Monday, November 18, 2013

CAL Mixed stitch stripy blanket #2 - tadah


So here we are with the end product of the CAL, I know that a lot of you have finished your blankets ages ago and this blanket was a long time in the making, but I am so happy I finally finished this one! 

This was a BIG blanket to undertake, and if I am perfectly honest I probably bit off more than I could chew with the CAL, so I apologise for the disorganised nature of the CAL, but at least we made it too the end!

Anyway, want to see how mine turned out? 
Ready for a colour burst to brighten your day?
Here are a few photos to show you the final blanket in all it's glory!...........  


.........spread out on our bed.........


....one reason this is such a big blanket is so it would hang over the sides of the bed and drape nicely. 
It does do this!  Yay!


I love the look of this blanket all fold up, with all the colours working together, so lovely!! 
I think the colours look better when it is folded like this than when it is all spread out, well maybe not better as such, but just as good anyway !





This is a heavy blanket as you can imagine,and used up lots of wool. 
I used mainly Heirloom wool, a mix of Colorworks, Merino Magic and Baby wool, all in 8ply.
(I sell this in my shop if anyone is wondering where they can get the same colours :)  )

It is great to get something off my to do list and put it in my finished projects list, it doesn't happen often!

Well that's it for the CAL, I'm officially signing off on my first ever crochet along, all the instructions are on their own page so they are easy to find if anyone ever wants to make one of these for themselves.  Thanks for joining in and I hope you had fun! 

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So, time to get stuck into something else, I have some Christmas crochet lined up next, can't wait to get started on it!

Bye! 

60 comments:

  1. This is fabulous.....If I could stay still long enough, I would love to make one of these.

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  2. Gorgeous blanket! So bright and cheery!

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  3. What a beautiful blanket. I love all the different colors and stitches - you did an awesome job working it all together. :)

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  4. a big applause !!!! it's gorgeous!!!!
    xxxx Ale

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  5. Thank you so much for this. I've been following the CAL, every step of the way, from the very beginning. I didn't want to rush ahead so I've waited patiently for each instalment. It has been a thrill every time a new section has be added. I'm off to complete my border now. I shall miss working on this blanket but I'm glad it's now completed - just in time for the winter.
    You have put such a lot of effort into this and I'm very appreciative of your hard work. Well done.

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    1. Thanks for being so patient Janet, and for sticking with me for the whole journey, there were a few times there when I didn't think I would ever get it finished! J xx

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  6. WOW! It is so gorgeous!! Congratulations :)

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  7. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. You are so clever Jules, your work is just so unique. I absolutely adore this blanket. ♥ Hoping to get mine finished once the Christmas bits are done.
    Can't wait to see your Christmassy projects.
    Kate x

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  8. Wow, beautiful! This brightens up my day! Thanx for sharing this pictures.
    X Jessica

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  9. Absolutely Gorgeous!!!! And you finished way before me....lol. I'm still working on mine here in Florida. I'd put it up for awhile as the weather turned warmer so I'm thrilled we are headed into cooler temps soon. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing with us - I know the time it takes to click all the pics and write up the tutes...you are so very generous. Because of your blankie I was inspired to pick up my hook again...this has been my most favorite of all time project!

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    1. So glad you have enjoyed this project TTOCC! And thank you so much for your kind comments, I feel very special! :) I love hearing from all the lovely peeps out there in bloggy land, and I love sharing the hooky love with you all! Jxx

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  10. Jules, This is absolutely beautiful!!!! Dianne

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  11. That is a dream. I love it. One day I will make a blanket like this for me.

    Lisa

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  12. Beautiful blanket! You did a lovely job!

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  13. The blanket looks amazing. Don't worry about how long the CAL has taken - I haven't even started yet even though I had intended on joining you right at the beginning. Lol! Talk about taking a long time to get going.xxx

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  14. I love the colours, it for sure lights up a rainy day:)

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  15. It looks really pretty!! I love the way you finished off the edge without having to work in all those ends and l shall be trying this on my diagonal crochet blanket which is nearing the end - finally. Pam

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  16. Very, very well done. The most beautiful blanket I have ever seen.

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  17. It is totally amazing and it will be a real family heirloom. Well done for getting to the end. At least with it being so big it does fit on the bed so it can be really useful too. Jo x

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  18. One word...........:WOW! Very beautiful and colorful, I like it:)

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  19. Utterly, utterly beautiful.
    All the best from Trine from Denmark

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  20. Wow! This is like a dream! I think that is a hard work! But be left precious ...
    is one of the most beautiful blankets I've ever seen! Congratulations!
    Kisses from Catalonia!

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  21. I love everything about this blanket, the colours and pattern, well done, it's brilliant! :) x

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  22. Thank you so much for doing the CAL - I've had your blog open in a tab now for a month or so having just started my own! it's only a lap blanket though so its whizzing up pretty fast and is so satisfying! I'm learning soooo much! I did try to buy the book you used but couldn't get it online and its not in any libraries here either!

    thank you so much!!

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  23. I knew from the first post you blogged about this blanket that it will be beautiful, and IT IS!
    KATRIN W.

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  24. It is all sorts of loveliness! What a wonderful piece. And so so many stitches! You should be so proud of yourself. I hope it brings a smile to your face each time you walk past it. :)

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  25. Congratulations on finishing such a gorgeous project, nothing lovelier than a big snuggly crochet blanket!

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  26. your blanket is really gorgeous!

    Groetjes, Monique

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  27. Wooowww!!! So great!!!! I love it! Kisses from Argentina! :)

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  28. Oh wow!! just wonderful, amazingly beautiful.

    Lluisa x

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  29. Gorgeous, I love the colours and the variety of texture/stitching, perhaps one day I will be able to crochet like this, at present I'm just learning, and envious of your skill :-) x

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  30. Your blanket is beautiful. Congratulations on finishing it.

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  31. Stunning blanket, the colours are gorgeous. I'm your swap partner for Ladybird Diaries Christmas swap, I've sent you an email, I hope, you've received it and I used the correct email address. Deb x

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  32. absolutely gorgeous! I am going to try my hand with your directions after the holidays. It will be a nice project for the New Year.

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  33. Oi amiga, adorei todas as novidades do teu blog, também trago novidades no meu blog para ti contar, confira e depois deixe um comentário para eu poder saber o que achastes,abraços do Brasil.
    http://www.titacarre.com
    http://elo7.com.br/titacarre

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  34. Hi, Jules! The blanket is fabulous! Really, such colors, such pattern! I LOOOOVE it!
    Don't worry, I still haven't finished my blanket, so you are actually ahead of some people! I hope to have ta-dah very soon too :) It became colder here, so blanket is much needed to cozy up the evenings.
    Yo worked really hard on your blanket, I am sure your family loves it!

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  35. Wow, it's wonderful, beautiful, fell in love with your creations ^.^

    Hugs from Parma

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  36. Hym
    I should be interested in the yarns you have used for this lovely blanket. Could you please tell me which number of balls and colors, should i need, for crocheting all the blanket as you have shown us?. And also the total price for shipping toSpain. Thank you in advanced.

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    1. Hi Silvia, Thanks for the enquiry about the yarn I used, they are available from my shop, I will try and estimate how much I have used ( I did use up some left over colours as well) and send you an email. J xx

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    2. Jules,
      thank you so much. I should like to recieve your mail, with the quantity and the price for sending it to spain.Please just let me know. Thank you

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  37. I am absolutely in live with your blanket! I wish I had been crocheting when you started this CAL, but, I wasn't yet. I am chronically I'll and recently discovered the wonderful world of crochet online! I don't feel trapped in this bed when I am browsing blogs and crocheting pretty and colorful items that I am learning from free tutorials and some purchased patterns (flowers!). I am so grateful that there are people like you that share their knowledge and inspired crochet work with everybody in the world that can get online! What a precious, small world it has become! :-D your blanket is amazing and stunning! A lot of the stitches are totally unknown to me, as my experience in crochet is a few simple afghans using sc lines, or a ripple stitch. I did find a library book in 1983 that taught me the popcorn stitch and branched out to make my first child a baby blanket using that stitch. But, that's it. I would love to "follow" your CAL on an individual level, to learn all those new stitches,also just plain gorgeous and happy! I know its now over, your magnificent blanket with all those amazing colors is finished, but, is there a way, using your posts, that I could start from the beginning and make my own? Do you have a way I could figure out where to start and follow along, step by step, in the proper order of the now finished CAL? I really, really want to try making something smaller, as an afghan would be too hard for me to wrangle. Way too weak and tons of pain. I was thinking a shawl. Im in jammies all the time, and a robe is just to big and bulky to wear in bed. So I have been making shawls to perk up my spirits. It's nice to wear something so pretty, bright, and snuggly! My shawls are like mini afghans to me. Please forgive the rambling! Speech and writing are hard with this illness's neurological symptoms. I am truly dazed and confused! LOL! I have a doctors note to excuse me too! LOL! Well, if there is a start to finish compilation here, where might I find it? Or, if following the posts is what I need to do, where is the beginning? I hope you have time in your busy life to reply. I so want to do this! So, so pretty! Thank you for your time and effort you put into posting all your work as you went! You are a color genius, and an inspiration. ��:-D

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    1. Hi Maschelle, Thanks for the lovely comment! :) All the instructions for this blanket, right from the beginning, are on the 'mixed stitch stripy blanket crochet along' page, the link is at the top of my blog. I hope you get to make your own version of this, I think it would look great as a shawl! Wishing you well with your illness, I am glad you have found some escape in the bloggy world of crochet, I love sharing the creative love on this blog! Thank you for visiting and I hope you pop by again! :) J xx

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    2. Thank you so very much! You just made my day! :-D

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  38. Your finished blanket is so beautiful! It is just lovely and quite an accomplishment - it is one very large blanket! I am sure you will enjoy and love it for years to come. I've been following along (but not crocheting) as you've posted your progress. I keep meaning to jump in... :) Is there a way to find all your posts about this CAL in order? I would love to do one of my own - probably considerably smaller - but would surely benefit from the stitch tutorials you shared along the way. Thanks! Can't wait to see your next crochet projects!

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    1. Hi WW, Thank you for your lovely comment, all the instructions are posted in order on the crochet along page of my blog, the link can be found under my banner at the top of the home page. Glad you are thinking of having a go at this, it is a fun project, I think I might make a smaller one next time too! J xx

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  39. Really a beautiful blanket! Lovely color selections! I envy anyone who can put colors together so well!

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  40. Ficou muito bonito. Muito colorido, como se quer no inverno. Parabéns pelo belissimo trabalho. Beijos

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  41. WOW, that is a beautiful blanket.You have done a great job with your colour selection. Love it!

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  42. BEAUTIFUL! Sadly I came late to this CAL.... I am only at about 12" long..... but now I see it in all it's splendour _ I am more motivated than ever. thankyou

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  43. Well done Jules, it looks amazing!! Certainly worth the work and the wait!!
    How long will it be before the children grab it off your bed to snuggle up in themselves?!
    Best wishes
    Tina

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  44. Hi Jules Looove it!!! The colors are just stunning!!!! It is simply spectacular!!!! Have a super weekend!!!
    Love
    AMarie

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  45. Oh my goodness, what an absolutely stunning blanket, Jules. I adore those fresh, zingy colours. It's perfection, really it is.

    Heather x

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  46. Hello! I love your blanket and am getting ready to begin - I realize you just finished, so I get to see the finished perfection before I begin! Do you have a complete list of the colors? I've gone through the whole blog and copied down all the colors I can find, but want to make sure I don't miss anything. I'm in the states so will be looking for options easily obtained here.
    thank you very much!
    Amy

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  47. This blanket is AWESOME!! I soon hope to start one ♥♥ Can less starting chains be used for a smaller project...say a lap? Should I keep to even or uneven # os stitches? Does it matter?

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