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!!

Purple is the new pink finished 

If you follow me on Instagram you may have read that the small project is finished. It only took a few days, and frankly, would have taken much less if I hadn’t had other things to do too. 

12 Granny Squares- the colours are listed below. 

Each square was edged on 3 sides with cream. 

Cream also joins them all together along the 4th side to make a little string of bunting. Trebles along the length followed by a little picot edge. It will be hung this weekend after her birthday and I’ll hopefully have a photo to show you. 

This was a useful stash buster. I’m now out of most of the colours. 

Colours used – all Stylecraft Special DK:

Burgundy, Emperor, Lavender, Parma Violet, Clematis, Violet, Wisteria, Magenta, Grape, Plum and, of course, Cream. 

A blanket will follow, but ssh- that’s a secret and probably for Christmas 😉    However, first I’ll need to buy more yarn!

Spirit of Catch-Up


Progress on The Spirit of February is slow. It will certainly take a few more weeks to complete as I work on other projects. Here are the centres of the last 12.

This month is much more muted than the last two. It will be interesting to see the final result – only a few more days to go before the colour choices are complete.

Spirit of ….

I’m really enjoying working on my temperature blanket – even though it’s only a few rounds a day. However, I made a rash decision to work on other related projects at the same time. I began it in December – so that Winter in its entirety would be evident at the beginning.

December was an odd month for temperatures. The first few days were very mild – surprisingly mild – and introduced colours that I wouldn’t have expected until March.


There were also some very very cold days. Using the December colours I made a granny square blanket which I’ve called The Spirit of December. I’ve just realised that I haven’t photographed it – but these squares above are from the project – and you can see how colourful they are.

January brought cold temperatures. In the same way I made granny squares to represent the month as a whole – based on the same temperature colours. Work was delayed on The Spirit of January due to the previoously mentioned shortage of Lobelia, but the final stitch has now been added, and here are most of the squares finished and about to be blocked!


SaveThe image below shows some of the colours in more details


I’m now working on The Spirit of February. So far I’ve used 15 colours – there may be more, but I won’t know that until the afternoon of the last day of the month. I’ll update you on the Winter phase of the Temperature blanket at about that time too.




Spirit of the third week of January 

You may remember reading this post, in which I admitted being sidetracked from the tasks in hand due to the absence of Lobelia in my local shops etc. Well, I’ve continued to work on it alongside other projects (these include my temperature blanket and a rainbow blanket, there will be more about these in future posts).

On Thursday I put the final stitch in the blocks and it is now ready to be joined. I photographed a few of the blocks and have collaged them into this just to get a flavour of the blanket. I’m really pleased with the outcome – especially as it was a finger twitching emergency that started the whole thing.

Stylecraft Special DK (the only yarn stocked by my local shop – which I do like to support) in: Storm Blue, Magenta, Silver, Duck Egg, Grape, Parchment, Clematis.