Hand made blankets, don't you just love 'em? There's something so comforting and homely about having a pile of warm, snuggly blankets around the place, I don't think you can ever have too many.
So what do you think of these ones then? Colours a bit suspect? Yarn a bit dodgy? So they can't be creations of mine then, that much is true. I haven't been secretly learning to knit and staying up all night long producing hundreds of knitted squares in a feverish attempt to surround myself with blankety goodness.
No, these two blankets came from my local Oxfam
shop. They are called "Festival Blankets" (which I LoVe), as they are
made with the summer music festivals in mind. Apparently, Oxfam has a
large presence at festivals such as Glastonbury with a stall in
the marketplace selling (amongst other useful stuff like wellies and
waterproofs) these famous knitted blankets. The nice man in my local Oxfam told
me they have a dedicated team of avid knitters who produce these
wonderful blankets from all the donated wool they receive, so not only
are they handmade, but they are recycled as well...ahhh that warmed the very cockles of my heart, it truly did.
These blankets are a fair size you know, and are made up from no less than NinetySix knitted squares. And do you know what amazes me more than anything else? That they cost a piffling £7.99 each. YES its true!!! Less than eight UK pounds for a handmade blanket, I could hardly contain myself.
So these two lovelies are destined to be Outdoor Blankets rather than housey blankets. You know, the sort that can be slung in the car and dragged out for picnics, or trips to the park, that kind of thing. Oh and camping. Yes camping, hooray!! We are off tomorrow on our first camp trip of the year, and I am very excited indeed. We LoVe camping and this trip is going to be great because it's not just the Attic24 household venturing forth, but a whole gang of us :: 6 families (12 rowdy Little People) descending on the picturesque town of Bakewell in Derbyshire. It promises to be a fun filled few days, our own little May Festival.
Now then, can't be chatting about blankets without quickly showing you my current two WIP's.....
...my hex blanket is progressing nicely and it's an absolute joy to work on. Yesterday I drew up a plan on paper to work out roughly how many hexagons I should be aiming for. The answer is 240. So yes, I fully expect to be working on this baby through to Christmas, which is fine by me.
And the ripple? Here it is basking in the morning sun. I am still working on this blanket a-stripe-a-night, and have 31 more to go. So another month or so to go then :: just as I predicted back in March, it'll be ready for mid-summer. Then it's full steam ahead with the Hex's :: life is looking good!