Hello and welcome to my sixth update! This week I made more progress on my blanket project. I realised I have been calling it different names as is has progressed. It started life as my Shades of the Rainbow blanket but more recently I have been calling it Hearts and Spots! Whatever name it ends up with I have to confess, I am ready to move on… I have never been great at finishing things but this blog acts as a conscience so I will get it done!
This photo shows four more completed rows of squares. Only four more to go and I can start the making up. I have already made the majority of the blocks for those last four rows but still need to fasten off the ends.
I started to look into pricing of this project, researching on Etsy and google for similar items and found a huge range of pricing. Some of it was incredibly low and looks to cover the cost of materials at best. This got me thinking! I built myself a little spreadsheet to calculate the cost of producing the blanket. I know what the yarn cost including shipping and I used the UK minimum wage to value my time. The blanket isn’t finished yet but when it is I will know what I should be charging. The spreadsheet has a section to record the number of hours worked. I think I will use one for every project from now on. I created it as a PDF and set up a FREE DOWNLOAD HERE. Pricing basics (605 downloads) I wrote a longer post on pricing which you can read here – pricing basics.
As a break from my big project this week I designed this new block in the picture above. I have made it up in a few colours with some of my left over scraps. I am very pleased with the way it turned out. Here is a link to the FREE PATTERN. There are no complicated stitches so it should be suitable for beginners. I have listed the instructions in both UK and US notation. I haven’t decided on my next big project but I would quite like to make a blanket with this block. I worked it in Drops Paris yarn on a 5mm hook and the finished blocks are about 14cms square.
The problem with these little side projects is that they hold up work on the main project. I do tend to get a bit distracted by new things. Confession time, I have three other side projects on the go. I am working on a cushion design, a summer top and a shoulder bag design. The good news is that I will be able to share those patterns with you soon I hope.
For now it is back to finishing of little Hearts and Spots squares. I hope you have a good week. Happy crocheting!