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Thursday, 24 January 2013

Little 'Nanna' Blanket

I'm still hard at work on the sweetie squares and I have some more to show but it's been quite dark here with the snow and not really photograph-taking weather!

We've had a goodly amount of snow here recently-most of it on Friday night and the heating has been working overtime to keep us nice and snug.  Our beds are piled high with the winter duvets and extra blankets and Myf of course has two hot water bottles (one for her feet bless!).


Myf and I were talking about how very cold weather affects different people-mainly the very young and the elderly.  Her Great-Grandmother (on her father's side) is in her early 90's now and has always been very active but naturally, these past few years she's been slowing down.  Myf worries that she gets cold, especially in the evening when she knits so I asked her whether she would like me to make her Nanna a little lap blanket.

So Myf picked the colours (we kept it simple) and I came up with a basic layout.  Apologies for the photo quality, we didn't want to wait for a brighter photo day as we want to post it ASAP!


The central square is a 'Sunburst Square' from this page and Myf made the chain stitch pieces that spell out 'Nanna' across the top (I asked whether that was how she spells it and apparently they use 3 N's)  She's getting the knack of chain stitching now, soon I'll have her making squares!



The squares surrounding the central square are from this pattern here.  It's called a 'Wagon Wheel' square but Myf has decided it should be called a 'Cartwheel' square that I think sounds much better!
Around the outside are 'Granny Flower Squares' designed by the amazing Debi Y and the pattern is here on her amazing blog.  She designs wonderful patterns and the instructions are so easy to follow-I've used many of her square patterns, they're fantastic!

For the border, Myf decided a pale lemon/yellow would be nice and I added the beige/brown.  I've tried something a bit different with the border-I'm not sure if you can see it in the photo but I've attempted a zig-zag effect with 2dc, ch2, 2dc, ch1 in each space and 2dc, ch2, 2dc, ch3, 2dc, ch2, 2dc, ch1 in the corners.  I couldn't find the actual pattern or tutorial that I'm positive was here on this blog (this blog is wonderful!) but I'm fairly sure this is close to that pattern.

I made a little care label and made a flower to attach it with from the fabulous 'Crochet 'Bouquet' book-

Myf wrote a little letter for her Nanna and I slipped a little card in too-I'm posting the package tomorrow, hopefully it'll arrive over the weekend!

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