This winter I have a new project to keep me warm. Inspired by Lucy over at Attic24 this blanket is going to be a stripy piece of warm wool to get me through the chilly winter nights. The wool was ready and waiting in it’s box for a couple of weeks, I kept looking at the colours and couldn’t wait to finish another project and get started on this one. This is the first time I’ve ever attempted a blanket, having looked at Lucy’s beautiful ones and all the ones you see on Pinterest I have high expectations of this.

colour combination decisions

colour combination decisions

It was surprisingly hard trying to decide the order of the colours, I’m making use of a combination of wool I’ve been given and some bought in Rhodes town, so the colours don’t exactly match Lucy’s and I really wanted to try and do a rainbow. The granny squares gave me a chance to get to know the wool, this is only my second project and I’m anxious to get it right, messing up one of the granny squares wasn’t a good start but at least I could see the colours. I lay them out in several combinations and finally came up with what I hope is going to work. I had a little help from the hubby who nodded and agreed that they looked O.K.

 

The first few lines

The first few lines

Really quickly the lines came together in a few days and the blanket has started to take shape, at first it was a little wobbly but as I add more lines the whole piece seems to be stabilising a bit. The first line still seems a little more tight than the rest hopefully that will sort itself out. The colours are wonderful to work with and really cheer up the house, reflecting the colours of autumn/winter all around us, it really makes me smile to see them.

The first 15 lines

The first 15 lines

We’ve had a mad week, with the olive harvest, helping people move and a friend coming to visit. It’s surprising just how often I’ve found time to pick up the blanket and add a little more. The stitches are simple to do so the pattern doesn’t take too much working out, it’s very relaxing at the end of the day.

every colour

every colour

With every colour now included they seem to be working well together, I’ve decided to keep repeating the same combination throughout the blanket. Now it really feels like a blanket as its draped over my knee, December is here so we lit the log burner last night for the first time this year. Next to the fire with the blanket growing it feels like a privilege to have such a warm place to be. We head off for tomorrow to explore the Christmas markets in Germany, I will bore you with lots of pictures when we return. In the meantime, what are your plans for keeping warm this winter, do you have a project you are working on?

log burner

The first fire of winter

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