November Mix and Match

November is a very busy month here. There is a lot going on, much to do and, frankly, not much time for crochet.

However, I have managed to keep up to date with the temperature blanket (lterally 10 minutes a square) and made a start on the Spirit of November. It’s only a start, especially as we are only halfway through the month.

The colours may result in being very few! The temperature range so far has been minimal. It will be interesting to see what the rest of the month brings – and I don’t feel bad that this blanket will probably go well into December before being finished.

I’m varying the size of the blocks this time, and joining as I go.

It won’t make for such a considered look, but is cutting down on the production time.

I also have a couple of ‘one evening’ projects finished. Here’s a sneaky view of them.

I’ll be doing another after the weekend. It has to be finished before Wednesday!

Meanwhile…

… quietly waiting in the wings (and in need of a lot more work).

Little did I imagine that a Temperature Blanket would be the gateway to inspiration! It was intended to be a record of the seasons from December to November, but the project has turned into something much bigger.

You will remember that I showed you October at the end of the month, the block finished, but waiting to be incorporated into the blanket with those of the other months. I haven’t started that yet, I’m planning on leaving it until the Spirit of November is finished – and that isn’t even started yet. The above shows the daily spread of temperatures, and some were repeated more than once, as you can imagine, while others only occurred once. This was the pattern for all the months, so I decided that yet another blanket would materialise, showing the temperatures with slightly more emphasis.

I didn’t begin this until just a couple of months ago, so have worked just 5 months so far, but it does give a better idea of how the temperatures have ranged. I’m calling it ‘Sprit of the Seasons’.

These squares are complete, to a degree, but, as you will see from the next photo, they are different sizes.

The colours in the middle represent those temperatures that occurred least during the month with the outside edge showing the one that occurred most. It isn’t very easy to see in the collage above – clicking on individual pictures may help.

I’m already inspired to keep going – but in a different way for next month. It’s a secret for now, but November is already passing so quickly it won’t be long before it’s revealed!

 

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October is almost done!

The squares for the Spirit of October are complete – apart from the ends, of course.

The joining has begun, and it won’t be too long before I can start on the border.

I tried to take a photo, but it’s a very dull day! I’ll be working on it again tomorrow.

Come back tomorrow and I’ll tell you about my ‘secret’ project. It won’t be finished any time soon, but I did promise to tell you once October was finshed.

 

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October

Here we are in November. October was an interesting month for us, a visit to Edinburgh wasn’t planned until almost the last minute, and ran hot on the heels of our cruise. We have no plans for travel now until next year – but who knows where fancy might take us if my other half has a moment of travel inspiration. It won’t be too far away from home, though, of that I’m sure.

The next couple of months are busy. Crochet may well have to take a back seat, although I should get a little done each evening if all is well. It’s always good to see the colours of the month together, and here is the October block of the Temperature blanket, showing rather well co-ordinated colours I think, do you agree?

This will need edging (as will all the other blocks) once November is finished. I have yet to make a start on that, though, as I’m trying to finish the October Spirit blanket. The small November squares won’t take long to finish – I’ll do them this weekend.

So; the Spirit of October is about a third of the way to being finished. I’ve returned to large blocks for this blanket, and they are taking a long time to complete.

The colours are lovely and gentle so I’m looking forward to finishing it. November has been misty and chillier, already different colours! I wonder what the next few days will bring.

 

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And so another begins…

Another month – another Spirit blanket. Yes, I’ve started the one for October.

I haven’t done much so far – other things keep getting in the way. However, it feels amazing to be on the penultimate Spirit blanket. I didn’t expect to get this far. Next month will see the end of this project (apart from all the finishing off, that is) but it has been inspirational in so many ways that I may have to continue in some shape or form.

Tomorrow evening I’m meeting with a few friends for the first of a series of yarny socials. I’m looking forward to that. I wonder how much chatting there will be? And how much crochet……..?

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Done

The Spirit of September blanket is now complete.

This one is only small, 7 blocks by 7 blocks. It’s good to see it stacked alongside its fellow months. Now to make a start on October – but as the month hasn’t yet ended I have no idea the final colours it will contain.

The edging is very simple. In fact, none of these blankets are anything but simple! It’s the idea that is important – not the skills involved.

 

 

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