The blanket is almost finished…..
All I need to do is single crochet around the border for the edging. I feel a little pleased with myself that I’ve beed weaving in the ends as I’ve gone along. This is unusually disciplined of me! It’s definately paid off, as I can often lose momentum so close to the finish at the prospect of threading in hundreds of little ends. It can make or break the completion time of a blanket for me and has in the past been responsible for the very late arrival of more than one gifted blanket! So I’m hoping this new good habit will last!
The grey yarn is the Carpe Diem by Lang Yarns. It’s luxuriously soft, which was it’s winning attribute in the end, as it was a close call between this and the Eco Wool I mentioned in my previous post. I came to the conclusion that the blanket edging needed to be as soft as possible, so as to be comfortable against the skin. The Carpe Diem has been a great pleasure to work with owing to it’s softness and quality of twist that has meant no splitting or snagging – just smooth crocheting all the way.
After trying out a few combinations for the layout of the squares I ended up arranging them in pairs of colour…..two orange, two red, two pink etc, and then moved each pair of colour along one in the row beneath. This is where I make my confession! My original plan was actually to have the squares in blocks of four (a block of four pink, a block or four orange etc) but I was chatting to my mother in law as I began the second row of the blanket and I ended up with the above result! It has to be said that my attention span can be less that brilliant at times! I realised at the end of the second row, but a combination of excitement at wanting to carry on and past experience of attempting to unpick a granny square blanket (lots of inexplicable knots and then lots of chopping of really nice yarn!) spurred me on with the revised plan!
So here it is….almost finished, pictured here folded in half….I will post a picture of the whole blanket when it’s all done…..
Despite being not quite complete, this blanket has already been hard at work keeping me cosy on the sofa as it has grown! It’s going to be a very well used and loved addition to the house…..
…..in between all the crocheting of blanket squares ten little hats have been made, complete with pompoms! I havn’t made pompoms since I was a child and I have very fond memories of doing so – although I must admit it must have taken ages to complete even one! This was probably why my Gran used to give me and my cousin a ball of wool and two pieces of cardboard cut into rings, to keep me occupied for (possibly) hours while I wound the wool (one strand at a time?!) to slowly fill the dohnut that would make the pompom. We would then hack through the inches of lumpy wool, chopping out bits of the cardboard ring along the way and rendering them useless for the next attempt! The finished pompom was inevitably wonky and always needed shearing (we’d usually need to lop off about half the volume of wool originally used to make the thing, snipping away hours of our well invested time in the process and ending up with something a lot smaller than we’d planned!). The end result was, nonetheless always satisfying. Happily, I can report that these little pompoms were much less laborious to make – only needing to be about an inch across, they were made with tiny rings of cardboard and, with a bit of life experience (and a deadline) I was cunning enough to know that using several strands of yarn at once would fill the rings quicker! I know – it’s probably very obvious to anyone reading this but to me it seemed like a little revelation and ten of them appeared in no time to adorn the tops of the mini hats……
I’m not quite sure how they came out in varying sizes, as they were all knitted on the same needles but a friend assured me that she had the same result and I don’t suppose it really matters as long as they fit on the bottles!
In the absence of an Innocent Smoothie bottle to photograph the hat with (the local shop had run out!) I’ve placed a spool of thread next to these, as a way of conveying the scale!
So there we are, my mini project complete. I just need to pop them in the post and hopefully help to make a little bit of money for Age UK. If you want to have a go yourself, take a look here – you have until the 12th December 2014 to send in your hats.
And I think I mentioned some new colours………
I have fallen in love with Quince & co. (to the detriment of my bank account)…….but it’s worth it. This wool is beautiful and soft and has already made me my favourite winter cardigan and the cosiest, softest jumper I’ve ever owned. I should mention here that I’m not sponsored by this company! Just fixated. And addicted. I can see myself working my way through their whole range of wool in variuos projects in the future – add that to numerous other brands on my wish list and you have one busy (not to mention bankrupt!) knitter. Anyway, back to the wool, and the new colours, and the next project……
I stumbled across a post by Little Woolie (here) and immediately wanted to try tapestry crochet. Her Harlequin blanket looked so colourful and beautiful that I was inspired to have a go myself. It seemed like the perfect pattern to use for the next baby blanket. A friend has a baby on the way, due at the end of January and I’m determined to present the blanket before the birth, not two months after, as I am usually known to do!
Now, this is the thing….I actually intend to make the baby blanket out of a superwash yarn that is suibtable for baby projects. This yarn has not yet been sourced, but I’m on to it…….. the Quince & co yarn already purchased is for my blanket! Or should I say, the beginning of my blanket! There is clearly not enough here to make a whole beadspread (it’s intended use) but I will work with what I have and see how much more I need and buy as I go – that’s my plan. I know I should work out how much I need and buy all the yarn in one go, but I’m forging on regardless. I’m afraid I have a slightly ‘devil may care’ attitude towards dye lots (wrong, I know) but I think in this project it won’t be a problem as the colours will be sequenced.
So here is another glimpse of my chosen colours, I will list the names in the next post and hopefully have a sample or two to show!
And a little note of excitement to end on……
It’s only two weeks until the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate! I can’t wait. I’m going with my best friend – it’s my third visit and I’m so looking forward to it!
Have you been? Or is anyone going?
Well, I have a tapestry sample to try……..and baby wool to source……have a good week and happy yarning!