A few years ago, I found a padded envelope in my mailbox. Inside was a packet of Boye hooks, all the way from New Jersey, from a lady called Pat. This RAoK (Random Act of Kindness) made my day - probably my week, or my month, even. For it was then I discovered that crochet hooks weren't stumpy little grey things (see left), but came in all kinds of different shiny colours (see right)! Mean, isn't it? We have to make do with these boring hooks - yes, I said it. They're boring. No, I won't take it back - while Americans have stacks of packs of attractive hooks in a range of magpie-shiny colours. Where's globalism when you need it, eh? Not in the haberdashery department, that's for sure.
Anyhow, over the course of the last few years I've dulled the shininess off the hooks in a frenzy of crochet. In the past few weeks, I've been especially productive: once I'd finished the Crazy Patchwork blanket in pinks and purples (see here), I had a number of little squares left in lilac and purple, so added to them - this time in a range of blues and greys. The result is the blanket below. Making these blankets of random squares and colours is a lot of fun, and in the next few days, I'll put up a little tutorial - just in case you might feel the need to up-end your scrap basket and start making little squares. I know that 90% of the people who see these blankets shriek, "But all the sewing!" and then make a variety of unappetising noises to illustrate the odiousness of patching them together ... but the sewing is tolerable, honest. You can do it - you can. I'll help you. It'll be fine. You won't regret it.
(~ soothing, murmury sounds ~)