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.
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!
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!