ScrapHappy June

OK, OK, everyone else did their ScrapHappy posts last week, but events conspired against me and mine did not happen. That is not so say that I haven’t been working on a scrappy creation, just that it didn’t make it onto the blog.

In fact my current scrappy project is a continuation of one you have seen before – a blanket using old crochet squares and unwanted yarn given to me by Wild Daffodil. It has progressed from this:

to this:

and on to this by the beginning of this week:

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The outer squares and the edging were made from wool left over from some of my old projects and some from Freecycle. And I thought that might have to be it, as I’d almost come to the end of my brown/beige/green scraps. But, no! Someone in the 60 Million Trebles group has a load of old cones of wool and other 4-ply scraps and oddments and these are now on their way to me, so that this can be made into a full-sized blanket. I am really enjoying this collaborative effort and hoping that eventually it will keep someone warm and let them know that there are people in the world who care.

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I’ve been inspired to write this (and future) ScrapHappy posts by Kate, who provides links to other (mostly sewing)Β ScrapHappy bloggers at Tall Tales from Chiconia on the fifteenth of every month… do check them out.

 

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  1. I do so admire this initiative Jan – I’m sure I’ve said this before. The little throw looks really lovely. I never would have guessed you could create something so eye catching using mostly browns and neutrals! I hope you will remember to show us the bigger, completed version in due course πŸ™‚

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    • I rather like not being able to plan because I don’t know what’s going to arrive. Sandra’s original squares add some colour, but it is surprising how well it has turned out with all these other dull colours.

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  2. Wow! Wow! WOW! Jan!!!!!!!! You are amazing!!!!!!! That looks absolutely gorgeous – I just never could have imagined that you would create something so beautiful. I thank you from the bottom of my heart – those bits had been sitting unloved for years – the brown 4 ply of my Mum’s – well that might have come from the 1960s and you have given it all life and love and then that energy carries on to give comfort to others – I’m thrilled and amazed and delighted. Magic has happened across decades, across the miles and soon possibly across cultures. Welling-up here! ❀

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  3. I love this! Great colours, clever arrangement, and I’m really happy to learn it’s going to be a larger piece. And if you don’t have a post ready for the next ScrapHappy day, let me know, and I’ll link back to this piece instead πŸ™‚

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  4. That is incredibly pretty for something made of “just” scraps! It must be your eye for color and placement!

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  5. Annie

     /  June 23, 2017

    Love the blanket. Our scrap happy? How about the builder puts a skip on our drive. He pops by every so often to put things in. We get home and oik them out!
    So far –
    2 gates that will repair compost bin & provide wood to make 2 beds.
    2/3 tonne quarry waste (we actually intercepted this before it went in)
    1/3 tonne ballast (ditto)
    2 bags 10mm gravel (also ditto)
    2 half bags sand
    A dozen semi circular type ridge tiles, complete with algae & moss (animal shelters)
    Half a new fence panel
    A hardwood pallet (firewood)
    Various bits of wood offcuts (firewood and a frame for keeping allium leaf minor off leeks)
    20 old block paving blocks (raise a small wall in veggie area by 1 course)
    Small slab (went to a customer’s to widen a path)
    Bits of slate
    Assorted Peach House left overs – gutter, down pipe etc.
    3 tonne bags
    There are some breeze blocks and bricks kicking around too that will ‘vanish’ before he skips them…
    Now if only we could find a use for the 2 concrete lintels that are surplus to requirement….
    Although we want our drive back, I will be quite sorry to see the end of these ‘resources’. πŸ™‚

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    • Ooh, what fun… surprise gifts every day. It does make you realise, though, how much useful stuff gets wasted in this country.

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      • Annie

         /  June 23, 2017

        I can understand his logic, if he saved all the left over bits, let alone the ‘pre-used’ items, then he would need a yard just for that. I forgot the 8 or so old oak beams too….

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  6. Laurie Graves

     /  June 23, 2017

    Lovely scrapiness!

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  7. Your blanket is looking wonderful, and I really love the combination of colours – what a fortunate mix you were given πŸ™‚
    I’m looking forward to seeing the end result, once you’ve used the rest of the cones and scraps being sent to you. Knowing your sense of what goes well with each other, it’s going to be a beautiful blanket πŸ™‚

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  8. Gorgeous blanket, and I can see you had fun making it. I was also too late with my scrappy item for the 15th, but since it’s already the 24th, I may as well leave it til next month. Or the month after….. 😦

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    • I had a rather difficult time last week and I was a bit sad that it had stopped me doing my scrappy post, hence putting it in 8 days late! Anyway, I’m now awaiting a parcel of yarn to make this blanket even bigger… I’m rather looking forward to seeing what the delivery will hold. So, in the mean time I have started on a sock, since that’s one of my 17 for 2017 goals that I haven’t made much progress on.

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  9. Jan, what a fun project. I missed the first bit (someone gave you already made squares?) and you’ve created this lovely blanket? It’s a delight.

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    • the multi-coloured squares in the middle and the dark brown wool were given to me by Wild Daffodil. The yarn was from her late mother and the squares were originally intended to be a poncho – a project long since abandoned. I promised to make a blanket for refugees using her contributions and whatever other yarn I had. I really love making things like this – several contributors and all for a good cause.

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