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Charity blanket no. 20: the colour pack

This pink and grey colour scheme came originally from the ‘Homemakery‘ and is known as ‘pebble beach’.

Made in Rico baby classic dk ecru, powder, smokey rose, silver grey and steel grey.

I did swap one of the neutral colours in the pack from ‘smokey blue’ to ‘ecru’, which altered the colour balance somewhat, but the steel grey is still a little bit dark for my taste and overall I am not convinced that these colours are working together. So perhaps I am not really a colour pack person and should stick to my own combinations, which give me pleasure both in the choosing and the making.

Charity blanket no. 19: Orla again?

Another stash busting blanket – this time from a lovely friend who is a fellow colour-enthusiast. The bag of yarn that she gave me produced this lovely palette:

There is a definite nursery feel to it, and I spent ages wondering what the colours reminded me of. Iced gems? Party rings? Mini eggs?

But I think it might be good old Orla Kielly again:

What do you think?

Charity blanket no. 18: easy peasy lemon

Is there a category of failing New Year’s resolutions because you have done too much of them? I wondered at the beginning of 2017 if I could make 17 baby-sized blankets for charity.
Well it turns out that I could and have, and indeed it seems that I have the motivation to carry on and make some more:

This one is in Peter Pan merino baby ‘lemon’ and King Cole Drifter for baby ‘meadow’. Photographed against our lovely Viburnum bush – it is one of the highlights of May for me.

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.