I love a granny blanket. So simple to make. I found this yarn in the clearance bit of the local craft store and loved it. I love pink, blue, and green together. This worked up so fast, I’m not sure how. Maybe I was just really enjoying the project. This took about 400g of yarn and came to a very decent size. I gave it a nice ruffled border and called it a day. I’m not sure on the brand of the yarn as it didn’t have a wrapper. It was amazing to work with and incredibly soft. This would be great for a baby blanket. I enjoy making simple blankets with beautifully coloured yarn. It’s so relaxing to not have to count a pattern out every row.
I found this yarn somewhere in America and loved the colours. It reminded me of underwater and the ocean, and therefore the mermaid scarf was born. I used a simple shell pattern to create the scales, and i used a 5mm hook to make it drape. This whipped up pretty quick. I used one ball of yarn which gave it a pretty decent size. It doesn’t get cold here so it’s used mainly to add colour to an outfit. The yarn is super soft and flowly and it’s the right amount of warmth.
So my cat loves blue yarn. She thinks its her baby. I had this Shawl in a Ball yarn sitting on my shelf for nearly a year before she discovered it and “played” with it. So in order to save it from being a tangled mess forever I had to quickly made something. As the yarn was called shawl in a ball i decided to make a shawl. I had this pattern sitting forever on my computer so gave it a go. So i don’t like the random fluffiness in the yarn at all. And also the white annoyed me. And then I ran out of yarn. So i didn’t get to do the whole pattern, but that was ok. It was still a decent size and was a really nice pattern. The shawl wasn’t my type of item to wear so I gave it to my mum and she loves it so it all worked out good in the end. The cat is now banned from playing with yarn though!
Erigeneia by Silke Terhorst
A few weeks ago my friend Beth asked me to make her a blanket. Normally I don’t make commissioned blankets, but for her I made an exception. She choose the pattern and the colours of the yarn, I just had to make the rest- simple! The yarn took some time to come from England, but was amazingly soft. I love working with Stylecraft yarn. The pattern was a simple granny but with colour variations. I love patterns so trying to make things ‘random’ was a challenge. I tried to not think about it too much. I used the join as you go method for the final rounds. The border was two rounds of pink followed by a white scolloped border. This blanket took forever. It is one of my favourites though and well worth the effort.
After months and months of delaying this blanket due to heat I have finally finished! I dyed the wool using my technique which you can find here. The unique nature of each ball of wool plus the spiral pattern of the blanket creates something totally random and awesome! I added a fringe because fringes are cool haha
All up I used about 16 balls of 50g wool for the centre and 3.5 for the Continue reading Finished: Spiral Blanket 2
Over the weekend I found some 100% wool on sale for $1/50g! Naturally I brought 22 balls. I decided to turn the off white yarn into something bright and funky that I could use to turn into a brilliant blanket.
I had previously dyed about 100g and had mixed results.
You will need
* White vinegar
* Food colouring
* Microwavable container
* Plastic to protect where you’re working
* and your wool. I have only tried this with 100%.
Fill your bucket with 2/3 parts tempered water 1/3 white vinegar. Add your wool. Make sure it’s fully submerged. Let this soak for anywhere between 30 minutes to overnight.
While you’re waiting you can get your other items ready. Water down your food colouring to 90% water 10% dye. Separate these buy putting them into empty yogurt containers or similar.
Make sure your area is covered in plastic. I would recommend doing this outside on a surface that you wouldn’t mind getting colouring on. It’s very messy. I have ruined my bathroom tiles.
Once your wool is done gentle squeeze out the water. And now the fun part begins.
Please wear gloves or else you’ll get lovely coloured hands for a week. It’s awkward to explain why your hands are green and purple, trust me.
I dipped one end of the wool into the container and squeeze out the colour. Then dip the other and squeeze. Now it’s time to mix the colours. I find squashing the wool together gives great results. Don’t over mix the colours because brown happens.
When you’re happy with the result place into your microwavable container. Repeat until all balls are done.
Gently cover with cling wrap or similar and place in the microwave for 5 minutes. Remove and allow it to cool completely. It’s very hot, be very careful. Once cool place back into the microwave for 5 minutes. Remove and allow it to cool completely.
Once it’s cool gently rinse until the water runs clear. Squeeze out the excess water and place in the sun to dry. Ta da! It’s done. Admire your newly coloured wool!
This isn’t a quick project, It takes time to let the wool sit, cook, cool, and cook again. Then you need to wait for it to dry.
But eventually you are left with really unique wool! Do not expect every ball of wool to look the same, mixing colours can create some unexpected results. I advice to practice before you dye a whole lot.
The pictures show a blue/pink/purple mix and a rainbow mix.
I am not an expert on this so am still learning 🙂