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!

Just a couple of Grannies!

You may have seen these on Instagram a couple or so days ago. Two identical grannies left over from a previous project. Such a waste! What to do with them?

I had an idea that was worth a try. It may not be original, but I haven’t seen anything quite like it – and it worked, and here’s the result.

A pair of fingerless gloves fit for a Princess! Modelled by our own little 8 year old Princess who now owns her own version.

The above are listed on Etsy if anyone is interested. Ideal for a stocking filler.

Five Colour Friday

Today’s Five Colour Friday has a definite Autumnal feel.

Five colours from the Stylecraft Special DK range. They go together very well – with just a little splash of contrast to bring the combination alive.

Together they make a particularly striking blanket.

Lobelia, Citron, Spice, Copper and Tomato

Tomato makes a lovely joining colour. 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.

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.

 

 

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Meanwhile…

… quietly waiting in the wings (and in need of a lot more work).

Little did I imagine that a Temperature Blanket would be the gateway to inspiration! It was intended to be a record of the seasons from December to November, but the project has turned into something much bigger.

You will remember that I showed you October at the end of the month, the block finished, but waiting to be incorporated into the blanket with those of the other months. I haven’t started that yet, I’m planning on leaving it until the Spirit of November is finished – and that isn’t even started yet. The above shows the daily spread of temperatures, and some were repeated more than once, as you can imagine, while others only occurred once. This was the pattern for all the months, so I decided that yet another blanket would materialise, showing the temperatures with slightly more emphasis.

I didn’t begin this until just a couple of months ago, so have worked just 5 months so far, but it does give a better idea of how the temperatures have ranged. I’m calling it ‘Sprit of the Seasons’.

These squares are complete, to a degree, but, as you will see from the next photo, they are different sizes.

The colours in the middle represent those temperatures that occurred least during the month with the outside edge showing the one that occurred most. It isn’t very easy to see in the collage above – clicking on individual pictures may help.

I’m already inspired to keep going – but in a different way for next month. It’s a secret for now, but November is already passing so quickly it won’t be long before it’s revealed!

 

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October is almost done!

The squares for the Spirit of October are complete – apart from the ends, of course.

The joining has begun, and it won’t be too long before I can start on the border.

I tried to take a photo, but it’s a very dull day! I’ll be working on it again tomorrow.

Come back tomorrow and I’ll tell you about my ‘secret’ project. It won’t be finished any time soon, but I did promise to tell you once October was finshed.

 

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October

Here we are in November. October was an interesting month for us, a visit to Edinburgh wasn’t planned until almost the last minute, and ran hot on the heels of our cruise. We have no plans for travel now until next year – but who knows where fancy might take us if my other half has a moment of travel inspiration. It won’t be too far away from home, though, of that I’m sure.

The next couple of months are busy. Crochet may well have to take a back seat, although I should get a little done each evening if all is well. It’s always good to see the colours of the month together, and here is the October block of the Temperature blanket, showing rather well co-ordinated colours I think, do you agree?

This will need edging (as will all the other blocks) once November is finished. I have yet to make a start on that, though, as I’m trying to finish the October Spirit blanket. The small November squares won’t take long to finish – I’ll do them this weekend.

So; the Spirit of October is about a third of the way to being finished. I’ve returned to large blocks for this blanket, and they are taking a long time to complete.

The colours are lovely and gentle so I’m looking forward to finishing it. November has been misty and chillier, already different colours! I wonder what the next few days will bring.

 

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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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