I chose the Sphinx Blanket in Honey which was the closest to mustard that they do in the super luxurious Peruvian wool. We all know I’m a huge fan of a grellow colour combination so I chose grey to to the pom-pom edge too, which they popped in as an extra on top of what Honey that was needed for the kit. Bonus!
I could barely contain my excitement when it arrived, forget fancy packaging, there’s something so good about brown paper packages (starts singing sound of music), am I right?
Inside the kit were 5 x 200g super chunky balls of The Wool. 100% Peruvian wool, plus the one extra in grey. A beautiful wooden 15mm branded crochet hook, a yarn needle for sewing in those pesky ends which this pattern didn’t actually have many of, double bonus! The pattern itself and a cute embroidered We Are Knitters label.
This yarn is by far the most luxurious I have worked with to date. The natural fibre is so soft, I may have just sat and stroked it against my face for a good half an hour before actually braving taking the label off and starting a ball. You do have to be careful not to work it too much though otherwise the fibres will just break apart. Not a wool for frogging I can assure you!
I chose this pattern over the others because I was so intrigued by the stitches used. Don’t they just look so pretty? I love the fan effect. I wanted to challenge myself a little with this one but actually, the pattern was so simple and began to work up so quickly. Another bonus!! Anyone who knows me, knows I will always favour chunky yarn for this exact reason.
And work up fast, it did. I tried my hardest to take it slowly, I was just picking it up no and then to really enjoy using the yarn but it still worked up fast. In fact, I got to the edging stage within a weekend. Then came the grey. Oh my, the grey. Is it possible that they grey was EVEN softer than the honey. I wished I’d chosen to do the main body of the blanket in the grey and the trim in honey after using the grey but as the project was for The Mustard Makers Collective I thought I should go full on with this mustardy shade. This was just the dreamiest shade of grey, I’d love to make another blanket entirely in this grey. It’s perfect.
The pom-pom edge is a fun, quirky way of edging blankets and looks just as good in a cotton dk as it does in The Wool.
The best thing about this was there were hardly any ends to sew in, although I would recommend sewing in your ends when you switch balls rather than crocheting over them because with this yarn being so fibrous it does easily come apart when handled a lot.
The whole project took one bank holiday weekend!!! It has now been packed away in a chest away from small sticky fingers ready to go on our bed when our bedroom is redecorated later on this year.
We Are Knitters have a large selection of different crochet and knitting kits of different skill levels available on their website here. This was listed as intermediate but I totally think a beginner could make this too. You can find the Shpinx Blanket here