The handwoven wool cover I've had on my bed for well over 20 years has become so scruffy that I've had to give it to Rag the border collie for his bed. I've been pondering a replacement. Fabric? Crochet? This pattern? That pattern? I came across the Grace blanket pattern, a free pattern on Ravelry by Lucia Stepankova, and really liked it. I had seen some colour-changing (ombre?) yarn in my LYS (local yarn store) that I thought might work. But when I visited the store on Friday, it turned out that there wasn't enough of that yarn and I didn't like the colours anyway! Hmmm. How about making my own colour changes instead of leaving them up to the yarn dyer?
After a discussion about quantities with the owner of the LYS, I bought 7 large balls of acrylic yarn, each in a different colour. The Grace blanket is a square, worked from the middle. The original is a baby blanket, worked in a finer yarn than mine, but that's doesn't matter. I looked on the label, which says to use a size 4mm hook, but I thought the work was a bit too stiff, so I upped it to 4.5mm.
In terms of dimensions, progress will get slower and slower of course, but I've got off to a good start.