Sunday, October 23, 2016

More spice in my life...

I did it!   I finally finished my second Spice of Life Blanket!


I know this isn't a very creative way to take a picture of a large blanket, but I wanted to give as full a view as I could of all the colors I used.   It may look like there are several dozen colors in this blanket, but there are really only thirteen.  I was, at first, striving for a Tuscan color scheme, but perhaps because I'm not sure what really constitutes Tuscan colors (or maybe I just couldn't find the right right shades in the yarns I wanted to use) I decided to just strive for something kind of autumn-ish.

In the end, I don't know that it looks particularly autumn-y or Tuscany, but I love how this blanket turned out.  I think this will look great on our sofa now through the Christmas holidays.


The Spice of Life pattern is well written, and has recently been "translated" into US crochet terms, and Sandra Paul has included some helpful photos to explain some of the stitch patterns.    The multi-part and many-paged pattern may look a bit overwhelming at first glance, but as you read through it, the layout will make sense, I believe.  I think Sandra originally put the pattern out as a Crochet-A-Long, hence the different parts.  And within each part are several sections (each section being a different stitch pattern).  Looking at the pattern that way helps it to make sense if it doesn't make sense at first glance.  It seems like I needed to grasp that and get over it before I felt completely comfortable with the pattern.  Once I did, it was truly a piece of cake.

While I heartily recommend the pattern, I will forewarn you...  some of the rows "pull in" so badly that this thing takes some serious blocking prior to crocheting the edging.  If you want a straight edge, that is.


If I ever make another one of these I will probably eliminate some of the worst of the rows that "pulled in".   The Stacked Grannies (not to be confused with the Grannies) will definitely go and I'll probably use a larger hook on rows like the Big Zipper and Stacked Shells (though I might eliminate the Stacked Shells, too). My favorite rows are the Tulips, the Puffs, and the Waves (all featured above - if you can find them).  Even with eliminating a couple pattern rows I didn't care for much, there is enough interest in the remaining rows, and enjoyable ease in the double crochet rows to keep this an interesting and fast-moving project.

I'll mention that some people compensate for the tendency of some rows to pull in by using larger hooks on those rows.  I'm pretty sure I remember doing this early on with those rows, but frankly... my hooks got separated from my project and by the time I got back to this blanket recently, and got it finished I was pretty positive I had used such a variety of sizes of hooks I was no longer sure what hook size I began with.  At that point, blocking was going to cover a multitude of issues.  So I blocked this baby hard.  And then blocked it again.


And finally I added the edging.   Don't let the curve in the picture above fool you.  The edges are straighter than they appear above.  I just didn't take the time to smooth it all out before snapping the picture.



And now that I've finally finished this project I'm already on to other things!  It's always fun to start new things, isn't it?!?   To see what other Yoppers are up to visit  this week's thread on Ravelry.







11 comments:

  1. It is absolutely stunning and a job well done :) Well done! I hope you get many uses out of it and it will be great as a christmas throw.

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  2. An absolute work of art! Can't wait to see what you get up to next!

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  3. That is gorgeous and will look perfect on the sofa at Christmas. So what is next? I love planning the next project.

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  4. *waves pom poms* Hoo-rah on this terrific piece! I agree; it is so hard to photo a blanket especially when you want to show off the whole thing. That is a pattern I'd like to try one day.

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  5. It's things like this that make me wish I could crochet....and then I remember that I knit and spin and that's probably plenty.

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  6. It's a gorgeous blanket and it shows off your skill so wonderfully.

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  7. You are so fast!!! And this blanket is gorgeous - the colors, the stitch patterns, the size, everything is just right!

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  8. Wow! A stunning blanket for sure! You do such beautiful work and I love the color scheme. I may ask for advice when and if I make one of these...it seems I can't finish anything lately...torn in a million different directions. But you start a project and 'git 'er done'! Good for you and congratulations on a beautiful blanket!

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  9. That is one big blanket. I have never managed to finish something so large... my tension changes too much whenever I have tried.

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  10. Oh I like this! It's always such a great feeling to finish a whole blanket isn't it? Thanks for the tips and your experience with some of the stitches: this one is on my list, I just haven't decided on colours yet.
    Happy Days,
    Jenn

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