Half gone!

So; June has gone. That’s half the year! In six months time we will not only have celebrated Christmas and New Year – but also my Uncle’s 98th birthday! I was talking to him yesterday about his travels and family. His mind is still very active – and believe it or not he is still working!

June was definitely about Granny Squares. Most were for projects still in progress and some were to be sent away. It was a month of deadlines – and they were met … almost!

I promised an update on the Temperature Blanket for 2021. Above is the last square for June. It shows three days – 28th, 29th and 30th. It completed the sixth strip for this year.

Apologies for the shadow, but that is made by an object too big to be moved! It was completed to this stage on the last day of June, but there is a square missing. The final square should show the colour/s most used, and there wasn’t time to calculate.

It’s now done! This month there were FOUR colours needed! It’s now attached to the strip and all six are safely stored awaiting the remainder.

This year I have also had another little exercise waiting in the wings. It too will go on waiting, but here it is so far.

As each month has progressed I have added a length of each colour to a ‘monthly’ ball. I have a plan for these, but it can’t begin until after December.

Are you making a Temperature Blanket? Tell me about it – or point me in the right direction. Tomorrow I’ll begin the first three days of July .. I wonder what’s in store?

In a spin!

I’ve almost finished another blanket! This one was not planned, but something I have meant to do for ages.

If you follow along on Instagram I’m sure you will have seen the Spin Your Granny blanket. Kylie of STITCHEDUPCRAFT has written THE PATTERN (this is in UK terms but there are also instructions published for American terms). I bought the pattern ages ago, but just hadn’t got around to trying it. THEN – I saw a CAL (crochet along) announced, and decided to join in.

Based on Five Colour Friday

So, what to use? I already had a few squares waiting for a project. For instance, those above and below.

Cream is one of my Five a Day

But that was too easy! (Clicking on of the above pictures will take you to the appropriate post)

Ends, ends and more ends!

I’ve said before that I don’t mind weaving in the ends. I just like to keep on top of it. There’s nothing worse than trying to get to the centre of a very large blanket to weave in those last few!

It’s also good to know how much yarn is needed for a granny round. Playing Yarn Chicken is all very well, but a bit silly if it’s only a 5 round square. I’ve made a point of sorting oddments of yarn into collections according to size – the smallest (approx 150cm) just perfect for the centre round. As a result I had a box that was overflowing with shortish lengths, suited only to a granny centre but not much more –

until….

Tied together into larger balls, they took up much less space and were just waiting for a project. (THIS IS HOW I TIE MY YARN)

And so it was decided!

Temperature squares

The inspiration partly came from the current Temperature Blanket which illustrates 3 days at a time. The centre square is two rounds of Hayfield Bonus Starling, and the outer round too. (An update on this blanket will come at the beginning of July.)

Useful charts are included in the pattern, but, as it was my first like this, I decided just to ‘go for random’. This blanket will definitely be for me! It also needs a number of half and quarter squares. Don’t be put off by these! Well described and easy. I made them more complicated by adding a different last round which resulted in a plethora of loose ends!

The pattern suggests lying out the completed squares to facilitate the join-as-you-go method very well described, however, I relinquished my studio some time ago, and currently have nowhere to leave squares for more than half an hour or so, as a result I didn’t follow the join-as-you-go method described, but I have a plan for the next one.

The floor is useful for deciding on strips!

Once I had an idea of where each square was to go I left them carefully stacked by my side.

Most of the ends disappeared as I worked along.

The CAL runs for another week. I’m now ready to work on my border.

Those last few ends will soon be gone, If this inspires you to get the pattern, let me know. It’s very well written, and great fun to do. The best bit is that you can personalise it in any way you like!

Have a good week.

Five Colour Friday

Where did June go? Here we are almost at the end of the month after scorching hot days, heavy downpours and low temperatures that almost warranted a hot water bottle. Maybe that’s what has influenced my choice of colours for this month.

FIVE COLOUR FRIDAY is here again!

It’s been a while since I used Parchment, and I had forgotten how useful a colour it is! While it can ‘kill’ some colours it’s ideal for these.

I’ll also remind you that five colours will give 120 different variations of the above square. If you are looking for the list it can be downloaded from THIS PAGE

All colours used are Stylecraft Soecial DK

  • Parchment
  • Vintage Peack
  • Tomato
  • Turquoise and
  • Sherbet

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