Sunday, December 9, 2012

Finally!!!

Happily I share the pictures of my latest blanket.  I have had to keep it top secret until it was given to its new home.  And boy, has that been hard!!!  It's not that I can keep a secret, but I was about to bust to get it to its new home!
Do you like the little bug on it??? 
I really enjoy making granny blankets like this.  I love the join as you go method!  And I like the bands of granny squares sandwiched between rows of granny stitches.  And this time I tried something new.  A final row of solid colored two-rounders border the blanket.  I love them, although there was a lot of ends to weave in, the final effect is so worth it!! 

I also learned a couple things making this blanket, which is always pretty cool.  First lesson learned, Resolve Carpet Cleaner will remove red dye that bleeds onto white!!  Oh, yeah!!  I was freaking!  When I went to block it, the red yarn bled a little.  I wasn't sure what to do, and my husband said try some resolve!!  Thank God it worked!

I also picked up a few tips on the little squares border.  It could be worked a couple of ways.  In strips or attach them as you go.  I attached them as I went around the blanket, which I think I prefer. 

All in all, I am ecstatic with how it turned out, and when I gave it to my girlfriend I believe she was, because she immediately teared up! 

After Christmas I think I am going to make a granny blanket for my bed.  I'm planning it in my head now.  It will definitely have red in it, too!

It just makes me smile!

Finally I got the tree up.  I am keeping it simple this year.  It's pretty.  All vintage!
And I found the tinsel icicles at Target.  Yay.  I had a small box of ornaments that come from Brad's Grandma's house.  You can tell they are old and have been used year after year.  So this year, I decided that's what I wanted to do.  And I love it!
Check it out!  Isn't he cute?  I think it is paper mache or stiffened fabric.  I have a couple more made like this I will share next week.
 And who doesn't remember these!
I have a few more ornaments left over, so I may do something with them if time allows.  I used my old quilt top for the skirt.  One made by my grandmother's aunt, so it is seriously old.  It makes me happy to be able to use it! 
I'm off for now.  Have a busy day ahead and a full week.  Plus, I haven't bought any presents yet!  Oh my!!

36 comments:

Elif'in Terazisi said...

Çok güzel olmuş:=)

Preeti said...

Your blanket is very bright and cheerful!:)

Panhandle Jane said...

That blanket is beautiful! Thanks for posting pictures of your tree. I have one just that size and a table made from a sewing machine base. I'm not sure if ours will go up this year. We are moving next Thursday, so I may have to settle for decorating piles of cardboard boxes or something, depending on how fast I get things going on the other end. Thank you for sharing your Christmas!

Stocki said...

Hi Dawn... oh my goodness your blanket is gorgeous!! What a superb pressie! I pinned it :)x

busybusybeejay said...

I love the blanket.

Lazy Daisy Jones said...

Oh your blanket is adorable and soooo inspiring me to pick up my hook and start a blanket!
Thank you for sharing.
Daisy x

Charlotte Huffman said...

Beautiful way to use granny squares. You always inspire me. Merry Christmas!
P.S. I remember the ornaments!

SnuggleBunnie said...

Your blanket is so beautiful. I love the uniqueness you add to it. When you do start your bedspread I'd love to crochet along with you:)

Vikki Hooks said...

Just gorgeous!!

priscilla said...

Love your new blanket ! The colors are beautiful ! Your tree is pretty too !

Sharon GARDNER said...

Love your tree and the blanket too. We have a tree about the size of yours too. I love the blanket--did I say that already? lol!

Blondie said...

Omg that's fantastic!! I love your border too!! Very awesome!!

Tammy said...

Hello Dawn I hope your enjoying the day your blanket is just gorgeous I love it and your tree and ornaments are so sweet .... You are so creative :) Happy crocheting ..

sally said...

Love your blanket with the cute bug. I'm glad you're thinking of making one for your bed. Putting your tree on top of the sewing machine brought back memories for me. Tree and blanket are smashing!Merry Christmas.

Elizabeth Brogan Tore said...

Super cute blanket! Nice work. :)

sally said...

Check out Purlbee.com and see a giant granny square bedspread. I just came across it after leaving your blog.

Mereknits said...

Gorgeous blanket, I bet the recipient is thrilled. Love your beautiful tree.
Meredith

balerinaszydełkowanie said...

:)))

balerinaszydełkowanie said...

:))))

linda said...

Your blanket is beautiful, what bright lovely colours :)

Stephanie Laydilyke said...

Fabulous blanket! Talk about colour therapy. And your tree is adorable. Happy Holidays.

Lauren said...

I absolutely love the granny square blanket - especially the bug. I have had a patchwork granny square blanket on my "need to make" for so long... this post is inspiring me to get started!

Alexandra G.D. said...

What a lovely blanket. Love the bright colors.

flyingjen said...

I love, love, love that blanket. I'm not sure I know the join as you go method. I've always just put them together at the end.

Melissa said...

Love the blanket! As always (duh!)

Maria K. said...

The blanket is beautifu!

Annemarie said...

What a happy, happy blanket! And what a gorgeous blog :o) Can't wait to see what you come up with for the next one!

kathy b said...

I LOVE the granny square blanket...amazing....

Your tree is lovely

Annie said...

Words can't describe how much I love the blanket! I am so lucky! :-)

Anonymous said...

I love all you crochet projects. My granny squares look twisted - how do you keep yours so square?

Mary

Nélia Botelho said...

A colcha está fantástica!

Nélia

Minerva said...

I love your blanket! It is beautiful and the colors are amazing. Great work Dawn. And your Christmas Tree is also amazing. Thank you for sharing them with us.

Isa said...

Me encanta!! una preciosidad de colores y formas!
un abrazo

Anonymous said...

Is there a pattern I can purchase for this blanket it is amazing

Nélia said...

Lindíssimo!Adorei!

Parabéns pelos bonitos crochets

Feliz Ano Novo

Nélia

Ore said...

Beautiful blanket beautiful colours!