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.
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.
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)
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.
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?
You might remember that we have two dolls, saved from when our children were small, called Jack and Kerry Anne. Since I took up crochet they have provided me with some wonderful opportunities to try things on a small scale and find out if I like them.
So here, in the spirit of trying new things, is a blanket for Kerry Anne.
Made using a V-stitch, in Drops cotton merino on a 4mm hook. The colours are: pistachio, light grey, white, powder pink, lilac, and coral (left over from my https://iamsimplyhooked.wordpress.com/2016/02/28/candy-crush-blanket/).
Do you remember a little while ago that I was tearing my hair out over these squares?
I just couldn’t get the colours to work for me, and decided for once to stop trying and instead give the squares to a good cause. Well I had a lovely surprise the other day when I read this post to find that Jan (aka the Snail of happiness) had made a beautiful lap blanket from them. The black border gives the whole blanket a stained glass window effect, which I think works rather well.
I am so, so glad that she was able to make something useful from them, and I have the extra pleasure of knowing that it is supporting something really worthwhile . Thank you Jan!