Helllloooooo and good morning to all my lovely fellow Woodland Wanderers!!! How've you all been doing? I've been busy doing admin and accounts this week which has been necessary but really rather taxing (literally!) and time consuming. I've been so glad of the gentle light relief that these ripples bring to the end of my busy days, and I can't tell you how much I look forward to my quiet hooky time. Sometimes I sit by the fire and crochet in the evenings and sometimes I find myself craving the comfort of my bed - either way, I generally manage one or two stripes a day, with extra rows happening at my twice weekly knit and natters, and at weekends if there's time.
I know we are all busy people and it's not always easy to find guilt-free "me time" to indulge in a hobby day to day. It's really, really important to me that you love your Woodland journey, so please don't feel pressured by what other folk are achieving. It's important to go at your own pace, even if some weeks you only manage a little pootle in those woodland leaves. Yes, this is a CAL, but there are no rules written anywhere that say you have to keep to my schedule.
Remember that there'll be a "catch up" week on Friday 16th Feb which will give us a little breather between finishing the stripes and starting the edging. You can use that week to crochet more stripes, or to darn in your ends or simply to wrap yourself up in your colourful stripes and enjoy the wonderful crochet that you've made.
I've had a few questions about what length the blanket should measure after parts 1 and 2 have been completed, so thought I'd give you that info in case you want to check your tension/size. The stripes are worked in 6 parts, so as a rough guide, each part should measure around 30cm / 1 ft as we're aiming for an 180cm / 6ft long blanket. It won't matter too much if you're a few cm over or under, but hopefully that gives you an idea.
Each week I spend a lot of hours on social media, answering questions, reading your posts and following along with general CAL progress and it's SO much fun to watch your blankets grow! I feel really proud somehow, and often quite emotional too, it's the most fantastic shared journey and I love being a part of it very much. This week I'm going to share some more photos with you, showing you some versions of the Woodland Ripple that are using different colour palettes.......
Amelia has designed her very own Autumn colour palette, adding in some darker and lighter shades of brown to the rich greens, golds and orangey-copper tones.
Vicky is working a repeating colour pattern using very pretty summery shades of greens, blues and purples.
Jan is taking a wander by the sea, gathering pebbles and driftwood as she goes....
.....and Angie is using her trademark brights to make a really cheery and happy looking blanket.
Hazel has been inspired by the new doggie accessories she bought as she prepares to welcome a new puppy into her home - how exciting!
Jane has chosen a truly scrumptious palette of colours that she's named "Woodland Surprise".....
.....and Charlotte's "Fairy Woodland" ripple blanket has a gorgeous vintage look to it which works beautifully.
Liz is using the Hydrangea colour pack to make her ripple, which looks fabulous.
Stephanie is using Stylecraft Batik yarn for her woodland ripple, and I really love the way the lightly dappled yarn colours look as they ripple up and down together. It reminds me of dappled woodland sunlight!
Louise has created this stunning colour palette which makes me think of Autumn and Spring all at once! I'm amazed how well those soft pastels work in with the brighter Autumnal shades, it's incredibly harmonious to look at, don't you think?
I really love to see the sparks of creativity fly as people take my pattern and ideas and make it their own - inspiration is a wonderful, wonderful thing indeed.
Here in Atticland, I've had a bit of a plodding sort of a week which has felt incredibly long for some reason - some weeks are just like that aren't they? You arrive at Tuesday and are convinced it must surely be Thursday already. I do happen to like Tuesday afternoons though, as it's a day when I get to sit in the cafe for a couple of hours with my yarny friends and hook myself into a happy state of contentment. There are a few ladies in the group making blankets along with me at the moment so I'm in good company - I get to look around the table and spot a cosy stripe well under way, a moorland blanket just beginning, a hydrangea stripe looking fabulous worked in lovely bright colours, and of course my own Woodland Ripples meandering along rather nicely.
By the time you've completed Part 3 of the Woodland blanket, you will have reached half way and your blanket should be looking and feeling delightfully blankety. I know I've really appreciated having those ripples tucked over my lap this week as it's been frrrreeeeeeezing cold with snow and sleet and endless hours of blustery rain. That's one of the things I really love about making striped blankets - you get to use them even before they are complete!
So this is how your blanket will be looking after part 3 has been added - fifty four stripes of ripply gorgeousness! The richness of these Autumnal colours have been making me really happy this week, they are warm and cosy and really do remind me of the many woodland walks I took towards the end of last year.
Once you reach the half way point at the end of part 3, you will be saying goodbye to three of the deeper woodland colours. Cheerio Cypress, Copper and Grey, it's been fun kicking through your leaves, but soon we will be starting to look ahead to the sunlit tree tops and some of the lighter shades of the Autumn woodland.
You will have crocheted 7 stripes each of Cypress, Copper and Grey once you've completed part 3 this week and it's a good time to check how your yarn quantities are holding out. I'm using approx. 11 g of yarn per stripe, which makes 77g of yarn used in total. If you weigh the yarn you have left after working up 7 stripes, then you should have around 23g left (although it does vary quite a bit between colours).
WOODLAND BLANKET CAL PART 3
So your last stripe from Part 2 should be Lime - that was stripe number 36.
Here is the colour info for Part 3 of the "Woodland Colour Story" : stripes 37-54, working from the bottom upwards.
Remember each stripe is worked in two rows, so 18 stripes = 36 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!
*Meadow* (optional for large size)
*Gold* (optional for large size)
A little note about the above photo - I accidentally made an extra stripe before remembering to stop and take the photo!! Haha, just keeping it real my friends!! So please do ignore that little sneaky tomato stripe up there at the top, unless of course you wish to get a teensy head start on Part 4 :)
I know quite a few of you have opted to follow my "Random Colour Order" for your own blanket, and the above photo shows parts 1 and 2 crocheted by Kay. I thought it would be useful to show how the 15 Woodland colours dance along when they are all mixed together - I think the cool blues look amazing mixed in with the warmth of the rest.
If you are following the Random Colour Stripe, the info for part 3 is below........
Part 3 of the "Random Colours" Woodland Blanket (follow the pegs from the bottom to the top)
43. Duck Egg
51. Storm Blue
I wanted to add a note to those of you who have two yarn packs and are making larger blankets - I'll be giving you an additional 15 random stripes at the end of part 6 rather than adding them in as we go along. That way, you can choose if you want to add an extra 30 cm / 1 ft to the length of your blanket or keep it a little shorter.
Part 4 (stripes 55-72) will be here on Friday 26th January - here are the links you might need this week....
WOODLAND BLANKET YARN PACK (currently out of stock until the end of January, due to a shortage of Tomato yarn at the Stylecraft mill)
Wishing you a rippletastic week with your hook and Woodland yarn!