Well, it’s moved along a little, but I won’t be wearing it this weekend!
I began it during the ‘flu, and didn’t pick it up again until Sunday evening. Wow! Now that I’m further on I can tell you that I love this yarn!
Northern Lights by James C Brett has a small proportion of viscose mixed with the main fibre . Viscose is a plant based fibre and always gives a good handle. It can also have a warm cosy feel.
I’m using a size 5 hook and following the rules for a normal c2c at each edge but substituting 1tr, 1ch, 1tr, into each 3 chain of the previous row. Hopefully the following quick image will help to illustrate.
If you are looking for a new yarn to try I suggest you give this one a go. It comes with a free knitting pattern for a shawl, so if you don’t crochet, or want to try a new skill, you know that it will work. It’s currently on offer in various places, but I have to admit that the cheapest I could find is here, at the moment.
Yes, it’s May, and a new section of the temperature blanket to be started. I wonder what surprises that will bring? April is finished apart from the final joining.
Twenty one colours! No wonder the Spirit of April is still in progress 😉
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.
This granny square is a mix of yarns. I’ve chosen some by Cygnet and a few from Scheepjes. All are double knitting.
Cygnet: Barley, Soft Coral and Harvest
Scheepjes: Knokke and Nijmegen
If you wish to indulge you can buy them all from Mrs Snufflebean. You could make a whole blanket with 120 different combinations of 5 colours. There is a list of all the different combinations to help you here.
I enjoy a challenge.
Choosing colours for a project isn’t usually a challenge – and I can work with most of them. This project is probably the nearest I have come to a ‘scrap’ project. I have some yarns left over from previous projects and they are taking up space. They are from a mix of manufacturers, but are all double knitting.
There is such a strange mix of yarns and colours, and ones that that I certainly wouldn’t normally have put together. After due consideration i decided that Granny Squares would mix them up better than rows of pattern. The difficulty, though, was deciding on a colour to co-ordinate. I decided that I didn’t want to go for a neutral – black, grey, cream, white etc – this had to be a colour, but which one? And then I remembered something!
You have probably never heard of Constance Howard. She died in 2000 having made a very big mark on Textile Art in the twentieth century. I was very blessed to have been able to meet her socially and also to take workshops with her at Masterclass level. She was inspirational.
Maybe I will tell you more about her another time, but as far as this project is concerned she is the inspiration. Her tricks with colour were sensational, but there was one that she used par excellence. Her favourite colour was Turquoise, and she maintained that it was the colour to add when all else failed! So….. for the sake of constancy…. My joining colour is Turquoise!
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 😉
All used up?
No, of course not! But I ran out of yarn twice this week
First I ran out of Khaki!
I only had 2 squares to finish I managed to make a dash to the shop the next day and all was well.
On to the next sequence, reach halfway, and now I need Parma Violet.
I should have another according to my stock list but I can’t find it. Shop is closed for the long weekend so I’ll move on to another colour collection in the series.
I should just spend the time on the C2c but I don’t like the yarn 🙁. It’s a creaky acrylic even though the colours are pretty.