A Work In Progress 15.08.2013

This post has been dusted off and taken straight out of the "According to Matt Archives". I originally posted this content on my old blog "Crochet & Crafts According To Matt". I thought that it was a shame for creativity and inspiration to lay dormant, so I'm recycling the content from my old blog, keeping it available for you all to read, reference and use as you please.

A Work In Progress

Hello there!!! How are you all?
I'm sat here with a large mug of coffee, the sun is shining, windows are open and a lovely cool breeze is blowing through the apartment. MMMMMM Summer mornings!!!
I have a bit of a morning routine that consists of bumbling out of bed (late), making a coffee and sitting sleeplessly surfing the internet, reading the news and checking my emails.
This morning however, I was up out of bed extra early after having a phone call from my clever little sister. She had just received her 'A level' results and found out the she has successfully gotten into university! Now that's amazing news if ever I heard it!!!! Im so very very proud of her and so excited for her moving to another city later in the year to start her new adventure!!!!
So I'm up out of bed a little earlier than usual and thought I'd come and share with you lovely people.
I'm currently working on a new project and enjoying it immensely! I say a new project, It's actually an old one. A project that has been hibernating for over two years in a plastic bag behind the sofa. It feels like a new project though as my energy and enthusiasm towards it is brand new and fresh.
Shall I show you what it is?
Its this scrummy Japanese Flower blanket which I'm hoping to finally get finished so I can fully enjoy it's beauty!!!

These pictures make me extremely happy!!! YUMMMMMMMMMY COLOURS and SOFT SOFT YARN!!!!
Now I can't take responsibility of this project. It's actually Dennis' blanket that he started a couple of years ago and forgot about. It was only recently when I was having a big sort out at home (we are getting ready to move apartment in October) that I came across this lovely project so bright and luxurious that I knew I had to do the good deed of finishing it.
This isn't my first venture with the Japanese flower pattern, I actually started a little blanket with the pattern using stylecraft acrylic yarn a little while ago. Rather like Dennis I lost interest in this project and it didn't amount to much.

The difference between my version Japanese Flower blanket and Dennis' was the yarn. He had started making his with 'Drops Alpaca' and it's because of the luxury of this yarn that I couldn't let this project continue to live in a plastic bag.
For those of you that don't know this yarn, it is simply delicious!!!!!

It's a dream to work with, comes in a fabulous selection of colours and is the softest most silky smooth texture when worked up.
I got to work on this blanket, picking up where Dennis had left off. It's such a pleasure to make. It's slow work but the quality of this yarn and colours that Dennis chose make it well worth while.
Luckily Dennis saved the labels for each of the colours of yarn. So once I was finished with the yarn I already had, I could easily purchase some more in the correct colours from the DROPS website.DROPS website.

Here are the colours Dennis had picked that we are using for the blanket, a really great combination of bright and dark tones:

The blanket was about halfway complete when I got my hands on it! So I've got the other half to finish.

It's going to take quite some time to actually finish this blanket, what with the many colour changes and the endless amount of ends to sew in. I'm positive it will be well worth the hard work when it's done.

Not only is Dennis super happy that his lovely project is finally going to get finished, but I'm thrilled that it will be a fabulous finished blanket that we both worked hard on. I think that's rather special.
I'll keep you all updated on my progress.
Until next time.... Have a lovely day!!!

This post was originally posted on 15th August 2013.
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