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Hello and thanks for visiting my blog. I have been knitting on and off for 50 years and I recently learned to crochet. I love looking for wool bargains and making them into something useful. I mainly knit for charity. I occasionally knit for myself and family members if I find a really good pattern or if they ask nicely!!

Saturday, 19 November 2016

A blanket of finishes....



Do not adjust your set.  My latest blanket really is this bright! I'm using up a cone of shocking pink yarn that I bought a couple of years ago. It knows how to pack a punch!

I started this blanket with a daisy motive.  It turned out much bigger than expected. All was explained when I read the pattern more closely and discovered it was for 4 ply yarn...Duh!

Then I introduced my last ball of grey yarn and kept going until it was all used up. I also finished the variegated yarn except for a nugget which wasn't enough to complete a whole round of crochet. 

The blanket was still too small.  So I took the opportunity to make inroads into my shocking pink cone and I like the effect of the wide border so much that I might repeat it again in a future blanket. The shocking pink yarn ISN'T finished.  So it will star in another project next year.

This blanket has gone off to SIBOL from where the busy Sue will deliver it with many others to Care Homes in the Birmingham, UK, area. I find it very satisfying making blankets for elderly people who may have few visitors to give them gifts at this time of year.

Now that my blanket is finished, I can make some smaller things and blog about them more frequently.  I have missed writing blog posts, though I have still enjoyed reading all my favourite blogs. I am thoroughly enjoying my enforced retirement.  I think that is an odd word.  A better phrase would be "new beginning".

17 comments:

  1. Beautifull bright and cheery blanket.....I'm ure it will be much appreciated.

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  2. That blanket looks fabulous Una! I must belatedly wish you ' a happy new beginning' too. I've been retired for 5 1/2 years now and adjusted to the new life from the first day! Lol.

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    1. My secret to adjusting is to stay busy. I couldn't imagine just sitting in a chair all day doing nothing.

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  3. Wow, you sure did have a lot of that bright pink. How many skeins did you start with? Was this yarn given to you? Did you get it on a special sale? Great looking blanket, and it warms my heart as well to know it is going to a elderly person - who as you say - may not have many visitors. Made me think about my time as my mom's caregiver.

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    1. I bought a bag of tangled yarn from my local market for £5 a couple of years ago. I enjoy untangling yarn! This gem was in it. It wasn't tangled and I suppose it weighed about 200g. I think it is 4 ply so it lasts forever!

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  4. The colours go really well together. I love the single colour rows threaded through the tweedy mix.

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    1. I thought the tweedy mix looked a little boring on its own and I had matching yarn....so why not!

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  5. I think this blanket is going to bring a lot of cheer into someone's life. It's the perfect colour to brighten up the dark days of winter. I'm glad you are finding a good balance for you time. :-)

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  6. IT is a wonderful blanket Una, bright and beautiful.

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  7. I do like the vibrancy of your fabulous blanket, i'm sure it will be well used.

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  8. That blanket is fabulous Una I love the pink. :) xx

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  9. Hi Una, I just love your bright and colorful blanket you made. I made one last winter that I made for charity. I will probably make one again this winter to donate to our church holiday sale. Take care and happy crafting.

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  10. I love the colours. I'm sure the blanket will cheer someone up and keep them warm this winter.

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  11. I have missed your blog posts too Una, but good a good deed is a good deed especially when it is crochet! Jo x

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  12. Love your blanket! Well done. It will certainly brighten up a winters day! x

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  13. Love the blanket, Una. And I love the idea of New Beginnings (over retirement). I'm in a "sort of" retirement and I find I have more ideas and energy than I've had in years. It truly is a time of new beginnings.

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