04 April 2012

products of a fevered mind

Displays of unreasonable maternal wrath directed towards a helplessly innocent Boss, the opposite end of my usual spectrum... discovering a pregnancy conceived of Fox Mulder (though not the associated saucy bit), who certainly wasn't going to hang around to take part in the hard work... a laboured discussion with midwives about how I was under no circumstances going to labour with said child (to no avail of course)...

...all the random products of last night's feverish thirteen-hour sleep. It seems a throat infection is purging my brain of some deep-seated issues (if you're a dream analyst, restrain yourself, I honestly don't want to know).

And so I wake to find that it's Wednesday at last, and that I'm feeling a fraction better. Thankfully The Boss is low maintenance, never happier than doodling and colouring, so all I need to handle is getting dressed in time for a meeting with an architect. Between now and then I'll sew a calico cushion pad for this Garden Plot Squares blanket gone wrong.


I've made a fair few of these blankets for babies before (I'll see if I can find a few photos to add below - they were pre-blog) and took a notion about two years ago to make a Breton-stripe coloured blanket, with alternating squares of cream and navy. It looked daft, so I've learned to my cost that these blankets always look best in one colour, with a coordinating border at a stretch. But I couldn't bear to frog the eight squares that I had already stitched together, so folding them over to make a cushion seems the only option.

I'm reading The Blue Afternoon, an old William Boyd novel. Not enough progress to report yet, but I love his more recent books.

Yarning along with Ginny.




Olly

Tess

Onec

27 comments:

  1. You are SO clever!

    I absolutely adore these and would love to snuggle up under a cream coloured version this winter.

    Thank you for sharing & good luck with the page turning.

    Happy day!

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    1. You know Felicity, I think cream Garden plot squares (or Granny squares as they're known in my family) are definitely the most traditional option. My Mum and Granny always make cream or white ones for all the babies in the family, and my Mum even made a double-bed-sized cream one once. I think it took years!

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  2. Those blankets look gorgeous, but I can see that they might not work so well in 2 colours. A cushion cover sounds like an excellent plan for the squares, much better than discarding them!

    Your fevered dreams sound very interesting ;)

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    1. you know, as I wrote that paragraph, I had a feeling that the Mulder bit would make you laugh Natalie. I can tell that X-files would be up your street!

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  3. The blankets are beautiful! Wow! I might have to add this to my ever growing list of projects I want to start :-)

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  4. Wow. I won't be adding this one to my list of projects... I'd have to download your knitting expertise Matrix-style before i'd ever consider it!

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    1. Honestly Casey, give it a go - this was the very first thing I learned to knit as an adult - 20 years after last picking up the school craft room needles. Not only is it made in small squares (so mistakes aren't that much of a problem) but it taught me SO many things about knitting, reading patterns, abbreviations etc etc. Really, I urge you to try it!

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  5. So, so pretty. Hope you're feeling better soon and those wild dreams leave you in peace!

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  6. Your blankets are beautiful.

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  7. It would look beautiful in any color! Love the flowers in the middle. You have amazing talent :)

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  8. Those blankets are completely beautiful, I'm gonna check on my yarn stash right now to see if i can start! Love the randomness of dreams, may that never change!

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    1. Hope you find something! The good thing is that you can make this pattern in virtually any yarn, and you can make the blanket in any size (depending how many squares you make) so it's a project to suit virtually any stash. My only bit of advice is that the border takes up much more yarn than I ever anticipate, so be sure to leave more than you think (or have an alternative edging up your sleeve!)

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  9. WOW! The blankets are amazing--and good save for the squares you already made!

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  10. Those blankets are absolutely gorgeous!

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  11. Could you make a blanket for me? It's beautiful!! I hope you continue to feel better.

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  12. Stunning- I cna't believe all the detail, they must treasured heirlooms for sure.

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  13. These are such beautiful blankets!!!

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  14. Beautiful blankets! I'm sure it'll be a beautiful cushion as well.

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  15. Wow - those are so beautiful!!! I would never ever use it - I would display it on the couch and not let anybody touch it :-)

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  16. It is very beautiful. As a beginning knitter I truly am amazed!
    The navy/cream cushions will be beautiful!

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  17. The blanket is beautiful - I agree, I think the one-color option with different color edging is right for this pattern. Such intricate looking stitches. Sorry that you're not that happy with your cushion, but that is a good use for the squares. I wouldn't want to frog any of those either.

    Hope you're feeling better!

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  18. these are gorgeous, a beautiful job! and cushions sound like a really good idea.

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  19. Oh wow, now that is *gorgeous* knitting. Well done you!

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  20. It is beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.

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  21. Those blankets are gorgeous, and I love Blue Afternoon, I remember reading it when it was first published. Enjoy :D

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  22. Your blankets are beautiful! Am totally loving the raspberry/plum/carob border in garter. That's the stuff of heirlooms :)

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