On the way to 100

Once a year there is an online challenge to make something each day for 100 days. This year it began on April 3, and is due to end early next month. I have joined in for a number of years because I actually work in elements of 100 as a personal challenge during the whole year. Previously the object of my creativity has been some form of stitching or art, but this year I’ve concentrated on crochet.

Other projects have continued, but each day I’ve made a simple granny square. So far I’ve used simple short scraps to make them, and it’s proving a wonderful way of using up those little pieces that are too long to throw away, but too short to use on a larger project. Here’s a small selection of those I’ve completed so far.

I’m looking forward to completing the 100, we are on the ‘downhill’ now! You can see a few more here. I’ll join them all with a single colour and I’m just off to order that from Deramores while the yarn is on Special Offer!

What are you all up to? Is it too hot to crochet? I’d love to know what you are doing.

Hello Summer

As far as my temperature blanket is concerned the end of May marks the end of Spring. June is the start of summer regardless of the equinox or anyone else 😉

May was a very busy month. It was partly so due to a holiday which meant little contribution to the temperature blankets until I returned home. I managed to secrete a little crochet in my packing, but also including balls of numerous colours to cover all eventualities would have been very obvious. Consequently the last couple of weeks of the month were spent doing ‘catch up’.

I didn’t make an individual blanket for May, instead I finished the Spring Blankets. Did I tell you that I was making two?

The first one concentrated on the morning temperatures

and the second displays the temperatures at their height for the day.

I’m really suprised at how easy it is to see the progression from March through April and into the heat of May. It was a surprisingly warm month, although we always do have good weather during this time – that’s why we have taken our UK holiday then for over 30 years.

These are both now on the back burner as far as the border is concerned. I have begun a Very Important Blanket which is a secret (I love secret blankets). It’s going well so far, but it’s larger than anything I’ve made before so we’ll have to see how it goes!

I’m also keeping up to date with my Scrap Busting 100 days project! There’ll be more about that another day. I have so many ideas – but so little time! I bet you are the same……

Happy crocheting.

Five Colour Friday 


Stylecraft colours again today. Bluebell, Turquoise, Cloud Blue, Khaki and Denim combine to make an unexpected combination.

You can buy the above colours from Deramores. Follow the link and you can save 30% on your purchases this weekend with the code HOLIDAY30.

Happy hooking!

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Five Colour Friday 

I have really enjoyed using these colours. It’s been secretly in progress during the trials and tribulations of the Spirit of April. No view of the finished blanket for a while, though, as it’s intended as a gift.

Saffron. Tomato. Meadow. Cypress. Mustard.
The colours used are Stylecraft colours. Don’t forget that you can make 120 different squares with just these five colours. More Five Colour Friday inspiration can be found here.

There will be another post in this series very soon as I think I’ve found my most favourite shade of red ever! Watch this space…..

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So near yet …

I am determined to finish the squares for the Spirit of April before July! So many hold ups have almost made me want to hide it all in a bag under the  bed!! However, I’ve kept going. I was totally back on track until last might ….

The colours of these squares are very close in tone, this slowed up production if careful preparation wasn’t made in good daylight. After the  sun and clear skies of last week the last couple of days have been a little dreary and the evening seemed longer. Last night was going well until ..


A whole ball of Denim should have been enough, but this was all I had left to finish the last two squares! 


Thankfully I’ve been able to acquire one this morning, so it should all be done by midnight! I may even have a day to spare! 

Come back tomorrow fo Five Colour Friday. 

Flaming June!

To say that it’s been ‘warm’ here is a bit of an understatement! According to the thermometer the garden temperature is currently 30 deg C. The days have been sunny and warm – each day fielding glorious blue skies and no rain in evidence at all. If the heat continues we will probably be under a hosepipe ban – this part of the UK is usually first to experience that. Apart from a couple of days of heavy rain during late May we have hardly had a drop since last year. Bet you didn’t expect to hear that about ‘rainy UK’!

As a result the Temperature blanket has taken a very colourful turn! Here are nine days from June to illustrate my point!

The end of May was interesting too – but as a month, so far this beats them all!

 

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That’s the Spirit!

My last post confirmed that it’s June! However, the main object of my current attention is STILL April! I certainly bit off rather more than I could chew in a single month. It was a steep learning curve  in a number of ways, but I’ll share those with you another day.

The problem with April was that I kept running out of yarn! If I’m honest, the quantities required for a project like this will always be unpredictable.  Each month throws unexpected temperatures, and therefore unexpected colours. Thankfully Deramores were able to help me out with a quick delivery, so, after a spot of relief with May (and secretly beginning June), I am within sight of finishing the Spirit of April!

Maybe the squares will be finished by the time I make my next post…..