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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Nearly there!

Well, even though I was cross about the short weight of the yarn I have to say that the Marble Chunky is making up into a lovely fabric. Today I managed to catch it in the light of the morning sun, and this gives you a much better idea of the mix of colours.

It will be really warm and cosy. I’ve adjusted the size so I’m pretty sure I can finish it. I’d like to say that I’ll use the yarn again – but probably only if I can buy it over the counter. I need to know that I will have enough for the project in mind. I’m well into the decreasing now, a good session of crochet should finish the square, and then I can start on the border.

Of course, finishing a project always brings to mind the next one! I love planning a project, don’t you? I’m thinking about a couple, actually, but I’ll share one with you this morning – very much still in the planning stage.

Over the last couple of years there has been a lot of talk about Temperature Blankets. I have so far resisted the temptation to join in for a couple of reasons – but mainly because I didn’t want to commit to long rows of daily crochet – in the knowledge that on many days I wouldn’t even get one stitch hooked. So this idea has been mulling around in my mind for some time, and I now have a couple of possible ideas.

1 Granny Squares

Well, these aren’t my favourite and although I might start off with enthusiasm, I know I will be bored quite quickly. I have a feeling I will also be bothered by the layout if I join as I go (which will be the only way to keep an accurate record) as there will obviously be no plan to follow. However, there is a way that it might work – and so, on to …..

2 My probable version

Each year has 12 months (I guess you already knew that), so if I started a new block each month I would have  a blanket made from 12 by the end of the year(ish). To this end I’ve been reading a lot of blog posts about temperature blankets and, taking into consideration the apparent pitfalls and my level of boredom, I’ve come up with a plan.

A planned project always starts with samples, and therefore this is no exception. Firstly, the colours will be many! I’m not going to just stick with one shade of each colour to avoid enormous blocks of the same shade. This may not make sense at the moment, but once I actually start on the project it will become clear. Secondly, I think I’ve decided to work in Double Crochet (UK) – that’s Single Crochet to those of you in the USA and more.

Working on a base of 100 chain takes not much more than 10 minutes per row. I can commit to that on a daily basis, it won’t be difficult to catch up. I already record the weather each day on a couple of other sites (here and here)  so it won’t be hard to add the temperature to my records. I don’t mind if the blanket is small, in fact I’d rather it wasn’t too big.

I’d be interested to know if any of you have made one over the last couple of years. What pitfalls did you discover? Are you glad it’s over? Have you seen one that you absolutely love but not tried it yourself? If you have any thoughts on this I’d love to hear – and in the meantime I’ll carry on with my experiments! (And I might still decide to make it a C2C 😉 )

 

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Sssshhhh! Can you keep a secret?

I currently have two projects on the go. I told you about one last time, but today I’m sharing a secret.

I’ve started a new project which is being produced strictly under cover! I’m grabbing moments when a certain someone is otherwise engaged – and I know that that someone has no idea about this blog, so posting pictures here isn’t actually revealing anything.

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Hopefully this will be a very quick project! Instead of Double Knitting yarn I’ve chosen a Chunky by James C Brett – and it is truly growing apace!

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Forgive the crumpled cloth, but it was photographed in an instant with no real thought to background! Above is just one short evening’s work! Maybe it will be finished in record time!

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Finished 

To say that I have enjoyed making this blanket is a bit of an understatement. I’ve LOVED making this.

It was made using 14 different colours of acrylic yarn, I’ve listed them at the end of this post. They symbolise the journey of hope of a new life by a refugee – over sea and land to peace, and that hopeful pot of gold.

It has been very difficult to photograph this blanket – the colours have not shown up well in any of my photographs. As you will see from the following list – they are far more vibrant than you might at first imagine!

The yarns used were a mix of Stylecraft Special DK and Scheepjes Colour Crafter – colours as follows:

The yarns used were a mix of Stylecraft Special DK and Scheepjes Colour Crafter – colours as follows:

  • Camel
  • Gold
  • Sunshine
  • Saffron
  • Citrine
  • Lemon
  • Leiden
  • Pistachio
  • Nijmegen
  • Meadow
  • Khaki
  • Cypress
  • Sage
  • Storm Blue

For the purposes of Sixty Million Trebles I’ve calculated the number made in the blanket. There are 11664 trebles in the body of the blanket, and the simple border has 663 trebles. That makes a grand total of 12327 trebles which will be added to the total when it’s received by the charity. That won’t be for a while, though, because I plan to make another and send them both together. Watch this space….. I’m sure I’ll tell you about it.

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