Almost there …

My first blanket of the Stashbuster series is almost finished. I just have a little more tidying up to do and that will be that. I’m going to call it the Betsy Blanket because it reminds me of someone! Here are a few glimpses, but another post will come soon with further details.

I’m really pleased with it

  1. Because it really is made entirely with stash
  2. It hasn’t taken long
  3. It’s caused the beginnings of another project!

There will be more details about the C2C in another post to come soon. In the meantime – it’s back to the Spirit of January and the temperature blanket!

Three down, one to go

I’m so glad I kept records! I wanted to choose a linking colour to join the four seasonal elements that have been finished with different colours – Parchment, Stone, Camel and Gold. I have no idea yet how the final blanket will be finished ( as far as the final edging is concerned) because once this current stage is over it will go into hibernation until next year, but the linking is essential at this stage.

Looking back through the list of days and temperatures I found that there were two that occurred in every month! Just two!!!

10 deg C represented by Lobelia and

11 deg C represented by Empire.

Guess which one I chose?

Empire, I have more in my stash!

So far I have edged and joined three strips. Tomorrow I’ll finish adding the last – and then it will be carefully popped into a paper bag until the festivities and more are over.

I have more to crochet, though, so I won’t abandon the blog for a while yet!

It’s coming together

This is a quick post, just to show you the progress on the Temperature Blanket. Here is November joined to it’s Autumn fellows. It wasn’t easy to photograph, and this line wasn’t really the best place, but it will have to do

It’s actually upside down, but the little taggy things kept getting blown by the wind and interfered with the pegging process. Stand on your head if you want to see it the right way up.

The next task is to see if my idea for joining it all together will in fact work.

Here’s hoping!

Thinking ahead

The next few weeks will be very busy. I have a lot to do on several fronts, and crochet will probably have to take a back seat. It’s probably the same for you all too.

Progress on the Temperature blanket continues. I have begun to work the edge of each block, just two rounds of matching colour

To refresh your memories, the edging colour varied according to the season:

  • Winter – Parchment
  • Spring – Stone
  • Summer – Camel
  • Autumn – Gold

I’m really pleased with the way it’s looking, but the four strips will need co-ordinating in some way. I have a plan, you’ll see in the next update of this blanket – probably.

I will be sorry to see the end of this project. As you know it has sparked several others, but it has also left me with quite a large stash of leftover yarn.

This is just a small part of the leftover yarn!

I’m planning a project for that, to begin in January. More details coming before long, maybe you will think about joining me in a stashbusting exercise for 2018.

 

The end of September

Cruising and more during the last part of September meant that the Temperature Blanket took a back seat for a while. It didn’t take long to finish that month, however, in fact, I did it while we travelled north to Scotland. We had three drivers, so a backseat was comfortable place to crochet.

The October catchup won’t take place in the car, it will be an evening’s work in front of the TV, once I’ve finished the outstanding washing, that is. I’ll also be working on the Spirit of September which is started….. but has a long way to go.

It’s good to be home. Although it’s lovely to travel and also to see family, there are so many things I miss about home. One of them is the garden – and this morning we discovered another rosebud to welcome us home

 

I also have another project on the hook, which will be the subject of another post. Here’s a little glimpse.

 

Now I have to order some more yarn. I’m completely out of several colours. It’s an ideal time to order…. Deramores has a 30% discount until the weekend……!

Another side of me ;)

This piece of stitched strips is a sample piece from a long finished cushion cover. All the strips are from my hand dyed fabric, and I have to admit that it’s a technique I love. It’s been hiding in a drawer since …. well, I don’t know when …

Today I found a home for it. I’m sending it to a friend in Manchester who will incorporate it into one of her charity quilts. Maybe I’ll return to the technique one day, it’s very satisfying to use small pieces of fabric to create larger ones. For the time being, though, it’s crochet …

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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