At the beginning of the year I joined a group on Facebook dedicated to making a knit/crochet square per day this year and with the idea to turn them into either one massive blanket or several smaller ones. Anyone can join at any point, so if you’re interested, pop along to the Leap Year Blanket group and ask to join in. So far I’ve made all my January squares. I’m intending to make a few small blankets rather than one massive one. My first is a blanket for my cat.
Here he is:
I’m crafting his squares out of 100% acrylic as I had some to use up. Here they are:
As you can see, there are one or two ends to weave in before these can be turned into a blanket. I also need a few more squares! The only square that I’ve completed for February is my “Leap Year Swap” square, which was for a lady that’s making her blanket out of 100% wool. I used some left over variegated yarn from my “Can You Tell What it Is Yet?” blog post item, and I edged it with some lovely soft undyed blue faced leicester yarn. It makes me want to make a 100% wool blanket too.
This is the one I made to send away:
And this is the one I’m receiving (from a different person):
Coincidentally, we both made the same square, although I used variegated yarn, which I’m not convinced works with crochet, the other square (for me) has much nicer stitch definition.
If you’re a crafter-type person, you might spot the “deliberate” mistake in the square I made. Once I saw it I offered to make a new square, but the lady receiving it wants the flawed one, and who am I to argue with that?
A lot of us in the group have purchased what we call “the book”, “200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws and Afghans: Crochet Squares to Mix-and-Match” by Jan Eaton (you can buy it from Amazon here). This is the first square I’ve made from it so far.
I’ve also made a few batches of polymer buttons this week:
- Too Big
- Too Small
- Great Size and Shape But Hole Too Small for Needle
I think my knitted items might have to wait a while before they can be accessorised with “Handcrafted by Skirty” buttons…