I will go through the rest of my Pembrokeshire photos as promised, but I have run out of time for today.
The reason I have run out of time is that I started another new crochet project today… This is WiP number 4, which I think is pushing it a bit, so I reckon I will have to rest my Cuddly Hexagons for now, as that one is a project for myself. Glastonbury Blanket is coming along nicely though, so hopefully it will not be a WiP for much longer…
On to the NEW project: While I was staying with my mum during last week, I asked if she would like a blanket, and she said ‘yes’ so immediately and seemed so excited about it that I knew this one would be a special one!
We spent an evening with me showing her pictures I came across on Pinterest, and there were a few options that she liked. Then on Wednesday she asked if I would come to her knitting group with her. She had taken some of my crochet gifts to her into the group before, and she wanted me to come along to meet the ladies and show them my crochet. Very daunting, but they were all so lovely and friendly that you couldn’t feel uncomfortable for long!
While there, one of the ladies was showing off a magazine she had newly discovered; it was issue 2 of Prima Makes magazine.
Did you spot the crochet project down in the corner? Here it is in more detail inside the magazine, it comes with a pattern of course if you want to seek it out:
I really liked the look of this throw, and something clicked in my mind about how my mum’s blanket would look. Back at her house, I put aside the Glastonbury squares for a while, and played around with my mum's yarn stash trying to make my own 3 dimensional flower square.
By midnight I had come up with this, which still required some work but was well on the way I thought!
I couldn’t wait to get the yarn. I was looking forward to the day when I could get into Boyes and go through the Stylecraft Life. I would have liked to use an Aran so the crochet came out bigger, but the colours I wanted were only available in the DK range. I don’t think this will be a problem though :)
Well, after days of anticipation today I finally got into Boyes and knew immediately which colours I wanted:
|L-R: Cream, Fern, Cascade, Fuchsia, Clover (and Cream again).|
I wanted to challenge myself a bit to use a smaller colour-palette to improve my colour skills (after simply choosing every vaguely suitable colour I could for the Mumbles and Glastonbury blankets!), and this blanket seemed a great opportunity to work with a colour scheme of a more limited palette - just 5 colours in total.
Colours bought, I was itching to get started! When we got back to my in-laws house, where we are living for the next few months, I got started immediately. I made the slight changes I’d identified for my flower square, and found that I was really happy with how it turned out! I also found that it was too complicated to contemplate using for every single square!! If I had more time to complete this blanket it might not be a problem, but of course I have 3 blankets to finish before we emigrate... EEEK!!!! I therefore looked for another complimentary design I could use along with my own square. I found this pattern at TillieTulip, and thought it was perfect!
So here are the 2 different flower styles – I love how they look in the lovely Life yarn! Still in love with Life ;)
Not sure what was going on with the light at this point though, the colours came out very oddly! Fuchsia is the centre colour, with the outer colour being Clover.
Then see how great they look as you add the green (Fern) border. My photographing space was now full of jars my parents-in-law had brought back for an upcoming culinary project, but at least the light was much better by this point!
I think the squares are coming along beautifully, I’m so happy with them! And I’m so excited to see how they will look crocheted up, and then with the next part of the colour pattern brought into play. I can't wait to show you how it progresses!!
I know I have lots of crochet on-the-go at the moment, but I think I have a new favourite!