I did a post some months ago about some of the amazing appliqué finds from folksy and I have been meaning to do another since.
Although I had decided to shut up shop and not do any kind of work this holiday, I did get stuck in a 10 mile traffic jam the other day which turned a 3 hour journey into a 5 hour journey but it was made slightly less annoying (for me anyway) because I had my crocheting in a bag in the back.
I carry a small bag of wool bits, with a crochet hook and an ever growing granny blanket in the back of the car in the hope that I get enough daylight and a smooth enough ride to be able to add to it very casually and occasionally when JC and I have to travel.
Sitting making new multi coloured squares and joining them to the others for 5 hours, got me thinking and wondering what other crochetters are doing out there.
So, albeit that most folksy makers are on holiday until the 3rd of January and their shops are not selling, their makes can still be viewed and a lot of crocheted items are available to buy.
There are lots of ear warmers, cup warmers and hats, there are gazzillions of crocheted flowers in the form of broaches or hair clips and I was delighted to see the occassional crocheted tea cosy but there are hardly any granny (or afghan) blankets out there.
That surprised me as they are about the best way of using up all your odds and ends of double knit or whatever you mostly work in. It won’t be a speedy work but if, like me, you do it in the car and add to your wool with odd balls picked up in charity shops or at car boot sales, you will get along quite well and have something of quite striking colour combinations.
I have no doubt that my blanket will not be finished for a very long time yet but it will have cost me pennies in materials even if it has cost me a lot in time. I do think, however, that crocheting while sitting in the passenger’s seat on a journey is a great way of using up the time (and the wool).
The WI did a ‘longest knitted bunting guinness book of records’ and asked contributors, the efforts of which could be seen at the Alexandra Palace Knitting and Sewing Show this autumn. I wonder if the same could be managed with a huge afghan blanket?
In the meantime, there are obviously lots of makers out there with their crochet needles busying away creating lovely things and there are blankets and bedspreads available when you look. Some are pram sized or big and beautiful like this gorgeous green and floral bedspread by Wool n Hook or the fabulous Blanket from Babab Cat.