Not a footballing reference (given the slow start my team had this season), but another crocheted blanket.
I was given a bag of yarn a couple of months ago by one of my mother’s friends, which was brilliant but my goodness the bag took up a lot of space. I’m serious, the ball of oatmeal-coloured yarn was the size of a football! The bag also contained half a dozen balls of purple and grey yarn too, thankfully of a more normal size, and the whole lot was taking up space that I simply don’t have.
What’s a girl to do? Look for a pattern that a) eats yarn, and b) is quick to work up. A quick browse on Ravelry solved the problem and I settled on this pattern (you’ll need to register to view it, but registration is free).
The oatmeal-coloured yarn was a chunky one, but the grey and purple were regular thickness so I worked with double strands to match up with the chunky. It was a remarkably quick project, taking only a week from start to finish. The result is a good sized throw which measures 155cm x 105cm, just right for snuggling on the sofa. Ironically, considering the size of the ball, I ran out of the oatmeal yarn first so ended up altering the pattern to put a thick border on each side (one purple, and one grey) which actually works very well. I’m really taken with this pattern as it introduced me to a new stitch, which results in a cable-knit type effect. I’ll definitely be incorporating that into my next crochet project.
So, mission accomplished. I still have a bit of the purple and grey yarns left, but the giant bag of yarn is effectively gone (the leftovers fit nicely into my regular crochet crate) and we have more space. Plus another blanket for winter snuggling. I’d call that a good result!
Apologies for the somewhat dull looking photos. I forgot that at this time of year there’s bugger all natural light after about 3pm!