It’s been a while since I wrote an update on how the latest blanket adventure is going. Which is no reflection on how it’s going, because it’s going really really well. I am loving this current challenge, it’s turned out to be much easier than I expected (thanks yet again to Lucy’s excellent clear instructions).
Also it’s a lot more portable than the ripple blankets were, once they got past a certain point. Because the blanket is constructed of small squares, it’s relatively easy to do it in a way that lets me work on it while I’m on those long train journeys or staying away from home.
To do that, I’ve deviated slightly from Lucy’s suggestion of how to approach it. The blanket is made of 9 squares each in
19 14 [edited 5.12.15 – not sure how I miscounted this, but much fewer than I thought] different colour variations. Each one has 5 different colours in it before it gets made up into the blanket. So, rather than work on a series of different colour squares to make up a strip as she advises, I’ve decided to make up all 9 squares in one colour-way at a time. Sorry if this sounds a bit complicated, truly it isn’t but it may not make sense if you’ve never done this kind of blanket yourself.
When I’m off travelling, I can pack a small bag with just enough yarn to do say three rounds of 9 squares, rather than a large bag of a whole lot of different colours. I’ve also put the six A4 sheets of instructions into thin plastic slip-covers. I only need to carry one of those around with me (the one that reminds me how to make the squares).
So far I’ve done 4 different sets of squares, which doesn’t seem bad at all.
I’ve also figured out how to weave in the ends as I go, which saves having to sew them in (this may be perfectly obvious to people who do lots of crochet, but I just invented it for myself so I’m feeling pretty proud of myself on that one). As there are a huge number of ends, it avoids a very tedious task.
The other thing I’m pleased about is that, because some of the colours overlap with the ripple blankets I did and I’m using the same yarn, I’ve been able to use up lots of the odds and ends I accumulated in those projects. When I get to the end of this one, I’m thinking about at last designing something myself, using the skills and experience I’ve gained from following Lucy’s instruction, and using the the yarn I will have left over.
So, I’m glad I picked this pattern, and I just hope I still like the colours by the time I finish it! The danger of working such a big project is that you go off it part way along the line….