Those of you who follow me on instagram will remember me posting a photo of some yarn, and telling you that all will be revealed in due course.
Well today, I have come to show you what I’ve been working on!
It’s only a small sample so far, but I am making a Mystical Lanterns blanket for The Yarn Dispensary!
This is just a fabulous shop, gorgeous yarn, gorgeous patterns, and most of all gorgeous people! I can’t express how kind, helpful and inspiring Gillian and Sam are. For anyone in Kent (or who fancies a trip to Kent!), a visit to this shop is essential.
I am busy crocheting away to make these lanterns for a full size blanket, but have made a small sample patch to go on display in the shop while I crack on with the rest – there are quite a few to make!
The Yarn Dispensary are selling kits (available very soon) that include all the yarn you need, as well as the pattern, for £38.50. The yarn is Stylecraft Life DK, (75% acrylic, 25% wool) which is nice to work with, and the colours really look great together as the lanterns multiply. The sample patch has a lovely feel to it too, it drapes nicely and it will make a very snuggly blanket.
The lanterns are a really nice project to work on. I have done them randomly with no planning of colours, the pattern is very easy to follow with plenty of pictures and explanation, instructions on joining, blocking etc. I was a little nervous as I have only ever joined crochet by sewing and not by crocheting, but the pattern was brilliant and the lanterns just joined together so well. I will show you the right side of the work, but the wrong side (the back) actually produces a very interesting pattern too where the cream joining yarn is more prominent, and I’m not sure which side I actually prefer! I guess you could join your lanterns with this on the front instead, but for now I will carry on as I am.
So, check out my pictures below…….
Here are my lanterns as they started to multiply. Clearly they aren’t joined in this picture, just spread out on my floor.
And here is the little sample in it’s temporary home, on the sofa in the shop. This is the right side (you can see the little splashes of cream that almost give a dotty effect between the lanterns).
And this is the back of the work, although I totally love the bold cream lines, I think it really makes the lantern shapes stand out.
……..Now head off to The Yarn Dispensary for your Mystical Lantern Kit!