Week 4

Four weeks into my 2014 Mood Blanket and I’m loving this CAL, and here’s why:

  1. I find it difficult to select colours, so starting to see the benefits of putting time and effort into working out a scheme is so satisfying
  2. Basing the colour selection for each round on my mood each day means each square should be unique. With 9 colours to choose from and 7 rows per week, there are over 4.7 MILLION colour combinations that could occur.
  3. Each square takes approximately 1 hour to complete, it then takes about 20 mins to attach it to the previous square. 1 hour 20 mins per week is easily achievable and I’ll have a lovely big blanket to show for it at the end.
  4. I’m tidying my ends as I go, so as soon as I attach the last square, the blanket will be complete

I have come across a problem though, and it’s to do with how I’m working on this project. I decided to do 52 x 7 round squares, resulting in 365 rounds, and a 13 square x 4 square blanket. After connecting the fourth blanket today, I realised that 13 x 4 is not going to work, I don’t know why I didn’t figure this out sooner, probably just too tired? In any case I need to reconfigure the blanket and since 52 is only divisible by 1, 2, 4, 13, 26 & 52, I don’t have another clean configuration. I don’t want to leave any out, so I guess I will have to add in more. 6 x 9 is 54, so I will create 2 extra squares, and put them in the middle.

Here’s my week 4 square:



It’s really blue! With good reason too – I’ve been off work sick with Hand Foot and Mouth disease *sigh*. We’re not sure if Teddy actually had it, but I certainly caught it!

On a positive note though, notice that there are two “proud” rounds 😀

Here’s the detail:

  • Day 1: Proud – Teddy climbed a step for the first time
  • Day 2: Meh – took Teddy to the docs, got scalded for taking him as there’s *nothing* you can do for the virus, just let it take it’s course. The doc commented on the fact I wasn’t well. I had developed another cold.
  • Day 3: Ill – wiped out with my cold and sinus pain
  • Day 4: Tired – same as above, less pain
  • Days 5 & 6: Doctor confirms I have Hand Foot & Mouth disease, and Sinus infection. Doctor prescribes paracetamol, fluids and “near bed-rest” for the week. H,F&M is rare in adults as most people get it as a child and are therefore immune. Most adults are lucky then, as it’s horrendous!
  • Day 7: Proud – Teddy walked across the sitting room with his walker for the first time!


Here are the first four weeks joined:

19-20140129-DSC_0217Week 2 is still my favourite, it jumps out at me (as does our wedding day :D)

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