Those of you who know me will know that my preference is for small, achievable projects. A fortnight is about my maximum length of time on any one project, and any longer sees me straying well outside my comfort zone. I don’t know what the hurdle is – uncertainty that the project will get finished? Worry that I will waste a lot of yarn? Whatever the reason size has always been a problem for me. So this months challenge is something big – an adult size throw or blanket, made in an adult colour palette:
It is based on a granny rectangle, so is a fairly safe project, but it has felt like a long haul getting this far. The yarn is all Jamieson and Smith Shetland 2 ply jumper yarn, and came from the stash of my lovely friend Maureen. When it is finished I plan to donate it to the Day centre that she volunteered in, and hope that they will be able to sell it to raise funds. It is not the jumper that she planned on making with the yarn, but I feel she would have approved.
Some of the colours are discontinued but the ones I can still identify are: Charcoal 81, Green 65, Maroon 43, Pink (FC22 mix?) and Blue (FC 37mix?). I made it on a 4mm hook.
Teddy is back, and this time with a Granny rectangle blanket made in Sirdar no. 1 yarn:
I found it a little thicker than my normal baby yarn, and it definitely has less twist in than I would like, but the colours are pretty and the finished blanket is wonderfully soft.
Made in Sirdar no. 1 spearmint (205) and wishbone (202), and Rico baby classic dk ice blue (023) and turquoise (025) on a 4.5mm hook.
We had some very welcome visitors just before the October break and I had the pleasure of introducing the Granny rectangle pattern to one of them .
One tutorial later and a couple of weeks of her own work and this is what she has come up with:
Made in Stylecraft special dk Plum (1061) Petrol (1708) and Grape (1067) on a 4mm hook.
I think that is quite an achievement.
I may have lost count of the number of charity blankets I have made this year, but I think this is number 27:
The pale green is from a friend’s stash and the other colours are Rico baby classic dk: cream (02), greige (17) and green (28). It is a granny rectangle pattern with 28 rounds, made on a 4.5mm hook.
I had been saving this one until we had a fine day to take a photo, but I decided to just go for it!
Made in Rico baby classic powder, light grey and dusky pink with Drops cotton merino white, which gives the blanket just that bit more weight, and warmth.
It is a granny rectangle (of course!) starting with five clusters of three stitches, and I used a 4.5mm hook.
This is charity blanket number 27, plus a couple of earlier editions, that are ready to be wrapped up and sent off to Birth Companions.
I have enough yarn left for quite a few of these but I would like to try some new things too….
Two long train journeys at the start of the school holidays saw the production of these:
Still working through my friend’s stash!