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.
The odd crocheted square has continued to materialise. Did you read the previous ‘hot’ post? My project is still on hold, but single small squares haven’t been too much of a problem at times (albeit, not much more than one a day!) You may also have missed the end of Project 100.
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.
Working by lamplight isn’t easy, especially if you are partly distracted by an interesting tv show. (Let’s face it, there aren’t many, so this was unusual!)
The cold light of day, however, revealed that I’d picked up Sage instead of Storm Blue! Fortunately it won’t matter, I can just reverse their placement, but this is a warning …
Always read the label!
More about this very soon.
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?
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!
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.
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?
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!