|On my son's bed to show the size|
I started to become aware of crochet again in the lead up to Christmas last year. I saw that Jane in Sydney (@queen_babs on Instagram) was asking for people to make purple crochet mandalas for a yarn bombing event to raise awareness of fibromyalgia. I thought it was a great idea, so I crocheted 3 mandalas for her and sent them off. You can read my blog post about them here.
|Ripple blankets made m by my Nana after she'd had a stroke|
Then I started to see people making beautiful crochet rugs. They reminded me of the rugs my Nana crocheted 40 years ago. Internet searching led me to Lucy, of Attic24 fame, Lucy is a very popular crocheter. She provides great instructions on how to make her patterns, and has lots of photos to help along the way.
Lucy released a new pattern towards the end of last year called the Cosy Blanket. Some people in the northern hemisphere started a crochet along, but it was too hot for those of us "down under" to crochet in our summer, so we tried to hold off until 1 March. Of course we all love a new project, and with my wool sitting there I just had to make a sneaky start in February when I came down with a cold.
|I added the optional border to stop the rug from stretching|
You'll notice that I didn't make the Cosy blanket after all, but instead I used Lucy's Ripple Blanket pattern to make a new, bigger version of those ripple blankets my Nana made all those years ago.
I've used Cleckheaton California 100% wool by Australian Country Spinners. It says it's double knitting (8 ply) but I feel it's thicker than that, so I used a 5mm hook. I just love the verigated wools. There's some new colours now that weren't available when I bought my wool, but I'm happy with what I used.
This rug is really for my side of the bed at nights. In winter I need more blankets than my husband, and this pure wool blanket will ensure that I keep warm.
Of course there was wool left over, so I've started a second blanket using another one of Lucy / Attic24's patterns. This time I'm doing a hexagon crochet blanket. I've bought 2 new balls of the new verigated colours, but otherwise I'm just using what I already had. I'll show you that one next week when I've done a few more hexagons.
I'm linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts and Sew Cute Tuesday.
This rug was the first item on my Finish Along List for Q2.