The penultimate!

It doesn’t look much, does it?

Wisteria and Storm Blue edged with Gold. It’s almost, but not quite, the last square of the Temperature Blanket. I can tell you that today’s starts with Lavender in the Centre, and it too will be edged with Gold, but the intervening colour is yet to be determined by the temperature later today. I’ll be making that square tonight, then the whole thing can be brought together. Eleven months and twenty nine days down:

One to go!

I wonder how it will look?

December? Well, it would be a shame not to document the whole year in some way so I do have a plan, but more about that next month. The November Spirit blanket also needs completing, all this may not happen until the New Year. It will all fit in beautifully with the stash busting blanket. Are you joining in?

Five colours – a project

Remember this?

The blanket I showed you on Friday was made with squares of the same sequence. It isn’t my favourite thing to do by any means, but a request has come in for the same colours in a more random pattern, so it’s started today, and I’ll post it’s probably slow progress from time to time. It’s one of my ‘Blessings’ blankets, maybe I’ll share more about those another day.

The process has started…..

As you can see most of these are waiting for colour number 5 which is Pomegranate. I think that is my favourite colour in the Stylecraft range, but maybe it’s the colour of the moment as far as I’m concerned because the Temperature Blanket is currently very blue!

Five Colour Friday

Inspiration pops up when you least expect. The important thing is to keep your eyes open, and constantly take in your surroundings. The inspiration for today’s Five Colour Friday comes from our garden.

It’s been an interesting autumn this year. We didn’t have the flames and bronzes that usually occur, instead the trees and shrubs gave us glorious golds and rusts, stunning, but unexpected. However, finally, one of the shrubs has turned from green and gold to this.

The photograph doesn’t do it justice, but it was enough to set the creative juices flowing.

The thing about inspiration is that the source doesn’t have to be represented in its entirety – or in fact accurately. It inspires something….. and this is what the above inspired:

In contrast to the last collection this is a more gentle autumn colourscheme,

If you want to vary the position of the colours a total of 120 different combinations is possible. They will make a stunning blanket whichever style or stitch you use – maybe a corner to corner, or a ripple blanket. Vary the placement or use in rotation.

These are again from the easily obtainable Stylecraft Special DK range of colours:

Buttermilk, Camel, Vintage Peach, Blush and Pomegranate.

Don’t forget, let me know if you use the combination and use the hashtag #nuvofeltfivecolours  If you make use of it I hope you will let me know either below or on instagram.   You can find all posts in this series via this link.

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.

 

Just a couple of Grannies!

You may have seen these on Instagram a couple or so days ago. Two identical grannies left over from a previous project. Such a waste! What to do with them?

I had an idea that was worth a try. It may not be original, but I haven’t seen anything quite like it – and it worked, and here’s the result.

A pair of fingerless gloves fit for a Princess! Modelled by our own little 8 year old Princess who now owns her own version.

The above are listed on Etsy if anyone is interested. Ideal for a stocking filler.

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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