off Fall.

– I am busy creating new original art for Home, an upcoming, end-of-year show at Artstream Gallery in New Hampshire. More details coming soon, it may be textile pieces, may be paintings, I’m not quite sure yet, but I’m very excited about this show and honored to be included.

– I am so excited to be joining my granny squares together. The timing is perfect here, weather-wise! If you want to join the Granny Square Sampler Afghan crochet-along, you can start anytime by following all the weekly crochet assignments on the Sampler page.

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As I challenged myself a few posts ago, these latest little evening hand-busy crocheted rocks were done using a smaller hook, US9/1.25mm, and smaller thread, size 20. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I actually like using these small components even better.

I nearly finished blocking all my granny squares for the sampler. Ready to start joining tomorrow? You may be as relieved as I am to know that it’s not as hard as I thought it would be!

And lastly, here’s what’s playing in my studio today. I just love Camera Obscura. Enjoy!

 

tiny stones

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Whenever we go to the beach (lucky us, its minutes away in several directions), I always look out for smooth stones, pebbles, and beach glass. For fun I thought I would try crocheting a few small stones. They turned out kind of cute, what do you think? Thinking of trying a few more, with a smaller crochet hook, if my eyes can stand it.

granny square sampler afghan- week 13

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This week's granny square is brought to us by Beth (who is @cookiecat57 on Instagram- remember you can tag your photos on instagram with #grannysquaresampler so we can all see each other's). I like this one because its quite different from the ones we've done over the past few weeks, retro, unusual, and just plain interesting. So let's do it! It is called "The Whirlygig" and needs no introduction other than Beth's photo, which she also kindly sent me.

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Make 2 of these this week (you overachievers out there can always make more if you want, but at least 2), each one using just 2 colors of yarn. As with all other squares we've done, this square starts in the center, going outward. Nothing new there. The slight twist with this square is that, from Rnd 2 and onward, you always crochet into the back loop only of each double crochet/dc stitch. Double crochet into the back loop only = dcblo. Here is a video that demonstrates crocheting into the back loop at about 2:12. (It also demos crocheting into the front loop, we will be doing a single crochet into the front loop only, or scflo, which helpful when crocheting with color B, as you'll see below).

 

The Whirlygig Granny Square

With color A (which is the yellow in the top photo above), chain 4.

Rnd 1- 11 dc in 4th ch from hook. Sl st to top of starting chain to join.

Rnd 2- Ch 3, dcblo into next dc, (5 dcblo into next dc, 1 dcblo in next 2 dc) 3 times; 5 dcblo in next dc, sl st to top of starting ch to join.

Rnd 3-5 Ch 3, dcblo in each dc, making 5 dcblo in center of each 5 dc group from prev rnd. Sl st to top of starting ch to join. End off yarn at end of rnd 5.

Using color B, attach to any free front dc loop on first round, scflo in same space, continue to scflo all the way around, end off yarn after each round. Continue to do this on all 5 rounds (refer to Beth's picture above), doing 3 scflo in center of each 5 dc group.

Just reminders-

Post your sampler granny squares to our Flickr group.

Post them to instagram.

Follow along on the pinterest board.

Find all the week's squares on this page.

aaaaaand…..

don't worry if you are behind! I am! Hoping to catch up this weekend. First we are celebrating Ian's birthday, he's 11 today! My baby is 11!

As always, let me know if there are any questions in the comments.

Enjoy crocheting this week!

Blair

 

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