Well hello my lovely Peeps, and welcome to the Attic24 Blanket Fest. No particular reason for this little celebration of blankety, hooky goodness today, I'm doing it Just Because.
Just because when I was photographing my sweet flower granny blanket back in January it was a glorious bright sunny day and I got carried away with wanting to photograph things. And a heap of blankets seemed as good a thing as any to point my camera at. You can tell by the above picture that Little B and I had a lot of fun that morning. We both literally dived in to the pile and rolled around in it. It was marvelous!
I didn't even know off the top of my head how many blankets there were altogether, I had to line them up and count them. Eleven. Well I never. That's quite a lot of blankets/yarn/hooky time wouldn't you say? Achieved across the space of three years and five months, I started making my very first blanket in September 2007. Funny to think that it was pre-blog back then, it's hard to remember a time when I made things without writing about them too. Just me, sat at home in front of the computer teaching myself to make a Granny Square. Getting it and getting so excited that I was getting it. Deciding instantly that my first project would be a Big One, a granny square blanket. No scarves or hats or coasters for me, no, I knew straight away that I would be a Maker Of Blankets.
I was lucky at the time in that although I wasn't blogging about the experience, I did have some fabulous friends to share it with (Sarah, Donna, Fiona ♥ forever my hooky buddies). We used to get together on alternate Monday nights, drink tea, eat cake, chatter and crochet. It was the beginning of a life changing experience for me, and honestly I do not say that lightly.
Anyhoooooo.....this isn't meant to be a long winded retrospective. What I really want to do here is to bring all my blankets together in one big visual swoop, with a simple link back into my bloggy archives where they each received their Ta-dah moment. For reference. And for fun.
Here we go then......enjoy!
Blanket # 1 :: Granny Square :: Ta-dah moment February 2008 (pre-blog)
Blanket # 2 :: Ripple :: Ta-dah moment August 2008
Blanket # 3 :: Hexagon :: Ta-dah moment December 2008
Blanket # 4 :: Summer Garden Square :: Ta-dah moment May 2009
Blanket # 5 :: BB :: Ta-dah moment August 2009
Blanket # 6 :: Baby Ripple :: Ta-dah moment September 2009
Blanket # 7 :: Baby Granny Square :: Ta-dah moment November 2009
Blanket # 8 :: Baby zigzag :: Ta-dah moment March 2010
Blanket # 9 :: Baby Vintage Stripe :: Ta-dah moment (sort of) May 2010
Blanket # 10 :: Granny Stripe :: Ta-dah moment July 2010
Blanket # 11 :: Sweet Flower Granny :: Ta-dah moment January 2011
I love each and every one of my blankets with such passion.
Seeing them altogether makes me feel quite overwhelmingly giddy with pride, excitement, memories, love. They are VERY well loved my blankets and very well used too by the whole family. Every single one of them is put through it's paces on a daily basis.
They make one beeeeeeeeeeeeeeuuuuuutiful pile..................
...........although Little B thought they looked better once he had toppled them over.
....for your viewing pleasure....
....a mosaic of Blankety Delight....
Thank you so much for sharing my Blanket Fest with me, it's been a huge bundle of fun.
Edited to add :: ♥ thank you ♥ so much for all your wonderful warm comments, my heart is soaring reading through them!
I wanted to add a note about learning to crochet for those of you who might be inspired to give it a try. Best way to learn the very basics (ie how to hold hook and yarn and how to control your tension) is to find someone who can sit with your for half an hour and get you started. Its soooo much easier to get this initial bit of learning from a real life person if at all possible. Failing that, I know many of you have found YouTube helpful for this too. Once you can make a chain, there are many resources available to help you learn the basic stitches...I bought myself a small book ("Learn to Crochet" by Sally Harding) and worked through every stitch in turn until I was confident I'd got it. I then moved to the internet to find a basic granny square pattern (this one is very good, but please note it's written in US terms as opposed to English terms, there is a difference!) Hope this is of some help xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx