Although it has only been two weeks since I first told you about the Memory Lane Blanket, this project has been growing in my head and heart ever since I designed the Namaqualand Blanket last year. I am so pleased that it has finally become a reality!
Memory Lane uses the same repeats as the Namaqualand Blanket, but in rows rather than in rounds. Where the Namaqualand Blanket feels jolly and busy like a Spring picnic with kids running around making daisy chains, this one feels calm and meditative, like a late afternoon spent drinking Pimms with friends in an English Garden.
After Kay had finished making the ‘body’ of the blanket for me, she brought it back so that I could work away all the MANY ends (I am one of those rare creatures who enjoy working away ends!) and design the border. For the border, I wanted something very simple, so I initially tried a plain crab stitch all the way around. It didn’t do anything for me. It was too plain and underwhelming. I realized that something slightly more ornate was needed to compliment the simplicity of the blanket.
I don’t know quite how my mind jumped to cornices, but it did. Beautiful, elegant cornices on beautiful elegant old country houses! So I decided to put a cornice all the way around my blanket.
I am ridiculously happy with how it turned out! Getting the stitch repeats right was a bit of a nightmare, I have to tell you, but I think it was so worth while!! (Notice how I zoomed in on those photos? It’s so that you can’t see the piles of clothes I threw off the bed in order to take these photos!)
I’m going to show you one more close-up of the edging, just because I love it so much!
And this is the blanket it its entirety. It is lovely and squishy! I think it is the perfect size for a single bed (125 cm x 172 cm) and definitely the perfect size for cuddling under with three boys!
I will be sharing the pattern with you next Friday, so please remember to pop back then for a visit. In the meantime, you can follow the rest of this journey HERE:
- Memory Lane: Yarn Arrival
- Memory Lane Blanket: Work in Progress
- Memory Lane Blanket: Reveal (This Post)
- Memory Lane Blanket: Pattern
And now I am off to bed so that I will be well rested for my meet and greet at Black Sheep Wools tomorrow :)
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