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.
Inspiration pops up when you least expect. The important thing is to keep your eyes open, and constantly take in your surroundings. The inspiration for today’s Five Colour Friday comes from our garden.
It’s been an interesting autumn this year. We didn’t have the flames and bronzes that usually occur, instead the trees and shrubs gave us glorious golds and rusts, stunning, but unexpected. However, finally, one of the shrubs has turned from green and gold to this.
The photograph doesn’t do it justice, but it was enough to set the creative juices flowing.
The thing about inspiration is that the source doesn’t have to be represented in its entirety – or in fact accurately. It inspires something….. and this is what the above inspired:
In contrast to the last collection this is a more gentle autumn colourscheme,
If you want to vary the position of the colours a total of 120 different combinations is possible. They will make a stunning blanket whichever style or stitch you use – maybe a corner to corner, or a ripple blanket. Vary the placement or use in rotation.
These are again from the easily obtainable Stylecraft Special DK range of colours:
Buttermilk, Camel, Vintage Peach, Blush and Pomegranate.
Don’t forget, let me know if you use the combination and use the hashtag #nuvofeltfivecolours If you make use of it I hope you will let me know either below or on instagram. You can find all posts in this series via this link.
The more I think about this stashbusting project the more excited I get. I’ve come up with a plan that should only take about 10-15 minutes a day – leaving plenty of time for other projects.
If you think you might like to join in with the stashbusting exercise for 2018 there are preliminary details here.
It doesn’t seem possible that my Temperature Blanket is almost done. Well, when I say ‘done’, I have to admit that there is quite a lot of joining to do, but the squares are currently up to date.
These are the last four days, but this morning we woke to our first frost, so I have to say that today seems as though it’s going to be a Wisteria sort of day!
I began the blanket on December 1st last year. I wanted to record the seasons rather than a calendar year – so I’m due to finish on the last day of November. However, I don’t think I’ll be able to stop, so I’m already thinking about what I’ll do this coming year. At least I’m giving it some thought this time. Last year I decided to go ahead right at the end of November. In truth, I hadn’t heard of a Temperature Blanket much before that. Would anyone like to join me for next year? If I get a positive response I’ll post more details. By the way, you don’t have to stick with crochet to keep this sort of record – you could knit, stitch, embroider or patch. I’ll give you ideas if you need them.
Our nasturtiums have been amazing this year. Having seen the frost I thought they might have withered this morning, but this one, and all the others, is still standing proud. The colours have ranged from Jaffa to Citron with a bit of Tomato, Plum and Copper thrown in. Don’t be surprised if you see a blanket in the making before this time next year.
By the way, if you are in need of yarn now is the time to buy it. Deramores have one of their lovely sales. I’ve already placed my order! If the cold weather continues I’ll need to make lots of blankets to keep me warm while I’m busy!
I really enjoyed working with these colours. They remind me of spring – but also have an autumnal feel.
Five colours will enable 120 different blocks to be made if you don’t want to make them all the same. This handy list will help you to do this.
They are pretty striking as a single colourway too
Stylecraft Special DK Aspen, Mustard, Cypress, Shrimp, Cloud Blue,
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It’s been a while since the last Five Colour Friday. This wasn’t intentional, but travels made it a little difficult to post. Make sure you read on if you like a bargain.
Sometimes a gentle and quiet colour-scheme is all that’s needed.
Five colours for Five Colour Friday!
Stylecraft Special DK in Cloud Blue, Sage, Sherbet, Wisteria and Candyfloss
Make a cushion – a blanket – even a Poncho!
The more Grannies you make, the better the effect.
Stylecraft colours again today. Bluebell, Turquoise, Cloud Blue, Khaki and Denim combine to make an unexpected combination.
You can buy the above colours from Deramores. Follow the link and you can save 30% on your purchases this weekend with the code HOLIDAY30.