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The Peacock Blanket Begins

img_3801Sometimes you get an idea that makes you go “what the hell was I thinking?” This wasn’t so much an idea as it was a request by my mother-in-law. She saw this peacock blanket and asked me if I could make it. I took one look at it and said it looked much too difficult, then put it out of my head.

Flash forward to a couple of months ago when my friend Maggie found it and said how beautiful it was. I told her that it was probably too hard for me and it would probably take me months. She said she wasn’t in a hurry and then offered to buy me the yarn if I was willing to try. I had no excuses left. The peacock blanket was happening.

This is the pattern I used: https://www.craftsy.com/crocheting/patterns/peacock-pretty-blanket/174902


I went and bought all the yarn I would need to make the feather motifs. Because it calls for 102 of them, I ended up buying almost $50 worth of yarn. I was already rethinking the wisdom of agreeing to do this but part of me was excited. I like challenging things and it would be really satisfying if I was able to finish it. I found a good place for the enormous bag of yarn and hung it up, intending to begin it in the summer. Then I promptly forgot about it. These things happen with projects like this one.

The other day I decided to try and make one of the motifs now that the pain in my hands is mostly under control, just to see how difficult it would be. It took almost 90 minutes to make the first one. I had to start, stop, frog, start again, frog some more, consult the pattern, start one more time, then finally finish the damn thing. After all that, the first one was still crooked. I gave up and hoped that it wouldn’t show so much in the finished blanket.

img_3799Like I said, it’s going to take me until December to finish the entire blanket. My hands started to hurt by the time I finished the second motif, and I reported to Maggie that I will most likely only be able to make 1-2 of them at a time. She’s still willing to wait, so I’m willing to keep crocheting these things. Slowly.

I have to keep writing, after all!


Grand Lilies Doily

As promised, I have a beautiful new piece of filet crochet to share with you today! I went at a much slower pace with this one and it was very relaxing. This is the Grand Lilies doily from Hass Design.

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It’s quite a bit smaller than the Leipzig doily and much less complicated. This design was nothing but open and filled squares with very few increases and decreases and I definitely recommend it if you’re just starting out. I used a size 7 hook and #10 thread and I think it came out well. It’ll look even better once I’ve blocked it but I need to get some blocking board and starch.

I highly recommend Hass Design for filet crochet patterns. They’re very reasonably priced, absolutely gorgeous, and supporting an independent designer is always a win. They also have crochet-alongs so you can learn filet crochet – that’s how I learned, years ago!

I’ve got something of a surprise for next week that I’m extremely excited about. It was a surprise to me as well. See you then!