As I reached the end of my previous post you may remember the postie had just arrived with my parcels of Stylecraft Special DK yarn and I was all excited. That excitement increased considerably as I tipped out those beautiful bundles of colour; well wouldn't you get a bit stirred up at such a sight?
I gazed at the mountain of colour; I squeezed and cuddled it, and patted and stroked it; and then I began to mix and match and arrange and re-arrange, all the time happily clicking the camera lens - these pics are only a few of the many I actually took!
Anyway, I had decided that when this yarn turned up, a largish portion of it would become my next hookie blanket - and so it is fast becoming a rainbow of colour and I'm loving it. What brightness - it's almost dazzling - and it's not only me who has a fondness for this new project - take a look at this:
Our little Pika doesn't always co-operate when we need her to pose for pics so I apologise that these are not very sharp and clear (and besides, the lighting was bad that day), but this is the only record I have of the work in progress at that stage!
With this blanket I really took time to work out my colours beforehand - even made swatches and recorded them in the sequence that I chose to use them, for a rainbow was high on my priority list. The lovely thing about organising this part carefully is that I could later decide on the colour-row-count as I progress, depending on how everything is shaping up - I like having that option! I also enjoy having the choice of whether to continue repeats as set in the first few rows or instead, reversing the colourways - again, when I see how the project is developing.
As you can see here, the blanket has grown a bit since Pika laid her cute little body on it, and I did decide to reverse colourways just after I had incorporated each of the chosen colours - see the purples, that's when I turned! You will also notice that I have not kept to the original colour-row-count. What a boring world it would be if we didn't have choices eh!
This is my second ripple blanket; I chose only five quite muted colours for the first and crocheted it in pure wool, whereas this one is acrylic, weighs in much lighter, and encompasses sixteen colours. I love them both. The pattern and inspiration once again comes from Lucy at Attic 24
Before this lovely yarn arrived I did begin another project - I can't not have something on the hook - so I'll give you a little peek at it. This pattern came from Simply Crochet magazine, issue 3, and they reference it back to Susan Ritchie at Mrs Moon www.mrsmoon.co.uk
I very much like this little blanket and am enjoying the change of colours: it will be a lap/knee size whereas the rainbow ripple is going to be rather a lot larger!
Also I really fell for a picture of some little baby shoes in the same issue of Simply Crochet and decided over the weekend to give them a try. It seems like the cotton yarn used in this pattern is slightly thicker than the one I am presently using from my stash, for the one shoe that I have completed is rather on the small size even for a baby, but will fit a dolls foot - somewhere down the line! Something else to think about? I may leave completion of this project until I see a doll crying out for a pair of shoes!
It is ever so sweet don't you think? It even has a double sole!
I'm going back in time a little now - just a few months or so - to show you a couple of cuties I made from 'The Gnome Craft Book' by Thomas and Petra Berger (pub: Floris Books).
The first pic is of the Reading Gnome, and the second is the Grass Elf.
Then I put asidet felt and pipe cleaners and such like and took up the crochet hook. Like I keep saying, how dull if we couldn't make choices and 'ring the changes'.
A huge thanks to each of you who leave me such pleasing messages - I love reading them and appreciate the effort and time you take to do so - just as I love visiting your blogs and interacting with you all. I am so glad that I took the plunge and jumped into the blogging world for I've 'met' so many lovely people in the few weeks since I began!
Very best wishes to all of you!