Good morning Woodlanders! I wonder how you are all doing and how your week has been? I really hope you've been enjoying your growing blanket and swooning just a little bit over the colours and the way those curvy ripples make them dance and play together.
As I sit quietly working my own ripples I keep having flashbacks to the many Woodland walks I took with J and the Little People in the Autumn. It's just so lovely to be able to crochet with these colours and have a heap load of gorgeous visual memories flooding into my stitches.
That's one of the many things I love about making blankets - they become full of memories, treasured guardians of time and place. The rhythm of life is echoed in all those colours, all those rows and stitches, all that soft, warm, cosy yarn. Precious indeed, and I hope your own Woodland blankets are catching all sorts of happy memories as you make your way through the ripples.
I'm sorry I've not been about so much on social media this past week, I've not been feeling so good and have been struggling with my days a bit. Nothing major, just the on-going problem I have with my low iron levels and anemia, gosh it really is a drag I have to say. I've been back to the doctor, more blood tests, more hefty iron supplements to take, so hoping that gradually over the next three months I should start to feel my energy return.
I'm going to share with you a few Woodland-inspired creations that have caught my eye lately....
Lynne has impressed me with her knitted version of the Woodland Ripple, isn't it fabulous? This is the traditional Old Shale stitch, and it honestly blows my mind a little to think of anyone taking on a knitted blanket project!
Hils has designed her very own square which she is calling the "'Harmonious Summer Garden' as they're a mix of both!". I love how she has combined two of my patterns with beautiful results, and the colours look so bright and cheerful in these squares.
Lou's gorgeous Woodland Harmony blanket immediately caught my eye - this is the lighter end of the blanket at it's half way point and I can't wait to see those rich reds and coppery orange tones come into play.
Doron shared her "hexagonal colour map" with us on Facebook, and I just gasped with pleasure when I saw it. She created a hexagonal design on her computer to illustrate how a colourwash would work using the Woodland colour palette, and I absolutely love the look of it. Very inspirational.
Nina has made fabulous progress on her Woodland Rainbow blanket which is looking very beautiful indeed. There's something insanely pleasing about the Woodland colours arranged in their "rainbow" order don't you think? Take a look at this......
The lovely Judy continues to wow us with regular updates on the giant Woodland mandala throw she's making. She says "it’s loosely based on the RedHeart Circular Fall Mandala Throw", although she is very cleverly adapting the pattern and improvising by adding her own stitches too.
I'm really loving seeing everyone's blankets in progress, it makes me incredibly happy, and I just want to say (again) that I hope you are enjoying your journey at whatever pace you are able to go at. Whether you are just starting out or at the half way point, whether you've had it plain sailing or have ripped out and re-started, I really wish for happiness in your ripples and a true feeling of pleasure as you create something wonderful.
So here we are looking ahead to part four, and we are just tipping over the half way point. Last week we said good bye to the deeper colours of the Woodland (Copper, Cypress and Grey) and this week we get to welcome in four new colours, which is soooooooooooooooooooo exciting! I've been gazing longingly at these colours sitting prettily in my yarn bag (they are Pistachio, Lincoln, Storm Blue and Silver) and really looking forward to them appearing in the Woodland blanket, like way more than is probably normal. Oh, that soft Lincoln green is just such a delicious colour!!
It really felt like a bit of a celebration when I started to see the lightness of the Woodland appearing - it was like taking a long hike through the woods where you spend all your time following the pathways and watching your step, then suddenly you reach a point where you stop and gaze up instead of down, and all that light and air is right there to breathe in.
That feeling of lightness in the treetops is just so welcome after kicking through the leaves at ground level for the past three weeks!
During the next few weeks you will begin to see the gradual shift of the colours and the subtle movement from dark to light. I can't wait to show you.
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT YARN QUANTITIES
I've picked up on Facebook that some of you are concerned about how your yarn quantities are holding up and whether you will have enough yarn to create the border. The easiest way to check is to weigh your yarn using digital kitchen scales.
There will be 7 stripes of each colour in the Woodland blanket.
Each one of my stripes is using approximately 11 g of yarn.
That means that at the end of the blanket, I'll have roughly 23g left of each colour, which is enough for the border.
If you find that your stripes are using more than 11g of yarn, you may not have enough left of any one colour to complete a border round. I would urge you this week to try and weigh your yarn and make a decision on how it's working out for you. Take the colours that have already been finished with (shown above :: Grey, Cypress and Tomato) and weigh them. If you are concerned, you can take action in Part 4 so all is not lost!
If you have a look below, you can see the colours that are used in Part 4. You will most definitely need Lime for the border (the colour of your foundation and row 1), so you could miss out stripe 56 if you wished, to give you some extra Lime.
You will need two other colours for the border - I've not made my border yet (I'm in the CAL with you all, and still working my stripes, honestly, crazy but true!!), so have a play and see what colours you think you'd like to see in your edging.
Maybe Lime, Spice and Gold? Lime, Mustard and Pistachio? Lime, Lincoln and Silver? Lime, Storm and Lincoln?
You can pretty easily leave Lime and two other colours out of Part 4 without disrupting the flow of the colour story - so you might consider doing this anyways if your blanket seems to be growing into an extra long work of art!! It should be measuring around 90cm after part 3, although remember the stripes do stretch a little as the blanket grows and becomes heavier, so this is only a guide.
I hope this makes sense - I'm happy to chat over in the Attic24 Moorland and More facebook group about the border colours, and I'll do my best to help if anyone is having doubts about what to do.
WOODLAND BLANKET CAL PART 4
So your last stripe from Part 3 should be Spice - that was stripe number 54.
Here is the colour info for Part 4 of the "Woodland Colour Story" : stripes 55-72, 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!
*Mustard* (optional for large size)
63. Pistachio (ooooooo!!!)
66. Lincoln (yippeeeee!!!)
67. Silver (yayyy!!!)
*Mocha* (optional for large size)
69. Storm (woohoo!!!)
*Duck Egg* (optional for large size)
Kay in the Facebook group has shared her Random colour stripe blanket with us, and I think it looks amazing. I hope that if you're following this colour order that you're enjoying the results.
Part 4 of the "Random Colours" Woodland Blanket is illustrated above (follow the pegs from the bottom to the top)
57. Duck Egg
65. Storm Blue
66. Duck Egg
Part 5 (stripes 73-90) will be here on Friday 2nd February - 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 some of the colours at the Stylecraft mill - the tomato and pistachio are on their way!!)
Have a gorgeous stripe-filled week my lovelies!