Right but not quite.

The temperature blanket is progressing, but not as fast as I would have liked due to a variety of unavoidable circumstances. I’ve mentioned before how handy it is to be able to crochet alongside invalids’ bedsides etc, but it really does help if you are prepared!

The next square was easy, only two colours for the first four rounds, so I grabbed them and tucked them into my bag with a hook. In truth my heart wasn’t really in the crochet, but it kept me occupied.

Daylight, a couple of days late, however, revealed that I’d made an error in bad light, picking up Cypress instead of Sage!

I have to admit that I almost cried when I realised. Such an unimportant mistake, really, but it was just a step too far it seemed. As you can see, the correct square has now been completed, and finished with … Cypress!

As for the original – it’s been converted.

It’s now another square for the charity blanket.

Gone!

February is now well established. The freshness of the New Year is over and we are thankfully able to look forward to spring. It hasn’t been a springlike weekend here, though, with unwarranted snow, something that is very rare here.

This was the view from what I euphemistically call my ‘workroom’ on Friday. Saturday’s view was similar but at least the sky was bright and blue.

New this year, this little blue gem was a pleasure to behold, but his purple neighbours disappeared. They are visible again this morning as the last of the snow vanishes. It arrived on Friday and Saturday, stayed still on a beautiful Sunday and was almost all washed away by drizzle overnight. I hope you are all enjoying safe weather. Continue reading “Gone!”

February, not quite over!

Well, the month may be over, but in truth some of the deadlines haven’t been met, crochet-wise, I’m almost there, but here’s the story.

In fact, none of the ‘deadlines’ matter, but I won’t put them to one side – I’ll carry on until they are finished. Firstly, let me tell you about the ‘Spirit of February’ blanket.

This is the one that’s really running behindhand! I miscounted the squares, and began to add the border before adding the final strip! My next step is to take out the border and add the strip before redoing the border. You may remember that this blanket is a comparison between last year and this year – it’s been interesting to see the differences in the temperatures, especially the last few days of the month. Of course, 28 days would make a strange shape, so I determined 5 x 5 blocks with the last three days in the border.

I like the border, but it will have to be redone, and that may be slow!

Inspiration strikes when it will, and it was probably inspiration for the next project that took my concentration from the above.

Have you ever wondered what winter looks like? This blanket, which I’m calling ‘Spirit of Winter’ gives an idea. The centre squares are the high later day temperatures for December, January and February. The border illustrates the morning temperatures, and there are a couple more rounds to go. I didn’t start it until 21st February, and it’s just about finished. I’ll press on and finish this first, then go back to the ‘Spirit of February’.

The temperature blanket is up to date, apart from today’s square which will be made later. Will there be a Spirit of March? Yes, and it’s already on the hook, but more of that later in the month. This is the second post today, if you missed the first you can find it here.

Five Colour Friday

You have probably guessed that I love playing with colour. It is fun to do regardless of the medium that you choose. Sometimes colour will spill over from one craft to another – and often this will form the basis of design.

Today’s colourscheme began with paper play. I was painting pages for my Nine Patch a Day journal. This features one small ‘collage’ a day made very first thing in the morning while the house is still quiet and asleep. I’ve made early morning practice a habit for longer than I can remember – it is a start to the day I really enjoy. It doesn’t take long, in fact it MUSTN’T take long. I only allow 15 minutes max from start to finish.

Anyway, I digress. I couldn’t avoid choosing the above colours and making a square. Before long…..

Colours used are:

  • Bluebell
  • Pale Rose
  • Buttermilk
  • Lincoln
  • Plum

All colours are Stylecraft Special DK. Amongst other places they are available from Deramores.

 

Seven Colour Saturday!

No, I don’t think this will become a regular feature but it seems a good title for today’s post! I don’t think I’ve miscounted, but we’ll see.

I am really enjoying the temperature projects for February. The colours are stimulating despite the chill in the air.

You may remember that as well as making a temperature blanket showing morning and later temperatures, I am also comparing this year and last year in a Spirit of February blanket

Above I’ve shown yesterday’s squares from both, but as I was joining each I put them next to each other by chance.

Below are the four squares. Some of the colours are the same, but together they are inspiring me to make another blanket at some time. The colours are Stylecraft Special DK:

  • Sherbet
  • Storm blue
  • Violet
  • Bluebell
  • Wisteria
  • Parma Violet and
  • Parchment

And yes! That’s seven!!