This is the first Attic24 crochet-along that I’ve ever taken part in and I have to say that I am absolutely loving it. Crochet is relaxing and fun but joining in with thousands of other people doing a similar blanket all over the world is really special.
Lucy just posted her week 4 update of the Attic24 crochet-along but I am two weeks behind.
You can see the latest progress from week 4 of the Attic24 CAL by visiting Lucy’s blog
As of Saturday I had done 20 lovely colourful stripes and have stormed away since adding another seven. Really racing ahead is not an option because of the little distractions of life – the day job, daily chores and the prep for Christmas, which is now only a month away.
To many crafts, too little time
My silversmithing course finishes in the first week of December and I have some more work to do making silver earrings to add to my portfolio of just rings so far. Hopefully these will be ready to sell in the run up to Christmas to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer UK, my chosen charity.
I’ll be donating the money I would have spent on Christmas cards to them too. Usually my donation goes to the local hospice but last year and for the future, it’ll go to help fund their lovely nurses.
And there are my two other blankets-in-progress!! Did I say crochet was relaxing? My Autumn-inspired chunky hexagon blanket isn’t ready to be seen yet as its a very tiny infant blanket but my Attic24 crochet-along blanket is going neck and neck with my seascape ripple.
I had a little photoshoot of the two blankets in my office/studio.
This is the Attic24 CAL blanket from the top showing off its 20 stripes of gorgeous colour.
I am loving the colours and the combinations. For the next 20 stripes I want to do all new colour combos and alternate the yarn colours with the two version of the stripe. So, having done lime in the granny stripe and Emperor purple in the plain treble stripe this time, in the next block, lime will be a plain treble stripe and Emperor purple will be a granny stripe.
My cosy colours
These 20 stripes are my basic colour palette. They’ll be repeated another three times to make a blanket that is 80 stripes long. Then I’m planning a wide border but haven’t really thought about the details yet.
Cosy colours plus
Most of the colours I’m using are the cosy colours that Lucy is doing. Missing from my blanket is Meadow, because I don’t like that particular shade of green. I’ve also missed out violet, which was a mistake really but too late now! I’ve added in Emperor purple, pomegranate, bright pink, turquoise and Walnut brown, all from the same Stylecraft Special DK collection. Altogether they are cosy and there is quite a lot of jewel brightness going on.
I couldn’t do the Attic24 CAL blanket in the photoshoot and leave out the seascape ripple.
And this is my Attic24 CAL blanket in all its glory today, sunbathing in the weak wintery sun.
I am planning work on a stripe in my lunch break… just got to resist this little corner for the next couple of hours…