Here is the start of my next big crochet blanket. I have been looking forward to starting this for the last few weeks. But the weather was too hot for blanket making until now. That all changed when our monsoon arrived. Every cloud has a silver lining and I have made better progress than I expected though I am quite happy for this blanket project to last the rest of the year. It is simply row after row of half trebles (UK) and will eventually measure 60" x 40".
I am using 4 different yarns. The only things they have in common are that they are Aran weight and real wool. They vary hugely in texture. From right to left in the photo:
- The Lopi Light is similar to candyfloss or cobwebs.
- The Chelsea Silk yarn is rougher than the word "silk" suggests.
- The Emu Aran is quite thick.
- The Patons Capstan is quite thin.
But, as a team, these yarns work very well and make a good, strong crocheted fabric. The first 3 yarns were kindly donated to me by Joanne of the Cup On The Bus blog. The dark teal yarn was a charity shop find.....450g for £4.50. It was the missing piece in the jigsaw. This blanket is for an Operation Orphan child and I needed a colour to contrast with the cream and beige.
Once again, I used the Random Stripe Generator to plan the stripes for me. This is a great free online tool. You simply select your colours, specify the number of rows and then keep refreshing your computer screen until you are happy with the suggested design. The tool also gives names to the colours. So, instead of cream and beige, my blanket will consist of the more interesting burleywood, peru and linen.