Finally Finished: Great Auntie Stripe

It was a relief to see a crisp blue sky yesterday morning after all the brooding grey skies we’ve had all week. Mad weather really. It’s back to being miserable now but it was a welcome breather to have this yesterday morning.

Today I have a “Finally Finished” post for you: the granny stripe lap blanket I’ve made for my Great Auntie. She’s my grandma’s older sister. You may remember that I made a lap blanket for my grandma two years ago (sometimes it is odd going back over my blog, I like to think that my crochet and photos have improved a bit over that time …) and she said recently that it is invaluable, and warms her up in the evenings so I thought I’d make one for Auntie Joan too. I put it on my gift list as a possible “if I have enough time” kind of present, with the back up idea of sending her an amaryllis if I didn’t have enough time. Well I needn’t have worried! With the exception of the edging, which I did the other day, the main blanket part took me just over a week. I hadn’t realised how quick granny stripes are to make and will certainly be making another one. In fact, I already have. Hey, I have three friends having babies next year, I need to get a wiggle on!

I did my usual pointy picot edging for the blanket. I like it and I know it works, I’m not in any rush to learn a new edging. I like that it’s not to twee or frilly. I don’t see myself as a twee or frilly person and am always reluctant to inflict it onto other people when I give them things that I’ve made.

My yarn, as ever, was Stylecraft Special DK in the following colours:









It sounds like a very tasty blanket, in my opinion. Again I wish that I could take credit for the colour scheme but as I said before, my inspiration is 100% per cent stolen from here.

I didn’t chose the colours in any order, I just went with what felt right and looked pretty at the time. I do really love the last few rows though, it reminds me strongly of a rainbow despite it not being in rainbow-y colours.

It’s interesting how colours work and don’t work with each other. When I started crocheting I didn’t really have any idea of how it worked, but it’s a skill that I’m getting better at. I find it interesting with this colour combination that the blue and the green are so vibrant and glowy when on their own they are actually quite dull, flat colours. Aster in particular is not a blue that I generally favour but here it’s lovely. I will tell you this too, I have also used this colour combination in one of the many projects that I will have to wait until after Christmas to show you. (This is the problem with blogging in December! I have things to show but I can’t show them to you yet. Ah well, at least the week after Christmas is sorted blogwise!)

Yes, I am pleased with this blanket. You’ll have to forgive the rubbish photo of the whole blanket, the light was poor yesterday and I can’t re-take them because I have actually managed to post it already. I know! I’m as shocked as you are. I posted this, one of the secret Christmas gifts and another gift yesterday. Although I do lose points for the third one as it is the Baby F blanket I showed you weeks ago. I intended it to be a “congratulations on being born” present but am now so late that it is a Christmas present instead.

Before I go, I just want to take a moment and say: This is my 400th post. Crikey. Thanks for being great readers :-)


31 thoughts on “Finally Finished: Great Auntie Stripe

  1. Sarah says:

    Dear Heather congratulations on your 400th post! Lovely lap blanket for your great aunt. The colours are very warm and cosy looking.xx

  2. ZebAlex says:

    It looks fab, Heather! I’m sure your great aunt will love it. I’m going to use the same colours to make a cushion cover. Congratulations on your 400th blog – I’m looking forward to the post Christmas blog!

  3. Hi Heather , it’s turned out gorgeous. I’m sure your great aunt will get lots of use out of it this winter. Love granny stripes ….it’s like running with your hook :0)
    Jacquie x

  4. Siobhan says:

    Lovely blanket! Love the colours, the one that inspired you is in my Ravelry favourites – probably from when you told us about it before. Funny though, I don’t like blue all that much at all, yet I really like aster by itself and with other colours. In fact I ended up with an extra ball recently as I meant to get aspen but got muddled up and got that instead. Turned out to be a handy mistake though and is being used. A lap blanket is a great present, very warm and cosy for this time of year. I bet your Great Auntie will love it and appreciate the thought and care going into such a nice present. I’ve got all of those colours except claret, so it is nice to see that. They do look very well together and the edging is really pretty and ties it all together nicely.

    Well done on 400 posts, that’s a lot! Hope you keep going and write many more.

  5. Brenda says:

    Hi Heather, Congrats on 400 posts! I love you new blanket, how lovely and thoughtful of you to make such a beautiful present. Isn’t it lovely to give a gift to someone you know they will love. In case I don’t “talk” to you before – have a merry Christmas. xxBrenda

  6. Brenda says:

    Hi Heather, Congrats on 400 posts! I love you new blanket, how lovely and thoughtful of you to make such a beautiful present. Isn\’t it lovely to give a gift to someone you know they will love. In case I don\’t \"talk\" to you before – have a merry Christmas. xxBrenda

  7. Brenda says:

    Hi Heather, Congrats on 400 posts! I love you new blanket, how lovely and thoughtful of you to make such a beautiful present. Isn\\\’t it lovely to give a gift to someone you know they will love. In case I don\\\’t \\"talk\\" to you before – have a merry Christmas. xxBrenda

  8. Jill says:

    I like your blanket very much! I follow Lucy’s blog and have often been tempted to make one of these. Can you tell me roughly how much of the Stylecraft yarn you used in total (ie weight or number of balls), and roughly how big the blanket is? The colour range in this yarn is just amazing.

  9. I love the colours…it looks edible. Yum. Stylecraft is great isn’t it? We don’t have the full range of Stylecraft colours where I live but I’m definitely going to have to search online for some of the ones you have used. Just lovely.x

  10. Sarah A says:

    Love the blanket- would you be so kind as to let us know the size? and the number of chains you used? This looks like a great sized blanket! Congrats on 400th post! So enjoy your blog!

  11. Nanita says:

    Yaaay, 400 posts! :-) The blanket is gorgeous,what a brilliant present for your great auntie! I love the colour sequence and the Pointy Picot Edging, I will definitely use this edging for my next blankie. I want to wish you the bestest Christmas ever already, I leave to Spain tomorrow to celebrate with my family-in-law and will be without internet connection until the 27th… So Merry Christmas, Heather! :-) xxxx

  12. Happy 400 posts! The blanket is lovely, I think a granny stripe is going to go on my to-do list for the new year. I feel your pain with the bad light, the problem is when it’s a gift you don’t always have the time to wait for a sunny weekend. I’ve given up with my latest blog photos and just put on the damn flash!

  13. Anne Marie says:

    Beautiful blanket and colours too. Love the edging, must try that one. Congratulations on your 400th blog post, do you get a present or anything?

  14. Angie says:

    Love the blanket! Congrats on 400. Also I had a dream that I met you at crochet circle one day when you were visiting us here in the States, lol!

  15. Diane says:

    Hi Heather.
    Yay! Congrats on 400 posts. I look forward to seeing more of them.

    Love your Granny Stripe blanket. Colors are delish. I made a rainbow Granny Stripe this year. Loved it. So fun and fast to work on. It makes me want to do another. Maybe I will, as I have a couple of baby gifts due in the months ahead.

    Merry Christmas!!!

  16. Well done on yr 400th blog..l have only recently started.. Lots of fun & the best bit is all the favorite friends can keep an eye on what one is up to.. Best Wishes for Christmas & the New Year, 2012..

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