I don't know about you, but I feel as if it's hardly any time at all since I started out on my Woodland Walk. Yet here we are five weeks later, preparing to complete the last set of stripes. Has it felt like a speedy sprint to you? Or are you contentedly meandering gently along the Woodland pathways, taking your time and breathing it all in?
I always find this particular part of any blanket journey has a bitter sweet taste to it as we approach completion. Although a big part of me is thrilled to see how beautiful the finished blanket looks, there is a sadness too as I realise that I simply don't want it to end. This is especially true of a CAL blanket as there is such a lovely feeling of community and friendship interwoven in all of our stitches and stripes, and that makes it harder to come to terms with it being over.
We've still got a few weeks left though, so no sad eyes just yet!
This week has been devilishly cold here in my patch, with sub zero temperatures and icy snow flurries. I've enjoyed the very winteryness of the weather (it is February after all) and have been content to stay cosied up inside with my ripples. Fireside hooky is one of my most beloved pleasures at this time of year, it is Cosy with a capital C! Add in a hot cup of tea and possibly a little slab of good chocolate, and maybe even a purring kitty and oh-my-goodness, my cup of happiness runneth over.
Oh, and don't forget the woolly hand knit socks, they most definitely do add to the homely, cosy fireside vibe.
As I've crocheted my colourful ripples this week, I've found myself drifting in and out of the most delightful, sunny little daydreams. This last set of stripes is all about the fresh air, the Autumn sunshine and the breezy treetops. The colours are light and airy and provide a great balance to the more earthy shades that we started out with at the beginning of our Woodland walk.
I took so many walks last Autumn when the weather was sunny and bright, and I tried to fill my mind and soul with the essence of the season and the way it made me feel. The sunlight combined with the rich, beautiful leafy colours was so inspiring, and I hope you've been able to see and feel some of that beauty in your blanket stripes as you've crocheted with the colours of Autumn.
I always say that Summer is my most favourite time of year (and it really is), but the Autumn of 2017 will be forever held in my memory and remembered with gratitude. It couldn't have been more perfect for the uplifting inspiration and joy it gave me.
All. That. CoLoUr!!
I've got some colour-filled images to show you this week, of beautiful blankets that have been shared on Facebook. It makes me so happy to see how much you've been enjoying the Woodland colours, and it's been amazing to see so many beautiful blankets that have been created during the past month.
Sharon turned her Woodland colours into a gorgeous granny stripe blanket, ordering the shades so that they made a "woodland rainbow".
Anne is choosing to follow my Interlocking Colour ripple idea (my original blanket is here) to create a soothing transition of the woodland colours.
B has turned her Woodland yarn into a Neat Wave blanket which looks stunning - the colours seem to vibrate with energy when they are put together with this pattern.
Judy is making fantastic progress with her Circular Mandala Throw. Her creativity is a joy to witness as she re-designs the pattern to create something unique.
Lou finished her Woodland Harmony colourwash blanket this week and it is absolutely stunning. She is gifting it to somebody very special, and I know there is a lot of love in those stitches.
Samantha is also making a version of the Woodland colourwash, although she is choosing to make solid Granny Squares instead of my more open Harmony Squares. I'm really looking forward to watching this one grow.
Isabel shared this photo of her Random Stripe Woodland blanket and I just adore the way the colours are working. It has a slightly different feel to the colour-story version of this blanket, more jaunty perhaps?!
Sandra showed us this stunning photograph she took of her blanket in progress, inspired by my own leafy carryings on...oh, and she included some moss too, gosh, I am such a hopelessly devoted moss-lover!
In fact, you need to scroll down a bit now and see what else Sandra has been up to........
......cutesome little Woodland things!!! Awwww!!!!!
Sandra says that as she's making this blanket for her 5 year old grandson, she wanted to include some fun crochet applique on the blanket. She has used my leaf patterns (which you can find here), but has also very cleverly designed her own squirrels.......yes, I know!! Too precious for words!!
I'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has shared photos of their blanket during the past month and made this CAL a truly fabulous visual journey right from the word go. ThAnK YoU so very much. xx
Back to my own journey and Part 6 which will complete the Woodland colour story this week. I don't mind telling you that the transition of the colours came out even better than I had dared to hope, and I absolutely, completely love love love the way it looks and the way it makes me feel. Contented sigh...............SO GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So this is the finished colour story - all one hundred and five ripply stripes which sing a beautiful Autumn song.
I know I still have the border to create, but I couldn't resist prancing about and showing off my blanket to you this week, because I LOVE it so much.
Those ripples have been a joy to crochet, they really have, and with all my heart I hope you feel the same about your own curvy stripes. If you struggled with the pattern in the beginning, I hope it now brings you happiness and a true sense of achievement.
I look at these stripes and they fill my mind with so many happy memories of time and place.
It's earthy and breezy, leafy and airy.
There is movement and rhythm, there is sunshine and shadow.
It looks and feels exactly right - it tells a story of a gentle stroll in the woods on a bright Autumn afternoon.
Kicking up the leaves, turning my face up to the sun.
Collecting acorns and fallen leaves, spotting lichen covered branches and and swoon-worthy moss.
Meandering pathways, dry stone walls, the sounds of the river and a lightness in my heart and soul.
Happy me, right down to the tips of my toes.
In the final part of the CAL (Part 7, which will be in two weeks time) I'll be showing you how to finish off your blanket and create a neat little edging. You may remember that way back at the start, we used Lime yarn for our foundation chain and first double crochet row? This was done so that it would form part of the edging, so you will definitely need enough Lime yarn to go around the remaining three sides of the blanket.
I ended up with 23g of each colour after I had crocheted 7 stripes.
And I used approximately 15-16g of Lime yarn to complete the first round of the edging.
If you are still meandering through your blanket, you may choose to miss out one of the Lime stripes so that you are sure you will have enough for the edging. The last Lime stripe came last week in part 5 and is stripe 82, so you can leave that out if you need to. Hopefully you'll have enough and won't need to play limey yarn chicken!
As for the other edging colours, I've chosen my favourite Autumnal shades - Spice, Tomato and Gold, but please feel free to choose your own combination if you wish. These rounds will be less yarn-greedy than the Lime, so you should only need around 10-12g of each of these colours.
I hope the yarn quantities aren't worrying you. Ditto the length of the blanket - it's perfectly OK for you to stop at any time in this final part 6 of the blanket if you feel you've reached the length you need. I ended my blanket with a Storm Blue stripe, but it does't matter too much which colour you end with. I know some of you have decided you want less blue-sky in your blanket and will deliberately miss out some of these final stripes - that's absolutely fine too. It's important to me that you LOVE your blanket, so follow your heart and don't be afraid to tweak my colour order to make it your own.
WOODLAND BLANKET CAL PART 6
So your last stripe from Part 5 should be Duck Egg - that was stripe number 90.
Here is the colour info for Part 6 of the "Woodland Colour Story" : stripes 91-105, working from the bottom upwards.
Remember each stripe is worked in two rows, so 15 stripes = 30 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!
92. Duck Egg
*Lincoln* (optional for large size)
93. Storm Blue
96. Duck Egg
99. Storm Blue
100. Duck Egg
*Silver* (optional for large size)
104. Duck Egg
105. Storm Blue (awww, is it really over?)
Kay shared a picture of her Random Stripe Woodland Blanket with us on Facebook this week, and I confess I swooned a little at the sight of all those gorgeous colours rippling along together. I hope very much that that you're loving your blanket if you're following my random stripe order.
I'm listing this weeks Random Stripe colours below.........
Part 6 of the "Random Colours" Woodland Blanket is illustrated above (follow the pegs from the bottom to the top)
94. Storm Blue
95. Duck Egg
***A NOTE FOR THOSE MAKING DOUBLE/KING BLANKETS.......
I've just realised that I need to give you another block of random colours as an optional add-on if you're working with 2 yarn packs and wish to make your blanket longer than 6ft / 180 cm. I haven't had time to work that out this week, but as soon as I can I'll add that information here.
Next week we'll be taking a short break. I call this the "catch up" week and it's designed for you to either work a few more of your stripes if you need to, or darn in your ends if you've got a whole load of dangly bits to deal with. You will need all your ends tucked away before you can work your edging. If you're all up to date by next week, please make sure you enjoy your blanket to the max - snuggle yourself up in it and wait patiently for the edging tutorial!
Part 7 is all about The Edge, and I'll be giving you the pattern for this on Friday 23rd February. In the meantime, here are the links you might need this week....
Have a fantastic time immersing yourself in all that glorious, ripplesome colour!