WIP Wednesday – Patchwork Blanket

When I started knitting seriously, I started making squares – one after the other after another, and when Wonder-Gran heard about this she decided I ought to make a Patchwork Blanket. The darling lady sat in her lounge for many a night, knitting dozens of squares for me. I had no idea about this until she handed them to me when I visited one day and announced I got to sew them all together. Whoop!

Before I continue, some news for you! I’m moving to Devon on Monday. I’ve always been pretty open about depression and so forth, and it’s all got a bit much for me. I’m retreating to the parental homestead (which is currently being renovated so is actually uninhabitable) to take stock and try figure out what is what. I’m going to be leaving my beloved JS behind, but Archie is coming, so it’s not all bad. You’ll hear more about it as things progress, so back to the WIP.

A certain man I love chilling on a bed of moss.
A certain man I love chilling on a bed of moss.

Patchwork Blanket

In keeping with naming my projects after things from Harry Potter, the project name for this on Ravelry is “Honeyduke’s Best Chocolate” – because I imagine the chocolate to be warm and comfortable, and the Patchwork Blanket certainly is that!

Aerial view of the Patchwork Blanket with squares to be completed at the bottom.
Aerial view of the Patchwork Blanket with squares to be completed at the bottom.

I’ve been sewing these squares together for more than three years now. It’s not that there are many of them – in fact there are surprisingly few. It’s more that I will sew one on to the set and get bored, move on to something else. I’m sure you knitters can identify with this – the sewing up is the worst of the worst, in my opinion.

I think I've got another third or so to go.
I think I’ve got another third or so to go.

Anyway, this is where I am now. It’s certainly been a study in finishing techniques – in fact, I would absolutely love to take a workshop on finishing, because my knitting has been entirely self-taught and YouTube can’t show all the finesse! I do have a book as well, but one of the symptoms of my depression in particular is that I basically find it impossible to read things.

This square was not attached to the Patchwork Blanket well.
This square was not attached to the Patchwork Blanket well.

Anyway, that’s where I’m at. What are you making this week? Head on over to Tami’s and Ginny’s for more WIPs.

Much love,

Corrie xx

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Shiny shiny blue sock yarn.
Shiny shiny blue sock yarn.
WIP Wednesday's with Tami's Amis
WIP Wednesday’s with Tami’s Amis

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18 Responses to WIP Wednesday – Patchwork Blanket

  1. Barbara says:

    Hope all looks brighter soon, like that lovely bright blanket. Wonder Gran sounds like a true wonder!

  2. Sometimes taking a step away is a great way of working out what will make you happier. I hope Devon helps you.

    I did a Rowan finishing course and it was brilliant. I highly recommend doing a workshop if you can find one.

  3. karen says:

    Good luck on your move! Love the patchwork blanket, the colors are so bright and cheerful, it would make any room cozy :)

  4. Karen says:

    The blanket is beautiful! It looks so snuggly.

  5. autumngeisha says:

    The blanket is looking great! I much prefer knitting to sewing up, but it will be worth it in the end. Good luck on the move.

    • Corrie says:

      I was horrified when she told me! But now that I’m nearing the end I’m looking forward to being done, and it’s going much faster.

  6. Heather says:

    Good luck on your move! I know that I sometimes feel the need to get back to a place of center in order to move forward. Hopefully there will be a lot of sun there (i have no idea what the climate is like over there!), that helps me a lot when I am feeling down :-)

    I LOVE the blanket! It is something I have been telling myself to do for a few years now. I have been saving all of my yarn scraps, perhaps it is time to start!

  7. Chris says:

    That blanket will be so cozy and warm. As to how long it takes to knit a sport weight hat, I have no clue. I have never timed myself. LOL. But I am 1/3rd of the way through this hat and I just started it Tuesday night. Worked on it for a few hours yesterday. Being colorwork, it actually goes slower than a 1 color hat. If I get to work on it each day I should have it done by Sunday at the latest.

  8. steph says:

    hope your move will give you the peace and perspective you need….be sure to take along your knitting! blanket is amazingly beautiful!

    • Corrie says:

      I have so little space in my car that I think all my clothes will be staying in Kent while the knitting and spinning makes it to Devon!

  9. Beth says:

    Good luck with your move. I’d curl up under that blanket anytime!

    • Corrie says:

      Thank you! I curled up under it yesterday and it was fantastic…until I realised I had forgotten to take out the needle I was sewing the latest square in and I’d fallen asleep on it. Eeek! But it is very comfy <3

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