Verb: pootle
poo-t(u)l To move in a leisurely unhurried way,
with no real purpose

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Post Christmas reveal...

Now that Christmas secrets have all been opened and revealed I can show you the photo's of the blanket I made that was posted out to New York for my brother and sister law.
Watching the latest weather forecasts out there they have certainly
 been in need of things to snuggle under !

This pattern is so lovely to work on, as it doesn't require too much concentration and
 is a good relaxing bit of therapy each evening.
 The only thing to remember is front and back ( or row 4 and 5 ) and I tie a little ribbon
 on one side to remind myself. 
The pattern is one of Lucy's from Attic 24 and her simple instructions are
 so easy to follow.

As I have a bit of a thing for greys at the moment they were the colours of choice.

One of the things I love about making these blankets
 ( and I've made a few now as my husband will vouch for ... ) 
is that they work up really, really quickly.
When this one was the right size I made a border of a couple of rows of double crochet
 and then worked a row of clusters all the way around to match the main bit of the blanket.
So, pretty nearly there at this point but then I discovered ....
Oh wow, hours of fun...
... Of course there had to be pom poms on Pete and Fiona's blanket.

Small, but perfectly formed.

With a picot edge all the way around and pom poms top and bottom, that was it - job done.

And look, here it is in its new home, many, many miles away from wet Wiltshire.

I think one of the reasons that I am so addicted to a spot ( ! ...understatement...! )  of blanket making is that whilst sitting happily hooking I love thinking about who its for, hoping they will like the colours and wondering where they'll put it.
 Giving a blanket to someone is, in my mind, like giving them a huge, huge hug,
and I love that, being a very huggy sort of person.
As well as that it is complete switch off for my brain which during the day
 is full to bursting of a 101 things Nursery related. 
The calm starts literally the minute I pick my hook up.
And just before I go, these photo's found their way to me as promised... very happy toque owner.



  1. I have been watching this one grow and the end result is fantastic. I'm sure your brother and sister in law are thrilled with it and it looks right at home on their sofa.

  2. I love the blanket, but even more, I love your sentiments about giving a blanket as a gift! Very special indeed! Chrissie x

  3. What a beautiful blanket. I'm a bit obssessed with greys as well, so I think it's doubly lovely. It looks perfect in its new home.

  4. Your blanket is lovely Kate, especially with the addition of the pom pom's! It is so nice that you think of giving a blanket as wrapping someone up in a hug! What a beautiful and kind idea. xx

  5. Such a gorgeous blanket Kate, the soft greys work beautifully together. It looks great in it's new home too!
    Marianne x

  6. Gorgeous blanket, Kate and I do love the pom poms! I agree, giving a blanket as a present is like giving the person a hug!
    Helen xx

  7. Lovely! The 'granny stripe' pattern? Love the greys and I especially like the pom pom edging - a pom pom maker sounds like the kind of toy I could play with for hours! Have a good week.
    Jane xx

  8. I know just what you mean when you talked about why you love to make blankets - that's how I feel about giving homemade gifts. I think about the person while I make the gift. Your blanket is stunning, I personally love the tones of grey you've used, and the pompoms add a bit of fun and stop it being too serious. x

  9. I adore your grey blanket I have just started a grey granny square blanket and am really loving the colours - Pom poms look amazing x


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