I mentioned yesterday that this year I’m going to be making a crochet mood blanket. I’m sure you’re wondering what exactly that is. It sounds like it ought to be a blanket that changes colour depending on your mood, as in the temperature-sensitive rings bought by teenage girls, but sadly it’s not (although wouldn’t that be amazing?). No, it’s a patchwork blanket made up of squares, one for each day of the year. The colour of each square represents my dominant mood for the day I made it (although if a day really is half one thing and half another then there’s no reason I can’t make a multi-coloured square that day).
As far as I know, the idea began with mummy_stacey, who thought a few friends might join in. What’s happened is that hundreds of people around the world have all signed up to take part. I first heard about it over on Cozy on the Prairies and while I initially thought it sounded like a cool idea, I didn’t think I could justify another project, especially as I was starting my sea blanket. However, the more I read about it, the more I thought I wanted to do it, and so, on New Year’s Eve, I sat down and went through my yarn stash to see what I could find: I’d decided this would be a good excuse to use some of it up and get a free blanket out of it.
These are the yarns I picked:
They’re all Stylecraft Special double knit, which I seem to have balls of in a great many colours. I’ve picked these colours because it means I should end up with a blanket that matches my living room colours:
The project rules are quite adaptable. You can knit or crochet your squares, you can use whatever design you like and it doesn’t have to be every day – you could do 52 squares at one per week, or whatever you liked. I’m going to try and do 365, although I think if I go for 360 that will firstly allow me 5 breathing days in case I get ill or otherwise can’t do it one day, and secondly produce a quantity of squares that will form an even quilt. 360 could be, for example, 18 x 20, whereas 365 doesn’t really work unless I don’t mind a very long thin quilt!
The colours will represent moods fairly arbitrarily. I’ve just selected moods I think I’m likely to feel and then dished out colours as follows:
- bright pink – happy in an excited way
- pale pink – happy in a calm, restful, contented way
- dark green – sad
- blue – creative, having ideas
- light green – confused, uncertain
- purple – angry
- cream – meh, bored, empty
- mauve – satisfied, achievement
I’ve never been great at describing feelings, but I think I know what I mean by each of the above, which is probably what matters, even if you’re reading it and thinking “what?” or similar. I’m not sure the photo above really captures the colours all very well, especially the deep purple and dark green, which are nicer than that photo makes them look.
The good news is, I have indeed completed two squares. I’m going for a traditional granny square pattern of four rounds and will be joining as I go, as I don’t much fancy joining 360 squares together at the end. The other good news is that each square has taken just over ten minutes, which is not very long at all. I think of granny squares as more time-consuming than that, but that’s probably because when I’ve made them in the past I’ve changed colour after every round, whereas here I haven’t been. Here are the first two days:
So, that’s happy and contented yesterday and feeling like I’d achieved something today. The something, if you’re wondering, was that I managed to completely clear out my daughter’s bedroom and sort out her old toys and clothes into bags for selling, recycling and donating to charity. I also spruced up our room while I was at it, so now the upstairs of our house feels much nicer to be in. Anyway, I felt I achieved something, so that’s the colour I went with today.
I’ll be posting regular-ish updates on how I’m getting on, so watch this space. If you want to take part, it’s jus about not too late; check out the links above, or you can follow everyone taking part using the Twitter hashtag #crochetmoodblanket2014.