Crochet or …..

Let’s face it, most creatives work on one or more crafts at the same time. When not using my crochet hook I like to embroider or stitch in other ways. For many years I owned a shop specialising in all the textile arts, and the time has come to destash/reduce stock as we will no longer be attending popup shows, festivals or exhibitions.

I’ve listed the first items linked from here, so do pop over if you would like to grab a bargain. There will be more to come, but I don’t have much time for listing. In other words ….. watch this space.

Apart from stitching I’m pressing on with my Temperature Blanket. This month has started in a very ‘yellow’ fashion, it will be interesting to see how it progresses. I am thoroughly enjoying this project. It began with the object of making a single granny square a day for 365 days. It has now turned into a major blanket making exercise, with ‘Spirit of ….’ sideshoots giving me more and more ideas. It is being a wonderful source of inspiration.

 

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Flaming June!

To say that it’s been ‘warm’ here is a bit of an understatement! According to the thermometer the garden temperature is currently 30 deg C. The days have been sunny and warm – each day fielding glorious blue skies and no rain in evidence at all. If the heat continues we will probably be under a hosepipe ban – this part of the UK is usually first to experience that. Apart from a couple of days of heavy rain during late May we have hardly had a drop since last year. Bet you didn’t expect to hear that about ‘rainy UK’!

As a result the Temperature blanket has taken a very colourful turn! Here are nine days from June to illustrate my point!

The end of May was interesting too – but as a month, so far this beats them all!

 

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At last! 


Finally this combination is finished! It’s been a bit confusing for me as I worked out of sequence so it’s good to be back on track. 

This Spirit blanket is going to be large! I still have masses of squares to do as the last several days have introduced new temperatures on a daily basis. The construction will go well into May so That month’s blanket will be considered at a later date. 


These are just a few of the temperature squares for April. They aren’t in order, but the blanket itself is on track. Only one more full day to go for this month – will it bring more colours?

Don’t forget to look at yesterday’s post for this month’s Five Colour combination. 

Do not read this post without sunglasses

You may remember that I ran out of Parma Violet, well today I’ve managed to locate some – so I’ll soon be back on track. In the meantime I’ve pressed on with both the Spirit and Temperature blankets.

The first 15 days of April were certainly colourful! I didn’t expect that bright splash of Yellow, or Orange! I think they look rather good sitting amongst the blues and greens of the other days.

Rather than leave the Spirit of April alone gathering dust I moved on to other sequences. I’ve enjoyed watching the progression of colours, but this time I moved on to a very garish combination. You were warned about the sunglasses!

They are certainly bright! In fact they look even brighter when placed with some of the more subdued squares already completed…

but they won’t look out of place when all the sequences are together.

This sequence too is finished – and it’s a little more subtle 😉

Tonight I’ll continue with this,

although it won’t be finished until tomorrow. Then I’ll get back to the one that’s waiting in the wings. Hopefully that will be finished before the end of the week. I had another surprising colour in the temperature this week – so who knows where we will actually end up this month? I’m enjoying the ride and unpredictability.

That’s one thing about British weather – it’s never boring, even if it has that reputation 😉

 

 

February in colour 

So here we are in March! For my purposes it’s the first day of spring. February is over, but I have a constant reminder here:


I could give you a few statistics, but the glaring odd one out is towards top right. It marks 17deg Celsius! 

7deg Celsius occurred most often- 14 mornings and 9 afternoons. It’s recorded in Cloud Blue. 

The lowest temperature of the month was -7 deg C, illustrates with Plum, and Sage marks 2 x 14deg C – which I expected to be the highest of the month, but was beaten by 3 degrees. 

So; on we go with March squares. The colour scheme remains the same, but hopefully no more ice!