Hello! OOooooooooooooooooooooooooo so today's the day!!! Yes, tis offically Ta-dah day!!!!!!!
Can you believe that after so much faffing around, I am finally sitting down today to write BB's much awaited Ta-dah post? It's been a while materialising hasn't it, and I am so sorry for keeping you waiting. I've been looking forward to writing this post very much, and I really wanted the photos to be great. For them to do justice to this project that I've worked so hard on for the past seven months. And truthfully, I don't think the photos I've ended up with are that great, but they are passable and I think given the weather conditions at the present time, they're as good as it's gonna get. And besides I simply couldn't wait any damn longer to share this with you all, the heebie jeebies were getting out of hand!
OK, first off, a little bit of the practicalities. I know how much you like the Details, and quite right too. This Big Blanket of mine (known as BB) is made from Rowan Pure Wool DK in 14 shades, as follows ::
The picture above, top row, left to right ::
025 Tea Rose
Bottom row, left to right ::
If you've been following my blog during this year and keeping up with my comings and goings, you will know allllllllllllllll about this blanket I expect. Because I have been going on (and on and on) about it a great deal, bombarding you with endless images at every stage of it's creation, so it's been hard to miss.
It started here, on January 14th with the Purchase of the Yarn.
Then shortly after came the actual Design process, and the very first blocks being made.
And then followed many, many updates too numerous to mention.
The highs and the lows.
The excitement when it was going well.
And the misery when it was not.
It has been an absolute pleasure sharing the making of this blanket with you, and even more of a pleasure sharing it's finale today. Actually I am more excited than I am letting on today, I am writing quite calmly I think. Restrained even. But inside, my heart feels fit to burst.
As you know, I've had a devil of a job photographing BB. Its a BIG Blanket for sure, measuring around 6ft square. Last week I did have a go at clearing the floor in my living room and laying it out in an attempt to take a full photograph of it laid flat. It was very hard to get myself up high enough above it to get it all in the frame. It involved balancing on the arms of my big chair, which was quite precarious and wobbly. Ahh the things we do!
But here, without further ado, I present you with BB....................
To say I am pleased with how it turned out is a serious understatement.
This is the 4th blanket I've made, and honestly it has been the most troublesome (remember those Pesky White borders?). There was quite a time when I really wasn't sure what I thought about this creation of mine. But luckily, after taking a break for a couple months, and dealing with the Pesky White, I fell back in Love again. Pheww. I can't tell you how releived I was to find my enthusiasm return.
Now then, if you'd like to come with me upstairs a moment, I'd like to show you how BB looks when In Residence.
Below is a photo of my bed as it looked before BB arrived..........
Cath K rosy pillowcases, and pure white egyptian cotton bedding.
Plain and Simple.
And this is how it looks now.......
I am truly, completely, deeply thrilled with it.
Words cannot really describe how I feel about BB. How it feels to create something so large that has occupied my thoughts and time for more than half a year. Pride. Love. Joy. Thrills.
Crikey, I do get serious Thrills from being around this blanket!
I sneak past the bedroom door and glance in, see it all laid out there and it thrills me.
I snuggle under it whenever I can to read, browse, daydream, and it thrills me.
I wrap myself up in it's thousands and thousands of woolly stitches, and think of all the hours I've spent sat with hook and yarn creating those stitches, and it thrills me.
Measures :: 180cm x 180cm
Summer Garden Squares :: 144, arranged in 36 blocks of 4
Time :: have no idea, absolutely loads, over 7 months
Balls :: 44 (rough guess based on weight)
Weight :: 2200g
Cost :: £3.50 per ball = £154, and worth every single penny
Mileage :: 44 balls @ 125m each ball = 5500metres = 3.4 miles of yarn (!)
Photo :: me in my pyjamas, snuggled in bed this morning
Blanket :: gorgeous
Me :: happy.
Ok, one last photo..........
Ahhhhhhhhhhh BB, I do LOVE you so!!!!