This little bit of crochet is thanks to Lucy at http://attic24.typepad.com. It was her granny stripe blanket that inspired me. You can find the pattern, as well as lots of other wonderful crochet, on her blog.
I decided to break with tradition and take my crochet to the knitting group. For me, crochet is much easier than knitting as I can spot mistakes instantly and rectify them.
Recently, I got totally fed up making a scarf horizontally ( hundreds of stitches) when I discovered mistakes in the first rows which I couldn't fix. I also decided to do a small project and hence, this will be a small blanket, about cot size. It may not take me a year to finish it! And if it works well, I may try a larger one.
I started with three balls of wool that I already had. Two were Rowan merino wool and the other was a French equivalent.
I took these to France with me when we had a short break and added a few more colours.
These are not pure wool, unfortunately, but they have some wool content and the crochet hook size is the same. At first I tried hot pink and a very bright purple as well, but they did not work so they have been stashed away for another project. I think the variety of colours in this still make it unisex.
Here are all the colours:
I think they work well. I have now completed about 1/4 of the blanket. I did quite a lot in France where it is very pleasant to sit and crochet without guilt about all the other things that need doing. Since returning, however, I have managed 2 or 3 stripes at each meeting of the knitting group (too much chat), and a few at home in front of the TV when we are not reading subtitles. (Enjoying BBC4s foreign thrillers on Saturday evenings.) Anyway, there is no rush and I am enjoying the making of it. I hope to finish it in the summer when we are in France again.