Thursday, March 10, 2011

Finito!

I spent this morning edging the blanket, weaving in and snipping ends. Ugh.
But now it's finished and all that remained to be done was to take a few photos. Sadly today is so windy that the daffodils in my father's garden are bent double to the ground. So taking a decent photo was a challenge. Zuppy turned up to help and then scuttled off when it got too cold. If you look closely at the photo, you can see that he was watching me out of the corner of his beady eyes: as Iset up the photo I had to push him away with my leg while struggling to pin the darned blanket down in gale-force wind. He was determined to get up on the bench (and note that he's a vertically-challenged terrier so he tried to use his sharp little dog-claws to get a leg up) while I tried to shove him aside and keep the blanket from flying across Farmer JohnJoe's field next door (and they spread slurry yesterday so I was rather stressed.)


The pattern has just been tested and - all going well - it will be published at the end of March!

28 comments:

Ruth said...

It's stunning! Different from anything else out there.

Paul & Carla said...

It's gorgeous! I love all the cheery colors against the greys. And so glad Zuppy did his duty to help, even if he did ditch out on you. Great afghan, Gingerbread Lady!

Susie said...

I have to say, Zuppy does look a bit like he's suffering ;-). I love your afghan. It is exactly the kind of afghan I like.

(When people say afghan I used to think they meant the dog and I was confused as to why they would drape a long-haired dog on their sofa. I get it now though).

Shawnee's Girl said...

It's beautiful. I love all the bright colors. Zuppy is pretty darn cute as well.

quinn said...

What a gorgeous, bright, cheerful, pretty, cozy-looking blanket!! Will you offer the pattern on ravelry? Bet it will be a hit! :)

Joan said...

What a good-mood-inducing, lovely afghan. Seriously, how can you not SMILE when you see that?

Heather said...

It's beautiful! More pictures please. You did a wonderful job.

Julie said...

That is just stunning--I really love it!

mlh79 said...

I actually *desperately* want to have a go at making this blanket, it's stunning!

Terra said...

What a gorgeous blanket! So bright and happy!

Gracey is not my name.... said...

Ah, but Zuppy just wanted to help...It is stunning! Very pretty!

Ann said...

This is a must do! Keep on creating, you make beautiful things!

Cris said...

Gorgeous!

patrysia said...

Beautiful! How long did it take you to crochet all those motifs and stitch them together? I'd love something bright and cheery like that in my living room, but am daunted by the effort it might take.

Victoria said...

Wow! Fabulous - like a stained glass window.

Pammy Sue said...

I love it! You should be so pleased with yourself.

The Gingerbread Lady said...

Hi Patrysia,
It didn't actually take that long. I did all the circles in the middle first, which is really fast and a great take-along project. Then I did the all the next rounds, then the last bit. I guess it seemed to go quite quckly because choosing the colours was interesting. Sewing it together took two nights, mostly because I set about doing it in a haphazard and disorganised fashion. I should have laid all the motifs out and arranged them, then photographed them and worked from the picture. Instead, I winged it and all the thinking and rearranging took time. Oh well, I'll know better next time!

Sam said...

wow! That’s truly stunning!

Sara said...

Your afghan is awesome! Really looking forward to the pattern. Just found your blog to follow!

constantina said...

I may have to learn to crochet so I can make this. It's just beautiful.

Hookin It With Mr. Lick Lick said...

Beautiful! And I got a Zuppy fix!! :O) Looking forward to this pattern.

Anonymous said...

I can't wait til you post the pattern as i am hanging out to try this!!!

Bri said...

Have the pattern and am ready to start some serious stash-busting. Before I start though I was wondering approx how many grams of each color did you use? (just to give me a rough guide)
Thanks

Dave and Whitney said...

Mmmmm...imagining this worked up with something like Noro Silk Garden for subtle colour variations within each motif. Yum! Love your blog and your cheeky sense of humour! Reading your posts feels as though we are stitchin' 'n bitchin' together over a cuppa by the hearth. Lovely.

Yuli said...

It is amazing, I found the fhoto in a rus blog and i am from Israel my self. I Would love to try the patern, was it posted all ready? I can't find it in your blog :-)

http://www.tapuz.co.il/blog/net/userBlog.aspx?FolderName=yuligama

The Gingerbread Lady said...

Hello Yuli,
I'm afraid I can't read Hebrew so I'm not sure how to leave a comment on your blog! This pattern is the Realta pattern and it's for sale on my blog. There is a button on the top right-hand side of the page and that will bring you to the page with the information about buying it. Thank you for stopping by!

Carin said...

I bought the pattern, but can you tell me how much yarn is needed for this colored one. I can't find it anywhere and don't know how much yarn I have to order.

The Gingerbread Lady said...

Hello Carin,
I see you are in the Netherlands, so you will probably be working in DK-weight yarn, like me. The original blanket was made to use up scraps. Afterwards, I worked out that I used 13 main colours + black. I didn’t use more than 150g of any colour , some colours I used more of and some colours I used less of (I used much less yellow, for example, than green. I love green and mixed it with a lot of the blues and teals.) I needed more black - probably about 200g in total. If I were buying yarn for this afghan, I would probably buy an extra skein of the colours I tend to favour because subconsciously you will find yourself reaching for those colours more often than others. I had yarn left over in all the colours, enough to start my next blanket :-D

I hope this helps you! Let me know if you have any other questions.