Ahhhhh, it's Friday morning, and doesn't it feel good?! I really, really look forward to our Friday catch up here in the Attic, it gives me a tremendous feeling of joy to think of so many of you from all over the world popping in to chat and crochet. I love to think of us all connected by our yarn and stitches as we gently journey through our blanket stripes, it gives such a deep and pleasurable feeling of belonging don't you think?
I dug back into my photo archives and found a whole slew of Moorland images from the summer of 2012 when we caught the heather right at it's peak...oh the colours! I'll share a few more throughout today's post, just so you can enjoy feasting your eyes on the inspiration behind the stripes you're hooking and (hopefully) loving.
I wonder how you are enjoying your blanket journey two weeks in? Did you rejoice just a little when you landed on the first purple plum stripe? The subtle colour shifts within this blanket are just sublime, and I can't wait to show you how this week's section looks. It's goodbye Lime green, and ooooo helloooooooo sweet Violet!!!
Before we do that though, I want to show you some more images that were shared to my Facebook page this week. I've been so inspired seeing my Neat Wave pattern worked in some truly delicious colour combinations......
Catherine is using my Moorland colours but working them in a random stripe order. I'm hoping to be able to see more of this blanket as it grows as I've been wondering myself how this would work out - it's looking lovely so far.
Penny has chosen to work the same colours in an ordered repeating stripe which shows you just how beautiful the Moorland palette looks as a whole.
Monique is using my Coast yarn pack to create a delicious sea-inspired blanket - the Neat Wave pattern suits these colours extremely well doesn't it?
Sue is using my Cupcake yarn pack to make a very pretty wave blanket.
Sally has based her colours on her local hills in New Zealand. She says "it's not too different from your moorland colours yet, just a wee bit of brighter green and rocky outcrop sneaking in, but soon it will be all golden and rusty orange" - sounds lovely!
Sandra has picked out a striking palette of "hedgerow colours".
Veronika's wavy stripes are singing a beautiful and sweet song...
Ellie has chosen to mix shades of purple and mauve with some lovely subtle, natural colours..
Petra is taking herself on a stroll along the beach (I love this!)
Diana is working with some stunning colour combinations inspired by the sunset..
Hazel is making waves inspird by the subtle shades of sea glass..
Murphy is making this super sweet cot blanket for one of her twin grand daughters..
Adele has chosen to mix some soft, solid colours with some very pretty variegated yarn with stunning results.
Thanks so much to everyone who has taken the time to share pictures of their blankets on my Facebook page, it's been wonderful to see all the happy creativity emerging and taking shape this week.
For part 3 of the Moorland CAL, we'll be working on stripes 41-60 (there are 115 stripes in total). Once this section is completed, we'll be just over half way, doesn't it look fab?! You should start to feel less overwhelmed by all those greens down at the bottom now as the heather really starts to come into bloom.
At this half way point you will also be able to feel the lovely drape and texture that the Neat Wave pattern creates - I am thrilled with how closely this really does mirror the gentle waves of colour and texture seen in the Moorland landscape......
.....as the hills roll away softly into the distance. I've been thinking a lot this week about the pleasure of walking in the countryside, specifically hill walking and the joy of long distance views. I do feel very, very blessed to have this on my doorstep, and I try hard to never take this for granted.
I hope that as you sit quietly and crochet your waves of colour, that somehow the essence of the lovely Moorland landscape will ebb into your stitches and inspire some lovely feelings. I hope that doesn't sound too fanciful or stupid, but I do really believe that in crocheting a blanket we are doing so much more than just producing a piece of yarny textile. We are creating memories of time and place, preserving all sorts of emotions and thoughts in each and every stitch. Precious indeed.
So lets get down to the stripes for this week - your last stripe from Part 2 should be Walnut - that was stripe number 40.
And here is the colour information for Part 3 : stripes 41-60, working from the bottom upwards.
Remember each stripe is worked in two rows, so 20 stripes = 40 rows of crochet.
*Please note - stripes written in *red text* are additional stripes to be worked only if you have 2 yarn packs and are making a double bed size blanket. If you have one yarn pack, please ignore the red!
*Walnut* (optional for large size)
*Sage* (optional for large size)
Here are the links you might need ...
Have a fantastic week with yarn and hook, Part 4 (stripes 61-80) will be here on Friday 27th January.