I'm "jetting" off to Norn Irn again tomorrow. Friday would have been my Mum and Dad's 50th Wedding Anniversary, their Golden Wedding Anniversary. My brother (who lives over there) and I are taking Mum out for lunch, not sure where we'll go after as Mum is waiting for a leg operation and can't walk that far otherwise a nice National Trust stroll might have been in order. I'm fortunate that it's only just over an hour away by plane, and hubby has been fantastic in looking after the school runs and things during all the trips I've made over there.
Anyway I thought I'd do a brief post tonight to waffle on a bit about the blanket that I made for my Dad before he passed away.
I wanted to make a blanket that was sort of a bit bigger than lap-sized, I wanted it to be portable so that Dad could take it to his chemo sessions. It's probably about 1m x 1.5m in size, and is made with Stylecraft Special DK. It's my favourite yarn without a doubt, soft and snuggly whilst being practical and budget-friendly.
Little Tomboy and I went to my local woolshop (www.stitcherydo.co.uk) to choose colours, and inspired by a friend's blanket we chose the following:
White * Pistachio * Kelly green * Sage * Aster * Lobelia * Graphite * Silver
I used my favourite pattern too, it's the "Wave" stitch shown below ....
.... from the "Mollie Makes Crochet" book (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mollie-Makes-Techniques-Exclusive-Projects/dp/1908449209) ....
I think it's the same as, or certainly very similar to Lucy Attic24's Neat Ripple pattern that is widely used - and Lucy has a great tutorial on her blog here (http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/neat-ripple-pattern.html).
I crocheted two rows of each colour, working back and forth, turning at the end of each row. It's a very soothing pattern, and a brilliant one for watching telly to! That is to say, it needs a fairly low amount of concentration - which is probably why I like it so much. I used this pattern before when I made a blanket for baby Sofia. I've just gone to find where I posted about Sofia's blanket and realised I never did a post on it! One for next week then !! And as I think I mentioned before I'm next going to make one for my Mum. She loved this one that I made for Dad, but understands how special it is to me.
For the border I worked one round of half-trebles of each of graphite, silver and lobelia ....
I probably should have incorporated increases and decreases into the borders along the wavy ends but I forgot and then couldn't face redoing it !!
And it certainly doesn't affect the snuggle-factor :)
Love and hugs to you all,