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It seems a little bit silly writing this now, in the third month of 2013, but it’s time to (finally!) reveal my 2012 Sky Blanket!!!

It seems ages ago since I first started this as a scarf only to then rip it out and restart it as a blanket a few days later…once I’d done a few tension calculations!!!

If I think about 2012 I mostly remember rain and grey skies. In actual fact there were quite a lot of blue skies, or blue with clouds. There were also some amazing skies. Here are my favourite pics from each month…  

Concept crochet Sky Blanket using Attic 24s Ripple Pattern and Shrinkie Dink Buttons by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

It was a very eventful year: from a craft perspective, I started dress-making and quilting which has been the beginning of what I think is going to be a very long and enjoyable journey! On a personal side, most of the year was spent building up to moving over a hundred miles: we bought a new house off-plan in April and because of all the bad weather didn’t move until the end of September. Despite the upheaval, everyone seems to have settled in to our new home/life really well and I’ve been enjoying being closer to my parents, especially as my mum has been quite poorly since August.

It’s been really interesting for me to ‘journal’ the year in crochet. One of the things that I came to realise was that my progress on the blanket was very much a barometer or how calm/hectic my life was at that point in time. Case in point being that when we moved I got about a month behind with myself!!!!

Concept crochet Sky Blanket using Attic 24s Ripple Pattern and Shrinkie Dink Buttons by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

When I first started the sky blanket, one of the things I was very keen to do was to mark each month. Quite early in the year, I came across a tutorial for making your own buttons out of shrinkable plastic, which seemed the perfect solution as I could personalise them however I wanted! I don’t know if you’ve ever used this but it’s so much fun!!! I initially thought of drawing a picture to symbolise each month but eventually decided that simplicity was key and just wrote the month on each button following the instructions in the tutorial and ended up with 13 (mostly round!) buttons

So, enough of my rambling and retrospective musings……would you like to see the blanket?!

Ta-dah!!!!

Concept crochet Sky Blanket using Attic 24s Ripple Pattern and Shrinkie Dink Buttons by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

It’s fair to say that it is a huge blanket, and one that I don’t feel I’ve been able to fully capture in photos. The last seven days of 2012 make up the border, and each border row took about 2hrs!!!!!

Concept crochet Sky Blanket using Attic 24s Ripple Pattern and Shrinkie Dink Buttons by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

I only used six different colours, but got lots of variation from using a couple of varigated colours which helped to keep it interesting. I kept the border quite simple, doing a little picot edging to break up all the monotony and because I felt that it complimented the ripple waves.

So, details – and I’ve gone all out here because I’m a bit of a numbers geek at heart! – as well as including details of all the yarns and I used and what sky they represented to me;

Yarn

Pattern: Attic24’s ripple pattern

Amount of yarn: 17 balls

Size: 42″ x 75″

Approx. number of stitches (!): 37,500

So there we go, 2012 is finally wrapped up!

Thank you all so much for following me on this journey – it’s been so much fun and I love all the memories that I have woven into my diary of 2012.

See you all soon,

S x

Today’s sky ● overcast. Meh!

9 Comments

  1. March 6, 2013 / 8:38 pm

    I love it Sonia, I love the whole concept and how you've gone about it and the buttons are a great addition. I've been looking forward to seeing it completed and wish I'd found your blog earlier in the year to have watched more of your progress as it happened! What a treasure to keep ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. March 6, 2013 / 8:43 pm

    Oh, it's fantastic! I have been looking forward to seeing it, and the first think I noticed was the button in the first photo. Those buttons are a great idea. May you enjoy your blanket for many years to come!

  3. March 6, 2013 / 9:22 pm

    Sonia, it's fabulous and I love the shrinkie dinkie buttons! It's such a lovely record of 2012's days and nights and to know that they are contained in what you've made is so special. I've loved keeping track with your progress on this and the finished version does not disappoint! You should feel well and truly proud of yourself! Sorry to hear your Mum hasn't been well – hope things pick up for her. E x

  4. March 6, 2013 / 10:24 pm

    Thanks so much Chrissie. I can't claim the concept as my own but it has certainly been good fun ๐Ÿ™‚ Just need to find my next big project now – maybe the Farmers Wife Quilt?! x

  5. March 6, 2013 / 10:26 pm

    Ta Lynne – I was so pleased when I came across the button tutorial!!!! x

  6. March 6, 2013 / 10:27 pm

    Thanks E – it does feel like a major achievement! Thanks so much for all of your support on this over the past year ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  7. Attic24
    March 7, 2013 / 7:48 am

    That blanket is absolutely mind blowing, I just can't get over how wonderful the concept is! There is a surprising lot of blue! WOW.
    Thank you very much for sharing, I love your weather blanket very very much
    Lucexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  8. March 7, 2013 / 9:50 pm

    I love those colours! The sky I love is that really really dark ominous blue grey just before it tips it down with rain!

  9. Sarah
    March 8, 2013 / 10:23 pm

    Wow! The blanket is lovely. What a fantastic way to record the year, well done for sticking with it, I hope you are suitably proud of your achievement. Sorry to hear you're mum has been poorly. I love love love sky pictures. Sarah x