I've been itching to start a crochet blanket for some time. I have quite a lot a Aran wool which came to me from a generous donor. It is 100% wool and perfect for making into a child's blanket for countries where night time temperatures are low and where washing, if it happens, will be by hand rather than machine.
The wool I am going to use for the blanket is cream, grey and black. The photos shows a sample of each colour. Cream will probably get grubby quite quickly, but I have to use if for something and I decided that keeping a child warm was more important than worrying about a bit of dirt. This colour combination is not an obvious choice. But I found a link to the wonderful Random Stripe Generator. I played around with it for a while until it produced a stripe pattern that I really like. This useful tool produces a chart showing the number of rows for each colour and I can cross them off on the chart as I make progress.
I cast on yesterday. I have shelved the idea of a large granny square in favour of a more closely-woven blanket. I am simply just crocheting rows of half trebles(UK). This will be a mindless project, but that is the intention. I am just going to pick it up occasionally and crochet a row or two. There is no rush to finish it and that is good because I really enjoyed the couple of rows I crocheted yesterday.
The red and brown yarn in the photo are bargains I found at a boot fair this morning. I was very restrained. The lady had a large sack of wool and knitting patterns for sale at 50p per item.. My Hubby, who has surprised me by taking an interest in wool, asked how much she wanted for the whole lot. The price was £5. This was even more of a bargain, but I could see that I would never use some of the wool and I didn't really want the patterns. So I just bought what I know I will use. The brown yarn will make one or two hats and there is plenty of the red yarn for a child's jumper; total cost £1.
This has been a good day so far....peaceful and productive. Long may it last...