Good morning my lovelies, how has life been this past week in your little nook? Here in the Attic my days have been deliberately and deliciously sloooooooowwwwww. It's been my choice, an instinctive need for a little bit of hibernation and quiet alone time. I've felt ever so slightly flat but then it's been a very grey, super-cold, wintry January week and I've noticed how much my mood is so often plugged directly into the weather. It's as if my very soul has been foggy and grey this week.
I miss the summer months so much, the warmth and light, the happy feeling of freedom that comes with long, warm, sunny days. I find Winter hard going, although I do try and keep myself positive in these cold grey days and appreciate that Seasonal Change is a good thing.
Working on these wavy stripes has allowed me to mentally drift around in a whole world of summery colour, and I've been walking the hills endlessly in my mind as I spend my hours with hook and yarn. The colours this week will veery gently begin to lift and change and you will see the deeper shades of purple and green make way for lighter ones. We say goodbye to the earthy browns this week too as we move closer to the distant hills.
It's such a wonderful thing to feel transported to another time and place, to remember just what it feels like to unfold a blanket among the green moss and grasses and lie back to watch the clouds move overhead and feel the sun warming my face. It's contentment and bliss and a quiet joy to watch this blanket grow, to allow my mind to idle along dusty tracks and softly rolling hills as I hook my stitches.
It's always a fun time when I put down my hook and lay my blanket out for inspection each week. It truly delights me the way these stripes are happening as the blanket grows, they move and undulate beneath my eyes and the gentle shift in colour and tone makes my heart beat wild with delight. It's one of my greatest pleasures in life to witness a nugget of an idea come out of my Creative Mind and into the full glare of reality. My Creative Mind is very, very good at visualising colour and pattern, but sometimes the real thing is just so very much better than the imagined thing. It makes me happy beyond words when this happens.
No Blanket Inspection happens in the Attic without Tilly these days, she is a constant in my life when I am home. She is a nosy, into-everything kitty and a bit of a diva so it goes without saying that she has an incessant need to be at the centre of absolutely everything I'm doing. Blanket admiration? Yup, she will be right there, front and centre.
This week over on my Facebook page I asked if anyone would like to share pictures of where they crochet their Moorland blankets and what their view might be as the hook these wavy stripes... oh so many beautiful, cosy, heart warming images! It made me feel very emotional thinking about how much warmth and pleasure our collective stitches are bringing to homes (and beaches/aeroplanes/trains/swimming pools/spas/cars/work places!) around the world.
Inspired by my own cat-bombed photos, I've picked out some really lovely images of your gorgeous four legged friends sharing the Moorland journey this week.............
Awwww, so precious!
One other photo which really made my heart sing this week was this one........
.....these beautiful hooky ladies in Fife, Scotland meet every fortnight to work on their Moorland blankets together, isn't that just the loveliest thing? Hello lovely ladies, I am waving to you from the Attic!!
In fact, I am waving and blowing kisses to each and every one of you as you journey along with me, wherever you are in the world, I so appreciate your company.......mwah xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
And now, lets get down to the stripes for this week - your last stripe from Part 3 should be Sage - that was stripe number 60.
And here is the colour information for Part 4 : stripes 61-80, 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!
*Mocha* (optional for large size)
*Meadow* (optional for large size)
*Violet* (optional for large size)
Here are the links you might need ...
Have a really super time meandering over the heather clad hills this week, Part 5 (stripes 81- 100) will be here on Friday 3rd February.