Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Rainbows


It's snowing. Again. I very nearly got stuck in the car this afternoon and was late picking up Bella from school. I don't know about you but I am desperate for some colour and light and warmth. And I thought a colourful post might be just what we all need right now. It is bitterly cold, the temperature hardly seems to get above freezing and the skies are so grey. You know what I really, really want to do? I want to open all the windows really wide and prop open the kitchen door and feel a warm breeze wafting through the house. I want to smell cut grass and flowers and hear the buzz of bees...spring, come soon, please.

Such a nice thing happened a couple of weeks ago and I completely forgot to tell you about. I admired a skirt I saw on an blog, and my blogging friend Mel from Coal Valley View happened to see my comment. She sent me a lovely email out of the blue saying her daughter had outgrown that very same skirt and, as she had no use for it, she would be happy to send it to me. How lovely! I said yes please and a week later a beautiful rainbow skirt came all the way from Tazmania for Bella. It's long and swishy and perfect for summer. Mel, thank you so much. One of the many reasons I love blogging so much is the way you can connect and form friendships with people on the other side of the world who you would otherwise never meet.

In other rainbow news, the blanket continues:




I had a bit of a nightmare with the green yarn. I ordered all the cotton yarn ages ago and was a bit unsure of the shades of green I'd chosen but didn't have the energy to keep searching. It'll be fine, I thought. Then the yarn arrived, and I was even more unsure of my selection - they were too bright, too khaki. Horrid. Stupidly, I made up my little granny squares anyway and thought to myself once they are all together it will look fine. But it looked worse. I ordered some more cotton yarn in different shades of green from another website. The post office are "unable to locate" that parcel. So on Saturday morning I drove over to my nearest yarn shop and prayed that they would have some acceptable green cotton yarn that I could use. Luckily they did. I made more squares with the new shades of green. Such a difference. I am happy. The "wrong" greens are in the left hand picture and the "right" shades are the right hand picture above. It's still not perfect but a it's big improvement. The moral is - if you think the colour is horrible when you buy the yarn, the colour will still be horrible when you've crocheted it.

All the squares are now joined together and the ends woven in and the next step is to crochet a nice border. A simple one I think, as the blanket has quite a busy, colourful pattern. 

And now I have to tackle this particular rainbow pile...


38 comments:

  1. A nice colourful post! what a kind gesture, sending you the skirt. It looks great hanging up there as a decoration, glad you sorted out the yarn, you know when it's not working. The blanket is lovely, colourful but gentle! Heather x

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  2. Very colourful just what's needed on a cold wintery day. Your blanket is looking good, the new greens are a definite improvement.

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  3. A beautiful blanket with gorgeous colours. I must admit I like your right hand side greens. What a brilliant friend to send the skirt.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  4. What a lovely thing to do! Love your crochet blanket xx

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  5. I agree about the greens, though if you hadn't shown the improved version, I'd have probably said the first greens were ok. I'm fed up of snow now, I had to drive in it this afternoon, something I'm loathe to do, but I shan't be driving tomorrow unless the rain washes it all away.

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  6. I agree with you abou Spring. The sun shine here for a brief time thus morning. I planned to put the washing out and sweep the paths and look for snowdrops in the garden. By the time the thought had formulated the Sun had gone again. Oh well ......
    Your blanket is looking lovely. I'm still going with my ripple edging. Finding the right colour wasn't easy and it's taking me ages. Worth it in the end though!!
    Hope the snow doesn't last. x

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  7. Your rainbow blanket is looking so pretty! And I love the rainbow skirt for Bella. What a lovely colourful post, I too am fed up with the weather although we have barely ad a drizzle of snow here! Can't wait for spring...
    M xxx

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  8. From a snowy, gloomy Cumbria thanks for a lovely colourful post! Love the skirt and the crochet - it is very frustrating if you can't get the colour you want and that's what I don't like about internet buying - when the wool comes it's a completely different shade! Looking good now though.

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  9. Love all those brights, also great that people can be so kind. x

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  10. That hank you so much for the rainbow, much needed, nightmare pick up from school, mr Bea just gone to get his abandoned car after a near collision! (him not me!)
    Wonderful granny squares, the green you settled on is perfect.....yes there is such kindness in this Bloggy world! :) x

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  11. love the colours and greens are now perfect x

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  12. What a pretty skirt and such a kind and thoughtful gift.
    Your blanket is going to be beautiful, ooooh i love a rainbow .... and i will remember your yarn tip for the future!
    love jooles xxx

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  13. A lovely colourful post Gillian, just what we need after another cold winters day...
    Such a pretty skirt, love those colours.
    Here's hoping spring is just around the corner!
    Essie x

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  14. I agree, the new greens match the rest a lot better! I'm also crocheting with spring colours, and had to include it in this weeks happy moments. Yay for blogging friends :) how lovely.

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  15. Oh I so agree with you about longing for warm summer days with the door wide open. Please please please let us have a good summer! The blanket is looking lovely. And I want that skirt!! It looks like the kind of skirt you can twirl in, which are the best kind. x

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  16. I love all of these gorgeous colors-so pretty

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  17. I like the second greens better too ... your blanket is going to be very much appreciated gift ... and your rainbow pictures are beautiful too ... we all need some colour now I think ... hooray for bloggy kindness and friends :) ... Bee xx

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  18. Oh Gillian, I am so ready for Spring! It's so cold, grey and rainy here. I am craving warm sunshine right now... Spring cannot come soon enough. I love the rainbow skirt...it's so lovely for Summer! Your blanket is lovely, too!

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  19. Dear Gillian
    We definitely need a bit of colour here. It is snowing AGAIN! Enough with the white stuff, please! Roll on Spring, indeed.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  20. What a lovely story about the skirt! I think your blanket is truning out very pretty. I think the second green was a good choice. Have a very nice evening.

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  21. That was very kind of your friend to send you the skirt. It's so nice to connect with people this way, I've enjoyed it so much. Your blanket is looking beautiful. The new green is working much better.

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  22. Your rainbows are beautiful. I wish I had a rainbow skirt!

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  23. Your crocheting is gorgeous, as usual... And I love that skirt!
    I hope your week is going well, we are having cold weather here in Texas as well, so I feel for ya!
    Tammy

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  24. I'm more than ready for spring here and I LOVE winter, but I don't love these endless heavy grey skies and the unrelenting rain. Whatever happened to winter sunshine?!

    Love Bella's dress ... isn't Mel a fabulous bloggy friend :)

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  25. Hi Gillian, my pleasure to send the skirt! It was one of those serendipitous instances and it does make me feel warm and fuzzy knowing that it will be enjoyed by Bella :-) Your blanket is just fabulous! Mel x

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  26. It is so true - you can never make a horrible colour look good among good colours. I tried it too. Alas.
    Funny this happens to green so often. ;) When I was choosing yarn for my granny shawl I had plenty of green skeins in stash, but they all looked awful with other colours. So I had to go and buy a very nice, subdued shade of green which falls in nicely with other colours.
    I absolutely love the right bottom square with greens and white.
    Elena

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  27. Beautiful rainbows - just what I needed to see on a grey winters day! That crochet of yours is just gorgeous!

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  28. I much prefer your second choice of greens. I spent the day in York yesterday trying to learn crochet from a friend, but there was cake, tea and chatter. So much so that no hooking got done at all!

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  29. I couldn't agree more about how blogging is so wonderful for making new friendships. I have met some truly life enhancing people.
    Thank you for the swoosh of colour and I'm very thankful to be able to say I have had my bedroom windows open all morning and the sun is out!
    Lisa x

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  30. Loving all the happy-house-rainbow-colour... Spring is coming, we just got back and Paris had no snow with 10°c - it was spring!! The bulbs are all pushing through in our garden, so not long now!!
    Ivan x

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  31. I have been amazed by the nice things bloggers do for each other. When I started blogging I never ever thought I would make such lovely friends. It's so lovely!

    That blanket is going to look amazing when it's done! Love the new colours!

    Col x

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  32. You're right, it's about time we saw some sunshine and flowers! The granny squares are looking lovely. I did something similar with yarn recently - I tried to persevere for days until I finally realised it just wasn't going to work. It's so annoying when that happens!

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  33. Your crochet blanket is a thing of beauty! I do like your granny square pattern. I've been practising and have finally figured out how to make a square not a blob, but they don't look like yours, are you just using trebles and chain stitches here or something else? x

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  34. Hello Gillan!

    Such gorgeous rainbows. We didn't have the snow on Wednesday...again, but when the sun shone this afternoon I didn't realise how unmotivated I had become with all the grey and 'blah!'

    Let's hope that's it now and it will be positively shining from now on.

    Nina xxx

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  35. Gillian, this is simply one of the most beautiful blankets. I love how the gradient colored squares look all watercolorybeautiful. I just love it so much.

    You are so talented in so many ways. :)

    x
    Jenny

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  36. What a beautifully bright and colourful post, love your blanket. You can't beat bright colours surrounded by white borders simple yet stunning. Sarah x

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  37. Love all these cheery colours - gorgeous skirt, how lovely to have it posted to you too. That blanket is adorable, baby is a lucky girl indeed. x

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  38. Happy to find your blog and happy to find someone that crochets their squares together as they go!
    Shall carry on reading before I catch the next train to Bedlington. X

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