Do you remember how I made a wee pram blanket for Conor, my friend Melanie’s new baby? It was pretty cute.
At the time I didn’t reveal that I’d had long term blanket-making aspirations. I bought this book eons ago (like, five or six years ago), and knitted hordes of squares with four shades of Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino wool. The knitting was great fun – I taught myself how to do all sorts of fancy stitches, like cable and lace. However, I forgot how much I detest sewing knitted items together. The knitted squares sat in a couple of boxes in our UK loft for years and were brought over to the UK, where I bunged them under the house. The prospect of turning all of these squares into a blanket was too terrible to contemplate.
The thing is, I hadn’t banked on the abilities of Pat, my mother-in-law, to find ways to keep herself busy. Pat came to visit us with the plan of sorting out our overgrown wilderness of a garden, but bad weather forced her inside and left her twiddling her thumbs. In a stroke of genius, I asked her if she wanted a crocheting or sewing project. She agreed to take it on, and here’s the result:
Cool, eh! It’s the width of a queen-sized bed. Pat crocheted the squares together and then crocheted a six-row border.
Here are some close-up shots of a few squares (each one is a different pattern):
I’m really pleased with it, and I’m particularly delighted that my lovely squares have turned into a blanket without me having to do all the crocheting!