Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Rose Window - Story of a Crochet Blanket

The 10th and last blanket from my book Rainbow Crochet Blankets is Rose Window.
(You can find the book on Etsy HERE)

Rose Window was my grand finale, and finished a few weeks before my deadline, however I stupidly made it round which made it impossible to get a good photo and so didn't get the love or have the wow factor it deserved.
It was inspired by stained glass rose windows found in Gothic cathedrals and contained yarn from all my indie dyer friends.

Rather than choose the colours before I started I decided to work them out as I crocheted, I love working this way as I never know what the finished blanket is going to look like. I start of with a basic layout plan and colour it in as I go.
I had a lots of false starts and really struggled to get the colours right, so there was an awful lot of frogging involved.
In a way I find frogging quite satisfying as I end up with a pile of scrappy dog ends that I refuse to throw away, I want to use every last little bit, if its more than 30 inches I keep it for another day.
I keep my dog end scraps in little bags patiently waiting for the right blanket to come along.

Wip photo's



Finished photo's


As you can see Rose Window belongs on a wall (or flat on the floor), I've learnt my lesson no more circular blankets for me!! :-)










Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Flying Geese - Story of a Crochet Blanket

Flying Geese is the 9th blanket in my book Rainbow Crocheted Blankets, which you can find in my Etsy shop - HERE

Flying Geese was inspired by the traditional American quilt block of the same name.
I love the colours and shapes used in traditional quilts, they share a common purpose to crochet blankets and so there is a crossover between the 2 crafts.
It is claimed Flying Geese quilts were hung on washing lines as part of the Underground Railroad Quilt Code; the Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes used by American slaves to escape the southern states where slavery was legal to the free northern states and Canada in the north.

The points of the triangles (Geese) pointed in the direction that the slaves should travel on their secret journey north.
Even if this is just a myth, it’s nice to imagine that a quilt could not only be comfort against the cold but also helpful as tool against slavery.
I love the idea that a quilt's could point the slaves to their freedom and wonder who my blanket is trying to aid and what/where its pointing to.

I used about 18 different colours, the blanket design is consists of stripes, the stripes slowly change colour from top to bottom, giving the blanket a very subtle sense of movement.

Wip photo's

 I really struggled to get the colours right, so there was an awful lot of frogging involved :-)


As per usual Billy performed his comfort control tests.

Finished photo's