Saturday, 16 April 2016

Finally Finished


It's been a long and draining week. No dramas - work on the kitchen is going well -  it's just pretty hard to relax when there is so much happening, plus work has been busy, and I am very tired. So it's really nice to have something pretty so show you. Something that isn't covered in plaster dust.

I am delighted to announce that my very large, very heavy (2 kilograms!) granny squares blanket is finally finished. Again. You may remember I declared it finished early last year, here, but there was just no avoiding it, the blanket was too small for our king sized bed and I didn't love it.

This is what it looked like then:



And now.


All I have done (all! ha!) is add another fourteen rounds to the border.  Yes, a mere fourteen rounds, another eight or ten balls of cream yarn and a couple of black. I dread to think what this blanket has cost me altogether, I really do.*


But it did provide lots of mindless crochet to keep my hands busy while I watched TV and kept me warm on those long, cold winter evenings. Although the evenings never feel that long, thinking about it. Chance would be a fine thing. By the time I finally sit down after everything is done it's usually 9pm and then by 10pm I'm trying really hard to stay awake. I'd love a long winter evening, that sounds brilliant!



Isn't it lovely? I've spent so long working on this blanket that I've often grown weary of it, but now it's finished and on our bed I love it again.. We've packed away our winter duvet so I do appreciate the warmth of the blanket when the nights are cooler.


I pinched the title for this post from Ashley of Lazy Daisy Jones' crochet link up on Instagram. I usually find these things hard to keep up with but it started in the Easter holidays when I had some spare time, and it has been an absolute joy to take part in. I use the daily prompts to think about and share things I've made and I find so much inspiration from other people who also love to crochet. If you're on Instagram, it's #ldjcrochethookup. It's running for the rest of April so there is plenty of time to take part and it's a lot of fun. 



*Actually, I worked out the cost. A blanket that weighs 2 kilograms uses 40 x 50g balls of yarn, and that's assuming I used every last scrap of each ball. The yarn, Rowan Pure Wool DK, is around £5 a ball so that's £200, at least. I didn't buy this all in one go, and half the cost was paid for with birthday money, but I don't regret a penny of it, it's so warm and feels so good. I guess we'll call this an heirloom blanket. 



51 comments:

Kate-Em said...

Your blanket is an absolute beauty. Well worth all the time, money and effort.

Daisy Jones said...

It is a thing of beauty, and I noticed it was very popular on IG too. You are so patient to add more to make it fit.
I am so pleased you are enjoying the LDjcrochethookup...(that reminds me I havent posted today and I have all of next weeks prompts to get ready!)
speak later lots of love Ashley x
Ps I hope you don't mind but I have featured your string basket on my latest post? xx

Jo@awholeplotoflove said...

I'm so impressed it's beautiful and a real labour of love. I'm building up a stash of Rowan yarn they have it as part of the 3 for 2 offer at Hobbycraft xx

Meggie said...

It's absolutely stunning !

Jill Mcmullen said...

I agree absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Jill Mcmullen said...

I agree absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Gillian Roe said...

Not at all, I am flattered! xx

Chel at Sweetbriar Dreams said...

Wow! I salute your perseverance. It is truly beautiful x

Jo said...

You were so right to revisit it, it is simply perfect (and I don't use that word much as I am not a perfectionist.) Gulp! 200 - don't go doing any silly washing shenanigans now will you! love Jo x

Beverley said...

Beautiful bed spread. I think you did the right thing making it larger. The colours are so pretty.

Patricia Ellingford said...

Lovely snuggly blanket perfect for cuddling under on a cold winters night. I always have some crochet on the go as it is so easy to pick up and put down. Cannot beat them and really the costs are worth it as you are creating something unique for your own home that you made.

Looks lovely.

Pattypan

x

VeggieMummy said...

Worth every penny. The extra 14 rounds really make it and it fits your bed perfectly. Just beautiful. xx

CJ said...

It's gorgeous Gillian, and well worth using really nice wool to make it. It's a really good size now, perfect for a double bed. Another really great yarn for blankets is Drops Lima. It's 65% wool and 35% alpaca and is untreated before dyeing. It's £2 (sometimes £1.40 when it's on offer) for 50g, so quite a bit cheaper than Rowan (which I've also used in the past). I can highly recommend it for a blanket. Hope the kitchen is going well. I've had a bit of a humdinger of a week as well, so I can sympathise. And I know exactly what you mean about the evenings not being long enough. I fear they will get shorter and shorter as the children get older as well. Wishing you and yours a lovely Sunday. CJ xx

Jenny Larking said...

I agree - gorgeous and worth revisiting. If you work the cost out over the years it will be used - at least 40 we hope, that is only £5 a year and then of course the children will use it so it is a really economical blanket! An heirloom indeed.

Jen Walshaw said...

I loved it when you first showed it, but I love it even more now. It is utterly wondrous that you made that with your fair hands. This week has been challenging here with deadlines, grouchy children and rain, lots and lots of rain! I am hoping for some sunshine tomorrow, so I can take pictures to meet those deadlines!

Helen said...

It's so beautiful!! Definitely an heirloom blanket :) I hope all goes well with the new kitchen, looking forward to seeing the finished result!! x

Jennifer Hays said...

It looks terrific, Gillian. I think it will be loved even more now that it's bigger, you'll really feel good using it. Your blanket is a wonderful accomplishment, you should be proud.

Mac n' Janet said...

It is beautiful and you made a wise decision to make it bigger.

Gracie Saylor said...

You have made a beautiful investment of resources in your heirloom blanket. Thanks for letting us see it. xx

Sue said...

Your blanket looks gorgeous!

Emm.A said...

I love the blanket! Of course, making a granny square blanket means lot of work and money. But I bet sou're so proud and happy when you look at it now! And let's be honest - we all spent 200£ on way more useless things than that! ;)

Liana said...

It is so beautiful! Great job!

Sarah said...

I think it's beautiful and it will always take you back to the time and place you made it - hasn't the making of it bridged two homes? Don't dwell on the cost of the materials, just think of the pleasure you had choosing the wool and making it and all the warmth and comfort it has brought and will continue to bring. (I still use a pure wool crochet blanket my mum made for me in 1985 when I'd just bought my first house and couldn't afford to heat it properly. It became my comfort and solace and although now quite tatty from being used and loved so much I could never recycle it.)

Susan Smith said...

Definitely an heirloom. It looks absolutely fabulous and you must be so proud to finish it finally and the extra borders make it such a great fit. Well done. Take care.

Daisy Jones said...

I really do think you should make another its soo stylish! xx

Anonymous said...

Most definitely and heirloom. Stunning, really beautiful colours. Congratulations.

Tracey said...

really gorgeous x

Anonymous said...

Your blanket is gorgeous! Seeing it is making me want to take crochet lessons. Patricia, Montreal

Mereknits said...

You don't have to justify one cent for that beautiful blanket. Think of the therapeutic affect you got from making it. It is beautiful and now I have officially donned it a family heirloom, so generations to come will love it. See if you think of it that way it is a really very cost effective.
Hugs,
Meredith

Winwick Mum said...

It looks amazing, it was worth every stitch and every penny! I know exactly what you mean about long winter evenings - I don't sit down until at least that time either and often, even after having gone to bed, small daughter is pinging up and down the stairs as if she's on elastic and I can't relax until she's finally passed out. Pass me the rubber mallet! :-) xx

Jacqueline Beavis said...

It really does look amazing, adding the extra border rows means it now sits perfectly on your bed so well worth the time, energy and money.

Katie said...

How wonderful to see it again! Sounds like a perfect blanket to snuggle under, and I love the idea of it being an heirloom blanket too x

Anonymous said...

It's a triumph, Gillian. The colourways are beautiful. Pah to the cost. It's worth every penny. Sam x

Anonymous said...

A really beautiful blanket! You did a great job. Irune

Christina said...

Your blanket is beautiful Gillian, and worth every pound you spent on it. I am a firm believer of using quality yarn for everything. I have made a couple of Special DK blankets for the kids. For me, they just feel wrong, not matter what the blanket community says and the colours are largely overwhelming. Not so good for warmth either. They are machine washable, that's true. A wooly blanket is totally different, soft warm and it never makes your hair stand up when you rub it with your hand. I love Rowan yarn but it is expensive. CJ mentioned Drops Lima, I have used Drops Karisma, a DK weight and pure wool, it has lots of shades, and if you need more shades still, there is Sandness Garn Smart, which is exactly the same weight and ply (it is probably made in the same factory, both are Scandinavian yarns). The possibilities are endless. I hope next week is more relaxing for you. x

Christina said...

I also meant to say that evenings feel shorter and shorter as the children get older, then they get suddenly longer again, when the teenagers pretend you don't exist. You'll be less tired because they are more independent (and in my case help with the littler ones), adding even more to your evenings. I make it until 11 pm easily now :-)

Anonymous said...

Your blanket is a beautiful heirloom!
I've been meaning to say how much I enjoy your blog - your home is lovely. It's been a pleasure watching it evolve.
:)

Chickpea said...

Wow, looks amazing, I have been working on the very same blanket for absolutely ages! I have struggled to work on it lately but seeing this has inspired me to get my ass in gear and get on with it :)

Vesna Armstrong said...

Beautiful blanket! I love it!

Julie said...

It's stunning and the new border is in perfect proportion - you have a very good eye. The cost is all relative when you think of the amount of time it took you to make it (so works out a lot cheaper than other activities) plus the years it will give you pleasure - well worth it. X

Leanne Paxton said...

Hey Gillian,
Of course it's wonderful. It looks perfect. Bugger the cost; it's worth every penny. I make a deal to sit down by 8.30 at the latest, so I can have a little time to decompress. Anything that hasn't been done by then can wait until morning.
Leanne xx

Charloheslop said...

Absolutely beautiful Gill! You are so clever and patient! My 'rasta hat' is almost at completion��
Lots of love xxxxx

Sandra (Cherry Heart) said...

That's quite a mammoth task, working round a blanket that big, but you're right, so worth it, the result is amazing. So generous and so warm, it's wonderful!

S x

Penelope P. said...

It's fantastic Gillian. It looked lovely anyway, but the new border lifts it into another realm. Well done !xxx

mrsrobinson said...

So beautiful... those additional, arm-aching border rounds really do make a difference. The colours are gorgeous... though you are brave, calculating the cost!

Penny said...

I think that your £200+ was well spent. You have made a truly stunning, unique blanket which will last for decades. If you divide the cost by the hours you took to make it, the cost per hour will probably make it the best value entertainment you could buy. X

Jane said...

It looks fabulous Gillian and was well worth doing the extra rounds - I'm glad you love it again xx

michelle smith said...

This blankets beautiful Gillian ,well done you x

Viola said...

What a beautiful blanket this is. And it was a good idea to work another couple of rounds to make it bigger, it looks perfect. Viola

Librarian said...

I liked it very much before, when you still found it too small, but you were right then - it is truly wonderful now!
That lampshade on the bedside table, I may have remarked upon it before, but it would look perfect in my bedroom, too :-)
Good to know work on the kitchen is going well. I'm living in the middle of a furniture store room right now, it seems, but by the end of this week, nearly everything should be at its right place. Besides I only have myself to take care of, no children and/or husband to make meals for etc., so it is a lot easier for me.

Lisa said...

Success!
Lisa x