14/02/2014

Patchwork Blanket

 

Hello!  I am so glad this blanket is finished, it is pretty and I quite liked working in these colours, but I am also yearning to work in a more subdued palette again. The colours and blanket remind me of the sugus chewy candy we used to gorge on as kids.  During road trips we challenged one another to unwrap and stack as many sugus as possible before shoving it in our mouths to chew and chew and chew until our jaws ached! Ah, I loved taking a trip down memory lane with this piece.



Patchwork Blanket

Squares: Single Crochet (US); 14 x 7 squares = 98 in total; each square 15 x 15 cm
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Size of the Blanket: 110 x 220 cm.  I decided to steer away from the initial square I planned and am really pleased with the final dimensions of my blanket 
Hook Size: 5mm
Yarn: Raeesah Summer Cotton Yarn available from Charming Wool
Bobble Edging: See Heidi Bears for her lovely pattern and tutorial.   

This is a heavy throw and I decided to line it in a white toile with a whimsical black pattern to help keep the shape of the piece.  Because of the weight of a big blanket, I think that this yarn is more suitable to smaller baby blankets and projects such as handbags, cushions and toys.
Raeesah colours are really pretty and clean - a combination of hues and tints.  I think this is a great yarn for those enjoying a more solid look opposed to slightly mottled effects of hand dyed cottons.  I personally prefer the mottled effect and have an affinity for greyed down or toned colours, however I am quite in love with this blanket. 


Colour planning: Granny Square Color Pattern Generator.  I have written about the colour generators in this posting and even though I never planned to use this yarn and pattern for a blanket (I bought the yarn for The Teen to keep her fingers out of my Vinnis stash!) the idea of a fun, colourful patchwork blanket just stuck. Using the initial colours as a guideline, but replacing the white with cream and adding a red to the combination, I regenerated this pattern
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Have a great Valentine's Day and weekend. 
The husband is in Qatar and the kids and I will lick our wounds (still in South Africa) by licking a gelato each. Italians opened an authentic Gelateria nearby and I have already sampled the Pistachio as well as Cinnamon Honey flavours. Yum! 
Here is the very first pic the husband took in Downtown Doha. I love the grit and character.

Cheers!



32 comments:

  1. Hellooo there. It's great that you've done the squares in single crochet - so pretty! Went straight on my to do list!
    I like the sugar candy association. :-)
    I actually finished my travel blanket today (which is square, but smaller!) and, earlier on, I managed to get my hands on local cotton yarn. Hooray for that! I think you will like the colours of my latest purchase. ;-) Down side: it's quite heavy so I'm carrying an extra bag now.

    Oh - the photo your husband made is absolutely gorgeous. Makes me want to take a plane to Qatar. Like now. All best! xh

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    1. I owe you a loooooong e-mail!! Will sit down tomorrow and respond to my overflowing mail box. Cotton yarns seem to be a scarce commodity in Asia and it shouldn't be - I mean the weather just asks for bamboo and cotton yarns. I traced one shop in Doha selling some cotton and asked a fellow Safrican Hooker to go and check it out - waiting for feedback now. The two of us have already set up a Craft Share and all the ladies are now just waiting for me to turn up - what a nice way to ease back into the ME society again! There is an American expat living in Doha and travelling the region to explore different ethnic groups spinning - I will meet her as soon as we arrive. Meanwhile I am contemplating buying cotton in bulk from the Cotton Mill here in SA and just dye my own as I need it. I need to buy in bulk though - all of 40kg. Hmm that will keep me busy for a while! I have also found the most amazing hemp and nettle hand spun yarns in Nepal and think I will just hop over for a visit - Nepal is an awesome travel and it is so close to Qatar. I hope you will show us your travel blanket soon!! No doubt you have many interesting tales to tell too!!!!

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    2. Wohooo, that sounds so exciting! All of it! You must be looking forward to it a lot...

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    3. PS. Don't worry about emails that take a while - I'm the last one who is to complain ;-)
      *procrastination*is*my*middle*name*

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  2. What lovely work and what a great picture!
    Have a great weekend,
    Esther.

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  3. beautiful blanket, beautiful pic!!!!
    have a beautiful weekend, too!!!!
    xxxxxxx Ale

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  4. What a beautiful blanket, it will be an eyecatcher in any interior! Gorgeous, gorgeous!
    Hope you will have a fab weekend!

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    1. Thank you Andree, you too are churning out drool worthy masterpieces!

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  5. SOOOO beautiful. A really charming make. Your colour pallet is perfect.

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    1. Ah you are the maker of that gorgeous swirly crochet cushion! I was staring at it today, thinking that it is so unusual and your colours just perfect!

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  6. I love it! I marked your post with a "like".

    Greetings
    Patricia x (pats-ditjes-en-datjes.blogspot.be)

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    1. Thank you, it is a great compliment since your own work is so neat and gorgeous!

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  7. what a great blanket, i lovelovelove the colours♥♥♥
    cool pic of DD...
    have a good weekend my dear,
    martina♥

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    1. Thank you Martina, enjoy your weekend too!

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  8. Very beautiful!! Lovely colours... Greetings Marijtje

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    1. Thank you! Your baby blanket stole my heart of course!

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  9. Heel erg gaaf geworden die deken! Super mooie kleuren! Groetjes Lisanne

    draad en praat...

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    1. Dankie Lisanne, jy het ook 'n paar lekker goed gelink vandag. Ek is mal oor jou blognaam!

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  10. Hello Magda! Thanks for popping by my blog - I'm thrilled to have found yours! Beautiful crochet, beautiful colours, and I'm so intrigued by your travels and adventures (being an American expat living in the UK...). I look forward to seeing more! Chrissie x ps do feel free to link this pretty blanket to my CAL! x

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  11. I LOVE it!! Great colors. Congrats on finishing...

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  12. Even though this is, like you say, not your favorite (yarn), this blanket is gorgeous too!!

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  13. i wonder how long your blanket will be an eye only fest?
    awesome work!

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  14. Thank you for stopping by my blog and taking the time to leave such a lovely comment. I love your blog and plan on exploring a while and becoming a new follower. I love your blanket - it's quite the statement and that photo graph is wonderfully thought provoking. It would be an excellent writing prompt for my students. ~Kelly

    unDeniably Domestic

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  15. Magda I love this blanket so so much! I LOVE IT!!! great, great work!! you are my crochet queen, lots of hugs kisses for You :) p.s. I wish some day we will have a coffee together in Poland maybe in Africa, who knows :) ... dreams comes true :)

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    1. Ditto! Your work is always stealing my breath. Hey, I would love to travel your country in the future, who knows when though. Perhaps our paths will cross in a most unusual place!

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  16. Literally weak at the knees! STUNNING blanket in my favourite tone of colours. Thank you so much for entering the Made It and for linking back to my shop xxxxxx

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    1. Cheers! Love your blog and all the great entries!

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  17. I love your blanket, Magda!!! simply gorgeous ♥ Ana BC

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  18. What a beautiful blanket. I love the contemporary look of the pattern!
    Thank you for visiting my place and leaving a friendly comment!
    Sandra
    reflectionsandnature

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  19. Cheers all, the blanket is still an eye feast. I still need to line it in toile and once done will post and updated picture.

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