Thursday, October 4, 2012

creative space | simple square blanket

Love starting a new project. Love finishing it even more.
I started working on this blanket, sometime towards the end of January. It has been with me through hard days, long weeks, sick days and times when I need calmness. I think it is the repetition of patterns and stitches that draws me to long term projects like this. I loved that I could pick this project up at the end of a long day and not have to think about where I was up to or that it could sit there for weeks without being touched.

Inspiration for this blanket came from the lovely Pip and her super simple squares. Initially, I thought I would stitch the squares together... that lasted approximately three days before I realised how much extra time it would take me to do that and I decided to join my squares as I went. The blanket ended up being 132 squares and I added one row of treble stitch around the edge (still not sure on the best technique to 'finish' a blanket). I wasn't too fussed with the pattern that was forming, my main criteria was that the same colour couldn't touch! Once again, the most tedious part of the blanket making process was stitching in all the ends, next next, I must remember to do this as I go.

For me to finish a project it needs to be achievable and I need to see it coming together as I am working on it. This blanket was perfect for that. 

Are you glad to see the end of a big project?
What have you been creating?

Playing along with my creative space
(it's good to be back!)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Winter 2012, I want to remember

How we decided to start looking and applying for rental houses.

Getting accepted for our first rental house, much quicker and easier than we anticipated.
How lucky I am to have an awesome family who helped with the packing and moving of all my things.
Unpacking boxes + setting up our new home.
How our relationship changed during those first few weeks of living together.
How cold, wet and unpredictable the weather was.

Learning to adapt to things that weren’t how I expected them to be.
Layering up to leave the house most mornings for work.
The excitement in my classroom, before, during and after their performance of the Flintstones at the school production.
Staying up way to late watching the Olympic Games.
Adapting old routines and making new routines. 

The awesome performance of Sally Pearson and Anna Meares at the Games.
Wearing bright coloured jeans with boots and super warm jumpers.
Trips to Ikea where we debated the ‘essentials’ and made plans for things we could make ourselves.
Cardio sessions at 6am, when it was still dark and less than 5 degrees outside.
Realising, that I much prefer to exercise in the morning before work.
Watching the block and falling in love with Dale and Sophie’s style.
Eating mums homemade soup with fresh white bread.
Feeling the warmth of fire first thing in the morning.
My obsession with instagram. 
The sense of calmness and familiarness that came with every square I crocheted.
I didn't realise it had been so long between posts. Winter has been a crazy busy couple of months. So ready for Spring and all it has to bring with it and getting back into regular posting. I have lots of pictures of my new house and projects I've been working on over the last couple of months to share with you. 

Have things been extra busy where you are lately?