Here’s the start of my Blanket Along project!
I’ve chosen the Cluster Cross Granny Square from the ‘New Stitch a Day’ blog – I came across it on Pinterest. I wanted something with a simple but distinctive pattern so this was perfect.
I now have three blankets on the go! Two of these have made good progress and this one is already going along at a steady pace! I’d been playing around with a couple of simple squares just to try out some new yarn when I saw on Cherry Heart’s blog that she was starting a Blanket Along……I fell in love with the square design I’d found and stumbled upon a very nice colour combination from my stash so I decided to make it a new project and join in with the Blanket Along on Ravelry. It’s the first time I’ve been involved in a CAL, and it’s so much fun – it’s lovely to get some instant feedback from fellow blanketers, offer encouragement to the others joining in, and see what everyone else is making. So I spent a lovely weekend with my best friend, her little boy, the Harry Potter box set, the fire lit and the kettle permanantly on the stove, happily crocheting and looking forward to showing off my progress on the Ravelry thread…..and….
…….here’s how the squares are shaping up…..
I was initially going to stick with these three colours but in searching through my stash for more of the cream, I found a couple more colours that I think could potentially go quite nicely and thought it would be a good idea to try and use up some of the stash. So I may be adding in this….
….and the blue…..
I’m not completely decided yet. The cream, yellow and brown are quite harmonious together and make a lovely mellow combination, but the blue and pink add a bit of depth to the colour scheme. When I’ve made a few more squares I’ll lay them out and try a few different combinations. I’ll see what my fellow ‘Blanket Alongers’ say on Raverlry too!
The yarns are all different, and are of two different weights. If you look closely, you’ll see that the yellow and cream squares are made up of three rounds and the others are made up of four rounds. This is obviously to achieve the same size square…..so could be interesting when it comes to joining! I’ve got a vague idea how I might get around this, but I’ll have to do a bit of experimenting nearer to join up time! Any tips would be welcome!
As usual for me, in trying to use up some of my stash, I’ve ended up buying more yarn to match what I’m already using! Totally defeating the object, really!
I’ll post more information about the yarn as the blanket progresses……but in the meantime, here’s progress on blanket number two…..
I think I’m calling this my colour block blanket, for obvious reasons! I mentioned the start of the blanket right at the end of this post. There are nine colours in total, all of which I’m edging (as you can see) in cream……
Each square has ten rounds of the colour and six round of cream. I had a little play around with the layout of the colours……
(top row from left to right) Honey, Sorbet, Storm
(middle row from left to right) Peacock, Split Pea, Apricot
(bottom row from left to right) Carrie’s Yellow, Pomegranate, Twig
It’s Quince & co yarn, Osprey and it’s one of my favourite yarns – I love the texture, the softness, the colours, the warmth and the weight of this yarn and it’s lovely to be making something with so many of the colours.
The cream edging is Rowan Chunky which is discontinued. I purchased all remaining ten balls from my local wool shop, thinking that I would have no trouble finding some more online. But alas – there is none to be found! Not even on the Ravelry Stash! (well, not for sale anyway!) This just goes to show my lack of commitment to the planning stages of my projects! I usually get seduced by a few colours and the feel of some yarn and disregard important factors such as ‘will there be enough to finish the project?!”
I have very nearly managed to get around all nine squares with the ten balls of Rowan Chunky but I don’t think I’ll have quite enough to complete the full six rounds on the last green square. Luckily however, all is not lost as I have some yarn in my stash that has come to the rescue! I have a rather large quantity of Ethical Twist in cream which I bought a few years ago, intending to make a jumper. Unusually for me (espacially back then) I bought enough to complete a whole jumper! Luckily also, it is pretty much identical in colour and near enough in feel to the Rowan Chunky! If I use it double stranded, It makes the same weight! Hurray!
Hurray for buying loads of yarn that you’ll probably never make a jumper with! Hurray for stashing it away for about three years, believing that you will knit a jumper with it one day! Hurray for avoiding having to make a cream jumper that actually would not have suited me, and using it all up in one fell swoop on a big lovely colourful blanket! Hurray!
Just need to decide how to join and edge it now…..not far to go…..
…..and on a last little (and rather lovely) note……
….this came in the post last week….
Back in October/November I knitted ten tiny hats for the Innocent Big Knit (posted here and here) and sent them off very proudly to help raise money for Age UK. Little did I know there are some nifty super knitters (and crocheters too, I believe) that knit these little woollie gems all year round and think nothing of sending off a hundred or more! One lady made about a thousand! So in the light of that information, I thought my offering to be quite modest really! But I was still very pleased to be contributing and joinging in with a massive nation wide knit-along in the name of a very good cause. What I never imagined was that someone would write to me personally, by hand, to say thank you! What a wonderful suprise it was to recieve this card and it definately made me feel that my contribution, however small, was noted and appreciated. So thank you for the thank you, Innocent, I shall definately be joining in the Big Knit next year:)