Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Life of Granny [stripe blanket]


Shortly after Millas birth I went on creative rampage. Perhaps thats something about a woman? The need to create something with my hands? Anyway, on a cold and rainy day I was picked up by a dear friend and taken to spotlight where I purchased all of this wonderfully coloured arcylic yarn.

I would love to be able to afford to make a wollen blanket, unfortunately that time has not yet come. No matter.


I used the granny stripe pattern from Attic 24, she write superb patterns and I had previously had success with her Ripple pattern too.

Over summer Granny went by the way side and this is where her woeful tale begins. She was forgotten about and put inside her red bag where she stayed for months. She collected a little dust so was stored away in our smelly spew cupboard (thats another story), and eventually was transferred to the spare bedroom wardrobe where she was forgotten about.


Granny layed about for quite some time, dreaming of her moment to be resurrected.

Suddenly, out of nowhere, her creator (thats me) felt a little chilly one night and decided it was time to complete her, only to discover she had no more yarn!

"Thats right!" she (I) exclaimed, realising why Granny was put aside in the first place. It wasn't because she was so long and boring, it was because she needed more rows!
Creator went to spotlight the next day, armed with colour codes she kept from the original yarn labels and sadly discovered only ONE of the colours was still on the shelf! The rest of the colours had been deemed "last season" and had all been sold off.

Granny wept. She was unfinished. With no other creative ideas, Creator purchased that last ball of yarn and whipped up a border for Granny. It was the least she could do.

Grannys life didn't work out the way it had originally been intended, but she still functions perfectly and lives a very full life covering her owners laps. 


Don't tell her, but Granny is the width of a queen bed, but isn't quite enough length ways :(



READ MORE:
Other creative endeavours
Progress made on Granny
My ripple blanket

What do you think of Granny? Have you ever had that 'need' to create after the birth of your baby?

32 comments:

  1. This is a lovely blanket and I love the colour selection you have used!!

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  2. Lovely blanket. The border works well and ties all the colours together. Well done on finishing it.

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    1. THANKYOU! Thats the hardest part isn't it, just finishing?

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  3. Oh what a tale of poor Granny! Glad it all worked out for a happy if a little shorter ending! :)

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    1. Heh, she's very generous in 'width' (can easily be used for 2 people) , but it only "long enough" to cover our legs.

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  4. It's so pretty and I love the colours!

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    1. Thanks Fay! MEE TOOO! My husband loves dull boring responsible colours, so its SO NICE to have a huge burst of colour in our lounge! :D Brings me so much joy! x

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  5. super love the colours in your snuggly blanket

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  6. Spare bedroom wardrobes hold a lot of UFO"s I think (visualising my SBW!!) Well doen on finishing it,even if it wasn't quite the way you planned.....

    Love the colours and I'm sure it will get a lot of use over the coming season and years.

    Did I feel the need to create after my sons' birth, hmmm, no, I just wanted to sleep, hehe....

    CLaire :}

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    1. And just in time for winter! perfect! hehehe, sleep was definitely on the agenda too! :)

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  7. Love it. And yes! Pretty toes on a pretty blankey. <3

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    1. Haha, that worked out well didn't it!

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  8. FAB!!!!!!! I need that right now, it's cold down here in Hobart!

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    1. Ditto here in Christchurch! I'd happily move to warmer climates during the winter!!

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  9. Looks great, nicely written, bet its still snuggly as!

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    1. Sophie Slim loves to write in third person!

      :)

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  10. oh, but the colours are so lovely! Well done for pulling her out and finishing her off. She definitely will make a good snuggle under blanket for the couch!

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    1. Granny likes to snuggle :)

      Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  11. I love it! Those colours are really great. I can imagine how frustrating it must have been to find you couldn't get the right colours again! I felt the creative 'need' after our daughter (2nd baby) was born. All of a sudden I snapped back into who I was and had this amazing desire to get crafty! It hasn't really stopped, except now I have much less time to do it!

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    1. SO frustrating! And made me feel a little bit bad too "last seasons" *sniff* It had taken me that long!!

      GOOD! Not just me then!

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  12. Oh, it's completely beautiful! Great colour choices! I loooove rows upon rows of granny striping!

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    1. Thanks Lady! Me too!

      Thanks for stopping by :)

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  13. Granny's just lovely and I love that her story has been told :-) I am hoping to try Lucy's granny stripe tutorial sometime soon and your pictures have given me some fresh motivation - it's a lovely blanket!

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    1. It was a story that needed to be told.

      It is super easy to get the hang of! Have you tried any of her other tutorials? She does them so well!

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  14. Look at all your comments! I can truely say that Granny is nice and warm and snuggly! The PERFECT lap blanky. Now to finish mine....

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  15. Oh I'm so glad that Granny came out of retirement. She looks wonderful! Well done!

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    1. Thanks Juliet! She makes my day :) So colourful and happy! :)

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  16. beautiful work Sophie! i agree with you, I can't believe how much wool costs, especially since i tend to buy little bits from op-shops for non-knitting/crochet projects I always expect wool to be 50 c a ball lol!

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  17. I love it. The colours are awesome. This would make a perfect bed runner! Or a rug to warm up your feet!
    Ronnie xo

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