WhooHoo! Purple Waves blanket!

Finished2I said I’d do it before I moved, and here it is!  Warm and cosy on my bed in all it’s purple wavy glory: the Purple Waves ripple blanket!

Not much more to add to my previous post, except that I followed Lucy’s Ripple Blanket Know How tutorial for the edging and the corners and it was spot on, as always.  I did a row of trebles along each long edge, ‘filled in’ the ripples top and bottom, and then did two rounds of double crochet all the way around.  I didn’t bother to steam-block my corners, mainly because IT’S COLD and I couldn’t wait to get this baby on my bed!  But I think they look fine anyway.FinishedEdging

The size worked out perfectly, it finished up at 72″ x 64″, which as you can see completely covers my double-sized bed with just a little surplus around the edges.  Exactly what I was after!Finished1

I think this is probably my most accomplished crochet project to date, and the first time I’ve made something where I didn’t make any mistakes (that I’m aware of!).  I’m SO CHUFFED with this blanket!!!  It’s purple and it’s wavy and it’s soft and warm and it kept me happily occupied through all the darkest part of winter, who could ask for more??Finished3 Right, who’s for an early night with a hot water bottle…Finished4Have a cosy week one and all! 🙂

A Journey through January

TanyYCoedSnowAfter all the fun and good times of Xmas and New Year, January has been COLD and wet and dark and did I mention COLD, and the month I find the very hardest to get through!  It’s been a bit different this year though, for exciting reasons which I’ll share with you in a minute.  But first here’s some of the things that cheered my days during this dreary month…

…a beautiful bright full moon rising over the Dyfi Vally early in the month, taken from the woods near my houseDyfiValleyMoonrise…the successful completeion of the Blue Sheet muslin, enabling me to get cracking on my first Stashbusting Sewalong dress!  Auntie Janis & I are particularly pleased with the pockets…Sheet3…a magical snowy walk in my favourite woodland, with views of the Cambrians in the distance.  Armed with my trusty flask, of course!…TanYCoedSnowPicnic2…my gorgeous Purple Waves blanket has kept me company all month and is almost done.  Just one more round of edging to do and there will be a big WhooHoo!…blanketborder

…and here is the armchair where I’ve sat crocheting for quite a lot of this month, opposite the blazing fire or enjoying a rare bit of winter sunshine…ColourfulChair

…HOWEVER, my fireside armchair, and everything else, will shortly be getting packed up because in a couple of weeks I will be leaving the Lovey Dovey valley and moving house!  I’ve been planning to move for a while, and unexpectedly found the perfect place whilst visiting friends back home in Radnorshire over the hols.  So it might be a bit quiet here on the blog for a couple of weeks whilst I get relocated (and wait for BT to connect my phone & internet!), but rest assured, I will be BACK with plenty of colourful crafts very soon!

Thank you so much for reading, wishing you a wonderful week and a VERY Funky February 🙂

Purple Waves Pt 2: the blanket (almost)

BlanketRipplesDone2Remember back in November, I embarked on my winter crochet project of making a double-bed sized Attic24 ripple blanket? – My ripples are DONE!!!  Yes, that’s 142 rows of 227 stitches, 71 ripples in total.  Can I say, wow??

I have absolutely LOVED working these lush pink and purple rows.  I’ve mostly been working on it in the evenings by the fire, though I did take it with me to the folks’ over Xmas (and now have an order for two more!) and indulged in quite a bit of hooky time in front of the TV.  So I’ve just started on the edging, and am really hoping it will be finished before I move house in a couple of weeks!  It would be so nice to have it all done and on my bed here before I leave….BlanketRipplesDone1

Wishing you all a very warm and snuggly weekend! 🙂