Sometimes you see a colour combination or idea that looks so lovely that you are simply inspired to make something similar - straightaway - and this is what happened when I saw Julie's "Me Old China Blankie". The colours were just delightful together and it kept calling to me.
So on Saturday I HAD to go to the wool shop - despite the fact that there were plenty of other things I should have been doing and I had plenty of empty days this week when I could go. I just couldn't wait any longer - I NEEDED new wool. My candlepower sock could wait. The Granny Stripe blanket that I had started a few months ago was forgotten. I was going to make something new and woolly.
But I didn't want to COPY Julie exactly. I wanted to see if I could pull together some colours using her basic selection of 10 as a guide. I also wanted to use slightly less luxurious wool because I know any blanket in the Locket house will get a very rough life and we have a problem with moths so using super-gorgeous yarn would be soul-destroying if the pesky moths got to it.
So I went for King Cole's Merino DK which had a lovely palette of colours and Dot and I had a happy half hour selecting, rejecting, re-selecting and finally agreeing on 9 shades with one Sirdar Country Style in deep pink. Jacqui and Louise in the shop were really helpful and patient and gave lots of good advice without which I would have definitely ended up with the wrong colours.
I started hooking as soon as I got home and have managed to do some each day and now have 15 squares.
But I have a dilemma which I hope you can help with..............
Should I do the squares as they are here with all the different colours on the final round?
Or should I add a cream border to each one which will make the joining much neater?
I'm not sure because adding the cream completely changes the look of the blanket making it more like this one which I love..........but is it too cream?
P.S. sorry about the terrible photos - I really hate my new camera - colours just don't work on it and it is very frustrating.