A thousand woolly tails to go….

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In between crocheting the flower posy brooches,  I’ve been sewing in more of the wool ends on my Granny’s Paperweight crochet blanket.  It really is an endless task but I think I’m now down to my last thousand (I started with over four thousand little woolly tails) so am beginning to see the light).

 

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I took these pictures yesterday when the afternoon sunlight filled our bedroom and the blanket really seemed to glow with colour.   Some of the hexagons are very muted , mostly this is because I used vintage tapestry wools and the colours just seemed to be of a softer hue.

 

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Other yarn was slightly more modern and the colour of that yarn was a little brighter.  The blanket is completely made from tapestry wool which has been mostly sourced from charity shops, car boots, ebay… and Sylvia gave me a huge bag full.   I think using pure wool helped the colours blend together.  (before using wool, I tried a few hexagons out in acrylic yarn but really didn’t like how it looked.)  By using the tapestry wool I’ve  had a much wider palette of colour available.

 

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My absolute favourite tapestry wool to use was a US brand called Elsa Williams.  I think it is a brand that has now stopped but some places still have end of line stocks.  It was one of those lucky ebay finds (most people who sell it live in America and don’t always ship to the UK) however I found a UK seller who had a whole load of different colours and it was the only time where I’ve gone so doo-lally, bidding on numerous coloured skeins of wool.

I’ve tried to keep each hexagon a different combination of colours, inevitably my favourite colours  turn up a few times but subtly varying in their groupings.  One of the best parts for me of making this was spreading all the wool out over my carpet (Bernard thought he was in cat heaven as he assisted greatly…removing colours he didn’t feel really worked and which looked much better in the garden).

 

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I was originally inspired to make this blanket after seeing this gorgeous one on flickr.  I loved how it looked in the bedroom and totally fell head over heels in love with it…  I then found an amazing tutorial on Heidi Bears blog which I think pretty much anyone could follow, it’s beautifully photographed and clearly explains all the stages and what you need to do.. seriously if you can make a regular granny square then with a little practise you can do this.

 

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I love having this on the bed, it’s so warm (it’s proper heavy when you pick it up in a big bundle in your arms, but it is a lovely comfortable weight when it is all spread out on the bed).  No surprises… Bernard loves sleeping on it, he stretches out and does what we call paddy paws and gently kneads it before he curls himself up for the night.  He is a cat that assumes that anything crocheted is obviously his (when it is on my lap while I’m sewing the tails in, he comes over to supervise, curling himself up on it and looks right huffy if the blanket then is pulled and disturbs his nap time.

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14 thoughts on “A thousand woolly tails to go….

  1. This is one of the most beautiful blankets I’ve ever seen, and I should have recognised the pure wool / colouring ‘effect’. I completely agree with you, as I’ve head exactly the same experience with a hat and scarf. Dyes take to wool in very special way, with a depth that no synthetic can replicate. You’ve inspired me with this work… 🙂

    1. Thank you so much…. I’d never have made ths if I hadn’t found the andamento blanket on flickr so give full credit to her, and also Heidi Bears for her awesome tutorial. Using wool was so lovely, and because it was pretty much all second hand didn’t cost me an arm and a leg to do.

    1. Yeah I couldn’t believe it when I started doing the maths… there are over 400 hexagons and each one has 10 tails…. I would totally recommend joining the hexagons into clusters of seven, sewing all those tails in and then joining the clusters together…it’s just really addictive making the hexagons and very hard to keep stopping to sew the tails in.

      1. Wow … I’m starting a triangles project, and there’s over 600 triangles in the project, in two or three colours. I was thinking to do what you said but it’s true – it’s hard to stop making triangles (or hexagons, squares, motifs) just to sew tails in. Seeing a number – 4,000 – really shows how much work that is at the end of a project.

      2. The best part is… this blanket isn’t even finished! I still have a couple of dozen half hexagons to make (which are really pfaffy) and then I need to puzzle out how to fill in the tiny gaps at the sides… and then (oh yes, there is always an “and then” with me… I want to crochet round a border like you’d get with a quilt. But the main part is done. Sewing in the tails is just boring but I guess they all add up to help keep to the blanket a little bit warmer. Sewing in the tails regularly also means the project in hand is a project in hand rather than on the sofa and on the carpet, it helps keep it much more light weight and portable.
        I didn’t think I appreciated how much work was involved in making this blanket but I’m so glad that I picked up my crochet hook. Good luck with your triangle project xx

      3. LoL .. it grows on you, doesn’t it? I’ve got a blanket here that I don’t want to stop working on … I’m hoping to find another skein of the color so that I can add another strip or two … I really should finish it off and done with. Thanks, and good luck on your hexagons!

      4. It’s time to confess… initially I though that I would try the grannys paperweight pattern out as a cushion, loved it so much that I just kept going….

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