Brave little hyacinths making a stand against the glum weather....I love 'em.
I, like the flowers, am making a stand against the air of cold/damp/back-to-school-blues that's pervading my house at the moment. I'm standing on the side of all things bright and cheery and I'm finally ready to 'ta-dah' my summer hols blanket. Had you forgotten all about it? I confess that I did finish it quite a few weeks ago, but it's only now that I've been able to get my scrambled-egg head around photographing it. (I'll add an aside here: my head is feeling a lot less like scrambled egg now than it was in the month or so leading up to Christmas, but I've still managed to double-book myself tomorrow and I'm on the horns of a dilemma about what to do. Gaaah.)
So...with a small drum roll, I present you with: the summer hols blanket:
The vital statistics are as follows:
* I used Rico Creative cotton - two balls of each of the eight colours, plus one extra for the edge of the edge, and fourteen of the white (I think)
* the pattern is from here
* I made 180 hexagons and filled the edges in with half-hexagons, which are a bit wibbly, but I don't mind a bit of wibble every now and then
* the edging is just two rows of double crochet - the first in white and the second in pistachio
* some of the colour combos are a bit suspect, and if I were making it again I wouldn't use the dark blue, but on the whole I'm really, really pleased with it and I cuddle up under it with a certain sense of pride.
So there you have - my second blanket done and dusted - the first one wasn't just a fluke after all!
Unbelievably, I am half way through my third...(check me out - there's no stopping me and my hook now...) It's made in Rico Creative cotton again and it's for my number one son, who may be nearly nine but who still loves a cuddle under a blanket with his mummy as much as he ever did! My head is also full of ideas for a dreamy shawl, but I really, really want to make sure I get the right pattern and yarn before I start. I'm trying to break the habit of a lifetime and be patient and think it through before I jump in with both my feet before I really know what I'm doing. (It's hard, I can tell you - I have the patience of a gnat, and once I decide I want to do something I am virtually unstoppable. Poor old Mr N, I must be a nightmare to live with!) x