Blanket adventures

At the beginning of the year I had two issues constantly in mind.  My father’s illness and treatment was one, my imminent 40th birthday the other.

In a flash of inspiration, I discovered a way I could take both of these and wrest something positive from them.  I determined to make a crochet blanket, with the help of friends, and raffle it on my birthday in aid of a charity supporting those with brain cancer.

I chose a square with a star pattern in honour of my dad – who is a true star in my life – and recruited five friends with the instruction to crochet it in blues and yellows with a 4.5mm hook.

It wasn’t too long before the squares started to stack up

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The pattern was soon firmly fixed in my mind!  I had to “translate” it into UK terms for the friends who wanted to take part – then they were off too.

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Once the squares were made I decided to edge them with a flash of red before joining with a denim blue rib for added texture.  All 24 stars had to be edged this way…  This was when the various little mistakes we had all made came to light!

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The children helped lay them out in a quasi-random manner.  Not too many yellows in one place, … spread the lighter squares across the area … keep the similar ones separate.  Eventually we got a layout we were happy with and photographed it for reference for the grand sewing together.

Of course, all good yarn workers will tell you to sew in your ends as you go.  And, of course, many good (and not-so-good) yarn workers leave their ends to … well … the end.

So once the blanket was assembled, I found myself with ends agogo to be stitched in.

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But finally, eventually, in the end … there was a finished blanket!  Hurrah!  We took it outdoors on the sunny day we were blessed with this week to picture it in all its glory.

And without further ado, here it is:

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In the midst of all this stitchery we had the grand raffle.  I was hoping I might be able to raise around £100.  I thought that a fair price for a handmade blanket.  In the end I was overwhelmed and grateful for a grand total of £383!  This all went to The Brain Tumour Charity to research treatment and to support those living with a brain tumour.

I need to thank my lovely friends who helped me create this blanket – Lisa, Mary, Karen, Jo and Carol.  And I need to thank all who supported my endeavour and donated money to this worthy cause.  And well done to Tom and Kathy who won it!  I hope it brings you much coziness.