It rained and rained last night and was miserable and cold, so I attemped to warm my bed up a bit before I got in. This means Big Blue Blanket has come out of it’s paper bag and is in use, hurrah! The lump in the middle is a hot water bottle.
Now I’d just like to point out a couple of things about this photo. The first thing that leaps out at me is the colour of the walls. My sister chose this, it is her old room. I’m not so much of a hot pink and purple girl, at least not in such huge quantities. Secondly, I know it looks a mess. I have sooooo little space at the moment, because I have moved from a 2 bedroomed flat into the spare room at my parents. It is very cluttered. It is messy in an organised-but-I-have-no-room kind of way.
Anyway, back to the blanket! It is still not finished. I had planned for another round of “marine” around the edge, and then three rounds of “navy” to counteract all that light blue. I have not done this yet. It’s not as exCiTiNG as making circles-to-squares blankets (I have 80 squares now, pheeew my fingers are on Fiiiiire), or attempting Christmas decorations. BUT I do LOVE this blanket so much. It’s annoying me a bit that I haven’t finished is yet, especially since what you see above only took me from Mid-June to Mid-August which I think in blankety terms is pretty speedy. Oh well. It’s deliciously soft and warm, not only to snuggle under but to sit on as well. Wool really is amazing for warmth. I’m loving having it on the bed actually :-D It feels so special and a bit WOW to use things that you have made yourself.
I’d like to reveal to you now a little experiment that I did the other day. I’d been thinking about it for a while but didn’t have any white yarn, but now with the flurry of festive projects I thought I’d nip in here quick before I saw it anywhere else. I’ve not really made anything that has been my idea, and not seen from somewhere else.
I needed circles, which I took from Lucy’s Attic24 hexagon pattern.
Yep, it’s a snowman! A blind snowman, but hopefully he will be able to see in about a week. I haven’t got any embellishments you see, and need to go shopping for some.
His body is the first three rounds of Lucy’s hexagon pattern, and then his head is the first two rounds, only the second round is incomplete. Instead of doing the final (12th) bobble stitch and joining it to make a circle, I just did 11 bobble stitches and then joined it to the body. His hat is a few rows of single crochet and then just sewn on to the head with a needle. The scarf is made from two strands of yarn and just chaining it until it was long enough.
He will have buttons down his front ;-)
What do you think? Like him? Does he need work? (other than the detail)
I like him. I am going to put him on the Christmas tree.
Oh and just as a final note, the Milton Keynes shopping trip was ace, but have a look at this news story. You can imagine how freaked out I was when I got home! We left Milton Keynes at 11:15 am, and although the story there doesn’t state the time, it was mentioned on the Regional News in the evening as “just before noon”. That’s just a little bit scary!