My Crafty Thirteen #1

I’ve been waiting to post these projects up, basically because most of them have been made as presents for friends or family…and I’m only just starting to deliver them!

So hoping I don’t spoil a wee surprise, here are the (bare) details.

Project 1: “The Journey Blanket”

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Started: September 2012 (maybe earlier!?)

Completed: sometime in Feb 2013

Type: crochet

Yarn: 8Ply 100% wool (mostly) with acrylic for the detail. Both from Spotlight.

Hook: bamboo 5.5mm

(I’m always terrible at keeping the details for what brand of yarn or hooks!!)

Pattern: there isn’t one. I just started with a long chain and keep double crocheting (DC) until I got to the desired size. Then I ran out of wool. The I changed colours along the way, so I undid a little of what I had done…and a dear friend and colleague came to the rescue, suggesting the purple and extra detail.

At first I loved it – the weight of a large blanket growing on my knees certainly helped to motivate me each night and keep going with the l-o-n-g rows…then I grew tired of it. I put this blanket aside, I rethought my ideas (a stripey blanket big enough for a double bed) and even almost unpicked the whole thing.

Then  I discovered this self changing acrylic ball of wool in my favourite sunburnt-country-summer-beach colours….

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look at those colours….

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In the end the size in a generous couch throw – perfect for a spot of cold night TV viewing or book devouring.

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not the best photo, but this is the size/proportions

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almost done…

It was only in the final steps on finishing the border that I knew I needed to add in the “stitching” to really capture the feeling I wanted (“roads travelled, milked covered”).

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the stitching detail….

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my kitchen-come-craft-room!

The name of this blanket is in part due to the process I undertook to get from start to finish – organic in nature, this project has come with me through several moves across two states. Through a huge transition year. And it has evolved from a single ball of wool to what it is today.
The finished result is something I fell in love with all over again…the colours all come together so well – if I do say so myself!!

Also, the friend who will receive and (hopefully) get good use from the blanket is undertaking a big journey of her own – all the way around Australia. I hope it reminds her of me, of the land we live in and the importance of the ups and downs of life’s journeys….

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