Hello again!  Can you believe we only have 2 weeks left!  How are all your bits of blanket coming on?  It’s lovely if you were able to keep up, but if not, don’t worry…there is no time limit.  You have the pattern, go at your own pace.

We are making the flower square again here that we made in week 2, but in a different arrangement of colours.  Most people seemed to really enjoy making these fabulous squares and it all might come flooding back, but if you need to reread my previous tips, go back to Week 2 Blog.

I will just say, don’t forget the ch1 in between the ‘petals’ on round 3.  It’s great to make all of the squares at the same time in a kind of production line method, but not when you make a mistake and you have already sewn all your ends in and when you move to the next round and it says ‘join into ch sp between petals’ and you think, ‘what chain space’. Can you guess who did this. Again!!! I’m not bitter though!

Now on to joining. Again, keep referring to the picture to get the positioning right.  Remember when we joined all the sections to create the middle of the blanket and I said it was like wrestling an octopus? Well get ready for that octopus’s big brother!!!

Once you’ve joined all your small squares together, I highly recommend marking the chain space corners of your squares on the long edge you are going to join to the middle piece. Mark the first one of each pair that you get to.  You will not be joining in those corner ch spaces but you need to know where they are so you can skip them and it’s easier to mark them to make them really obvious before you start.  On my first long join I was way out and must have picked up a few corners accidentally. I pulled back and started again, but first marked some corners and it really helped.

 

 

Once you have joined all your outer square and created a ‘frame’ mark the three inside corners of the small squares on all four corners of the new ‘frame’ you have created and the 4 corners of the middle section you are about to join

 

 

 

This helps you to see where you are and where to join when you get to the end of the long join and start the next long join.

You will be joining in these ch2 corner spaces not skipping them as we have done previously.  I joined mine vertically, but you can just have a play around and see what works for you.  It’s a bit fiddly because you have the right sides facing each other and it’s a bit hard to see what you are doing and to wrestle the bulk of the blanket around, but take your time and just try it out, pull back a bit if you don’t like it and try again. Once you have joined one lot of 4 corners together you can repeat the process when you get to the next one.

 

 

 

And that’s all for this week!  Be patient with yourselves and be proud of how far you’ve come, next week we will be finishing off and you will be longing for a picnic invite to show off your beautiful blanket!

 

So are you inspired to visit Yorkshire?  There are many attractions that bring visitors to the county time and time again and many people come to challenge themselves to walk the Yorkshire Three Peaks within the Yorkshire Dales National Park.  This is something I would like to do myself, but I know that I am nowhere near fit enough.  I am trying to walk 1000 miles this year (not going very well!)  Maybe next year I’ll take on the peaks!

 

The three hills are Pen-y-ghent (694m), Ingleborough (723m) and Whernside (736m).  And the actual Three Peaks Challenge is to do them all in 12 hours!  A total of 24 miles, starting at Horton-in-Ribblesdale and walking a circuit taking in all three peaks.  Apparently the paths are good but there are of course fells to climb and weather to consider.  I think I would just do them one at a time! And as Alfred Wainwright said ‘Some participants have chosen to regard this walk as race which is to be greatly regretted, walking is a pleasure to be enjoyed in comfort’!

I would particularly like to climb to the top Ingleborough as I have seen it so much over the past couple of years (from the road!) and the countryside surrounding it is so beautiful it would be fab to see everything from another perspective!

The first record of this challenging walk is from 1887 when they probably walked in hobnail boots and tweed, with not a trace of Gore-Tex!  A flat cap and a flask of tea was probably the only ‘kit’ required!

There is also a fell running race held on this circuit which has been held annually since 1954!  Those fell runners are a special breed!  Bonkers!

So for now I’ll carry on walking my dogs and trying to clock up the miles…probably somewhere flat!

See you next week you lovely lot!

 

Julie x x