Type of item: Functional
Style: Casual, Classic, Retro / Vintage, Traditional
Acrylic double knitting yarn (I think it may be called "worsted" in some places).
What was your inspiration?
I taught myself to crochet in the '70s when we were all wearing crocheted waistcoats (vests), ponchos and the other hippy-type gear. Somehow, I never managed to be able to crochet a straight edge (and still can't) so everything I make has to be either square or round. Over the years I've made so many blankets (or afghans) for children and babies in pastel colours, and one or two more "grown up" coloured ones like this one. I decided to make this for my dear Mum when she was very old. Unfortunately, although it didn't take long to make it didn't quite get finished before she passed away, so she never actually received it. I've kept it and think of her with some regret that it wasn't finished in time for her to benefit from it when I look at it.
What are you most proud of?
Making something very traditional (the black edges to each of the blocks always makes the bright colours look even brighter) and also making a fancy edge. The whole project was really simple and it kept me occupied in the evenings in front of the television (and was good for my figure as it stopped me from raiding the 'fridge every hour!).
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Choose the brightest colours you can find. I have a stash of really brilliantly coloured yarn that I use for knitting toys, and that was very useful.