Back in June I attended BritMums Live, a blogging conference for parent bloggers and digital influencers in London.As an avid crafter, I was excited to see that there was a whole lounge sponsored by Make It Coats, dedicated to crocheting, knitting and sewing.I had learnt to knit at the age of 10, for a school project to make blankets for African children, but never to continue afterwards.At aged 16 I taught myself to cross-stitch and this was the only craft I did until I started blogging 6 and 1/2 years ago.Reading other craft blogs and the introduction of Pinterest, opened up a whole new world of crafting.Over that time I’ve learnt doodle stitching, embroidery, paper crafts and crocheting.
Crocheting I learnt a few years back and proceeded to make a blanket for the kids, of which I ended up being donated to a Women’s Refuge as they wanted comfort blankets.After that I never bothered with it, then when my aunt was transferred from hospital to hospice last October, I picked up my hook again.Whilst she was in there, she often talked about the crochet blankets that adorned all the beds.I promised myself that I would take up crochet again so I could donate a few blankets of my own.
As a test of my abilities and because I thought my mum would like a blanket first, I started on the Attic24 ripple blanket just before my aunt’s funeral.I didn’t follow the zig zag pattern, I just did stripes.In just under 4 weeks I finished the blanket, measuring at 6ft x 4ft.I gave myself a little break over Christmas and started going through the very small wool stash I had to make granny squares for blankets for the hospice.I made a baby blanket in between and come June, my stash was becoming quite low.
The visit to the craft lounge at BritMums introduced me to giant granny squares.A method I had never thought of before and in no time I had a lap blanket done in less than a week.After accepting to be a Make it Coats craft ambassador, I have been using the Red Heart yarn from the Detroit collection they sent me with my own wool stash.I made a pink blanket, a white blanket and more giant granny square lap blankets for the hospice.I still have lots of the Red Heart yarn left, so I’m incorporating it with wool I bought for a Crochet Along (CAL) I never did, to make blankets for the Syrian refugees.
Last month I decided that I would learn to knit, something I’ve been meaning to do this year and after seeing my mum’s contribution to Innocent Smoothies Big Knit for Age Concern, she showed me how to start.It’s easier to learn to knit than crochet but once you’ve dropped a stitch, it’s hell of a job to pick them up again.10 days into knitting, me and my mum went to Bowood Country Fair (blog post to come), where I bought 48mm wooden knitting needles.A couple of weeks later after many, many, many hours of practice I finished my finished piece of extreme knitting.It’s not perfect but it makes an incredibly warm lap blanket.
I intend to get a sewing machine for Christmas this year as I would to refashion clothes, be able make from scratch and take up the odd hem.This will then bring me full circle as I want to start making mix-media projects using felt, embroidery, machine sewing, knitting and crocheting.This is something I’ve been building up to for a very long time and it’s coming together nicely now.
Make It Coats have been very generous, I’m still making more blankets when I don’t get distracted with wanting to learn something new or a new baby comes along.You can follow me on Instagram to see my current blanket in progress.
I was sent 5 skeins of each from the Red Heart yarn Detroit collection lilac, fern, lagune and candy.