Off The Needles; Off The Hook

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.

It goes perfectly in our front room, where we have lots of gold and cream:


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!! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿงถ

33 thoughts on “Off The Needles; Off The Hook

    1. Thanks so much Kate! One of the good things about this kind of project is that you work on small bits and build it all up which makes it really manageable, however much time and energy is available. Highly recommended! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  1. The blanket is truly fabulous. May Morris would sign you up as an artisan immediately. And the shawl is charming and cozy in its pattern and rich colouring. I love them both, but I love the blanket best. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. Thanks Mandy – wouldnโ€™t that be something! And yes I have to agree, that blanket is very gorgeous. Bravo to the pattern designer ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’™

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  2. Wow and double wow!! I know youโ€™ve shown me these before but they really are beautiful works of art and cosy works of art at that! Xx

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    1. Aw thanks so much! I canโ€™t take any credit for the colours – I followed the suggested palette in the pattern. I agree with you that it is lovely – all credit to the designer! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›

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  3. What a fabulous blanket, all the flowers etc, looks like hard work and like a true garden. You are a real artist with your knitting and crocheting. I totally admire you and what you produce.

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    1. Thank you so much Ute, that is lovely to hear. Of course the designer must take all the credit really, for coming up with such an amazing pattern. But it was certainly a very lovely project to work on ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’•

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      1. Oh Ute, you are wonderful. Iโ€™m sorry if my previous response sounded churlish, which of course was wholly unintended. Thank you very much for your praise and compliments, which I fully embrace and cherish! xxx

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  4. Simply beautiful ๐Ÿ˜Š Everything has already been said really, Liz, so I can only endorse the praise and compliments which you absolutely deserve in spades. As ever, your pieces nudge forth thoughts of my own unfinished projects, bundled in a cupboard in bags and boxes. Maybe one day I’ll return to them. Meanwhile, I love crafting vicariously through you!

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