Saturday, 28 January 2012

Ta~Dah ~ and A Monthly Make for 2012: January

The BBB ~ aka Beverly's Birthday Blanket ~ was finished in time for her birthday, sweetie~pies ~ yay!

I followed the Art Deco crochet blanket pattern in The Gentle Art of Knitting by Jane Brocket. I substituted a double-knit yarn instead of  the Aran-weight used in the pattern.  I made it using a 4.5mm crochet hook, and fairly closely followed the colours Jane used.  When it was done I edged it with one row of half-treble all round the blanket and then finished off with a bobble-shell edging, which I found on Lucy's blog (

I must confess, my loves, that I was a wee bit concerned that it might be a tad too colourful but Beverly assures me that she absolutely loves it ~ thank goodness!

Although it took me quite a while to get it done ~ through a combination of procrastination and working on Christmas projects LOL ~ I am extremely happy with how it has turned out.  Once the foundation and pattern rows are in place it is a very simple blanket to crochet; one soon gets into a lovely gently rhythm which is really quite relaxing :-)

Since I have plenty of yarn left, I have now started a mini blanket for the little girl that Beverly looks after (she is a live-in child-minder) as apparently Niamh thought that Beverly's blanket was for her, bless her! I have also started another large blanket which will be a Christmas gift, so I am able to take my time with it. This is a much more subdued affair using only three different shades of yarn and I am liking it so much that it may be a teensy wee bit difficult to let it go to the intended recipients ;-) 

As an added bonus, I had just enough time to make this rather spiffing tissue-box cover to go with the BBB ~ so my Monthly Make for 2012: January project is complete, sweetie~pies :-)

The tissue-box pattern is on The Royal Sisters blog ( and is very easy to make.  I did alter it slightly in that I had to add a couple of rows to make the cover large enough to fit my particular box of tissues.  I am going to make a couple of these for myself as well as some for Christmas gifts!

Now that the BBB is finally finished I have started some more projects ~ please note the plural there, my loves LOL  Not only have I started another two ripple blankets, albeit one is only a mini version ;-), I also have a knitted clothes-hanger cover on the go (which is a test-run trying out the best number of stitches and rows, ready for a clothes-hanger-making bonanza!) and a little making-it-up-as-I-go-along knitted bag in moss stitch which is to be a birthday (or perhaps Christmas, depending on when I get her little blankie finished!) gift for Niamh :-D

Plenty there to keep me out of mischief, methinks, not to mention lots of candidates for future Monthly Makes for 2012!


Unknown said...

Wow! That is incredible! The colours are gorgeous, Beverly you are a very lucky girl! It must have taken lots of hard work, well done you!

I agree with you that the box cover is rather spiffing, you have been a real hooker this month! ;-D xx

Jenna said...

The blanket is gorgeous Sharon, I love all those colors :o) The tissue box cover is fantastic to, I never thought a tissue box cover could be knit, that's just so cool to me...LOL! Have a great day! Hugs Jennifer

Beverly said...

I am indeed an extremely lucky girl! I LOVE my birthday blanket Mum :) <3 Thank you! xxxx

Susan said...

Wow the blanket came out really nice. I started a zigzag one last year and abandoned it! Now you're making me feel like I should get started again. Love the tissue cover too... so cute.