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Hi there & welcome to Annie's Place. A place inspired by and named after my late Grandmother Annie. Somewhere I can be creative, and share my love for all things handmade. I like nothing better than sitting with hook & yarn, crafting something home spun & completely unique, or rustling up some yummy baked goodies. I live in a town with a beautiful embankment, situated on the River Great Ouse. You may know me as CosyKitty on Ravelry. Why not stop a while.....?!!

Monday, 4 November 2013

Country Walks and Granny Stripe Crochet Overload

I thought it was high time I had a 'ta-dah' moment here at Annie's Place. It's been many months since I first wrote about my rainbow inspired granny stripe blanket, and shared the colour sequence I used with you. Well I'm happy to report it has been finished, and is getting lots of use now there is a nip in the air.

There were moments when the light was so perfect over the weekend, I couldn't resist the temptation to take my blanket out into the countryside for an impromptu photo shoot. 


I did hesitate though, as I deliberated whether it was a good idea. What if someone saw me, wandering around, Granny Stripe in hand? They might think I was a tad odd. But I just couldn't waste the opportunity of getting amongst nature with my colourful crochet creation. After all; I am proud of it, so why shouldn't I show it off? 

It was hurrying towards late afternoon and the light was diminishing fast, so I wasted no time in finding a suitable location. There are a plethora of beautiful villages in Bedfordshire, so I had no shortage of options.


The landscape is really spectacular at this time of year. I can't tell you how much I LOVE Autumn. Woodland walks, wrapped up in layers has to be my favourite pastime.

I was so snap happy by the time I reached the river, the light had faded quite dramatically. But I still thought the contrast of the bright rainbow stripes against the stark watery back drop was worth capturing.



I didn't stray too far off the beaten track, as I had visions of getting lost. So I just did a loop of the village, through the trees, and over the bridge. Right back to where I started.

In the end my only audience was this handsome fellow. Although I expect he was more interested in what I might have for him to eat, and not my crochet blanket. Alas I did not have any snacks for him on this occasion. The poor chap looked bereft, bless him. I felt really bad that I had no tasty morsel to offer. Ah well, next time....


Now, this is the part where I share more gratuitous shots of my Granny Stripes. I was so pleased with my efforts, persevering with this project to completion I just went a bit mad taking pictures. Look no further if you're all grannied out. This is just my moment to reflect on finishing this gargantuan task. 


These happy stripes make my heart sing. The border ended up nothing too fancy, just a few rows of treble crochet, followed by a shell edging.


It's 6ft 4in wide, so plenty big enough 
to get well and truly wrapped up in. 
My biggest project to date.


It's super duper snugglicious, and will be a permanent fixture on the sofa. All the family cosied up under it watching TV.


If you've made it this far, then I salute you my crochet comrades. 
I hope you've enjoyed my colourful celebration?!! 
x x x x x x x x

49 comments:

  1. It's a beautiful blanket :) It was nice seeing photos of Willington Dovecotes too, we live in one of the North Bedfordshire villages and have had lots of lovely walks over there and picnics by the dovecotes in the Summer :-)

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  2. It's wonderful. The colours seem to glow in the afternoon light and the border really finishes it off. xx

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  3. Your blanket is soooooooooooooooo pretty, the colours so cheery. The village is lovely too and who cares what people think, carrying a blanket is certainly a talking piece so I hope you met someone who appreciated your talent.

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  4. The most beautiful blanket which deserved such a wonderful post x

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  5. Oh my, that is absolutely beautiful! Well done you!

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  6. Your blanket is splendiferous, I love all the colours, and the size, is perfect for wrapping up and snuggling. Well done.
    Sally xxx

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  7. Oh my word, it's just stunning! It's nice and big, as blankets should be, and it's perfect in every way. I've never made a granny stripe anything - I think I'd get in a right muddle. Well done and you show it off as much as you like, that's is a spectacular "ta da" moment and you've earned it! x

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  8. Yippie! Congrats on finishing this massive piece of crochet heaven. I looooooooove the border, I love the photos in the countryside and I love the colour sequence. Well done Sharron!

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  9. Everything about it is brilliant the colours, the even stitches, the straight edges. Well done you. Jo x

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  10. Absolutely beautiful and stunning. The colours are just perfect.
    irene
    xxxx

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  11. Ahhh.. swoon.. So beautiful. It is people like you who makes me want to crochet!

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  12. What a very nice blanket, the colours are lovely....

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  13. It's absolutely gorgeous, Sharron. You did a beautiful job with it.

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  14. Wow!! That's a huge and colourful blanket!! Roughly how many balls of each colour do you think you used?

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    1. Hi Fiona,

      I ordered one ball of each colour initially, and only had to top up on those that I chose for the border. Stylecraft Special DK goes a long long way. If you're considering a similar project just one ball of each would be plenty :)

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    2. That's fantastic to hear lol I have most of these colours already so it's nice to know I shouldn't need to order to much more :) well done on such a stunning piece of work :)

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  15. Wow, Sharron!!! GORGEOUS!!!!! really, a great, great work!
    Congratulations!

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  16. I am delighted... Blanket is beautiful :)

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  17. Stunning blanket and glorious photoshoot!! You have such an amazing eye for colour, the sequence of the shades of blue melting into the purples followed by the high contrasts is PERFECT! This is definitely my favourite Granny Stripe, brilliant work! :-) xxxx

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  18. It's beautiful, well done on getting it finished. :)

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  19. I love your new banner Sharron. Your blanket is gorgeous, love your colour choices. Well done, the border is beautiful also xx

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  20. it's very colourful Sharron and very lovely! enjoy snuggling, Heather x

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  21. So beautiful !!!! I love it !!!!

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  22. Cor, what a stunner! ;-)

    It's absolutely gorgeous Sharron. I'm sure it would have brought a smile to anybody's face if they saw you carting it around.

    Heather x

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  23. Well done Sharron, it's absolutely gorgeous. I bet the horse was thinking what a lovely lady bringing me my winter blanket! What do you have planned next? xx

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  24. Hi Sharron
    I'm not surprised you wanted to show it off, its absolutely gorgeous in every way, all the colours, the perfect, neat stitches and I just love the edging that you've done. Clever, clever you. You just can't beat a snuggle blanket, can you ?
    Enjoy
    Kate x

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  25. What a wonderful blanket! The colours are just so cheery and it looks very cosy, I absolutely love it.

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  26. Oh my, your blanket is simply stunning Sharron!...I love all those rainbow colours together..it's a real treasure and I love the photographs taken on your walk...(I agree he's a very handsome fellow too!)
    Happy Tuesday,
    Susan x

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  27. I enjoyed reading your post, and your blanket is lovely. The light in autumn is spectacular for taking pictures, and if you can get some autumn leaves in the picture, it's even better. I wouldn't worry about people seeing you taking pictures. I'm sure my neighbors think I'm crazy for taking pictures of my feet but they don't know I just finished knitting a pair of socks! HA! That's a great picture of the sweet horse, too.

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  28. It's absolutely gorgeous and your photography really does it justice, I do like the blend of colours and the way you've mixed them too. Good work! :)

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  29. It's funny to read your dilemma as to whether to take your project out to photograph as I've recently had this conversation with myself after finishing a toy design and feeling very proud of myself. I chickened out though, but maybe next time I'll be as brave as you!

    I really love the edging you decided upon, it sets the blanket off perfectly. Congratulations on finishing such a huge project :)

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  30. Just beautiful. You certainly should be proud of yourself!

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  31. It was one colorful post! I absolutely love your new blanket, it looks cozy on that hanger and with river background. Wonderful snaps.. I miss real autumn here in India so much!
    Have a happy day!

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  32. This made me giggle. I often wonder what neighbours must be thinking I'm taking photos in the most precarious places, this my dear deserves 10/10!!! A beautiful blanket in a beautiful place, perfect. Xo

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  33. Just beautiful and the border is stunning.
    Blessings Gail

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  34. Such a gorgeous brightly coloured and energizing blanket. I love the scalloped edging too.

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  35. Love, Love, Love your granny strip so colourful, I would like to make one also I was wondering how many foundation chains did you start with? Glad I found your blog.
    Anne

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  36. Oh wow Sharron, I'm loving your granny stripe. Certainly looks amazing!! The colours are like a shot of happiness and I really like your border too. I've often thought about taking my crochet out and about in the attempt to get better pictures but have only ventured into the garden so far. Your pictures are brilliant as usual. Enjoy snuggling with your rainbow! take care, Sam xx

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  37. i am a new follower and just wanted to thank you for the time you spend sharing your wonderful achievements! true inspiration!

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  38. Howdy from Texas, USA!

    Your blanket is just absolutely lovely! I am a fairly new crocheter too and am making a striped blanket for my bed and yours is inspiring me that I'm not crazy to do this big full-sized blanket cover for my bed! Beautiful and beautiful scenery too! Thanks for sharing it! Love your blog! :D

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  39. The blanket is spectacular, wow what a beautiful creation. You stuck with the project to it's beautiful completion, good for you. Lovey photos.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  40. I made the Rainbow Granny Stripe in the summer following your colour sequence to the letter - thank you so much for sharing - I enjoyed every hooky minute. Sadly I didn't finish it off with a border - yours is inspirational. It, too, is my biggest project to date.
    Angie

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  41. J'adore, elle est juste magnifique!!

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  42. Just absolutely gorgeous...so colorful and a job well done :)

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  43. Sharron robisz piekne rzeczy. Bardzo sie cieszę,że trafiłam na twój blog:)

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