My sky blanket is finished! I want to shout from the rooftops – Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music style. 14 months of knitting and I have a beautiful blanket that I will treasure for years to come and look at with a smile on my face.
To do justice to this project I want to share the story and photos of how my blanket grew. It makes for a bit of a read, so I’ll forgive you if you just want to scan through the photos!
First things first, what is a sky blanket? Adapted from Laura at Bugs and Fishes blanket, the idea was simply to knit a square every day for a year based on the colour of the sky at midday. With a pallet of 5 colours I could pick 2 different colours or 2 of the same. I opted to use Stylecraft Special DK, as it’s affordable, durable and kind to work with. Based on Laura’s concept, I opted for White, Dark Grey, Silver, Aster and Cloud Blue. It’s all down to interpretation of the colour of the sky, so I ended up rarely using Dark Grey.
Each square was made using Moss stitch; a beautiful stitch and while a little time consuming, I’m so pleased I decided to challenge myself to use this stitch. Using 6mm knitting needles I cast on 16 stitches and worked 22 rows before casting off. For a full tutorial head over to my old blog for a step-by-step guide. Each square measured approximately 10x10cm, so the completed blanket comfortably covers a double bed. A row accounts for 18 squares, across 21 rows.
I spent a total of £67.60 on 40 balls of yarn – 12 in White, 5 in Dark Grey, 11 in Silver, 5 in Aster and 7 in Cloud Blue. That being said, I had a few balls of yarn left over which I’ve now given to my friend Tam for her crochet 2015 sky blanket. Is that a lot of money? I don’t think it is; you only have to look at the cost of throws on the high street to know how costly they can be.
Still with me? Cool, thanks. Here’s the story, broken down into each quarter of the year and with lots of photos as the blanket grew…
January – March 2014
The beginning of any project is the most exciting and, teamed up with the cold weather, I really enjoyed seeing the blanket begin to grow. Completing the first row of 18 squares was a big deal and I couldn’t wait for the next day so I could knit the next square. I was talking to a sky blanket group on Ravelry and my friends Ella, Charlie and I were all working on our own style blanket. I’d get excited about new colour combinations too – light blue and light grey being my favourite.
By the end of March I’d finished five rows, Freds had fallen in love with it (the inevitable) but was starting to get frustrated that it wasn’t a project I would ever be able to keep up with.
April – June 2014
At the beginning of April friends and I stayed in a cottage in Cornwall for a week and it gave me a good chance to relax and catch up. April 11th marked 100 squares in and I was definitely feeling more positive – especially with more and more blue skies appearing on my squares. I also got myself featured on Love Knitting’s blog talking about crafting and my sky blanket.
Sunshine also meant that I fell behind as the idea of knitting in the warmer weather wasn’t appealing…
July – September 2014
This period of the year was without a doubt the hardest; the idea of touching yarn, let alone knitting with two strands of yarn in the height of summer was stomach turning. You know that feeling of putting jeans on, on the hottest day of the year? That. So for that reason I fell quite far behind and lacked any motivation to knit. Though strangely when we were in Italy I did get a few squares done while sitting by the beautiful Lake Como.
Plus, though it may have been harder to knit it was also lovely to have so many blue squares made. And July 19th marked the 200th day of my sky blanket.
October – December 2014
Between these final few months of the year I actually started to begin to feel quite proud of what I’d achieved. I’d fallen quite far behind but just accepted that I would eventually finish it, even if it wasn’t at the end of 2014. Knowing I was close to the end spurred me on and I really noticed how much faster I was able to knit – which I’ve noticed even more as I’ve made other things this year.
And a few more photos for you…
Wow, what a project! I may have been quite negative about it at times, but boy oh boy am I proud of it. My proudest moment was taking the blanket (with about 2 rows to go) to show to my Nan and Grandad. Both were full of compliments and love for it; they mean the world to me and I was over the moon to hear their kind words. Full of love.
Finally, I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported me while I was making it! That might sound a little over the top, but seriously, all those words of encouragement and admiration for what I was doing made all the difference at those moments where I wasn’t feeling very positive about it.
Fancy taking on a project like this one day?! I’ve previously written some top tips for taking on a year long craft project, based on my experiences with the sky blanket.
Thanks for reading!