Although most of my crafty skills lie with knitting, I can crochet simple projects and was chatting to a few friends the other day and decided that it was time to pick up the hook again. I have quite a lot of good, hard wearing DK wool in my stash and thought that this would be a great opportunity to make it into something useful.
I already have a crochet ripple blanket that I made some years ago but to be honest this has been sequestered by Talsi, one of my cats so this time I thought I would have a go at the Granny Stripe blanket by Attic24. Nothing complicated, just something to do in the evening after a busy day. I gathered up all my balls of Jo Sharp DK that have been marinading in my stash for about 10 years. I bought them at a rock bottom price from a Canadian website called Elann which offered ends of line but you had to be quick. A bit of Internet shopping that resembled Supermarket Sweep and the choice of surface shipping netted me about 30 balls in differing amounts of 5 colours for about £1 a ball. Those were the days.... Not much of a bargain sitting in a box in the back bedroom though.
I cast on the recommended number of chains and worked out that each ball would yield about 4 rows so came up with a stripe sequence that would use as much of the yarn as possible and set to. I have to say that for the first couple of days all other tasks went out of the window as adding 'just one more row became quite compulsive.
I couldn't wait to see how the colours worked together and am quite pleased with the result. I never planned for them to be used together so it's a matter of luck rather than judgement!
My plan for this blanket is for it to become a cover for the lower part of my bed so it is going to be quite long and narrow. I like my feet to be cosy.
Talsi of course has other plans.