::Kaleidoscope blanket- progress::

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Lots of pictures for my colourful Kaleidoscope Blanket Mystery CAL from The Natural Dye Studio, I’m just completing the attaching of the motifs for February and have started to hook the ones for March. I’m a little behind, having been rippling along on my ripply blanket for a little hooky break, but I’m love, love loving the progress and therapy of this blanket. I introduced this blanket back in March after making some progress with it and finishing other WIP’s.Image

It’s beautiful hand-dyed merino wool and I’m working it on a 3.5m hook, so that my tension matches the size the triangles need to be. The beauty of this blanket is the mysterious nature of receiving a package in the post, filled with the scrummiest and loveliest yarn, winding it all up, then exploring and figuring out the colour combinations for the motifs. The Photo album on my Facebook page has the very beginnings of the blanket and shows the progress made, even with the travelling motif making in the car!ImageImage

Anyone not familiar with the Natural dye Studio, should have a peep over at their Facebook page (there are links to their website too) and revel in the colour, designs and magnificence of Amanda Perkins’ designs. I first saw her at yarn dale and I will be meeting up with Amanda at Woolfest this June. She has some fabulous ideas, including the completed and cryptically photographed finished Kaleidoscope Blanket!

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This is her recent Supernova Blanket.

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So I’ll be hooking away at my colourful Kaleidoscope Blanket for the next few weeks, winding the newly arrived package of yarn and watching the pattern unfold. We even have a Ravelry group to see each others progress- but no peeping at the next stage. Spoiler Alert!!!!!!!!

:: Springtime crochet happiness::

Hello and Happy Saturday everyone!!

What a happy Saturday morning it is the Hayloft household today. The sun is shining, with the promise of snow on it’s way and it feels like Springtime making me feel full of happiness and hope. It is such a lovely feeling, after a tough week teaching, to feel the sun on your face, feel the spring chill in the air and see the bulbs and plants slowly unfurling back from their wintery sleep.  But the best reason for my Springtime happiness is the delivery of my Springtime Crochet project; my beautiful Peruvian wool arrived from Deramores this morning.

Would you like a peep?

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 Isn’t it exciting? Such a delight to see the amazingly vivid and rich rainbow of colours, I just had to share my glee and delight with you. It gives me such happiness.

I’m going to use all of these beautiful 24 colours to make my crochet poncho, as I mentioned in this post, and I have many ideas for the design of it. I’m dreaming of lovely stripes and textures that will make my heart ZING! And keep me warm in the chilly summer festival and summer holiday nights.

Shall we look at more photos of my gorgeous yarn? I just love the excitement of opening  the parcel and seeing the skeins all cosy and curled up inside, waiting for me to reveal them. It was like opening a box of sweets. I gave them a squeeze and inhaled deeply their wonderful wooly, yarn scent. Oh I love the smell of yarn, I really do. I savoured it’s newness and it’s promise.

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The inspiration for this project comes direct from the Peruvian mountains and the ponchos worn and used for practical purposes on Machu Picchu and the surrounding area. Instead of being woven, I’ll be using a 5.5mm hook as it’s classed as chunky and it should work up quite quickly. Amazing crochet happiness for my Springtime project.

So happy, happy Saturday and I hope you are enjoying making or planning your Springtime crochet happiness. I am. :O)xxx

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