Is it really November?

The past few weeks have been unsettled here. I have had little time to myself, so the internet has had to take a very back seat. Granny squares have been a godsend. Not only are they portable (think hospital bedside) but they require no noisy equipment (think sewing machine). They can be made at any hour of the day or night (think 2am), and the materials required can fit into a pocket!

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The penultimate!

It doesn’t look much, does it?

Wisteria and Storm Blue edged with Gold. It’s almost, but not quite, the last square of the Temperature Blanket. I can tell you that today’s starts with Lavender in the Centre, and it too will be edged with Gold, but the intervening colour is yet to be determined by the temperature later today. I’ll be making that square tonight, then the whole thing can be brought together. Eleven months and twenty nine days down:

One to go!

I wonder how it will look?

December? Well, it would be a shame not to document the whole year in some way so I do have a plan, but more about that next month. The November Spirit blanket also needs completing, all this may not happen until the New Year. It will all fit in beautifully with the stash busting blanket. Are you joining in?

Five colours – a project

Remember this?

The blanket I showed you on Friday was made with squares of the same sequence. It isn’t my favourite thing to do by any means, but a request has come in for the same colours in a more random pattern, so it’s started today, and I’ll post it’s probably slow progress from time to time. It’s one of my ‘Blessings’ blankets, maybe I’ll share more about those another day.

The process has started…..

As you can see most of these are waiting for colour number 5 which is Pomegranate. I think that is my favourite colour in the Stylecraft range, but maybe it’s the colour of the moment as far as I’m concerned because the Temperature Blanket is currently very blue!

Five Colour Friday

Inspiration pops up when you least expect. The important thing is to keep your eyes open, and constantly take in your surroundings. The inspiration for today’s Five Colour Friday comes from our garden.

It’s been an interesting autumn this year. We didn’t have the flames and bronzes that usually occur, instead the trees and shrubs gave us glorious golds and rusts, stunning, but unexpected. However, finally, one of the shrubs has turned from green and gold to this.

The photograph doesn’t do it justice, but it was enough to set the creative juices flowing.

The thing about inspiration is that the source doesn’t have to be represented in its entirety – or in fact accurately. It inspires something….. and this is what the above inspired:

In contrast to the last collection this is a more gentle autumn colourscheme,

If you want to vary the position of the colours a total of 120 different combinations is possible. They will make a stunning blanket whichever style or stitch you use – maybe a corner to corner, or a ripple blanket. Vary the placement or use in rotation.

These are again from the easily obtainable Stylecraft Special DK range of colours:

Buttermilk, Camel, Vintage Peach, Blush and Pomegranate.

Don’t forget, let me know if you use the combination and use the hashtag #nuvofeltfivecolours  If you make use of it I hope you will let me know either below or on instagram.   You can find all posts in this series via this link.

On the subject of stashbusting…..

The more I think about this stashbusting project the more excited I get. I’ve come up with a plan that should only take about 10-15 minutes a day – leaving plenty of time for other projects.

If you think you might like to join in with the stashbusting exercise for 2018 there are preliminary details here.

Thinking ahead

The next few weeks will be very busy. I have a lot to do on several fronts, and crochet will probably have to take a back seat. It’s probably the same for you all too.

Progress on the Temperature blanket continues. I have begun to work the edge of each block, just two rounds of matching colour

To refresh your memories, the edging colour varied according to the season:

  • Winter – Parchment
  • Spring – Stone
  • Summer – Camel
  • Autumn – Gold

I’m really pleased with the way it’s looking, but the four strips will need co-ordinating in some way. I have a plan, you’ll see in the next update of this blanket – probably.

I will be sorry to see the end of this project. As you know it has sparked several others, but it has also left me with quite a large stash of leftover yarn.

This is just a small part of the leftover yarn!

I’m planning a project for that, to begin in January. More details coming before long, maybe you will think about joining me in a stashbusting exercise for 2018.

 

November Mix and Match

November is a very busy month here. There is a lot going on, much to do and, frankly, not much time for crochet.

However, I have managed to keep up to date with the temperature blanket (lterally 10 minutes a square) and made a start on the Spirit of November. It’s only a start, especially as we are only halfway through the month.

The colours may result in being very few! The temperature range so far has been minimal. It will be interesting to see what the rest of the month brings – and I don’t feel bad that this blanket will probably go well into December before being finished.

I’m varying the size of the blocks this time, and joining as I go.

It won’t make for such a considered look, but is cutting down on the production time.

I also have a couple of ‘one evening’ projects finished. Here’s a sneaky view of them.

I’ll be doing another after the weekend. It has to be finished before Wednesday!