Mission Accomplished

Bond all joinedIf you did not already know The Bond project is complete. It is finished, done, mission over, mission accomplished, ended, stopped. You now have all you need to make this great blanket for yourself or for that someone special in your life. A chance to show how much you love someone stitch by stitch. Thanks again love. Everything except from the yarn (lots and lots of yarn needed). Some of you will have all the yarn and all the right colours needed for this project. Others will be able to be a bit creative with the colour scheme if you know what I mean!! Others still will see this as the excuse needed to put a big order in for yarn (not that many of you need an excuse).

It took the wife eight weeks to make.

Let me tell you how it all began. My wife wanted to do something for me for our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. She loves crocheting, as you know (and me, I love Bond), as you now know. That was that, so she started the planning of it all, with more precision than any Bond mission I know of. There was all the questions about the Bond films. Some of them she remembered from years ago, she did not need to watch them. Others she had not heard of, which meant she had to watch them (I watched them along with her for moral support of course). The things we have to do for the ones we love right?

Things started at a good steady speed (like most Bond films), because we had all the time in the world right? Then things started to pick up speed, as the project was to be done for Easter. At one point she scared the living daylights out of me by informing me that two parts of the blanket were to be blocked on the same day. I was ok with one every three days, but like one of the famous chases of Bond which got faster and faster ( on snow and roads) which lead to a climax so did this project. Easter is neatly here and the project is finished.

Now starts the hard work of keeping Ginger (the blanket thief off it)!!

ginger-the-blanket-theif

Can I have a quick word on blocking and  tension. How can a thing go so wrong? I have had some funny shapes to block. Each block was to be 14in x 15.5in. How come I got measurements from 12in to 16in?

All joking aside I just love it. Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU. You have been doing things like this for the last twenty-five years to show your love for me. Lets all share the love and keep crocheting and sharing.

Quantum of Solace

Link to the Bond patterns The Bond Project

Bond Blanket first half

Bond Blanket second half

Back to basics

meadow 2

Do you remember the first thing you crocheted? Did you start with a granny square? Were you amazed at what you could make with just one hook and a little yarn?  Well I can say looking at the projects my wife has done and seen some of the many things others have made by crocheting I am amazed. I would like you to look back in your mind’s eye and think of when it all began. Who did you learn from? Who taught you? Remembering those days with fondness, it could only be a few weeks or months that you have been crocheting. Lets take a moment today to thank the person who introduced you to this wonderful hobby or passion we call crochet. It could be so many years ago that you do not want to count. Thinking about that, who have you taught to crochet? It could be that you see your mission in life is to spread the word, to teach all the world (well all that you meet) to crochet.

The history of crochet is said to start about 1823 no less (knitting came first then they improved it). Everyone who crochets is part of that history. In years to come history will record with the upturn in crafting crochet has come back into fashion with young and not so young picking it up and taking it forward and you are a part of that. Lets push it forward, ok you push it forward and I will blog about it.

ROW 1

Now let me get this right, there are five basic stitches you use and everything stems from them? Is that right? I know nothing so I hope I am right. Now you have mastered the basics why not try a butterfly stitch or a popcorn stitch or even a crocodile stitch (who makes up these names?) It could be you have tried these stitches and some I have not mentioned. Have you invented your own stitch ( I am not talking about something you fudged). The name crochet comes from the old french word which means small hook. From the granny square and beyond keep on crocheting.

The Bond project is still going strong with new people finding out about it all the time (someone from Chile was looking today). We are on the last leg of it , I should say the wife is on the last leg. Which means I only have five to block. This means I am now an expert on blocking. If you have any questions about blocking I am quite willing to offer my advice on this matter. Till the next time.

The Bond Project

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Happy St Patrick’s Day from Ireland

St Patrick’s day is here, parades are happening not just here on the wee island but further afield as well.  Here in Ireland it is a bank holiday and a day to either do nothing (I like the sound of that) or to watch a parade or as the wife says a day to herself when she can do nothing except crochet.

This year her crocheting will be another block in ‘The Bond’ blanket.  For those who aren’t aware of ‘The Bond’ blanket click here The Bond Project to find out what I am talking about.  The pile of blocks for ‘The Bond’ blanket is growing and as I speak another is being blocked and will be on the site later today or tomorrow.

Enough of ‘The Bond’ project let’s get back to St Patrick himself.  While the wife crochets I might get a walk.  There will be a lot of people out today walking on the mountain in the photo – why I here you ask, well  the mountain is Slemish and it was the home of St Patrick when he first came to Ireland. ( He was a shepherd on Slemish and tradition has it while he was a shepherd on Slemish he started praying and became a Christian.)

A lot of people go to Slemish today (St Patrick’s day) to climb the mountain and we have been there ourselves on St Patrick’s day for a barbaque which friends of ours had a few years ago.  I can tell you it wasn’t easy to get near the mountain or to get the car parked on that day and with it being March there was a dusting of snow on Slemish (glad I wasn’t going to the top on that day). Life must have been very hard/harsh as a shepherd on the mountain, but the views are magnificent and are well worth a trip to Slemish.

Whatever you do today I hope you have a good day and greetings from here in Ireland.

Slemish covered in snow (2)

Slemish the day we visited it on St Patrick’s day – photo taken by J Byrne.

Daniel Craig is impressed (WELL ALMOST)

The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind, what can I say about them?  The Bond project has gone crazy, with people coming on to the blog site day after day to get the latest free pattern in this series. It is going down a storm in Canada, USA and UK to name but a few places. As the wife has said that’s seven down eighteen to go. She is loving it (good job as she is spending such a long time on it). It is good to know that all her hard work is being appreciated. I appreciate it to (as it is all for me).

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Now on to the title of the blog, (I did say that name – dropping names always helps).  As you see there is a caveat to it!! Well almost?? What was I to think when a small scream came from my wife because a certain person had liked and was impressed with one of the crochet squares which she had shared on instagram. Who was fitnesscheers? and what had he to do with Bond? That turned out to be a lot. His real name is Ivano Cheers and he was the stunt double for non other than Daniel Craig on the latest bond film Spector. So not quite Daniel but close enough right?  I was impressed. Personally I would not have spent as much time looking him up (lots and lots of muscles). The wife took a while to check out who he was, but she insists it was purely for research purposes. She did not join his 23000+ followers.

I would also like to thank the person who shared a way how NOT to get all tangled up when doing the graph work. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. Why?, because for the first three or four blocks I was being called time and time again to untangle the wife. I have said before about using pegs as small bobbins for all the bits of yarn you need to do some graphs. The tip is to  attach the pegs to the work you are doing, which makes less tangles. Great tip and simple keep them coming.

Pegs at bottom of work

So it was not quite Daniel Craig this time but who knows maybe next time.

The names Bond, Project Bond

The orignal sentence is ‘The Name is Bond, James Bond’.

It is one of the most iconic sentence from the film world. These words automatically conjure up pictures seen from one of the many great films from Connery to Craig. Who or what do you think of when you think of Bond?  A lot of interest has been generated over the last few days since this project was mentioned, so there are a lot of fans (or should I say you know a lot of fans of Bond). This is not about the films but a project to crochet. The wife and I have gone through the films and picked out iconic item’s/images to represent most of the films, there are still a few items to pick, which means we have to watch more Bond films to figure them out (the things I have to do for this blog!!). Speaking of icons, the first panel is of the iconic seen that is in all the Bond films were Bond shoots his gun.

I know not all of you are into Bond, but all of you are into crocheting. This is what this blog is about. Why another blanket? you ask. If you have been following the blog for a while you will know all about the blanket thief and why we will always need another blanket. You can read all about it in the THE BLANKET THIEF blog. This one will kept away from Ginger.

In this project, there will be a panel for each of the official Bond films (the rogue film Never Say Never Again and the comedy Casino Royale staring Peter Sellers are not in this). 

I must warn all the partners of the crocheters that this is graph work which means that there will be a lot of balls of yarn or pegs with yarn on, you will be called upon to untangle the yarn time and time again!! There was one point when the wife was so tangled that she could not get up from the chair she was sitting on. It was such a mess that Harry Houdini himself would be proud to get out of. So be warned. I cannot complain as it is all for me. All of the patterns for this are free because of the copyright of the Bond films. The wife will be putting the graphs once she has them done on the patterns under The Bond Project the first one is already there waiting for you (it would be nice to see your finished work on the wife’s facebook page 2nd Bench Along). See you next time.

 

Roses, chocolates or yarn??

Yes it’s that time of year again when people show there love to one another by giving a special gift like red roses, Valentines cards etc.

valentine

It is also the time that the price of these things goes through roof. What do you like to receive? The red roses, the special box of chocolates or would you prefer a gift of yarn ( the more the better you say)? Would you like all of the above? It could be that you do not need a day to show your love as you do it all the time through the year. So none crocheters lets surprise the ones we love with the gift of yarn, I would love to see some of your faces if that happened. I take it that a lot of you will be giving gifts that are crocheted? My wife was messing (or in her words experimenting with a bit of yarn), and came up with a small pattern of a stuffed heart. Which you can decorate in different ways. Another free pattern for you.  Little Hearts     The wife has made some of them to look like faces of animals, some like dogs and one like a snake (yes a snake). You might not want to give that one as a Valentines day gift!! (unless they like snakes).

One of the hearts looked like ginger our dog (the blanket thief). When the wife showed it to Ginger she didn’t hesitate in putting it in her mouth and it joined her growing collection of comforts!! More of this and Ginger in other blogs to come. If all our gifts are so well accepted we will be doing well. Ginger still carries it to bed with her and keeps looking at us as if to say “what a good girl am I”.Along with more blogs with Ginger as the star there will also be a new character called Mrs Grann e.s.quare. You will be able to follow her on her travels and adventures and see what troubles she gets into.

ginger-with-little-heart

That’s all for now from the blog that’s keeps on giving (judging from all the down loads on ravelry you just love it).

Little Hearts

LITTLE HEARTS

Copy right Audrey Slack

 

You will need

DK yarn (approx. 20 grams per heart)

4.00mm needle

Needle for weaving in ends

Embellishments for front of heart

Stuffing

Pattern is in UK crochet Terminology

 

Pattern

Make 2

5 chain, slip stitch into first chain.

1st round – 1 chain, 11 double crochets, slip stitch into chain.

2nd round – 1 chain, * 2 double crochet in next stitch, 1 double crochet in next stitch* repeat from *-* 6 times omitting 1 double crochet in final repeat, slip stitch into chain. (total – 17 double crochets and 1 chain).

3rd round – 1 chain, 1 double crochet in next 2 stitches, 1 treble in next stitch, 5 treble’s in next stitch, 1 treble in next stitch, 1 double crochet in next 3 stitches, 1 treble in next stitch, 5 treble’s in next stitch, 1 treble in next stitch, 1 double crochet in next 4 stitches, 3 treble’s in next stitch, 1 double crochet in next stitch, slip stitch into chain. (total – 10 double crochet, 17 treble’s 1 chain).

4th round – 1 chain, 1 double crochet in next 3 stitches, 2 treble in each of the next 2 stitches, 5 treble in next stitch, 2 treble in each of the next 2 stitches, 1 double crochet in next 5 stitches, 2 treble in each of the next 2 stitches, 5 treble in next stitch, 2 treble in each of the next 2 stitches, 1 double crochet in next 6 stitches, 3 treble in next stitch, 1 double crochet in next 2 stitches, slip stitch into chain.

Finish of and weave in ends.  When weaving in end in the middle of heart pull tightly to close hole in middle.

Embellish one of the hearts.

Joining the 2 hearts together.

Put the 2 hearts together with the wrong sides on the inside.  With the embellished side facing you make 1 chain, going through both of the hearts half way up one side, make a double crochet in each stitch along the side and around the top of heart to half way down the other side.  Stuff the heart and continue making a double crochet in each stitch joining the two hearts together, slip stitch into starter chain.  Finish of and weave in ends.