Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Make Me Progress ~ Mid January

Stitch by stitch, each day I make a little progress on this blanket and continue to be delighted with the pattern.  I did however, make a rookie error whilst joining the squares (something that I'm not very practiced in).  I used Sandra's amazing instructions (provided with the pattern) but got carried away a bit and joined identical squares together (at the column joining stage) by mistake.  To avoid this mistake I simply had to turn the column.  A simple mistake but I had nearly completed the joining process by the time I realised that my rose centres weren't alternating.


I confess, I did consider leaving it and just carrying on but I knew that each time I saw the blanket in future it would be the thing that I noticed rather than feel pleasure from having completed it.  So, this meant pulling it apart and rejoining them correctly.... grrr.  I have joined most of the squares now and this is where I have gone off pattern.  The reasons for not using the pattern faithfully were partly for speed, partly because of my rheumatic hands getting sore and partly because I was crocheting the larger sized lap blanket and thought that some plainer squares would offset the more intricate designs of the roses well.  So, I completed the Painted Roses squares and flanked them on all sides with basic granny squares.


I have joined the squares with yarn that I had in my stash (purely to make this blanket a little more thrifty) and I am now at the stage where the edging needs to be crocheted.


I have made a few Teeny Tiny Flowers to sew to the centres of the granny squares to help link it all together and to add a bit more texture.  I've yet to add these but I think they will be quite effective.


You may also remember that I plan to use a lovely teddy fleece to back the finished crochet blanket. I plan to join it with blanket stitch around the edge and then incorporate this into a crocheted scalloped edge.


I have two more weeks to go until the planned 'Gifting' day so I hope to make quick work of the final stages.

I look forward to sharing my first Make Me ~ Ta Dah  of 2015 soon!!

J9 x

8 comments:

  1. Oh wow - I love, love, love this! It's simply beautiful, well done you :-) Love the pretty colour combos you've used too and it's going to look even more fab with it's all edged & finished. Happy hooking! xx

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  2. Janine, what a fabulous blog and what a stunning blanket! What great colour choices. Thank you so much for leaving a comment on my blog. I am enjoying this GYOB party, what fun! You are quite right, we do seem to have a similar approach to life ;) Glad to be following along on your blogging journey.

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  3. Wow, it's gorgeous, really striking. I love the plainer squares round the edge as well, it sets off the flowers beautifully. Well done you, your lucky recipient will no doubt absolutely love it. It's a great idea to back it with fleece as well. I shall look forward to seeing it when it's completed. CJ xx

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  4. It's absolutely beautiful. I can't wait to see it finished. What a truly gorgeous gift x

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  5. what a gorgeous gorgeous blanket... it happens with me very often, off I'd go speeding and then realize I made mistakes...

    Love the color combo and your edging is simply fabulous!!

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  6. Such a gorgeous blanket, I think it's going to be stunning.
    Clare xx

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  7. So beautiful!!! The painted rose squares are stunning, and the little flowers for the middles of the border squares coordinate so well!! Love it!! xx

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  8. WOW! it's beautiful!
    Happy weekend
    love Jooles x x x

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