Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Planning a new project - the #SkyBlanket2016

Update - You can see my Sky Blanket here - My completed crochet Sky Blanket.

As I come to the end of my Patons Crochet Along blanket my thoughts are turning to new projects. I can't quite believe how well I've picked up crochet. A few months back I had accepted that crochet was not a craft for me, but the invitation from and encouragement of the Make it Coats team really gave me the push to try it again, and with a bit of help from my Mum to start me off I was soon flying, and as well as the Patons Afghan I'm also building up quite a stock of squares to make my own granny square blanket (which already features lots of sky themed colours!).


I was already thinking that I'd like to try my hand at making a new blanket in the New Year, and so when I heard about the Sky Blanket project that was recently launched by three fellow bloggers I knew that it would be something that I'd love to take part in.

A Sky Blanket is a blanket created over the course of a year, inspired by the colours in the sky each day. You can use any medium that you like - knit, crochet, quilt or perhaps something else entirely - and you can use any design and pattern that you choose. Many Sky Blankets are knit or crochet in rows with a different colour each day, but you can also come up with a design using squares or other shapes. There are already lots of people signed up to take part in the Sky Blanket 2016 project, and some really creative ideas being shared. We've been chatting about ways that you could represent other types of weather in the blanket like wind or rainbows, as well as including ways to represent birthdays, holidays or other special events throughout the year.

I've decided that I'm going to crochet my blanket, but I need to think carefully about my pattern. Crochet is great for blankets as it works up really quickly, but with 366 rows to plan for it could well end up being enormous! I also need to work out what yarn I will need and in what colours. Unfortunately living here in the UK I need to assume that my blanket is going to require a fair bit of grey so it would be nice if I could come up with a way to vary it a bit, and I'm going to need to find a yarn that will represent rain.

Of course I've started a Pinterest board filled with inspiration for my blanket, check it out below!

Follow Jennifer Jain's board Sky Blanket 2016 on Pinterest.

Would you like to join in the Sky Blanket project? There is plenty of time to think about it. You can see the Sky Blanket Facebook page here, and there is also a Sky Blanket Facebook group for more discussion. There will be regular linkys where you can add blog posts, as well as joining in across social media using the hashtag #skyblanket2016.

For more inspiration, check out what the founders of the project are planning!

Bug, Bird and Bee - The Sky Blanket 2016 Craft Project
The Boy and Me - Crochet: Sky Blanket 2016
You Little Sew and Sew - Sky Blanket 2016

6 comments:

  1. I love your granny squares! I have also taught myself to crochet this year. I love it! I'm so excited to see what everyone makes in 2016. Thanks so much for joining in :)

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    1. Thank you! I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's progress too, it will be fantastic motivation.

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  2. Thank you taking part Jennifer.You've come so far really quickly, let's hope there isn't too much grey next year.

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    1. I'm hoping that the skies in the summer are bluer than I remember and it's just grey at the moment because it's autumn/winter!

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  3. I am crocheting too! I am going for an enormous blanket though to go on our king size bed, even if it doubles up it will be lovely as a bedspread.

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  4. Your squares are beautiful! I am going to be knitting my blanket. I'm super excited to see what everyone creates! I'm still not sure about what colors or stitches I'm going to use.

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