Category Archives: Other blankets

Saying hello to an old friend

As some of you will know most of my crochet is done for destinations other than this house, and it is a fairly rare for me to make a piece with the intention of keeping it. However this blanket was an exception:

I made it a while ago (see here), but I had put it in a place where I hardly ever saw it and it seemed to be time to bring it back out and say hello again.


Doing it well

There is a phrase that goes ‘If you are going to do something, do it well’ and this blanket, which a friend of mine is making, brings it to mind:

She is a beginner (can you believe it?) who took some lessons a few weeks ago and decided to start her crochet journey with this linen stitch blanket (see here for the pattern). Made in Drops Alaska Off white and Grey mix on a 6.5mm hook.

I am so impressed with her progress so far, and excited to think that there may be more great crochet things to come!

Charity blankets no. 14 and 15: Crofter and Drifter

Two long train journeys over the Easter holidays saw the production of this pair of charity blankets:

Both made in Wensleydale Longwool ‘fennel’, on the left with Sirdar Crofter ‘seabird’ and on the right with King Cole Drifter ‘Wyoming’. They both took 200g of yarn, but the Crofter blanket ended up bigger, as it turns out to have more yards per ball.

Charity blanket no. 12: down to earth

When I was younger I wished that I had a sister so I could go ‘shopping’ in her wardrobe. Now I have the chance to go shopping in my mother’s yarn stash, and I am enjoying it just as much as I imagined!

Made in King Cole Panache, 2068 (Biscuit), Sirdar Harrap tweed 0101 (Gallop), Patons Diploma Gold 06200 (Gold) and Rowan Silkstones 827 (Olive grey). There is a lot of variation in the thicknesses of these four different yarns, but they are accommodated easily by the Granny Rectangle pattern without distorting the blanket at all. I think it illustrates how versatile the pattern is.

Charity blanket no. 11: the misty isle

Although I live on the Scottish mainland I have worked for 20 years on the Isle of Skye, also known as the misty isle.

The colours of this blanket remind me of my daily commute – sea greens, misty clouds, spots of sunlight, an occasional blue sky and an unendingly beautiful softness.
Made in Sirdar Crofter 78 (Wallace) and King Cole Panache 2065 (Pewter)

Charity blanket no. 10: the yarn diet

I heard this phrase recently and thought of you all! I suppose if a regular diet is less food in more exercise out, then a yarn diet is less yarn in more projects out. So in that spirit this blanket is made from various yarns from my mother’s stash:

Plus one ball of Rowan felted tweed, shade 151 ‘bilberry’ which I think just lifts it colour-wise.

Keeping Teddy warm

I have had some fun recently making mini-rectangles in Granny stripes. It is a great way of playing with colours on a small scale, and has made some useful inroads into my stash too.


In my mind these were going to be little blankets for dolls or bears, but it has been suggested that I should make cushions from them. They are about 33 x 28cm but could be larger, and have a slightly retro look.


So what do you think?