Friday, October 22, 2010

Babette's Blanket

This has been almost 3 years in the planning and stash collecting, and 15 months in execution. In all its greeny goodness, I give you "Babette's Blanket".........
I fell in love with this blanket when I first saw it in Interweave Crochet, way back when. Shame I didn't crochet!!! (No idea why I was looking at a crochet mag, maybe it was on the cover.) A quick lesson at Joann's a couple of years back saw me right though.And a bit of moral support on the way. I don't want to think about how many ends I wove in. I eventually started crocheting over the ends - should've taken that advice at the start. We'll chalk that up to (in)experience :0)I hope these lovely colours aren't as muted on your screens as they are mine. They're all Socks that Rock Heavyweight, in shades of green, or have green in the skeins.Go to my Ravelry project page to see the deets, including the colours I used.I've no idea what the stitch is called that I used to crochet these together. Basically, I pulled a strand of the edging yarn through the edge of one square to make a loop, then pulled another strand through the other square AND that loop. Rinse and repeat til two edges become one :0)The pattern called for, I think, 3 edge rounds. I only had enough yarn left to make 1 round and I really didn't want to spend more on this than I already had (don't think about it). So 1 round will have to do.Another gratuitous edging shot...
Here's what's left of the 9 (gulp!) skeins I used.
This one's the money shot. I wanted to take a picture of Matthew, in the same pose as on the original pattern. But how could I resist the little fella, in this shot, exhausted after a tough day at Kindergarten.
The blanket weighs around 4,000 tonnes and is just big enough for me to snuggle under on the sofa. Not stretched out, but with my feet tucked up a bit. It's been well used already and I can't wait to use it more this coming cool season :0)

If anyone's looking for a great way to use up their sock yarn scraps (or any scraps for that matter), this may be a long-term project, but it's easy as pie (and folds flat for storage :0p )

Happy weekend everyone :0)

9 comments:

turtlegirl76 said...

Oh it turned out FANTASTIC! So beautiful.

Kaye said...

WOAH!!! LOVE IT!

IrishgirlieKnits said...

I just love it!! Goodness it makes me want to finish my Tickled Pink Blanket that Rocks! I promise definitely by Stitches West :)

Seriously GORGEOUS!! Great job!

tapmouse said...

ZOMG! it's done and it is gorgeous! Great job on this-what a very special heirloom!

knittinggolfer said...

Stunning and so beautiful! I am really inspired to start my str blanket!

Jo said...

So gorgeous!

Mya said...

That is fabulous! Love the greens!

Vladimir said...

It is very beautiful!!!

Neuroknitter said...

This blanket is beautiful!! I love the colors!! My mom's name is Babette!! :)

Thank you for the birthday wishes!! And happy belated birthday to your dh!! :)