I’ve spent quite a bit of time (maybe too much time) thinking about what version of this blanket would be mine if one day, I were finally to get around to making it.
Would I make one like Iwona’s original version?
With colours collected from projects-past illuminated against a creamy white, making all the colours go pop, pop, POP!
Or would I make one like Maurie’s?
With a cozy coloured background and a delicious array of colour vignettes, all speckled and tweedy thanks to the magic of Noro Silk Garden.
Some of you might remember that I did make one of these blankets. It looked remarkably (which by this I mean exactly) like this one ↑. That blanket wasn’t for keeps though. It went to a very sweet baby boy.
With so many possibilities, how do you choose?
This might be your problem too if you decide to take our Crochet Blanket Class that starts this Sunday. It is open to beginners who have never ever crocheted a stitch EVER! Or newly minted crocheters who are looking for their next project! Here are the deets:
Crochet Blanket Class – Sunday October 20,27, 12:30-3:30, $72
Call to register 416 533 5648
A brand new shipment of Lamb’s Pride Bulky by Brown Sheep ↓
When I look outside the Knit Cafe’s window today this is pretty much exactly the colour pallet I see reflected back at me. What tremendous fall colours those Brown Sheep people have sent us! I love the honey yellows and the mossy greens and that eggplant is fairly swoon worthy. Make a cozy sweater out of these and it will keep you warm right into deepest winter… it’s coming.
PS. 2 boxes from Madelinetosh just came through the door!
Forget the diamonds, a blanket is much cozier, and so maybe it won’t last “forever”, but it will last a very long time indeed. If treated with due respect a hand crafted blanket can be passed down to the children, and then to their children, and even further down the line. Generations can be napping with them, making forts from them, and perhaps even keeping warm whilst knitting under them.
The Crochet Blanket Class is coming up again. It features one of my all time favourite blanket patterns. See this version ↑ made by lovely Maurie Todd with the help of magical Noro for the middles.
This is Judith’s version (in progress) after only two classes and a week of knitting time. Cascade 220 and Berroco Ultra Alpaca making up this beautiful pallet of colours.
Some more in-class photo-ops.
See those middles stack up!
Arranging the middles is good-fun!
This ↑ is my version, made for my friend’s new-born this past summer.
The original blanket ↑, still holds it’s own.
Now that you are properly inspired you can start planning your own version. Even if you have never crocheted before you can still join the class. Here are the details:
Crochet Blanket Class
Sunday January 27 and February 3, 12:30-3:30
$70, materials not included
to register call 416 533 5648.
Along with all the good stuff we have to knit with here we have a little bit more of Dream in Color’s Smooshy with Cashmere. A fine and dandy sock weight yarn made extra yummy with a dab of cashmere. Try it for socks and shawls, cowls and mittens.
Try it for blankets too if you dare. Look at this stunner-in-progress by Floree Muller. She is test crocheting our pattern that I’ve been calling the Orange Crush Blanket. Perhaps she will have to start another now that she has a new little person to crochet for. WELCOME LYLE AUSTIN MULLER born to our lovely friends and partners Kate and Matthew just yesterday! Hooray! We will get him knitting as soon as possible!
You can see more examples of this crocheted blanket in more colours and incarnations here and here
The pattern is still not ready but if you are itching to start making this blankie you can take the Knit Cafe’s Crochet Blanket 2 Class.
If you have a little bit of experience with a crochet hook or have taken any of our crochet classes (our beginner Crochet Blanket Class included) then you are ready for this blanket!
Crochet Blanket Class Two (too!)
Sunday December 4, and 11
$70 materials not included
Call to register 416 533 5648
We also have some more beautiful colours of Dream in Colour Everlasting DK too!
Think back to June. Remember when I enthusiasticly introduced the discover of the orange crush blanket. This yet to be released Knit Cafe crochet pattern is still in production and with pattern production comes pattern testing. Here is Kate’s version of the blanket, as pretty as a garden in summer. The green grass background is made out of Handmaiden Casbah and Fleece Artist Trail Sock. Both are soft and dreamy sock yarns, both are washable. Perfect for a baby blanket which this beauty is destined to be.
The flower centers are made from the bits and pieces of past projects that lay about in waiting. In this case all powerful pinks: furry mohair, sock yarn, and boucle. Kate tells me some angora may make an appearance soon. Sweet!
So nice to see the same project made in completely different materials. The blanket Iwona is making is a much heavier weight (worsted) and made from solid coloured yarns (not hand dyes).
Another example of a project stitched with a difference is this Sexy Shrug.
Edie Kim and her shrug are the first to pass the finish line in the Sexy Shrug Knitalong! Edie’s shrug was stitched with a petal-soft coloured worsted weight so different then the colour we chose for our shrug which was earthy and deep. the light as air colour-way really shows off the stitch pattern in the lace. Love it!
Carte blanche is what you have when you make your own things. A complete and utter artistic license. Changing colour, texture, size and shape with whimsy or considered calculation leads to items of individualistic character. Vive la difference!