Monday, 14 April 2014

206 to go

I have crocheted all of the 210 squares needed for my no two the same blanket.  Even more exciting, I have sewn in the ends of all of the 210 squares needed for my no two the same blanket!!!!!!  All 1260 ends.  Yes, really 1260 ends (210 squares x 3 colours = 630 x 2 ends for each colour = 1260 eek!!).  I'm done though, yay!!!!




Don't they look pretty.  All different, no two the same!



Of course laying them out and working out the pattern, is not as easy as you think!



I played around with them though and got them sorted out in the end in a way that made me happy.  It did take quite a lot of fiddling around to make sure that there were no two similar ones next to each other as I wanted it to seem as random as possible.  In the end I decided that random is just that and actually you do get clumps of the same colours next to each other naturally, so even though there are some areas where some colours seem more concentrated than others I am happy with that.


What do you reckon?  By the time they are all crocheted together and I have added a border it should be about double bed sized.


The next challenge was how to keep them in order so that I can crochet them together without them getting all mixed up again.  Sleeping under the squares all laid out on the bed isn't really the most practical of ideas is it!!  I thought of laying them into a basket or box, but I wanted it to be quite portable and go anywhere and I was worried that a basket would be hard to move around and keep them all in line.



So how about this, a square snake.  No, not a snake that is square, but a snake of squares (that of course turns out to be, well, square!).  I threaded them through starting with the first square, moving towards the last one.  As long as I keep taking them off one at a time and remember to start a new row after the first 14 and if I threaded them properly it should be easy.  If I planned it all right of course.  There are a lot of if's there!



To make sure that they didn't all come adrift I added a piece of card at the bottom of the snake and tied a knot in it.



Then when I was done I tied the top end of the snake in a bow onto the handle of my bag to keep that end safe and sound!


In a bid for total efficiency I also added a bow to the very first square so that I always know which way to start from!



All that is needed now is to crochet the other 206 squares to the four that I already joined up and add a border and I'll be done (that's all.....).  I'm using the join as you go method so at least I will be done when they have their final round of white around each square and I won't have a lot of sewing or crocheting together to do.  Just all of the ends to sew in - but not as many as I have already done.




Then my no two the same blanket will be finished and ready for snuggling.  Of course I already have ideas for about 1000 other blankets that I want to make, in different colours, different patterns, sizes.  You know what it's like!  If I keep going I might get through a few of the ideas, but the house might be rather overrun with blankets.





Well, I'm off to join a few more squares together.

Amy

62 comments:

  1. Well done, I can't wait to see it finished. I'm planning a gingham knitted blanket next & some crochet cushion covers. Then again I need to make a start on some patchwork quilts for the boys & a patchwork Christmas stocking for my sister. The list never ends, I love your snake, it's a great idea! xx

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  2. Colleagues at work always ask how I can have the patience to sit and crochet loads of squares but actually it's not the square making I find takes the time it's the joining them together and sewing all the little ends in. I do try and be good and as I complete a square I sew the ends in but unfortunately I am not consistent with this method and still end up having lots of little ends to sew in. I therefore sympathize totally with your labours. As the old saying goes it will look stunning when it's all finished keep smiling:-)

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    1. It is the end sewing in for me! I was doing them as I went along, but I found for me that it was better to do a load and then do a load of sewing in as there was less chopping and changing from one thing to another. Glad that you like it so far, I hope that you like it when it is done! xx

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  3. Wow, thats amazing! I love how your brain works, the system for making a square snake is just brilliant. Can't wait to see the finished blanket x

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    1. Thank you Rachel, I worry about getting in a pickle so I have to have a system! I will be sure to show the blanket when it is finished! xx

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  4. Brilliant organisational skills. That's exactly how I like to work - all laid out and ready to go, knowing that I just need to take the next square off the snake. Watching the snake shrink will be satisfying too. (Can't remember if I've commented here before. If not, hi! )

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    1. Hi Jenny, I can't remember if you have left a comment before, but welcome! I hope that I will see you again and I will drop by and visit you when I get a chance. Thank you for your kind comment! xx

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  5. Hey Amy, I like your way of thinking here as regards the snake,love the colours that you have used too, thanks for sharing
    Hope all's well with you
    Best Wishes
    Sue xxxx

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    1. Thank you Sue, glad that you are liking it! Thank you as always for your kind comments. I hope that all is well with you too. xx

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  6. Wow, what a fantastic idea to make a snake. The blanket really is coming along nicely I love all the colours, can't wait to see it finished. At least the worst job of sewing in the ends is over its my favourite part joining the squares together.

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    1. Thank you, yes, I wanted to have all of the ends of the squares sewn in before I started putting it all together and then I have a lot less to do when it is done! I think that my favourite part will be snuggling under the blanket when it is done! xx

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  7. Gosh Amy, I really admire your patience and fortitude - you have planned it out so well and I'm really looking forward to sharing in your tah-dah moment! Wishing you the very best with this lovely blanket for I know it's going to be very special! Love, Joy xo

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  8. So many pretty squares. I am totaling crushing on ALL. THAT. COLOR!! I love it. It is going to be gorgeous all joined together. You are one organized lady!!

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    1. Thank you Robbie, you are so kind! I love how you exclaim!! a lot like me!!! xx

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  9. How wonderful and what an achievement.

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  10. It's looking fabulous already, I love the red in it. I've only joined one of my blankets on the go, but it's a great method and I'm really pleased with the finish. A great idea for keeping all your squares organised too, I had all mine laid out in piles in the conservatory, but it made me get on with it as I was worried that they'd end up getting mixed up together if I left them there too long.

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  11. Such a fabulous post Amy and that is going to be one SUPER fabulous blanket.
    You are so organised and i love the square snake idea ..... just genius, have fun!
    wishing you a happy and hooky new week
    love Jooles x x x

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  12. Well done! That is an impressive amount of squares! Your snake idea for holding the pieces is brilliant. I can't wait to see the finished blanket!

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  13. Amy, your squares are lovely. It is going to be fantastic when finished. I love the idea of the square snake too :)
    I'm still flitting around crochet projects without finishing anything. I really must get a grip.
    x

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  14. Amy, it is so good! I am so impressed - it looks like you are going to have a busy time ahead joining all of those squares! I really cannot wait to see the finished blanket. I always find the joining together the hardest part of my knitting, and I usually give up so I have loads of unfinished projects everywhere! Have a lovely day. :)

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    1. Thanks Sarah, I will be sure to show it when it is done! I have no idea about joining knitting as I can't knit, but I am doing join as you go with this blanket and it is easier than other things that I have joined I have to say. I don't suppose that there is a similar method for knitting! Hope that you have a good week. xx

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  15. What a good idea, love your square snake! It's certainly a labour of love, all those ends sewn in neatly, it'll be a blanket to be cherished xx

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    1. Thank you Cheryl, you are so kind in all of your comments. Hope that you have a good week. xx

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  16. That's quite a system you have there! The blanket is going to be beautiful, truly a labor of love. Looking forward to seeing the next steps. :)

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  17. Wow -- that's fantastic! How many separate colors are you using? Laying blocks out and trying to achieve some balance in color placement is always one of the hardest things for me. These blocks are going to be awesome!

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  18. I can't believe how quickly you've done them and weaved in all the ends already! I'm so impressed I like your organisation skills too. It is very difficult to space them all out and get a nice colour sequence, I could only do it a row at a time and I slotted them onto a huge stitch holder so I knew the order they were in. It's going to be a very beautiful blanket when it's done. xx

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  19. Amy, this is INCREDIBLE!!! I am in awe of your talent and your patience!

    Bravo, you!

    xo

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  20. Aaargh... 1260 ends.. Sheer terror.. That deserves total admiration !

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    1. Thanks Ingrid! Thank you too for dropping by and for your comment, I hope to see you again sometime. xx

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  21. Lovely Amy your post takes me right back to when I was making 12 crochet cushions for my two daughter-in-laws - what a project and a half! I am seriously impressed with your organisational skills Amy and wished I had done the same, it took me ages to get them into some sort of order of pattern. I cannot wait to see your project finished as I know it will be absolutely stunning. Well done so far Amy, you are nearly there. Big hugs and loves
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  22. All look beautiful Amy!
    And I know a lot of work here Amy:)
    Amazing:)

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    1. Thank you lovely Gloria! I am still hoping to see some of your crochet sometime as Betsy tells me that it is lovely - which I am sure that it is! xx

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  23. It is lovely to see how your blanket is coming along with those beautiful colours. I love the idea of organising the squares into a snake!

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    1. Thanks Wendy! Glad that you are liking it!! Hope that you have a good week. xx

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  24. The snake is a brilliant idea and one I might copy if I'm ever brave enough to crochet so many squares! Well done on reaching this stage, can't wait to see the final result - it's going to be a beauty :)

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    1. Thanks Julie, I am sure that you could make a blanket with lots of squares if you wanted to, trouble is deciding on what you want to make isn't it when there are so many choices and things that you could do! I will be sure to show it when it is done so I hope that you like it then! xx

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  25. Oh WOW !! you have been busy lovely looking forward to seeing it all done gona be soo pretty ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good week !

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  26. Wow, so much work in those squares Amy, very impressive!!! Look forward to seeing the final product...Mel x

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  27. OMG!
    You are very brave!
    I am struggling with a crochet teddy bear...hard to assemble...
    Can't wait 'til you finish....great job!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  28. Well done, Amy, on crocheting all these pretty squares! Your blanket is going to be quite charming and I do love your idea of threading them together like a snake. I couldn't imagine how you were going to keep track and this is just perfect!
    I love that we share the glass bunnies :) ! Happy crocheting and have a lovely week. xoxo karen

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    1. Thank you Karen! I need something to keep me organised! Hope that you will like it when it is finished. xx

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  29. Wonderful colours, it's going to be a gorgeous blanket! And your method of storing the squares is absolutely ingenious: will have to borrow that if I ever make it as far as a blanket ;) xx

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    1. Feel free to borrow the idea Helen, I will look forward to perhaps seeing your snake one day! xx

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  30. Love your square snake Amy, what a great idea! I'm looking forward to seeing the finished blanket, it's going to be stunning. Have a lovely join as you go week!
    Jane x

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  31. Ooh that will look amazing, Amy! Can't wait to see the finished blanket xx

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    1. Thank you Gemma. I will be sure to share it when it is done! xx

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  32. I really like the colours you used and I can't wait to see the finished blanket. I like your idea of the Square snake and will use it in future if you don't mind. For my last blanket I resorted to taking a photo of the layed out squares and then had to keep refering to it to know where they should all go. Your way is so much easier.

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    1. Thanks Paula, I will be sure to show it when it is done. Feel free to copy the snake, it is easy to do and is doing well at keeping them in order so far!! I did think of a photo as you used in the past, but thought that it would take a lot of referring to. Hope that you are having a good week. xx

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  33. Goodness, so many ends! What a brilliant idea for the square snake, really portable, the lovely thing is when you have finished it and are snuggling underneath you know that you made it with love xx

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  34. This is going to be such a lovely blanket. What a lot of ends! Well done for getting them out the way. Your snake is a great idea,
    Marianne x

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    1. Thanks Marianne. Indeed a LOT of ends!! Of course I am making more now putting it together! xx

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  35. It looking good, you are so organised
    Clare x

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  36. I'm well impressed with your organising :-) and the blanket it's looking fabulous.
    Tracey xx

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  37. It's going to be gorgeous Amy. Love those colours and what an inventive way of collating them altogether.
    Patricia x

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  38. Thank you Patricia, I am nearly at the end of the third row of joining them and it seems to be working so far although I don't have them as well mixed up as I thought I did! Oh well, doesn't matter! xx

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  39. This is fabulous, what a riot of colour! I love your clever idea of keeping the squares in order.

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  40. I really like the look of the square-snake. Could be something to make! Very clever idea to keep them in the right order. I normally use safetypins but this looks like more fun. Your blanket will be beautiful! And again well done on those ends! Anna x

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  41. Ingenious Amy, what a great way to keep track!

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  42. Ooooo I love the colours, quite Cath Kidstonny :) Your idea of threading into a piece of yarn is genius :) I have about 100 circles of 2 rounds if random circles waiting to be joined to make a long narrow runner for our bed end, keep losing them down the sides of the sofa!

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  43. Gorgeous, and yet again, a very clever and efficient way of keeping order of things with your square snake. Weaving ends is not the most fun task but it can be a very good way to zone out once you get into the rhythm. I think it is going to be so beautiful when it is all put together, can't wait to see it.

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  44. wow Amy, I'm truly impressed with your patience and the crochet project. I love to see all these squares laid out on bed - it makes you realise what scale of this project is. The idea of organizing pieces in a form of a snake is fab! Thanks for sharing. Well worth remembering

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