Is it really November?

The past few weeks have been unsettled here. I have had little time to myself, so the internet has had to take a very back seat. Granny squares have been a godsend. Not only are they portable (think hospital bedside) but they require no noisy equipment (think sewing machine). They can be made at any hour of the day or night (think 2am), and the materials required can fit into a pocket!

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And we are off!

Today is the first day of the#100rainbowsquares CrochetAlong.

Those of you that followed me on Facebook will know that I love leading projects like this and most previous challenges have been art or fabric based. It isn’t a conventional CrochetAlong as there is scope for your own interpretation too, but it is guided. It’s an opportunity to trust yourself, and, I suppose, trust me too!

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Are you joining me?

Monday is almost here, and the first of 100 granny squares will be made. I’ve auditioned a few colours, and these are my first choice

However, this isn’t a sample of the intended first square, rather an experiment to see how they look together. Continue reading “Are you joining me?”

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.

Packages in the post

It’s always good to receive packages in the post, isn’t it? Well, I’ve had two lovely ones this week. I indulged myself!

When I was a child I would often stay with my grandmother in Northumberland. It was she who taught me to crochet umpteen years ago. Her home was full of functional crocheted objects – and there was a crocheted blanket on the bed in which I slept. However, underneath the blanket was an Indian block-printed throw. It was in beautiful shades of rich red, blue and yellow. I loved it – and would spend hours looking at all the various designs, trying to work out how it could have been coloured. Of course, that mystery was unravelled once I began working with textiles, but my love the cover has never left me – and I now have it safely tucked away in a drawer.

It won’t always be tucked away, however, because it has a new destiny – but that has yet to be revealed. In the meantime I am collecting items that will compliment it – and making some too. The latter will be discussed at another time, but this week I added to my little ‘collection’.

First to arrive was an item that will keep me warm and toasty in the winter. Made by Heather you may already have seen it (if you follow her Instagram account, that is). This morning I received a second package – this time from Faye – and once again you may have had a glimpse from Instagram.

The colours (which I chose some time ago as I’m also working on something that is still secret) match the cover perfectly. I’m really looking forward to putting them all together. In the meantime I can open the draw and just enjoy them all in secret 😉

Thank you both. They are beautifully made – and seemed to take no time at all in their making. What a joy to open these packages!