Wednesday 31 March 2021

The Sky Blanket - March


31 more squares added to the blanket.

It's a weird project.  I'm used to being able to just crack on with a project whenever I have time, but once the day's square is done I can't do the next one until I've decided on the colour for the next day. 


And I'm surprised how much its impacted other projects I'm working on.  30 minutes might not seem a lot but I guess it adds up over the course of a month.  Its probably not helped that I tend to miss Friday so have to catch up over the weekend which cuts into 'crafting' time.


I'm using Stylecraft DK in the following colours - light grey = "silver"; dark grey = "grey"; bright blue = "aster"; light blue = "cloud blue" and white = "white".  I bought 3 balls of each in Jan and so far they are fairing well.  I'm kinda hoping to run out of bright blue before I run out of grey.

Saturday 6 March 2021

Snowflake Placemats and Coasters

Well over a year ago now, I started a project to knit a set of placemats and coasters to replace the tatty ones we currently use.

In May 2019 I posted my first completed coaster and confidently suggested that it wouldn't take long to finish the rest off, including a table runner too.

Although they were reasonably easy to create they were also a little tedious, and while I wanted the finished thing I wasn't enjoying making them as much as I could have, so more interesting project kept pushing them down the pile.

However once we kicked off the new kitchen project (Jult 2020) I knew I had to get them finished in time for moving back in. Now I had some motivation it was easier to get on with it.  Plus I suddenly realised that without meaning to we'd chosen the unit colour to match the wool!  Perfect.

With a massive delay waiting for the new bifold doors to be installed I finally finished them with time to spare meaning they were knitted, blocked out and ready to go when we moved back into the kitchen (Feb 2021), a lovely set a placemats and coasters.  I gave up on the idea of a table runner knowing I'd never get it finished!

I used Martin Storey's Snowflack pattern and Rowan Felted Tweed. One ball of main coloured wool was enough for a placemant and a coaster.