The end of the year is rushing up to me and I realised I'd quite forgotten to report on a few of my FO's!
In August, I started a trial version for my summer throw (at LAST I decided on something). I absolutely loved the Sorbet & Lace square Cornel designed for Ideas magazine, and immediately all my other ideas for the summer throw flew out of the window. First I tried it out a Elle Pure Gold, my favouite local acrylic (I had a ton of stash, and I had another idea for my own blanket...but first I had to master the pattern).
The pattern hooks up quickly and makes a nice, large square - great if you want to make a quick blanket :-) I wanted to try out some new colour combinations - bright, contrasting edges to each square, and also wanted to figure out the layout, which had to be seemingly random but not, ordered, but not. That's the Gemini brain speaking. Even when trying to work totally random, I'll still order around colours, as the lights and dark, cools and warms must balance.
Almost at the end, I made such an epic mistake, I still laugh at myself for it :-D
But it was easily corrected and I could lay the blanket out, work away the ends and declared myself satisfied.
|A nicely sized lapghan|
I used a different joining technique as I didn't want the large gaps of the original pattern, so used granny clusters of four stitches where I joined in the clusters as well as in the chains. A friend and I sat over a coffee one day to look at the options, and decided that joining with SC's would look better than slip stitches, as it just give that tiny little bit of extra space to allow the join to lie flat.
I don't try to block or even steam block acrylics, just gave it a quick wash, shake-out and let it hang to dry.
This blanket was then donated to a hooky friend's charity group and will be donated to an elderly or wheelchair-bound recipient next winter.
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Sooo...in the back of my mind...was this, all along:
Colours of Grace, a 10 ply cotton, in the most beautiful colours. I bought more than a bag full and quickly had to try out a first square in this dusky pink:
|It might be one of the most beautiful colours on earth. And I'm not even a pink person.|
It is available online from Beatrix at Btrix Designs or Hilda at Yarn in a Barn. The autumn blanket by Pigtails in Simply Crochet 23 was also hooked up in this yarn.
I've made a decent pile of squares, but had to put it aside to quickly finish a few year-end projects, but come December, after unpacking in my new hometown, this is one of the first projects to pick up!
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PS - a friend at Ons Hekel is using the same principle to make up a Bohemian Blanket, with a square of her own design, but also the colourful, contrasting joins, and it looks stunning so far. She's using Vinnis Nikkim.
Look. At. This:
Look. At. This:
|Gina's Bohemian Blanket.|