Posted at 1:04 pm
Two for the price of one this week! As well as the published pattern by week 10 Scheepjes blogger Sarah Knight from www.craftsfromthecwtch.co.uk for the CAL Wink’s sister Tinca Slump has also designed a square whilst making the blanket along with the CAL community and shared it with us on the CAL facebook page 🙂 I have replaced one of week 10 and week 11 squares with her design, so I have completed 2 of Tincas shells and starfish design for each of my blankets stars and sea.
The colours for week 10 are Colourcrafter Urk (1304) a lovely icy blue for the sea blanket, and the beautiful dusky purple Seurat (637) in merino soft for the stars version.
Stars merino soft Seural 637
sea Colourcrafter Urk 1304
For Tincas design and for Sarah’s design I used my usual 4.5 mm clover hook for the merino soft and 4.00mm clover hook for the Colourcrafter.
I liked the effect of mixing a little colour for the starfish and as the other faux knit stitch by Sarah represented rippling water over stones I used some different shades to represent this as well, I had not tried this faux knitting stitch before so this was my first effort, this was one of Wink’s favourite stitches so I felt I should definitely try and master this for a blanket inspired by her !
Posted at 11:01 am
I love the look the pattern creates for week 9 of the last dance on the beach CAL designed by Dedri Uys of www.lookatwhatimade.net this week, especially in the beautiful golden Scheepjes merino soft colour Van Gogh (614) for this weeks dance under the stars blanket, this might be one of my favourite squares overall ! 🙂 Once you get the hang of the cable pattern it flows easily and is a relaxing and quick growing pattern to crochet, the inspiration for this square is crabs walking across the beach / incoming water. I think I will be using this pattern for something else in future.
merino soft Van Gogh 614
The dance in the sea square which I am doing in the Scheepjes Colour Crafter acrylic uses a lovely deep blue shade Middelburg (1003), these two squares definitely evoke summer sea, skies and sand to me in these gorgeous shades. I used my 4.0mm clover hook for the Colour Crafter this week and 4.5mm clover hook for the merino soft.
Colour Crafter Middleburg 1003
Posted at 12:35 pm
merino soft Hockney (638)
Week 8 is a gorgeous waffle textured square – chunky and feel good just right for a snuggly blanket. Again with this square once you had the pattern embedded in the memory a nice relaxing square to create and chill out with in front of the TV. This square was created by Jellina Verhoeff of www.jellina-creations.nl. I found that I was back to my normal clover hook sizes with this square 5.0 mm for the merino soft and 4.0 mm for the Colourcrafter. The colour for my star blanket in merino soft was back to the gorgeous deep purple Hockney (638) which was also used for the waves square of week 4, whereas the colour crafter sea blanket used the baby blue Texel (1019) also used in week 4 for the waves square.
The photos below are of the unblocked squares as I haven’t had a chance with all the unpacking for the move ( thats my excuse and I’m sticking to it :)) I’ll try and add the blocked photos later to show the difference – I really think blocking makes a difference to your work and produces a more professional finish.
I will be adding some photos of the new house shortly from the picturesque village of Osmington in Dorset near Weymouth just above the famous hillside chalk white horse and hopefully sharing some progress on my new venture after retiring as an NHS midwife at the beginning of July.
Colour crafter Texel (1019)