granny stripe blanket

Yaaaaay, it’s finished! I’m so happy :)

I started this blanket way back, exactly one year ago. I had just gotten my order of Stylecraft Special DK from the UK and I couldn’t wait to get started. However, I wasn’t the avid hooker I am today, so after 6 rows I quickly got bored and also overwhelmed! I just couldn’t believe there were actually women out there that crochet entire blankets!?!?!
So I hibernated the project for a long time, until last month, when I decided that it should be time to finish it! And this time, it was a breeze :) Row after row after row of delicious hooky, the stitches just flew off my hook and before I knew it I had the entire thing finished! Then it only took me another two hours to get the border on and it was officially DONE.

So ladies, without further ado, I present to you: the granny stripe blanket!




The Details
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK, I got the Lucy pack from Masons
Hook size: 5mm/H hook
Rows: 120 (or 60 color changes)
Pattern used: the well-known Granny Stripe from Lucy’s Attic24
Border: one row of grannies, two rows of dc’s, one row of sc’s and one picot-row
Happiness: 100%! I loved making this blanket despite some start-up hickups
Side-effects: the uncanny urge to start making more blankets & afghans!

Yes, I used the exact color scheme Lucy did when she first made her blanket. When I started this I just wanted the exact same thing, and I had the yarn so I just went for it. The only thing I changed was the border; I used different colors for it.
Today, I would never do that again, just copy someone else’s work. Having said that it was kind of blissful, working with a set color pattern :)

The blanket is getting a lot of use already; me and D can snuggle up under it together and it’s so nice and warm! Very welcome during these cold, cold days.

So I got two, nope, three! Versatile Blogger Awards the other day, courtesy of HazelStocki and Helen!

The rules for the award are:
1. Add the award to your blog.
2. Thank the blogger who gave it to you.
3. Mention 7 random things about yourself.
4. List the rules.
5. Award to 15 bloggers.
6. Inform each of those 15 by leaving a comment on their blog.

So, 7 random facts about me… Let’s see.

  1. I have a slight headphones addiction. I currently have about 20 pairs and counting!
  2. I still sleep with stuffed animals.
  3. I’m addicted to reading. Currently I am rereading the Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson. (maybe it’s re-rereading; it has to be the fifth time already!)
  4. I also have a slight obsession with anything Woodstock related. Whenever I feel down, I just pop in the ’69 extended version DVD and voila; instant happy/hippieness! :)
  5. I don’t subscribe to the magazines I read. (Flow and Mollie Makes are my regulars) I like the experience of going down to the bookstore and finding them on the shelf.
  6. I’m an extremely slow starter in the morning. I need at least a couple of hours to get my thoughts in order before I can meet people ;)
  7. I am a night owl.

Alright, on to some awesome bloggers who I think don’t get enough attention and deserve this award! :)

Now I realize some of you have gotten this award before and/or recently; please don’t feel obliged to anything! :)

Alright, I’m off to put something warm on my shoulder and neck. I felt the pain in my muscles luring all week, and after last night it finally happened; I have a stiff neck :(

xo,
wink

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25 Comments

  1. Winnnnk the blanket is gorgeous and the border just perfect :) Congrats for your award :)
    Angie

  2. Hi Wink… Ohhh lovely blanket! You can tell Lucy’s colours a mile off can’t you! I love the pink border too…very sweet! I am also a night owl and am awful in the mornings, but can carry on working into the wee small hours….. I’m sorry you have a stiff neck…wrap that beautiful blanket round it and get your feet up! :)x

  3. Your blanket is so gorgeous I’m feeling the urge to make the exact same one too! *laugh*

    Thanks so much for the award. Love your blog do it’s great to see mine listed here :)

    Have a great weekend

    Sarah
    Xxx

  4. Very pretty! Congrats on finishing.

  5. Great blanket!! Maybe I should think about ordering yarn from the UK or even USA, too – I’m really bored with the colors of yarn in Germany.

    And Congratulations on your award, you’ve really deserved it and you definitely would have been on my list, but you’ve already mentioned earlier this week, that Stocki already nominated you.

    have a great week-end, winkie! :)

  6. Hey Wink… I nominated you for a versatile blogger prize too.. I posted the comment on your valentine post! Congratulations… thats three now!

    Anyways, love the blanky and now I guess like me, you’ll become addicted to making them.. how good is the yarn from Masons?? I was looking to buy a pack of the colour mix……. wishing you a happy weekend.

    Helen

    • Hi Helen,
      I just saw it after I posted this! Teaches me *not* to post *before* I’m done reading through my blogfeed ;) I’ll add your name, thanks so much for nominating me! :)
      xo,
      wink
      ps The yarn from Masons is great; they just send the Stylecraft Special DK so it’s good quality :)

  7. wow, I like the colors

  8. Hij is heel mooi geworden! Ik kan me voorstellen dat het veel werk is geweest, hij ziet er enorm uit. Job well done! ;)

  9. That blanket is amazing!!!!
    Sooo beautiful

  10. Ooooh I thought I was all blanketted out after recently completing my ripple but now I have seen this striped lovliness sitting on your sofa I am sooo tempted. I am sure I have attention deficit disorder, I am so easily lead astray from my huge pile of unfinished missions, all it takes is the sight of a pretty granny stripe and I am away…. I love the edging on yours too, very pretty. :)

  11. The blanket looks fantastic!!!!!

  12. Love the colours in that gorgeous blanket. Well worth the effort finishing it. Inspires me to crack on with mine, but I think I’ve bitten off more than I can chew with my first blanket – it’s just too big!
    Congrats to the blog award recipients, many I don’t know so blog hopping is called for!
    Becky x

  13. Your blanket is gorgeous! Congrats on finishing. Thank you so much for the award, I am honored you chose my blog.

  14. Very nice! way to go on the finish:) I love the yarn you used,I am going to have to find some.

  15. Congrats on your award – and thank you very much for mine. :)

  16. Beautiful job!! I am following that same pattern right now to make a granny strip blanket for my daughter…started it in Sept. and got super bored but now I am finally working on it again. :)

  17. I love that blanket, it’s so bright and cheerful!

  18. Gee, I like Attic 24 a lot, Lucy’s got great patterns. I have myself become obsessed with granny stripes! Love that blanket, those colors look beautiful together!

  19. I love your blanket it’s beautiful! congratulations on your award and thank you so much for nominating me, you know I left a comment here a couple of days ago and when I looked today I couldn’t find it, I must have pressed the wrong button or something lol, thank you for your nice comments about my African flowers :)

  20. Love your blanket. I have started a granny square blanket, using stylecraft. I resisted the Lucy pack because I do not like/want greens in my work, then love it when I see it in other projects!

  21. So cheerful and happy and it’s the perfect size! Win, win, win! :)

  22. wouw !!!! echt mooi geworden. heel wat werk hè? maar daarom des te veel plezier ervan. Ben nu zelf bezig een mooie trui te haken. Kobaltblauwe wol, pen 2

  23. Gorgeous, the colours look amazing and the border is fabulous!!!!!

  24. I just popped over coz I fancied another look at your gorgeous blanket!

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