Julie’s Blanket: a crochet adventure

It’s been many months since I last wrote about any knitting or crochet projects. This is not through idleness, however. On the contrary, I have been beavering away on a most enjoyable commission project, thanks to my dear friend Julie.

Last May, Julie was giving me a lift to London’s Gatwick airport and we chatted about her wish to have a crochet cover for her king size bed. No problem, I said gaily, relishing the chance to have a go at a bespoke creation. I don’t think I had fully engaged my brain on the enormity of the challenge. But I have enjoyed so much the whole process – from conception to happy customer.

Initially, having established a few likes and dislikes on Julie’s part, plus palette options, we homed in on a kind of ’tiled’ approach and I set about designing the key components.


Most of the colours survived from this test palette. The beige in particular didn’t make the cut. The yarns are a variety of DK weights from the Stylecraft range.

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“Happiness is the secret to all beauty. There is no beauty without happiness.”*

I have been writing in my latest posts about our recent trip to Paris and our immersion in sumptuous and gorgeous art. I have one more arty offering for you. Brace yourselves…!

It was our good fortune to be in Paris at the same time as the various exhibitions featured in my previous posts. And our luck continued – at the Museé des Arts Decoratifs, we were able to see their current tribute to the ‘Couturier of Dreams’, Christian Dior.

Oh my word, what an amazing exhibition this was. Room after room of the most gorgeous dresses and accessories, all meticulously colour-coded and immaculately presented:

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Some fun pieces…:





Some beautiful period pieces – just look at all that gorgeous embroidery (click images for a closer look):






And as if all of that were not enough, the final room looked like this:



The ceiling was packed full of paper flowers and foliage, all beautifully lit….


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…and showcasing perfectly Dior’s range of ‘garden couture’:


What an incredible way to finish off this most memorable of trips. 🙂


* Title quote by Christian Dior