August is almost over, and, amongst other things, that heralds the start of autumn. I have to admit that I’m pleased the temperature has dropped somewhat. It isn’t cold by any means, but sleeping is easier, and crochet can at last be factored into the day. My head is bursting with ideas, colours and textures, hopefully some will appear on the hook over the next several months.
It’s a joy to look out of the window and see the lightest of rain fall! Mid May was the last time it fell here, and the gardens are parched. We had a heavyish fall overnight, so there is no watering can duty today. Today should have been the last cricket match of the season for our grandson, but it’s rained off! It’s a shame as they have won the County Championship, and it would have been good for them to play that last game – especially when you are only 10.
As you can imagine, the Temperature Blanket has been interesting! I’m currently playing catchup as I’ve been unexpectedly away (see below). The hot colours have made more than an occasional appearance, as you can see below.
I’m looking forward to seeing them all together – I’ll update you with a few pictures when it’s up to date.
Yes, we’ve been away for a few days. It was a spur of a moment decision to go and stay with family. The weather was perfect for the trip, and we even managed a visit or two to the sea.
We walked along the cliffs, and also visited the surrounding towns. We discovered an amazing bus service and also made a couple of trips by train! Such excitement…! We have promised ourselves another trip soon.
I know you’ve heard me say it before, but yes, my current project IS a secret. So much of the work I do is, until it’s been delivered. I currently have 4 secrets under wraps, but there’s no harm in me showing you the odd glimpse.
I adore working in colour. Planning colour schemes is so much fun, and that was the case with all of the above. These blocks are from a variety of soon to be completed blankets – but holding them in my hand, I can see that they would also go well together in a new one!
That orange really zings, doesn’t it. It’s a HOT combination.
The colours aren’t as exact as I would like – blame it on an iPhone and brilliant sunshine.
Flu! I wouldn’t have embarked upon so many variations last month if I had known! Never mind. There was no deadline except in my head. There is still more to do, but today’s reveals are finished apart from borders.
So, what’s the above? It’s a Mean Spirit Square. Each round is the mean temperature for the day in question. Not the average! The mean is midway between the high and the low.
It was made alongside the Spirit of March blanket and a couple of others.
Here’s the Spirit of March showing comparative temperatures for 2017 and 2018.
The Temperature blanket is progressing and up to date. Another strip was begun just 3 days ago.
The joining square is Denim, That representing the most frequent temperature of the month, but only by a minute margin.
This week won’t have much crochet as I’m off on a 3 day adventure at the end of the week. I’ll be travelling with 2 of my favourite people and can’t wait! In the meantime I think I’m going to have to order some more yarn. March has seriously depleted my stocks of blue – and if I don’t hurry I’ll miss the end of the Deramores Sale which is currently offering even better deals than usual.
Yes, this might be the first post of two today, but I may run out of time!
Firstly, did you catch the recent post on Stashbusters Anonymous? You may like to read it, it might fill in a few gaps! The main purpose of this post, however, is to hilight a project in which you may like to get involved.
I recently spotted a request for granny squares by @purplestarmonkey on Instagram. She is making a blanket to be raffled to raise money for #sepsisawareness. Her request is relatively specific, but not difficult to fulfil, and even one square would be a help and a support. I managed to find a few of the colour she is using and have made 10 squares. The ends need weaving in, that will be my next step, but my eyes have not been up to the task while I’ve been poorly.
All you need is a 4mm hook and some Stylecraft Special DK in one or more of the following colours: Copper, Graphite, Mustard, Spice, Lipstick, Buttermilk, Gold, Parchment, Grey.
I may get some more made, but in truth I have taken on too many projects for this month. I didn’t expect to be poorly! But then, we never do, do we?
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:
All colours are Stylecraft Special DK. Amongst other places they are available from Deramores.