Colour in isolation

Well. What fun we are having. I hope this post finds you in good health. There are so many reports and rumours flying round it’s difficult to keep abreast of everything. The #crochet6in366 schedule was posted earlier but I wanted to keep this post separate.

You know how much I love colour! I tell you constantly, and those of you that have been to my workshops in any medium will also have heard it time and time again. Once you abandon the ‘safe’ rules there are so many options and results. You may think that some work and that others don’t, but the one thing about this subject that never ceases to amaze me is – if YOU don’t like it – SOMEONE will!

I’m sure you’ve noticed the current trend for scrap blankets. It involves short lengths tied together with special knots. Some of them are really quite attractive, but I have to admit that knotting yarn really goes against the grain. There are several videos recommending different knots on YouTube, some by well known bloggers. I’m not linking to any for reasons you will understand if you read on.

Do you remember these?

They were two pet blankets I made earlier this year. The colours are identical, but the sequence is different. They were made with scrap yarns. They differ from the blankets I mentioned previously as each colour is a complete round. I’ve had a request for another, so, with the permission of the customer, I’m giving the other technique a go.

So far so good?

Well, I’m not sure. The knots have been very carefully made, and pulled excessively tight, but they aren’t as ‘invisible’ as implied.

It would be possible to manoeuvre some of them into the treble clusters, but I really fear that the knots will work loose with use and washing.

Once a blanket is handed over to a customer there is no control over the use of the item and it would be easy to ruin a reputation.

So, I’m progressing on the understanding that there will be no charge for this blanket and that it will be replaced if it falls apart. It looks quite fun from a distance, but actually, I think I prefer this.

I’d be interested to know about your experience of this technique, and I’ll let you know the results of the experiment sometime in the future.

Don’t forget, the schedule for week 12 is here.

Published by nuvofelt

I dye. Colour is my business and I using a variety of materials. I also enjoy enabling other creatives to enjoy their art. Crochet is one of my current means of expression. Some of my blogs are kept as daily records. Take a look and you will see.

3 thoughts on “Colour in isolation

  1. I used the russian knot for ages and ages but then realised that when I give whatever I’ve made away, I have no way of knowing whether the knot stayed tied successfully or not and with no way to contact the recipients, I changed back to weaving my ends in. A lot more time consuming but I feel better knowing that I am confident that the way I weave the ends in they are not going to come out unless someone tries to pick them out and even that often doesn’t work (from past experience when I have woven ends in and then had to frog and often had to cut to get an end !!!)

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    1. My thoughts exactly. Thanks for the confirmation. I will finish it as it’s purpose is by no means essential. I think I’ll be sending two blankets – the second made in the traditional way.

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