Hi everyone, I’m after some more help please. A long while back I saw a picture of a corner to corner blanket made with a variegated wool from Australia. I absolutely loved it and looked to buy some of the wool. It turned out that I could only get it direct from Australia, and i resisted temptation for a while. Then I decided that although the wool was a bit more expensive than I would normally go for, it might just be worth it. But then… The bill got a bit big when I ordered 8 balls of it…. Then added on postage to the uk. But I still went for it and then guiltily told my husband, who questioned what would happen with customs… 😯… Oops… Really hadn’t even considered that expense 😳. So I now have some crazily expensive wool to make a single corner to corner blanket.
I started on it but was a bit frustrated that although the wool in the ball is quite soft, once i started crocheting with a 4mm hook it went quite hard.
After a chat with my cousin who also does crochet I wondered if a slightly bigger hook might make it feel softer. I tried with 5.5mm hook but it looked a bit odd, so then I worked with a 5mm hook instead.
So now I have two versions of the same blanket started and don’t know which to continue with. So here’s the choice :
5mm hook that is a bit softer than the smaller hook, though not as soft as I’d hope, and due to the not so close weave might be nicer to wrap around you on a cold day
Or the 4mm one which is harder and less drapey, but i wonder if the pattern just looks better in this size.
It’s unlikely that i’ll keep the blanket, so i want to make sure i make the best choice… And especially as it was so expensive!
What do you guys think? Am I being too picky about the pattern or does it really look better in the smaller hook?
Other updates from today… I FINALLY did the quilting on my cushion cover! Having bought a fabric pen to draw on the material I found out that it either didn’t show up on the darker fabric, or faded too quickly fit it to be of any use. So I cut out templates and pinned on paper versions to sew around. It was tricky though and I’m sure it would have been neater if I’d been able to see a line, rather than having a slightly moving template that I had to keep lifting up to see where to put my needle.
It sort of doesn’t matter though as you can’t see the detail as much as I’d have liked, though you can see the design on some of the panels when the thread is more of a contrasting colour. I’m pleased with it though, and very glad to have got it to this stage.
Finally I’ve been colouring. I have a cool book called press out and colour birds and decided to use my sharpie markers to colour the peacock. It’s been quite relaxing, and nice to do while watching educating cardiff on all 4.