Always there when I want him to bugger off, never prepared to pose when I ask him to… that’s Raymond… Although, I find it quite hilarious when he comes and drapes himself over whatever I’m photographing, my favourite shot of all time of him is his profile shot up on the right there, reclining on a circle of yarn, he is such a funny thing…..
Let’s try that sans cat…. Hello and welcome to the Gypsy Caravan Blanket ta-daaaa post! How exciting is today?
Pictured above are the very last circles before I joined them! That was an exciting moment, and I have to say, I could not believe how fast this blanket made itself. I say it made itself because it just happened! Admittedly I over-estimated how many squares I would need for this blanket by HEAPS… I was expecting to need 16×20 squares, but I actually only needed 16×14 to fit my queen sized bed with plenty of over-hang.
It was so hard to photograph this in its entirety! I took it downstairs to my outdoor photo-taking place but it was too big to lay flat in that space, so I went back inside and had to move all of the furniture in our very small lounge, climb on a stool and hold the camera right up on the roof above my head to get the whole thing in!
It took about 20 tries, but…………………
It’s a shoddy picture, but absolutely the best I could do without taking it onto the street and laying it on the road and climbing up a ladder… but despite said shoddiness, I have to say these pictures are making me very excited!
I’ve had a few questions about the construction etc of the Gypsy Caravan Blanket, so here are the particulars!
Yarn: All sorts, this was an attempt at destashing my bags of wool I’ve collected up from crocheting in many different colours, so there are all types and brands, but all were 8ply 100% wool. The main colour was natural undyed medium brown, it might look grey but it isn’t, and the brand is Ashford Tekapo, an awesome corriedale wool which is so lovely and strong and my fave wool to crochet with for sure.
Border: Single crochet border into most of the edge stitches, missing a few each square so I didn’t end up with a border too wide for my blanket. I made hdc’s into the corners where two squares meet to make the border even the whole way around.
Construction: I joined the squares as I went as I knew that if I didn’t do that I would never be motivated to actually join them at the end, and I’m going to be super smug here and tell you that I wove in the ends as I went so when I joined that last square and then made my single crochet border I was done. Yesssssssss! Because I used a 4.5mm hook and my tension is quite loose there was also no need to block it, so it went straight onto the bed.
So did I manage to destash?
Errr…… No! Not at all! I barely made a dent in my inferior stash, so I’m planning some more projects as I type!
And last picture, the blanket in it’s new home…
My lovely cushion doesn’t suit the Gypsy Caravan Blanket at all, so I need to organise some new cushions next, but for now, the blanket is brightening up my bedroom like crazy! I’m lying under it right now, back in my sickbed, on home detention again but we won’t go there, and it is definitely making lying in bed blowing my nose a LOT more cheerful! I’m resting up… tomorrow is my birthday *excited* so I’m determined to have an ace day with KB and my Mum dyeing fleece and eating lots of delicious food! I’m excited about the dyeing, and will take lots of photos of the process. Cross your fingers for us that the weather holds out!
Thank you for stopping in today! I hope life is good wherever you are!
Lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX