Follow the Sky

January 8, 2013 14 Comments
Photo from Lea Redmond at Leafcutter Designs
Have you heard about Sky Scarves? 
I know I might be a thousand years behind on this one, but the Boy’s mum told me about a project she is starting – each day of 2013 she is recording the colour of the sky and will be knitting two lines of a scarf in that colour, with the aim being at the end of the year she has a scarf to remind her of the year – she has wool in white, two shades of grey and two shades of blue. 
It sounds like such a great idea, but I can’t knit for the life of me, so I thought I might give it a go, but making a quilt. I thought squares of these coloured fabrics might make a wonderful quilt – now all we have to do is figure out the logistics of making 365 squares fit into a quilt {see the problem with that one?} and we’ll if I have the patience for it. I am a great fan of starting a project and letting it fall by the wayside!

Are there any quilter out there who’d like to offer me some advice? 

But, if this plan fails, maybe I could try my hand at creating one of these stunning Sky Scarves;
By Mav, blogged about by Joanna Goddard


  • Unknown January 8, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Back in November I promised myself I would make a quilt in 2013 but have yet to buy the materials or decide on a pattern. Let me know how you get on, I need a kick up the rear to force me to start.

    • Emma January 8, 2013 at 3:53 pm

      You might be waiting a LONG time before I finish (although I am planning on doing a month's colours at a time) I'd say – just do it. This will be my first attempt at actually making one too!

  • Gemma January 8, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    I love this idea but I can't knit either or crochet and I have never tried making a quilt #craftingfail

    Good luck! x

    • Emma January 8, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      I've never tried a proper quilt before either – i am hoping doing it slowly will mean i a) don't mess up b) i actually read about what i am supposed to do!

  • Rachael January 8, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    You could use like hexagons and just patchwork them together – which is pretty simple to do. Although you'd need a lot of them to make up a quilt.

    • Emma January 8, 2013 at 10:14 pm

      I've been thinking that i might sew 12 squares on a months sky that I can then sew together into one big quilt later. If I do it in pieces, it might actually get done.

  • cornercottage January 9, 2013 at 9:53 am

    I love this idea. I made a goal of crocheting a blanket and after a frantic amount of granny-squaring and sewing together between Christmas and New Year, it's finally starting to take shape! A sky-quilt sounds like an awesome idea too!

    • Emma January 9, 2013 at 12:15 pm

      I would love to be able to crochet properly – i can make a beanie and thats about it. Will you be sharing the quilt when you're done? x

  • The Pampered Sparrow January 9, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    This is a great idea! I can't knit very well either so I don't know what has possessed me this year to learn crochet :/ The quilt idea is good, maybe make a mini one so you don't end up abandoning it?!

    By the way, if I were to knit a sky scarf using where I live as inspiration…. it would be grey…. all of it! Ha! 😉 xx

    • Emma January 10, 2013 at 10:27 am

      I can crochet one thing – beanies & that's only because i was taught to do it by a bunch of pro snowboarders I lived with on my last season – apparently that's what all the cool boys did!

      I'm thinking of doing the quilt month by month and then piecing them together at the end, then i have 12 small projects rather than one big one. I have a feeling in Sheffield there might be quite a lot of grey too!

  • Unknown January 10, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    I love the idea of knitting or sewing the sky!

    • Emma January 17, 2013 at 10:09 am

      You should join me too – you can knit right? c'mon – get involved!

  • The Girl January 13, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Oh man that's an awesome idea!

    • Emma January 17, 2013 at 10:08 am

      You should totally do a crochet one – and if you're worried about having missed the sky so far – it's been a mixture of grey, dark grey and white ;).

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