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Optimism: belief that everything will work out well. Irrational, Bordering on insanity. July 31, 2011

Filed under: Crochet,Cross Stitch,Work in Progress — crochethook @ 10:29 am
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This post covers week 13 and 14 which have been a mixed bag of success and downright disaster.  Last week I finished the main body of the blanket.  By the time I had added the word TARDIS it was finally long enough so I decided not to bother with the words ‘type 40’ as well.

The final row count was 340.

This would have been cause for much celebration on my part but, before I could enjoy myself, I got a stinking cold and spent three days wandering about feeling sorry for myself and not doing very much.  (This is why I didn’t post last week. I was mostly sleeping and moaning.)  Once I was taking notice again, I leapt in and made a start on cross-stitching POLICE PUBLIC CALL BOX onto the sign board.  As I said before, my plan was to use soluble Aida and charts.  I had drawn the charts a few weeks ago and they looked spiffing so I got cracking.

After the first row on the P, I stopped and looked and thought ‘Hmm’ but convinced myself that I needed to finish the whole letter before I judged.  This was my first mistake.  I finished the P and still wasn’t convinced but tried to tell myself I was being fussy and started onto the O.  This was my second mistake.  Three rows into the O, I stopped and admitted that it looked dreadful.  Despite the Aida, the stitches were really uneven which I think was down to the irregular nature of crochet fabric.  I wasn’t even getting a clean edge on the letters.  If I had stopped at the first row like my instincts suggested, I may have been able to unpick it.  By the time I done the P and part of the O unpicking wasn’t an option anymore without running the risk of damaging the crochet underneath. The stitches were too small to get any purchase on without pulling hard.  Chiz!

Having spent a couple of days thinking that I had ruined the whole project and sulking, I was suddenly struck with the brilliant idea of appliqueing crocheted letters on instead.  This means the letters looks even and they hide the failed stitching underneath.  They also have the advantage of being really quick to make.  An all round win, I think you will have to agree.

Covering a multitude of sins

So I am back on track again – hurrah!  I still plan to stitch the door panel but only in back stitch which I hope/think won’t cause the same problems as cross-stitching.  The end is in sight.  I estimate another 3 weeks will see this finished so I am already pondering what I will do next.

This week’s quote is from everyone’s favourite tin dog.  It’s not a TARDIS quote but struck me as so apt that it was begging to be used.

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Well, there must be intelligent life at the end of this lot. July 17, 2011

Week 12 and the row count is 308.  The actual TARDIS is complete but the blanket still isn’t long enough for comfortable snoozing. I had seen this coming and plotted a third chart a couple of weeks ago.  The new chart adds the immortal words Type 40 TARDIS  to the top of the blanket and really should signal the end of the crocheting on this project.  Phew! Click on the link if you would like a pdf of this part.

Now officially too large to photograph well.

I have carried on practising my cross stitch this week and have completed almost one whole word. As I have only been stitching on the bus, I am not entirely ashamed of my progress.  The plan is to eventually stitch the the whole of the door panel unless I run mad first. I have a feeling that this could be haunting me for years as my cross stitch concentration is never good.  It is making me happier about stitching on the blanket though so it has already done some good.

I am going to need a lot of blue thread.

This week’s quote’s an easy one but I did have to watch 15 minutes of the requisite episode so I could take it down accurately.  What a slog for me!

 

Don’t come all clever dick with me. What’s going on? July 10, 2011

Week 11 and the row count is 280.  Not terribly impressive.  I am dragging my heels the closer I get to the end as I suspect I may feel a little bereft when this project is finally finished.

I have also started a side-project to practise my cross-stitching in preparation for the embellishments and this distracted me for a couple of nights.  I have cross-stitched on and off since I was 12 but I am acutely conscious that I only get one shot on the blanket. Unpicking mistakes will be a nightmare on crochet so a refresher seemed like a good idea.  There’s too little done to make it worth sharing at the moment but I will in the future.

The blanket is now so long that getting it all into one photo is becoming quite hard.  You will have to excuse the slightly odd angle on the picture.

The light is coming on a treat though.

This week’s quote is Ace’s reaction to entering the 7th Doctor’s TARDIS for the first time.  I know I am in a minority but 7 is one of my all-time favourite Doctors. I feel he is undervalued so I thought it was time we had some serious 7 love on this blog.

 

Up there is the scanner, those are the doors, that is a chair with a panda on it… July 4, 2011

Filed under: Unfinished Objects,Work in Progress — crochethook @ 8:12 pm
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Week 10 and I am on row 263.  Just a quick, late post this week as I have been away for a few days so not much progress.

I would have been further on but after I had crocheted in the grey stripe on the roof I suddenly realised it looked dreadful. (I said any problems from now would be my own fault.)  I had to rip back 13 rows to get rid of it again.  I don’t know what I was thinking!

So much better minus the stripe.

This week’s quote is from the delightfully grumpy first Doctor.  It is a bit too long for a title really but I wanted to use it as it makes me giggle.

 

By special request June 26, 2011

Filed under: Free pattern,Quick Projects — crochethook @ 7:16 pm
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I got a request through Ravelry this morning from someone wanting to turn the granny star into a blanket square.  I hadn’t really thought about it before but, as it was a lazy Sunday morning, I was happy to give it a go.  It does work but I think the squares may have to be interspersed with more solid squares before you could make a blanket using them.

One benefit of this is that I realised there was a typo in the final round of the original granny star pattern.  I have amended this but I feel bad about anyone who came a cropper on it in the past.  Sorry!  To make amends I thought I would post this here and on Ravelry for anyone who fancies it.

Here is the pattern I have come up with to turn a star into a sqaure:

Round 1:  Chain 6, slip stitch into first chain to create a loop.

Round 2: Chain 3 (counts as treble throught out), 2 trebles into the ring, chain 3.  *3 trebles into the ring, chain 3**.  Repeat *-** 4 times.  (5 groups of 3 trebles made.) Join with a slip stitich in first 3 chain of the round.

Round 3: Slip stitch into the next 3 chain space from the previous round.  Chain 3, 2 trebles into the chain space from the previous round, chain 3, 3 trebles into the same chain space, chain 1.  *3 trebles into the next 3 chain space from the previous round, chain 3, 3 trebles into the same chain space, chain 1.**  Repeat *-** 4 times.  Join with a slip stitch in first 3 chain of the round.  (10 groups of 3 trebles made.)

Round 4: Slip stitch into first 3 chain space from the previous round.  Chain 1, (1 double crochet, 1 half-treble, 1 treble, 1 double treble, 1 treble, 1 half-treble, 1 double crochet) in same chain space, chain 1, *slip stich in next 1 chain space, chain 1,  (1 double crochet, 1 half-treble, 1 treble, 1 double treble, 1 treble, 1 half-treble, 1 double crochet) in next chain space from previous round, chain 1.** Repeat from *-** 4 times.  Slip stitch into final  1 chain space, chain 1, slip stitch into first dc to join.  Fasten off.

Round 5:  Attach yarn to any double treble crochet from the previous round, chain 1 and dc into same stitch, 19 chain, 1 dc into next double treble crochet, chain 9, 1 dc into next double treble crochet, chain 18, 1 dc into next double treble crochet, chain 9, 1 dc into next double treble crochet, chain 19.  Slip stitch into first dc.

Round 6: Chain 2, treble crochet in same stitch, 10 treble into the chain, chain 3, 9 treble into chain, 1 treble into dc from previous round, 9 treble into chain, 1 treble into dc from previous round, chain 3, 19 treble into chain, 1 treble into chain from previous round, chain 3, 9 treble into chain, 1 treble into dc from previous round, 10 treble into chain, chain 3, 10 treble into chain, slip stitch into first treble.

Round 7: Chain 1 and dc in same stitch.  Dc round into each treble and 3 dcs in each 3 chain corner space.  Fasten off.

Monkey has been photobombing again.

 

Service tunnel, Blue Section 2-5

Filed under: Unfinished Objects,Work in Progress — crochethook @ 9:59 am
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Week 9 and the row count is 235.  I am quite impressed with my total for the week as I seem to have spent a lot of time playing Zelda and the Ocarina of Time rather than crocheting.  I am obviously a better multitasker than I gave myself credit for.

In 5 more rows I will have completed the original chart meaning that any deficiencies in the design from that point forward will be my own fault.  I am quite excited.

The Police Box sign is done but I am having a hard resisting starting the embroidery straight away.

This week’s quote is a real quote – honest –  but it returns no results on Google. Props to you if you recognise it.

 

This machine is a load of obsolete rubbish! June 19, 2011

Filed under: Unfinished Objects,Work in Progress — crochethook @ 10:19 am
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Week 8 and the row count is 208.  I am onto the ‘Police Public Call Box’ sign which I am doing in black.  The chart has crocheted letters but my intention is the embroider them on later.  This is mainly so I can get the ‘Public Call’ bit of the sign in there too.  It would annoy me beyond all reason if it just said Police Box.

My major discovery this week is that double crochet doesn’t make for a long blanket.  I am 32 rows away from finishing the charted pattern and the blanket only comes up to my mid-waist. I had suspected that it would not be long enough which was why I added the roof but I now think it may need even more height.  My current plan is to add the text ‘Type 40 TARDIS’ above it.  This will mean I have doubled the original row count of 240 to 480.  Heaven forfend I ever decide to make another one but, if I did, I think treble crochet might be more sensible next time.

I have decided the wonkiness is due to the white wool being a slightly lighter weight than all the rest. I am hoping that a border, along with some judicious pressing, will pull it all straight.

This week’s quote is from a rather underwhelmed Sontaran in The Invasion of Time. We’re on to The Two Doctors now and I am hoping Number 2 will be sniffy about Number 6’s console room so I get a good quote. Crumbs!