Here we have...
...in a jar...
...from The Blanket. As you can see from this view of the back I've completed sewing in the ends on the little section on the right but there's still a long, long way to go.
I did weave quite a few of the ends in as I was crocheting the African Flowers. At first I still went back and sewed in what was left of them, but now I've started just cutting them (I hope they'll be secure enough?). At times I got carried away and started crocheting without weaving in the ends so there are still a lot which will need sewn anyway.
I've finished the border too, I did modify it slightly after my last blanket post but I'm keeping it hidden till the thing is completely and utterly finished and then I can finally do my Ta Da!
I couldn't resist taking a few more photos of the blanket while it was out in the sunny garden this afternoon.
Also while in the garden, three photos from different angles of the same flower head (and no, I don't know the name of the plant, it was here already when we moved in). The colours seem to echo those of the blanket very well.
A few days ago I received this book from The Book People. I have already used it to make Sarah Raven's version of Rosehip syrup (she adds cinamon, cloves & star anise).
Rosehip syrup (in baby jars as I didn't have any bottles)
Sarah Raven's Complete Christmas is a nice book though for me it would have benefitted from having more photos and from the inclusion of some Christmas crafts (it's almost exclusively flowers & food) but as it cost a mere £4 I'm not complaining.
The Book People are great for selling books at incredibly low prices, they're much cheaper than Amazon but carry a very limited range. They often have the latest Usborne titles, I like Usborne books very much.
You've probably already seen the Drawing & Doodling one on other blogs. The 365 Things to Draw and Paint is also full of lovely ideas, I think I'll be sharing this one with A. Here are a few images from it of subjects popular in Blogland at the moment...
I thought they'd be particularly nice for making cards, just need to find some more free time somehow.
Just before putting the children to bed tonight I happened to look out the window and saw the beautiful evening sky, I popped to the back door to take a photo and was rewarded with a view of the large waxing moon too. An useful way to remember whether the moon is waxing or waning is to use a French mnemonic - if the curve is like the p in premier (for first quarter) then it's waxing, if it's like the d in dernier (for last quarter) then it's waning.
Right, best go and get started on the dishes and tidying up...
You should offer your jar of snipings to one of the modern art galleries - if the Tate Modern can have a display of 100,000,000 ceramic sunflower seeds then they can have that :) Except yours in much nicer.
I love your jar of snippets -it is fab-u-lous. You know I love your blanket too.
I'm a big fan of those Usbourne painting and drawing books. That one is new to me. i do like those pages you've shown, they make me want to get out my pens and paper.
A post full of loveliness.
Wow your hexie blanket is amazing! Please please weave those ends in good and tight. My baby steps blanket started unravelling all over the place because I thought I had weaved the ends in but not well enough :( xx
Theres a good many hours of work there!
I think that is the prettiest blanket I have ever seen. ( and there are a lot of lovely blankets out there !)
Now you have to dream up some way to use those little bits of wool. I have a similar collection from my crochet project (still in progress) and have not come up with any viable ideas, but cannot bring myself to throw them out.
Lots of lovelies in this post. Very happy to find out about the French memnonic - thank you - we were talking about waxing and waning only recently and wondering how to tell which was which.
I so love this blanket - everytime I see it I get blanket envy! It's just fantastic! Lovely books too - really folky looking and I love all that sort of stuff :)
A beautiful jar of snippets and an enchanting waxing moon.
Your blanket is looking lovely and theres nothing quite as satisfying as snipping all thise little end bits off once they have been weaved in ~ horrid, horrid job though!! I have also had a bit of a spending spree with the Book People and have ordered the colouring books along with some spooky halloween books for my kids too ~ Jackie :O)x
Putting your snippets in a jar makes you look like a very organised crafter, but anyone who gets up early at the weekend for a long bike ride must be organised. Lovely blanket, just in time for the colder weather.
Ooooohhhh I had to drop in to say how your crochet work has got me drooling - those bloomin' ends though, they're a nightmare aren't they? Its my least favourite job but I suppose its worth it all in the end!!
Lovely photos and gorgeous moon picture, thanks for a very inspiring post!
Julia x x x
Thank you for your lovely comment.
I absolutely adore your African flowers blanket, a gorgeous array of colours.
When I was growing up I was told if the moon is in the shape of a C (coming) it's waxing and if it is like a D (departing) it's waning.
I love your African Flowers blanket. Do you have plans for your jar of snippets?
thanks for the french lesson- what a good way of remembering. Your blanket's looking fantastic- all that work!
A lovely post. The blanket is gorgeous. I think the flower in your garden is a cornflower, I have some that have self seeded in my garden too. I have used the Book people and have found the books to be of great value. Isn't the moon stunning? x
Your blanket really is gorgeous, I'll have to check out the book people
I LOVE the book people, I tend to get lots of books for Christmas presents from them, they are just SO cheap. Have been salivating over your blanket, it is just so beautiful. Love it.
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