I love making blankets though I need to have a purpose in making them.
I have been using the CAL blanket for snuggling on the sofa over the winter but it is really too big so I have decided that I need a blanket about 4ft x 6ft and if I start making it over the summer it may not be ready for next winter but making it may help keep me warm! Something random stripey I thought using my granny ripple as that will have nice thermal holes in it.
Well, as you know, for me planning is half the fun with a knitting or crochet project and I have found a new help to planning when I use the popular Stylecraft Special DK acrylic, that I like because it comes in so many colours.
Recently I found a post on the “Attic 24” blog – HERE – where she describes how she has wound pieces of Stylecraft Special DK yarn round wooden pegs to help with choosing colours for projects and deciding which order to use colours for blankets.
I thought this was a great idea but I didn’t have any wooden pegs so I bought a pack of ‘Craft sticks’ and wound yarn round these. [If you like to use Stylecraft Special DK yarn for your projects and like this idea but don’t want to go to the trouble of all that winding you can buy a set like Lucy made here for £5.99. – http://www.countrycrafts.org.uk/specialdk.htm bottom of page on the left.]
I settled down with my craft sticks and thought about what I wanted. I had sixty-three colours to choose from.I decided that I would make something a little more subdued than my ‘spectrum’ set of coloursand decided to leave out these colours definitely.The top three because they were too bright and the bottom two because they were too dark.
I also am not especially fond of pink though I like to wear pink T-shirts as I think they suit me.
So I came up with this as a start. (I think sixteen colours will be about right for the basic blanket though I may need more for the edge.)But I decided it lacked ‘zing’ so I removed these coloursand substituted these instead.giving this –I tried a comparison using the computer.the new colours are on the left.
What do you think? Will this make a pleasing blanket? Or would you make some more changes?