Heehee, I hope you’re excited to see the Lynda Blanket! I LOVE how it turned out (I think I might have said that already… a few times)!!
Last Thursday, I had one of those dreaded ‘good service on the Piccadilly line’ delays on my way home. Usually, tube delays trigger a LOT of negativity for me, but that one didn’t! Here’s why: I was sitting there at Baron’s Court, grumbling to myself about the fact that I just wanted to get home, worrying about taking nice photos before the sun went down and WHERE I would take the photos. I looked down at my lap and focussed on the fact that the red of the bench always makes me happy. And then I thought: “That would make a lovely backdrop for some photos.”
So I spent my 15-minute wait taking loads of photos of the blanket. I had a little inside giggle at what the people must be thinking about my schenanigans. To be fair, you see all sorts in London, so a middle-aged woman draping blankets over benches is probably not that bizarre.
This encounter was not unlike the time I took photos for my Lydia Blanket Reveal at the cemetary between Baron’s Court and Charing Cross Hospital one morning.
The photo below was my favourite. I would have loved to get the bottom of it in as well, but I was mindful of the fact that there were tube tracks behind me and ‘PLEASE STAND BEHIND THE YELLOW LINE’ blaring over the tannoy.
Here you can see a bit more of it. If you look at the ochre/purple/pink Octagons, you will notice that each one works up differently, depending on where the colour-changes fall.
This unpredictability is one of the things I most enjoyed about using Scheepjes Secret Garden for the motifs (and figuring out the final layout).
First, I used a photo of just one square to make a mock-up of the blanket so that I could see if my vision for it would even work. For the record, I think it would look great in one colour, keeping in mind that each octagon will look different as discussed above. Then I used one image of each colour to create mock layout options.
I finally decided on a diagonal sequence.
Having decided on my layout, I still wasn’t quite sure how the actual squares would play together (because they are all different, have I mentioned that yet?). I then spent a delightful hour (or two) moving all the furniture out of the way and physically arranging all the squares on the floor until I was happy with the balance.
In the photo below you can see more examples of how each flower differs.
Having joined all the squares, I opted for a simple border so as not to distract from the colourful flowers in the blanket.
Finally, I asked Boys 1 – 3 to help me take a photo of the finished blanket. Boy 3 is on the right, moaning about getting back to his Fortnite game; Boy 2 is on the left, asking if anyone will be able to see that he is only wearing underpants; Boy 1 is in the middle, standing on his tiny tippy toes and trying to be as tall as his brothers.
When I look at this photo; at this blanket, at these hands and feet and the boys they belong to…
… It confirms (affirms) that “Look at what I made!” feeling I want each of you to delight in every time you create something!
I will be sharing the pattern next week Thursday (as well as where you can buy yarn kits, should you wish to). I can’t wait!
I hope you have had a fantastic Thursday. My day was filled with ups and downs and
three four five very ups (if ‘very ups’ isn’t a thing, it should be), equalling a total of pretty darn wonderful.
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