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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.....?!!

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Colourful flower runner revisited

Phew, am I glad the week's almost over! You know sometimes you get those moments when everything seems to all happen at once. Appointments to keep, entertaining unexpected visitors, trying to get the car through it's MOT without any added expense. Oh yes, that just about sums up the kind of week I've had.



But now I can take a deep breath and relax into the weekend. I've enjoyed watching some of the World Indoor Athletics Champs on TV this morning, glad to see some Team GB success in the heats. Fingers crossed for the finals. 



As you were all so generous with your comments about my ripple, I thought I'd follow that up with a look back at my colourful flower runner project. I made a very tentative start on this back in the summer of 2011, after being totally inspired by this gorgeous pattern. 



I was just beginning to find my feet with crochet, and at about 8 months in felt ready to take on a bigger project. I followed Solveig's pattern for the circle part of each block, but then adapted it as I wasn't confident using the JAYG (join as you go) method. I crocheted each square, then slip stitched them together in rows. 


Soon I had accumulated row upon row of colourful circles framed in white. It was a pleasure to make and I got a real thrill out of seeing the project grow. I decided on a runner, rather than a blanket as I wanted to give my rattan chair a makeover. I ended up with 7 rows of 22 blocks. The perfect width and length for my chair cover.


It took me a couple of months to complete, but for a self confessed slow coach that was pretty quick. I'd like to attempt something like this again but on a grander scale. Problem is, I'm not sure I have the patience for it. 

I hope you enjoyed my wee trip down memory lane? 
Perhaps I've inspired you to do the same? 

x x x x x x x x

44 comments:

  1. It's beautiful, such happy colours. I hope next week is an improvement!

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  2. Hi Sharron, I've always admired this chair runner and it's lovely to get a closer look on this post. It looks beautiful in your colourful Catania cotton and your work is always so neat. I would love to have a go at making a bedspread like this, but with my king size bed I don't know if I have the stamina! I love Solveig's "flowers in snow" name for hers. Have a lovely weekend.
    Jane x

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  3. I've made a vow to myself to crochet something like this some day, as I love colourful granny squares... I still haven't found the courage to begin, but it might be an idea for summer days... : ) Have a nice weekend! Xx

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  4. So many beautiful colours Sharron, a rainbow of happiness !
    Kate x

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  5. It is definitely inspiring, these crochet blankets are so colourful and bright, I am determined to make one, one day x

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  6. You always inspire me Sharron and now I am itching to start a new spring like throw. Have a restful weekend xx

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  7. Gorgeous colours, especially the border.

    Luvin' the new header images too. Fab fresh and clean cool colours.

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  8. This runner is gorgeous! I would hate to sit on it, for sure! I was just thinking about a flowers in snow kind of look!

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  9. I love this, it is beautiful and perfect for your chair, it is full of summer for me, well done on finishing such an awesome project Sharron :-)

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  10. Your runner is so pretty, I do like the border, it just brings all your lovely spring cheery colours together - just so perfect.

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  11. Wow - that looks fabulous - I really like the colours - I love that picture of the yarn, I could dive in head first it looks so yummy.

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  12. It's so nice to revisit your beautiful works of art Sharron, you've always done such a wonderful job with your projects - glowing colours and perfectly formed stitches throughout. Are you working on something new to surprise us with?
    Have a great weekend and I hope you're having sunshine!
    Warm thoughts, Joy xo

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  13. Gorgeous vibrant colors!
    Sheila
    http://sheilazachariae.blogspot.com/2014/02/cath-kidstongreengate-inspired-bakeware.html

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  14. Such a beautiful runner and it does look lovely on that chair. I love the 'Flowers in the Snow' pattern and it looks particularly fresh and flowery in those Catania cottons!

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  15. Oh its gorgeous! I do so look forward to your blog entries Sharron!! x Im never disappointed! Helen x

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  16. Absolutely gorgeous. The colours are so cheery and bright and I really like the pattern. Looks fantastic on your chair.

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  17. Wow that's so colourful. I too have revisited my granny squares I started quite some time ago just thus week. Like you I was new to crochet and wasn't very patient. Loving making them again

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  18. Beautiful! I love the bright colours-so cheery! Thanks for sharing your work and inspiring me.

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  19. gorgeous. I understand about not sure if you have patience for the next big project...I get bored and really feel the urge to just be done. You did a wonderful job...love the colors.

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  20. I have admired your table runner for some time and have enjoyed this little re-visit post. Sharron, your photos are just soooo gorgeous, it's such a pleasure to scroll through! I have had a hectic week too and I'm hoping this coming week will be a bit quieter. Hoping you have a good week as well, Sam xx

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  21. Such a beautiful blanket, love the trim too! :) x

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  22. It looks great! Very cheerful.

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  23. thank you !! you are fantastic with colors. it's a nice therapy , make me happy!

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  24. thank you! your posts inspire happiness. It's really a colour therapy.

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  25. Sharon, I love your blog and your bright, happy crochet project colors! The yarn you have pictured in the first image is a brand I've seen in Germany (I'm an American who lives in Dusseldorf most of the year). Do you find it to be a good brand? The yarn is so different from what I'm accustomed to in the US. Appreciate your help! Mary @ GoCrochetCrazy.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Mary,

      I've been using the Catania for some time now. Funnily enough I order mine from a German supplier http://www.handarbeitswaren.de/Schachenmayr-Wolle/Catania-Schachenmayr.html. I was initially attracted to the gorgeous array of colours, but it works up really beautifully aswell, hence why I've used it in numerous projects. I am not sponsored by or affiliated with any brands, so this is my honest opinion. Although with the amount of free publicity I've given them perhaps a few free balls wouldn't go amiss ;) I'm saving up my pennies at the moment to buy some more, and because I consider it to be very affordable it shouldn't be long before I have my hands on a new stash. Thanks for your kind thoughts!

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  26. Magnificent! It fits perfectly, it is hard to go from one blanket to another. I would go for a few little early Christmas present makes to hide away before you start a new blanket maybe. Jo x

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  27. Simply gorgeous, Sharron. Congratulations!!!

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  28. Sharron - this blanket is just lovely and it looks soooo good on that chair. It shows it off really well. You must be pleased with it! xCathy

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  29. I love it. It is so colorful with the white background. I need to make something like this.

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  30. Beautiful work! Fabulous colors!
    Have a wonderful day and week!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  31. It's beautiful!! What yarn did you use dk?? It certainly makes for the perfect cover for that beautiful rattan chair. Lush!! Xxx

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    1. Thank you! Here's a link to the yarn I used http://www.handarbeitswaren.de/Schachenmayr-Wolle/Catania-Schachenmayr.html x

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  32. this is so so beautiful! I love that you chose to do a runner rather than a blanket!

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  33. I LOVE your patterns and color choices!!! Truly amazing work and I appreciate you allowing me along with others to learn from you. I am the Grasshopper and you are Teacher, lol!!! I would love to know where I could buy this yarn. I live in the land across the big pond (America) and have never seen it here! Thank you so much!!!

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  34. This is lovely!
    Please could you tell me how many balls of the cream yarn you needed to complete the runner?
    Thanks!

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  35. Inspiring! I'm new to your blog and I love color like you. Looking forward to interacting with you. Sorry about your fur guy, our Bishop lived 14 years before passing away five years ago. We now have three lovely fur family members.

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