So, still working on various projects (The Frozen blanket is driving me insane…) I thought I would share the Rainbow blanket of Doom! This was the very first thing I learned to crochet, the granny square. The lovely lady at the National Wool Museum of Wales (it is a real place, honestly! And awesome, go have a look if you’re in the area) taught me how to do a basic square and how to change colours and I didn’t stop till I ran out of wool. It’s basically a double bedspread and it’s awesome, the wool is 8ply and I worked it with a 5mm hook (UK sizing) and this is the result. I’m really pleased with this one and I’ll use it to brighten up my home! :D

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This Gilmour Flexogen all-weather hose is exceptionally strong and durable. With its 8-ply, polyester cord reinforcement and its high burst-strength construction, this hose is built to last and has long set the standard for quality in garden hoses. The Flow Guard Plus protective collar helps resist kinks at faucet to give you peace of mind that you will not be dealing with those annoying kinks. The Flexogen hose has heavy-duty metal, crush-resistant, Full-Flo machined metal couplings with built-in washer for a tight, leak-free seal that will last for a very long time. This Flexogen hose features a polished surface that resists minor abrasions that can collect dirt that causes stains and the possibility of mildew that would make your hose look dingy, dirty and old. When you’re tired of dealing with hoses that crack, leak, kink and are hard to attach to your hose-end because of insufficient couplings, then make the switch to Gilmour Flexogen hoses. This heavy-duty garden hose is made in the USA and backed by a lifetime guarantee. If you don’t already own one of these quality hoses, you should add it to your summer gardening shopping list. You will be happy that you did.Exceptionally strong, durable, flexible, and lightweight, this Flexogen hose is built to last. Designed to withstand 500 PSI water pressure without bursting, its double-layer, polyester, cord-reinforced construction provides outstanding strength and endurance. A special sealed compound–flexible even in the harshest cold weather–coats and protects the hose from rain, snow, mildew, cuts, and abrasions. The Flow Guard Plus collar keeps the hose extended and kink-free, so no matter how much you tug and stretch it, water flow is never interrupted. An O-ring seal prevents leaks, and crush-resistant, brass couplings keep their shape impeccably even after years of use. The hose also winds and stows easily. It even floats for trouble-free retrieval from pool or pond. Measuring 5/8 inches in diameter and 100 feet long, this sturdy garden tool is made in the USA, and backed by a full, lifetime-replacement guarantee. –Mary Park

Product Features

  • Flexogen 8-ply double polyester cord reinforcement resists kinking and provides up to 500 PSI burst strength
  • Crush-resistant Full-Flo heavy-duty metal couplings with O-rings provide for a durable and tight seal
  • Flow Guard Plus protective collar resists kinks at faucet
  • Polished surface treatment for superior resistance to dirt-collecting abrasions
  • Lifetime Warranty
You String Me Right Round

Here’s a free knitted beret pattern from Stranded In Oz. Please, be kind – feel free to link with this page or copy the file for you personal use.  Thanks!

This beret is inspired by Eric Corbin’s penchant for knitting berets in Stranded In Oz yarn. I’ve made several and I’m not done yet!

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You String Me Right Round

A Simple Beret

by Melissa Deutsch Scott

Stranded In Oz

Yarn: Stranded In Oz Hand-Painted 8 ply wool (shown above) or 10 ply wool, 1 cone of SWTC String Me Along. Needles: 8 ply use 4.00mm (10 ply use 5.00mm) dpns and 40/cm/16” or 50cm/20” circular knitting needles.

Sizes: Using 8 ply wool, you’ll get a girl’s size or small adult beret. Using 10ply, you’ll get a slouchier, larger adult sized- beret. If you prefer a different size, add or subtract 8 sts to your cast on.

With circular needle, cast on 88 sts with wool only. Place marker and join for circular knitting. Work in k2, p2 rib for 2.5cm/1" or ribbing length to suit.

Increase Round (doubling your number of sts): *k1, inc*; repeat from * to * to end (176 sts). Using wool AND your String Me Along, knit 1 round. If you’d like a larger edge around the base, knit a few more rounds before beginning your decreases.

Decrease Setup Round: *Knit 20, k2tog, place marker*; repeat from * to * to end (8 sts decreased). Knit 1 rnd.

Round 1: *knit to 2 sts before marker, k2tog, slip marker*; repeat from * to * to end.  Round 2: knit.

Work Rnds 1 and 2 until 8 sts remain. Cut yarn, leaving ends for weaving in. Thread yarn onto tapestry needle and thread yarn ends through remaining 8 loops. Pull to close top gap. Weave in ends. Block if desired.

Copyright ©2012 Melissa Deutsch Scott all rights reserved

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Snuggles with the new Kitty Thea

Snuggles with the new Kitty Thea

I’ve finally finish both of my scrap yarn projects, snuggle blankets for our cats, Tigger and Thea. Here’s a photo of Thea I shared on Instagram a while back with her blanket.



I crochet a large granny square in acrylic 8ply/DK yarn in interlocking stripes and backed it with fleece fabric and finished it with a shell border. My favourite part of this blanket is the skip blade I…

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