Thank you so much for all your fabulous comments on the last post, about my Rainbow Ripple Blanket Ta~Daaah! I was blown away with them, and I'm delighted you all like it so much. I've now started work on the New Blanket, and I'm absolooooodely in love with those little squares that are appearing, somewhat rapidly each evening.
The extra balls of yarn that I ordered online arrived and I have to pass on Big Thank You's to those of you who have been recommending Stylecraft; excellent choice it turns out as I'd ordered three balls from their 'Special DK' range and I'm really pleased with it - plus it's cheaper than the King Cole stuff. Anyways, I think the three bolder colours pull those sweetie jar colours together beautifully ~ I ordered Shrimp, Saffron and Grape and now I am beyond excited about this blanket, can't get enough of it...
Here are the new colours, nestling in my yarn bag - can you spot them?
Much better don't you think?
So, the last few evenings have seen me getting very busy with these little squares which are amazingly easy, and surprisingly therapeutic to make. But oh my word, just look at all those ends...
I've took a tip from Vanessa at Coco Rose Diaries who also made this blanket, and who waited until the end to sew all the ends in. I have to agree with her, if I did the ends each time I finished a square this blanket just wouldn't happen. I'm going to have to dedicate some serious time to doing it all when the squares are finished, but I don't want to think about that part of it yet (I really don't like the yucky sewing in of ends). So, here's how it's coming on so far, I do enjoy laying out the little squares in rows to get a feel for how it's going to look:
Can you see why I'm so excited? Those colours just Zing!! I can already picture it when the squares are crocheted together with that lovely raised edging, it's going to be amazing. Only several hundred more squares to go, but oh my goodness it's going to be so very worth it, and all the more wonderful because it will so very cheap to make - bonkerdoodles cheap actually in comparison to the luxury yarn I used to make the last one!
Aside from all this hookyness, life has been pootling on here as usual. I'm working on some sketches at the mo for a rather larger painting than usual. It's a coastal themed one and I'm looking forward to sharing it's progress with you when I get started on it. The Circus illustration is still very much a WIP ~ I've come to a point with it where I'm not sure if it's going the way I really want it to go, so am giving it one of my famous cooling off periods and will return to it when I feel more inspired.
One more thing to tell you before I disappear for the weekend - I am now being represented by the fabulous 'From The Wilde Gallery'. I'm really delighted to have my originals, prints and cards included alongside the work of all the other hugely talented artists and designers.
You can visit the website here - it's well worth a look.
Well I think that's me done for now - once again, thanks for dropping in; it's always lovely of you to do so. I hope you have a smashing weekend, sending love to you,