Sunday 25 November 2012

Patchwork Granny Square!

I brought my laptop to work so I could write a quick post between shows. Its been a little while again since I had a catch up with you all. So yes that's right... I'm sat at my dressing room table with my monkey make-up on, writing about my latest project :-)
Those of you that join me on the "According To Matt Facebook Page" will know that I recently ordered myself some more Stylecraft DK from Masons. I couldn't resist!! After finishing and struggling to give away my Solid Granny Square blanket I had made for a friend, I knew that I had to order more wool and make myself a similar blanket.
I picked most of the colours from the 'Stylecraft colour pack' and added a few extra colours to my order. My bundle of yarn was delivered to the theatre last Monday so I've been playing around with that in my free time!

I ordered myself 31 colours in total and made use of a discount code I had received from my last purchase. I was so excited to take the parcel home and have a look at 31 different shades of scrumptiousness. I loved the variety of colours I had! There were a couple of surprises though, some colours were not exactly the same as advertised on the website. 
I found a couple of choices a little too bright, almost florescent looking!! These "flourescent" colours have been locked away in my yarn box for another project.
Here are the colours I finally settled on for my blanket: 

Here are the colour name and codes in the order they appear above for those of you that wandered :-)

1123-Claret, 1246-Lipstick, 1083-Pomegranite, 1132-Shrimp, 1114-Sunshine, 1081-Safron, 1263-Citron, 1065-Meadow, 1116-Green, 1062-Teal, 1422-Aspen, 1068-Turquoise, 1302-Denim, 1003-Aster, 1019-Cloud Blue, 1034-Sherbet, 1082-Bluebell, 1188-Lavender, 1067-Grape, 1432-Wisteria, 1390-Clematis, 1080-Pale Rose, 1241- Fondant, 1023-Raspberry, 1061-Plum, 1084-Magenta, 1435-Bright Pink.

I'm really happy with how the colours look grouped together! A little more yellow than I would normally go for, but I'm going to stick with it and see how the blanket progresses.
I've been making squares at work, when I'm not on stage. I've already made quite a few!!


I carry a ball of yarn, hook and scissors around with me and try making a quick when I can.
I make sure not to complete a total square or sew in the ends. I do this so I can join the last round properly to another square once I am at home. It probably sounds like a bit of a long winded way, but this way means I can make squares without carrying much yarn. It also means I'm still be able to use the 'join as you go' method, rather than having to sew tons of squares.

I've only been making this for just under a week and have already got half of my squares made! It really is growing fast!!

 I've also started with the joining of the actual blanket, that is also coming along nicely!!!

Already loving it!!! I can't wait to  have it finished. To have it to snuggle up in as winter takes over and Hamburg gets colder!!
As always I'll keep you posted with my progress! Hope you are all having a lovely Sunday?!

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  1. Oh isto fez o meu coração brilhar, tão lindas as cores e o cobertor, e tão lindo sentir que você está feliz de novo, amo do Brasil e continue o bom trabalho. Maria Teresa

  2. Awesome colors, can't wait to see the result.

  3. Matt, love the colors and the blanket. Oh, so want to start mine but that's a project for next year. Please keep us updated.

  4. Oh so beautiful! Such lovely lovely colours on a cold winters eve.

  5. You are so fast! I'm so glad that you are making one for yourself, after having to part with the first one. We are just enjoying a sunny Sunday.. hubby is watching history TV about "The Men Who Built America" and I just put up a new blog post.. I hope you have time to pop over and see.
    *H*A*P*P*Y* * *H*O*L*I*D*A*Y*S*!*!*!*
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  6. Wonderful squares and colours and of course it is soooo soft.
    Great to hear from you again ☺

  7. it is beautiful, your colours are gorgeous and your crochet is so neat!

  8. You are doing really well!!!! beautiful selection of colours!!!
    xxx Alessandra

  9. I am debating on whether to make my own actually. It looked so cheerful :-)

  10. Fabulous! I love it to pieces!! Great work, Matt!

  11. it looks delicious! loving the colors, Matt! I am also very much astonished with your productivity! That's just wow! All the best, hope to see your blanket soon.

  12. Que combinación de colores tan bonita, me encanta.
    Un besazo

  13. It's beautiful Matt, looks good enough to eat :-) and what a great way to make use of the snippets of free time you have.

  14. The colors are a feast for the eyes! I love how you are using your spare time to crochet a little at a time. For me, crocheting is like meditation. I can really use it at this time of my life. Stay warm in Hamburg! ~Hugs, Patti

  15. Wow look at you go! Looking fabulous! I am still waiting for my order to arrive so I can start my blanket! I am guessing since you join as you go that you don't block the squares? How do you get them so perfect looking?

  16. Hi Matt,

    WOW !!! You are fast!!! I am making a granny blanket myself but i guess i take my time...;-)
    LOVE the colours!!!
    So good to read you are making one for me-myself-and-I !!! Good for you!!

    Have a lovely week!!


  17. beautiful! love the colors!

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  19. Hey Matt, I'm trying to do up a granny square blanket myself and I was curious how did you stitch them all together? I can see you're not doing them as you go, so are you just leaving extra thread when you finish each square in order to use to stitch them together?

    Thanks for the inspiration.

  20. Aaaaaaaand I just saw the answer to my question in your posting. Sorry, should have read it all the way through. ;-)

  21. I love your colour selection - just gorgeous. Those wee squares work up so quickly don't they - it's such a good feeling seeing little stacks of them ready and waiting to be joined. Have fun.

  22. Love the colors and the idea of taking one color with you... I always like to bring a project with me everywhere I go, but could never bring a granny square considering we have so many balls of yarn... Clever idea !!! Thanks !att, you are genius ! :)

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  24. You should totally make a video of you making squares, I'd love to see just how quickly you can whip one up! I absolutely love your work!

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  27. I just love this but are wondering how many squares per colour do you make? Just to get an idea :) Would love to make an afghan like this :)

  28. Am an avid reader of your blog and LOVE your creations!!

    I just wish I could crochet! Been having lessons, but still cannot get the hang of it!!


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