I dislike naming things I've made; craft projects, blog posts, my blog name for that matter. Not my babies I hasten to add, I like their names, but then they were jointly chosen (and jointly made). However, this post title should have been "A Rainbow Zigzag Blanket" for that is exactly what this is.
This project has grown on me a little but it certainly isn't one of my favourite makes. The yarn, Stylecraft Chunky, was chosen for practicality and cost rather than any depth of colour or wool content. I quite like the colours, but I don't love them. I chose a background of cream, but wonder now if I should've gone with white but I thought that might look too shiny, too acrylic.
It is enormous, measuring 220 cm long by 180 cm wide. You know how irritated I get by too-small blankets, so I wanted this to be the size of a single duvet cover, to reach over the sides of the bed and not just perch on top. Well I think I achieved this, and then some. It's possibly too big - folding it in half involves a fair bit of wrestling and arm stretching - and it weighs a lot, plus it took months to make. I started it last Easter and have crocheted it off and on over the last six months. I can't remember how much yarn it took but I estimate two 100g balls of each colour then maybe fifteen or twenty of the cream.
But it doesn't really matter what I think of this blanket because it isn't for me. It's for Bella, my almost-nine-year-old daughter who knows her own mind and has very strong opinions on what a blanket for her bed should look like, and a lot of other things. This was an exercise in motherly love. She loves it (thank goodness, or I might have cried) and shows it off proudly to anyone who enters her room. The night I finished it and darned in the last ends, I carefully folded it and left it in the middle of the sofa downstairs and went up to bed. The next morning, Bella (who'd got up and gone down first) came running upstairs, struggling slightly under the weight of the blanket, and the expression of genuine delight and happiness on her face was one of the best things I've ever seen.
I seem to embarrass and annoy Bella a lot lately, but it was nice to be able to do something and for her to think of me - fleetingly - as a tiny bit cool.