Thursday, June 21, 2012

TA-DAAAA!!!!


I have finished my colorful bobble blanket, using all 17 skeins of my yarn from England.  I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed doing this afghan!  From the first stitch, I was in love.  Craving scones and tea, the whole while I worked on it.  Dreaming of visiting this country that I have so loved to read about.  And because my friend Kate names her blankets, each and every one of them, I decided that I should too.  My first one was made for my Mom.  Mountain Mama is what I named that blanket.  It was made in the colors of our much loved Big Bear Mountains.  And I thought she would keep it in her cabin.  But she has chosen to keep it at her house so that she can use it more often.
And this bobble, with the British yarn.....that I worked on, and nearly finished as I was watching the Queen's Jubilee celebration, has been aptly named.  I am calling it JUBILEE!!

Greg took these two pictures tonight when he got home, just as I had finished it.  He wanted to take one with me looking at the camera, and I said that I looked a fright after having been sick all week, so I had to hide a bit.
No makeup, hair in a clip, old sloppy clothes on.  NOT PRETTY!  And Kate, I do believe both of these photos were in my mind because I have seen you show a Ta Daa or two this way? 
Back to the Jubilee Afghan.....I LOVE it.  ADORE it!  I can't possibly part with it.  I don't have a single thing in my house that it will go with.  I love these colors, but the only ones even remotely like them, are in my sewing room.  So this is where Jubilee will reside.
I rolled her up like a bolster.
And then admired the ruffled edge, that looked like an unfurling rose.
Then I tried her out on my new wicker set.
I used nearly all of the 17 skeins of yarn from England.  But I didn't  have enough to do what I wanted to do for the border.  So first, still using the yarn I had, I made one row of single crochet in one color, then one row of single crochet in another color.  Then I did one row of double crochet, and then another row of double crochet.  But I wanted a nice flouncy ruffle for the edge, and I knew that would be a yarn eater.  So I found some that I liked in almost the exact shade of turquoise at Michael's.  It is Vanna yarn, in a worsted weight.  So it is a bit heavier than the rest of the yarn.  I crocheted 4 double crochets in between each double crochet for the flirty ruffle on the very edge.  I purchased two skeins, and wound up running out about 4 inches from being done.  Grrrrr!  So, in my ratty clothes, no makeup and all, I snuck back into Michael's this afternoon and bought one last skein to finish her up.
She is done.  Jubilee is mine...all mine!  She is the softest, squishiest, cuddliest blanket ever!
Aside from being thrilled with this afghan, I am also very happy to report that today was a turnaround day for me.  I noticed a substantial improvement in the way I feel!!!  I thought I was going to be headed back to the Dr. tomorrow.  But I think I have turned the corner, and am kicking this awful bug once and for all!!!!
I am off to bed, but I HAD to share my Jubilee!!!!!
XO  Kris

29 comments:

Grayseasailor said...

Kris, she is beautiful and so aptly named!!! She will continue to bring you much joy wherever you cuddle her I am sure. What a great reminder of where the yarn came from and the year in which you completed her!
My Lucy pack of yarn arrived yesterday and I am still dreaming of what pattern I most want.
I'm so glad you are feeling better!!!
Gracie <3

my4lilgirls said...

Kris she is an absolute beauty, you look so cozy all wrapped up, love, love, love the ruffle edging really finishes it off perfectly.
Hope you feel better soon
Lots of love Karen xxxxx

gaia said...

Lovely blanket!

MommaGott said...

Wow! What a beautiful blanket! Great job! I can def appreciate how much time was put into making that! I dont know how to crochet yet but I have learned to loom knit and I am loving it - i am working on a Lego Ninjago cap for my son right now...

Holly said...

Oh Kris, she is beautiful. I knew she would be. Love the colors too! Glad to hear you're on the mend.

Kerri said...

What a beauty! I love the fun colors and the ruffled edge. I'm glad you're keeping it for yourself. You are so talented!!
Glad you're starting to feel better!

The Garden Bell - Kate said...

Ta-da is right. Fabulous. I love it. Wait a second, I know that pose. You have to keep this one. That border is too die for cute, too. Are you going to start another right away or take a break. You should be very proud this was quite an accomplishment.

Neicee said...

Its gorgeous! WOW its perfect the border is perfect. Your gorgeous!

Genn said...

Looks so pretty!!!

Jubilee!!!!!!!!

Unknown said...

I want it!!!!!!!

Mommie

Debbie Kay said...

Gorgeous blanket Kris. I like it best on the chair in your sewing room. Glad your feeling better, hope we can calendar a girls day out in July.

Hugs,

Debbie

kathy b said...

just glorious what a finish

Nana Go-Go said...

You must have been a child bride.....you look so young!!Beautiful blanket and what a great name for it too!Well done, young 'un!Have a great weekend.x

Bethany said...

Oh how pretty!!!!!!!!I've finished my stitching my ripple...but I'm trying to convince myself that the ends will weave themselves in eventually....

DaCraftyLady said...

Oh Kris it is so pretty. I love the edging I am trying to figure one out for my "scrap" afghan I just finished and this gives me some ideas, ...hmmm I love your colors it looks great on your refurbished wicker set...love love love it.. :) ~~Debb

Mereknits said...

Kris, First of all I am glad you are finally feeling a bit better. Those summer illnesses can really wipe you out. And I bet you are exhausted from all the Jubilee celebrations. It is absolutely gorgeous, the colors, the bobbles the border are all perfect. I bet you want to dance and sing about the sheer gorgeousness of it, but take some time to rest, you can continue the celebration as long as you want.
Hugs to you, from a distance of course because I don't want to get sick.
Meredith

NanaNor's said...

Happy Friday Kris, Love your Jubilee, so bright and cherry. You looked so darn skinny wrapped in your blanket, my legs haven't been that skinny since high school. Have a great weekend and I hope you're feeling back to normal.
Hugs, Noreen

❀❀❀Ðαωᾔ❀❀❀ said...

The blanket is beautiful, my favorite looks was on the outside wicker settee, it looks like it goes with the rug. So glad you are feeling better, it seems like that took a long time:)

priscilla said...

Love your bobble blanket ! The ruffle border looks perfect ! Hope you are feeling better !

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

It's gorgeous. Hey you have nice legs!!

Pam said...

Gorgeous! You are so talented. And I am so glad you are feeling better!
Enjoy and relax this weekend.

by Teresa said...

Gosh I'm glad you're better.. you had me worried! And congratulations on finishing up this wonderful, colorful, bobbly beauty! It's quite the family heirloom, my dear! Also, thanks so much for the kind comments on my DC trip blog posts. You're so sweet! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

I'm glad you are on the mend Kris. That blanket turned out gorgeous. I have a couple of places in my house it would look perfect in...

vintagevelda said...

wonderful! simply wonderful!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

It turned out so lovely, Kris...love that ruffle! Hope you are feeling better!

Jamie said...

How cute! I hope one day i can be as crafty as you! You make all the neatest things! Love the brightness of it! You can't help but feel all cheery looking at it :)

Little Treasures said...

Kris, this is heavenly beautiful!
I love the vibrant colors and how you combined them! The ruffled hem is like a cherry on top!

My simple life said...

hello kris,
the afghan is a dream.....a dream of colour,absolutley fantastic.
greetings from germany,
regina

Lynne said...

I LOVE this blanket, and the colors, AND the border...so pretty!