|It matches my sofa, beautifully!|
I'm so pleased with the finished outcome! The colours are amazing, the 3D element is gorgeous, and I am super proud of myself for getting it finished in time for Pat's birthday! It was tight though! I only finished weaving in the ends on Saturday morning, and gave it to her in the afternoon!
|A rough idea of the size!|
Despite my cup-of-tea disaster a few weeks ago, everything has turned out fine. The only parts I am unhappy with are the joins to the inside corner pieces - the corner blocks worked up a lot smaller than intended and it warped the blanket during joining. In hindsight, it would've been beneficial to add an extra round or so to the corner blocks, but I simply didn't have the time. I don't think it's overly noticeable though - I'm just being picky! Another very minor issue is the fact that I didn't add the final cream round to the edging. I did start it but I couldn't get it to look right (for some reason it just straightened the edge, rather than working to the ripple) so I decided to just leave it as it was. I do still think it looks pretty with just the pink rippled edge, so that's fine.
Would I do another CAL? Well, technically I didn't do this to time, so I am still a real-time CAL virgin, but it has definitely made me more interested in having a go. I'm definitely going to have a go at another Jane Crowfoot pattern (I really like her Persian Tiles blanket) in the future - they are all so unusual and different to anything else!
So there you have it - it took me 9 months, though I did take 3 months off because I was reading a couple of really good books. So technically only 6 months to complete. I don't think that's bad! I am now focusing on reading, to keep up with my Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge, and am intending to start a couple of small new crochet projects in the next week or so.
If you want to have a go at making your own Lilypond blanket, you can find the pattern here on Ravelry! You can buy yarn packs on Wool Warehouse, which is where I purchased mine - they also have the alternative colourway "Cherry Blossom" available to buy on there. Happy stitching!