Saturday, 24 September 2016

Afternoon Tea anyone? 4 days fun and a visit to Yarndale.

a few places left 
Click the link to see al the details 

Yarndale..

Wont be around for the next 4 days off to spend some time with friends for rest and relaxation, a trip to Skipton for 4 days and Yarndale for the next 2 days

Never been before so quite interested to see whats on offer

Meeting up with a few lovely friends old and new

Update on the Latest Extra Special Carousel
taking it with me and hope to complete part 2 on this Greengage Colourway
about half way with the banding so far





It's all coming together nicely....several of the Extra Special Carousels have been completed along side lots of the other packs

take a peek at some of them in a PINTERST FOLDER I've managed to slurp a few together..if you don't see yours then add it to Pinterest and when I see them I will include them in this folder for you.
fabulous work everyone   

CAROSUEL CAL PROJECTS 
click to see a selection so far 

I'm so impressed with all your fabulous creations so many wonderful colours ways
thanks for all the support on the Carousel group you're all amazing 

Friday, 23 September 2016

Carousel Extra Special

I am making the Greengage colour way along side you all and have been playing with the colours a little...
 original colour choice...if you use the Viola to join the bands together use this colour way


trying 4 colours for the banding......
 I tried using 4 colours...not working for me



I decided I wanted to replace the viola with the Atlantis for the last round of the part one and after playing with the banding have decided to use the Sandstone and Waterfall for the bands and join with the Atlantis...


Have you made different decisions if using the Extra Special packs?

Hope to have the banding almost completed today, but i am off to Yarndale for 4 days tomorrow morning so lots to do today so might not manage to complete this section of the pattern...crossing everything 

Thursday, 22 September 2016

King Arthur's Round Table..

I completed the first 2 Carousel blankets and asked my son which he liked best...he loved the bright one, saying it was exactly too the brief and looked like a circus carousel.
The second Batik version he loved too and couldn't decide between them but added the Batik reminded him of King Arthur's round table......

So the King Arthurs blanket was born

Research gave me this picture, from WINCHESTER GREAT HALL link  more pictures to see on the site
 
My version of the table....


Compared to one of the Special bright Original Carousel

KING A, CENTRE Part 1 colours: old gold, biscuit, cream, cherry, olive, indigo, cherry, cream, biscuit, cherry


KING ARTHUR'S ROUND TABLE


KING A, Part 2 colours: olive, cream, joined together with old gold.


MORE ALTERNATIVES FOR THE BATIK IN OLIVE AND CREAM BANDS


ABOVE: Cream, old gold, heather, pistachio, olive, old gold, biscuit, cream, biscuit, heather.


  variations on the Batik with olive and cream bands
 Raspberry, heather, old gold, coral, cherry, olive, biscuit, cream, biscuit, olive

TIPS ON JOINING:
Joining stitch TIP: because of the way you turn and the ends are alternate ways....some ends have what looks like 2 spaces and some ends of rows look like they only have one space try looking closely for that set up...so it will be different every other end you join..alternate hope that helps 

It does work but you need to look carefully and go slowly to start with get the feel of the alternate number of joining stitches it should work out about 25/26 pairs of stitches sc [dc] sl st as a pair 



TOMORROW: The Extra Special Carousel..added at a late date in response to not being able to use wool and wanting a smaller pack....more on the banding for the Greengage Version i am making along side you all. 

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

CAROUSEL PASTELS

The Pastel version of the Carousel has been very popular, pretty and fits in with lots of home decor i guess, and perfect for that new baby too...i did 3 part 1 variations.......


LAVENDER
PASTEL LAVENDER SPECIAL DK:
Parma Violet, Stone, Cream, Duck Egg, Pistachio, Stone, Parchment, Parma Violet, Parma Violet, Lavender.


BLUE
PASTEL CLOUD BLUE SPECIAL DK: 
Cloud Blue, Camel, Cream, Pistachio, Duck Egg, Sherbet, Cloud Blue, Parchment, Parchment, Duck Egg. 


 PINK. 
PASTEL PINK SPECIAL DK: Clematis, Stone, Cream, Pistachio, Duck Egg, Stone, Camel, Pale Rose, Clematis.

I'm sure you will also create lots more variation using this selection of colours
As part 2 of the Carousel was released yesterday, hope you are all still enjoying the CAL?

i decided to make a complete pastel Carousel along side you all, along with the new Extra Special version.....life got in the way yesterday afternoon and evening but i did manage to complete the 16 pastel bands needed for a pastel Carousel. 17 colours altogether  

I've not joined them together yet I'm using the parchment to join but these are the 17 colours and they will work with all 3 of the pastel centres shown above.




1:cream
2:duck egg
3:sherbet
4:cloud blue
5:parma violet
6:Lavender
7:wisteria
8:clematis
9:pale rose 
10:candy floss
11:apricot
12:stone
13:camel
14:lemon
15:pistachio
16:spring green
17:parchment 



one or two pastel variations with mustard added to the list...all pretty variations


Yarn packs  from Loremar.co.uk

Here ia the rainbow of the above colours and you can see that they go well with all 3 Carousel centres







HAVE FUN XX
afternoon update: Part 2 complete



Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Extra Special Carousel part 2: Carousel banding

The Carousel Part 2 is POSTED TODAY
and made up of 16 carousel pieces, 8 cream and 8 red, joined together with a decorative rib stitch


With the Extra Special the banding has 2 options 

NEW EXTRA SPECIAL PACK: 
Option 1:Extra Special marl yarn in Viola/peony

Part 1: Carnation, Sandstone,Viola, Greengage, Waterfall, Charcoal, Peony, Carnation, Viola, Charcoal.
Banding: Peony and Sandstone and can be joined with either the Atlantis or with Viola

Option 2: Extra Special marl yarn in Greengage/waterfall (this is the option i am going to make along side you al)



Part 1: Charcoal, Atlantis, Greengage, Sandstone, Waterfall, Charcoal, Atlantis, Waterfall, Sandstone, Viola

Banding: Charcoal and Waterfall, joined with either sandstone or Viola


Each band takes me about 20minutes to make so about 5hours 20minutes to make the 16 pieces..but i never made them all in one go....And you will use most of the 2 balls, and then allow joining time. 

PASTELS...
I will be making one of these the second option along side you over the next 2 weeks and hopefully a pastel version too... still to decide which centre to use though


KING ARTHUR'S ROUND TABLE
I'm also making a King Arthurs Round Table version too...blog post on its own for this one 

HAVE FUN ALL XX

UPDATE 22ND SEPTEMBER ON EXTRA SPECIAL GREENGAGE: I'm making the Greengage version of this version along side you and have decided to make a couple of changes removing the VIOLA from the centre part one last round and use 4 colours, Sandstone, Charcoal, Waterfall and Atlantis for the banding.

All the other colours will be used in the final rounds though