When I held my babies in my arms I could not believe thet were mine,complete and perfect. Now,of course finishing a blanket, no matter how big can't be compared. But, I am smiling from ear to ear. I can't quite believe my BIG blanket journey is over.
I have just had a little backwards look through my blog. I think I started my journey with my Elmer blanket about five years ago. It has spent a long time rammed in a drawer. I have sighed over it, regretted its commencement and despaired that I would ever finish it. I have disliked it, thought to give it away, and generally been in total awe of people who make BIG blankets.
But,I have had a big blanket supporter or two. Andy has always loved it and has wanted it on our bed right from the beginning. And he is totally right. You can not walk into the bedroom and not be cheered up by the riot of colour that greets you. My eldest daughter has helped me so much with colours and words of encouragement.
And last week as I made my final stitch I could not believe I had finished it! I thought I would want to blog about it instantly but actually I wanted to see it,smooth it, get to know it, understand it.
It looks even to my eyes, amazing. It feels wonderful. My angst about " Madonna" type bumpy squares was unfounded. It lies like a colourful journey of experiences. When I had my babies I wanted just to look at them before I shared them and that's how it's been with this blanket. I am grinning as I type. It really was a big deal for me to get to this stage. To overcome my misgivings and fall in love.
So here we have it. My Elmer " Tah Dah!"
On our bed.
On the Lawn so that I could get an aerial view.
And rolled like the best,cuddliest sausage ever!
I have never bothered with stats before but as I draw the Elmer story to a close I did wonder about a few things!
- There are 810 squares. That's 1620 ends to sew in.
- Each square has 120 stitches. So not including the border that is over 97,000 stitches.
- Each square took me about five minutes to make so not counting the joining,border or sewing in those ends that took me over 67 hours,
- It measures 8'6" x 7'6". Or 260 x 230 cms.
It weighs three and a half kilograms. So that is 35 x 100 gram balls of Stylecraft yarn.
The strangest thing is after adamantly declaring this journey is never to be repeated, I found myself thinking about another Elmer blanket the other day......... But, I don't think so. Anyway before anything else I must look back and find the lovely follower who predicted when I would finish it and get a special Giveaway underway to her.
And talking of followers I see I am nearly at the 250 mark. What a thrill. Thank you to followers " old " and new. I love your comments,friendship and encouragement so much.