Crochet Mood Blanket Update

Crochet Mood Blanket

An Update

Well, January’s done. Am I the only one that thinks it kind of flew by? I can’t quite believe that we’re already a good week into the second month of the year.

I’ve had a bit of an up and down type of January, thanks to illness, and some other stuff, but I’ve also been quite creative, having done five illustrations, learned to knit (I’m not very good and need a LOT more practice), and started working on another novel just for fun.

I also kept up with this crochet challenge. I’ve managed to crochet one row for every day of January. I narrowed the colour palette down, but in reality, this was a mistake, which I intend to rectify this month.

It doesn’t look anything like a square, but you know what? I’m actually okay with that. I added in quite a lot of extra stitches, so it gets wider as the month goes on. I’m hoping that this month, I can avoid doing that.

The thing that this project has taught me already is to really think about the way the day has gone, because we can get so caught up in fleeting things, and sometimes they are no where near as bad as we think they are.

This project has helped me to keep these things in perspective. I’m hoping that the same can be said of this next month. And the good thing is that even if I am having a truly bad day, with this project I’ll be able to look back and say “Yeah, it wasn’t a good day, but I created a part of something.”


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Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.

Crocheted Mood Blanket

Crocheted Mood Blanket

A Line A Day, A Block A Month, A Blanket A Year

This year, I have introduced a new project to my routine. Some days are good days for me, and some days are not so good- that’s the thing with depression. Moods can change so easily.

It got me thinking… we all have those days where we feel like we haven’t actually managed to accomplish anything, but what if we did?

This is where my idea of a crocheted mood blanket came to me. Crochet is something that I have always found therapeutic. I read a book by Kathryn Vemillo called “Crochet Saved My Life”. In it, she talks of crippling depression and how the repetitive physical movement of crochet helped to give her something to focus on.

I guess this is where the spark came from. Imagine a crochet project made up of twelve “squares”; one for each month of the year. Every day, I plan to crochet a row in a colour that signifies the mood of the day. That way, even on my worst days, I will be able to say that I created something, and it will make me feel as if I have turned something potentially bad, into a part of something beautiful.

These are the colours I have chosen.

1. Rainbow — Hopeful

2. Yellow — Happy

3. Blue — Tired

4. Aqua — Peaceful

5. Red — Triggered

6. Black — Down

7. Pink — Creative

8. Green — Ill

9. Grey/Black — Sad

I’m hoping to post an update on this project once a month, so keep your eyes open for updates and photos. 🙂


Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.