A million ends later

The play mat is out…IMGP6712

… which can only mean one thing: I have a finished item to block:

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a bit wrinkly 

You may have been wondering why you haven’t seen the optical illusion blanket until now…

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a mitred square

Well, first it took ages to join the squares together invisibly, including running out of blue wool and having to search my stash for some that was close enough not to show. Joining the squares involved putting together one edge that was a single colour against another edge comprising different lengths of the two other colours. The pattern suggested crocheting the join using the colour that formed to one long edge. I tried this, but it meant that the join was visible, because this colour was on the square that had a nice even edge, whilst the  adjacent edge in two colours was made up of the side of the stitches, which are much more difficult to join neatly and invisibly. This problem of joining two edges that don’t have stitches oriented the same way is because each square is mitred, working outwards from one corner, making ever-bigger squares. Anyway, the neatest way turned out to be to use two colours to join every pair of edges – resulting in many, many, many ends to weave in.

Once all the squares were in one piece I added a border of a few rounds using yarn that I already had in my stash, thus limiting my colour choice. Finally, I was able to embark on weaving in all those ends. I went at it evening after evening, only finally finishing yesterday… just in time for the wet weather to arrive and scupper my plans to block this blanket outdoors. So, the mat is laid out in the limery; I pinned the blanket out under the watchful gaze of Daisy – who thoroughly approves of this creation (she doesn’t realise it’s destined to go to Reading with Mr Snail).

 

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17 Comments

  1. What patience you have! And you must love Me Snail very much to do it all for him. Still
    He will be home soon making you and Daisy very happy.

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  2. Ann Pole

     /  April 26, 2019

    I admire your patience.

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  3. That is very pretty and looks well done!

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  4. Wow! Amazing!

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  5. Patricia Collins

     /  April 26, 2019

    Daisy is clearly a dog of good taste and excellent judgement.

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  6. Wow what an amazing looking knit!

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  7. It’s a great design, and you chose good colours to make it in. It looks very neat and professional, too! Lucky Mr Snail, he should feel totally loved and cossetted with that wrapped around him 🙂 Miss Daisy has a wonderful toffee-blond coat, I’m quite jealous!

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  8. WOW! That seems very difficult. I think Daisy went cross-eyed looking at it. I am sending this one to my sister.

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  9. Wow! You are like Crochet Escher! 🙂

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  10. I’m glad I zoomed in on the last photo of the entire quilt as I thought you’d gone a bit ‘off piste’ with your border – then I realised it was the edges of the playmat 🙄
    Of course Daisy knows it’s destined for Mr. Snail. That’s why she’s getting her doggy smells on it so it reminds him of her when he’s away. I expect you’ve done the same haven’t you?

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  11. It was worth all the hard work though! It looks super 😊

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