This was the moment…

Working by lamplight isn’t easy, especially if you are partly distracted by an interesting tv show. (Let’s face it, there aren’t many, so this was unusual!)

The cold light of day, however, revealed that I’d picked up Sage instead of Storm Blue! Fortunately it won’t matter, I can just reverse their placement, but this is a warning …

Always read the label!

More about this very soon.

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!

Corner turned

It’s always satisfying to turn the corner in a C2C! It signifies that the rows are getting shorter, and, all being well, it won’t be long before it’s all finished. A very satisfying stashbusting exercise.

I’ve started to put together some large thread collections of my hand dyed threads. They will be particularly useful if you are a member of a group with a Sales Table. They are useful for both embroidery and crochet, in fact I’m planning a project with some of them shortly. Click the picture below or follow this link if you are interested – there are a few collections, but this price will only be available for the month of January.

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Stash and Scrap!

My first stash blanket of the year is coming along nicely.

I’m also managing to incorporate some longer scraps as you can see from these joins.

Once the little ends are also woven in they will be completely invisible.

 

I know that the theory of stashbusting is that no more yarn is bought until it has been reduced, but it’s worth noting that Deramores has a really good sale until Jan 7th, with free postage for orders of only £15. There is a code on the first page of their website. Make sure you take advantage.

Happy New Year

Yesterday was not the best day of the year, but we had no snow, a little wind and a touch of rain. The sun even managed a little shining at one point, but I was too slow with the camera to catch it! Today is similarly grey at the moment. But there is a brightness that indicates the sun may yet shine – and this time I will try to be ready with the camera. I photograph the above tree every day and have done for a number of years. It’s at the bottom of our garden – and I post a picture here, just as a reminder of the passing seasons.

January 1st was a little damp last year, it’s interesting to compare sometimes.

So, my blanket for December seemed the obvious choice once the main Temperature Blanket was finished. It’s now done with the exception of the last round of the border which will happen later today.

Six squares by five which gives us 30 days for December. However, there are 31! Never fear – the last day is represented in the border.

Silver and Denim represent 2016 and Turquoise and Cloud Blue are for yesterday. I’ll be embarking on a similar exercise later for January. There were colours used last January that don’t appear here, so this will be an interesting exercise.

I’ll be running the above alongside another temperature blanket, I’m ready to go. The first square will have Storm Blue at the centre, it was 6 deg C when I got up this morning – I don’t think it will change much, maybe rise all the way to 7? A few people are joining me on Instagram, and elsewhere too. Let me know if you are. We’re using the hashtag #nuvofelttemperature2018. Want to join in? A few more details here

So, the above won’t take many daily hours of crochet. They certainly won’t satisfy the hooking urge on most days, so I’m spending the rest of my time working through my stash. I have a few projects in mind which I’ll share from time to time, but first it’s a corner to corner exercise.

I’m not halfway yet, so there is a lot of crochet ahead! Joining in? Take a look here.

Rainbowitis – all done!

I love working with colour, so this project has been very satisfying.

It took just a little over a month, but I could have finished more quickly if I hadn’t had other projects to keep me occupied too.

I used Stylecraft Special DK – as I’ve told you before, it’s the only yarn I can buy  locally, and if you haven’t already guessed it’s a corner to corner blanket as demonstrated very well here by Mikey of the Crochet Crowd.

Here’s the sequence:

Jaffa, Sunshine, Kelly Green, Petrol, Midnight

MIdnight was followed by: Plum, Bright Pink, Matador, Tomato and Mustard

After Mustard: Lime, Lobelia, Violet and Claret.

Each colour was hooked in blocks of 9 rows each. this could be varied according to the size of the required blanket.

Two rounds make up the border – a simple two step sequence which I find is a good complement to the C2C pattern

I didn’t find it easy to photograph, but you get the general idea. I keep records of all my blankets. Browsing previous colour schemes will often spark an idea or two.

A word of warning! The two middle blocks of colour take almost a whole ball of yarn. If I had added extra blocks I would have needed a second ball without doubt.

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