In between crocheting the flower posy brooches, I’ve been sewing in more of the wool ends on my Granny’s Paperweight crochet blanket. It really is an endless task but I think I’m now down to my last thousand (I started with over four thousand little woolly tails) so am beginning to see the light).
I took these pictures yesterday when the afternoon sunlight filled our bedroom and the blanket really seemed to glow with colour. Some of the hexagons are very muted , mostly this is because I used vintage tapestry wools and the colours just seemed to be of a softer hue.
Other yarn was slightly more modern and the colour of that yarn was a little brighter. The blanket is completely made from tapestry wool which has been mostly sourced from charity shops, car boots, ebay… and Sylvia gave me a huge bag full. I think using pure wool helped the colours blend together. (before using wool, I tried a few hexagons out in acrylic yarn but really didn’t like how it looked.) By using the tapestry wool I’ve had a much wider palette of colour available.
My absolute favourite tapestry wool to use was a US brand called Elsa Williams. I think it is a brand that has now stopped but some places still have end of line stocks. It was one of those lucky ebay finds (most people who sell it live in America and don’t always ship to the UK) however I found a UK seller who had a whole load of different colours and it was the only time where I’ve gone so doo-lally, bidding on numerous coloured skeins of wool.
I’ve tried to keep each hexagon a different combination of colours, inevitably my favourite colours turn up a few times but subtly varying in their groupings. One of the best parts for me of making this was spreading all the wool out over my carpet (Bernard thought he was in cat heaven as he assisted greatly…removing colours he didn’t feel really worked and which looked much better in the garden).
I was originally inspired to make this blanket after seeing this gorgeous one on flickr. I loved how it looked in the bedroom and totally fell head over heels in love with it… I then found an amazing tutorial on Heidi Bears blog which I think pretty much anyone could follow, it’s beautifully photographed and clearly explains all the stages and what you need to do.. seriously if you can make a regular granny square then with a little practise you can do this.
I love having this on the bed, it’s so warm (it’s proper heavy when you pick it up in a big bundle in your arms, but it is a lovely comfortable weight when it is all spread out on the bed). No surprises… Bernard loves sleeping on it, he stretches out and does what we call paddy paws and gently kneads it before he curls himself up for the night. He is a cat that assumes that anything crocheted is obviously his (when it is on my lap while I’m sewing the tails in, he comes over to supervise, curling himself up on it and looks right huffy if the blanket then is pulled and disturbs his nap time.