Right but not quite.

The temperature blanket is progressing, but not as fast as I would have liked due to a variety of unavoidable circumstances. I’ve mentioned before how handy it is to be able to crochet alongside invalids’ bedsides etc, but it really does help if you are prepared!

The next square was easy, only two colours for the first four rounds, so I grabbed them and tucked them into my bag with a hook. In truth my heart wasn’t really in the crochet, but it kept me occupied.

Daylight, a couple of days late, however, revealed that I’d made an error in bad light, picking up Cypress instead of Sage!

I have to admit that I almost cried when I realised. Such an unimportant mistake, really, but it was just a step too far it seemed. As you can see, the correct square has now been completed, and finished with … Cypress!

As for the original – it’s been converted.

It’s now another square for the charity blanket.

First of two?

Yes, this might be the first post of two today, but I may run out of time!

Firstly, did you catch the recent post on Stashbusters Anonymous? You may like to read it, it might fill in a few gaps! The main purpose of this post, however, is to hilight a project in which you may like to get involved.

I recently spotted a request for granny squares by @purplestarmonkey on Instagram. She is making a blanket to be raffled to raise money for #sepsisawareness. Her request is relatively specific, but not difficult to fulfil, and even one square would be a help and a support.  I managed to find a few of the colour she is using and have made 10 squares. The ends need weaving in, that will be my next step, but my eyes have not been up to the task while I’ve been poorly.

All you need is a 4mm hook and some Stylecraft Special DK in one or more of the following colours: Copper, Graphite, Mustard, Spice, Lipstick, Buttermilk, Gold, Parchment, Grey.

I may get some more made, but in truth I have taken on too many projects for this month. I didn’t expect to be poorly! But then, we never do, do we?

Happy Hooking.

 

Another side of me ;)

This piece of stitched strips is a sample piece from a long finished cushion cover. All the strips are from my hand dyed fabric, and I have to admit that it’s a technique I love. It’s been hiding in a drawer since …. well, I don’t know when …

Today I found a home for it. I’m sending it to a friend in Manchester who will incorporate it into one of her charity quilts. Maybe I’ll return to the technique one day, it’s very satisfying to use small pieces of fabric to create larger ones. For the time being, though, it’s crochet …

Finished 

To say that I have enjoyed making this blanket is a bit of an understatement. I’ve LOVED making this.

It was made using 14 different colours of acrylic yarn, I’ve listed them at the end of this post. They symbolise the journey of hope of a new life by a refugee – over sea and land to peace, and that hopeful pot of gold.

It has been very difficult to photograph this blanket – the colours have not shown up well in any of my photographs. As you will see from the following list – they are far more vibrant than you might at first imagine!

The yarns used were a mix of Stylecraft Special DK and Scheepjes Colour Crafter – colours as follows:

The yarns used were a mix of Stylecraft Special DK and Scheepjes Colour Crafter – colours as follows:

  • Camel
  • Gold
  • Sunshine
  • Saffron
  • Citrine
  • Lemon
  • Leiden
  • Pistachio
  • Nijmegen
  • Meadow
  • Khaki
  • Cypress
  • Sage
  • Storm Blue

For the purposes of Sixty Million Trebles I’ve calculated the number made in the blanket. There are 11664 trebles in the body of the blanket, and the simple border has 663 trebles. That makes a grand total of 12327 trebles which will be added to the total when it’s received by the charity. That won’t be for a while, though, because I plan to make another and send them both together. Watch this space….. I’m sure I’ll tell you about it.

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Always keep an open mind!

I’m not sure if I’ve said it here before, but I love playing with colour.

No, that isn’t true. I just – love colour!

If I had the time I could happily spend the day combining swatches, playing with paints and other wet media, and more. Of course, there isn’t time for that – but I have a wealth of experience of colour ‘up my sleeve’ thanks to many years of dyeing a wide variety of combinations.  I carefully worked out a sequence for the Sixty Million Trebles blanket, however, I have learnt that things don’t always run to plan’ 

The gold to yellow half went well, and, as planned, moved on towards green. If you look at the previous posts you will see that two of the ‘yellows’ are very close in colour. This was intentional. I was so pleased to find two greens (both shades of lime) that were as close, but definitely different so on I went. Yes, in daylight this was true, they were different – but after dark, when the only illumination was via electricity, the case was not so – the colours appeared identical. So, away came the second lime strip and I moved on to the next planned colour.  Once again everything was fine in daylight – but in the evening the now sole lime strip became a deep and dingy brown, and looked distinctly out of place.

So, once more it was back to the drawing board, as it were. A third colour was rejected almost immediately, but a fourth fitted perfectly. Only a few rows of that was needed – but the transition is now back on track and here we are today!

I didn’t find it in the least bit frustrating. The object isn’t to just get it finished – but to get it finished well. Hopefully I’m now on track to do that. Once it’s finished I’ll let you know what the colours are, but as the best plans of mice and men…….

Have a happy crochet day!

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Sixty Million Trebles update. 

A quick update of the blanket I’m making for the above charity project. It’s been difficult to photograph as the days have been rather dark. The picture isn’t a true representation of colours – maybe my computer needs readjusting!

I’m over half way. It was meant to be a slow blanket – but I’ve enjoyed watching the colours change and it has grown apace. It will take me a couple of weeks to finish at least, I think, as the next few days/weeks are really busy.

Anyone else making one>

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Charity update 

I’m just back from a lovely but exhausting weekend. We stayed with our young grandchildren while their parents were away for a few days. We love them to bits – and had great fun! However, a nine and a six year old show boundless energy. Cartwheels, swingball, cricket and dancing gave continual ‘entertainment’, and a long walk with us was also added to hopefully wear them out! Did it work? Well, yes, in truth it did make for a quiet evening!!

 

I took along some crochet, knowing that the evenings would be quiet, but I wasn’t prepared for the interest of the children. Both wanted to know what I was doing, and agreed that the project was worthwhile. Guess what? They both asked to help! Each took turns in adding a few blocks to the above – and it really pleases me that this is now a joint exercise. We measured it too – and it is now 20+ inches towards the required 36. I must work on my other project later, but now that I’m home I’ll be adding more to the above – and maybe next week will see some more trebles added by the grandchildren.

Don’t forget – if you would like to get involved there is a Ravelry group and also a website.