Since some people have asked me about it, I will publish my progress and my single parts here. So let us begin with my
Yarn and colours
I used Stylecraft Special DK and a 4 mm hook. My colours are
When I saw Ana‘s pattern I actually had a different colour scheme in mind and my first approach was somewhat different. But somehow it didn’t work, although I tried two different colour placements. I thought maybe it was too dark for a spring theme and I didn’t know how to go on. But I still love my swatches so much that I haven’t frogged them yet. And I know for sure that I will use these colours at some point! So I will keep the strips. Even if that means that I cannot determine the exact consumption of Pistachio – I forgot to weigh my yarn :).
What do you think?
In search of other colour combinations I came across a drawing with stylised flowers in two different greens on a white ground. Somehow it said >Spring< to me. To get this look I choose White and Pistachio as main colours and added a little bit of Khaki. Spiced up with a few sprinkles of Saffron and Tomato.
The days are not only getting a bit longer but also a bit warmer. The first bushes and trees are sprouting and the sparrows are preparing their nests under our roof. Spring is coming in the northern hemisphere!
Ana from One Skein of Love is celebrating the season with her Hello Spring Cal. Another project that has kept me busy in the last weeks, between Midnight Snowflakes, sock knitting, a short holiday and „normal” life.
I started testing the Hello Spring Cal in early February. The pattern is designed as a blanket and – similar to Winter Wonderland – consist of different designs that can be combined in various ways. Due to time constraints I only worked 5 repeats this time – it will be a beautiful wall decoration when I am finished.
My colours were inspired by a drawing I found on the internet: flowers in two or three different greens on a white ground. They looked so fresh and airy and reminded me immediately of spring. Unfortunately I cannot share it here due to copyrights but I tried to copy this look using Stylecraft Special DK from my stash.
I used mainly White and Pistachio combined with Khaki and a little bit of Saffron and Tomato.
The Cal will start next Monday, 21. March 2022 and runs for 6 weeks. More information and of course also the pattern are available in Ana’s Ravelry store.
Due to the lovely holiday we had last week I am still working on the border but I hope to show you more next week!
Finally I was able to start this pattern. I fell in love with it when Ana published the pattern about one year ago. Since then I have promised hubby to make him a blanket with it. When Ana lately announced her MAL I thought it was a good time to start with it.
It is always hard to choose the right colours for a blanket. At least it is for me. It is very rare that I see a pattern and immediately know which colours I want to make it in. For Midnight Snowflakes I instantly had white combined with a grey tone in mind. White for the background with grey snowflakes! But something made me hesitate. I probably knew instinctively that hubby wouldn’t like it. And so it was!
After he told me that this is much too bright (???) my idea was to switch the colours and do the snowflakes in classic white and the background in a dark grey. Looking for a yarn that might be a bit more special than my standard acrylic yarn I came across Cookie from Järbo. The colour Cloudy was exactly what I was looking for, off white changing to a soft, light grey – and on sale! From what I saw in the photos this would go great with Rotterdam from Scheepjes Colour Crafter. (Rotterdam is a dark grey, very similar to Graphite from Stylecraft Special DK.) So I placed my order.
My disappointment could not have been greater when the yarn arrived. Rotterdam was what I expected, but … You can already see it in my photos. Instead of white with a little bit of grey my Cookie is grey with a little bit of white. Much too dark in combination with Rotterdam – even hubby agreed.
I have to say, the yarn itself is great. Nice and soft with a great stitch definition. I didn’t send it back. It will be used in another project. It would certainly look good in a Winter Wonderland.
Since I did not want to order online again on suspicion I had to find another match with colours I had. Combinations with Stylecraft Special DK in A Hint of Silver or Parma Violet looked nice but were not what I had in mind. I liked the contrast with white, hubby didn’t. I even tried to create a gradient myself but either the contrast between my colours was too low or there was no gradation in between.
Finally I found Duck Egg in my stash. I like the combination of Duck Egg and dark grey and hubby agreed. This is how my choice of colour came about. To be honest, I still don’t know if hubby really likes it or if he was just so annoyed that he said yes.
The MAL runs util 28. February 2022. The pattern is available via Ravelry. Until the end of February there is a 50% discount (code on Ana’s Facebook group).
Part 6 is the final part of the Winter Wonderland Cal, the instructions for the border.
It is a double border that will hide all the yarn ends. If you don‘t like double borders you can of course chose another variant. In connection with the border of my Geometrics blanket, I recently wrote how I feel about it. I don’t want to repeat myself here now, only so much: I love it! A double border is a great finish and worth the effort. At least in my opinion.
Unfortunately this time I had some difficulties with my slip stitch round. I had planned to make a two coloured border with a back layer in Lipstick and front layer in a mix of Graphite and Lipstick. So I thought a slip stitch round in red would look nice. I started my slip stitch round in Lipstick – and started my slip stich round and started my slip stich round again… And I didn’t get it neat.
I have recently noticed that there are differences in the thickness of acrylic yarns, even within a brand. In any case, the thread of my Lipstick seemed to be thicker and this may have caused the problems. I don’t know. My solution was to switch to Silver. Since I need new glasses anyway I wanted to have some contrast at the top and the bottom side to make it easier to identify the stitches when working the first round.
From then on everything went smoothly until I finished the first round of the front layer. Ana’s way of working a double border leaves a narrow line of the slip stitch round visible right next to the border. Silver looks good combined with the grey parts on top and bottom of the blanket but I didn’t like the look in the darker parts of the long sides at all. I started all over and this time worked the first round of the front layer on the long sides through both loops. Not the best solution but at least it looks a bit better.
If you follow my colour way I would advise that you use red for the slip stitch round! If you have the same problems as I had, I’d suggest that you use Grey or Graphite but not Silver or White. But keep in mind that Grey and Graphite will be hardly visible on the top and bottom sides.
Now it is already week 5 of the Winter Wonderland Cal. It is the last part before the border.
Starting with pattern 11 in part 4 of the Cal I had some time problems. Sometimes life gets pretty busy and we had urgent work to do on the house that couldn’t be postponed. To get the test finished in time I had to stop working on my blanket and checked the pattern by doing a swatch over 2 repeats.
What do you think? Somehow I like this colour combination. It is completely different to the colours I used in my blanket and has a more rustic look which I also really like. I just used some leftovers that had on hand: Stylecraft Special DK in Parchment and Mocha combined with King Cole Comfort DK in the colour Stonewash.
After that I finished my blanket in peace. And this is how part 5 looks in my colours.
And this is my entire blanket, ojust before adding the border.
Week 4 of the Winter Wonderland has come. Time for the snowmen!
But before I show you the colours I used for part 4 here my
My final yarn amounts
I already listed the rough yarn amounts last week when I was still working on the border. Here some more details with all my leftovers.
I needed a total of 13 balls Stylecraft Special DK and used 1.044 g / 3.080 m of them . This is nearly the same amount that Ana used for her blanket.
But now to my
My colours Part 4
To be honest I was struggling a bit with my colour choices for this part.
After the relatively dark Graphite and Lipstick I used for pattern 8 I thought the blanket could do with something lighter again. So I choose White and Silver. When I finished the bodies of the snowmen and started with the heads I became unsure wether this was really such a good choice. They looked kind of plump and pale.
Do you know what I mean?
But, when you test a pattern, time usually plays a major role. You have to think twice wether you rip back 15 rows or not. And as long as there is no mistake that inevitably catches the eye, you probably let it be. And so I continued even if I wasn‘t very happy about it.
I was all the more pleased when I noticed that Ana had created this little fun touch! Little shawls to dress the snowme.n. They really do wonders, don‘t they?
I made 8 little shawls in Graphite and 1 Lipstick. The red shawl is worn by snowman No. 3 (the third seen from the right). I used 40 chains and I think they are exactly the right length.
Oh wow, it is already week 3 of the Winter Wonderland Cal!
I am currently working on the border. So next week I will be able to tell you how much yarn I used in total and how much is left.
I really felt a bit sad when I made my very last stitch on the blanket part and finished off. It is such a beautiful pattern and I enjoyed testing it so much. I know I say that very often. But this time it is the first time that I am 100 % happy with my colour placement. Somehow that makes it very special to me!
I really hoped that the weather would get better here, but unfortunately this is a typical November this year. Cold, grey, rainy and foggy.
I would have liked to have taken some nice pictures of my part 2. Unfortunately I forgot when I finished with it. Now the ones that I have must be enough.
I’m currently working on the last twenty rows. Phew! I don’t think I had that yet, that a pattern was already published but I haven’t done my project yet. But sometimes it unfortunately happens that life gets in the way. I am very happy that I could at least finish the test beforehand by only doing a small swatch over 2 repeats for the last part. I only used some yarn that I just had there, but I actually like the colours very much. I really have to take a picture, my swatch looks completely different.
Since I am nearly finished with the blanket now, I can also better estimate how much yarn I will need. At the moment they are, for the blanket
4 balls White
2 balls Silver
2 balls Grey
2 balls Graphite
1 ball Lipstick
And for the border an extra ball Lipstick and probably one more Graphite.