Sunday, 14 June 2009

June is for finishing - crochet blanket

At the beginning of the year I read on someone's blog (sorry for no mention here but I can't remember whose!) that they were going to use up everything they already had before buying anymore (they were talking about wool I think but it really could apply to anything!). I thought this was a great idea and decided to use up all my wool bits to make a blanket.
Little did I know how much wool a single sized crochet blanket was going to take! Not only did I use up all of my bits and pieces I had to go and buy other people's odds and ends too! So it's finally finished:


To begin with I didn't know if I was going to like it. I'm not very good at doing random and this certainly was!



It was literally use up one bit and start with another. Sometimes I did finish on the end of the row but there are colour changes midway through rows too. When I ran out of yarn I kept thinking "Oh well that's big enough" but Maia had already taken a liking to it and had asked for it for her bed so I kept hunting for the yarn and crochetting on!


What a good use of odds and ends and practical too. Hopefully it'll be keeping us warm for many years to come. Do I like it now? I certainly do.


OK so I said it was finished but there are some ends that still need to be darned in but in my mind it's finished for now - it's on the bed, it'll keep us warm and that's all that matters for now.

This was a really easy thing to have on the go - you could just pick it up and do a few rows here and there, it came away with us a couple of times and it was something that you didn't have to think about - you knew what you were doing and there was no pattern - great for those evenings when you're brain dead after a full-on day with the children!

Now I just have to tackle all my other WIPs! x

11 comments:

bohemianmumma said...

I absolutely love that blanket! So colourful and cheerful.

Gina said...

Wow, I'm in love with this blanket! What a fabulous creation. Are all the yarns the same fibres and weights or doesn't it matter? (I've really never crocheted or knitted so this may be a dumb question...)

Little Miss Flossy said...

oh it's beautiful! I love colourful blankets but my family are sick of me 'finding' them for their bedrooms! makes me wish I could crochet... one day I will!

sweetp said...

WOW! That is beautifuland well done for finishing. M's blanket is on my hit list for this month too!

Kate said...

Wow! That is the most beautiful crochet blankie I have seen! I love it! I'd love to know the answer to Gina's question. I just finshed (except for the ends) my first granny square rug on the weekend and think I might tackle one of these next. Thanks for the inspiration.

little grubs said...

Gina and Kate - I tried to match the weight of the yarn but it certainly wasn't an exact science! A couple of times I did a row and realised that the yarn was really too thin but I didn't pull it out I just dind't use that yarn up. I've seen blankets made in all the exact same yarn and they're beautiful too but this has a simple charm to it I think! x

Jude said...

That blanket is beautiful, well done!
I like your blog I'll be back to see more..

ottomania said...

Gorgous blanket..so bright and colourful....I'm wanting one for my bed :-)

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Jennifer said...

How many stitches did you use to get the width of the blanket and is it done with single or double crochet stitches?

Hahnsmum said...

One of the nicest strippy blankies l have seen..l always love the patchwork effect... Good work..Best Wishes, Pam Clarke.. New England. NSW, Australia..