Gosh, I am loving this blanket sooooooo much.
It's been so nice to work on something over the top and bright for a change.
It packs a punch that's for sure.
By late afternoon yesterday, it had clouded over a little, so it was better to take pictures.
Here is my
Summer Lovin' Blanket
It sort of reminds me of 80's, rainbow, disco stuff.
Really cheery and happy though.
I did feel that I needed to go all out flamboyant though with it........so colourful pom poms were added to each end. To me, they totally make the blanket. Completely over the top....but totally fun.
I'm totally smitten with it's vibrancy. The red is the reddest red i've ever come across, a real bright cherry red. It matched the vibrancy of the geranium red very well.
I am loving those pom poms so much.
To say i'm pleased with my little blanket is an understatement. I think I really needed to make something bright and cheerful.
So....are your eyes going all funny yet?
Yes, I know, Pic overload.
I made this blanket with it being an 'outdoor' blanket in mind. It's a large single bed size.
It was all made using various colours of cheap branded acrylic yarns......sirdar, and Womens institute. As usual I don't have brand colours or numbers....because I'm useless at recording that stuff. Knowing that it was for outdoors, I could go less luxurious and it be a little less soft on the old skin. Some acrylics are just plain awful, but some are actually pretty good. You just have to pick and choose. I find some colourways in some brands fair less well, so i'll chop and change to suit me. I actually found it was the really cheap brands that did the best and brightest colours. I knew, it needed to be robust and be easily shoved in the washing machine if it got garden grubby and these cheap acrylics work well for that. It was all dk yarn and made using a 4mm hook. I used a 14 chain repeat ripple and the basic colours used were:
I think Stylecraft acrylic would do the trick and would have all the colour ways for a blanket like this if you are interested in creating something similar.
I'm thinking that if I ever decided to make one for indoors, it'd be nice to make one in cotton. Rico creative cottons have very vibrant colours which would work really well with this colour scheme.....although it would end up costing at least three times as much I reckon to make for a decent size. It might just go on the list though.
I liked varying up the ripple colour thicknesses. My last ripple blanket was a two row colour all the way through, so it was nice to add variation to this one.
So, all in all, I love this blanket.
It's all about the summer
It doesn't take itself too seriously, and it's made to be used and abused.
So, I may just make myself a coffee, pick up my blanket and have a few mins out in the garden.
Edited: I worked out that it took me 29 hours to make from start to finish. I've never really worked that out before on any of my makes. One hundred and four rows each taking 15 minutes, then the sewing in of the ends, the edging to be done, and the pom poms to be made and attached.