I thought that now and then, on a Friday, I would share an old craft project, something made long ago. A lot of my hand-made projects were given away as gifts, and many home-made clothes have dated (shoulder pads! ugh!) and been consigned to the scrap heap, but I do still have lots of things I made long ago.
The pattern for this knitted blanket comes from a September 1988 edition of Better Homes and Gardens. In 1988, I was at university and on a very tight budget, so the yarn is a bit scratchy and at least partly acrylic, which today I would try to avoid. I made some progress early on, and then it languished, unfinished, in my craft box for years. I even moved overseas, storing my box of sewing and knitting supplies in my dad’s garage until my return. (Thanks, Dad!)
I think I finally finished this blanket in the early noughties. To be able to finish, I bought a copy of Pauline Turner’s How to Crochet and used it to learn how to join the blocks and make the border. Pauline’s book obviously lived up to its name as it did successfully teach me how to crochet.
The original pattern has a fringed border, but I crocheted a border. I am always nervous about washing fringe.
Now the blanket is in regular use. It sits on my favourite chair in the library (our posh name for the upstairs sitting room that has all our books in it and is where I like to sit and do my hand-sewing) and is my lap blanket for nanna naps on rainy weekends. Because the yarn is not anything fancy, I do not even mind sharing it with the pets.