In 2015 we had the usual year of ups and downs, with a few health problems and a low point for us was being in a car accident on the M25 in the summer - a very scary experience. Thankfully we were all ok, despite some bumps and bruises! But we were also very fortunate to have many 'high' points and much to be grateful for, most involving our blessing of a family, including our son doing so well with his GCSEs, our daughter passing her PGCE and qualifying as a primary school teacher and of course, being blessed with a delightful granddaughter in November! And I'm sure 2016 will also bring it's share of joys and concerns - I just hope the joys outweigh the worries!
But through all the busy-ness of family, work and home, it's crafting that provides a wonderful 'escape' therapy (although it would probably do my body more good if I enjoyed the gym....!). I've managed to squeeze in a couple of hours of card making in the last few days before I start back at work next week, and I love my crocheting - a kind of 'yoga with yarn'! I thought I'd share a Christmas present I made for our daughter Lauren (as she loves her snuggly blankets), using the approximate colours and pattern that the oh-so-talented crochet designer Lucy provides on her Attic24 blog (HERE) but with a few slight variations of my own!
I just managed to get this finished a few days before Christmas (talk about cutting it fine!). But I love the rich colour combinations and snuggly stripes
It's roughly a single bed size, so plenty of snuggle room! Made with Stylecraft DK, it's super soft and washable too.
I do like to have blankets about, they always seem to add a cosy, comfortable feel. And my daughter Lauren was very pleased with it too! So it has now made it's way down to Sussex and I hope it will be put to good use. Lauren starts her new job as a primary school teacher in Sussex next week with a class of 8 & 9 year olds - and I'm sure there will be a few tired evenings to come when she'll be glad to get home and snuggle into a blanket with a hot cup of tea! I'm pretty sure I would be if I had to cope with 30 little ones for the day!
I'll try and get some photos tomorrow of the cards I've been making and share them with you soon.
I hope you enjoy the remainder of your weekend - and that the first week of 2016 is a good one!