“Forever” Blanket

I’ve wanted to crochet a blanket for a few years now. I want this blanket to stay with us forever. I want it made of the softest of soft yarn in the prettiest of pretty colours. However there were things holding me back, mostly money and time commitment. I started a hexagon blanket with scratchy, squeeky acrylic yarn last year but I didn’t finish it. It just wasn’t what I wanted and it felt like a compromise. I didn’t love the hexagon blanket like I hoped I would with my forever blanket.

In a twist of fate, I started working for Ecoyarns on a part-time basis a few months ago. One day, while I was preparing sample cards for the EcoOrganic Cotton range, an idea struck me.

Ecoyarns EcoOrganic Cotton

I could make a giant granny square blanket just like Joelle’s from Purl Bee! I’ll arrange the colours similar to the sample card and it will be a glorious blanket. Working at a yarn store has it’s other benefits too. Discounted staff prices. Woohoo!

I brought the yarn home and brainstormed the idea with Richard. He wasn’t too sure that I should take on such a big project but he could see I was desperate to do it. As soon as I showed him the yarn, he instantly fell in love with the colours and the softness of the organic cotton. He was now assured that it was not going to look like a typical nanna blanket. It’s important that he will love this blanket as much as I will. It is our forever blanket.

EcoOrganic Cotton Yarn

I spent that weekend winding the yarn into cakes, with the “help” of Olly. He was trying very hard not to attack the yarn as it whizzed past. It was truly impressive how well behaved he was. He eventually moved away and slept under the table instead. What a good cat!

Winding yarn

Just looking at the colours made me so happy! Look how pretty they are, all snuggled up close to each other.

Colours for my blanket

When I eventually started crocheting, I could not stop. The EcoOrganic Cotton yarn is a dream to work with! So soft and it didn’t split like other cotton I’ve worked with before. It’s like knitting with Malabrigo wool. Simply heavenly!

The blanket grew quickly as I crocheted every chance I got. It became my Australian Open companion. As the tennis players manipulated the ball with a twitch of the wrist, I did the same with mine on the blanket. Alas, the tennis is over and I’ve managed to crochet 5 of the 16 colours.

Granny square blanket WIP

Here it lays on the bed it is destined for.

Granny square blanket WIP

The blanket feels right. It’s what I imagined it would be. I think I’ve got my forever blanket.

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19 Responses to ““Forever” Blanket”

  1. Sarah says:

    This will be beautiful when you’re done — I love the colors! I think the closest yarn here in the US might be Lion Brand Organic Cotton but it doesn’t have all those lovely colors. Keep it going, it will be fun to see all the colors emerging!
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Meet Lily! =-.

  2. claudine says:

    It’s beautiful, Salihan! I have a dream of making a crochet blanket too, but not sure what pattern yet. I love the one you chose, and the colours look so good together.

  3. Christy says:

    The colors are lovely, and your progress so far looks great! Can’t wait to see more!
    .-= Christy´s last blog ..Crochet paper chain =-.

  4. Katherine says:

    My goodness, they are lovely colours together and look so soft and squishy, I’m sure your blanket is going to be much loved.
    P.S. Olly makes me giggle :)
    .-= Katherine´s last blog ..A busy end to 2009 =-.

  5. Anu says:

    The colors are beautiful and your happiness is contagious! I’m happy for you!

  6. Maria says:

    The colours are so lovely together, can’t wait to see the finished product. Must pop over to Ecoyarns now VBG
    .-= Maria´s last blog ..Aussie Maria’s Sunburnt Country =-.

  7. Laura47 says:

    That is going to be a truly gorgeous blanket! I love the colors — so warm and yet subtle. I can’t wait to see the finished product!

  8. Evon says:

    Can’t wait to see your forever blanket grow! It’s really lovely.

  9. Jenn says:

    What a lovely idea! I love the pattern you used as well! I agree with you as well, there are some yarns that are just horrible to work with! For me it just has to “feel” right :) Keep up the beautiful work!!

  10. Lara says:

    I absolutely LOVE it! It’s a beautiful blanket, and that yarn is superb. May have to purchase some of that myself. I look forward to seeing it grow.

  11. Cindy says:

    I love the colours you have chosen!!

  12. aeonie says:

    The granny square is my favourite thing to crochet – very relaxing and perfect while you watch TV! Your forever blanket is going to be loved for many years to come.
    .-= aeonie´s last blog ..Mosaic Monday – Granny a Day progress =-.

  13. candis scott says:

    Love it! How beautiful. Yep, i agree, you have your forever blanket!

  14. Kimberly says:

    How wonderful! So happy for you!

    I’ve never made an adult-size giant granny blanket, but I have my eyes on this one: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fanalaine/granny-square

    First, I must finish the other blankets I’ve started… :)
    .-= Kimberly´s last blog ..Sayin’ It Proud =-.

  15. Good job, Salihan! I am sure you will be able to accomplish it beautifully and be proud of yourself!!! Love it!
    I am thinking of working on a granny square top for my daughter next month :)
    .-= Craft Passion´s last blog ..“Be My Valentine” Piggy Pillows =-.

  16. Julie says:

    oh my gosh, it’s going to be utterly amazing!!! definitely a forever.
    .-= Julie´s last blog ..Sweet Paul Knitting Love =-.

  17. xiuxiu says:

    Beautiful! I love all of the colors.
    .-= xiuxiu´s last blog ..Halsen =-.

  18. amanda says:

    the blanket is going to be so fab!
    .-= amanda´s last blog ..bee high =-.

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