August is done!

I would not have chosen these colours, but I’m pleased with the result

It’s a scary feeling to be unable to control colours!  Just for a change I have made this blanket using the colours of each day during August – and reversed some of them to make enough blocks.

I finished the border, using the colours representing the most frequent temperatures of the month as contrast to the Summer joining colour for the Temperature Blanket, which was Camel. (I’ll be posting an update on that blanket tomorrow.) I have to admit that if I had chosen to work with these colours on another project I wouldn’t have considered Camel to join, but it ‘sort of’ works!

The next blanket, Spirit of September, really will have to wait, possibly even until into October. I already know that I need more yarn in certain colours, but first I have other priorities including a blanket edged with white. The yarn for this blanket was all purchased from Deramores. Details of the square I’ve used can be found here.

I’ll tell you more another day.

 

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Five Colour Friday

Five colours can be used in a number of ways…..

For a change I thought I’d try making blocks in alternate colours and use a unifying colour for the border. Here’s the result:

For this experiment I used the Posy Square that I’ve written about previously.

Alternating blocks becomes more effective as the size grows

And it can become as large, or stay as small, as you wish

So, which colours have I used?

Stylecraft Special DK in Tomato, Cypress, Sage and Copper. They are joined with Camel

I have to admit that Stylecraft have a very good range of colours in their Special DK range. It’s an acrylic yarn – but a good quality acrylic that washes well. Deramores sell the whole range – including the new colours that I have yet to use. Use the link and take a look around – I’m sure you’ll find something of interest.

I hope you enjoy this series, and that you find it useful. You can follow me on Instagram as CrochetalongwithNuvofelt, and I’m here on Ravelry. Find me on Facebook via the link in the sidebar. Drop in and say ‘Hi’.

 

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A slow Sunday

August is slowly slipping away. Autumn will be with us before we know it.

 

 

I love these flowers, but when they come in profusion it’s a sure sign that summer is nearing its end. This year, however, they have been flowering since early June. Very strange!

 

Maybe one day I’ll make a blanket around these colours. Not yet, though. I’ve made a start on the Spirit of August and it’s gone well so far.

 

 

Each block has two colours and a border. I’ve used this block before. If you would like to know how it’s made this post here has cursory instructions.

 

Progress from now on will be slow. September, October and November are very busy with family stuff so crochet will have to take a very ‘back seat’. Even the temperature blanket may have to wait, but my records will continue.

 

I’m tired! In fact, at times I feel almost exhausted, but that passes. I’ll get a break soon, and I’ll let you know if I manage to sneak in a little crochet

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I seem to be stuck on blocks!

Do you know that feeling…..

You just want to get started on a blanket!

My fingers are itching!!

I have the yarn, but I’m still waiting for the final instructions. The sex of the baby will be revealed very soon – and that will determine whether pink or blue is the added colour! I must be patient and occupy myself in another way.

So, I’m stuck on blocks!

Blocks for the Spirit of March have progressed well – until I ran out of Cypress! I’ll be off to the shop later today to stock up on a few colours and that will be included.

So in the meantime I have just been making blocks. …

There is a plan at the back of my mind, but this is really not urgent so it can soon be put on a back burner.

Four colours in a square which makes for 24 squares in each combination.

I finished another 24 yesterday, so I’ll have a new combination to start today…. or tomorrow…. or…

Next time I run out of yarn…….

It’s a ‘Fall Back’ project! It’s on Ravelry – but don’t hold your breath until it’s finished 😉

 

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Play with a purpose – The Posy Square

All you need is a ball of yarn and a hook!

I’ve been playing around with a few odd balls of scrap yarn. Some were so small they really qualified as ‘lengths’ rather than ‘balls’. However, the object was to make a circle in a squaare – as easily as possible!

Now I don’t  expect that this is an original method, but it works. (If anyone knows another source please let me know)

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Twelve UK trebles into a magic circle to start. The second round is just two UK trebles into each gap between those of the previous round. Round three begins the conversion into a Granny Square, counting in threes, which can hopefully be seen in the above picture.

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After this round it looks a little wonky. Don’t worry, it sorts itself.

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Another round of treble blocks and the Granny Square is complete. Now, it really does look wonky, but….

Just a gentle pull from left to right – and another from top to bottom and…..

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All ready for blocking.

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 I’m calling it the Posy Square.