Corner turned

It’s always satisfying to turn the corner in a C2C! It signifies that the rows are getting shorter, and, all being well, it won’t be long before it’s all finished. A very satisfying stashbusting exercise.

I’ve started to put together some large thread collections of my hand dyed threads. They will be particularly useful if you are a member of a group with a Sales Table. They are useful for both embroidery and crochet, in fact I’m planning a project with some of them shortly. Click the picture below or follow this link if you are interested – there are a few collections, but this price will only be available for the month of January.

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Stash and Scrap!

My first stash blanket of the year is coming along nicely.

I’m also managing to incorporate some longer scraps as you can see from these joins.

Once the little ends are also woven in they will be completely invisible.

 

I know that the theory of stashbusting is that no more yarn is bought until it has been reduced, but it’s worth noting that Deramores has a really good sale until Jan 7th, with free postage for orders of only £15. There is a code on the first page of their website. Make sure you take advantage.

Stash, Scrap and Temperature!

So here we are at the end of the year. It’s been a year filled with crochet and more. I hope your year has been as good as mine. We have had our ups and downs, but I have tried to always look for the positive, and that has certainly brought me through.

Much of 2017 has been focussed on the Temperature blanket. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the journey, even though I doubted that I’d finish, and also wondered if I’d regret deciding upon Granny Squares for the duration. Well, the last square was made on the last day of November, and now I’m working on the border after a brief gap for Christmas.

It’s so large that it’s difficult to photograph – so I hope the above will give you a rough idea of the outcome. The tags will shortly be removed – they just showed me the top of each element as it was completed so that it all went together the right way around!

I’ve also had fun with the sidelines of Spirit blankets. The penultimate one is on my hook at the moment.

I’m planning on making another blanket for 2018, details here, and also some more Spirit Blankets – in the same vein as above – and you can read about those here. Of course I‘ll need to buy some more yarn for those.

Scraps and Stash are another couple of objects for the coming year! Both must reduce. A metre of yarn is ample for the centre of a granny square, so I think you will see some more small squares appearing, in fact, some have already been made! However, Stash requires rather longer lengths, and I have plenty of those too. Soon I’ll share the first of my Stashbusters. It’s coming along nicely. Stashbusters Anonymous is open for business, so why not pop over and join in?

 

Three down, one to go

I’m so glad I kept records! I wanted to choose a linking colour to join the four seasonal elements that have been finished with different colours – Parchment, Stone, Camel and Gold. I have no idea yet how the final blanket will be finished ( as far as the final edging is concerned) because once this current stage is over it will go into hibernation until next year, but the linking is essential at this stage.

Looking back through the list of days and temperatures I found that there were two that occurred in every month! Just two!!!

10 deg C represented by Lobelia and

11 deg C represented by Empire.

Guess which one I chose?

Empire, I have more in my stash!

So far I have edged and joined three strips. Tomorrow I’ll finish adding the last – and then it will be carefully popped into a paper bag until the festivities and more are over.

I have more to crochet, though, so I won’t abandon the blog for a while yet!

It’s coming together

This is a quick post, just to show you the progress on the Temperature Blanket. Here is November joined to it’s Autumn fellows. It wasn’t easy to photograph, and this line wasn’t really the best place, but it will have to do

It’s actually upside down, but the little taggy things kept getting blown by the wind and interfered with the pegging process. Stand on your head if you want to see it the right way up.

The next task is to see if my idea for joining it all together will in fact work.

Here’s hoping!

Here we go with December

December is a very busy month, and not just because there are celebrations at the end. I may not be around much, but we’ll see what we can do! I’m certainly planning something for tomorrow if I can have a little crochet time later today.

Do you remember this? It’s the completed square from December 2016, the square that started the whole Temperature Blanket thing. I started in December so that I could have the seasons in single strips. I’ll show you the progress on that another day, but today’s post is about December.

For some time I have taken a daily photo of the sky and also of the view from our back door. When the weather is cold, damp and grey it’s a useful resource to prove to myself that the weather is not always like that. In fact, it has proved time and time again that we have more blue skies than grey ones – and hopefully that will shatter your illusions about the UK.

It occurred to me that to complete 2017 in crochet would be a good opportunity to make a comparison, so the December Blanket is just that – a comparison between 2016 and 2017. Here’s the first square

I’ve chosen Parchment as the linking colour as that was the link for winter. the inner square represents last year, and the outer colours are obviously those for yesterday. Below is part of my record for December 2016, so you will already know what the inner squares will look like for several days. It shouldn’t take long to catch up if I get behind in my production.

There won’t be a Spirit of December blanket. I’ve made 13 and this month will be a break. I have decided that I will make another Temperature Blanket for 2018, but at the moment I’m not sure about the Spirit Blankets, I may do something else, the thoughts are still whizzing around my head. The Temp Blanket will start on Jan 1 – at the same time as the stashbusting blanket. They can happily run along together as they will be similar……. I think 😉

If you would like to see a list of the colours used in the whole blanket you will find it here. There will be a section dedicated to this enterprise as and when I can find time to do it. I may change the colours slightly for next year now that Stylecraft have introduced some new shades. That remains to be decided.

Done, but not yet dusted!

So, here we are – November is over!

The final Temperature square is done, and has been slotted into its space.

It’s almost offscreen – but there it is, bottom right.

The next step is to join it to the other autumn blocks, and then to assemble the blanket.

As for December? Watch this space.