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Hi there & welcome to Annie's Place. A place inspired by and named after my late Grandmother Annie. Somewhere I can be creative, and share my love for all things hand made. I like nothing better than sitting with hook & yarn, crafting something home spun & completely unique, or rustling up some yummy baked goodies. I live in a town with a beautiful embankment, situated on the River Great Ouse. You may know me as 'Colour-Heaven' on Flickr or 'CosyKitty' on Ravelry. Why not stop a while.....?!!

Friday, 9 November 2012

Yarn, glorious yarn

Way back in January I started a Granny Square blanket, in an effort to use up some scraps of yarn that were sitting idle at the bottom of my basket.  It started off in a similar vein to the 'Blanket Statement' by Lucy O'Regan, and for those that know me on Ravelry and Flickr, I did post up a couple of pics at the time.  One of which you can see below:

Well, it wasn't too long before I ran out  of the gorgeous cotton I was using, and couldn't justify the expense of purchasing more, so into hibernation it went.  I had some lovely feedback about it, some saying 'you must get more yarn', to which I had to reply 'when funds will allow'.  Time has flown by and other projects have taken precedence, but finally I decided to save up all my pennies and buy some more. If you're anything like me, the mere thought of buying yummy new yarn sends you into a frenzy.  The anticipation of the postie arriving at the door, holding what looks like a boring brown box, only you know that beyond that brown cardboard and packing tape lies a kaleidoscope of colourful goodies, just waiting to be made into something wonderful.  


Today was that day, look....!


Isn't it a wonderful sight? All packaged nice & neatly in plastic resealable bags. I couldn't wait to to get my hands on them!! So there was nothing else for it, I tipped them straight onto my bed in a big pile, for a good ole rummage. 

48 balls in total, from white to black, and everything in between. A proper pick me up. I'm sure you all agree that colour does something to the psyche? I get such a high from working with yarn, especially brights. They just give me a boost, especially these Autumn days, when light is at a premium. Shall we take a closer look?




I have so many ideas for this yarn, I can't wait to get started! It may not wait till tomorrow at this rate.......x

33 comments:

  1. Just found you blog via Rav...I think I am going to enjoy it, very very much!! Welcome to Blogland. I have some baggies of most luscious merino wool upstairs for the next project, saved up for, agonised over colours and bought in a great sale. The pleasure is almost as much in the anticipation as the making! Fiona

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  2. Super jealous - lovely blanket and stash :)

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  3. Ooh wow, colour heaven! I didn't know the Schachenmayr SMC Catania came in sooo many gorgeous colours, my LYS stacks just a small range, but seeing this I'm smitten. I'm very curious to see what you will conjure up! :-) xxxx

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  4. I love your blog already .... especially after being so inspired by your Flickr.. will be popping by on a regular basis .. helencrochet1

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  5. I can actually feeeel the excitement of you receiving this parcel! What an amazing set of colours, totally worth every penny. Your blankets looking brilliant, so glad you're in the position to carry on again, woo hoo!!

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  6. Hello! You're not an easy lady to track down! You left a lovely comment on my blog and I clicked on your profile to reply but your blog isn't linked on your profile, so I tracked you down via Ravelry - there's always a way for the determined stalker!! :)

    Love the fabulous colour you have there, where on earth did those beauties come from, they are not a brand I've heard of before ?

    Sandra x

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  7. I'm lusting after your stash! Creating with that yarn will be heavenly for you I'm sure! :)

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  8. Fiona, Renee, Nanita, Helen, Nicole, Sandra, & Becca, thank you all for taking the time to have a look and comment! It's a real boost to my confidence, knowing that you all like what I've done so far! x x x x x

    @Sandra - Thanks for highlighting that little oversight, and for doing some detective work to find me ;) I've edited my profile now, so I shouldn't be so elusive. There's so much to learn, my head hurts x x

    As for the gorgeous yarn, it's Schachenmayr Catania 100% Cotton and sourced from http://www.handarbeitswaren.de/Schachenmayr-Wolle/Catania-Schachenmayr.html
    They deliver to the UK, and you can pay via paypal. They are super efficient, I've ordered twice now and the delivery has arrived within 5 days. And because the exchange rate is favourable you save a few pennies too. I certainly think it's worth it!

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  9. OMG look at those colours. Wish we could get that colour range in cotton over here (Australia)

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  10. Hi there, I found your lovely blog via Facebook. So glad I did, your crochet is beautiful!

    After reading this post I have a serious case of stash envy and am off for a look at the stockist's website right now :)

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  11. Why oh why did you have to post a picture of all that gorgeous yarn and then provide details of where to get it. I can see a purchase coming on :-) Do you mind me asking how much the postage was on that big box of yarn?

    I love the blog

    Sharon x

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    1. Hi Sharon, it cost 9 euro's. It worked out at £7.24, which I thought was very reasonable x

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  12. Just stumbled across your blog. Keep up the good work :)

    Oh my goodness! That yarn looks wonderful. So many gorgeous colours to choose from. I now have stash envy.

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  13. Hi Sharron! Just found your lovely, shiny-new-pin blog via The Creative Crochet Crew who just posted about you on Facebook! Your blog is looking lovely and so many followers already is fantastic... congratulations! I'm following and will be back...have fun! Jill x

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  14. Hi Sharron, I am new to crocheting and I have just learnt how to do granny squares. I found your amazing blog thanks to a friend via Facebook. I am registered blind, I can only see colours, shapes and movement, the colours you use are so joyful and inspirational, I can't wait to complete my first blanket. Xxx

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    1. Hi Kelly, it's fantastic to hear you've taken up crocheting! I'm really touched by your comment and think you're the real inspiration. I'm so glad you like my colourful work, and wish you all the best in your hooky endeavours x

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    2. Thanks Sharon I've ordered some wool from your supplier and I'm eagerly awaiting the postie...I feel like a kid at Christmas xxx

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  15. Thanks for the info on the wool. It looks lovely. I have discovered your blog from another blog that mentioned you and I love your creations! I have now added you to my list of blogs. Thanks for sharing, Pati x

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  16. Becci, Lilli, Sharon, Moleymakes, Stocki & Pati, thank you for leaving a lovely comment for me here! Every word is appreciated. Hope you're all having a good week? See you again soon I hope!?! x x

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  17. That is total heaven, and yes yes yes - colour just lights the blue touch paper and retires, and vwooooom! - up I go! I shall look up Catania online, or if you see this message, maybe you could tell me where you buy your yarn. How wonderful if you can just buy one ball of so many colours. So far I have just used double knitting 'wool'for crochet, but lots of people say cotton is easier. I don't really care - as long as its colourful, its all scrumptious.
    And no, don't feel guilty! Psychiatric care is a lot more expensive than yarn!
    I love the expression I saw 'They say money can't buy happiness, but it can buy yarn, and that's pretty much the same thing.'

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  18. PS - Just found that you've said where I can find the yarn in one of the comments!
    Thanks!

    Oh and I ADORE your chevron pattern blanket.
    That's my next project...

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  19. Oh swoon! There's so much to love here. That big gorgeous bodacious box of yarn looks like heaven! I love this pattern, too. Inspired. :)

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  20. I absolutely love your blog! Thank you for sharing all the pictures. So inspirational. I am working on a willow square project at the moment with yellow and Ecru. I love colours but I am so worried I cannot match them well. I am very tempted to order a range of Catania cotton and do something more bright! :) x

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  21. Hello, I found your blog through my sister posting a link on Facebook. I love your projects and have been inspired to start crocheting again after a long break. Somehow I forgot that I love it. Thank you.

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  22. Just love your . Your colors are amazing and make me want to spend all day in crochet land....just ordered this yarn anxiously awaiting the arrival...

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  23. Hi Sharron. New here and loving it! Thanks for the link to the Schachenmayr-Wolle for the Catania yarn. I can't seem to find a language translator for this site. Have you found another way to interpret it for ordering purposes? Would love to be able to understand it better. ;-) Cheers, heather

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  24. Love your site!
    Do you have a pattern for the one with granny square in center and
    then smaller blocks around it?
    Thanks

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  25. Hi, Fantastic work you do, really like them. A question, where from do you buy the yarn Catania?

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    1. I sourced mine from here: https://www.handarbeitswaren.de/Schachenmayr-Wolle/Catania-Wolle-Schachenmayr.html

      Hope this helps you :)

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  26. I love the colors of this mid weight cotton but I can't find it to make a purchase. Ravelry has some but not a few of the colors I want. Your creations and those of your fellow bloggers are lovely! Congrats on your beautiful work.

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  27. Hello Sharron!!!
    Just curious...did you ever add a border to your lovely granny square blanket? I went back and reviewed all your postings but did not find one about the border!

    Blessings from Texas, USA..
    Becky

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    1. Hello Becky, I'm so sorry you had to trawl through to try and find what you were looking for to no avail. I have to admit I put this project aside and haven't gotten around to completing it, hence why there are no further updates about it. Although you have now prompted me to fish it out and get it done! Thank you for getting in touch.

      Blessings in return from Bedford, UK
      Sharron

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