Sunday, 16 May 2010

Starry Eyed

Many, many months ago, Lucy from Attic24 made an advent garland for the festive period using the Grandma Twinkle pattern from the lovely Royal Sisters blog. I ahhh-ed and sighed over it's loveliness, and filed it away in the back drawers of my brain as a Future Project.

Last week the Future became the Present, and after a month of hooking (a toddler, a part time job and various other projects mean things take slightly longer than I'd like them to...), I finished my very own star garland! It's nowhere near as long as Lucy's, but it fits in exactly where I wanted it to just perfectly. Happy days!

I hooked everywhere, in every spare minute I had - I found it was the perfect way to spend a quiet half an hour before work, with a mug of steaming coffee beside me...

The stars slowly began to pile up, and pretty soon it was time to get the blocking process underway - I've heard you can use corrugated cardboard and cork as a makeshift blocking board, but being short on space to store such a bulky item, it was a bit of a non-starter. So I improvised with.... a 99p garden kneeling pad from Wilkinsons, covered with an old towel! It works a dream, although if I ever need to block large pieces, I'm not entirely sure how it'll fare!

The stars came out wonderfully soft and drapey, all corners flattened and no curly edges at all - just right to sit nicely on a long string of chain stitches... (The photo below hints at my next project - crochet bunting! I'm desperately trying to think of a way to give it that extra little something, though.)

I love the colours in this little garland so much - the yarn is Sublime cashmere merino DK, and I can't get enough of it. It sits beautifully, has minimal splittiness when being hooked, and is super soft. The only problem is that at £4.55 per ball, it's not exactly economical on the purse strings!
After they were all blocked and finished, I had the dreaded task of sitting down to weave in all the yarn ends - I absolutely detest doing this, it's dull and it takes far too long. I should probably start doing it as I go, but I'm always eager to move on to the next bit. A bowl of cherries, the soaps on TV and my favourite blogs on the laptop made things a bit more bearable!

I slowly chain stitched them all together and hey presto! The garland was FINISHED! I was beginning to think it might never get there, I'm so bad at starting projects and never completely them (I'm actually sitting on a half painted chair to write this, would you believe!)

The only thing left to do was pop some nails into the wall to hang it from - after a lot of balancing on the arm of the sofa and leaning on the bookcase, the star garland finally had it's home!


  1. Gorgeous!!! It's super long, so how long was this one at attic24?! You can tell the wool is expensive, the stars look plush and luxurious so worth the extra money methinks. I bet you can't stop staring at it!! Fay x

  2. I think Lucy's was a few feet, she does say in the post - it stretched all the way across the middle of her lounge!
    I was doing some more 'circle in a square' pieces today using cheaper wool, and spent the whole time cursing its rubbish-ness! x