My celebratory TaDah! Moment
I started making this blanket back in July 2017 when I needed a break from working with the dark colours requested by Master R.
The pattern is Helen Shrimpton’s Mandala Madness with her Spiro Star at the centre.
It is for a single bed so I stopped at Round 88 in Part 14 .
I like the way the edge is shaped at this point, so I created the next few rows to keep that shape.
Little Miss M likes orange (Spice), so the edging had to be in orange.
I made small popcorns (3dcs instead of 5) at some of the points and the simple edging is 2scs, ch 2 repeat (US terms)
Blocking was done on an old blanket laid on the floor over a carpet.
I smooth the blanket out – take an overhead photo which shows up any lack of symmetry;
pin with steel blocking pins right through the carpet;
spray mist the whole thing with water, then using a damp tea towel and the iron on its highest setting I VERY lightly press round the edges only of the blanket, reheating the iron when necessary (it has to be unplugged to reach);
I then lightly pressed the yellow and turquoise pointy bits so that they would lie flatter;
left it in situ over night to thoroughly dry.
Stylecraft SpecialDK and a 4.5mm hook – the blanket mearures 4’8″ across
List of colours (mostly chosen by Little Miss M):
Spiro Star Centre
Fondant, Saffron, Fondant, Cloud Blue, Bluebell, Bright Pink, Spice
Mandala Madness Part 2
Meadow, Turquoise, Fondant,
Wisteria, Saffron, Wisteria, Sunshine,
Aspen, Pistachio, Cloud Blue, Bluebell
Soft Peach, Duck Egg, Fondant
Lobelia, Petrol, Bright Pink, Spice, Turquoise,
(My favourite part!)
Bright Pink, Cloud Blue, Saffron, Bright Pink,
Meadow, Pistachio, Aspen, Sunshine
Bluebell, Soft Peach, Meadow, Fondant, Bluebell, Cloud Blue
Bright Pink, Spice, Turquoise, Fondant, Candy Floss, Bluebell
Bright Pink, Spice, Saffron, Meadow
Turquoise, Spice, Fondant
Bluebell, Bright Pink, Petrol, Sunshine, Spice
I could never have made this without the fabulous video tutorials by Esther at Its All in a Nutshell.
Huge thanks to Esther and Helen.
Joining in with Ginny’s Yarn Along. She asks us to add a book that we are reading, but I rarely read books nowadays. I do however watch DVDs whilst crocheting or knitting and one I have thoroughly enjoyed recently is this documentary about Gauguin, which gives a fascinating account of his difficult and colourful life