Thursday, April 9, 2015

Garden Granny Blanket. . .


Hello dears !
I can finally show off my new blanket, 
which I have called Garden Blanket, because of the flower motifs. 
I started this blanket ramdonly and not knowing 
what I wanted it to be. Well, that is not true. 
I knew exactly the idea I wanted for this blanket, 
I just could not picture it, but I knew what I wanted. 


One thing is sure, I kind of wanted to make a Cath Kidston inspired blanket. . . .and I'm not sure if I achieved my goal. . . and to be honest I could not care less now because I just love the result !! 


This blanket is a gift to a very special baby. . . .(but tell me, is there any baby in the world that is not special ??) 
I mean special because she is my cousin's daughter. 
This cousin has been very special to me throughout my childhood, but about 15 years ago we kind or grew apart. As it happens in many families, there were some family problems. . . at the same time I moved abroad and we lost contact. . . 
We have met again in February and it was an extraordinary day full of emotions and memories. 

I made this blanket mainly with my yarn stash. . . from the yarn I used to make this blanket I made for my daughter. It is a 50% acrylic 50% wool yarn. I buy it locally and a couple of skeins of some colours left. . . I started using green first. . . . instead of the baby blue...
Then the shade of green was just not right, I thought. 
I also bought red and turquoise to give it a boost of colour. . . 






For the border I did a single crochet round in white. Then I used the 2 first rounds of border #120 from the Crochet Borders by Edie Eckman book. 
And to finish off I continued with border #105 from the same book. 
The final round of the border was done in red as I think it kind of frames the blanket and finishes it off. 


Blankets have a lot of history in them. . . I made this one while dealing with a lot (more than I bargained for. . . ) family emotions, good and bad. . . I also made it while traveling to different places for work, pleasure.... and also and mainly watching a fabulous tv series called Gran Hotel (Spanish production) which I have loved !! 


I also made this blanket in a record time (for me). . . 
I started it in February and it was finished on April 5th 2015, 
so about 2 months. . . . wow !!! I'm amazed !! 
I never thought I could make a blanket in 2 months ?!?! 

Now I suppose you want the details ?? 

It is made with Solid Granny Squares (this is a very simple pattern, that can be easily found in Google or any pattern site like Rarely) 
The flower motifs are the Waterlily square from the 200 Crochet blocks by Jan Eaton. 

It has 29 solid squares and 11 waterlily squares. 
It measures: 29' x 45' aprox (74cm x 114cm)
It weights: 438 gr
This means over 6 skeins of 50gr balls (200 cm per skein) = 1,752 metres of yarn !!



And now I leave you with some more pictures to enjoy !! 
I hope to write again soon. . . and be more regular on this little blog of mine. 

Take Care for now, 

xEva 






















9 comments:

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    1. Muchas gracias Ana. Aunque escribo el blog en ingles soy de Madrid ! jaja !
      Acabo de pasarme por tu blog, muy chulo !!
      Saludos,
      xEva

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  2. Te ha quedado preciosa y muy colorida. Las flores le dan ese toque más dulce si cabe a la manta. Y en un tiempo récord ya lo creo.
    Felicidades. Te ha quedado muy bonita. El esfuerzo finalmente es compensable.
    Besitos

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    1. Muchas gracias M.Paz !! La verdad es que los solid grannies, que son los cuadritos que no llevan flores se tejen rápido porque no llevan cambio de color como los grannies tradicionales.. .. y la motivación de tener una fecha tope pues han hecho que me pusiera las pilas con ella !!

      Gracias por tu comentario !!
      xEva

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  3. A gorgeous blanket, with such beautiful colours and pretty flowers! How lovely too that you are back in touch with your cousin again!
    Happy weekend.
    Helen xox

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  4. Hola Eva, soy nueva por aquí y me ha gustado mucho tu blog, haces cosas muy bonitas, así que me verás más por aquí. Te invito a que te pases por el mío. Saludos.

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  5. I'm found of gardens and I'm found of crochet, so I adore your blanket! Lovely colours, pink is one of my favourite colours.
    Discovered your blog today and became your next follower!
    Greetings from Belgium, Sigrid

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