Monday, 29 February 2016

My Sky Blanket in February #skyblanket2016

My Sky Blanket in February

It's the end of February already! I'm still very much enjoying taking part in the #skyblanket2016 project, where a group of crafters are creating a blanket by reflecting the colour of the sky each day, whether by crochet, knitting, quilting, or any other means. This was my January update.

Here is how my blanket is looking at the end of February:

Sky blanket in February spread out

There have been a few interesting sky features to incorporate. On the 3rd February we were treated to a beautiful sunset, although unfortunately I was driving so I couldn't take a photo. It was really dark orange, almost brown, but then with pinky bits higher in the sky. I already used a pink button in January so I went for the orange, luckily I have lots of buttons in my stash that I can choose from!

Sky blanket with buttons

On the 7th February I looked out of the window to see an amazing sky, it was half blue, half grey, divided by a rainbow down the middle!

Rainbow and clouds

So for the first time I used two colours across my row. I started with grey and then made most of the row blue (as the sky was blue for much of the rest of the day) and then used some of my rainbow ribbon to mark the divide.

Sky blanket detail different stitches

Then the next day was very windy when Storm Imogen hit us. Fortunately it passed without any major damage bar a knocked over plant pot, but it was definitely the windiest that I remember for a while. The wind also meant that the sky changed throughout the day from grey to blue. So I decided to try and mark it with a wavy stitch and did the first row in grey and the second in blue.

The grey row goes two double crochets, two trebles and one which I think is a double treble, then two trebles and two double crochets. Funnily enough I had exactly the right number of stitches in my row to fit it exactly, otherwise I would have just stopped half way through. Then the blue row is two double trebles, two trebles and a double crochet, then two more trebles and two double trebles. Basically filling in the gaps. It did mean that technically I had done two rows for the day, but I wanted to have the row complete. Perhaps if the next day had been light blue I would have counted it, but as the next day was dark grey I couldn't!

Over the February half-term we went away for a week to Center Parcs in Belgium. I debated bringing the blanket with me, but decided in the end to leave it behind, as it is starting to take up quite a bit of space along with all the different coloured balls of yarn. I missed it though! But while we were away we were treated to our only snow of the year!

Snow at Center Parcs

It was just a sprinkling, but without any other prospect of snow, or at least not until much later this year, I did a snowy white row with groups of three half trebles.

Sky blanket snow detail

And I was able to catch up with the blanket on the day that we returned!

Sky blanket in February close up

The blanket is still feeling a little bit like a wide scarf at the moment, and I'm a bit worried that it's not wide enough for a blanket, although I've stretched it out across a single bed and it looks fine. But I'm looking forward to watching it grow and feel a bit more blanket like!

February Sky blanket folded

There are lots of people taking part in the Sky Blanket 2016 project and sharing their progress on their blogs and across social media using the hashtag #skyblanket2016. Sky Blanket 2016 is hosted by three bloggers - Bug, Bird & Bee, The Boy and Me and You Little Sew and Sew.

Sky blanket linky logo

With many thanks to Make it Coats for supplying me with the yarn for this project.

6 comments:

  1. Which is the top and which the bottom?

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    1. In the photo of it on the sofa it starts at the top (there was a big band of grey at the beginning of January!)

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  2. I love this idea. I haven't thought about collecting memories through textiles or fibres. I'm going to try and remember this for next year, although I'd love it to have a bit less grey.

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    1. Thank you! I'd love to also make some sort of quilt with perhaps an image or something to represent each day of the year, although that could be quite a lot of work! I am a little worried about how much grey yarn I'm getting through so far, hoping for a few more blue skies over the summer!

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  3. Your blanket is coming along beautifully. Love the idea of buttons and ribbons to mark special sky colours.

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    1. Thank you! I have a huge stash of buttons and ribbon, it's nice to be able to use some of them!

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