So Many Ends

I’m delighted to report that I’ve almost finished my Funfair crocheted blanket. I decided to create my own edging border even though I really like the one Hannah used in her ‘crochet along’ Stripey Blanket, the pattern I’ve followed diligently until the edge. I did as many crocheters do and as Hannah constantly reminded… crocheted over my ‘ends’ so that I wouldn’t have the laborious task of sewing them all in once it was complete. However, when I’d finished I really didn’t like the appearance of some of them and decided they would look better woven in with a wool needle so most of them were released and have had a few days of freedom floating around at the edge of the blanket. Almost half have been recaptured and I’m much happier with the result. I think the problem was where the pattern created a more open effect and the blanket has been moved around during its creation the ends just didn’t lay flat and visually they jumped out at me.

In the process of finding a new home for Funfair Blanket, I intend to raise funds for my favourite charity… Sense.  So what do I do? Auction it online, auction it at an event, raffle it? All ideas welcomed.

I happened to have the unfinished blanket with me at a Sense event at the weekend… https://twitter.com/Sensetweets/status/391555273736728576

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Flying Fingers

Well I don’t know of a funfair ride called ‘Flying Fingers’ but it seemed an apt title for this latest post about my Funfair Blanket. I joined in notyouraveragecrochet CAL on the 15th August. I think at that time 12 weeks of the project had been published and this weekend I completed the latest installment of Week 15. That’s 15 weeks in 24 days so you can see my fingers have been flying!

Week 15... all rows so far

Week 15… all rows so far

At the time of starting my blanket I was visiting my Mum who is working through a mountain of yarn donated by a friend who can no longer use it. She’s selling what she produces to raise funds for charity or donating the completed items to charity shops.  I thought I would help her, so we gathered together a selection of similar weight yarns and ended up with 13 bright colours.  Mum lives in a seaside town complete with beach-side amusements and a funfair and driving past the funfair I commented that it was as colourful as my bag of yarn so it has become my ‘Funfair Blanket’.

It’s Been a Long Time

I really should be doing something else right now but that’s exactly what I’ve said each time I’ve thought about updating this blog…  I feel a fraud talking about ‘updating’ when I’ve barely started… but if I continue in this vein I’ll never post anything. It doesn’t help that I don’t feel very confident about how WordPress works.  I know there are tutorials etc out there and I have started working through one but I forget what I’ve read by the time I want to put it into practice!

Week 6 1

Anyway I have been busy making all kinds of things from Christmas Angel Dolls (last year’s gifts) to celebration cakes, as well as getting on with everyday life.  I’m currently working on a CAL by notyouraveragecrochet using up yarn donated to my Mum. I’ve posted a couple of photos of my ‘Funfair Blanket’ which is still a work in progress. Week 6 2