Follow-up Friday – Carter’s Chevron Blanket

maRRose - CCC --- Carter's Chevron Blanket-09Early Friday morning here …. a grey and wet one, low on light ……
I’m all comfortable though, coffee on hand, some Chopin playing via Spotify, my hairy assistant happily chewing on a bone right at my feet.
maRRose - CCC --- Carter's Chevron Blanket-22My content feelings are definitely linked to a rather big crochet project being finished, so this is a cheery “ta-dah” post (with lots of photos).
maRRose - CCC --- Carter's Chevron Blanket-20maRRose - CCC --- Carter's Chevron Blanket-24It also relates to the fact that I’m – finally – álmost done writing down the pattern/tutorial for the “Abby” square.
The latter is one of the 13 projects that were originally on the “Follow-up Friday”-wip list, and one of the very last ones to be accomplished. I’m planning on sharing “Abby” and her tutorial over the weekend.
maRRose - CCC --- Les Tourettes Shawl-12After I crocheted a blanket for Quinn (more on that here), I promised Carter I would make him one too, but never got around to it. So ….. cheating on my own rules (no new projects, until the old wip list was done) I started his blanket on a spur a couple of weeks ago. When I saw this beautiful “Alize, Superlana, Midi” I couldn’t resist. Also, I needed a rather mindless crochet job on the side …..
maRRose - CCC --- Carter's Chevron Blanket-18And what a pleasure it was to work on this chevron – I’ve nothing but enjoyed it.
A big help was Carter cheering me on, telling me how awesome he thought his blanket was going to be. It’s great when our creativity is being appreciated, isn’t it?maRRose - CCC --- Carter's Chevron Blanket-27maRRose - CCC --- Carter's Chevron Blanket-11 maRRose - CCC --- Carter's Chevron Blanket-25Here’s some details:

* size: 1.45 x 2.00 m (57 x 78 inches);
* weight: circa 1,6 kg (3,5 lbs);
* pattern: “Chevron Plaid”, by Ilaria Chiaratti, from the “Molly Makes Crochet”-book;
* yarn: “Alize Superlana Midi”, in colors 208, 60, 182, 21, 212, total of 17 skeins (100 gr);
* hooksize: 8 mm (L/11 US)
I tried two different kind of borders, but my client didn’t like either of them, so no border it is.

My next kind of mindless crochet project has already begun (I simply had to try some of that lovely Lana Grossa yarn that was in my yarntasting-goodie bag).
maRRose - CCC --- Cento Shawl-16This week, when Carter lied underneath his chevron for the very first time, he texted me: “the blanket is super cool, comfy and chill – xxxx” ….. I love it when recipient and I are both pleased with a finished project ……
maRRose - CCC --- Carter's Chevron Blanket-31 maRRose - CCC --- Carter's Chevron Blanket-32Wishing you a wonderful weekend,
Marianne xx

Follow-up Friday

maRRose - CCC --- Carter's Chevron Blanket-02You know that it’s not been an extremely good week crochet-wise when you have to think really hard, trying to come up with projects worked on during the past week (let alone projects that were finished)…..

Nonetheless, it was mostly a fun filled week, kicked off with a delightful yarny trip with lovely Miriam.
Our first stop was at “Wol” in Haarlem – we felt like kids in a candy store!
maRRose - CCC --- yarnlove-26 maRRose - CCC --- yarnlove-25And look what gorgeous purchases I made ……(please do notice too how well I restrained myself)…..
maRRose - CCC --- yarnlove-03It being market day here in Amstelveen, Miriam couldn’t possibly go home without visiting the famous “Wolman”, who carries a lot of my beloved “Alize”. It was there that I decided to get the first balls to – finally – begin Carter’s Chevron Blanket: three shades of grey, black, and a beautiful teal, all “Alize Superlana Midi” – a mix of acrylic (75%) and wool, supersoft and wonderful to crochet with.

The pattern I’m using is Ilaria Chiaratti‘s, to be found in the “Mollie Haken” book that I’ve had for a while (English equivalent here). It’s a fantastic project to be working on!
maRRose - CCC --- yarnlove-09maRRose - CCC --- Carter's Chevron BlanketmaRRose - CCC --- Carter's Chevron Blanket-05Not crochet related at all, but at least as much pleasant and interesting, was a visit to the current Keith Haring exposition in the Kunsthal in Rotterdam with Quinn last weekend.
maRRose - CCC --- Keith Haring-Kunsthal-2015-20 maRRose - CCC --- Keith Haring-Kunsthal-2015-21We both enjoyed this exhibit tremendously, and we can highly recommend your going there!
I love Haring’s statement: “Art is for Everybody” – so true!
maRRose - CCC --- Keith Haring-Kunsthal-2015-13This week’s best news, however, is how well Carter’s foot is healing. Tuesday’s x-rays showed all hardware (plate, 2 pins, 7 screws) is still positioned perfectly, and the pieces of bone (taken from his hip early September) are growing nicely into place.
This resulted in him getting a cast and two crutches, with which he’s allowed to try and “walk”. To see him standing on two feet again after more than 3 months sure was a joyous moment……

Wishing you all a very happy weekend,
Marianne xx