Well this weekend was yet another WIP wet weekend…when will summer arrive?
After trauma on Thursday night, when I accidentally broke the needles I was using to work on my Brioche Shawl…I had to work on some of my crochet instead (#firstworldproblems).
But I still made the most of being confined indoors by working on my crochet!
I decided to do some more on my Last Dance on the Beach blanket. I’m making this in the “last dance in the rain” colourway. The colours are so beautiful and the yarn is so soft, I love it!!!
I’ve been working on this blanket for aged…
It appeared in my post of shame about my “WIP Graveyard” back in September last year. I faithfully promised that I was targeting to get this completed in December 2017. I’m sorry to say that I failed that target 🙁
The pile of squares has slowly been growing and in a rare bit of sunshine on Friday evening, I was inspired to get cracking again!
I spent Saturday quite productively cracking on through some of the squares…(no, this is not a picture of me being lazy on the bed…this is me being super productive and active…..!)
On Saturday night, I got a bit distracted by a “Glow in the Park” run with a couple of friends. If anyone hasn’t completed one (I mean, why not??) it’s a:
- 5k run around a local park,
- in the dark,
- with music, paint and foam!
- wearing as much neon, brightly coloured clothing (obviously including a rainbow tutu!) and as many glow-sticks as my friends as I could reasonably get on in the time.
Note to self, next time allow more than 1 hour to get dressed up!!
It was loads of fun but I decided I’d best remove this neon nail-varnish before I do any more tutorials…its just not “on-brand” 🙂
…and yes, that is the “foam-party” tunnel in the background! 🙂 rude not to right??
But back to the point….Sunday brought more rain….and therefore more crochet! 🙂
My progress this weekend…
By the end of the weekend I’m pleased to report that I completed
- All 4 of the “C2C” squares
- The final one of this “cabled” square
- The final two of this “seagull” square
- One more of this “waves” square (this one takes AGES!)
- One more of this ripple square (This is one oy my “bonus” squares to make the blanket a bit larger!)
- And one more of these bobble squares.
I’m a fanatical fan of blocking, and I’ve been blocking these squares as I go along so that they are ready for seaming when I’m finished. I thought I’d share this picture though of pre and post-block, just in case anyone isn’t convinced that blocking is worth it! If you’re not sure what I mean, or how to block, check out this post here!
Not bad work for one weekend I don’t think!
I have calculated (rather depressingly!) that:
- There are 56 squares required in total to make the blanket.
- I’ve completed 29 of them and I have 27 still to go!
- I started this in February 2017 and so at my current rate of progress is 2 per month on average
If I continue at this rate, I won’t finish until March 2019….that is just too depressing, I think I need to make a concerted effort to complete this sooner than that!!
Mustn’t let that get me depressed though, I completed 10 this weekend and although I can’t be that lazy every weekend (and I have other projects to get on with!) it should be possible to get it completed in 2018 at least! ha! 🙂
Hope you all had a lovely productive weekend too! 🙂
That’s all for now
Broken knit pro’s. *sob* At least they’re good about replacing them though. Looks like you’ve been mega productive nonetheless. Well done!
I know. my own stupid fault because i accidentally leant on them! heard a “snap” though “argh!” checked and they were snapped! doh! oh well a good excuse to get my cro-jo on! 😂
It’s so easily done and so frustrating when it happens!
It’s a lovely blanket! And that pre- & post-blocking picture is the perfect example of why to block. I have a knit blanket that I decided originally to block all at the squares at once when I was done knitting all of them, but I think now that I should block the ones I have done now so that there will be less finishing to do all at once at the end.
I think your blanket will be awesome, no matter when you end up finishing it!
yes! I agree it’s best to block as you go along, if only so you have enough space! 😂 plus if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to get it finished once you’re done knitting!
thanks. I’ve got side tracked sketching tonight! 😂
They are looking lovely! I totally sympathise with you on the wavey square – I just could not get along with this one at all. None of my wavey squares look like they should but i just couldnt be asked to spend any more time faffing.
glad it wasn’t just me! I found it took ages to grow too!! it’s not my least favourite square thankfully. I’m replacing two of them with other designs because I just don’t fancy them at all. only one more wavy one you go! which colour-way did you do?
I made up my own with purples and greys. It was a gift for my fiancee and he loves purple. Which ones are you replacing?
I didn’t like week 1 (the one with two rows of three stacked bobbles) and also the knit effect one.
oh. I’ve just ravelry-stalked you. I love love love the colours you chose! so BEAUTIFUL!! ❤❤
Thank you 🙂 i am making another blanket in the same colour way but with some added trals and turquoises. This time the Hook n learn from simply crochet.
it’s a beautiful group of colours! I’ve not seen that blanket. I’m going to go look it up! 😊
The blanket is going to be gorgeous. What great progress you made this weekend. The run sounds fun – at least, more fun than plain ol’ running. I dislike running but adding neon and glow in the dark bracelets ‘n stuff makes it sound more doable!
thanks! 😊 I’m yet to find anything that neon and glow-sticks don’t make better! 😂😂
I love those colours!
thanks. I love them too! 😊
I love the cabled square! Really gorgeous work! Keep going, you’ll definitely get there and just think of the lovely blanket you’ll have in the end. 💕
thanks! 😊 I’ll keep my eye on the prize! 😂
That blanket is going to be gorgeous with those patterns and yarn colours!!!
I really hope so. I’ve seen so many beautiful ones completed! 😊😊
Wow that is a lot of squares, but they’re so gorgeous it’ll look fabulous when the blanket is finished! I think the wavy squares are my favourite to look at 🙂
I’ve done a colour run before (loved it!!) but never a glow run, I must see if I can find one when I’m back up to 5K
thanks! 😊😊 I’d love to do a colour-run!! I’d reccomend the glow in the dark run. was lots of fun! the one I did had plenty of people walking and run/walking so I wouldn’t worry about being “up” to 5k. just grab some mates, your tutu and some neon face paint had hair gel (plus glow sticks obviously!) and do it! 😊😊