The Spice Mix blanket is finished and I am soooooo pleased with it! Goodness me, it seems quite a time ago that I started out with a few vague ideas and basket of yarn but what a lovely and rewarding journey it has been.
In a way, it’s a bit sad not to have any more to do but at least it is all done and dusted in plenty of time to deliver in February. I have made it as a wedding anniversary gift for our beautiful daughter V and her lovely husband T. Now I know that a wedding anniversary is a celebration for the couple in the first instance but as parents, their wedding was such a happy and special milestone for us that we love to celebrate, too . . . and why not? I’ve never understood why everyone waits for the Big 25 to come round when surely every year of marriage is worthy of celebration? We give gifts each year and as this one is five years, I wanted something a little bit special. It’s a lovely tradition and who knows what I’ll have planned by the time they celebrate 30 years (our most recent ‘biggy’)?!!! 🙂
So, to my blanket journey. I should start by admitting that I know the fifth wedding anniversary is wood not wool (that’s seven years) but given my utter lack of skill with hammer and saw, I think everyone concerned will be grateful at my deliberate misreading of the word! When I was looking for inspiration, all things Moroccan kept popping into my mind. I think this was partly because V and T have a Moroccan-themed sitting room and being a practical sort of Mum, I wanted to create (I hope) an enhancement rather than embarrassment. I was also keen to capture the rich, warm colours that sang out on their wedding day – the deep wine red of her cloak, the bright sunny orange of his buttonhole, the golden flash of newly-exchanged rings . . .
I’ve written posts about the blanket progress as I went along so without more ado, I’ll fast-forward to the edging. I have to admit I wasn’t too sure what I wanted except that it definitely wasn’t going to be too fancy or involve many colours; I felt there was more than enough going on in those squares and I really didn’t want to over-egg this particular pudding. I started out with a round of treble stitches in Stone, densely packed into every stitch; this pulled everything into shape and formed a good, sturdy foundation for the rest.
I followed that with a second round of the same, wanting to create a reasonably deep frame for the tiled pattern. Sitting with the weight of the blanket spread across the kitchen table, I was reminded of the winter months five years ago when – on the same table but in another house and different country – I sat and sewed V’s bridal gown, velvet cloak and three bridesmaids’ dresses. Everything was swathed in sheets to protect from dust as R literally renovated the house around me. Happy days, lovely memories! Back to the edging, and in the final round of Stone I opened it up a little by working a treble and chain space into alternate stitches.
The penultimate round was worked in Camel, subtly darker than the Stone, and here I made two treble stitches into the chain spaces to create small ‘V’ shapes. For the final flourish, loops of chain stitches worked in Claret, to give the merest hint of lace. All done!
I must confess, when I chose the colours the only one I wasn’t too sure about was Pomegranate. It was certainly a bit of a wild card but in the end, I’m glad I went for it because it lifts those squares and stops the finished blanket taking itself too seriously. After a quick photo shoot, it was time to wrap the blanket carefully and store it ready for delivery.
After the fun of my emergency crochet Christmas card moment, I’m having a little play with ideas for an anniversary card, hopefully with a more relaxed time to create something (and there will be five hearts, of course!).
So what now? Well, 2013 was a very exciting year for us as both our daughters were married within several months of each other so it’s time to start planning the next anniversary gift blanket for S and G. I’m calling this one September Bouquet and here’s my inspiration . . .
My original thought was to focus mainly on the sunflowers, but closer study of the whole bouquet that S carried (and the beautiful blue skies on the day) has opened my mind to a swirl of colours and ideas. In fact, I’ve gone so totally overboard with my plan that it already involves 20 colours!
First, I must finish crocheting my wedding wrap and then I can order the yarn and begin my next exciting blanket journey. Can’t wait to get started. Hope you will join me! 🙂