Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Wednesday yarn-along

For the first time ever I am joining the yarn-along with Ginny of Small Things. I've wanted to do this for a long time but I never seem quite organised enough on Wednesdays. I don't know what it is with Wednesdays, we don't seem to get along. 


I have a new crochet blanket project! It is actually already two weeks old but I have not had a chance to show it to you. Regular readers may remember the ripple blanket I made for Annie a while ago. I did then wonder if I would ever use Stylecraft Special DK yarn again. Well, I am. My hope is that Jack the naughty teenage dog will find it less attractive to chew on than scrumptious sheepy yarn. It requires rather a lot of discipline to remember to fold and tidy my lovely woollen blankets away after an evening of being tucked up and and feeling cosy. Maybe an acrylic blanket will be more durable. I am also using a smaller sized hook than I normally would to make the blanket a little denser.

I chose the Stylecraft Special DK Sunny Pack put together by Lucy of Attic24. It looked so lovely worked up into a log cabin crochet blanket, I just had to order it. In reality, the colours are brighter and much more in your face (if that makes sense). I have to admit that I was a bit put off by the brightness of some of the shades. However, once the blanket started growing, the colours grew on me. I am following Lucy's blanket CAL, the granny stripe version. I rather like the simple pattern and I like not having to think at all what colour to choose next. I am happy to just follow along. It is a perfect project to balance against my demanding duffle coat sewing project I shared here.

I am enjoying my November book, Michael Faber's 'The Apple'. It is a collection of short stories, based on characters introduced in the novel 'Crimson and Petal', which I have not read. It is a gentle read and the stories are short enough to enjoy in one go. 

What are you working on? I am going to browse all of the other link-ups later tonight, I am curious what everyone else is making.

As always, thank you for stopping by, I am glad you had time to spare for this short post of mine. Have a lovely Thursday when it comes. Cx

17 comments:

  1. I totally understand your preference for sheep wool - however, everything you've said about the reasons to use this yarn makes a lot of sense ;-) I like the bright colours of your blanket! And reading about your book I wish I had more time for reading - maybe once both girls are well again and sleep ant night!

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  2. I've never made a blanket from anything but acrylic and I couldn't be happier about it. My blankets get used HARD and I'd hate to see anything expensive get ruined. And I don't even have a dog (anymore). :)

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  3. Welcome to Yarn Along, Christina! :) I love, love all of the beautiful colors you chose for your blanket. So happy! And your tag at the bottom of your post: "Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment....I sometimes reply by email but I am not all that reliable..." This describes me to a "T"! :)

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  4. It really is a beautiful blanket and so bright and cheery. Acrylic is definitely the way to go it is so hard wearing and easy to wash a must for a household of children and pets.

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  5. Welcome to your first Yarn Along, Christina. I prefer making blankets with acrylic yarn as I really like being able to toss them into the washer and dryer to freshen them up. There are many lovely acrylics these days to choose from. I have some Stylecraft Special DK in my stash. I'm not sure what I'm saving it for, but I have thoughts about making a lovely colorful blanket with it. Your blanket it beautiful!

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  6. Just wandering up and down long blankety rows here, no thinking required. Your stripes are looking gorgeous although the sight of all those ends waiting to be sewn in made me gasp a little. Ends made me anxious, hence just the odd stripe for me. Lovely to see you Yarning Along, it's something I've done a couple of times now, although I think I need to find a new yarny thing for next time, there's a limit to how often I can wave a plain grey blanket about going, "Look, look". CJ xx

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  7. Very cheerful indeed! I hope that it is very Jack resistant!! xx

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  8. This is lovely Christina. Love the colours! You cetainly have a lot going on at the moment, no wonder Wednesdays are busy. I'm always in awe of those who crochet. I have tried and tried and just don't get it! Knitting is much more logical, but I'm a very average knitter. However, I'm currently working on a little cross stitch for a change. cheers Wendy

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  9. You blanket looks fabulous, I always wondered about how bright the colours were but if it looks good made up then happy days. You could link up with Thistlebear for her Winter Link party to keep the momentum up on your blanket. It is a once a month check in with a winter project.

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  10. It is a bright and cheery project - good for dealing with that wet weather you've been having. (I have to always fold my blankets too - otherwise the odds are I will find cat vomit on it in the morning. They seem to gravitate towards blankets and clean rugs.)

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  11. The colours are bright and I love them for that and in the short stretch of blanket you've crocheted you can see the colours work together really well. It may not have the feel and smell of your gorgeous blanket you showed the other week but the look of it will cheer everyone up.

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  12. Great colours! And one of my favourite patterns. :)

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  13. I know all about naughty teenage dogs. :-)

    I actually quite like the bright colours of the blanket. Is it hard to do? I am not a crocheter, but have wanted to make a crochet blanket for some time.

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  14. It's fabulous! My mum has just made a granny stripe blanket with some attic 24 colours and it's really lovely, so bright and colourful. I've never made a granny stripe blanket but it's something I'd love to do. x

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  15. Those colours are gorgeous! I'm always impressed by a crochet blanket. Also hi from Glasgow! Glad to find another local blogger! :)

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