All you knitters and crocheters will know that it's inevitable that, no matter how hard you try, you eventually amass a bit of a yarn stash. In an attempt to use up some of my stash I decided to crochet a blanket. This was also something that I wanted to be able to work on in the car (as a passenger!) even when the journey was done during the hours of darkness.
It had to be something simple so I settled on doing a Granny stripe. Since I was just using up scraps of yarn, although for some of the colours I had almost a full 100g ball, I didn't make the stripes any particular number of rows. In fact, some of the rows have a colour change at some point along it.
The crocheting was therapeutic. Row after row of three treble groups. I always counted; one-two-three, one-two-three, one-two-three ... My mind wandered and I thought how the counting was like the timing for a waltz. Then it wandered further; to one of my favourite musicals; The King and I. It has to be the one with Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr, of course. Then I was singing to myself 'Shall we Dance?' and the blanket was henceforth known as the 'Shall we Dance?' blanket. When I started crocheting it, I had no intention of giving it a name!
Right, I'd better stop talking about it and let you see it. This is it spread over the mattress on a double bed. It gives you an idea of the size.
This is slightly better colour though not quite the full size.
The rest of the photos were taken outside to try and get the colours to show up well. First, draped over the sweet pea frame.
Now spread out a bit over the sweet pea frame. I'm sure by this stage the neighbours were well and truly convinced of my insanity.
Here's a close up of the border.
Same again but from a different angle. Well, you know what it's like! You just keep taking photos.
Folded and sitting on the summer seat.
Then flipped over to show the other colours.
For something that was done just to use up left over yarn, and done mostly in the dark, I think it has turned out very well. In fact, I'm delighted with it. Really, really love it. Every time I catch a glimpse of it, it makes me smile.
The blanket weighs 1.45 kg. That means it took fourteen and a half 100g balls. I actually had to buy six of those in order to have enough.
The yarn is mainly Stylecraft Special DK with some Robin DK so it is entirely made from acrylic yarn.
And look! This is all I had left.
Let me hasten to add that this is not all that is left in my stash. It's all that is left of the yarn that was suitable for this blanket.
The blanket will soon be going to my son. That is who I crocheted it for because he wants to make his house more homely. He doesn't know yet that he's getting it; it will be a surprise. I hope he'll be pleased with it. After all, there's nothing more homely than a Granny striped blanket, is there?
Thanks for all the lovely comments you leave. Please let me know what you think of the blanket. Bye for now.