to bring you this excellent piece of wool wound in circles to make squares – ta da!
Only 4 years in the making, this is the Babette blanket, designed by Kathy Merrick. The pattern can be bought on Ravelry here.
The finished size is about 110cm square(ish). I’d promised it to Princess for her boarding school bed, due circa 3 years ago. Why did it take so looooong? Well, the first bit is pretty easy, crochet lots of squares as per pattern, but then you need to crochet all those tiny little squares together and I found myself scrubbing the inner corners of bathrooms with a toothbrush rather than getting onto it. Every review of this pattern suggests joining as you go, but I ignored that excellent advice as usual, hence the, ahem, 4 years. Also, weave in your ends as you go. Because weaving in all those ends is not going to be as much fun as you think it is ;Q
Anyone from the non Americas should note that double crochet in the pattern is treble crochet everywhere else in the world. Can you believe that only occurred to me as I was doing those last few rows of the border. Not really sure whether I had registered this in the beginning but I did manage to use the correct stitch regardless.
You’re probably desperate to know how I chose my colours? Ummm, I bought what the shop had on hand – so inspired!
I like crochet, its much less regimented than knitting and if you drop a stitch you can just pick it up again cos there’s only one! To boot, its ultimately portable. I’ve never been questioned at the airport about a crochet hook the way I have about knitting needles. Only yesterday a lady on my flight gave me a very sharp look when she saw I was knitting (wooden circulars), oh bite me!
We were going to an 80s themed party a while ago. Hubby intended topping off his mulleted wig 80’s grunge look with a grenade shaped belt buckle (you know Guns ‘n’ Roses and all), which was very clearly and obviously a flat piece of metal that looked like a belt buckle. It was taken off him by airport security. Will sanity ever be restored?!