Hello Lovelies,the sunshine over the bank holiday weekend was SUCH a treat, yesterday the rain came and it didn't make me feel depressed at all. I know the garden will benefit from a good soaking and the rain is the reason our countryside is so beautifully green. I don't mind the odd rainy days, it's a good excuse to stay indoors and I have a project I'm very excited about on my hook at the moment. The square at the end of my previous post has been abandoned ....the colours were all wrong.
This is what I'm working on at the moment........
As I listened to the rain pitter patter on the conservatory roof I enjoyed a sweet treat and some yarn play.......
My big project bag is full of Stylecraft Acrylic from my stash........
which I'm using to make these granny squares. I just love granny squares don't you ....the possibilites are endless.
I'm feeling particularly happy with this project as I've developed a sort of system to make choosing the colours a bit easier.
I do find random is hard to do successfully so I've made myself some rules. I wonder if any of you do this too ?
My bag contains 6 main colour groups, they are
1. Blue / Turquoise shades
2. Lilac / Purple shades
3. Pink / Red shades
4. Green shades
5. Orange shades
6. Yellow shades
Each square has to contain only three of these groups , so if we look at these four squares in the picture below , top left contains purple, orange and green shades.
Top right has yellow, pink and green.
Bottom left has orange, green and pink.
Finally bottom right has yellow, orange and blue........
I just love the way this is making choosing colours so much easier. But the main reason I'm doing this is because I want the squares to be a bit like different coloured patches. It's hard to explain ....I'm aiming for a sort of patterned patchwork effect. So each square will look like a different fabric in a square patchwork.
I love solid coloured square granny blankets ( I made a baby blanket like this HERE ). I love Lucy's Granny Patchwork picnic blanket, but I didn't want to start another solid coloured square blanket at the moment. I'm also very influenced by the two gorgeous granny blankets I linked to last week...they are HERE and HERE if you missed them last time.
I suppose it's a funny time of year to start a blanket . But, like Lucy's, this is going to be an outdoor, picnic blanket. Something relatively quick to make, using inexpensive yarn, that will be easy to wash .
I had such a nice time looking out at the rain while I played with colourful yarn. Tom Tit was sitting on the fence and Mr Blackbird came right onto the patio while I sat quietly hooking .
The garden looked lovely despite the dampness, so I even braved the rain to take a few close up pictures...
Then I was glad to come back indoors and finish my ninth square.......
I'm thinking seven rows of seven squares with a wide border will give me a blanket that's big enough to be useful but not too big to carry around.........
I'm having a lot of fun with it so far and looking forward to using this Summer blanket on family outings this year...so I think I better get on with it :0)