Sunday, 2 July 2017

Wild Flowers and Landscape Summer 2017


From time to time I wander from the knitting pathway. This crochet project is one such example and has been a long time in the making. It's been in and out of the cupboard on numerous occasions. Started in July 2013 (see here), where did all the time go? 


First thing to mention is the hexagon motif, it's from Polka Dot Cottage Lakeside Forest Blanket by Lisa Clarke. I was originally  following this pattern but changed course after I'd made several hexagons, having a much reduced colour palette than the one suggested in the pattern. I moved on to making up my own colour arrangements and joining sequence.

Those with an eye for detail may notice this blanket isn't quite symmetrical.  The alternate rows along the horizontal lines number 9 and 10. There is a missing row of 9 hexagons along the top edge (or 10 along the bottom edge depending how you look at it). I was short of the creamy white colour which features in each of the hexagons. After a few online searches I couldn't find a supply of the cream, maybe discontinued? One of the pitfalls of taking so long to complete a project!


Here's some of information about the yarn etc:

Debbie Bliss Bluefaced Leicester DK 50g
grey#502
stone#505 (cream)
gold#506
lilac#512
pale blue#513
willow#516

crochet hook 4mm

total number hexagons 76

blanket measures approximately 124cm x 80cm (49ins x 32ins)


I can't claim to have been inspired by the summer flowers and  landscape here on the west coast of Scotland when starting this blanket in 2013. But the colours in summer 2017 do seem to be reflected in the yarn, distant grey mountains, golden Buttercups, mauve Orchids, white Cotton Grass, green Sedges, blue Forget Me Nots (and rarely seen blue sky).




         Orchids    Buttercups     
Forget Me Nots      Cotton Grass



Here I am on the home straight joining and weaving in all those loose ends...




There have been plenty of rainy days to work on this blanket. Glad to now see it finished and photographed on a sunny morning here on 1st July. Four years almost to the day since I started the project in July 2013.




6 comments:

  1. I love those first and last photos in particular. So pretty. Thanks for sharing my pattern 😊

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  2. Thank you so much Lisa. I enjoyed making this blanket and so glad I finished it eventually.

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  3. love this post.... especially the photos of co-ordinating flowers with the hexagons. wonderful project.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment Isabel.

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  4. Great project and I love the wildflower photos. But don't leave the blanket out in the rain...
    Cheers,
    Gail.

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    1. Thank you so much Gail. Also thanks for the reminder...have been dodging rain showers for days...today weather forecast is for sunshine all day!!

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Julia