This photo just brings a smile to my face! I have to say I am currently bubbling over with love for this blanket. It is a source of joy and hours of my life are passing in happy hooking time. Let me tell you the story of where it all began…
It is January, 2011. I am fiddling with the contents of a box making a half-hearted attempt to find home for the paraphernalia within and I come across a crochet hook purchased to button me in and out of wedding dress. Inspiration descends. I am going to learn to crochet. Saturday comes and I positively skip to the local Haberdashery store. Bubbling with excitement I naively exit clutching my new purchases – First Steps in Crochet and a random ball of pretty wool.
Fast forward 6 weeks, some rather bizarre Granny ‘squares’, and the discovery of Attic 24 and I am a convert.
I know many of you are avid fans of the lovely Lucy and indeed it is to her that I am indebted for this scrummyness in my life. The first time I caught sight of her Summer Garden Throw I was caught. I wanted one of those!
I bought a stash of brightly coloured, and slightly mismatched, acrylic (I am afraid that budget does not currently stretch to yarn snobbery!) and off I went.
Now, bearing in mind that this project was started within weeks of my learning to crochet, I have stumbled upon certain problems along the way. The first was the issue of ends… I dutifully carried my yarn along with me as you would in a single coloured granny square only to turn it over and spy some ugly, multicoloured pieces stretching over the corners.
Following internet research, I came upon this video posted on Ravelry about how to weave in ends as you go, neatly and securely. Going against my instinct to feign ignorance and carry on, I scrapped the project and started again.
Slowly it grew, one beautiful square at a time.
And grow it continues to do! Oh the happiness of seeing these flowers smiling up at me! The joy of feeling the warmth on my legs as I hook in another square!