Hello Cosy CAL-ers, have you all had a good week? I'm currently doing battle with some resident germs so I've not been feeling the best, but at least it's given me the excuse to stay indoors this weekend and give myself some TLC. I have loved working on my cosy blanket this week, crocheting the last stripe yesterday and darning in the last of the ends this morning.
I've used my blanket for some serious snuggling this week (I've been on the sofa a fair bit in the evenings, tired out after some busy days and the business of killing germs). It has a satisfying weight to it now that it's become a fully fledged blanket, and the texture/feel of it is extremely pleasing I have to say. It really does live up to it's name and is already providing me with some much needed cosy comfort as we plummet into Winter here (it's been freeeeeezing this week!).
So here is my blanket with ninety stripes, and quite simply I love it. I love the warmth of the colours, I love the simplicity of the pattern and I love the unexpected tactile nature of the crochet. It feels incredibly soft, warm and blankety!
I do apologise for the rather poor photo quality here (the light isn't great in my bedroom in the mornings as it's west facing), but I wanted to show you the scale of my blanket on a standard double bed. It measures 120 cm x 165 cm so just a little bit shorter than the ripple blankets I've made this year (they were 180cm long). I did ponder adding in some more rows (I've got roughly 25 g of each colour left) but have decided instead to leave it as it is. I've not made this blanket as a bed throw, it'll be used by me and the Little People downstairs, so the length of it just has to be right for that purpose. I'm only 5 foot 3 inches, so the length is fine for a shortie like me.
I am so tickled with this colour palette, it has been an absolute pleasure to play with these fifteen colours. They have worked well on so many levels, being warm and bright with just the right amount of rainbowyness. I really like that there is also something slightly earthy about the mix of colours too. Of course, this could just me linking them visually to the leaves, berries, flowers and seeds that inspired my colour choices, but anyhow, I don't really need to analyse the colours. It's enough to say that I just love the way they all look together and that they make me happy.
So here is part 6 of the Cosy blanket, rows 76-90.....
...working from the bottom upwards, as follows ::
85. Pale Rose
* I've just realised looking at this picture that I do need to add two more rows so that the pattern ends on a plain treble stripe to match rows 1&2. I'll add two more rows of Petrol before starting on the border.
Now then, it's time to scratch my head a bit and make some decisions about the border. The finishing off bit is always quite a hard part of blanket making, it can be quite tricky to get it right. There needs to be the right mix of colours, the right number of rows and just the right amount of simplicity/flounce to make it look absolutely finished. I've not yet decided exactly how to tackle the edge of the Cosy blanket, but I have decided that I'll be using four rows/colours....
....I've been having a little play and am favouring Copper as the first round/colour. Its the perfect mid-tone that should sit beautifully around the slightly wobbly edge, smoothing away those bumps without shouting about it's own colour credentials. I'll save the brighter tones for the outer edge, although really I'm not at all sure what to do yet and am hoping that inspiration will strike at some point this week!
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I'll be back with Part 7 next week on Sunday 14th December, which will be all about the edge/border. Fingers crossed the weather cheers up so that I can photograph the border tutorial as I work on it this week....come on sunshine, show your pretty face!