Here's the throw that I've been making over the summer. I've always loved the effect of mixing loads of different colours and textures together - almost like a piece of patchwork.
I've made it in a range of double knitting yarns - but every square has been bordered by the same cotton and wool blend (called Duo). It's a lovely soft yarn and it made a gorgeous scalloped edging.
In this picture you can see most of the yarns that I've used. The pale colours tend to be cottons, while the slightly shiny thread is a silk blend that's been hanging around for years in my wool stash. There's also some Sidar Denim and Click.
As you can see, I still need to spend a bit time finished off the ends.....
Here's my other project - crocheted over the last two weeks or so during our commute round the M5 and M42. The throw was worked on 4.0, 4.5 and 5.5 hooks and it's really dense and snuggly. This little blanket was worked on 8.0 and 10.00 hooks so it grew very quickly. I've also discovered that I can work it in the almost darkness of a passenger seat at 7.00 in the morning. Good use of commuting time, I think!
I got the idea of blending double knitting yarns from one of my Mum's friends. The darker yarn has a sparkle in it which is quite attractive with all these Autumnal colours. The fourth row is a normal chunky wool, while the seam and the border are two 'normal' double knitting shades mixed together.
I'm going to keep the blue and brown throw for myself - but Mum has friends who can find a good home for these little chunky blankets. I've already done 5 squares of the next one. It's nice to think that my 'lost commuting time' can be turned into something positive for someone else.