Well, another Friday has rolled around and it's Woodland O'clock all around the world - that very thought makes me smile huge and wide!!! I love thinking about the Worldwide Woodland community that has evolved around this humble blanket, we really do seem to be a happy bunch and I am so enjoying watching your progress via the many photos and chatty threads on social media. Thank you as ever for joining me on this journey, I can't tell you how much I appreciate your company as we meander through the trees. CAL's are so much fun - this is my 4th annual Crochet ALong blanket, and I just don't want it to end.
This week I've been celebrating the arrival of Tomato yarn in the Warehouse of Wool, oh what a happy day that was! As many of you will know, my woodland yarn packs have been out of stock for over three weeks due to a shortage of tomato yarn at the Stylecraft mill. I'm happy to tell you that we are now back on track, so thank you so much for your patience if you've been waiting to join the Woodland Walk.
I've been reading lots of happy comments this past week from those of you who were making your way through Part 4 of the Woodland blanket. It seems you've been loving those glimpses of Autumn sky as much as me!
I absolutely love love love to stand still a while in the middle of the woodland and gaze upwards through the branches, it gives me a heady feeling of joy and lightness right down to the tips of my toes. I remember when the above photo was taken - we were walking as a family in our local woodland one sunny Sunday morning in the middle of November. It was such a glorious Autumn day, and the leaves were falling all around us as as we walked.
I was always told as a child that if you catch a falling leaf before it reaches the ground then it'll bring you good luck and you should make a wish. Have you heard this before? I told this to the Little People and watched as they instantly went full tilt trying to catch a leaf in their hands as they swirled down from the treetops. It's not as easy as it sounds, you'll know if you've ever tried it! I tried hard to capture a photo of the leaves dancing and falling but without success, so you'll have to imagine it instead.
The above photo captures those dreamy, light-filled Autumn days to perfection, and the glowing colours of sunlit beech leaves set against the sky is the inspiration for the top part of the Woodland Ripple blanket.....
......I really (really-really) love these colours together, oh they are sublime! The lighter part of the Woodland palette provides a superb balance to the more earthy, rich tones that we started our walk with. As you work your way through Part 5 this week, I do hope you'll enjoy the beauty of the colour combinations.
At the end of each week I spend time "creatively faffing" with my blanket, laying it all out and taking photographs to share with you on my blog. It's such a pleasurable thing to do, and I find that I enjoy the faffing and photographing almost as much as the actual hooking. Almost. I'm so in love with these ripples, the pattern is a dream to work and the soothing nature of the ripply rows has been a true tonic for me in recent weeks. This week I've spent time hooking at the cafe, at a friends house, beside the fire, tucked up in bed. It really has been therapeutic, relaxing, soothing and mindful and I've appreciated those gentle stripes very much.
As you can see, Tilly nearly always joins me as I partake in my faffery, she is never far from me when I'm home and insists on being right at the centre of whatever I'm up to. So I thought today you might like to see some photos from Facebook which show what your four legged (and two legged!) friends think of your Woodland Blankets............
What a cutie.....
Looking like pure mischief.....
What a beauty - the cat and the blanket.....
The above photo made my snort with laughter as it was simply titled "Bad Alice!" Hahaa!!!! Oh Alice, you naughty little kitty!!
Awwwwww!!!!!!!!!! Say hello to Benji and Bongo, enjoying a bit of Woodland snuggle time!
Geraldine shared this photo of her budgie "helping" her with her hooky (!) .....
....and this amazingly beautiful bird belongs to Nancy. Stunning colours, I wouldn't be able to take my eyes off those feathers if I had a bird like that living in the Attic.
Emmy showed us her horse who is doing a wonderful job showing off a beautiful collection of Attic24 blanket.
I love seeing your photos, thank you for sharing them and for making the Woodland community feel so friendly and warm.
Back to my own blanket, and the above photo shows you how parts 4 and 5 look together as the colours slowly shift and change as we move towards the top.
I love the gentle movement that the ripples create, they are just soooooooo gorgeous to look at.
As the blanket grows it gets harder for me to photograph it all, but I do my best as I really want you to see how the colour story is playing out - I'm so proud of it! But................I really wish I had some Autumnal coloured stripy socks to wear for these photos!! I wish so much that I'd thought about that!! Next time I make a blanket, I'm most definitely going to knit myself a pair of matching socks.
The whole colour story idea thrills me from a design point of view, and it's the best feeling to see the real thing finally coming to life after spending so many months working on it.
A NOTE ABOUT BLANKET LENGTH
At the end of Part 4, your blanket should be measuring around 120cm in length (2/3 of the completed blanket).
This is an approximate figure but will help to give you an idea of where you should be at. If you think your blanket is measuring too long, then this week is a good time to make some adjustments. So long as you end Part 5 with a Duck Egg stripe, you can quite easily reduce the number of stripes this week if you want to. So I've shown you above, you could work up to Stripe 78 and stop, or you could work up to Stripe 86 and stop. Or....keep going up to Stripe 90.
At the end of Part 5, your blanket should be measuring around 150-160 cm.
Next week is the final week for making the stripes and there will be only 15 stripes to do in Part 6. I really hope your yarn is holding out and that you'll have enough left for the border. Remember that if you want to check, then weigh the yarn that's now finished with (either Cypress, Grey, Cooper, Tomato or Spice) and make sure you have around 23g left. You should be using approx 11 g per stripe = 77g of each colour in total.
WOODLAND BLANKET CAL PART 5
So your last stripe from Part 4 should be Pistachio - that was stripe number 72.
Here is the colour info for Part 5 of the "Woodland Colour Story" : stripes 73-90, 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!
76. Storm Blue
78. Duck Egg (aahhhhhh!!!)
*Storm Blue* (optional for large size)
83. Storm Blue
86. Duck Egg
*Pistachio* (optional for large size)
88. Storm Blue
90. Duck Egg
Annie shared this picture of her Random Stripe Woodland blanket after she'd completed part 4 this week. Isn't it a beauty? She changed the yellow shade by switching out Mustard and replacing it with Saffron, and I do really like the slightly brighter effect - it's like shafts of golden sunlight streaming through the leaves.
I'm listing this weeks Random Stripe colours below.........
Part 5 of the "Random Colours" Woodland Blanket is illustrated above (follow the pegs from the bottom to the top)
81. Duck Egg
89. Storm Blue
Part 6 (stripes 91-105) will be here on Friday 9th February - here are the links you might need this week....
WOODLAND BLANKET YARN PACK (finally back in stock - so happy about that!!!)
Have a beautiful week strolling along those woodland pathways!