Sunny Daze Tunisian Crochet blanket

Sunny Daze Tunisian Crochet blanket

I saw a picture of this Sunny Daze Tunisian blanket on Pinterest & as quite often happens with me, I could not get it out of my head & NEEDED to start it right away! Literally, we were packing to go away on one of our home education festivals & instead Matt found me sat on the sofa with yarn & hook in my hand & the downloaded pattern on my laptop. I have no memory of how this happened…..it’s like some kind of craft obsessive amnesia! I’m sure there are enough suffers in the world that can relate to me, that we could get it properly recognised.
‘Yeah, I suffer from CROA. Craft Related Obsessive Amnesia. It’s hard for my family members as they regularly lose me to it. I have no control, or memory when it kicks in, but on the plus side it usually ends with something pretty having been made!’

So I took it with us on holiday. I had not done Tunisia crochet before & at first found understanding the pattern quite tricky, as there were new terms to learn & not many pictures (I’m very much a visual learner!) but once I got the idea, it was a nice repetitive pattern to zone out too, or be able to do while chatting round a camp fire with friends at a festival.

Crocheting while camping & Oliver doing puzzles

Crocheting while camping & Oliver doing puzzles

 

As usual I take my projects almost everywhere with me. To home ed meets, community meetings, GP appointments…..everywhere! Matt laughed at me one day, as I was leaving to drop my niece off with my sister at a service station (as it’s half way between us in Cornwall & them in Cambridge) & grabbed my bag on the way out. Matt pointed out that I was not going to have time to crochet, so why was I taking it. I think my answer was ‘just incase!’
Sure enough our camper van broke down on the way home & I had to wait almost 3 hours for the breakdown company!

Always be prepared!

Always be prepared!

I actually finished this a couple of months back, but was not happy with the pictures I got, but have just not had time to attempt any better ones of it flat or hanging, so these will have to do, as I have also finished a rainbow lace star blanket & need to tell you all about that too!

I used Carron Simply Soft yarn in lemonade, mango, watermelon, grape, iris, blue mint & pistachio & as usual bought from Wool Warehouse. (I had to laugh, as I went to find the Wool Warehouse website, to check my account for what colours I had ordered & I only needed to type W into my search bar & it brought up Wool Warehouse as the first option. My Macbook knows me too well!!).
I really like this yarn, as it has a lovely sheen to it, is not splitty & being 100% acrylic, I don’t have to worry about the boys spilling something on it & it being hard to clean.

I was going to follow the pattern exactly, but it was much smaller than I was expecting (typical me, not to check the finished sizes in my excitement to start…..it’s that CROA striking again!), so I extended out the star pattern more. I was going to square it off, & did play with it quite a bit, but preferred it as a round blanket. I was also going to do the pretty overlaid stitch too, & had planned on doing it in black, to give a stained glass effect, but found the top slip stitching really boring & did not look too nice on the back side, so decided to leave it off.
It’s a nicely weighted, thick blanket due to the dense weave of the stitch, & Oliver (our youngest) has taken to stealing it, as he describes it as hugging him with love!

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My fluffy photo bomber strikes again!

My fluffy photo bomber strikes again!

The back of the blanket

The back of the blanket

Persian Tiles crochet blanket

Persian Tiles crochet blanket

I have finally finished my Persian Tiles crochet blanket!! I’m so happy as this was a real labour of love, especially all those ends to be worked in, joining it & working with so much black! It was worth it though.
The pattern is by Janie Crow & is available on it’s own, or in kits with set colours. Me being me, I chose to go my own way with just the pattern (which is a proper printed booklet, with loads of pictures) & found a way to do a rainbow version!

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I think this is the most intense crochet project I have ever made & gave up counting how long it has taken, when I got to over 100 hours. I have always avoided projects that needed lots of joining, but I kept seeing gorgeous Persian Tiles in various Facebook crochet groups & fell in love with the pattern & bought it quickly. I just couldn’t resist!
I started it at the end of January, so that’s nearly 3 months of hard work. It has been on holiday with us, to essential oil training weekends, home educations groups, to many community meetings, doctors appointments, family visits……basically, like most of my crochet projects, it got taken everywhere with me, just looking for a few minutes here & there that I could steal to get a few more stitches done.

Chilling in the evening at our mini Centre Parcs holiday in February, after a busy day swimming, badminton & playing in the woods. 

I had to play Doctor and do some open heart surgery on the very first octagon, as I changed my mind on the colours of the centre, which was a bit nerve racking, but turned out well. The patient survived!

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PT oli wearingI started out planning to make it the standard square 16 octagons, but as I was playing with left over stash yarn I realised that I had gaps in my rainbow idea, so it grew to 24 octagons & is about the size of a single bed sheet now. I think I counted 50 different colours, not including the blacks, greys & whites. Almost all of it was done with Stylecraft yarn, left over from 3 previous rainbow blanket projects. I got the blacks, greys & whites from the awesome Wool Warehouse, as they always have quick shipping, good prices & send your order in cool large organza bags, that make great project or gift bags.

For joining it, I played around with several different methods, but preferred to do a single crochet (US terms) through the back loops, as this gave a slightly flatter join, but with nice parallel lines round the octagons that I liked. Joining it was tricky as my youngest son has fallen in love with it & kept stealing it……especially when he decided it made a nice T-shirt while partially joined!

 

 

 

 

 

I wasn’t too keen on the official border, so again played around with a few options & decided to go with simple round of single crochet in black, greys & then a round of half double crochet, single round of white, then black & then finished it off with a black crab stitch round. I preferred the more solid edge, as my boys can be quite rough when playing with blankets (you know, when they are forts, or tortoise shells, or prisons, or super hero capes etc) & I was already worried about the amount of holes in this one & wanted to limit the potential damage if possible.

Anyway, I’ll stop wittering on & give you some more pictures, which is what you likely want…..
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The animals seem to like it too. This is Toby, our almost 8 month old Labrador. When I originally took it outside to try & grab a few pictures, he was jumping on it & could not understand that I wasn’t lying it down as a comfy bed for him!

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When I gave up & took it upstairs to try & get some pictures on the bed, Odin, our Norwegian Forest cat decided that I must have laid it out for him. He is such a poser though, that I forgave him!

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