Mood Blanket 2017 – Week 1 – Sun 8th Jan 2017

By | January 8, 2017

Can you believe we’re a week into 2017 already? If it’s anything like last year, this year is going to fly by.

I babble a bit about a hobby of mine on here and take quite a few instagram pictures of progress – – because I find it so beneficial to my wellbeing, which can only help.

Crochet.  You might think, what? How can a little hook and a ball of yarn help?

Well, for starters, it’s portable, unless you making a huge blanket (easily chuckable into a bag) and there’s a sense of achievement when you try something out and actually get a result.  Or stick to something simple and melodic that doesn’t require much thinking about and can be picked up and put down as required – in my case, lots! 

I’m currently making something that is really challenging me (pictures to follow when finished) but I’ve also decided to make a Mood Blanket for this year.  I started a knitted sky blanket last year, before I learnt to crochet and got very bored with the (continuous) grey squares for rain/cloudy days and turned it into a lap blanket and gave it away.  

This year I thought it needs to be something that can be made quickly and not be as cumbersome as squares.

So, here’s my first week of the Mood Blanket and today’s #pictureaday2017:

If you’re a regular reader of my blogs you’ll know that last week saw meltdowns for D, post-op pain for me and a dead phone technology fail, hence the amount of greys and blues.  It also saw a panto trip (the yellow and pink circle as I didn’t have anything sequinned/brighter) and another okay day, indicated by the yellow.

The bordering circle is a Parma Violet shade as I thought that would go with practically everything and the idea is rows of 21 circles, unless I can find a number that goes exactly into 365 and looks a decent size.

I started joining them with crochet slip stitches and double crochet but that’s going to leave me with loads of ends (don’t like ends) and wasting wool so I’ll sew them together from now on.

The pattern – if anyone fancies joining in – is:

For middle circle, 4mm hook:

Wrap wool around finger ten times, take off, secure with slip stitch and double crochet 14 times.  Slip stitch to first stitch.

Do another row of 14 double crochet stitches in same colour. Slip stitch to first stitch.

Fasten off yarn.

Join in border colour with 2 chains in any space, do a treble crochet in same space. Do 2 treble crochet stitches in each space (28 stitches), slip stitch into 2nd stitch of the chain and fasten off.

Very effective and quick.  I’ll probably do my little circle for the day at the same time I write my “line a day” in my secret santa present, in which I also note down my mood colour for the day.

Today’s is light purple btw, a positive colour, it’s been a calm Sunday, D’s arm is still producing “gunk” from her allergic reaction on her arm but it hasn’t got any worse and “gunk” means that the skin is working hard to heal and we watched one of D’s favourite films today, Nanny McPhee.  She knows the script so well that she’ll say what’s coming up next, but still absolutely loves it.

Tomorrow sees two hospital check-ups for D, both won’t include injections or blood tests (she says optimistically on the latter) and it was a stretch to get them both on the same day but that’s far easier stress-wise for D and it means she’s only out of school for one day.  It should all be fine.  We’ll see what tomorrow’s “mood colour” brings x

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Tony Huby on 8th January 2017 at 11:31 pm.

Oh my. You make crochet sound so simple. Ive been knitting on and off for the past 50+ years, but I have never ever managed to get further than a crochet chain. Believe me I have tried. I have watched countless YouTube videos, read numerous tutorials and even got as far as an evening class, but all in vain. I have now accepted that crochet is not for me.

Aside from my self-pity, a great post Jeanette


Jeannette on 14th January 2017 at 9:42 am.

Thanks Tony, until last Feb, I didn’t think I could crochet either. Saw a group advertised, went along and was “hooked”. Give it a try, you might be surprised, it’s opened the way to such lovely patterns and vastly helped my wellbeing post-op J


Jennifer on 9th January 2017 at 11:15 am.

It’s looking lovely so far! I hope that your check ups went well and I’m looking forward to following the progress of your blanket!
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Jeannette on 14th January 2017 at 9:39 am.

Thanks Jennifer, all good check-up with for our daughter trying to work out whether I make this blanket rectangular or triangular ATM, the sums aren’t working out!


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