The first item of the Hookers Day Off Project is complete. A little later than I’d have liked, but nonetheless I’m quite proud of myself. It’s a small lap blanket, or baby blanket, measuring 36″ / 90cm square.
This current project was adapted from the “Enough Love to Go Around” afghan block pattern by Penny Davidson.
Find the link to the pattern here. Penny’s work is absolutely gorgeous, and this particular pattern is excellent. A total delight to follow, although it’s not one I’d recommend to a beginner purely because of all the types of stitches involved. You need to have a few projects done before you try this one, I reckon. Her blog is full of lovely things, check it out here.
For this project I chose some colours that I love, but weirdly are not really the colours I surround myself with. I’m a cool shades kind of person… particularly blues and greens… so this, for me, is a bit of a change in direction.
I love to wear reds and greys, even my kitchen has huge inclusions of red with black and greys… but… they are noticeably absent from the items I’ve made for us in the squishier, more lived in areas of our home.
And I have no idea why.
Black is a really difficult colour to work with. It’s hard to see, even with a high visibility daylight lamp like I have. I wanted to make something bold, since the colours already showing on the ravelry projects connected with Penny’s design are hugely varied, they just weren’t what I wanted for my own.
You know me. Got to be a little different… and I wanted to change from the altogether overwhelming amount of blue that I’m usually seen making things with.
So I decided on Scarlet Red and two different shades of grey. A deep charcoal and a mid range “school grey”. This shade of charcoal grey is stunning, much softer than black to look at, and somehow warmer, although no less awkward to see whilst working with it in the evenings. lol.
After making nine of these beautiful squares following Penny’s directions, I edged them with a final round of scarlet red. Now to join them. Normally I’d block them at this point, but with it being a small blanket I’ll block it whole, later on. The fact that it’s 2am and I’m on a roll with crocheting also has a part to play in this decision.
Using the lighter of the two greys I make a start with a simple alternating hdc joining stitch. I’m in love with it immediately.
Such an understated join which leaves beautifully flat blanket without taking away any of the prettiness of the focal blocks.
The result is a blanket that totally complements itself. I’m really pleased with the outcome. There is Truly Enough Love to Go Around. x
All images (c) 2014 MumblesMummy.