Since finishing Bella's blanket in July this year, I really haven't done a lot of crocheting, it's all been pretty much knit, knit, knitting. Lately I've been thinking about my next 'big' project and two things have been playing on my mind - crochet and cotton. I've been wanting to use some cotton in a blanket for quite a few years now, but haven't really found a range of cotton that has grabbed my attention colour wise, so the idea has never really come to fruition.
Over the last few days I've been thinking of starting a new blanket for 2015, so after popping into Spotlight this morning and spying a cotton blend yarn by Patons in a delicious range of colours, I decided to have a little splurge and actually commit to the blanket idea that was swirling in my head. There was 30% off today too, so that made it a little easier to decide!
I've also had the Weekend in Stockholm pattern saved in my Ravelry favourites for quite some time now, so I decided to commit to that too. This afternoon I crocheted one of the squares, just to make sure that the pattern was a keeper and it turns out that it is. I'm really excited about this project and although I haven't worked out just how many squares I'll need to do yet, I can't wait to get stuck right into it.
This is going to be another long term blanket, but ideally I'd love to have it completed by the end of 2015. The Patons yarn that I'm using is 50% cotton and 50% acrylic. I bought 30 balls today at $3.14 per ball - a total of just under $95, which should make a really nice sized blanket, I hope. I'll know more on the sizing once I complete a couple of squares and work out the yardage properly - incase you're wondering I have 10 balls of cream and then 2 balls of each colour. The colour range is really delicious in the cotton blend, I can't wait to get this on the go!
Maybe you'd like to make a new blanket for 2015 too? It's always lovely making things together and having a bit of a cheering squad to keep you motivated and moving along. At the beginning of 2013 around 50 of you joined in with the ripple-along that I ran and it was really fun, with lots of gorgeous ripple blankets being crocheted around the world. The Weekend in Stockholm pattern is very simple and it's a freebie too, but if you did get stuck there are some fabuluos youtube tutorials for the first three rounds, because they're probably the trickiest to do. I can post them up soon, if anybody wants to join in. I'm hoping that this will be really fun too!!
You might already have a project planned for next year, you might already be working on something or you might just want to watch from the sidelines instead. That's okay! I just thought I'd ask incase anybody does want to join in - it would be lovely to have you.
Righty-ho, I need to go and work out how many squares I need to make and start working out which colour combinations I'm going to do. I'll be back soon,