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Thursday, 30 August 2012

TA DAH! Vintage Stripe Blanket

 Oh my goodness.

I never thought this day would come. But I am pleased to announce that my Vintage Vertical Stripe Blanket is now finished.

The blanker started its journey way back in May and after realising that the pattern was in US and not UK I quickly swapped from doing doubles to trebles. This meant I had a stiffer bottom and have had to add 30 long rows of doubles at the top. Still you live and learn .... and now everything I make - I always check if its US or UK first.

I really enjoyed the power of colour combinations in the blanket and used 30 shades. Occasionally a random selection would create the most amazing surprise of colours together. Ahhhh.


I have experience Hookers Block and New Leases of Hooky Life in this blanket and it has been on an emotional journey with me .... that's for sure.

I started it just after loosing a baby and loosing my dear grandad (who's birthday it is today). Tears have been cried and landed in the yarn ... but it has also healed. It has given me precious moments where I can think clearly while adding row upon row of lovely colour.

110 days .... 100 rows ..... 4 rounds of borders ..... 30 colours .... 1500g of wool ...... want to see it?

Here it is .............. :)


 Oh its so big. It is larger than a double bed!

What do you think?

I just can't believe how much I love it. Its so thick and warm and I almost want the winter to come so I can really get a chance to snuggle under it!

The colours take my breath away and are so random its hard to not keep looking for a new favourite combination!

And what about the border? Don't you just love the Turquoise, Pomegranate and Bright Green combination. They are a perfect marriage of colours.  

This kind of satisfaction is hard to beat, right? Thank you for coming on the journey with me.


Here's one last one of me feeling happy.


  1. Wow, that's one HuGe blanket Kate! Love it! Such fab colours, well done you!
    Victoria xx

  2. Gorgeous!!! Well done you xx

  3. That is one beautiful work that was made by your own two hands. You should be proud of it. I think it should be called "Stripes Of Love".
    Yes, I name blankets, doesn't everyone?

  4. Wow, what a ta dah! I just love the picture of all the balls of wool to show all the colours you chose. You've made a blanket to treasure.

  5. Hello lovely Kate! What a gorgeous blanket, and all finished! I'm green with envy! Luuuuuuuv it! Hugs, Tania ♥

  6. Well done. I'd decided to bust my stash. Thought about granny square, but decided to give this a go.

    Good luck on the selection of the next project.

  7. It a beautiful blanket! I think crafting is a great way of letting out our emotions, it can be a bit like a meditation. One day I hope your blanket will be used to build dens for the little ones who will join you in the future! Ada :)

  8. It's so beautiful, the colours work like a dream no wonder you love it so much. Something special to keep forever - well done you. xx

  9. Just lovely Kate ... you must be delighted ... a mammoth project but well worth it I'm sure ... Bee xx

  10. The colors are wonderful as you have arranged them, Kate! I LOVE the way the blanket turned out and think I want to try to make one similar to it some day. So nice to see your happy face :)
    xxx Gracie

  11. Vim desejar-lhe um Feliz dia do Blog e dizer-lhe que sua manta ficou linda.
    Abraços e bom fim de semana!

  12. Hello Katie and hello there ....great photo of you looking totally satisfied. I am not surprised at all that you are so pleased with your blanket its fantastic and look at the size of it!!! I really don't know if I could have stuck it out so long. Beautiful vivid colours!!

    I see you have Hoots Cove on your blog roll list can you check to see if you can go into that blog please. I tried this morning but I just get a message saying the blog has been eliminated!!! It seems really strange to me because it was only last week I left a comment on HC's blog and got a reply from her

    Amanda :-)

  13. What an amazing achievement, it's absolutely beautiful. I started my Granny Stripe at very difficult time so I totally relate to the solace of a repetitive blanket. It will bring you so much pleasure this winter.

  14. The blanket is lush. You should be very proud of yourself!

  15. You are REALLY going to enjoy snuggling up with your adorable blanket! Well done! Ada :)

  16. I love your vintage stripe blanket, Kate! So many gorgeous colors. We don't even have that many colors available right now in the craft store -- they are waiting for a shipment to come in by the of this month so my choice of colors for the baby blanket I am working on were limited. I hope you weaved the ends in as you went. Gosh! So many rows. So many colors. So many ends! Your blanket is so big and beautiful. Hope all is well in your corner of the world. Best wishes and blessings, Tammy

  17. Really love it Kate,Well done its beautiful and just in time for winter Xxx


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