Spice of Life

Last summer I sat by the river in Cambridge with my lovely friend and in that casual manner that non-crafters have she asked me if I would make her a bedspread.  Of course I said yes and I refused her money, saying instead that I would have it ready for a birthday present for her this year.

There have been many times in the last few months where I have looked at the sheer scale of the blanket in progress and wondered how I was going to get it finished in time but finished it is!  And with over a month to spare.

If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen updates on the progress of this blanket, this post is just for the finished article in all her glory.

I chose 9 shades of Stylecraft Special DK to make this blanket

  • Silver
  • Graphite
  • Grey
  • Gold
  • Mustard
  • Camel
  • Parchment
  • Duck Egg
  • Stone

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I picked the colours as I went along rather than choosing an order beforehand and while I did not keep count of the amount of each ball used the finished blanket weighs in at 1.6kg which equates to around 16 balls of yarn.  At 322 yards per ball that’s just under 3 miles of yarn!

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I used the pattern from the Spice of Life Crochet Along by Sandra Paul at Cherry Heart. The Crochet Along was almost 2 years ago now but the pattern remains free to access on the website linked above.

Looking at the dimensions of Sandra’s blanket I worked out that by doubling the width and working with a stitch count of 313 stitches I would be at the right width for a double bed. I repeated the pattern 3 times to get the length I needed and my finished blanket measured at almost square, 75 inches across and 74 inches long, just right to sit on a bed.

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I wasn’t keen on the border in the original pattern so I went with very basic stripes of my own.  Just one round of UK double crochet, followed by 3 rounds of UK trebles.

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And one final photo just because everything always looks better photographed outdoors 🙂

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Weekly Photo – Favourite

One of the things I would like to work on in 2017 is my photography. I am joining in with Nana Cathy and Wild Daffodil’s weekly photo challenge.

This week’s one word prompt is Favourite.

An easy one for me this week and my first time posting more than one image for this weekly photo challenge.

As I have talked about before, we moved to this house with the most amazing garden in October 2016 and I have been head over heels in love with our outdoor space since.  On moving in  week I took this photo.

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The majestic horse chestnut tree, the autumn colours, the variety of trees in the border *happy sigh*.  This is absolutely my favourite view.

I decided to take weekly photos of this corner of the garden and at the end of the year stitch them all together to show the changing seasons.   I have photos in all weathers and light conditions, photos where I can barely make out the tree through the dense fog, and as I hoped, the seasons changing.  I’m not going to share them all here!  Just my favourites from each season.

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With a hard frost.  We didn’t get any snow this winter and so this was the most wintery I managed.  This photograph was taken just after Christmas and added to the landscape is a metal peacock sculpture my lovely husband bought for me as a gift.

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Early spring means daffodils!  This was so exciting for me to watch the daffs come up and then bloom.  Teeny little buds on the chestnut tree.

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Late spring and the daffodils are finished but the tree is suddenly covered in leaves and blossom candles.

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Finally a photograph taken this weekend, early summer.  All of the trees are in full leaf and the rhododendrons are in full bloom.

So much lovely happiness in my favourite photographs.