In these ongoing troubled times, I continue to be drawn back to my knitting needles and crochet hooks. No matter how discombobulated I might feel, there is always room for an extra row or round. Indeed, the very act of becoming absorbed in a beautiful project is an essential part of my coping strategy at the moment.
Last April, I wrote about the completion of my beach-themed Rozeta blanket, which I absolutely loved making. In that post, I previewed my next large project – the Fruit Garden Blanket by Janie Crow. Over the weeks, I have beavered away on this project, along with hundreds of other crafters around the world. What an amazing pattern it is, and the perfect distraction from all things Covid-related.
This is not a very glamorous picture, but this blocking shot on our king size spare bed gives you a sense of scale and the overall layout:
Inspired by the life and work of May Morris, daughter of the more famous William Morris, this has been a sumptuous make. I love everything about it: the colour scheme, the three-dimensional flowers and leaves, the period feel of the design. Fabulous.
Here are a couple of close up shots. My most favourite part of the whole blanket is the large acanthus motif, which was my main reason for doing the project in the first place. It did not disappoint!
In other crafty news, I also managed to finish this small shawl/lap blanket. The pattern is Brooklyn Tweed’s Hourglass Throw. I was really pleased to get this off the needles. I first bought this yarn (Rowan’s now discontinued ‘Calmer’) in 2007. It took a couple of goes to find the right pattern for it, and I’m delighted with the result.
I’m looking forward to a very cosy winter!! 😀🧶