Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A RAK and Granny Square blanket no. 2 finished!!!

Hello folks in lovely blogland. I hope you are all enjoying your summer. It has been going okay here. I have my two lovelies to keep me company. DD has been to a few different activities including crafting at the local craft centre where she has done all sorts of wonderful crafts. But more about that later.

Firstly, after my last post, I received this gorgeous RAK in the post from Robin

RAK gift from Robin Aug 10

Isn't it great?? I love the chart and fabric and that pink lace - oh I love it. Thanks Robin so much. This was a neat thing to get in the post.

Speaking of giveaways, my followers list has grown to over 200!! I have been doing a few things for the giveaway but I haven't got it all together yet. I can tell you though that it will have a mixture of "Hazel Handmade" and some bought goodies too. So stay tuned.

Next up, I am very proud to present my latest finish. This is my second crochet blanket and I call it my Baby Steps blanket. If you remember my first blanket and how I completely ad-hocked it, this latest blanket was me learning about square sizes and colour organisation. It is also for my ds who, although no longer a baby, is still my baby.

Baby blanket finally finished!


I even learned how to do this lovely shell edging around it thanks to attic24.


As I have got more and more into the crochet and yarns etc I started to really dislike the colours I chose for this blanket. Originally I was so excited about them esp after the Ugly episode. However, now that it is made up, I am really pleased with how it turned out. Not bad for cheap Hayfield Bonus wool! My son loves it too and he is snuggled up asleep in it even as I type ;).


My dd says she wants a ripple blanket now!

Speaking of DD, she has been to a few things this summer. Here is some of what she has been up to:


Jewellery making, wheelwork, tile making, mask making, Hama beading!!!!! She has also done some artwork and the usual colouring in etc...

Right, I'm off to catch up on some blogs whilst also thinking of more crochet blankets! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


Shari said...

Hazel, that blanket is beautiful! You did a wonderful job. I bet your son is adorable all snuggled up in it!!!
Congrats on 200 followers!!!
Your daughter has done great work this summer...congrats to her as well!

Melissa said...

Your DS's Granny square afghan is lovely. :) And your dd is doing a wonderful job with her crafting.

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Hazel
The package from your friend looks great. So many goodies in there to keep you busy. Your Baby Steps blanket is gorgeous. I would love to be able to crochet like that.
Looks like your DD has been busy too. We love hama beads too.
Enjoy the rest of your summer.

andamento said...

Lovely blanket, the whole border just finishes it off beautifully. Great work by your daughter too.

Raggedy Ann said...

Hi Hazel!

Love all things on your blog, especially your crochet :)
Your daughter has gotten your talents too!

Thank you for your help on the blog having the name of the link, I looked it up on the internet and found it from there.
You are such a sweet friend!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart,

Tilly said...

That blanket is just lovely. One of these days I'll get around to learning to crochet properly. But there's just so much knitting and sewing to do and not enough time to do it all in - sigh!

Cole said...

Your blanket is flippin' fantastic!! Well done! And a lovely RAK and all your DD's goodies too! You're surrounded by goodness, lucky girl!!!!!

You should try the ripple, you'll be pleased at how fast they work up. Not as quickly as granny striping I've found, but close :)

Cath said...

Gorgeous blanket . Where do you get your wool from ? I am a member of a charity group that makes things for needy kids ,and we are desperate for materials.

Margaret said...

Nice RAK! And I love your blanket! So pretty! Your daughter is like mine was when mine was little. She was always crafting something. Great stuff!

Jane said...

Love your finished blanket Hazel, so lovely and colourful and very inviting ~ perfect for snuggling!
Well done to your DD, it's lovely when they bring home craft items, I have a box full which mine all cringe at now when I get them out to reminisce but they mean the world to me and I can remember every occasion when they were created xxx

Catherine said...

Love your blanket!

So fun to see your daughter's projects - thanks for sharing!

Maria said...

The blanket is wonderful, full of sunshine and happy thoughts

Carol said...

What a lovely blanket, Hazel--it is so bright and cheerful. I have no idea how to crochet, but your border looks amazing...

Tell your daughter that her crafts are wonderful--being creative obviously runs in the family :)

Jackie said...

The blanket is gorgeous! The colors came together beautifully. My first completed project was a big granny square afghan for my mom out of Red Heart yarn. She gave it back to me to keep a few years ago. That yarn, though cheap, it totally indestructible!

Annemarie's Breiblog said...

Hi Hazel, this blanket is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing it at my link party.


Christine said...

I love your blanket, it is so cheerful and bright.
Your daughter is proving to be a dab hand at crafts too

Brigitte said...

What a nice package you received from Robin. Enjoy all the goodies inside.
You finished a very beautiful blanket and I love the colours you used. No wonder that your son loves to snuggle up in it. The more granny square blankets I see the more I feel tempted to start one myself. You can do so much with the colours you use.
Your DD is a very creative girl. Must be the genes, lol.

Kathy A. said...

What a lovely RAK!
You did a wonderful job on your Baby Steps blanket. Doing squares and putting them together like that is a great learning experience. Now ripple is next - way to go~~

Julie said...

Love the blankey Hazel, i think the colours are gorgeous, well done on a super finish.

Well done to DD also on her lovely craftwork

A great surprise package!

dixiesamplardesigns said...

Wow, busy mom, busy daughter...and such beautiful finishes too!

Love, love, love the granny square afghan...gorgeous color choices and so nice and squared off. Lucky young man!

Congrats on making it to the milestone 200 mark! and I'm glad to be one of that 200...enjoy your blog very much...

Such a nice RAK...enjoy the goodies!


rockinloubylou said...

Well done on the blanket. I'm making an Attic 24 granny stripe blanket at the moment. Loving the colours but running out of steam! I can appreciate how much work went into yours.

Lesleyanne said...

Your blanket is gorgeous. As is your daughter's crafts.

Lucy said...

I absolutely love the blanket!!!!

Mylene said...

A very colourful blanket, great job! and what lovely works of your DD.

Blu said...

Your granny square afghan is lovely. I'm not surprised that your DS is parked under it.
Your DD's is doing well with her crafts.

from the Bluebird said...

Lovely Blankie! I am the same with color workings together. I am a bit of a hooky gal when it comes to color I also wonder. Yours is gorgeous.

Berit said...

Congrats on the Crochet blanket! I made one...once. That was enough for me! It was given as a gift, too~

Also congratulations on so many followers!

Cheryl said...

Oh i wish i lived near you so could teach me to crochet!! Love that blanket x

Maggie said...

I love,love,love that blanket! I must learn to crochet!!
Your daughter has made some lovely crafty things too!

Thank you for visiting my blog BTW, and in answer to your question about Philippa Gregory v Alison Weir books, i've only read a couple of Alison Weir so far but i'm really torn between the two authors, my book shelf is getting full up with both of them, lol The 'Lady in The Tower' is factual and AW does a very good job of presenting the facts about how she came to be accused, it's quite indepth.
Have you read any of Margaret Campbell Barnes? She is new to me, bought 2 of her books a while ago but not got around to reading them yet.

sorry, didn't mean to go on so much, lol.

Have a good weekend :-)

Deborah said...

Wonderful RAK. Your blanket is stunning.

Heidi said...

Oh Hazel! I love your latest granny square afghan! I am working away on a washcloth which is nothing compared to I need to just get it done but keep stopping to get my SAL work done. I can understand that your DS is pleased and this will keep him nice and warm in the coming autumn and winter.

Your package is wonderful.

It looks like your daughter is a chip off the old block and following your footsteps to becoming very craft minded. That is great as it will give her many happy hours and mean she is never bored in life.

Hope you did not have too much rain over the weekend?

Hugs from Holland ~

Margaret said...

What an absolutely great RAK. Have fun with everything.

Your son's blanket is so lovely and will keep him warm and cuddly.

Your DD has done a great job crafting this summer. She must take after her mum.

Sonda in OR said...

That blanket is fabulous! I have a granny square blanket that my grandma made years ago.

Mrs Twins said...

Very nice work Hazel.
Wonderful job.
congratulations on all those Followers!
Hugs Suex

Sally said...

What a lovely RAK Hazel.

LOVE your blanket! It looks so snuggly and warm :)

Your DDs pieces are lovely. She is obviously taking after you.

Elisa said...

A gorgeous RAK and that blanket is fantastic...well done

mainely stitching said...

What a wonderful blanket, Hazel!!

Siobhan said...

I see talent runs through your family, as your daughter has made some lovely stuff! How neat! You did an amazing job on the blanket, Hazel--it is sooooo pretty!