The weather hasn't really been very suitable for getting out and about over the last few days being wet, windy and muddy, so I have made the most of being stuck indoors by completing one of my Sunshine Blankets of Love and blocking out the squares on another plus a bit of forward planning for some future blankets.
As you might remember I have challenged myself to complete twelve of these blankets to donate to a local residential care home at the end of the year. Since then I have agreed to make another blanket which will be entered into a raffle to raise money for Ronald McDonald House in Southampton which provides free 'home away from home' accommodation for families with children in hospital and relies entirely on charitable donations (currently an old school friend's son and daughter in law are staying there while their new baby is in hospital awaiting a heart operation). I have also agreed to make some squares for Jill at Emerald Cottage for her Autism Project. I definitely will have enough to keep me occupied this year and not sure I have time to go to work and keep up with walking as well but I will give it a good go.
So here we are with the blanket I completed today.
|Completing the edging|
|All Sunshine blankets have a name so I am calling this one 'Rose Garden'|
|A butterfly is the logo for the Sunshine blankets and each blanket has one attached to the corner|
|Close up of the butterfly I made for this blanket|
|Excuse the grotty carpet, I have problems finding a space to photograph the blankets properly|
|A closer look at some of the squares|
This was actually the second Sunshine blanket that I crocheted but the squares of the first one really needed blocking and I must say they have a greatly improved appearance once they have been blocked. The blocking process is almost finished and hopefully on my next day off work at the end of the week I can begin the process of assembling and edging this one.
I am highly delighted with my new blocking board from @blockingboardsbydaisyboo that I showed you in an earlier post, it certainly has made the process of blocking so much easier and I know it will get lots of use this year.
I have also crocheted a few sample squares that I intend to use on future Sunshine blankets - now which one am I going to start first? I have so many ideas for these blankets and the charity blankets are a good way of trying them all out.
Finally, some non-crochet related photos, my amaryllis plant is stunning at the moment and it still has another three buds to emerge so I thought I would show it to you. I purchased one of these for my Mum for her 90th birthday and hers has been stunning as well so they were a really good buy.
I couldn't resist picking up these tulips from the supermarket the other day. Tulips are amongst my favourite flowers and these have really brightened up our sitting room. I do need to look for another jug though as the red of the strawberries doesn't really go with the pale pink of the tulips and my other vases were too large.
I now have two very long days at work (with evening meetings) so am looking forward to my days off on Thursday and Friday when hopefully the weather will be better so we can get out for a walk in the countryside but if not my crochet will stop me from getting bored!