So here we are after four weeks of gentle strolling over the moorland landscape, and I wonder how you are enjoying the journey so far? Are you relaxing into the soothing rhythm of the stitches and loving the soft waves of colour? Have you been immersing yourself in memories of earth, stone, grass, moss and heather, and wondering what it might feel like when you finally get to the horizon?
I have to admit that even when I was waaaaay back down at the beginning, frolicking amongst all that limey green and earthy brown, I was already dreaming of the blue skies above. I just love working with shades of blue, they are my soul colours and I crave them constantly, so really it's not surprising that I felt like I'd hit the jackpot when I reached stripe eighty nine and out came the Duck Egg yarn. We're journeying across the sky, what a thrill!
I've used three shades of blue to describe the summer sky - Storm Blue, Cloud Blue and Duck Egg. They are beautiful colours individually, but combined together they bring a light softness to the Moorland blanket which I adore.
Crocheting with shades of blue is such a lovely visual reminder of warmer weather, of gentle summer days, of gratitude for just being out and about, up high and enjoying life. I am such a fresh air and sky addict!
Once you have finished Part 5 of the Moorland Blanket, you will be gently floating up into the heavens where the skylark sings...........
.............oh, I just love love love the slow transition of colours, it really is like going on a journey don't you think?
By the way, I'm sorry if the above photo looks a weeny bit yellow on your screen, the colours are a little cooler in real life. We've had such strange low light here lately, it does make photography a bit of a challenge.
You can see that the addition of the blues makes a tremendous difference to the overall feel of the Moorland blanket, and I just wanted to just say THANK YOU for trusting my colour choices when you were down among all that green a month ago. Part of the fun of joining in with this type of CAL is the slight element of discovery and surprise, I really hope you've been enjoying that part of it anyhow?!
Ah, that's better - these colours are much more true to life I think.
Leaving the moors behind for a bit now, I want to share a few pictures to show how my Moorland colour choices have inspired other creative ideas. I LOVE that we can connect and inspire, share and celebrate our ideas and creations all across the globe....it really is all kinds of wonderful....
Sonja's ripple blanket shows how beautiful the moorland colours look when the sky mingles with the land...
Jennifer's Sophie's Garden is stunning...
Krysty abandoned her stripes and has started on a Dream Weaver blanket which already looks amazing..
Jo has blended the colours to perfection in her shawl...
Shenandoah (@shenandoahfunkalicious on Instagram) is making the Mandala Madness project and calling it Moorland Madness which made me laugh out loud this morning!...
Michelle (@michellesearby on Instagram) has made the Ripple cardigan featured in Simply Crochet issue 50...
And just look what Elizabeth has made, isn't it fab?? You can read more about it on her blog here.
So now, lets take a look at the stripes for this week - your last stripe from Part 4 should be Grape - that was stripe number 80.
And here is the colour information for Part 5 : stripes 81-100, 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!
*Grape* (optional for large size)
89. Duck Egg
90. Storm Blue
*Wisteria* (optional for large size)
93. Duck Egg
95. Storm Blue
96. Cloud Blue
97. Duck Egg
98. Storm Blue
99. Cloud Blue
100. Duck Egg
Here are the links you might need ...
Next week we'll say goodbye to the hills completely as we work our way up , up, up into the wide blue yonder and complete the last 15 stripes of the blanket......have fun this week!