Last autumn seems like a lifetime ago, but it was back in November that I joined in on the Rozeta Crochet-Along (CAL). There was no way I needed to take on another crochet project, bearing in mind all the other lovely projects I had on the go. But I could not resist using some small ball-ends in my stash to have a go at the start. I had some bits and pieces left over from the blanket I made for my friend Julie, plus some other complimentary colours. And so began to emerge what I came to think of as my ‘coastal Rozeta’ – I was totally hooked (groan!).
The official CAL finished just before Christmas, but I was a week or two behind at that point. It did not matter a jot, and I returned to the fray after the seasonal break. It was a lovely cosy project to be working on through the winter. As it grew, it kept me toasty warm as I crocheted along while drinking my early morning cup of tea.
And all of a sudden, it was finished! The official pattern included a rectangular panel on one side of the square, because the inspiration for the design was a stained glass window. I felt that this worked brilliantly for the colour options where the main colour was dark, thus echoing the lead between the glass panes. But with my light colour-way, I preferred to keep it symmetrical and square. So here is the ta-dah moment:
As is often the case with these large projects, it is difficult to get a photograph which fully does this project justice. But suffice to say that I am really pleased with it. I love the colour combination that I ended up with:
And I love the combination of softness and texture:
So many aspects of this blanket remind me of calm and peaceful walks along Scotland’s beautiful beaches. Overall, this was a wonderful impulse project to take on.
A particularly pleasing aspect of the process was participating in the CAL with fellow crocheters around the world. So I have decided to get involved with another one! Jane Crowfoot’s Fruit Garden CAL will be starting on 28 April and I can’t wait. This pattern is inspired by the work of May Morris, daughter of the famous designer William Morris. It is going to be a beautiful project to work on, and I am looking forward to learning some new techniques too. What’s not to like! 🙂