I always seem to have a million projects on the go at once! How many projects are you working on at the moment? Whatever else I’m doing- I always have some sort of blanket on the go.
For me, nothing is more comforting, or puts life in perspective more than curling up on the sofa with some knitting . After a long day I never feel like tackling a complicated fair-isle or starting a new pattern from scratch, but a simple knitted square or crocheted hexagon can really help me to switch off and recharge for the following day. And if I can curl up under a handmade blanket whilst knitting, then that’s double comfort!
Blankets are a fantastic stash buster and I started my hexagon crochet blanket after seeing a lovely one made by my friend Amy. Her colours were a lot more organised than mine, but I decided from the start that I wanted to make it as random as possible. I threw all my DK and lighter aran weight oddments in a bag (including a few shades I wasn’t keen on) and started picking colours at random. Through making this blanket I have discovered a love for yellow and rusty orange!
The blanket has become a bit interactive, with contributions from Eleanor of Knit Nottingham and Steph of Nettynot– although I’m not sure which hexi’s were theirs! I’ve also been asking people from Knit in Notts (or whoever I’m with whilst crocheting) to choose colours for me. I’ve ended up with combinations I wouldn’t have chosen but rather like! There has also been a lot of closing my eyes and doing a lucky-dip for four colours!
A couple of rogue pentagons have made it into the mix- but I’m just going with it. That’s the beauty of a blanket- it doesn’t need to fit and if it’s a bit higgledy- piggledy it just adds to the charm!
I’ve got a little way to go until it covers a double bed- but I’m enjoying using it already! What do you find most comforting to knit/ crochet? Something simple- or do you thrive on a challenge?