A Tale of Two Blankets

A Tale of Two Blankets

Once upon a time I made a huge, heavy, multicoloured crochet blanket in popcorn stitch out of all the random odds and ends of leftover and recycled yarns I had lying about…


It kept me warm in bed for ages – too warm at times – so one day I decided I wanted to change it into a differently patterned blanket, and I took the plunge and unravelled it…


Soon I started all over again, creating a variation on a theme of stripey bed blanket, re-using exactly the same yarns as before but in a different stitch and with a slightly less random, more considered colour plan…


After a while I finally finished my redesigned blanket, so here is the new zig-zag version, slightly smaller in size but far more practical in weight, happy to be back on my bed once more…


And here is the little pile of still-leftover yarn from the original unravelled blanket I didn’t re-use…


The End… (or is it?) ๐Ÿ™‚

Weekly Photo Challenge: Variations on a theme


JusJoJan: Colour


I’m in the process of re-making a recently unravelled crochet blanket, using only the yarn I had used to begin with. To add a further complication, the blanket that was unravelled was itself made up of odds and ends of leftover and re-used yarns from various past projects, so to say I have an odd hotch-potch of colours to work with is a bit of an understatement!

My new multi-coloured blanket design is going to look a bit less random and a bit more planned out in design than its two predecessors, but is still not in any way regimented. I’ve started with a kind of rainbow blend of zig-zag stripes at the bottom end, then have a pastel mid-section of lilac, turquiose and cream zig-zag stripes, and will finish off with a kind of reverse, mirror image rainbow blend of zig-zag stripes at the other end.

So far I’m just past the half-way mark, and I’m pleased enough with the way it’s turning out, but I’ve still got a long way to go yet… ๐Ÿ™‚


JusJoJan: Colour



This little pile of balled-up yarn used to be a blanket on my bed. It was one I’d made a couple of years ago to try out a new-to-me popcorn stitch, made up with bits and pieces of re-used yarn from an unpicked old giant granny square blanket I’d originally made long before I moved to London (and I’ve been living here for well over 16 years) coupled with odds and ends of other yarn left over from other projects.


For a while I was happy enough with the finished popcorn stitch blanket. I’d deliberately tried experimenting with intentionally using up all the bits and pieces of yarn I had lying around regardless of where in a row I ran out and changed colour – an anomoly which I eventually found to be a bit jarring on the eye at times – and there also were a few suspect colours I feel didn’t really work out as well as I’d hoped in the mix. But I’d set myself the challenge and wanted to see it through, and once it was completed… well, it seemed a shame not to live with it just as it was, after having put all that time and effort into it.


It certainly kept us wonderfully warm over the last few winters, but for ages now I’ve been itching to undo it and re-use the yarn (some of it for a third time!) to make a ‘new’ blanket in a different, less yarn-hungry stitch, but this time be more choosy over which colours I leave out and how creatively and artistically I use those I do keep in. So yesterday I bit the bullet and my poor old blanket found itself unravelled in its entirety and is now sitting stripped down to its component parts, shivering in a precarious mound of potential once more, waiting for new inspiration to strike…

Watch this space…!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚


Share Your World: 25 December 2017

What caring thing are you going to do for yourself today?

I’m just off to pour a bath after posting this, and am planning to have a long, hot soak in the tub โค

List at least five of your favourite spices?

Smoked paprika, chilli powder, curry powder, cinnamon, ginger

What can you always be found with?

Bitten nails – it’s been a bad habit since childhood, and sadly is one I’ve never been able to cure myself ofย  ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?

I’m making another crochet blanket at the moment, and I really appreciate having a few practical creative skills like this – making things from scratch is so therapeutic for me, whether cooking or stitching or drawing. I’m just doing a few rows a day while sitting relaxing on the sofa in the evenings, so it may take me a while to finish it… ๐Ÿ™‚


Share Your World: 25 December 2017

My latest crochet blanket…

I’m such a lazy crocheter – I make nothing complicated or fiddly, just stick to plain simple patterns that come up quickly with DK yarn and a large easy-to-handle crochet hook. It soothes me to find a comfortable rhythm and create something practical while sitting on my sofa. And the great thing about making a blanket is that it keeps you warm while you’re making it!


This one is a simple ripple pattern blanket made with Wondersoft Merry Go Round Double Knitting acrylic yarn in Pastel Rainbow – it’s not really pastel colour, more muted rainbow shades, but so far I love the overall look – and a 5.5 hook. I started it yesterday and am really enjoying getting back into the flow of it all. Once it’s finished it’s going to sit on the back of the sofa to keep me cosy all winter ๐Ÿ™‚