You never can tell…

It’s been a funny old month so far. I won’t go into details, but it didn’t start the way we expected. Never mind! Things can only improve.

Crochet has taken a back seat. I decided to make the Spirit of September blanket wait until next month, but the colours called to me as I continued with the Temperature Blanket. Consequently I hooked a few squares, but this collage won’t give much away at all

Making them has helped me decide on the sequence and layout, so that was a good thing. I will also need to order more yarn! I’m holding out for a while, though, as I have enough to finish my main current work in progress and may not be around to take delivery. (There’s currently 30% off with code YARN30 – so worth investigating if you are in need of some)

If you have been following along on Instagram you will o doubt have seen the odd Square or two

And maybe even this progress shot

It’s still progressing! I want it finished by mid October at the latest. More updates will follow.

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Temperature Roundup

December 2016
January 2017
February 2017
March 2017
April 2017
May 2017
June 2017
July 2017
August 2017
Winter, Spring and Summer – a collage

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Here we are at the start of Autumn – and only 3 more months to go to complete this exercise. I’m loving doing the small square each day. The colours are a bit odd as all photos were taken with the iPhone. Once joined and finished I’ll take a proper picture.

Yarns purchased mostly from Deramores. I love the special offers they give – well worth a try.

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August is done!

I would not have chosen these colours, but I’m pleased with the result

It’s a scary feeling to be unable to control colours!  Just for a change I have made this blanket using the colours of each day during August – and reversed some of them to make enough blocks.

I finished the border, using the colours representing the most frequent temperatures of the month as contrast to the Summer joining colour for the Temperature Blanket, which was Camel. (I’ll be posting an update on that blanket tomorrow.) I have to admit that if I had chosen to work with these colours on another project I wouldn’t have considered Camel to join, but it ‘sort of’ works!

The next blanket, Spirit of September, really will have to wait, possibly even until into October. I already know that I need more yarn in certain colours, but first I have other priorities including a blanket edged with white. The yarn for this blanket was all purchased from Deramores. Details of the square I’ve used can be found here.

I’ll tell you more another day.

 

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Temperature update

August has been a busy month. I’ve managed to keep up with some crochet every day, but sometimes all I could manage was a square for the temperature blanket. The last one for this month will be made later today, but in the meantime – here is the collection for the first 25 days.

Ends to be wound in too, as you can see. However – it’s been a bit of a mix of temperatures. The blue are cooler – some quite a lot cooler – than the yellows and oranges. We did manage a couple of reds, but that was in the last couple of days.

This block is the last of the summer blocks. That makes 9 complete, so I think I can start putting them together. Only three more blocks to go – September, October and November. All autumn months! I wonder what the weather has in store?

 

A slow Sunday

August is slowly slipping away. Autumn will be with us before we know it.

 

 

I love these flowers, but when they come in profusion it’s a sure sign that summer is nearing its end. This year, however, they have been flowering since early June. Very strange!

 

Maybe one day I’ll make a blanket around these colours. Not yet, though. I’ve made a start on the Spirit of August and it’s gone well so far.

 

 

Each block has two colours and a border. I’ve used this block before. If you would like to know how it’s made this post here has cursory instructions.

 

Progress from now on will be slow. September, October and November are very busy with family stuff so crochet will have to take a very ‘back seat’. Even the temperature blanket may have to wait, but my records will continue.

 

I’m tired! In fact, at times I feel almost exhausted, but that passes. I’ll get a break soon, and I’ll let you know if I manage to sneak in a little crochet

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Another week over!

Friday!

I’m exhausted!

It’s been a busy week, including spending time with our two youngest grandchildren.

We took them to a local bird park, and it was fun – but tiring.

….I tried very hard to catch this character with his wings open. The colours were magnificent! However, when he saw the camera he kept his back firmly towards us. I think it was a sort of magpie, but I’ve forgotten.

The penguins are always a favourite. This was shortly after feeding, you can see the keeper in the background.

There is also a small farm – with an additional area for handling small mammals. This week the mice were the favourites!

Slowly the baby blanket is taking shape. There are still ends to sew in, but that is a job that is no hardship to me.

I’ve also started a ‘slow blanket’. It will take a long time to finish, I’m sure. The yarn isn’t the easiest to use for crochet, but I’ll tell you all about that when I blog about it fully.

Not the best of pictures – but something to take away next month to fill in the time while travelling.

 

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A little break!

Well, here we are just about half way through August, and the Spirit blankets are more or less up to date. I won’t be starting Spirit of August for a few more days to get a better idea of the quantities of yarn I might need, but I can’t be without something on my hook. A little order came in just in time! A baby blanket for a boy. It shouldn’t take long, but I’ve a busy couple of weeks ahead, including a weekend with my stitching group.

I’ve made a start, though, and as it’s more Granny Squares they will be perfect to feature tomorrow on Instagram.

Why tomorrow? It’s Granny Square Day 2017! Are you taking part? Don’t forget the #grannysquareday2017  You’ll find more details here

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