On Friday evening and over the weekend, I took part in FNWF over at Gone Stitchin' blog. I decided that this was the weekend I was going to finish my Storms blanket. You can click on the image to find out more about it.
I began this blanket some months ago when DROPS were having a sale on their merino. I think I got it for about £1.20 a ball which is a ridiculous price for merino so I hastily took up their offer. Once the wool I had ran out, the blanket lay folded up waiting for another sale to come along and eventually it did so I bought the remaining balls and continued on slowly and surely.
And here she is.......
Neat ripple pattern courtesy of Attic24
Drops merino colours used were:
Light Greyish Green
Light Grey Blue
It was a nice warm blanket to snuggle up to in the evenings especially now it has started to get colder. This has to be my favourite time of year. There is nothing I like better than to pop the fire on and cosy up with some long term blanket making.
It was an absolute joy to work and I feel that it is finished now. My starting chain was too short to fit vertically up my bed so I just made sure it was long enough and turned it around so it fitted on width wise. I think it looks good like this and it fits fine.
So now my mind turned to... what next? It is an absolute must to have a blanket on my knee now the nights are drawing in and the rooms are getting colder. I happened to notice that Lucy from Attic 24 has gone and done it again with another beautiful blanket CAL and this time, what I particularly like, is that she is showing us what colours she is using in what order.... as we crochet along! This is a fab idea, especially for someone as lazy as me who can't be bothered to think about colour placement. As you will notice I did a set pattern for the Storm ripple although I do much prefer random colour placement. The CAL is called the Cosy CAL and it uses the most joyful autumnal colours. If you would like to check out the pattern then go here. My wool is ordered and I am hoping I will get it tomorrow so I can make a start and catch up.
I have been doing some stitching of late too. I have been diligently working away on A Quaker Christmas and have almost completed page 1. I love the Wine Red from Threadworx that I am using for it. It is super rich and warm and the design is actually quite quick to stitch up.
The other piece I have been working on is a square for Love Quilts. Love Quilts is a charity whereby you donate a stitched square and it contributes towards a quilt that gets given to very sick children. It is a most worthy cause and I have felt guilty that I have only ever completed one square in the past several years. So I made a decision and I am working towards completing my second square. If you are interested in joining in then please look here for more info on Love Quilts.
I have also been busy making these pretty tissue box holders for our school Christmas fair to help raise funds for our after school craft club. I have made 3 different ones so far and really hope they sell as we are desperate at the moment.
So you can see how very busy craftwise I have been and why I needed to make a list in my last post. I am getting there slowly and surely.
To finish off I thought I would show you my new Christmas present that I got early from my husband. Well, truth be told this was on offer at a really really great price and I asked him to fork out for it which he kindly did. It is a Tassimo! This is an amazing drinks machine as it not only makes fresh coffee within seconds but also other hot drinks including tea and hot chocolate. All made at the touch of a button. It is so easy and so yummy. A real treat during this cold weather snap.
They even do Costa coffee Latte and Cappucino. Oh yum. I truly have been in coffee heaven this last week, playing around with it and even the kids have enjoyed some Orea hot chocolate and Cadbury's too. Now, I am not going to say the drinks are cheap but much cheaper than if you were to buy them in the coffee shop. Here's one of the Costa Lattes freshly made up.
Deeeeelish. Now if you'll excuse me for a bit, I have a Cappucino waiting.
Love to you all.