Knitted blankets, crocheted blankets, mood blankets, and Attic 24 CAL blankets

November 10th 


1. crocheted granny squares
2. knitted showing a variety of stitches
3. knitted using various Fair Isle patterns
Blankets, blanket, blankets.  I just cannot get enough of them and at last count we had 21 in our house, yes, you read that right, 21.  AND that does not include picnic rugs/blankets.  I love them and cannot get enough of them, want to make me happy, make or buy me a blanket 



My mother has always surrounded our home with blankets, they bring back memories of snuggling up on the sofa and of good times.  But my patience is not such that I can sit and knit or crochet without having a finished project quickly, but at the beginning of the year, I felt I had found my blanket, the Mood blanket 2014.  And so I began and was quite enthusiastic and very pleased with myself on my colour choices, I did not fall out of love with nor did I become bored with it.  But I have stopped and have not been able to look at it for several months, why, I hear you ask, I will explain.  Recently I have been feeling guilty about abandoning my blanket and slowly my mind it coming round to picking it up again.  I was so happy with the mood blanket, see post here that I rushed and did not take my time and so therefore did not notice my edges!! Not a problem, I hear you cry, crochet a border around it and the uneven edges will be hidden.  But alas, my mistake was too great and I had committed the worst sin, I had on both sides of the blanket, by using different stitches, inadvertently reduced the blanket width by one third.  There was nothing for it but to frog over 40 rows.  It was heart breaking I tell you.  All those new stitches learnt, all that enthusiasm and happiness just ripped out row by row.  I couldn't bear to see it and in the bottom of my very messy wardrobe it was relegated. And there it has sat alone and almost forgotten.  I had so wanted to prove to myself that I can sustain a long project but at this point it was looking unlikely.
 
 

So happy with the colours, but you can even see here
the different stitches produce a different tension.
 
 
 
So it was with trepidation that I saw that one of my favourite crocheters and designers, Lucy from Attic 24 was about to start her very own CAL, (crochet-a-long) called the Cosy Blanket.  Her ability to play and put brilliant colours together is second to none and I thought, ok, I CAN DO THIS! Unlike Lucy, I decided not to choose vibrant happy autumnal colours, but to have a focus and a plan for my blanket.  It was to be for the bed in the spare room of which I had just painted the floor and am trying to create a calm Scandinavian white/cream feel in the room.  So off to the online shop Woolware house and 15 balls of Scandinavian influenced colours and three days later they arrived on my door step.  Lucy posts her progress on a Sunday and several people are following her colours row by row.  Me, I am just hoping to complete this project.  I am not sure yet whether it will be a full sized single bed  or if I will just make it as a bottom bed runner, so a little smaller.  Time will tell. 
 
 What do you think so far? 
 



I decided to CAL with Lucy because she mentioned that the only stitch would be a treble crochet (UK) stitch and that it would be easy to do with your eyes closed and she is not wrong.  I can crochet this whilst chatting with friends, watching the occasional TV and not have to concentrate on it, unlike the mood blanket where each row was a different stitch and tension.  I think I will manage this and I hope to be finished before Christmas and that it may give me my crojo back to pick up the mood blanket in those dull days after Christmas.  Wish me luck on both counts, I think I am going to need it!  If you fancy joining in on Lucy's CAL, it's never too late, the link top her patter is
here





 



♥Wish me luck on my blanket!♥



There has been a lot of interest on this blanket.  For a list of colours used, please follow this link:
 
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For pattern colour order follow the next two links:
 
 
 
 
 
 




54 comments:

  1. i'm doing the cozy blanket CAL too! and following Lucy's colours because I am totally useless at selecting colours myself let alone knowing what works together in what order!

    Having said that your colour selection made my heart skip a beat and now I may need two blankets! Stunning!

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    1. Great news. Perhaps we can keep each other motivated. I may need prodding every now and then. Truly I am a quick project person. If you can help me in any way to complete this I will be forever grateful. I a already jealous of the colour choices Lucy has made, so your blanket will be stunning. X. Keep in touch. X

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  2. I've started twice now as my foundation chain went horribly wrong! You've therefore got a lot further than I have but I shall be checking on your progress and expect to see a finished blanket after Christmas!

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    1. Ok. You are putting the pressure on me. I like that! Don't give up. I always find the foundation chain row and first row the hardest and slowest. You will find after that it is pretty quick going. Good luck x

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  3. It looks so great Selma!! I love the colours too, very scandi inspired and just the sort of thing that I like - despite the fact that I seem to keep crocheting bright things! I hope that you can keep going for as long as you want to! xx

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    1. Thank you Amy. Funny you say that about colours. I too seem to crochet bright things but actually my heart is really more Like this. Funny isn't !!

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  4. the last blanket I made I got to row 20 and that was a year ago. So I'm expecting to finish it by NEXT christmas :) just keep thinking how stunning it's going to look when it's done as motivation to finish!

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    1. Sounds to me like we need to motivate each other. Lucy hopes to finish hers by end of January. I maybe very optimistic here with my past record being taken I to account but I would love mine to he finished by Christmas. But of course may decide not to make it full size. Maybe you should try and bring your forward and aim to finish by Easter. I'm putting pressure on you!!!!!

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  5. I'm doing the mood blanket 2014 but I have to stop to start with Christmas presents! So sorry! Your blanket looks very interesting! Good luck for the new one!

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    1. It sounds like you have been brilliant with your mood blanket. Well done you. I too am making things for Christmas so I might be pushing myself too much here, but my gingers are crossed that I manage it. I hope you will share your mood blanket so we can see it.

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  6. Pressure is good! Only took me a couple of hours to do the first three stripes so feeling optimistic about this one! Away this weekend so it will be coming with me, although trying to knit a cowl for mum which becomes a little redundant if I don't finish it soon!

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    1. Fingers crossed that the cowl does not become redundant. Hopefully this weekend whilst you are away you will make quite a blast on it. I figure about 15 mins per row too.

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  7. Hi Selma,
    I love the colours you have chosen for your new blanket, a very calming combination which is looking wonderful.
    I did feel for you unraveling your gorgeous blanket, drastic and tragic but we all have projects that just couldn't be saved, part of the never ending learning curve me thinks.
    Helen

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    1. You are so right Helen. I know I will return to the mood blanket and I think this CAL one is my healing process to allow me to go back to it. Thanks for your friendly comment. Has cheered me no end x

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  8. Hi Selma
    Please help !
    I love your colors and want to do them exactly!!
    Please can you give me the names in the order you are going in ?
    Sorry if it's rude to copy you. I am relatively new to crochet and to Internet etiquette !
    Thanks and love Janet

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    1. Thank you Janet and yes of course I will share might not be able to post until this afternoon but I will I promise. So glad you like them ❤️

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  9. Hello Selma,
    Yes! I too love the colors you are using. If you can share the colors you used it would be appreciated. I too did the CAL with different stitches. In order for the edges to be even, I had to adjust the pattern a couple of times. Your new blanket is absolutely stunning with the colors you are using.

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    1. Will definitely be sharing. Had not thought anyone would be so interested. This has made my heart skip a best. Will post later on. And thank you ❤️

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  10. Yay! Thanks
    Can't wait .
    Xx Janet

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    1. Posted and up ready for you. It was done in a but of a rush so photos are not my best. Apologies.

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    1. Thank you Tanya. The next post tells you which colours I use and in which order. Have you started this blanket too?

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  12. Both of your blankets look amazing. I have made this kind of mood blanket too, earlier this year.

    I am now making the Cosy one with tweed yarn. Love it!

    Corine

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    1. Ooh love the idea of doing the blanket with tweed yarn. Where can I find a picture of it? How did your mood blanket turn out? Are you pleased with it? Did you finish it? So many questions...

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  13. I just saw a picture of your Cozy Blanket at Lucy's blog, I had to staop by here to tell you how much I LOVE your colour choice! So so pretty :-) x

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    1. Thank you Nanita. That is so very kind of you to say so. Lucy is a great inspiration. Are you making this cosy blanket too?

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  14. Love these colours. They are so very calming. I am doing the CAL too. Lovely to meet you! x

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    1. Lovely to meet you too Hazel and welcome. Which colours did you choose to do. I am really enjoying this blanket.

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  15. Oh and I would love to know the colours too. I think they would make a lovely ripple. x

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    1. Ooh I think you are right a ripple in these would flow naturally and match the colours scheme well. I have posted a list of colours on the next blog post

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  16. Dear Selam, I'm just deciding on my really first blanket. I also love Lucy's work (from Attic 24) and would like to try the new one. I love the colous you've chosen. Can you help me with the colours please? Where can I buy similar colours? Thanks. x x x
    Maria

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    1. Hello Maria. Ell come to this blog. This is a great blanket for a first one. Easy and quick growing. If you go to my blog and look at the next post I list all the colours. They are from stylecraft and are double knit. Hope this helps. Come back and ask again if you need to know anything. Good luck and I would love to see your blanket. http://eclectichomelife.blogspot.com/2014/11/november-11th-i-would-like-to-say-huge.html This link might work and if it dies it will take you straight to the post I mentioned x

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  17. Good luck and beautiful color

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    1. Thank you Alise. I appreciate your good wishes and comment x

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  18. Lovely soft colours. So calming & elegant. Look forward to seeing the blanket when you've finished it.

    Best of luck.

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    1. Thank you Winifred. I appreciate that. I am now about a third of the way through so feeling excited x

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  19. What beautiful colours - may I ask what shades they are?

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    1. Thank you and you certainly may. All colours and order if crocheting them are listed on the next blog post called Scandinavian influenced cosy cal with Lucy hope this helps. Let me know if you use the colours

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    2. Thank you and you certainly may. All colours and order if crocheting them are listed on the next blog post called Scandinavian influenced cosy cal with Lucy hope this helps. Let me know if you use the colours

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  20. I am currently working on the coastal blanket using Lucy's pattern, but love the colors you are using for your current blanket. It has a gentle warmth to it - do you mind identifying the colors you are using?

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    1. Love Lucy's ripple blanket but this one is even quicker to make. If you head to the post called Scandinavian Influenced cosy cal with Lucy. I have listed all the cours and yarn make as well as the order that I am crocheting them I hope this helps and would love to know how you get on. X

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  21. Hi I'm Myrna-lynn from Vancouver BC and I love your colours, I am so excited that you are sharing your colour choices and how you are doing the stripes. You have no idea what it's like for someone like myself to find people like you and Lucy at Attic 24 who will share how they put the colours together, because I'm not gifted that way. Basically just want to say THANK YOU

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    1. Myrna-Lynn that is so kind if you to say so. Welcome to this blog. Always welcome here and I reply to all comments. Let me know if you start this blanket. Greeting from a wet Oxfordshire morning x

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  22. Ha ha, I love the word 'crojo'! Sounds as though you've found yours, anyway, with your unique take on this project. And I'm very glad that the mood blanket is still in its way.

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    1. Thanks Phil. I am certainly getting the rows in. Think I'm a third of the way through the blanket already. Love the word crojo too x

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    2. I love the word crojo too. Just sums it all up perfectly for me. Hope all good your end.

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  23. Hi, Selma, first time I write to you. I'm from Argentina and love to crochet now because I found you and Lucy from Attic24 too. But I really love your color choices, they match better with my decor style.
    Can you share the yarn colours you are using in your mood blanket, please?.
    I'd like to beguin my own mood blanket soon.
    Ty, Norma.

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    1. Hello Norma. Welcome from Argentina. I love Lucy too but agree I wanted something this time to fit in with my decor. I have listed all the colours I have used on another post called Scandinavian influenced cosy blanket. Hope that helps. I will also add the link in to this blog post above too.

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  24. nice colours! and good luck with crocheting your blanket :-)

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  25. Hi Selma, really love your colours. Not sure if I've missed a post but would love to know which yarn and colours you used. I have just completed the coast blanket and am half way through the cottage. I would love to make a baby blanket in your colous if you could help me. Thanks :)

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    1. Hi Laura. I think these colours would be great for a baby blanket. Great idea. I have listed all of the colours I used and I also list the order that I am using them in a bit like Lucy does. If you look for my post called Scandinavian influenced cosy cal. Hope this helps. X

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  26. I've just seen a photo on Lucy's blog (and then popped over here) of your Scandinavian-inspired colour choices, and fallen completely in love with them! What a fab idea! So peaceful and calming. Can't wait to see it develop :-)

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    1. Awww, thank you so much that is very kind of you. It is growing and for a blanket quite quickly I feel. Will be posting more on it on Sunday. X

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