Wednesday, 18 April 2012

WOYWW 150 - What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday

Good Morning Everyone,

At the risk of stating the obvious and much repeated, don't these Wednesdays come round quickly? The days are going too fast ... and much as I enjoy taking part in WOYWW I'd like time to stand still long enough for me to get my breath :)

Anyway, here's the reveal:


I'm working on a mini album as a birthday gift for someone special. I've already covered all the chipboard pieces with white gesso, so now it's the fun part, covering and embellishing them. There's still a lot of work to do yet but I have until the end of the week ... should be able to finish it by then ... well, that's my hope :)

If you've read Jo's blog, Jozart, or my earlier post, you'll know that, inspired by her gorgeous Afghan throw, I've hunted out my old crochet hook and after a break of some 20 years I'm making granny squares again ... aiming small, I'm planning a baby blanket and since Friday evening I've managed to complete 14 squares ... here's a photo ...


... not bad for a rusty crocheter, I'm right chuffed with progress so far. I've just got to work out how many squares I need so if anyone can tell me the size of the average baby blanket I'd really appreciate it.

Keeping it brief again this week ... our wonderful Keeper of the Workdesk Register, Julia, has suggested we do now that there are so many of us signing up each week. Don't know what this is all about, missing all the vicarious pleasure of the biggest snoop in blogdom, then hurry over to the Stamping Ground, where you can find out how to join in the fun.

I hope you all have a lovely WOYWW and I look forward to visiting as many of you as humanly possible :)

Happy Crafting,



44 comments:

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...your album is going to be loVely Elizabeth such pretty papers and great work on the crochet front them squares are growing!...thanks for sharing...Mel :)

May said...

Love your crochet squares.It wont be long before the blanket is complete... beautiful papers for your album... Have a good week Elizabeth, Hugs May x x x x

Tertia said...

So good to finally be back with WOYWW. Just seeing how creative everybody is, is making my head spin. Now where DID I put those crochet hooks all those years ago?
Your squares look lovely and the album is going to be great too!

Annie said...

Hi Elizabeth. I have a feeling I can help with sizes for baby blankets :-) Just let me know whether it is for a cot, pram or maybe just a lap blanket for a pushchair? I've made a few in my time for all our munchkins :-)
Hugs,
A x #19

CraftygasheadZo said...

Oooh your album pages look so pretty, and those squares are fab. I've got back into knitting but can't seem to crochet though I used to. I end up in knots! Anyway take care & enjoy this weeks snoop! Zo xx 15

Neet said...

Bit of a long time since I had a baby so no help from me I am afraid LOL.
Lovely squares you have made though, so pretty.
The papers on your desk are pretty too - look forward to seeing the whole thing when it is done.
Thanks for sharing - Hugs, Neet #1 xx

Helen said...

I have never managed crochet, but your squares looks great - good luck with that project.
Happy WOYWW, Helen 10

SophieNewton said...

Excellent crochet, I've still not managed to get the hang of that yet
Sophie x
no.57

Victoria said...

oh those little squares are gorgeous x

Thank you for the glimpse of your work this week on WOYWW x

Karen said...

Lovely papers on your desk Elizabeth for your album, they are so pretty :)

Have a great WOYWW and a fab week, Luv Karen #11

Sunshine Girl said...

Lots of loveliness going on there this week! I so must learn to crochet. Thanks for sharing - Sunshine Girl No. 5

Amy E said...

Thanks for the snoop! Your mini album is going to be gorgeous! I hope you have a chance to post pics of it when it's all finished?

I never learned how to crochet, even though my mom tried to teach me many times when I was younger. I was more of a paint and music girl!

Amy E. #4
scrapthissavethat.blogspot.com

Redanne said...

The mini album is going to be lovely, gorgeous papers you have there. What neat squares you have crochetted (is that the right spelling?), won't be long before you can make something lovely. Happy WOYWW from Anne #30

Rita said...

Very creative desk Elizabeth. It looks as if the book will be beautiful with all those lovely pages. Your crochet squares are certainly growing too. Have a Great WOYWW day. Hugs Rita 55

lisa said...

Those papers you are using for your album are beautiful, Elizabeth, it's going to be beautiful I can tell.
All this crocheting is making me so envious that I can't do it, I'm all fingers and thumbs when it comes to wool!!
Happy WOYWW
Hugs Lisax #69

Suzanne said...

Very pretty papers on your desk. Wish I could crochet, have tried a few times but I don't seem to be a natural. I'm now following you #40

Lynn Holland said...

Good morning Elizabeth,
the album colours and patterns are so lovely, what a lucky girl she will be to receive it.
If you like crochet have a look at what the very talented Adrianne at Teeny Weeny Design makes and also Natasja at Crochetime. If you google them their links will come up.
Have a lovely day.
Lynn#52

Hazel said...

Super crochet squares (I haven't done any for years, might have a go again soon). Love the papers for your mini album - look forward to seeing it complete - Hazel, WOYWW #85 x

Miriam said...

Fabulous!

#84

Franka Benjaminsen said...

Wow... these papers are gorgeous so your mini book must be a succes. And these old habits (do I say it right?) I regularly knitting...just to do something completely differently. I think they are absolute perfect your crochet squares. They look so sweet. Thanks for sharing and wish you a crafty week. xFranka

GLENDA BROOKS said...

Your crocheted squares make me want to crochet again. Slow and easy for me, as it bothers my shoulder!

Bella said...

Good on you to do the Crocheting, I could not do it if my life depended on it and believe me, my gran tried so hard to teach me...

My Chair back cover is actually a tote bag that I won at a convention where Tim came to South Africa in April last year....Too good to use all the time so I have it on display hanging over my chair...

Sandy said...

Isn't it wonderful to do a craft that you haven't done for ages Have fun :)
#38

Danielle said...

Nice to see your crocheted squares and that you took it up again. Jozart's afghan has me thinking about it again, too, but I have only been out for about 2 years. Dani #104

Lisa said...

Great granny squares, i wish i could do them! looking forward to seeing the finished article

Lisa #113
xx

Jacqui said...

The album looks as if it is coming along great - very pretty Jacqui #120

JoZart said...

Your squares are doing great, it's amazing how they all add up. Annie is right... you need to decide if you are making it for a pram, cot, or as a shawl wrap so take her advice on size.
Looking forward to seeing your special album finished. It's looking good.
Love JoZarty
still in Cromer!

Astrid Maclean said...

Your album looks great already, I'm sure it will be stunning once complete.

Have a great week and enjoy this special WOYWW!
#26

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Pretty papers, there!! Aren't they lovely? I like the crochet too - respect to you for trying it again. That's something that I've never tried in earnest...but I'd like to have a go one day!
Hugs, LLJ ~7 xx

ger76 said...

Fabbi papers for your album :) love the squares something I have tried in vain to master but always fail lol

Ger x
WOYWW #91

okienurse said...

Love the gorgeous papers! Your book is going to be awesome! I think Jo started something with those squares! I dug out my hook and yarn also but can't quite remember how to make the squares square they curl around! Hope you have a great week. Vickie #32

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Elizabeth,

Oh, I do love granny squares. That would be the only reason I'd learn to crochet. In my knitting patterns, an average baby blanket is 30 inches x 40 inches. You might find a free pattern on-line that would give you some guidance. Your squares look great, by the way.

So does your desk. I bought some chipboard but haven't used it yet. So you gesso it? Do you add papers to it? Just wondering.

Happy WOYWW
Hugs,
Kay
#122

Julia Dunnit said...

I cannot help with the numbers, but does it help to say I love the squares?! The album is a lovely idea, what a lovely gift it will be, beautiful papers and made with love - hope you really enjoy the process.

fairy thoughts said...

Well done on the crachet-ing, they look quite similar to your lovely mini book, very inspiring all this variety of work we do1
janet #151

VonnyK said...

Your album is going to be beautiful. Your crochet is looking really gorgeous. I tried it as a child but kept getting holes where I shouldn't and gave up. Good on you for picking it up again.
Have a great week.
Voin #29

Serendipity Stamping said...

You are making a special looking album. I haven't croched granny squares in years. Always thought it was so relaxing. I am not posted this week.

Di said...

Make sure you show the album when you can Elizabeth :) Looks as if it's going to be gorgeous from the papers I can see.

Thanks so much for visiting on WOYWW - have a lovely week :) Di xx

Twiglet said...

Your jubilee card is fab Elizabeth - you need a stall outside the Olympic venues!!! Hope that little blanket is coming along nicely. A crochet blanket is always useful and so pretty. x Jo

Spyder said...

lovely card, and we need to see the album when it's done! Lovely papers!
Have a great crafting week! HaPpY (late) WoYwW!

((Lyn)) #56

Lisa-Jane said...

Another desk making we wish I could crochet! Lovely album coming along there too. Happy WOYWW #45

RosC said...

Hello again Elizabeth. Sounds as though you're enjoying a little return to crochet. I have indeed looked at Jo's afghan. Your little book looks sweet too.
Smiles,
Ros #124

MaggieC said...

Those papers are so fresh and pretty, and will make a fantastic album. By the way, Blogger switched me over to the new interface without asking, so I have immediately turned it back to the old one. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Thank you for your visit this week, and enjoy those new stamps. I think they are great. Have a good week. xx Maggie #59

Joynana said...

Your squares will make a wonderful afghan for a baby. #95

Queen Of Toys said...

Good work happening with the squares, sorry I can't help with the sizing, babies atm are not on my priority list I'm too old.

Eliza #103