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7 Lessons learnt from a stork tea blanket

What a lovely idea to get all the family and friends attending a stork tea to crochet or knit a few squares for the new pink foot and sew it into a blanket?

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The intention was pure, but the process proved less than perfect with many challenges!

As this is a really lovely idea, we would like to share a few lessons learnt and a few potholes to avoid.

Lesson number 1: Brief the participants very carefully on the requirements. Merely saying 10cm x 10cm blocks is not enough.

Lesson number 2: Place emphasis on the size of the blocks. If the requirement is 10cm by 10cm, then 10cm x 11cm is not. Be friendly, but firm  about this - it will avoid many headaches. This knitted block (look at the lovely lace work!) is absolutely stunning, but is a rectangle and didn’t fit so well with the other blocks.

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Lesson number 3: Blocks that curl at the sides make the task very difficult and should be avoided. If they do curl, the blocks will not lie flat in the blanket. Be sure to mention this in the brief. Here is an example.

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Lesson number 4: Blocks cannot be stretched by blocking them – they need to be the correct size without forcing them into a mold. If they are not the correct size to begin with, they will only revert back to their true size.

Lesson number 5: Blocks that are knitted from the corner in diagonal rows often result in a diamond and not a square – this results in the diamond pulling the other squares where it is attached.

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Lesson number 6: Crochet or knit an edge around the blanket, this flattens out the blanket. Crochet a foundation double crochet chain (UK terms) and then sew this to the blanket by hand for a flatter edge. This also provides a solid foundation to crochet any beautiful edge on.

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Lesson number 7: ‘Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.‘ John Lennon. I am sure this project would have taken half the time if I crocheted it myself from the start but I manage to puzzle all the pieces together and it turned out rather pretty. Given the fact that so many family members and friends crocheted and knitted along – this blanket has a ton of sentimental value which makes it really special and worth the extra effort!

Heirloom Blanket

In February we like the silliness of hearts and lots of red and pink but most of us crafters show our love by making something for those we really care about. Elaine van Wyk, who is the founding partner of I Love Yarn, makes blankets! She has made many blankets for her children, nephews and nieces (and I can reveal that there is a to do list for quite a few more). The most beautiful of all of her gift blankets is a special one she has made for her husband who is very supportive of her and also our new venture.

It can be a challenge to make something that is masculine enough but also fits in with the general decor of your home. Elaine decided on a simple geometric pattern that is softened significantly by the use of a variety in textures and colours. Apparently the colours were picked with a photo of a Mediterranean landscape as the starting point.

The colours used in the motif of the Heirloom Blanket is combined according to personal taste.

The colours used in the motif of the Heirloom Blanket is combined according to personal taste.

The kit for this blanket can be bought from our online shop. We combined different types of yarn in four colour ways; blues, greens, pinks and peaches. There is approximately 2.3kg yarn in each kit and the pattern with diagram and written instructions. The blanket will be approximately 110cm x 192cm in size. Each blanket made will be truly unique as the colours and yarns are combined according to the personal taste of the maker. This blanket will be passed on and kept in families for generations to come!