Five Colour Friday

The first Five Colour Friday for 2018.

Pretty colours that I’ve enjoyed using.

The outer colour is Mocha, a medium shade of warm brown which is a very useful linking colour.

It’s been a while since I used this block and it was fun to return to it.

Once again the colours are Stylecraft Special DK which I purchased from Deramores. I have to admit that they have been waiting in my stash for a little while, I’m glad I decided to use them.

They go so well together I’ve decided to include them in another project so keep your eyes open on the blog – it may not be long before it makes an appearance.

 

Almost there …

My first blanket of the Stashbuster series is almost finished. I just have a little more tidying up to do and that will be that. I’m going to call it the Betsy Blanket because it reminds me of someone! Here are a few glimpses, but another post will come soon with further details.

I’m really pleased with it

  1. Because it really is made entirely with stash
  2. It hasn’t taken long
  3. It’s caused the beginnings of another project!

There will be more details about the C2C in another post to come soon. In the meantime – it’s back to the Spirit of January and the temperature blanket!

Temperature update

January has been an interesting month. Unlike last year it has been particularly gloomy for several days. The few that have been sunlit have been such a blessing. Today was such a day, although this evening is wet. Nights have been very dark. The moon isn’t rising until the early hours (this morning it rose after I was up for the day) so the sky is hardly lit. This has not been good for either choosing colours, or for photographs! All crochet has been done during the hours of darkness, so I’ve been waiting to take pictures, and finally here are a few…

This year I’m making the temperature blanket in a slightly different way. Last year’s was made in monthly blocks – and these were joined into the seasons. I used 4 linking colours, but this year I’m only using one – and there will be no seasonal breaks. One long strip of granny blocks is a little boring, so instead, here is a block of nine days (a photo collage)

The colours are as cool as the weather and edged with Parchment. I think it goes very well with the blues and lilacs.

I’m using the same colour to edge the blocks for the Spirit of January. You may remember that I’m comparing the days of last year with those of this – so each square has 4 rounds of colour. Here is a photo collage of nine days.

You can see that so far last year was far more colourful than this year, and in the above no days were the same. However….

that changed at the weekend. You can see that the days were identical as far as temperature was concerned.

How is your blanket coming along? Are you making a Temperature Blanket? They are fun – and worth the long effort of making a square a day.

Corner turned

It’s always satisfying to turn the corner in a C2C! It signifies that the rows are getting shorter, and, all being well, it won’t be long before it’s all finished. A very satisfying stashbusting exercise.

I’ve started to put together some large thread collections of my hand dyed threads. They will be particularly useful if you are a member of a group with a Sales Table. They are useful for both embroidery and crochet, in fact I’m planning a project with some of them shortly. Click the picture below or follow this link if you are interested – there are a few collections, but this price will only be available for the month of January.

Click the picture for more details.

 

Stash and Scrap!

My first stash blanket of the year is coming along nicely.

I’m also managing to incorporate some longer scraps as you can see from these joins.

Once the little ends are also woven in they will be completely invisible.

 

I know that the theory of stashbusting is that no more yarn is bought until it has been reduced, but it’s worth noting that Deramores has a really good sale until Jan 7th, with free postage for orders of only £15. There is a code on the first page of their website. Make sure you take advantage.

Happy New Year

Yesterday was not the best day of the year, but we had no snow, a little wind and a touch of rain. The sun even managed a little shining at one point, but I was too slow with the camera to catch it! Today is similarly grey at the moment. But there is a brightness that indicates the sun may yet shine – and this time I will try to be ready with the camera. I photograph the above tree every day and have done for a number of years. It’s at the bottom of our garden – and I post a picture here, just as a reminder of the passing seasons.

January 1st was a little damp last year, it’s interesting to compare sometimes.

So, my blanket for December seemed the obvious choice once the main Temperature Blanket was finished. It’s now done with the exception of the last round of the border which will happen later today.

Six squares by five which gives us 30 days for December. However, there are 31! Never fear – the last day is represented in the border.

Silver and Denim represent 2016 and Turquoise and Cloud Blue are for yesterday. I’ll be embarking on a similar exercise later for January. There were colours used last January that don’t appear here, so this will be an interesting exercise.

I’ll be running the above alongside another temperature blanket, I’m ready to go. The first square will have Storm Blue at the centre, it was 6 deg C when I got up this morning – I don’t think it will change much, maybe rise all the way to 7? A few people are joining me on Instagram, and elsewhere too. Let me know if you are. We’re using the hashtag #nuvofelttemperature2018. Want to join in? A few more details here

So, the above won’t take many daily hours of crochet. They certainly won’t satisfy the hooking urge on most days, so I’m spending the rest of my time working through my stash. I have a few projects in mind which I’ll share from time to time, but first it’s a corner to corner exercise.

I’m not halfway yet, so there is a lot of crochet ahead! Joining in? Take a look here.

Oops!

For some reason the link to the Stashbuster didn’t work in the last post. It’s now fixed and you can find it here.

I’ll be posting more about the #nuvofelttemperature2018 later today. If you aren’t a crocheter you can adapt the idea to another technique – for example, patchwork, canvaswork or knitting.

If you have lots of small quantities that you wish to use up you may like this idea.