As I sit here in my cozy family room enjoying my Mod Floral Blanket, it strikes me as the perfect time to tell you about the other Christmas gift I was working on. I was unable to talk about it, since it was a surprise for Neil.
Of course, it’s hard to surprise someone you live with when you are working on something for them that is as big and involved as a lap afghan, but I didn’t let that stop me. I worked on it mainly during the day when he wasn’t around. Or if I had to do it when he was there, I’d just work on the individual squares. Once in a while, if I had to attach some squares to the body of the blanket, I’d put the in-progress work on my lap, and then cover it up with my floral blanket, exposing only the little tiny edge I needed.
Oh, he knew what I was up to, alright, but at least he didn’t get to really see it until Christmas.
This blanket, like the sweater for my mother-in-law, had to be gifted before it was complete. There are still 36 little squares to go, as well as a wide border. And wouldn’t you know it? I am out of three colors of the yarn. It pains me to buy three full hanks that will only each become four small squares, but there’s not much of a choice.
I went with neutrals, and a very very simple construction for this. Neil once joked that he didn’t want me to make him a blanket unless it was all one color. If you’ve ever stitched anything this size before, you know that doing it in a single color could make you die of boredom. Still, I feel I can tell him that I have risen to the challenge – the whole blanket is brown! (Nine different shades of brown, but brown nonetheless…)
In it’s incomplete state, the blanket is kind of small, but that hasn’t stopped Neil from using it during this recent cold spell.
I’m really quite excited about this simple little afghan. Once it’s done, all four of us will have our own family room lap blankets for those cozy winter evenings. Blankets get a lot of use around here, and it makes me happy that I’ve been able keep everybody warm with my hook (and lots and lots of yarn…).
Of all of the blankets I’ve made (see Eamonn‘s, Aidan‘s, and mine), this one is by far the most straightforward. (I’ll be publishing the pattern in February, and it will be perfect for beginners. Keep an eye out for that if you want to get your feet wet in crochet.)
I’m thinking it will have a wide dark brown border around the edge, once all of the squares are finished.
It needs a name, though. We have Flufy’s Granny Square Blanket, the Lakeside Forest Blanket, and the Mod Floral Blanket. What shall we call this one?